About our Rendezvous

Step back 200 years into Chicago's past at A River Thru History, The Des Plaines Valley Rendezvous at the Columbia Woods Forest Preserve in Willow Springs, Illinois.

attendees walking past a cannon

Parking at nearby UPS facility 7811 Willow Springs Road, Hodgkins IL. There will be a Free Shuttle bus to the Rendezvous site.

reenactors in a lean-to tent







A River Thru History is an early American party with all the trimmings! Join this festive gathering of fur trappers, settlers, craftsmen, and entertainers along the banks of the Des Plaines River.


  • Authentic period food
  • Music & Entertainment
  • Craft Demonstrations
  • Tomahawk Exhibition & Throwing Competition
  • Canoe Races
  • Games and much more

Admission: (cash only accepted at the gate )

  • Children under 6 - FREE!
  • $10.00 Children 6 to 17
  • $10.00 Senior (over 62)
  • $15.00 Adults
  • $30.00 Family Pass (1 or 2 adults, up to 4 children age 6-17)

Teachers - bring your 4th, 5th, or 6th grade class to our "School Day"!