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Alive with history, culture and adventure, the I&M Canal Heritage Corridor is the perfect destination to play this weekend. Explore the historical significance of the Illinois & Michigan Canal through museums and park exhibits or take a cruise on a real Canal Boat complete with guides dressed in period clothing. Visit the Aviation Museum or learn about Native American life at Isle a la Cache Museum. Take to the open road and travel Illinois Route 66, the Lincoln Highway or Illinois River Road national scenic byways. Tour an expansive collection of murals, sculptures and mosaics in Joliet or take in the floral city of Ottawa, IL. The majestic Rialto Square Theatre attracts big-name musicians and comedians to its stage or one can attend concerts on the hill at Billie Limacher Bicentennial Park Joliet.

Miles of trails along the Illinois & Michigan Canal provide year-round opportunities for biking, hiking, cross country skiing and snowmobiling. Starved Rock, Buffalo Rock, Matthiessen and Channahon State Parks are easily accessible.

The area's golf courses offer a challenge for all skill levels - get a round in at renowned Bolingbrook Golf Club and Pine Hills (Ottawa) or any the other beautifully maintained courses. Experience the heart-pounding thrill of victory at Chicagoland Speedway, Route 66 Raceway and LaSalle Speedway. Harrah's Joliet and Hollywood Joliet Casinos combine the best in gaming, first-class dining, nightlife and entertainment.

Non-stop action and a jam-packed calendar of events and festivals - This is the place to play!

Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery

History
The Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery was dedicated as the 117th national cemetery within the Department of Veterans Affairs National Cemetery Administration. Located 50 miles from Chicago the Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery is named after the 16th President of the United States and founder of the National Cemeteries. The Cemetery has a memorial walk that commemorates service members of 20th century wars on 15 memorials. An 18-foot granite obelisk crowned by a bronze eagle ...

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Autobahn Country Club

Sports
The Autobahn Country Club in Joliet is the 4th longest road course in the United States. Drive your own car or one of their fleet’s from Audi, BMW, Cadillac, Infiniti, Lexus, Maserati, Mercedes-Benz and Porsche. Autobahn Country Club’s driving experiences are perfect for first time or returning drivers. There are 5 different individual programs to choose from to fit your needs from advanced driving school, teen defensive driving, adult driver safety, to racing school. A variety ...

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Axe Factor Throwing

Sports
Axe Factor Throwing is the Midwest’s premier indoor urban axe throwing destination. The experienced “Axeperts” will show you how to throw axes as well as make sure that you have an axe-ellent time doing it. At Axe Factor Throwing you can walk-in at any time. Their lanes can fit up to 12 people and they will do their best to keep your group together. You can go to axefactorthrowing.com to book a lane, but walk-ins are also welcome. The age limit is 13 years of age or older and ...

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Boggio's Orchard and Produce

Outdoor Recreation
Boggio’s Orchard & Produce is a family-oriented owned orchard and produce. Their orchard includes freshly picked produce, bakery, livestock farm and local craft shows. Kids of all ages will enjoy the tunnels of fun, petting zoo, pony rides, hay rides, peddle carts and the corn maze. If you are looking for the best apple cider donuts in the Chicagoland area, than look no further than Boggio’s Orchard and Produce. Boggio’s is also the place to be for picking your own apples and ...

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Bolingbrook Park District

Gardens/Parks
The Bolingbrook Park District provides opportunities that connect residents and visitors with the Bolingbrook community, themselves and family. The park district has two community centers, an indoor/outdoor aquatic park, golf course, banquet hall and restaurant, two fitness centers, two outdoor skate parks, a sports complex, nature center and conservation area, and 48 parks along with their many playgrounds, picnic shelters and more over 1,087 acres of land. Bolingbrook Park ...

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Bolingbrook's Clow International Airport

Museums
Clow International Airport is Bolingbrook’s general aviation airport and is home to the A&M Aviation FBO, the Illinois Aviation Museum, and Charlie’s Restaurant. Every June the Clow International Airport hosts their Cavalcade of Planes, which attracts aviation enthusiasts to a display of historic aircrafts, museum exhibits, flyovers, and rides in an experimental aircraft. The Illinois Aviation Museum is open on Saturdays throughout the year for tours. Bolingbrook’s Clow International ...

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Boughton Ridge Golf Course

Outdoor Recreation
Boughton Ridge Golf Course in Bolingbrook is situated on 45 beautiful acres. This beautiful 9-hole, 2,205 yard course features contoured fairways and water on 7 holes. There are 21 sand traps that await you throughout the course and provide plenty of challenge to even the most experienced players. The fairways offer lush turf that reward well-played shots. The Boughton Ridge Golf Course is a pleasurable experience for golfers of any skill level. Enjoy a post-round meal or drink ...

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Bowlero

Sports
Bowlero is the bowling/dining/nightlife destination that's stirrin' up fun for everyone in the Chicagoland area. Bowlero is immersive entertainment at its best-the kind of interactive fun that lets you forget about everything and just enjoy the moment. This retro-cool venue will district you from hustle and bustle of everyday life. Bowl on blacklight lanes, hit up the interactive arcade or enter in a laser tag battle all under one roof. There’s plenty of memories to create Bowlero ...

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Braidwood Dunes and Savanna Nature Preserve

Outdoor Recreation
Braidwood Dunes and Savanna Nature Preserve protects a diversity of habitats, including prairie, savanna and wetland. A unique feature of the site is its crescent-shaped sand dunes, which formed when the area was the shoreline of the ancient glacial Lake Wauponsee. Wildlife found at the preserve includes more than 30 bird species, in addition to amphibians and reptiles such as the tiger salamander and the six-lined racerunner. The preserve is also home to a variety of plant ...

