About our Rendezvous


CANCELLED – 2020 A River Thru History Rendezvous


The 2020 A River Thru History the Des Plaines Valley Rendezvous, and other large public events in the Forest Preserves have been cancelled by the Cook County Forest Preserve District.  Stay healthy, and we hope to see you next year at A River Thru History, September 11-12, 2021!


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

There will be Free Parking in the UPS parking lot at Willow Springs Road and 75th Street. Enter from 75th St. There will also 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!
  • $5.00 Children 6 to 17
  • $5.00 Senior (over 62)
  • $10.00 Adults
  • $25.00 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"!