Streator Downtown Farmers Market

Saturdays 9 to 1

June through October

The Andrews Brothers

at Engle Lane

Oct 5 - 11

Downtown Trick or Treat

Oct 25

Keeping Christmas Close to Home

Nov. 29th

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Situated along the Vermilion River, Streator proudly promotes itself as a "Quiet Surprise on the Prairie." We invite you to come wander the tree lined streets where you will find the quiet, caring atmosphere of small town America. We are rich in history, architecture and charm, from the noteworthy churches featuring the annual Pipe Dreams organ concerts to the shady paths of the City Park and beautiful Weber House and Garden. Make memorable moments with family and friends while enjoying activities reminiscent of simpler times such as the July 4th fireworks celebration, Engle Lane community theater, a concert at the beautiful Plumb Pavilion in the city park or vintage cars during the Labor Day Roamer Cruise Night. A small community offering hospitality and good old fashioned fun!



                              Plumb Pavilion (pictured above) is the latest addition

          to the Streator City Park.


Latest News

Visit the State's Largest Pumpkin at Eric's Pumpkin Patch!

Gene McMullen's great pumpkin has been getting great attention lately.The Streator man has grown a 1,692-pound pumpkin — a state record and, as of Wednesday, the eighth largest in the world. For a time, it was the second largest in the world, garnering him media coverage across the state.

Eric's Pumpkin Patch is located at 2097 N 15th Road in Streator. Their phone number is 815-672-9111. You can also connect with them on Facebook.

Keeping Christmas Close to Home
Light Up Streator, the thirteenth anniversary of the lighting of the Christmas holiday decorations in the City Park. The event features a market place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Christmas toy drive, food, live music and a special visit by Santa. Following the ceremony, guests may enjoy a "Family Christmas" at the Weber House and Garden. Call 815-672-2055 for more information or email


3rd Annual Lighted Parade & Midnight Madness, Parade starts at 7 p.m. Stores & Vendors open after parade until midnight. Vendors will be at Park Place and Bruce Township Hall from 8 p.m. to midnight.


The Pluto Connection

Clyde William Tombaugh was born in Streator, Ill., on Feb. 4, 1906. His family purchased a farm near Burdett, Kan., while he was still young, where a hailstorm ruined his family's crops and put an end to his hopes to attend college at the time. Unimpressed with store-bought telescopes, Tombaugh constructed his first telescope at the age of 20, grinding the mirrors himself. Over the course of his life, he would build more than 30 telescopes.In 1928, he put together a 23-centimeter reflector out of the crankshaft of a 1910 Buick and parts from a cream separator. Using this telescope, young Clyde made detailed observations of Jupiter and Mars, which he sent to Lowell Observatory in hopes of garnering feedback from professional astronomers. Instead of receiving constructive criticism, Tombaugh was instead offered a position at the observatory. The staff had been searching for an amateur astronomer to operate their new photographic telescope in search of, among other things, the mysterious Planet X. When Tombaugh was hired in 1929, he joined the search for the missing planet. The telescope at the observatory was equipped with a camera that would take two photographs of the sky on different days. A device known as a blink compactor rapidly flipped back and forth between the two photographs. Stars and galaxies essentially remained unmoving in the images, but anything closer could be visually identified by its motion across the sky. Tombaugh spent approximately a week studying each pair of photographs, which contained over 150,000 stars, and sometimes nearly a million. On Feb. 18, 1930, Tombaugh noticed movement across the field of a pair of images taken a month beforehand. After studying the object to confirm it, the staff of Lowell Observatory officially announced the discovery of a ninth planet on March 13. With the discovery came the rights to name the new body, so the staff opened up a worldwide call for suggestions. Eleven-year old Venetia Burney of England suggested the name Pluto, because the dark, distant planet resembled the abode of the Greek god of the underworld.Pluto endured as a planet for more than 70 years. As astronomical instruments became increasingly precise, however, other similar-sized objects were found beyond the orbit of Neptune. In 2006, almost a decade after Tombaugh's death, the International Astronomical Union reclassified Pluto as a dwarf planet.The New Horizons mission carries some of Tombaugh's ashes on board as it travels to Pluto and beyond. Although most famous for the discovery of the most controversial body in the solar system, Tombaugh also found a comet, hundreds of asteroids, and several galactic star clusters over the course of his career.

NASA's New Horizons will flyby Pluto next summer. Its closest approach to Pluto will occur on July 14th, 2015, but encounter operations begin well before that, in mid-January!

Why Is NASA doing this mission? Pluto and its large moon Charon are amazing binary planet system in a new region of the solar system called the Kuiper Belt, which is farther out than even Neptune - 3 billion miles away. At the moment the best pictures we have of either from the Hubble Telescope only allow us to see fuzzy blobs of lighter and darker surface material. Humankind is about to get high-resolution pictures and many other kinds of data on Pluto for the first time thanks to New Horizons.
Some good Pluto and New Horizons resources to read are:
- Why is Pluto so interesting?

- More about the spacecraft mission – and see a cool new video of Charon orbiting Pluto – taken by the spacecraft

- Countdown to Pluto Encounter!

- The current best maps of Pluto Postcards from Pluto by post-doc Amanda -

Stay Tuned for Events in 2015!Planned events include a golf tournament, Cosmic golf and disc golf, guest speakers, and a Pluto Polka Party.

Events Calendar has been expanded!

We have partnered with to create a comprehensive list of events. Check the site for all of the latest events and times.


Open Now for Reservations - Baldwin House!


An alternative to hotels - Baldwin House is a fully furnished home located conveniently in Central Streator. The home sleeps up to six people, with two bedrooms, a formal dining room, living room, sunroom, and a fully equipped kitchen . Amenities include cable television, internet service, and in-house laundry. For more information, visit, email,

or call Proprietress Toni Pettit at 815-510-0658.



Would you like to see a New Horizons lego set? Vote at
Projects with 10,000 votes will be reviewed quarterly and possibly created! The New Horizons spacecraft is on its way towards Pluto. Clyde Tombaugh (formerly of Streator) discovered Pluto. His ashes are on board the spacecraft. How many other astronomers can claim that?




The Heritage Tractor Adventure was held on June 7th to 10th. More pictures can be found here.

Photo Courtesy of Tim Riordan




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