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Bronkberry Farms

Gardens/Parks
The Bronk Farm has been in the family for 5 generations growing corn and soy beans. In 2012 Jennifer Bronk and husband Kevin Veen established Bronkberry Farms. We wanted our farm to be a “destination” for our neighbors and surrounding communities! We started with a roadside stand with a small greenhouse, a ¼ acre vegetable garden and a pumpkin patch. We have since “grown” into a 70×30’ barn & “state of the art” greenhouse. We are now growing vegetables and fruit including ...

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Buffalo Range Shooting Park

Outdoor Recreation
Buffalo Range Shooting Park is centrally located near the Illinois River and historic Starved Rock State Park. Buffalo Range is Illinois’ largest outdoor public shooting range that includes a 100 yard, 50 yard, trap, pistol and unique plinking pit. Buffalo Range Shooting Park is a family friendly establishment that offers a variety of shooting ranges to meet your needs. The shooting park also offers concealed carry classes and defense training. There is plenty of open green spaces ...

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Carbon Hill School Museum

Heritage
The Carbon Hill School Museum is home to the Carbon Hill Historical Society. This original 1893 schoolhouse displays hundreds of original artifacts depicting immigrant turn-of-the-century life of families, businesses, and coal mines. On display are original items in the Carbon Hill, Illinois history such as jailhouse iron doors, coal mining tools, old store supplies, Illinois coal reports and maps, and plenty of Carbon Hill family history. A significant portion of the museum ...

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Castles of the Prairie Farm Tour

Visual Art
Castles of the Prairie Farm Tour is an agritourism Barn Quilt project of selecting barns with great historic value that has a past with a wonderful story to tell. The Barn Quilts are 8’ X 8’ hand painted quilt squares using the talents of local quilters, artists and poets, which are hung on select barns to tell a unique story of the family history, growth, patriotism, celebration, toil and traditions. Castles of the Prairie Farm Tour will be held in Will County in 2021. ...

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Cathedral Area Preservation Association of Joliet (CAPA)

Heritage
The Cathedral Area Preservation Association of Joliet was formed in 1981 by concerned neighbors looking to preserve, protect and promote their historic neighborhood. The organization puts on several events throughout the year, including a Beer Walk. In September, they hold a Housewalk that allows the community to explore the interior of 5 historical homes and the LaVerne & Dorothy Brown Science Hall at the University of St. Francis. At each home, you’ll learn about the location’s ...

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Catlin Park

Outdoor Recreation
Catlin Park is a county park located in LaSalle County, Illinois. Catlin Park has 333 acres and is home to 14 distinct trails plus numerous connector trails. These trails course throughout the park’s habitat, including its various streams and ponds. The park’s horse trails are perfect for the novice horse riders and challenging enough for the more seasoned riders. The horse trails are recognized as some of the best in the Chicagoland area. The park is also home to an obstacle ...

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Channahon Lanes

Indoor Recreation
Channahon Lanes is your home for family fun and entertainment in Channahon, Illinois. Located in the heart of the I&M Canal area, Channahon Lanes features bowling, billiards, pool tables, and a full service bar. Channahon Lanes offers league bowling as well as Glow Bowl “Rock It Bowl” every Saturday night. When looking for indoor fun in the Channahon, I&M Canal area, look no further than Channahon Lanes.

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Chicagoland Speedway

Sports
Chicagoland Speedway located in Joliet on historic Route 66, is one of the United States premier auto-racing facilities. The Chicagoland Speedway annually hosts NASCAR’s premier series on its magnificent 1.5 mile tri-oval. You will feel the roar of the engines, and smell the burning of rubber, as you witness stock cars race past you at thrilling speeds of 180 mph. Champions Park at Chicagoland Speedway is the place to be on race day. Recognized as one of the most impressive and ...

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Children's Museum in Oak Lawn

Indoor Recreation
The Children’s Museum in Oak Lawn has a mission of positively impacting a child's potential in life through play-based education. Children’s museums create playful, interactive learning experiences, and providing a place where all kids can learn through play. It's a place for children to be creative, role play and build. The Children’s Museum is home to numerous exhibits that help children explore their curiosity while discovering something unique about themselves and learning ...

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Columbia Woods (Forest Preserve District of Cook County)

Outdoor Recreation
Columbia Woods offers a relaxing place to fish and enjoy a picnic. Columbia Woods is part of the Forest Preserve District of Cook County and ideally situated along the Des Plaines River in Willow Springs. The forest preserve is also home to biking trails and a launching pad for canoeing in the Des Plaines River. A host for the event, “A River Thru History," which is held each September and takes you back 200 years into Chicago’s past with a festive gathering of fur trappers, ...

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Dollinger Family Farm

Gardens/Parks
Dollinger Family Farm is the best place to celebrate fall, it is the family’s favorite season after all. In the early years, the farm served as a place to rest the mules pulling barges down the I&M Canal. Today, the farm comes alive in the fall with pumpkins, hayrides, a corn maze, train rides, farm animals and fall fun for the entire family. Grandma Dollinger's homemade fudge has officially been claimed as one of Chicago's Best Fudge. This little part of the world is full of ...

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Exibit Gallery & Fine Arts Center

Museums
The Exhibit Gallery and Fine Arts Center in Morris, Illinois offers fine art classes in a contemporary setting. The goal of the Fine Arts Center is to educate kids and inspire adults on how art plays a key role in everyday life. The Exhibit Gallery & Fine Arts Center enriches the Morris community through classes, studio time, and gallery events.

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Flapjack Brewery

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Located just on the outskirts of downtown Chicago in Berwyn's Historic Depot District. Two flagship beers are available year-round as well as an abundant amount of styles showcased on our 8 rotating taps. Come enjoy their small-batch handcrafted flapjack beer and wood-fired pizza.

