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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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Autobahn Country Club

Autobahn Country Club is the 4th longest road course in the US. They have multiple public driving ev...Details

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Joliet
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Black Horizon Brewing Company

Here's what to expect: board games, video games (including an old Nintendo 64), foosball, TV's, air ...Details

General Attractions1431

Willowbrook
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Boggio's Orchard and Produce

Their bakery opens at 6:00 am and market is open from 9:00 to 5:00 pm, Monday-Saturday, and Sunday 6...Details

General Attractions372

Granville
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Bowlero

The brand-new Bowlero is a full-feature, family-friendly entertainment destination with something fo...Details

General Attractions32

Romeoville
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Carbon Hill School Museum

The original 1893 schoolhouse displays hundreds of original artifacts depicting immigrant turn-of-th...Details

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Carbon Hill
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Cathedral Area Preservation Association of Joliet (CAPA)

CAPA preserves, protects and promotes a well-preserved historic neighborhood. Check them out online ...Details

Heritage388

Joliet
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Catlin Park

Catlin's 333 acres host 14 distinct trails plus numerous connector trails which course through the p...Details

Biking896

Ottawa
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Channahon Lanes

Located in the heart of the I & M Canal, Channahon lanes is a locally owned bowling center featuring...Details

Sports1357

Channahon
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Chicagoland Speedway

Located just three miles south of I-80 on historic Route 66 and only 40 minutes from downtown Chicag...Details

Car Racing574

Joliet
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Children's Museum in Oak Lawn

Our mission is to positively impact a child’s potential in life through play-based education. Come ...Details

Museums1129

Oak Lawn
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Columbia Woods Forest Preserve District of Cook County

Offers places to fish and picnic. A host for A River Thru History where you can step back 200 years...Details

Outdoor Recreation394

Willow Springs

Dollinger Family Farm

October brings pumpkins, hayrides, a corn maze, train rides, farm animals and fun to Dollinger Famil...Details

General Attractions404

Channahon
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Grizzly Jack's Grand Bear Resort & Waterpark

Resort & Indoor Waterpark across from Starved Rock State Park featuring suites, villas, cabins, rest...Details

Water Parks1298

Utica
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Grundy County Corn Festival

68th Annual Grundy County Corn Festival September 28- October 2, 2016...Details

General Attractions415

Morris
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Grundy County Historical Society and Museum

The Museum has extensive Mazon Fossils, a replica of an early 1890 store, a replica of a 1900 living...Details

Museums416

Morris
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Harrah's Joliet Casino & Hotel

Featuring 1,100+ slot machines, the most Video Poker in town, over 30 table games and WSOP Poker roo...Details

General Attractions422

Joliet
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Hegeler Carus Mansion

Virtually unaltered since its completion more than a century ago, the 57 room Mansion, built in 1874...Details

Heritage425

LaSalle
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HellsGate Haunted House

HellsGate Haunted House will open every October. Throughout the year we also offer Live Action Gami...Details

Amusement Parks1216

Lockport
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Heritage Harbor Ottawa

Heritage Harbor Ottawa is the place for waterfront living! Their location is a great advantage for t...Details

Events & Festivals525

Ottawa
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Hidden Paradise Alpacas

Hidden Paradise Alpacas in Granville, Illinois, features hands-on animals including alpacas, llamas,...Details

General Attractions1342

Granville
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Historic Shabbona Park

Park History Rachel and Sylvia Hall had a tale to tell their grandchildren! It began with how their...Details

Parks895

Earlville

Hollywood Casino Joliet

Experience exciting casino action at Hollywood Casino Joliet. Featuring over 1,100 of the most popul...Details

General Attractions575

Joliet
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Illinois Aviation Museum

The non-profit museum's primary goal is to bring air and space technology and museum collections tog...Details

Museums440

Bolingbrook
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Illinois Rock & Roll Museum

Coming in 2018 the Illinois Rock & Roll Museum on Route 66 is an organization created to honor and c...Details

Museums1447

New Lenox
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Illinois Waterway Visitor Center

View Starved Rock Lock & Dam and enjoy interacting with towboat Pilot House, while you learn about  ...Details

General Attractions446

Ottawa
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Joliet Area Historical Museum

Travel through time and space!  Walk through a replica of the I&M Canal, window shop on a turn-o...Details

Museums447

Joliet
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Joliet Iron Works Historic Site

