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Streator is a city in LaSalle and partially in Livingston counties in the U.S. state of Illinois. The city is situated on the Vermilion River approximately 81 miles (130 km) southwest of Chicago, Illinois in the prairie and farm land of north-central Illinois. According to the 2000 U.S. census the population of Streator was 14,190 people.


"Arts On The Prairie" is an annual outdoors arts fair held at the end of September in Streator's City Park. Streator is a designated stop each year in the annual "Heritage Tractor Adventure" along the Illinois and Michigan Canal. This three day tractor ride/rally attracts hundreds of antique tractor owners. The "Pipe Dreams" music festival is held each February. Featured are performances from the seven pipe organs located at Streator area churches. "Roamer Cruise Night" is an annual cruise / car show held on Labor Day weekend in the downtown district that attracts over 600 cars and 18,000 attendees. Special features of the Cruise Night include a display of a Roamer which was built at a factory in Streator in 1917. The annual Fourth of July celebration runs four over four days with events throughout the city. Most of the events are held in City Park including a carnival, 5K run, a lip sync contest. Other events include the annual parade which runs through downtown and the fireworks display which is held at Streator High School. Streator also has an annual event held the first Saturday after Thanksgiving called Light Up Streator. Light Up Streator is a group of volunteers who place holiday decorations throughout the Streator area, most notably the downtown city park.

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