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Forest Preserve District of Will County

Gardens/Parks
The Forest Preserve District of Will County owns or manages land in 70 forest preserves, including 10 designated as Illinois Nature Preserves for their rare natural features. Many preserves offer amenities such as picnic shelters, campsites, canoe/kayak/boat launches, fishing access, ice skating ponds, playgrounds, and sled hills. The Forest Preserve District offers more than 116 miles of trails for biking, cross-country skiing, hiking, horseback riding, in-line skating, running, ...

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Fossil Rock Recreation Area

Outdoor Recreation
Each year, campers make Fossil Rock RV Park and Campground their family vacation destination. Conveniently located 55 miles from Downtown Chicago and 50 miles from Starved Rock State Park, Fossil Rock RV Park and Campground is the perfect retreat after exploring nearby attractions Route 66 Raceway, Chicagoland Speedway, Joliet Prison and the City of Joliet. Campground activities and close proximity to area attractions is what makes the Fossil Rock RV Park and Campground the premier ...

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Four Rivers Environmental Education Center

Outdoor Recreation
Four Rivers Environmental Education Center is a model of green architecture, featuring a repurposed building site and interior fireplace, geothermal heating and cooling system, recycled and sustainable building materials, and energy saving technology. Four Rivers' name comes from its location, positioned near where the Des Plaines, DuPage and Kankakee Rivers meet to form the Illinois River. No matter which room you are in at the center, you will have a magnificent view of the ...

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Gallery Seven

Museums
Gallery Seven is a fine art gallery located in the Historic Gaylord Building in Downtown Lockport, Illinois. Gallery Seven features work from local, national and international artists, as well as from its’ own members. On display are artists photography, paintings, sculpture, pottery, wood work, glass work and jewelry. The Gallery’s co-op artists host event throughout the year.

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Gardner Streetcar Diner

Roadside Stops & Photo Ops
A 20th century Kankakee streetcar was moved to Gardner in 1932 to serve as a diner. In 1937, the streetcar became a cottage and playhouse. It was moved behind the Riviera in 1955 and is still there today. It was restored ty the Route 66 Association of Illinois and inducted into the Route 66 Hall of Fame in 2001.

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Gaylord Building Historic Site

History
The Gaylord Building has been a landmark since 1838, and played a vital role in one of the great enterprises of the 19th century: the I&M Canal. This handsome limestone warehouse originally stored canal construction materials and later housed a variety of commercial ventures. Today, the Gaylord Building is a site of the National Trust for Historic Preservation and is a gateway to the I&M Canal National Heritage Corridor. Visitors to the Gaylord Building can explore the heritage ...

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Gemini Giant

Roadside Stops & Photo Ops
The Gemini Giant is one of the biggest attractions located along the Mother Road of Route 66 at the eastern entrance to Wilmington, Illinois in Will County. This picture-worthy landmark stands outside the Launching Pad Drive-In Restaurant. The Gemini Giant is named after the Gemini space program and holds a silver "rocket ship" in his hands, while sporting an astronaut's space helmet that resembles a welding mask. The 30 foot tall statue is one of many giant "Muffler Man" advertising ...

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Goose Lake Prairie State Natural Area

Outdoor Recreation
Goose Lake Prairie State Natural Area serves as testimony to the prairies that once covered nearly 60 percent of Illinois. The prairie provides important nesting habitat for endangered or threatened species of birds, such as the upland sandpiper and Henslows sparrow. Prairie View Trail takes you to the highest point in Goose Lake and offers a panoramic view of reclaimed mine areas, prairie and prairie marsh. Cragg Cabin at Goose Lake Prairie stands as a monument to the pioneer ...

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Grand Bear Falls

Water Parks
Discover a magical family getaway just beyond the glow of Chicago at Grizzly Jack's Grand Bear Resort & Waterpark. Nestled in the Starved Rock State Park area, Grizzly Jack’s is a destination where water park fun meets nature. Enjoy a wet and wild family vacation at Grand Bear Falls, our 24,000 square foot indoor waterpark with play zones, slides, wave pool, lazy river, and 15 person hot tub! Splash all day in the wave pool, slip and slide down a rushing water slides, float down ...

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Greater Livingston County Arts Council

Visual Art
The Greater Livingston County Arts Council is a non-profit organization that was formed in 2016 to provide opportunities for education, growth and appreciation of the visual fine arts in the Livingston County Area and to support the Pontiac Community Art Center. The Pontiac Community Art Center nurtures the creativity found within the collection of artists and art groups located in the City of Pontiac and surrounding area. The Art Center is a studio, teaching space, gallery ...

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Grundy County Corn Festival

Outdoor Recreation
The Corn Festival is the cornerstone event in Grundy County. A county wide celebration - Corn Festival makes its home in the county seat of Morris with an emphasis on events downtown. The festival features not only corn but a grain and flower show, art show, farm fair, live music, carnival, derby, food, and good old fashioned family fun.

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Grundy County Historical Society and Museum

Museums
The Grundy County Historical Museum in Morris, Illinois is where history is collected, preserved and displayed. History buffs will view objects pertaining to the county’s past including items of a cultural, social, geological, and anthropological nature. The museum has an extensive amount of Mazon fossils on display, a replica of a Grundy County store from 1890, replica of 1900 living room, as well as tools used by pioneers and farmers. The Grundy County Historical Society and ...

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Harrah's Joliet Casino & Hotel

Gaming
Harrah’s Casino & Hotel is your epicenter for fun.  Harrah’s is located along the Des Plaines River in picturesque downtown Joliet.  Play over 1,000 of the hottest Chicagoland slots where fun, friendly action is always the “reel” deal.  Or hit the tables and try your luck on favorites such as blackjack, craps, roulette, three card poker and Mississippi stud poker.  Harrah’s Joliet also offers the chance to play Texas Hold’em poker and Omaha in the WSOP Poker Room.  Hungry ...