Joliet Iron Works was once the biggest buisness in Joliet. Today, all that remains are the fragments...Details

Heritage322

Joliet
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LaSalle County Historical Society

LaSalle County history including Native American artifacts in an I&M Canal era warehouse. Visit ...Details

Museums449

Utica
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Lemont Area Historical Society

Historic museum in 1861 Civil War national registered church, offering exhibits, tours and old stone...Details

Heritage47

Lemont
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Lockport Area Genealogical & Historical Society

The Lockport Area Genealogical & Historical Society collects, preserves and makes accessible to the ...Details

Museums529

Lockport
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Mendota Museum & Historical Society

Dedicated to the preservation of the history and heritage of the Mendota area....Details

Museums464

Mendota
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Midwest SOARRING Foundation

Midwest Save Our Ancestor's Remains & Resources Indigeneous Network Group Foundation is a Native...Details

Museums467

Lockport
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Mix's Trading Post & Utica Electric Bike Rentals

Featuring electric and conventional bike rentals, sales and area tours, shopping, entertainment, rus...Details

Ground Tours1285

Utica
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National Heritage Corridor Visitors Center: Civic Center Authority

Before you explore, come by and we'll outfit you with free maps and brochures. Open Saturday 11:00 ...Details

Heritage393

Bedford Park
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Ottawa Historical and Scouting Heritage Museum

A museum established  to promote and preserve the history of the Ottawa area and the colorful and pr...Details

Museums477

Ottawa
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Pollyanna Brewing Company

Lemont's Pollyanna Brewing Company experiments with local fruits and spices, seasonal lagers, barrel...Details

General Attractions1023

Lemont
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Reddick Mansion Association

One of Ottawa's greatest treasures. Built in 1858, this three-story, 22 room, Italianate mansion was...Details

Heritage490

Ottawa
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River Hawk Brewery

River Hawk Brewing is a local brewery & taproom located in Channahon, IL featuring unique, hand-craf...Details

General Attractions1409

Channahon
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Route 66 Raceway

Located just three miles south of I-80 on historic Route 66 and only 40 minutes from downtown Chicag...Details

Recreational Sports1036

Joliet
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SaltTreeYoga

Healthy activities including a Himalayan Salt Cave, Yoga, Full Spectrum Infrared Sauna, Skin Rejuven...Details

General Attractions1074

Ottawa
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Siegel's Cottonwood Farm

Siegel's Cottonwood farm is an over 100 year Centennial 4th Generation working farm, established in ...Details

Outdoor Recreation495

Lockport
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Skydive Chicago

Skydive Chicago is located 70 miles southwest of Chicago off I-80 in Ottawa, Illinois. Their privat...Details

Outdoor Recreation920

Ottawa
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Spring Lake Nature Park

Open year-round sunrise until sunset. Discover 37.2 acres of city-owned natural land, including t...Details

Biking897

Streator
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St. James at Sag Bridge

The Oldest Church in Northern Illinois. Built by Irish immigrants who built the canal. Established...Details

Historic Site999

Lemont
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Starved Rock Lodge and Conference Center

Built in the 1930s by the Civilian Conservation Corps, Starved Rock Lodge & Conference Center is...Details

Outdoor Recreation967

Oglesby
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Starved Rock State Park

VOTED THE #1 ATTRACTION IN THE STATE OF ILLINOIS Starved Rock Park is a world apart from anything e...Details

General Attractions1250

Oglesby
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Statesville Haunted Prison

Statesville Haunted Prison has been one of Illinois best haunted houses for 15 years. With over 150...Details

Events & Festivals947

Lockport
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The Forge

Making its debut in April 2017, The Forge is Chicagoland’s newest concert venue, bar and eatery. Loc...Details

Events & Festivals1304

Joliet
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The Gaylord Building

Today The Gaylord Building is a gateway to the I&M Canal National Heritage Corridor. Explore the...Details

General Attractions831

Lockport
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The Jacob Henry Mansion Estate

Jacob Henry spared no expense in the construction of his elaborate 40 room mansion on Joliet's promi...Details

Heritage875

Joliet
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Westclox Museum

The Westclox Museum spent years waking up American. Come visit our new museum. Open MWF from 9am-3...Details

Museums1138

Peru
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Zip Chicago

We are Chicagoland's premier zip lining adventure. Our wooded course has 8 zip lines and 2 suspensio...Details

Outdoor Recreation1098

Marseilles
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