Have you ever heard of the Burgoo Festival? Don't miss the longest-running fall festivals in Northern Illinois taking place just five minutes from our family resort with an indoor water park! Spend a fun-filled weekend browsing crafts from local artists as you savor a bowl of burgoo, a traditional pioneer stew. The 48th Annual 2017 Burgoo Festival is all set to kick off this weekend, October 7th and 8th, at the LaSalle County Historical Society. It's not too late to make a reservation in a Family Suite or Vacation Villa at Grizzly Jack's and check this exciting tradition off your fall to-do list.
Launched in 1969, the Burgoo Festival is a great way to get a feel for the local culture of the Illinois Northwoods. Nestled in a spectacular wooded setting near Starved Rock State Park, this region has a rich pioneer history. Burgoo is a homemade stew that the pioneers used to make. Today's version is cooked over a wood fire for more than 12 hours and includes beef and a variety of vegetables for a hearty and warm treat.
After you finish off your bowl of stew, you can make your way around the craft fair and flea market. With more than 350 vendors selling handmade goods, you can spend hours hunting for jewelry, art, antiques, and specialty gifts. Local musicians will be on hand to entertain the crowds. Located just five minutes from our Starved Rock hotel, the LaSalle County Historical Society is home to the Burgoo Festival every year. This annual event is also their biggest fundraiser.