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Gus Macker street closings parking restrictions

Gus Macker street closings, parking restrictions

MORRIS – The 12th annual Gus Macker Morris 3-on-3 basketball tournament will arrive in downtown Morris this weekend, and members of the organizing committee are informing the public of the following street closings and parking restrictions.

This Wednesday, the city parking lot at the corner of Wauponsee and Jackson streets will be closed for the delivery and assembly of hoops. A portion of the lot will be reopened on Saturday, according to a news release from the Morris Downtown Development Partnership.

Beginning at 5 p.m. Friday, the following streets will be closed until the conclusion of the tournament on Sunday: Liberty Street from Illinois Avenue to Jefferson Street. Additionally, one block to the east and west of Liberty (Franklin to Wauponsee) will also be closed. No parking will be permitted on these streets after 5 p.m. Friday. Unattended vehicles will be towed.

Throughout the tournament Saturday and Sunday, the west sheriff’s office parking lot on Illinois will be reserved for tournament officials.

In order to assure there is ample parking for downtown customers, the lot at Main and Franklin will be monitored and reserved Saturday morning. 

Gus Macker is hosted by the MDDP and sponsored by the Morris Daily Herald, Herald Life and WCSJ/WJDK.

The MDDP, Gus Macker organizing committee, sponsors and volunteers thank the community for their cooperation and support of this event and hope that many area residents will come out and watch some great basketball over the weekend.

Participate in the Liberty Days Arts Festival

The Liberty Days Arts Festival is coming to nostalgic downtown Morris. The MDDP’s Liberty Days Committee is partnering with Lonnie Mathison of Lonnie’s Arts Gallery to bring this event to the annual Liberty Days festivities. Liberty Days is held in the heart of downtown with concerts, food, activities and even a visit from President and Mrs. Lincoln.

The arts festival will be from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 28 on the Grundy County Courthouse Lawn. Participants must provide their own tent, table and chairs. The cost for a 10-foot-by-10-foot space is $25. Set up will begin at 7 a.m. Participants must be set up by 8:30 a.m. and are expected to stay until 5 p.m.

To participate, download a form at or contact Julie Applegate at 815-941-0245 or at, or Lonnie Mathison at 832-421-8899. Completed forms should be returned to Lonnie’s Arts Gallery, 108 W. Washington St., Morris, by June 9.

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