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A storybook Tudor cottage nestled within the beauty of an English garden, the Weber House and Garden is infused with a deep history entwined with the rich and famous of our past. Browse through the 18th-century furnishings while listening to interesting stories of the home’s famous guests; or take a walk through the surrounding gardens, composed of winding pathways, roses, hollyhocks and old oak trees. History buffs should also visit the Streatorland Historical Society Museum, which displays an assortment of historical items depicting the area’s bygone days.

If live stage performances are your forte, be sure to check out the Community Players of Streator, Inc., who have been a part of the cultural community for more than 50 years. The troupe’s home is the William C. Schiffbauer Center for the Performing Arts at the Engle Lane Theater. Formerly a warehouse, the space has transformed into a comfortable 247-seat theater where patrons can enjoy six productions every year—which include musicals, children’s productions, comedy and revival.

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Several community events bring residents and visitors together each year for the best in family entertainment. Every February, guests delight in the sounds and beauty of the area’s finest pipe organ festival and church tour—“Pipe Dreams.”

Summertime kicks off with the annual Heritage Tractor Adventure, a five-day event featuring a three-day tractor ride. The Heritage Tractor Adventure is teeming with vintage farm tractors, and offers a historic ride and plenty of entertainment and food. Another summer treat is the 4th of July Celebration, a favorite among area residents. In addition to the musical entertainment and carnival rides and games is the biggest and best fireworks display for miles.

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Labor Day weekend brings about the largest automotive event in this region of Illinois—Roamer Cruise Night. The free event draws 18,000 people and features more than 600 cars, along with vendors, live radio broadcasts, music reminiscent of the ‘50s and ‘60s and plenty of freebies.

Following the Roamer Cruise Night is September’s Fine Arts Festival—Arts on the Prairie—where talented artists exhibit and demonstrate their crafts along the sidewalks of historic City Park. The Children’s Art tent and workshop is popular among the youth, while music and food are enjoyed by all.

The holiday season gets underway on Thanksgiving weekend each year. Held at City Park, the Light Up Streator festival lasts all day, with activities for children, Christmas carols, raffles, a variety of vendors and the much-anticipated lighting ceremony at night.

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