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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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Explore Art Through the Heritage Corridor

Explore art from the outdoors, and witness one-of-a-kind pieces as you travel through the I&M Canal Heritage Corridor. There are many hidden gems around the corridor that are eye-catching and breathtaking to see. 

Many of the outstanding murals in Pontiac and Streator been created by a group called The Walldogs

They are a group of highly skilled sign painters and mural artists from all over the globe. They use their top of the line skills to help smaller towns boost their tourism with their artwork. Every wall that a Walldog artist touches comes to life with historic significance to each town. 

Over the years they have touched 31 towns, designing over 600 Murals which have been created by over 300 Walldog artist. 



Pontiac has 26 outdoor murals and 18 of them have been created by Walldog artists. Most can be seen from inside your car. Walking through this town and seeing all of the work of art up close gives you a much better view of all the little details that went into them. 

Abe Lincoln & Strevell House Mural (Pontiac, IL) – Created by The Walldogs 

Drink Coca-Cola (Pontiac, IL) – Created by the Walldogs


Route 66 Shield Mural (Pontiac, IL) – Created by Diaz Sign Art of Pontiac


You can find most of Streator’s murals in their downtown area. In 2018, they had a  Murals and Milestones festival which featured 260 Walldog to paint 17 murals in 4 days.


Glass Capitol of the World (Streator, IL) – Created by The Walldogs

WWII Canteen (Streator, IL) –  Crated by The Walldogs



From a wall-side art of Lincoln and Douglas first debate to an elevated mural of bison right above Ottawa’s very own The Lone Buffalo Restaurant & Tap House, the murals around the town of Ottawa goes through the many stories of their historic past.  This is all part of the city’s “A Brush of History” program.



The Day of the Great Debate (Ottawa, IL)

Ottawa’s Earliest Residents (Ottawa, IL)

Revolution (Ottawa, IL)


There’s so much history along the Heritage Corridor and with the help of The Walldogs and other local talents, we are able to immerse ourselves in a sense of nostalgia as we explore these amazing cities.