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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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I&M Canal Attractions

A mid-1800’s architectural wonder helped make Chicago the city it is today.  The 96-mile Illinois & Michigan Canal (I&M Canal) connected the Great Lakes in Bridgeport, Chicago to the Illinois River at LaSalle-Peru. 

This “highway” allowed for many cities along the Canal to come to life.  And today, these cities blend history with a modern sophistication that will definitely make for a delightful trip.  With delightful restaurants like Tallgrass Restaurant in Lockport, IL and Nick’s Tavern in Lemont, IL, boutique shops like Betty’s in Morris, IL and Cattails at Starved Rock Marketplace in Utica, IL, and excitement like SkyDive Chicago in Ottawa, IL and Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, IL, a visit to the I&M Canal will be an experience to remember.

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Alter Brewing Company

In the burgeoning suburb of Downers Grove, three men with a passion for beer formed Alter Brewing Co...Details

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August Hill Winery & Illinois Sparkling Co.

August Hill Winery & Illinois Sparkling Co. in Downtown Utica is Starved Rock Country’s award wi...Details

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Autobahn Country Club

The Autobahn Country Club in Joliet is the 4th longest road course in the United States. Drive your ...Details


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Black Horizon Brewing Company

Black Horizon Brewing Company is a small nano-sized brewery in Willowbrook that features a variety o...Details

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Boggio's Orchard and Produce

Boggio’s Orchard & Produce is a family-oriented owned orchard and produce. Their orchard includes fr...Details

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Bowlero is the bowling/dining/nightlife destination that's stirrin' up fun for everyone in the Chica...Details

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Buffalo Range Shooting Park

Buffalo Range Shooting Park is centrally located near the Illinois River and historic Starved Rock S...Details

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Carbon Hill School Museum

The Carbon Hill School Museum is home to the Carbon Hill Historical Society. This original 1893 scho...Details


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Cathedral Area Preservation Association of Joliet (CAPA)

The Cathedral Area Preservation Association of Joliet was formed in 1981 by concerned neighbors look...Details


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Catlin Park

Catlin Park is a county park located in LaSalle County, Illinois. Catlin Park has 333 acres and is h...Details


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Channahon Lanes

Channahon Lanes is your home for family fun and entertainment in Channahon, Illinois. Located in the...Details


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Chicagoland Speedway

Chicagoland Speedway located in Joliet on historic Route 66, is one of the United States premier aut...Details

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Children's Museum in Oak Lawn

The Children’s Museum in Oak Lawn has a mission of positively impacting a child's potential in life ...Details


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Columbia Woods (Forest Preserve District of Cook County)

Columbia Woods offers a relaxing place to fish and enjoy a picnic. Columbia Woods is part of the For...Details

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Dollinger Family Farm

Dollinger Family Farm is the best place to celebrate fall, it is the family’s favorite season after ...Details

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Escape Hour Room

You have 60 minutes. Can you figure out the clues to escape High Noon or Unsportsmanlike Conduct? Th...Details

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Four Rivers Environmental Education Center

Four Rivers Environmental Education Center is a model of green architecture, featuring a repurposed ...Details

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Grizzly Jack's Grand Bear Resort & Waterpark

Discover a magical family getaway just beyond the glow of Chicago at Grizzly Jack's Grand Bear Resor...Details

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Grundy County Corn Festival

The Corn Festival is the cornerstone event in Grundy County. The 70th annual Grundy Corn Festival ki...Details

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Grundy County Historical Society and Museum

The Grundy County Historical Museum in Morris, Illinois is where history is collected, preserved and...Details


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Harrah's Joliet Casino & Hotel

Harrah’s Casino & Hotel is your entertainment headquarters along the Des Plaines River in pictur...Details

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Heap's Giant Pumpkin Farm

Heap’s Giant Pumpkin Farm is the place to visit in the fall. Located 8 miles west of I-55 in Minooka...Details

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Hegeler Carus Mansion

The Hegeler Carus Mansion is a National Historic Landmark in LaSalle, Illinois (just a short drive f...Details


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HellsGate Haunted House

Voted the Scariest in Illinois and #11 Scariest in the Nation, HellsGate Haunted House is the Chicag...Details

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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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Hickory Creek Brewing Company

Hickory Creek Brewing grows their own hops on their property -- Cascade, Willamette, and Centennial ...Details

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Historic Shabbona Park

Shabbona Park is part of the Chicago Park District and sits on approximately 18.5 acres of land. Sha...Details



