Thursday, April 5, 2012

Downtown LaSalle Canal Market

Have a new project that I am working on - a French/farmers market. Have wanted one in our town for a long time. So excited to be planning. If you are in the area, stop by and say hi! Here's a little info about the market and some of the things that you can see and do when you come to the Illinois Valley area.

shop. eat. explore...

Join us at the Historic Downtown LaSalle Canal Market! Located on First and Marquette Streets in downtown LaSalle.

What will you find at the LaSalle Canal Market? – An open air art and farmers market that is nestled near the historic IM canal and downtown LaSalle. The LaSalle Canal Market will run every 4th Saturday of the month from May until September. It offers unique vendors and you will find a fresh bounty of fruit and veggies, bouquets of flowers, one of a kind items such as jewelry, art, crafts, clothing, meat and cheese vendors, baked goods, music and more. As in Europe, the market is much more than a place to shop. It is a meeting place for the community, where you can shop at your leisure. Plus, you will get that personal one-to-one interaction with the vendors and see the same people at your favorite booths week after week. There is no admission charge, so bring the whole family and friendly pets are also welcome.
North Central Illinois ARTworks Phantom Gallery - First and Marquette Streets

Be sure to visit our downtown area. Enjoy browsing our unique shops and then have lunch at one of our many downtown dining establishments. You can even take our self guided architecture tour.

Hegeler Carus Mansion. What a jewel! Tours available. Photo courtesy of Hegeler Carus Mansion.
We also boast a Phantom Gallery run by North Central Illinois ARTworks and Stage 212 a community theater both housed near the market. And while you’re in town, make sure to stop by the stately Hegeler Carus Mansion, an 18th century Victorian home and a recipient of the National Historic Landmark award. Kelly and her staff are there to greet you and give you a tour of this beautiful home.
Moe (or is that Larry?) towing the canal boat.
Don’t miss the beautiful Lock 16 Visitor’s Center, a restored vintage commercial building that houses a cozy cafĂ© and gift shop. You can get your ticket there for a ride down the Illinois & Michigan Canal. Step back in time as you are pulled by mules, Moe and Larry on a slow and lazy ride in the canal boat. And, when you are finished with your ride, hop in your car and visit Starved Rock and Matthesson Park. They are minutes away.

If you are interested in securing a booth at the 2012 LaSalle Canal Market, please contact Market Supervisor via email at

The Canal Market is sponsored in part by LaSalle State Bank and the city of LaSalle.

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