Presentation: Hidden Gems Road Trip

Hidden Gems Road Trip: Along the Des Plaines River with author Pat Camalliere

Hidden Gems Road Trip: Along the Des Plaines River with author Pat Camalliere


Thursday, March 28, 2024


Riverside Library








Pat Camalliere presented Hidden Gems Road Trip featuring photographs the speaker took of historic and scenic locations along the Des Plaines River, beginning at the Chicago Portage and ending in Lockport. Pat used these locations in the writing of her historic mystery novels. The talk reveals why these places are important to the area’s history, how they look today, and how to visit them.

Included in the program is a handout with maps that pinpoint each location and directions to find them. Most of the places are little-known, open for visitors, and are located within a thirty-minute drive of the southwest suburbs.

Seating for the event will require reservation at Riverside Public Library Events Page.

Camalliere’s books will be available for purchase and signing before and after the talk.


Pat Camalliere is the author of the popular, five-star-rated Cora Tozzi Historical Mystery Series. She lives with her husband in Lemont, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago, where her stories are based. She serves on the board of the Lemont Public Library District and volunteers at the Lemont Historical Society, where she directs the society’s archives. She is a member of the Chicago Writers Association, Sisters in Crime, and the Society of Midland Authors. She speaks locally on a variety of historical topics and to writers’ groups, and writes a blog that features unique history stories (