Hollywood Casino Joliet

The Hollywood Casino Joliet offers some of the best promotions in all of Chicagoland. Experience exc...Details

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Illinois Aviation Museum

The Illinois Aviation Museum at Bolingbrook is a group dedicated to advancing aviation and engineeri...Details


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Illinois River Road

The heart of Illinois beats true and strong in the communities that make up the Illinois River Road ...Details

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Illinois Rock & Roll Museum

Coming in 2019 the Illinois Rock & Roll Museum on Route 66 is an organization created to honor a...Details


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Illinois Waterway Visitor Center

This Visitor Center is located across the Illinois River from Starved Rock State Park, offering a gr...Details

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Joliet Area Historical Museum

The Joliet Area Historical Museum, in downtown Joliet, offers history buffs with a chance to relive ...Details


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Joliet Iron Works Historic Site

The 52-acre Joliet Iron Works Historic Site is part of the Forest Preserve District of Will County a...Details


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LaSalle County Historical Society

The LaSalle County Historical Society campus is located on the banks of the historic I&M Canal a...Details


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Lemont Area Historical Society

The Lemont Area Historical Society is a national landmark listed on the National Register of Histori...Details


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Lockport Area Genealogical & Historical Society

The Lockport Area Genealogical & Historical Society is dedicated to preserving the history of Lockpo...Details


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Matthiessen State Park

Matthiessen State Park is an Illinois state park located a few miles south of the more famous Starve...Details

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Mendota Museum & Historical Society

Mendota Museum & Historical Society's mission is to promote the preservation of the history of Mendo...Details


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Metal Monkey Brewing

Metal Monkey Brewing is a micro-brewery in Romeoville, Illinois. Their tap room has seating for over...Details

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Midwest SOARRING Foundation

Midwest SOARRING Foundation preserves Mother Earth, and the rich traditions of the ancestors. Midwes...Details


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Mix's Trading Post & Utica Electric Bike Rentals

Mix's Trading Post & Utica Electric Bike Rentals is located in North Utica, Illinois. Before hea...Details

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National Heritage Corridor Visitors Center: Civic Center Authority

The National Heritage Corridor Visitors Center: Civic Center Authority provides travelers with map a...Details


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Ottawa Historical and Scouting Heritage Museum

The Ottawa Historical and Scouting Heritage Museum is dedicated to the preservation of the history o...Details


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Pollyanna Brewing Company

Pollyanna Brewing Company in Lemont, Illinois, experiments with local fruits and spices, seasonal la...Details

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River Hawk Brewery

River Hawk Brewery is a local brewery and taproom in Channahon, Illinois that features hand crafted ...Details

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Riverfront Lanes

Riverfront Lanes are your home for family fun and entertainment in the Route 66 town of Wilmington. ...Details


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Seneca Historical Guild

The purpose of the Seneca Historical Guild is to bring people together interested in history, and es...Details

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Skeleton Key Brewery

Skeleton Key Brewery is a micro and craft brewery incubator in Woodridge, Illinois. Skeleton Key Bre...Details

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Skydive Chicago

Skydive Chicago is located off of I-80 in Ottawa, Illinois (in Starved Rock Country) and nestled on ...Details

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Spring Lake Nature Park

Spring Lake Nature Park in Streator, Illinois is 37.2 acres of natural land. The park includes two c...Details


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St. James at Sag Bridge

St. James at Sag Bridge was founded in 1833 and is the sole country parish of the Archdiocese of Chi...Details

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Starved Rock Lodge and Conference Center

Plan a relaxing vacation and stay at the only hotel in the middle of Starved Rock State Park. Stay i...Details

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Starved Rock State Park

Starved Rock State Park is a world apart from anything else in Illinois. From the minute you wind yo...Details

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The Gaylord Building

The Gaylord Building has been a landmark since 1838, and played a vital role in one of the great ent...Details

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Westclox Museum

The Westclox Museum in Peru, Illinois presents visitors with a history of the Western Clock Company,...Details


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Will County Historical Museum and Research Center

The building was the administrative offices of the waterway for the I&M Canal, in 1972 it was re...Details


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William Reddick Mansion

Historically important and architecturally unique, the Reddick Mansion anchors Washington Square, th...Details


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Zip Chicago

Zip Chicago Canopy Tours located in Marseilles, Illinois, is one of the highest, longest, tours in I...Details

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