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Haunted Trails Entertainment Park & Picnic Groves

Amusement Parks
The Haunted Trails of Joliet is a unique, year-round “Halloween-themed” family entertainment center. Haunted Trails specializes in family fun, birthday parties, group celebrations, company picnics and events for all ages. Fun amenities include two award winning 18-hole mini-golf courses, two go-kart tracks, plus a junior go-kart track for the little ones, laser tag, batting cages and amusement rides. The Monster’s Tomb Game Room is the place for game lovers to congregate, as ...

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Heap's Giant Pumpkin Farm

Gardens/Parks
Heap’s Giant Pumpkin Farm is the place to visit in the fall. Located 8 miles west of I-55 in Minooka, Illinois, Heap’s Farm is the place to challenge yourself in the corn maze or bean maze, catch a hay ride out to the 25 acre pumpkin patch to pick your perfect pumpkin off the vine, or play in Milo’s Castle Playground. Complete your fall décor with a mum, straw bales, corn stalks, pumpkins, gourds and squash. Don’t forget to grab a tasty caramel apple and pumpkin cookie, or try ...

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Hegeler Carus Mansion

Heritage
The Hegeler Carus Mansion is a National Historic Landmark in LaSalle, Illinois (just a short drive from Starved Rock State Park). The mansion is open year round, Wednesday through Sunday with one-hour guided tour begins at the top of the hour starting at noon each day. Virtually unaltered since its completion more than a century ago, the 57 room Mansion, built in 1874, is an example of high artistic achievement in architecture and interior design and the site of historic accomplishments ...

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HellsGate Haunted House

Amusement Parks
Voted the Scariest in Illinois and #11 Scariest in the Nation, HellsGate Haunted House is the Chicagoland area premier haunted house. Hidden deep in the woods, HellsGate is a multi-level mansion filled with secret passages, giant slides, ghastly secrets, undead abominations, really nervous groundskeepers and a darkness that the gate can no longer contain! This is not just a haunted house, it’s an adventure! This Halloween season, don’t just go to any haunted house, go on an adventure! And, ...

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Heritage Harbor Ottawa

Outdoor Recreation
The Heritage Harbor Marina offers 32 acres of nearly 8-foot deep harbor, boasts a harbor opening width of 200 feet and hosts 152 boat slips ranging between 35 and 60 feet. Watercraft rentals are also available for you to explore the water at your own pace with options like pontoons, electric boats, jet skis, kayaks, and stand up paddle boards.

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Hidden Lakes Historic Trout Farm

Outdoor Recreation
Hidden Lakes Historic Trout Farm, within the Bolingbrook Park District, offers a safe and beautiful trout farm perfect for an afternoon of quality fishing. In April and October the ponds at Hidden Lakes are stocked with trout, while in May and September you will find catfish. Hidden Lakes offers four fishing lakes for anglers to catch trout, bass, catfish and bluegill. The trout farm is a semi-wooded 15 acre sanctuary for wildlife and sport fishing. The Tackle Box Bait Shop on ...

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Hidden Oaks Nature Center

Gardens/Parks
Hidden Oaks Nature Center inspires curiosity and exploration of the natural world through interactive exhibits and hands-on activities. The Hidden Oaks Nature Center is part of the Bolingbrook Park District and prides itself on ensuring that visitors have an opportunity to connect with nature. Whether you hit the trails, register for innovative nature programs, or stop out for a special event, there's something for everyone at Hidden Oaks.

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Holiday Inn Club Vacations Fox River Resort

Outdoor Recreation
Located 90 minutes from Chicago, resort activities include Pirate's Cay Indoor Water Park, a 9-hole golf course located on property and a 7-acre stocked fishing lake with pedal boat and canoe rentals. During winter months, explore the property while cross-country skiing.

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Hollywood Casino Joliet

Gaming
The Hollywood Casino Joliet offers some of the best promotions in all of Chicagoland. Experience exciting action on over 1,100 of the most popular slot and video poker machines, and tables. There is non-stop action on the 50,000 square foot gaming floor; that includes a fantastic selection of table games, including Blackjack, Craps, Roulette. Several dining options are available from the fine dining of a steak house, the plethora of flavors on the buffet, to the casual beer and ...

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Hornbaker Gardens, Inc.

Gardens/Parks
The Hornbaker Gardens is a family owned and operated nursery located just 5 miles southeast of Princeton. Hornbaker Gardens is a specialty destination garden center, arboretum and botanical gardens in one beautiful location. Stroll through the extensive display gardens for inspiration. The garden center stocks over 400 varieties of hostas along with a large selection of perennials, tree & shrubs, daylilies and other perennials, grasses, aquatics, annuals, pottery, granite ...

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Hume-Carnegie Museum

Museums
The Hume-Carnegie Museum hosts an extensive photographic collection depicting over 100 years of Mendota area history. You won't want to miss it's Wild Bill Hickok collection. Other highlights include three Western cottage organs and a Carpenter organ manufactured in Mendota in the late 1800's, over 5,000 photographs and memorabilia items, and a medical exhibit featuring items from the 1920's.

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I&M Canal Boat Tours

Heritage
Come journey back in time aboard the “Volunteer,” a 70-passenger, mule-pulled 1840’s replica canal boat as it coasts gently up and down the I&M Canal. Climb aboard for an hour of peaceful, historical fun! Families of all ages, historians, photographers and nature lovers will love this historic journey into Illinois’ scenic past! Special group tours & boat rides are available.

