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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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Whether you have a taste for classic midwest fare, spicy world cuisine or a big juicy steak, the Heritage Corridor has dining options to please every palate. Bite into "the world's best chicken" from White Fence Farm. Take a photo with Marilyn or Elvis and enjoy some great grub at Route 66's iconic Polk-a-Dot Drive-in or pose with the muffler man at The Launching Pad Drive-In. Savor the fusion flavors of international tapas at Corner 230 in Ottawa or Mexican favorites at Friaco's Mexican Restaurant.

When it comes to steaks, Al's Steakhouse, Merichka's and Chapin's are THE places to go. There are also numerous casual, family restaurants with outstanding food and personal service to choose from.

Grab some late-night bites at several sports bars and lounges - many with live music - so kick back and enjoy.

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Grizzly Jack's Grand Bear Resort & Waterpark

A spectacular family getaway just beyond the natural beauty of Starved Rock State Park Grizzly Jack'...Details

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Utica
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99 Hops House

99 Hops House is located at the Hollywood Casino in Joliet. 99 Hops House is the perfect place to ki...Details

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Joliet
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9th Street Pub

Over 35 years in business in Starved Rock Country, serving lunch and dinner daily from 10:00 AM to 9...Details

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LaSalle
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Al's Steak House

Al’s Steak House is one of the oldest steak houses and upscale dining restaurants in Joliet. Al’s St...Details

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Joliet
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Annie's Hideaway

A local treasure right in Naplate, Illinois. Annie’s Hideaway offers some of the area’s best fine di...Details

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Naplate
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Barolo Restaurant

Barolo Restaurant is located in Joliet, and offers a quaint European atmosphere with a unique spin o...Details

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Joliet
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Big Fish Grille

The Big Fish Grille is located at Harborside Marina in Wilmington, Illinois. Big Fish Grille is your...Details

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Wilmington
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Burger Theory

Burger Theory in Joliet focuses on gourmet burgers. Their beef burgers are a special blend of certif...Details

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Joliet
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Cajun Connection

Starved Rock State Park), provides foodies with the most authentic Cajon experience possible. From B...Details

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Utica
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Captain's Cove Bar and Grill

The only thing better than the view at Captain’s Cove Bar and Grill, is the food. Captain’s Cove Bar...Details

Grills & Pubs1127

Ottawa
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Casa Mia

Casa Mia in Naplate, has been one of the finest restaurants for the past 63 years. This culinary del...Details

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Naplate
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Cemeno's Pizza

Cemeno’s Pizza is has been a family owned tradition in Joliet for over 40 years. Cemeno’s Pizza offe...Details

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Joliet
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Chapin's East Banquets and Twin Rail Pub

Chapin’s East is a beautiful upscale / casual banquet hall that can hold up to 300 guests for your w...Details

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Minooka
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Cherry Hill Cafe

Cherry Hill Café in Joliet is one of the best cafes in town. Cherry Hill Café serves lunch and dinne...Details

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Joliet
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Cherry Red Roasters BBQ

Cherry Red Roasters BBQ is a family owned barbecue restaurant and catering company located in Dwight...Details

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Dwight
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Chuck's Southern Comforts Cafe & Banquets

Treat yourself to some of the best eats in the Chicagoland area. Chuck’s Southern Comforts Café is o...Details

BBQ/Ribs1464

Darien
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Clarks Run Creek Wine & Gifts

Clarks Run Creek Wine & Gifts is located near Starved Rock State Park. Clarks Run Creek is the perfe...Details

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Utica
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Clayton's Tap

Generations have been gathering for food and spirits at Clayton’s Tap for over 40 years. Clayton’s T...Details

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Morris
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Cross Street Grill

The newest restaurant at Harrah’s Joliet, Cross Street Grill provides guests with a casual place to ...Details

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Joliet
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Dell Rhea's Chicken Basket

Dell Rhea's Chicken Basket is a historic roadhouse on the famous Route 66 specializing in fried chic...Details

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WILLOWBROOK
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Dock Rotz Tavern

Dock Rotz Tavern in Minooka, Illinois provides home cooked meals, specialty drinks, and one of the b...Details

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Minooka
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Duffy's Tavern

Duffy’s Tavern in Utica is an Irish pub with a vintage vibe. Enjoy delicious food options such as co...Details

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Utica
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Edinger's Filling Station

Edinger’s Filling Station is a casual dining restaurant located in downtown historic Pontiac and alo...Details

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Pontiac
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Elder Brewing Company

Elder Brewing Company is a small cozy craft brewery in Downtown Joliet, Illinois. They have 5 craft ...Details

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Joliet
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Embers Tap House

Located in the heart of Lockport, Illinois, Embers Tap House is one of the area’s most popular spots...Details

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Lockport
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Fire Water BBQ

The flavors, traditions and hospitality of Southern style BBQ have been perfected in the windy city,...Details

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Crest Hill
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Flavors, The Buffet at Harrah's Joliet

