Flock to the Rock
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Valentine's Day Around the Corridor

01/25/2022 by  
  Starved Rock Area – Relaxing Get warm and cozy with a weekend getaway this Valentine’s Day. Pack your car and road trip down to the Starved Rock Area for something special and unforgettable. We made an itinerary for a relaxed getaway for two so you ...READ MORE

National Plan for Vacation Day – January 25, 2022

01/19/2022 by  
Don’t let the cold weather and snow stop you from exploring the Heritage Corridor! We make it easy for you to plan a road trip with you and your family to discover new adventures. Experience the many quaint downtowns, hiking along the trails and of course all of the ta...READ MORE

Lemont’s First Downtown Ice Fest

01/19/2022 by  
Take a stroll downtown Lemont to explore 14 custom Lemont ice sculptures. While you’re there, don’t forget to shop all the amazing local businesses for something delicious to eat, or something unique to take home. There will be a live ice craving demonstratio...READ MORE

Must Read Books of 2022

01/19/2022 by  
Now that 2022 is here, it’s time to refresh your bookshelves with new and exciting reads for the year. Around the Corridor, we have a couple of bookstores that gave us an insight on popular must-read books for 2022, and we have the list to share with you. There...READ MORE

Welcome Center & Illinois Made Gift Shoppe

01/18/2022 by  
      Starved Rock Country Welcome Center & Illinois Made Gift Shoppe - Opening Thursday, January 27th -  Featuring gifts from Illinois artisans, makers and attractions.   248 W. Canal Street North Utica, IL   ...READ MORE

Plan Your Visit with the Heritage Corridor Widget

01/10/2022 by  
Planning the perfect day in the Heritage Corridor just got much easier!     We're excited to unveil the Heritage Corridor Widget on our site with integrated mobile apps, an interactive way to map out everything you don't want to miss in the Her...READ MORE

Learn More About Wine with Wine & Cheese Company

01/04/2022 by  
This winter, challenge yourself and begin learning more about the different styles and flavors of wine. At Wine & Cheese Company, you can take their winter term course every Wednesday from 7PM to 8PM, starting January 19th, 2022. Here is how you can purchase these co...READ MORE

Free Winter Programs at Starved Rock State Park – Jan-March 2022

01/04/2022 by  
Get active and get out to explore the beauty of nature even during the wintertime at Starved Rock State Park and Matthiessen State Park. In 2022 both parks will be offering FREE programs for you to sign up for. Gather your family and friends and begin your next adventure. ...READ MORE

Finding Relaxation After The Holidays

12/16/2021 by  
How To Relax After the Holidays As the Holiday season begin to come to an end, we want to help you relax stress-free after all the hustle and bustle. If you’re looking to incorporate more self-care into your routine, here are a few ideas around the Corridor that you ca...READ MORE

Last Minute Gift Ideas

12/16/2021 by  
We know how busy things can get around the holidays and with Christmas coming up this weekend, we wanted to share with you last minute gift ideas for you to pick up today, wrap it up with a bow and place under your Christmas tree just in time for Christmas morning. These...READ MORE

Winterfest Weekend

12/13/2021 by  
  Christmas is right around the corner, so it's time to get into a jolly mood! If you’re looking for something fun to do with the entire family, then The Forge: Lemont Quarries has the perfect weekend planned out just for you. Beginning on Friday, Decemb...READ MORE

Holiday Activities Around Morris, IL

11/29/2021 by  
  Looking for family fun or are you wanting to get your friends together before the holiday, well explore downtown Morris where they have plenty of holiday fun for you to enjoy: Midnight in Morris December 3-4, 2021 Shop downtown Morris with many sales, dr...READ MORE

Small Business Saturday

11/16/2021 by  
Celebrate all the local boutiques, antiques, breweries, wineries, coffee shops and more in your area for Small Business Saturday on November 27, 2021. This holiday season, find something unique and special to gift your loved ones. Around the corridor, we have so many ama...READ MORE

Find Something Special at the Chris Kringle Market in Ottawa, IL

11/15/2021 by  
The Holiday season is here and it’s time to shop for your family and friends for Christmas. In downtown Ottawa, the Chris Kringle Market is back beginning November 26 featuring small makers, bakers, and creators from around the globe. Kicking off the first weekend,...READ MORE

Holiday Festivities Around the Corridor

11/09/2021 by  
  The holiday season is near, so it’s time to get into the jolly spirit! Around the Corridor, several of our cities have something fun for you to experience this season. From parades to tree lighting ceremonies and even a special visit from Santa himself! H...READ MORE

Home For The Holidays – Rialto Square Theatre

11/01/2021 by  
Now that we have wrapped up spooky season, it is time to start planning for a jolly holiday season at the Rialto Square Theatre. Beginning November 20th through December 22nd gather your family and get ready for all the exciting Christmas entertainment. The lineup this s...READ MORE

Forge Fear!