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I&M Canal Visitors Center

Heritage
The I&M Canal Visitor Center presently has visitor information for sites throughout the national heritage area to help you plan your trip. Our map table is especially of interest to many. A story band and an 8 foot by 40 foot mural help tell the canal story. More exhibits are currently being planned for an unveiling for our 35th anniversary in late August 2019. Be sure to pick up brochures and visitor guides. The Lock 16 Visitor Center offers a combination of history, and ...

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Illinois Aviation Museum

Museums
The Illinois Aviation Museum at Bolingbrook is a group dedicated to advancing aviation and engineering. Housed in Hangar One at Bolingbrook’s Clow International Airport, this 6,000 square foot facility is home to aircraft displays and a variety of activities and programs. The Illinois Aviation Museum is a great place to explore for an aviation enthusiast of any age.

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Illinois River Road

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The heart of Illinois beats true and strong in the communities that make up the Illinois River Road National Scenic Byway. This route - from Ottawa in the north to Havana in the south - is filled with breathtaking wonders of nature, rich history and culture, exciting recreational experiences and welcoming shops and restaurants. For warm, Midwestern hospitality and authentic experiences, follow the river - the Illinois River Road! Illinois River Road - Northern Leg Spanning ...

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Illinois Rock & Roll Hall of Fame on Route 66

Museums
Coming in 2020, the Illinois Rock & Roll Museum on Route 66 is an organization created to honor and celebrate the musical contributions of Illinois to the world. Based in Downtown Joliet, Illinois the museum will feature artifacts from musicians and bands as a way to honor all genres of music connected with Illinois. The mission of the Illinois Rock & Roll Museum on Route 66 is to preserve the history of musicians and bands with Illinois ties while educating visitors about the ...

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Illinois Route 66 Hall of Fame & Museum

Museums
Get a complete Route 66 Experience all under one roof! The Route 66 Association of Illinois Hall of Fame and Museum features thousands of artifacts and memorabilia related to Route 66 - The Mother Road. The Museum boasts: - Friendly and knowledgeable guides - Route 66 memorabilia from Hall of Fame members! - Route 66 Artist and Icon, Bob Waldmire's bus and van! - Travel resources - explore the highway by visiting Route 66 towns on our flip-rack library! - A great photo ...

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Illinois Route 66 Scenic Byway

Heritage
Route 66 defined a remarkable era in our nation’s history and it lives on today in Illinois’ Route 66’s many roadside attractions, museums, restaurants, and the shiny blacktop referred to as the ‘Mother Road’. Route 66 is the most famous road in America. . Illinois’ stretch of this mythic road boasts the highest density of kitschy, interesting things to do you’ll find from here to California. Throughout the year there are many events happening along Route 66 for the entire family ...

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Illinois Waterway Visitor Center

Outdoor Recreation
This Visitor Center is located across the Illinois River from Starved Rock State Park, offering a great view of Starved Rock. View Starved Rock Lock & Dam and enjoy interacting with towboat Pilot House, while you learn about Illinois River's unique history and watch wildlife. History detectives can discover displays about early users of the Illinois River, the I&M Canal and how water transportation transformed the United States. Throughout the summer the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers ...

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iPic Theaters & Salt Sports Bar

Theater & Performing Arts
It's no ordinary Cinema, it's the ultimate night out. iPic gives you the chance to watch their movies in a comfortable reclining chair, order dinner and drinks from your seat or lobby-based upscale lounge. With a limited number of seats, you won't have to worry about distracting neighbors. Relax, enjoy the culinary creativity and watch an amazing movie at iPic Bolingbrook, located at The Promenade Bolingbrook.

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Isle a la Cache Museum

Heritage
The Isle a La Cache Museum is part of the Forest Preserve District of Will County in Romeoville, Illinois near the Des Plaines River. Isle a la Cache Museum offers an adventure in 18th century history, when "Illinois Country" was home to French voyageurs and native Potawatomi. The Museum features interactive exhibits of the Great Lakes fur trade of the 1700s, in addition to a replica Native American longhouse. The Museum offers nature and history educational opportunities to ...

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Joliet Area Historical Museum

Museums
The Joliet Area Historical Museum, in downtown Joliet, offers history buffs with a chance to relive history through special exhibits, educational programs and a summer concert series. The museum's main exhibition gallery serves as an introduction to the many stories of the Joliet area and its people. At the Joliet Area Historical Museum you can take a walk through a replica of the I&M Canal, window shop on turn-of-the-century street, live the legend of the ‘Mother Road’ Route ...

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Joliet Iron Works Historic Site

Heritage
The 52-acre Joliet Iron Works Historic Site is part of the Forest Preserve District of Will County and the Des Plaines River preservation system, which conserves more than 2,400 acres. Joliet Iron Works Historic Site features 0.59 mile of paved trail that provides a self-guided interpretive tour of the site's historical significance. The preserve also provides access to the 7.55-mile, crushed limestone/paved I&M Canal ideal for biking, hiking, running, and cross-country skiing ...

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Joliet Slammers Baseball

Sports
The Joliet Slammers are a professional baseball team in the independent Frontier League, who play their home games at Joliet Route 66 Stadium. The "Slammers" name refers to the famous prisons of Joliet and Will County, as well as a common baseball term. The Slammers won the Frontier League Championship in 2011. A Joliet Slammers baseball game is the perfect way to enjoy family time throughout the summer. Not only are you watching baseball but they have plenty of fun activities ...

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Kayak Morris

Outdoor Recreation
Kayak Morris provides kayak and canoe tours on the Illinois River, Mazon River and I&M Canal. Kayak Morris is less than 1 hour from Chicago, kayak tours last approximately 2 hours. Tours are kept small in size to maintain comfort and pacing. Each tour makes stops along the way to enjoy nature and to take a rest. If you are an experienced kayaker or canoer, it is recommended you try a specialty kayak or canoe tour. Reconnect with your family or friends on a kayak or canoe tour ...

