This year’s Fall Color Tour will be a break from the normal routine as this year we will include two events in one day: our 2016 Fall Color Tour and NIFE’s 25th anniversary dinner celebration. The day’s events will begin at the McDonald’s located at 1019 Maple Ave in Lisle, IL 60532. We will plan to DEPART from here at 1:00pm. If you would like to have lunch prior to our departure, please arrive accordingly to be ready to leave at 1:00pm.
Heading South on I-355, we will exit onto I-80 West over to the Larkin Avenue exit. From here we will get on US-6 to head into Channahon, IL to meet up with our hosts, NIFE Member Hank Roe and friend of NIFE Roger Gerken (you may recall them as they planned out our 2016 Spring Driving Tour as well) at the Channahon Parkway State Park. We will plan to meet here around 2:00pm.
Our first stop on this year’s Fall Color Tour will be the I&M Canal Park in Channahon, IL where our club will see an example of some amazing engineering dating back to the 1840’s. To cross the Du Page River the builders had two choices, build a long and expensive aqueduct to carry the canal boats across the river or build a causeway creating a deep pool so the boats could cross using the river. They chose a causeway that the Du Page River cascades down on its way to the Illinois River. The Park also has one of only two surviving Lock Masters houses on the western part of the I&M.
The next stop, after driving down into the Illinois Valley, is the Aux Able lock and aqueduct that crosses a stream too small for a causeway. The other Lockmasters house is in this little park. Our group will then travel on one of the old trails into Morris, IL. The fall colors should be very nice. In Morris, just south of the Grundy County Courthouse, is the Morris I&M Canal Park. One of the features we will see here is a reproduction of a canal boat. On leaving Morris we will take IL Route 47 North to head to our NIFE 25th anniversary dinner, which will take place at Claddagh Irish Pub located at 1702 Commons Drive in Geneva, IL 60134. Check out their website located at www.claddaghirishpubs.com/geneva/ If you are not able to join us on this year’s Fall Color Tour, join us at Claddagh’s Irish Pub around 5:00pm for a dinner celebration honoring NIFE’s 25th anniversary.