Lock 16 Center, LaSalle, IL • Thursday, September 17 at 5:30pm
Come for a delicious pot roast or French chicken dinner with fellow history enthusiasts as we listen to renowned storyteller Gary Mechanic at the Lock 16 Center in LaSalle on Thursday, September 17 at 5:30pm. Gary will regale guests with tales of early Chicagoan and I&M Canal icon, Gurdon Hubbard.
Gurdon Hubbard was just 18 when he arrived in Chicago as a clerk working in the fur trade. Hubbard’s career branched out in amazing ways. His accomplishments include the first brick commercial building and meat packing plant in Chicago, and creating the Chicago Board of Trade as well as the Union Stockyards. Hubbard campaigned for building the I&M Canal, and was later appointed a canal commissioner. Learn more while enjoying an evening of drinks, dining, laughter and more along the I&M Canal from the area’s most beloved lecturers and storytellers. It’s sure to be an evening to remember.
Drinks begin at 5:30, dinner at 6. The lecture will follow at 7.
Dinner is a choice of home-style pot roast, mashed potatoes and gravy OR perfectly seasoned french chicken on a bed of wild rice. Both entrees include seasoned vegetables, a bowl of Lock 16’s famous chicken noodle soup, and French bread. Finish with a must-taste, cookies & cream mousse.
Join us for both the dinner & lecture for $29, or just the lecture for $7. Reservations are required. For more information or to reserve, please call (815) 223-1851.
Gary Mechanic is a third generation Chicagoan who grew up on the North Side and spent 12 years in the Chicago Public School system without being taught much about the I&M Canal or anything about the Chicago Portage.
While working as General Manager of the I&M Canal Civic Center Authority it was Gary’s job to promote the Chicago Portage National Historic Site. In 2002 Gary obtained an Illinois First grant to create Friends of the Chicago Portage. He is currently one of their tour guides, produces Friends of the Chicago Portage’s annual lecture series, and Co-Steward of Portage Woods Forest Preserve.
This event is sponsored by the Canal Corridor Association, coordinating entity for the I&M Canal National Heritage Area, 100 miles filled with simple pleasures and natural treasures along one of America’s most historically significant waterways. For more information on the historic cities and towns, prairies, parks and preserves that make up the I&M Canal National Heritage Area, visit the Lock 16 Visitor Center, located at 754 First Street in LaSalle, IL, or visit us online at www.iandmcanal.org.