Will county is located in northeastern Illinois southwest of Chicago and Cook County. It was formed in 1836 and is named for Dr. Conrad Will, a member of the first Constitutional Convention and a member of the Illinois Legislature. The county's final boundaries were set in 1852 when part of the southern portion was ceded over to Kankakee County.
The area is blessed with three significant waterways--the Des Plaines River, the DuPage River and the Kankakee River.
The county seat is Joliet and the county population on July 1, 1999, was 478,392, an increase of 121,079 over the 1990 census.
University of St. Francis and Joliet Junior College, among other educational opportunities, are located here.
For information on county government, contact the National Association of Counties Web site.
Additional information is available at these pages:
Other Illinois Counties nearby:
(Chicago) Cook County
(Morris) Grundy County
(Geneva) Kane County
(Kankakee) Kankakee County
(Yorkville) Kendall County
(Ottawa) La Salle County
12/02 Coming to The Joliet area
Dairy State Cheese and Beer Festival Kenosha WI April20 This fun-filled event includes cheese from around the state of Wisconsin, some of the area’s finest beers and live music.
North Shore Unitarian Church Art Fair Deerfield IL April27-28 NSUC's annual ART FAIR is a juried show featuring the original works of 65+ talented artists and artisans. The fine art and fine crafts exhibited include photography, painting, ceramics, glass, paper, woodwork, metalwork, jewelry, sculpture, fiber, clothing and mixed media. Exhibiting artists come from Illinois as well as from several surrounding states.
Redbud Trail Rendezvous Rochester IN April27-28 See living history of frontier Midwest America, historic camps, music and dance of the period, traditional crafts, food cooked over wood fires, blanket trading, tomahawk and muzzle-loading shooting contests. The village has 40 wooden booths, traditional crafts, blanket trading and muzzle loading shooting matches.
Chocolate Fest Long Grove IL May3-5 Dive into three days of nothing but CHOCOLATE! Mmm, chocolate strawberries, donuts, and much more! Every spring, the Village of Long Grove celebrates the existence of the world's best tasting antioxidant.
Lilac Time Art and Craft Fair Lombard IL May5 The Lilac Time Art and Craft Fair is held annually on St. Charles Road between Main and Elizabeth in downtown Lombard. All of the proceeds received from the craft booth rentals are donated to local charities. Features 140 craft exhibitors and 4000 attendees throughout the day.
Peoria Heights Art Fair Peoria Heights IL May11 A great weekend is planned; the show coincides with the Race for the Cure and the Illinois Art League members show at the Village Hall. A hospitality tent will be open throughout the Art Fair with coffee and donuts in the morning and water and fruit during the day .