Canal Boat Captain’s Luncheon

The Boat Captain’s Luncheon, started by Canal Corridor Association Chairman, John Trutter, in 1992, is an annual gathering of canal supporters from throughout  the IMCNHA celebrating the work and passion of its volunteers.

The 25th Boat Captain’s Luncheon has been rescheduled for April 22nd, 2022 from 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM, held at the historic Union League Club in Chicago, with its grand rooms and first-class artwork.

The Illinois & Michigan Canal National Heritage Area (IMCNHA) is a collection of places and a community of people and organizations who cherish the stories, history, buildings, and landscape of those places. This year and in 2022 we are celebrating some of the Placekeepers, Storytellers, and Builders among us. 

The following honorees will be celebrated at the luncheon this year:

Mike & Pat Shymanski and the Historic Pullman Foundation for their long-time commitment in seeing the opportunities for architectural renewal and storytelling on the south side of Chicago.

Main Street Lockport for their dedication since 1991 to preserve the historic character of downtown Lockport and ensure its economic future using the principles of the National Main Street Center.

Kathleen Farrell and Marsha Lega, artists and sisters for their commitment to Friends of Community Public Art, the education of artists, and public art in Joliet and throughout the IMCNHA.

Missey Moorman Schumacher, Mayor of Channahon for leading the Village’s commitment to the development of a trail system throughout the community and linking to the largest regional trail system and the I&M Canal State Trail.

Morris Downtown Development Partnership for their commitment of economic development through investing and promoting their historic canal downtown.

Ottawa Canal Association & City of Ottawa for their tenacity in working to get the downtown section of the I&M Canal restored with water and open for recreation.

Dan Bell, Superintendent of the I&M Canal State Trail for 29 years for his dedication to the stewardship of the National Landmark Illinois & Michigan Canal and its associated state parks.