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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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City amenities with expansive outdoor spaces is part of what make the I&M Canal Heritage Corridor a unique destination to play. Starved Rock State Park draws millions of visitors each year and several other nearby State Parks are easily accessible. Explore nature preserves such as Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie or navigate one of the many recreational waterways including the Illinois & Michigan Canal and Illinois River. Forest preserves, 61 miles of trails along the Canal, and serene riverside parks provide an oasis for those looking to get outside and enjoy the natural world.

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Billie Limacher Bicentennial Park and Theatre

On historic Bluff Street along the waterway downtown Joliet, the park features free summer concerts,...Details

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Bird Haven Greenhouse & Conservatory

Located in the 630-acre Pilcher Park, the greenhouse is open 7 days a week 8 am to 4:30 pm. Flower ...Details

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Bolingbrook Park District

Providing over 2300 opportunities for recreation. Bolingbrook Park district is where the fun is!...Details

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Buffalo Rock State Park

The park is closed due to damage from a tornado that hit the area February 28, 2017....Details

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Catlin Park

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

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Forest Preserve District of Will County

Among its many offerings, the Forest Preserve District of Will County provides more than 120 miles o...Details

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Fossil Rock Recreation Area

Seasonal monthly and weekend full hook-up. Full hook-up sites to primitive tenting. Beach, fishing...Details

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Gebhard Woods State Park/IDNR

Hikers, campers, picnickers, and canoeists frequent this 30-acre site, making it one of the state's ...Details

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Goose Lake Prairie Partners

Volunteer group providing educational programs, assistance and funds for the Goose Lake Prairie Stat...Details

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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

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I&M Canal/Illinois Department of Natural Resources

History buffs, nature lovers and sportsmen will thrill to the sights and sounds of the 96-mile route...Details

Outdoor Recreation438

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Isle a la Cache Museum

The Isle a la Cache Museum offers visitors an adventure in 18th century history, when the Illinois C...Details

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Less than 1 hour from Chicago. Providing unique Rentals /  Float Trips / Guided Tours / Lessons and ...Details

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Lockport Township Park District

Lockport Township Park District is comprised with 38 parks and 19 facilities, including Prairie Bluf...Details

Outdoor Recreation455

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Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie

Larger than life! At 19,000 acres, Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie is huge in itself. Adjacent...Details

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Naper Settlement

Naper Settlement is a regional attraction for children and families where history comes to play, inc...Details

Outdoor Recreation563

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Naperville Park District

Naperville Park district offers 1400+ programs and events for all ages annually. Facilities include ...Details

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Old Joliet Prison Park

Discover the history of Joliet's most infamous prison. Old Joliet Prison Park is open to the public ...Details

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Pilcher Park Nature Center

Visit animals, view exhibits, hold meetings or parties and enjoy the nature all around you at Pilche...Details

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Run Starved Rock Country

Run Starved Rock Country is a non-profit organization that is bringing long-distance Road and Trail ...Details

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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

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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

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