MORRIS – Since becoming the City’s Business Development Director in January, I’ve seen firsthand that Morris has a recipe for success. From our vibrant downtown to the impressive combination of local businesses and national brands that line our 47 and Route 6 corridors, to the natural resources and sense of community pride we enjoy, Morris is poised for a bright future.
Special events play an integral role in stimulating our local economy and put Morris on the map as a destination for business and tourism. The city is proud to partner in bringing concerts, festivals, races, and family events to town.
Among the new events in 2022 are True North’s FForest Fest, the Morris Barbecue Association’s Rhythm & BBQ Festival and the Morris Beer Festival. These will take place in Goold Park and utilize the bandshell. The Dulcimer Festival also announced its return to the park in June.
Our charming Downtown has become a year-round destination for Northern Illinois shopping. Retailers kicked off spring with “Shop Lucky” and the inaugural St. Patrick’s Day Parade this month. Girls Night Out returns May 6th, with the addition of an after party featuring food trucks and prizes. Rock the Block was such a hit in 2021 that it will expand to the fourth Sundays of June, July and August. This event brings bands, a bags tournament, food trucks and family fun to historic Liberty Street.
The City Pool turns 100 this year! Centennial celebrations are planned throughout July, including free swim Saturdays, theme days, a kids “Pool Camp”, and more. Businesses can get involved through sponsorship opportunities. For more information, visit morrisil.org/public-pool.
Through new events and longstanding traditions like Morris Cruise Night, the 3 French Hens Market and the Liberty Arts Festival, Morris will welcome thousands of visitors to shop, dine and enjoy our community in the months ahead. A full event list, downtown map, historic walking tour and other resources are available at morrisil.org/visitmorris.
Meanwhile, Morris is positioning for growth through enhanced infrastructure like the additional water tower north of town. Near the Brisbin Road interchange, Love’s will break ground on a convenience center next month. More activity is expected in the area, creating new jobs and additional tax revenue.
There is a lot happening in our community. From our dedicated police, fire and public works teams to our elected officials, business owners, and volunteers, many hands are helping move the City forward while preserving the charm and sense of community that makes us unique.
“There’s More to Morris” has become our mantra. Whether you’re visiting Morris for a day, or staying here for life, we’re sure you’ll agree.