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LaSalle County Historical Society

Museums
The LaSalle County Historical Society campus is located on the banks of the historic I&M Canal and is situated in the quaint village of Utica, Illinois, bordering beautiful Starved Rock State Park. The museum campus features five facilities: the Canal Warehouse, the One-Room School House, the Heritage Center, the Blacksmith Shop and the 1875 Barn. On Sundays in May – September, the historical society is home to the canal market. The LaSalle County Historical Society sponsors ...

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Lemont Area Historical Society

Heritage
The Lemont Area Historical Society is a national landmark listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It also contains a rich collection of historical artifacts from Lemont and the surrounding area. The purpose of the Lemont Area Historical Society is to preserve the heritage and folklore of Lemont, and to operate the museum as a repository for memorabilia and artifacts.

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Lockport Area Genealogical & Historical Society

Museums
The Lockport Area Genealogical & Historical Society is dedicated to preserving the history of Lockport, Illinois so that future generations can enjoy the heritage of the area. The Lockport Area Genealogical & Historical Society collects, preserves and makes accessible to the public the stories and records of the family history of the Lockport Illinois area.

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Lockport Township Park District

Outdoor Recreation
The Lockport Township Park District provides park areas and recreation programs in order to enrich the quality of life of the community. The Lockport Township Park District maintains 38 parks or approximately 950 acres. The Park District also maintains 19 facilities located within the District’s boundaries. Some of these facilities include: Prairie Bluff Public Golf Club, an 18-hole golf course that exhibits a full-service pro shop and clubhouse complete with a restaurant and ...

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Matthiessen State Park

Outdoor Recreation
Matthiessen State Park is an Illinois state park located a few miles south of the more famous Starved Rock State Park. Matthiessen State Park is a paradise for those interested in geology, as well as recreation. With a visit to this state park, you can expect to see beautiful rock formations in addition to unusual and abundant vegetation and wildlife. An abundance of activities will be found at Matthiessen including, camping, fishing, horseback riding trails, geocaching, and ...

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Mendota Museum & Historical Society

Heritage
Mendota Museum & Historical Society's mission is to promote the preservation of the history of Mendota, its railroads and recognizing agricultural heritage through three museums. Relive history at the Hume-Carnegie Museum, Union Railroad Depot Museum, and the Breaking the Prairie Museum.

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Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie

Gardens/Parks
Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie is located north of Wilmington, IL and is just one hour from Chicago. Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie is 19,000 acres of beautiful picturesque nature and is adjacent to the 4,200 acre Des Plaines Conservation Area. Midewin remains the only federal tallgrass prairie preserve east of the Mississippi River. With the adjacent Des Plaines Fish and Wildlife Area and a number of other state and county protected areas in the immediate area, Midewin ...

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Midwest SOARRING Foundation

Heritage
Midwest SOARRING Foundation preserves Mother Earth, and the rich traditions of the ancestors. Midwest SOARRING Foundation works to maintain the traditions of the ancestors and to conserve and restore to health the natural environment. Dance at the Pow-Wows, attend cultural events and support the bison heard, a symbol of hope and survival for all people. Listen, learn and become the spirit of the ancestors of Illinois Country at Midwest SOARRING Foundation.

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Mix's Trading Post & Utica Electric Bike Rentals

Outdoor Recreation
Mix's Trading Post & Utica Electric Bike Rentals is located in North Utica, Illinois. Before heading to Matthiessen State Park or Starved Rock State Park stop by to rent an electric or conventional bike for your adventures. Mix’s Trading Post & Utica Electric Bike Rentals also features area tours, a rustic bar and gaming.

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National Heritage Corridor Visitors Center: Civic Center Authority

Heritage
The National Heritage Corridor Visitors Center: Civic Center Authority provides travelers with map and area information. Before exploring Starved Rock State Park, Route 66 or the Chicagoland Speedway, you will want to make a stop at the Civic Center Authority for all your adventure needs.

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North Central Illinois ARTworks

Visual Art
The mission of NCI ARTWorks is to inspire growth among artists through artistic collaboration, educational outreach and art space development. NCI ARTWorks promotes quality professionalism and diversity in the arts in a positive manner. It is also our mission to create venues which support public and private education, community events, economic development and cultural tourism. The Vision of North Central Illinois ARTworks is based on three initiatives, Artistic Collaboration, ...

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Old Joliet Prison

History
The Old Joliet Prison was built in the 1850's, housing infamous criminals like Leopold, Loeb and Gacy. The prison also housed some famous characters, including "Joliet" Jake Blues (The Blues Brothers) and Michael Scofield and Lincoln Burrons (Prison Break). The castle-like Prison was built with Joliet limestone, with over 20 buildings inside its four walls. Take the hour-long tour on specific days of the week, and learn more about Joliet Correctional Center ... which is ...

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Open Space Art Gallery and Studios

Museums
Open Space Art Gallery and Studios aims to inspire and empower the community through the arts. Located in Ottawa (a few minutes from Starved Rock State Park), The Gallery is a space for the artists to show their work in a professional setting and gives them the opportunity to sell their peices. The Communal Studio is a place for artists to create. They hold classes and private parties as well to truly embrace your inner artist.

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Ottawa Art League

Visual Art
The Ottawa Visitors Center serves visitors to Starved Rock Country with information on lodging, attractions, events and amenities. The visitors center is open 7 days providing information on Starved State Rock Park. The Ottawa Visitors Center also holds area walking tours for visitors and residents to learn about not only the area but the history of Ottawa. On your next visit to Ottawa, swing by the visitors center for your “Scenic Route to the Rock” information.

