Les Amis du Fort de Chartres has announced that they will be recognizing the 300th anniversary of historic Fort de Chartres and 50 years of the annual Rendezvous at Fort de Chartres next year during the fort’s 51st Annual Rendezvous to be held June 5 – 6, 2021.
Currently, Illinois Department of Natural Resources State Parks and Historic Sites are following the state’s Phase 4 guidelines, which allow for groups of only 50 persons or less on site. Due to these restrictions, Les Amis du Fort de Chartres announced the cancellation of the remainder of the fort’s 2020 events. With the state and region’s recent spike of COVID-19 pandemic cases, it is also uncertain when the state will transition into the next and final site opening phase which will have no restrictions for site events and gatherings.
Fort de Chartres State Historic Site’s annual Rendezvous is the largest gathering of its kind anywhere in the Midwest. The event attracts many thousands to the site during the two day special event. This annual event is presented by Les Coureurs des Bois de Fort de Chartres and is sponsored by Les Amis du Fort de Chartres. The annual Fort de Chartres Rendezvous is made possible through the dedication of the fort’s many volunteers and support organizations and through donations by businesses and individuals in our surrounding communities. All event funds raised this year thus far will be used to plan and present fort events in 2021, once the state of Illinois enters Phase 5 status.
For more on the Rendezvous, please see this week’s print edition.