Flavors, The Buffet at Harrah’s Joliet is an award-winning buffet concept from the Harrah’s Las Vega...Details

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Joliet
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Friaco's Mexican Restaurant

Friaco’s Mexican Restaurant is a family owned restaurant in Joliet, Illinois. In a relaxing atmosphe...Details

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Joliet
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Fryers Breakfast Bar & Grill

Fryers Breakfast Bar & Grill in Channahon serves great breakfasts, appetizing lunches and phenomenal...Details

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Channahon
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Gelsosomo's Pizzeria

Gelsosomo’s Pizzeria in Lemont, is a place where families and friends could gather to celebrate life...Details

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Lemont
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Greenhorn Saloon

If you are looking for a place to catch the game, some live local music, or a relaxed dinner with th...Details

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Morris
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Grizzly Jack's Grand Bear Resort & Waterpark

A spectacular family getaway just beyond the natural beauty of Starved Rock State Park Grizzly Jack'...Details

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Utica
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Hamburgerseria

Hamburgerseria is bringing back the tradition of gourmet burgers in Joliet. After a day at Chicagola...Details

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Joliet
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Hanover & Hardy's Public House

Hanover & Hardy’s Public House is located inside the Holiday Inn & Suites Hotel in Bolingbrook. Whet...Details

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Bolingbrook
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Hayden's Crossing

Hayden’s Crossing is a one-of-a-kind restaurant in Downtown Wilmington with welcoming family atmosph...Details

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Wilmington
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Heritage Harbor Ottawa

Every great adventure starts with a moment of discovery. Ideally situated just minutes from Starved ...Details

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Ottawa
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Home Cut Donuts

Donuts! Home Cut Donuts is Joliet’s favorite coffee and donuts headquarters since 1966. They serve o...Details

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Joliet
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Honest Abe's Tap & Grill

Honest Abe’s Tab & Grill is family owned bar and grill in Morris, Illinois. They are famous for thei...Details

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Morris
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Jerrie's Dogs & Fries

With the passing of owner Jeff Reid’s Mother Jerrie, Jeff decided to build a business in his Mothers...Details

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Joliet
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Jimmy John's Gourmet Sandwiches

Freaky is a way of life at Jimmy John’s. Not only are they freaky fast, but they are freaks about fr...Details

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Utica
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Jitters Coffee House

Located in Downtown Joliet 2 block away from the Rialto Square Theatre and Harrah's Casino at the sc...Details

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Joliet
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Joy and Ed's Inn

If you’re looking for a small town, good home cooking, Joy and Ed’s Inn will not disappoint. Joy and...Details

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Utica
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Krema Coffee House

Krema Coffee House is an independent coffee house and your place to come and relax. We are located i...Details

Coffee Houses & Tea Rooms1580

Plainfield
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Liberty Street Cafe

Looking for a quaint local dining option to try? Then stop in the Liberty Street Café in Downtown Mo...Details

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Morris
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Lickety Split

On Historic Route 66, Lickety Split Ice Cream Shoppe in Wilmington, Illinois serves a wide variety o...Details

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Wilmington
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MarkAllen's American Kitchen

For a unique dining experience, MarkAllen’s American Kitchen in Peru, is a must stop. MarkAllen’s ta...Details

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Peru
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Merichka's

Mericha’s has been family owned since 1933. Known for their World Famous “Poor Boys”, they also have...Details

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Crest Hill
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Morris Chop Shop

The Morris Chop Shop specializes in fresh local raised beef, pork and poultry. All of the beef is ra...Details

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Morris
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MyGrain Brewing

MyGrain Brewing is a brewpub located in the historical Joliet Union train station. They offer many c...Details

Gastro Tavern/Pub1429

Joliet
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Nelly's Restaurant on Route 66

Nelly’s Restaurant on Route 66 is “Home of The Best DAM” burgers, beef, hot dogs, fresh cut fries, o...Details

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Wilmington
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Nick's Tavern

If you ask a local in the Heritage Corridor on where to grab a great burger, they'll say Nick's Tave...Details

Grills & Pubs1066

Lemont
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Nonie's Bakery

Nonie’s Bakery in Utica is family owned bakery and café serving breakfast and lunch. Nonie’s is a qu...Details

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Utica
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Nothing Bundt Cakes - Shorewood

Step into a Nothing Bundt Cakes bakery and let the aroma of freshly-baked Bundt stir your senses. No...Details

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Shorewood
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Old Route 66 Family Restaurant

Get your kicks with an old fashioned milk shake on Route 66 at Old Route 66 Family Restaurant. The f...Details

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Dwight
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Pesciolino Osteria

Pesciolino Osteria is an Italian restaurant featuring authentic handmade pasta, fresh seafood, house...Details

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Channahon
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Pine Hills Bar & Restaurant

Pine Hill Golf Club Bar & Restaurant is family owned and unique to Central Illinois, and nestled in ...Details

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Ottawa
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PK UnKorked Wine Shop and Tasting Room

