Streator Tourism
A Quiet Surprise on the Prairie

Streator Illinois Attractions

To learn more about the various attractions Streator has to offer, please click on the links below for specific information. For a list of upcoming events, please visit the Calendar. Additionally, you may contact us by phone or email using the information provided on the Request Information page.


Roamer Cruise Night
Art on the Prairie
Canoe the Vermilion
Weber House and Garden
Engle Lane Community Players
4th of July
Pipe Dreams
Heritage Tractor Adventure
Starved Rock





Roamer Cruise Night

Come to Streator and enjoy the end of the "Good Old Summertime" (this song was written by Streatorite George 'Honey Boy' Evans). On Labor Day weekend Streator hosts the largest automotive event in downstate Illinois, the Roamer Cruise Night, featuring over 600 cars and 18,000 spectators. This is a free event to be held in the downtown business district.

You will enjoy lots of vendors, live radio broadcasts describing the unique cars and drivers as they tour the downtown area, 50's and 60's era music and carhops on roller skates giving out free gifts to youngsters. This is a family event that remembers the times when families strolled the downtown business district every Saturday night. It's a time of nostalgia, camaraderie and good old-fashioned fun.

On display and cruising will be a 1917 Roamer, which was built in Streator. In 1916 Halladay Motor Car Company unveiled a new car: the Roamer, "America's Smartest Car", a sportier car made to look like the European-made Rolls Royce. The Roamers offered a little more class for about the same price as other cars, with wire wheels, silver radiator, leather upholstery, nickel-plated brightwork and electric clock.

Today, only 11 Roamers are known to still exist, and the Streator-built lone survivor is annually displayed during the Roamer Cruise Night.

For more information, call 888-485-9895 or 815-672-2055.


Art on the Prairie

As the warmth and the hustle and bustle of the "Good Old Summertime" fade away and the crisp, cool fall air arrives, come relax with us and stroll down the tree lined sidewalks of Streator's historic City Park, with its towering hardwoods and enjoy our Fine Arts Festival on September 22nd and 23rd.

Discover and admire the awe inspiring talent of artists as they exhibit and demonstrate their crafts. Visit the Children's Art tent and workshop where trained instructors foster a healthy appreciation of art to the youngsters.

Relax and kick back in one of our open airy tents and sip a glass of Illinois' award winning wines. Music will be played throughout the day by several artists to futher delight your senses. Food vendors will also be available.


Canoe the Vermilion

Canoe trips on the scenic Vermilion River in central Illinois. Come and enjoy a lazy paddle down some quite flat water or more challenging water for the experienced canoeist. Trips can last as long as all day or as little as a couple hours. Just 15 minutes from Starved Rock.

For more information please call 815-673-3218 or visit www.canoethevermilion.com.


Weber House and Garden

The Weber House is a storybook tudor cottage which sits in an English garden of meandering paths, roses, hollyhocks and old oaks. Inside, cozy candlelit rooms reflect the 18th century.

The history of Weber House is interlaced with the rich and famous. Such as, an Academy Award winning actress who covered for F.D.R., an invisible man who forgot his walking stick, television stars who slept under the bed, a theater impresario who liked Whistler, and a major gossip columnist who wrote about them all!

Ted Weber, long time Chicago radio and television personality, and creator of Weber House and Garden will introduce you to each one as you tour the house room by room. His stories of Eleanor Roosevelt, Harry Truman, Richard Nixon and many others will surprise and delight you.

Mr. Weber's nationally syndicated radio shows originated from such Chicago landmarks as The Italian Village, Punchinello's on Rush, Marina City, Piper's Alley in Old Town, and the Blackstone and Knickerbocker Hotels. His guests ranged from movie stars, to politicians and authors. His interviewing skills also took him to Europe where he filed reports for NBC. His television credits include "Ted and the Angel," "C.E.T. Amateur Hour," "Ted Weber In Old Town," and "A.M. Chicago".

For more information, please call 815-672-8327 or visit www.weberhouseandgarden.com.


Engle Lane Community Players

Surprisingly well equipped community theatre offers top quality entertainment every summer, Community Players of Streator, Inc, celebrated their 48th year in 2005. The William C. Schiffbauer Center for the Performing Arts at Engle Lane Theatre is located just off Columbus Road at the west edge of Streator. Six shows are produced each season which runs from early May through late August. For more information on the season and ticket prices, visit their local web site at www.englelane.org.


4th of July

Central Illinois' premier 4th of July celebration is held in Streator every year! Celebration highlights include a performance by the Decatur Park Singers, Jim Murphy's Mighty Bluegrass Shows outstanding carnival midway and the biggest and best fireworks display in downstate Illinois!


Pipe Dreams

"Pipe Dreams," Streator's finest pipe organ festival and church tour are held in February of each year. Visitors are treated to the remarkable sounds of seven different pipe organs as they attend seperate concerts at some of Streator's most beautiful edifices. Experienced musicians present their finest selections from a variety of composers. Come, enjoy the architectural beauty, be inspired by fabulous stained glass windows, and delight in the sounds of magnificent pipe organ music! Visit as many of the churches as you choose. A freewill donation will be taken at each site with proceeds donated to the Streator Red Cross.


Starved Rock

Experience the fun of outdoor adventure at Starved Rock State Park. Whether you enjoy hiking along the nature trails or viewing the many spectacular overlooks along the Illinois River, recreational opportunities abound. From picnicking to fishing to boating, from horseback riding to camping to enjoying winter sports, there’s so much to do that you’ll come back again and again.

The backdrop for your activities are 18 canyons formed by glacial meltwater and stream erosion. They slice dramatically through tree-covered, sandstone bluffs for four miles at Starved Rock State Park, which is located along the south side of the Illinois River, one mile south of Utica and midway between the cities of LaSalle-Peru and Ottawa.

The park is best known for its fascinating rock formations, primarily St. Peter sandstone, laid down in a huge shallow inland sea more than 425 million years ago and later brought to the surface.

While the areas along the river and its tributaries still are predominantly forested, much of the area is a flat, gently rolling plain. The upland prairies were created during an intensive warming period several thousand years after the melting of the glaciers. The Illinois River Valley in the Starved Rock area is a major contrast to the flatland. The valley was formed by a series of floods as glacial meltwater broke through moraines, sending torrents of water surging across the land and deeply eroding the sandstone and other sedimentary rocks.

For more information, please visit www.starvedrocklodge.com.