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Ottawa Historical and Scouting Heritage Museum

Heritage
The Ottawa Historical and Scouting Heritage Museum is dedicated to the preservation of the history of the Ottawa, Illinois area and Boy Scouting, Lone Scouts, and Girl Scouting.

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Pelican Harbor Indoor/Outdoor Aquatic Park

Outdoor Recreation
Pelican Harbor Indoor/Outdoor Aquatic Park is Bolingbrook’s year-round place for family fun. There is plenty of activities at Pelican Harbor from the interactive sprayground, 4 water speed slides, a lazy river, beach volleyball, and a sand playground area for the younger kids. Featuring more fun attractions and family-friendly adventures, Pelican Harbor’s indoor/outdoor set-up guarantees fun even in less-than-ideal weather.

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Pirate's Cay

Outdoor Recreation
Discover your inner pirate at Priate’s Cay in Sheridan, Illinois. Pirate’s Cay is an indoor waterpark that features a lazy river, and waterslides for year-round fun. They also have a retractable roof that allows for open-air excitement in the summer. Pirate’s Cay is located on the grounds of Holiday Inn Club Vacations Fox River Resort. This family playground is a prime Midwest vacation destination.

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Putnam County Historical Society

Museums
The Putnam County Historical Society hosts an annual agriculture museum open house in August. The museum is home to antique farm equipment, a permanent exhibit on the history of corn in the U.S., a permanent exhibit on the Illinois River and area wildlife. The Agriculture Museum is open by appointment.

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Raging Waves Waterpark

Amusement Parks
Raging Waves Waterpark in Yorkville is Illinois’ largest waterpark that sits on 45 acres. Raging Waves features a huge wave pool, a lazy river, 20 waterslides, kiddie play structure, zero-depth pool, sandy beach area, and fun for the entire family. Ride the wave on Wonambi, named one of the top new water rides in 2016, is a 4 person ride that sends guests into near-vertical, zero gravity moments. Cool off with an adventure to Raging Waves Waterpark. In 2018, they opened kiddie-friendly ...

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Revelation VR

Guide At: General Attractions
Revelation VR offers Virtual Reality Gaming and Experiences! Fun for the whole family. Contact us for Date Night Specials, VR Birthday Parties and VR Fitness Programs available as well!

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Rialto Square Theatre

Theater & Performing Arts
Built in 1927, the Rialto Square Theatre is considered one of the 10 most beautiful theaters in the nation. Located in Joliet, the Rialto ensures you can always find the entertainment you're looking for: concerts, comedy, Broadway, dance, and musicals. The theatre also is an iconic place to host a wedding, reception or other event.

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Riverfront Lanes

Sports
Riverfront Lanes are your home for family fun and entertainment in the Route 66 town of Wilmington. Riverfront Lanes offers plenty of bumper bowing lanes just for the little ones. Kids and adults will have a blast at Rock ‘It Bowl, where you bowl with the lights down, music up, special effects lighting, you will feel like you will be bowling in a nightclub. For family fun entertainment in Wilmington, look no further than Riverfront Lanes.

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Route 66 Raceway

Sports
Route 66 Raceway is the World’s Premier Drag Racing facility located three miles south of I-80 on Historic Route 66. Route 66 Raceway is the sister track to Chicagoland Speedway. Route 66 hosts the annual NHRA Route 66 Nationals, a stop of the professional NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series. The Route 66 Raceway also hosts an annual Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event, the NMRA / NMCA Super Bowl of Street Legal Drag Racing, ET Bracket Series races, the NHRA Jr. Drag Racing League ...

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SaltTreeYoga

Indoor Recreation
A trip to the Starved Rock State Park area is refreshing, especially when you make a stop at Ottawa's SaltTreeYoga. Everything at SaltTreeYoga focuses on restoring wellness and balance to the body, mind, and spirit. All services help with pain, detox, and/or relaxation. So many people in today's world are looking for more proactive choices to support their health and well-being. Their goal is to provide some of the latest natural healing methods and educational opportunities ...

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Seneca Area Heritage Museum and Resource Center

History
The purpose of the Seneca Historical Guild is to bring people together interested in history, and especially in the history of Seneca, Illinois. The Guild’s major function is to discover, collect, observe, advance, and disseminate knowledge of the history of Seneca. The Seneca Area Heritage Museum highlights the many layers of history of Seneca, Illinois, including the I&M Canal and the LST Shipyards.

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Sky Zone Trampoline Park - Joliet

Amusement Parks
Sky Zone is the world’s first indoor trampoline park. We’re the inventors of “fun fitness” and the makers of trampolines as far as the eye can see. We give you one of the greatest workouts ever combined with awesome, healthy fun. We’ve been voted the number one “out of the box” workout and the “best party ever.” Experience WOW – the weightlessness of bouncing, flipping and landing in a pit filled with 10,000 foam cubes. We are dedicated to providing you with the pure ...

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Skydive Chicago

Outdoor Recreation
Skydive Chicago is located off of I-80 in Ottawa, Illinois (in Starved Rock Country) and nestled on 230 acres of forested land along the Fox River. Skydive Chicago is home of World VFS Champions SFC Core and National Silver FS Medalists SDC Rhythm XP. In 2016, Skydive Chicago hosted the World Parachuting Championships FAI Mondial. Skydive Chicago is the Midwest’s world class skydiving resort offering skydiving classes for beginners to the more experienced. They also have cabins ...

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Spirit Farms

Outdoor Recreation
Spirit Farms is a diverse, modern farming operation located in the heart of Illinois farm country in Sheridan, Illinois, with state of the art facilities and equipment. Spirit Farms is dedicated to the forward progress of farming in our nation. Spirit farms hosts many events throughout the year including the Progressive Ag Safety Day, Summer Kids Camps, Community Events, Agricultural Tours, and Continuing Educations Seminars.