PK UnKorked Wine Shop and Tasting Room is perfectly located right on the square in historic Downtown...Details

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Pontiac
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Polk-a-Dot Drive In

One of the most memorable attractions along Route 66 is the Polk-a-Dot Drive In. Once you enter the ...Details

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Public Landing Restaurant and Banquet Center

The Public Landing Restaurant and Banquet Center is housed in the historic Gaylord Building in Lockp...Details

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Lockport
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Route 66 Food N Fuel

Route 66 Food N Fuel is ideally situated along Route 66 on the southern edge of Joliet near the Chic...Details

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Joliet
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Roxie's Sweet Confections

Satisfy your sweet tooth in Utica at Roxie’s Sweet Confections. Roxie’s offers homemade candy and a ...Details

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Utica
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RTE. 66 Bar & Grill

Route 66 Bar & Grill is a fantastic place for a family meal along the “Mother Road” Route 66. They a...Details

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Wilmington
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Starved Rock Lodge and Conference Center

There are several dining options at Starved Rock Lodge for you to fuel up before or after a day expl...Details

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Oglesby
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Sunfield Restaurant

Sunfield Restaurant is casual dining restaurant in Ottawa, Illinois. Serving breakfast, lunch and di...Details

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Ottawa
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Sweet Tooth

The Sweet Tooth has been voted the Best Ice Cream / Custard in Grundy County. From ice cream to home...Details

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Morris
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Tallgrass Restaurant

Tallgrass Restaurant is located 35 miles southwest of Chicago in the I&M National Heritage Corri...Details

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Lockport
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Tangled Roots Brewing Company

In beautiful Starved Rock Country is Illinois’ finest craft beer experience, Tangled Roots Brewing C...Details

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Ottawa
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The Cheese Shop 'n' Deli

The Cheese Shop ‘n’ Deli is located just off the banks of the I&M Canal in Historic Ottawa, Illinois...Details

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Ottawa
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The County Seat Pub & Pizzeria

The County Seat Pub & Pizzeria in Morris, Illinois is a premier pub serving Mazon, Verona, Seneca, a...Details

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Morris
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The Great American Bagel

The Great American Bagel in Joliet is an award-winning bagel bakery and deli concept specializing in...Details

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Joliet
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The Hi-Way Restaurant

The Hi-Way Restaurant in Ottawa, Illinois is your place for great food and cold drinks before a day ...Details

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Ottawa
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The Lone Buffalo

The Lone Buffalo in Ottawa and near Starved Rock State Park, serves good food and beer in a comforta...Details

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Ottawa
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The New Chalet Restaurant

Good old home cooking awaits you at The New Chalet Restaurant in Ottawa, Illinois. Voted one of the ...Details

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Ottawa
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The Office Bar and Grill

The Office Bar and Grill in Channahon is a short distance from Downtown Joliet and the Chicagoland S...Details

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Channahon
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The Ottawa Bakery

The Ottawa Bakery is small batch bakery near Starved Rock State Park, that is a hot spot with the lo...Details

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Ottawa
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The Pink Chihuahua

The Pink Chihuahua is a gourmet restaurant founded on love, comfort and joy where food becomes art. ...Details

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Ottawa
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The Red Dog Grill

The Red Dog Grill is Starved Rock Country’s best waterfront dining venue. Located in Heritage Harbor...Details

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Ottawa
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The Reserve Steakhouse at Harrah's Casino

The Reserve Steakhouse at Harrah’s Casino in Downtown Joliet is the place for fine dining after a da...Details

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Joliet
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The Shrimp Barn

The Shrimp Barn in Minooka is home of the Midwestern Barn Raised Signature Shrimp. The Shrimp Barn i...Details

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Minooka
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TRUTH Restaurant

TRUTH Restaurant is a friendly neighborhood restaurant in the Cathedral area in Joliet. Even though ...Details

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Joliet
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Tully Monster Pub & Grill

Tully Monster provides craft beer, craft food, craft cocktails and more. Check out this great Morris...Details

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Morris
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Uptown Grill

Uptown Grill offers polished American Cuisine in a casual environment in the Starved Rock area. Frid...Details

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LaSalle
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Viet Little Home Vietnamese Cuisine

At Viet Little Home Vietnamese Cuisine you’ll never go home hungry. Most of the food at Viet Little ...Details

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Shorewood
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White Fence Farm

If you're making a trip down Route 66, make sure to plan on eating at White Fence Farm. The restaura...Details

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Wild Horse Restaurant & Bar

Wild Horse Bar & Grill is a country-style restaurant and bar proudly serving unique wood-grill cooke...Details

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Joliet
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Will County Brewing Company

This popular brewery in Shorewood, IL is known for its amazing concoctions and the head brewer's bea...Details

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Shorewood
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Wine & Cheese by TCC

Wine & Cheese by TCC is a fine wine and artisan cheese shop, wine bar and cafe located in historic d...Details

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Plainfield
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