10/19/2021 by  
Spooky season is in full effect and at The Forge, there is plenty for you to do this weekend and next weekend. Here is the breakdown of what you can expect: Movie in the Park: The Nightmare before Christmas This event is free admission with an activity pass from the s...READ MORE

Insanity Haunted House – Peru, IL

10/12/2021 by  
Voted Illinois’ best haunted house in the last 6 years, come experience Insanity Haunted House in Peru if you dare! With over 10,000 square feet of pure terror inside, face your fears as you make your way through rooms full of torture, torment, and terrifying screa...READ MORE

Spooky Season in Lockport

10/12/2021 by  
It’s time to buckle up and get ready for the ride! Scary season is back and several towns around the Heritage Corridor has something spooky to get the hairs on the back of your neck standing up. In Lockport, gather your family and experience two of the most haunted...READ MORE

Nightmare Haunted Attraction – Princeton, IL

10/12/2021 by  
Come experience the Nightmare Haunted Attraction in Princeton, IL if you dare! This year the event will feature haunted barns, a bonfire, and souvenirs to remind you of the evening. If you still think you can handle it, the old and creepy barn at the Bureau County Fairground...READ MORE

National Dessert Day!

10/05/2021 by  
There is nothing better than sinking your teeth into something sweet and delicious right after having a hardy meal. National Dessert Day is October 14 and there’s no reason why you shouldn’t visit all these locations below to fulfill your sweet tooth! Check o...READ MORE

Take A Trolley Ride Through The Starved Rock Area

10/04/2021 by  
Around this time of year, there is plenty to do in the Starved Rock Area that are unique and full of fun. If you haven’t already experienced a Trolley Tour at the Starved Rock Lodge and Conference Center, then this is the perfect time to do so as the weather and leaves...READ MORE

Scary Story Boat Tour

09/27/2021 by  
  Spooky season is slowly approaching and around the Heritage Corridor, we are ready to give you a good scare this season. To start the season, you can take a journey back to a scarier time aboard on “The Volunteer,” down the Illinois and Michigan Canal. ...READ MORE

Fall Flavors!

09/24/2021 by  
Fall is here, which means the leaves are changing, the weather is getting coolers and fall activities are in full effect! Around the Heritage Corridor there’s always plenty to do and places to go, especially our restaurants where you can get a taste of all your favorit...READ MORE

National Taco Day

09/23/2021 by  
National Taco Day is October 4th and we have some of the tastiest restaurants for you to try around the Heritage Corridor with delicious tacos on the menu! From the classic taco to an early morning breakfast taco, you can’t go wrong with any of these choices. ...READ MORE

Metra's Special Saturday Schedule

09/20/2021 by  
This fall the residents in the Chicago area can explore the towns along the Illinois and Michigan Canal with a new opportunity offered by Metra train. The Metra has created a special Saturday scheduled on its Heritage Corridor Line so that residents can explore the communiti...READ MORE

Illinois Largest Fall Festival with over 350 Vendors – The 51st Annual LaSalle County Burgoo Festival

09/17/2021 by  
Celebrate one of Illinois largest and longest running festivals on October 9-10 in the village of North Utica. This is a great event to bring your entire family to enjoy the start of fall with something to do for everybody. Established in 1969, the Burgoo Festival is an ...READ MORE

Fall Things To Do Around The Corridor

09/17/2021 by  
  Fall is almost here, and we want to make sure you are ready for all the fun festivities to come! If you’re wondering what there is to do around the Heritage Corridor in the fall, well here’s a list of things you can do as a family, solo, or with friends...READ MORE

Learn The Basics of Quilting and Win Up To $500 In Gift Cards

09/08/2021 by  
Join Thimbles Quilts virtually next Thursday, September 16 for a special class on paper piecing and enter to win a $50 gift card drawing! Thimbles has partnered with School of Sewing this month where you can tune in with 10 unique shops to learn the very basics of quilting. ...READ MORE

