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The Heritage Corridor Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) encompasses the communities and counties along the historic 97-mile Illinois and Michigan Canal National Heritage Corridor. The Heritage Corridor spans from the Chicago Portage Area just southwest of Chicago to LaSalle-Peru including the counties of Will, Grundy, LaSalle and Putnam. The region conveniently located along I-55 from Chicago to Joliet along I-80 west to LaSalle-Peru.

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Great Ideas for Memorial Day in the Heritage Corridor

Are you ready for your Memorial Day Weekend? Whether you are traveling to the area or looking for a quick local adventure, here are some ideas for you and your family to enjoy the weekend.

Grizzly Jack’s Memorial Day Backyard BBQ

Kick off your summer with the family during Grizzly Jack’s Memorial Day BBQ! Join in on the fun this Saturday, May 25th from 5-9pm at the Bear Island Outdoor Bar for all of your summer favorites, including BBQ Ribs & Jerk Chicken! DJ Kevin Hicks from Beowulf Entertainment will keep the beats rolling!  For more information, visit https://www.grizzlyjacksresort.com.

Grizzly Jack's - Indoor Water Park - Oglesby, IL

Memorial Day at Starved Rock

Spend your Memorial Day exploring the scenic Starved Rock State Park at the Waterfall & Canyon Tour at 9am, or Take a Hike & Lunch at 11am. Check in for the Waterfall & Canyon tour will begin Monday morning at 8:45am in the Great Hall of the Lodge.  The trolley will depart at 9am.  Experience a fun, outdoor adventure at Starved Rock with a guided hike to three spectacular waterfalls and canyons: French, St. Louis and Ottawa (three 45 minute guided walking hikes). This tour includes lunch from a special menu in Starved Rock’s Main Dining Room and a relaxing trolley ride. Call 815-220-7386 to book tickets.  Tickets are available for $32/adult and $27/children 10 & under. You can purchase tickets here or call (815) 220-7386.

Starved Rock State Park

Check in for Take a Hike & Lunch begins at 10:45am in the hotel lobby of Starved Rock Lodge. The hike will depart from the Lodge Monday at 11am with a knowledgeable guide to see canyons and bluffs made from St. Peter’s Sandstone. Due to the season, there is a good possibility you will be able to see seasonal waterfalls. The guide describes to the group how Starved Rock got its name along with other tales and truths. The hike is considered strenuous as there are many stairs and uneven terrain. Please dress for the weather and wear appropriate footwear. Hikes are about 4.5 miles round trip. Lunch includes: your choice of turkey, ham or veggie wrap, bag of chips, homemade granola bar, piece of fruit and a bottle of water. Advanced reservations are required as space is limited. Tickets are available here for just $18 per person. For more information, visit www.starvedrocklodge.com or call (815) 220-7386.

Hiking through Starved Rock State Park Seasonal Waterfalls at Starved Rock State Park

Bowling at Channahon Lanes

Channahon Lanes would like to thank to our veterans and military personnel. Enjoy one game of bowling with shoes or one round of mini golf for free with military ID all day Monday! Located at 25306 W. Eames St. in Channahon. For more information, call (815) 467-2026 or visit www.channahonlanes.com.

Bowling at Channahon Lanes Bowling at Channahon Lanes

Memorial Day Parade and Observance in Morris

Honor our veterans and military personnel close to home in Morris. Monday morning at 10:30am, the Memorial Day parade will start at Chapin Park and continue down Liberty Street to the courthouse.  Observance begins at 11am at the Grundy County Courthouse, located at 111 East Washington Street. For additional information, contact the Morris VFW at (815)-942-0605 or visit http://downtownmorris.com.

Memorial Day in Morris, IL