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Spirit of Peoria

Outdoor Recreation
The Spirit of Peoria is one of the nation’s overnight paddlewheelers. Hop aboard the Spirit of Peoria of a one to five day riverboat cruise to and from Starved Rock State Park and the Saint Louis Riverfront. Sit back, relax, dine and enjoy the beauty of the Illinois and Mississippi Rivers while listening to local musicians and old-fashioned entertainment. Board the Spirit of Peoria at the riverfront dock in Peoria for memorable journey along the Illinois and Mississippi Rivers.

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St. James at Sag Bridge

History
St. James at Sag Bridge was founded in 1833 and is the sole country parish of the Archdiocese of Chicago serving a growing community of Catholics who come together to worship. St. James at Sag Bridge is the oldest church in Northern Illinois. The church will be celebrating its 185th birthday in the Fall of 2018.

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Starved Rock Lodge and Conference Center

Hiking
Whether you’re a history buff, outdoor enthusiast or just enjoy relaxing in the Great Hall, Starved Rock Lodge offers an abundance of activities for everyone. Guided activities include Trolley Tours, River Cruises, and guided hikes. In addition to guided activities, massages can also be scheduled for a little R&R by scheduling your choice of massage in a quiet cabin with soft, calming music and soothing scents. The tranquil, wooded setting takes you away from the troubles of ...

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Starved Rock State Park

Outdoor Recreation
Starved Rock State Park is a world apart from anything else in Illinois. From the minute you wind your car through the towering trees, you will feel as if you are away from everyday life. Starved Rock has 13 miles of trails to explore and the Illinois River offers fishing, boating, extraordinary views and great places to relax. Towering canyons are visible all year round with amazing waterfalls that are active in the spring and after heavy rainfall. No matter what the season ...

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The Eagle Performing Arts & Conference Center

Theater & Performing Arts
The newly renovated Eagle Performing Arts and Conference Center first opened in December of 1939 as a movie house. Its first movie was The Wizard of Oz. After many successful years as a movie theater it was home to an indoor paintball range as well as an indoor skateboard park. When the City of Pontiac purchased the building they took proposals for what to do with it. A local theatre troupe proposed the idea of a dinner theatre and the Eagle Performing Arts and Conference ...

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The Forge: Lemont Quarries

Outdoor Recreation
The Forge: Lemont Quarries Adventure Park is an innovative private/public partnership offering year-round outdoor recreational activities that exhilarate, educate, and entertain adventure seekers of all ages and abilities. Stretching across 300-acres of historically significant land, The Forge: Lemont Quarries features the largest aerial challenge course, tallest climbing towers, and longest ziplines in the tri-state area. They offer mountain biking, rock climbing, kayaking, ...

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The Jacob Henry Mansion Estate

Heritage
The Jacob Henry Mansion, a National Historic Landmark, is well known for its beauty and exceptional culinary offerings, which make the Jacob Henry Mansion the perfect setting for any special occasion. In 1873, the home was the most expensive in the county. The elaborate 40 room mansion is located on Joliet’s prominent Eastern Avenue. Located in Joliet, The Jacob Henry Estate transforms an ordinary celebration into an extraordinary one.

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Two Cell Jail

Outdoor Recreation
Gardner, IL's Two-Cell Jail built in 1906, is a popular photo spot on Route 66. It has been restored by the community and holds a strong presence near Gardner's downtown area. Besides taking a photo of the outside, you are now encouraged to "go behind bars" and have your “cell-fie” photo taken.

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Weber House and Garden

Gardens/Parks
The Weber House & Garden, is located south of Chicago near Starved Rock State Park and sits on 2 acres in Streator, Illinois. The Weber House & Garden immerses visitors in storybook/Tudor architecture and English-style gardens. Visits will receive an intimate look at American history through the eyes of Ted Weber, a Chicago area radio and TV personality for over 50 years. The inside of the Weber House consists of cozy candlelit rooms that reflect the 18th century. The house consists ...

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Westclox Museum

Museums
The Westclox Museum in Peru, Illinois presents visitors with a history of the Western Clock Company, better known as Westclox. The museum is located in a portion of the historic Westclox building. On exhibit is a large collection of Tick Talk Magazines that hold all of the wonderful stories of the thousands of employees who worked at the Westclox factory. Learn about the company that began waking up America, and eventually the world in 1885 at the Westclox Museum.

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Will County Historical Museum and Research Center

Museums
The building was the administrative offices of the waterway for the I&M Canal, in 1972 it was recognized by the National Park Service with a listing on the National Register of Historic Places. Now operated by the Will County Historical Museum and Research Center, it is still part of the I&M Canal Heritage Corridor. The Will County Historical Society exists so that people and organizations can learn about the rich history of Will County. At the museum, you can tour a ...

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William Reddick Mansion

Heritage
Historically important and architecturally unique, the Reddick Mansion anchors Washington Square, the site of the first Lincoln-Douglas Debate in Ottawa, Illinois. Built in 1855, the Reddick Mansion is a lovely 22-room Italianate mansion was possibly the most expensive and ornate private home built in Illinois before the Civil War. Take a step back into the 19th century and visit the Reddick Mansion, where numerous rooms have been restored to their previous grandeur. The Reddick ...

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Wilmington Area Historical Society & Museum

History
History comes alive at the Wilmington Area Historical Society & Museum. The Wilmington Area Historical Society and Museum collects, preserves, and displays photographs and artifacts to tell the unique story of Wilmington, Illinois and how the people of this small town have adapted in this beautiful Midwest environment.

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Scenes from Around the Corridor