Fall on Canal

09/08/2021 by  
Fall is near so it’s time to switch things up and get festive! Shop small downtown Lemont with unique and fun décor to cover your home from head to toe. Join Mabel's Market for a special vintage and handcrafted street market featuring over 40 hand selec...READ MORE

Grundy County 72nd Corn Festival Celebrations

09/07/2021 by  
Come celebrate 72 years of the Grundy County Corn Festival September 22 – 26, 2021. This festival is the cornerstone event in Grundy County and a country wide celebration. It celebrates the rich agricultural history of Grundy County and offer so many fun activities suc...READ MORE

Lockport’s Military History Weekend

09/07/2021 by  
Come learn, play, and explore at Lockport’s Military History Weekend on Saturday and Sunday, September 11 – 12. Experience re-enactments of WWII, Civil War, and Vietnam War encampments and battles, uniforms, vehicles, and equipment of the period. You can event fl...READ MORE

Unique Shops and Dining of Wilmington, IL

09/01/2021 by  
Wilmington, IL is a beautiful town located on the historic Route 66 and nestled along the shore of the Kankakee River. This quaint town may be smaller than others but has a lot to offer. In their downtown you can find specialty and antique shops and excellent cuisine. Th...READ MORE

A Field of Sunflowers at Heap’s Giant Pumpkin Farm

08/30/2021 by  
Heap’s Giant Pumpkin Farm is open for their 3rd Annual Sunflowers Harvest. Explore over 9 acres of sunflowers, zinnias, and other flowers while you take the perfect picture and cut down your own flower to take home. Be sure to stick around for all their other activitie...READ MORE

National Read A Book Day

08/30/2021 by  
National Read A Book Day is September 6, 2021 and Prairie Fox Books in Ottawa, IL has several enticing books coming out this fall that you can preorder now. From lyrical picture books to children beginner books and even to presidential biographies, there’s something fo...READ MORE

National Red Wine Day

08/18/2021 by  
  It’s time to pull out your wine glass and pour it to celebrate National Red Wine Day August 28. Down the Heritage Corridor we have some of the best wineries and wine shops that will expand your taste palate. Wine Retailers:  August Hill Winery &nd...READ MORE

LaSalle's Music Festival Weekend

08/18/2021 by  
Let’s end the summer with a bang at LaSalle’s largest music festival happening on September 10-11. This is a 2-night event that is free for everyone to come and dance the night away. There will be live music, a rib cook-off, wine tasting, delicious food vendors, ...READ MORE

Having Lunch at H&H Family Restaurant

08/17/2021 by  
The towns along the I&M Canal have many things to offer from thrilling adventures to unique shops, and of course all the food! In downtown Lemont there’s a true treasure known as H&H Family Restaurant. This family-owned restaurant serves their community and man...READ MORE

Celebrate Oktoberfest with Tangled Roots

08/16/2021 by  
Come party with the Tangled Roots family for their annual Oktoberfest. Kicking off the festivities at The Lone Buffalo in Ottawa, save the dates for September 17-19 so you can party all weekend long. Then, do it all over again at Lock & Mule in Lockport September 24-26. ...READ MORE

Blues at the Park

08/10/2021 by  
Come dance the night away at the 4th Annual Joliet Blues Festival, held at the pavilion in Billie Limacher Bicentennial Park this Saturday, August 14, 2021. Enjoy live music while taking in all the beautiful scenery of the Des Plaines River, downtown Joliet. There will be...READ MORE

Meet the Owners of Syl's Chophouse

08/10/2021 by  
  The Heritage Corridor has some of the best places to explore, shop, and of course dine. In Rockdale, IL we have an award-winning restaurant, Syl’s Chophouse, located right off I-80 - and it’s worth every bite! Syl’s Chophouse is a family resta...READ MORE

Expereince Art At The Largest Adventure Park in the Country

08/03/2021 by  
Join The Forge: Lemont Quarries for their first Art Walk on August 22, 2021. This event is free and great for the entire family to come out and enjoy. Experience the arts like never before at the world’s largest adventure park. Take a look at the festivities: Liv...READ MORE

Upcoming Event at Bronkberry Farms

07/26/2021 by  
Bronkberry Farms, located in Plainfield, is known by the community as the farming “destination” and the best place to go for locally-grown fruits & vegetables, as well as flowers, plants and garden decorations. In addition to all of the seasonal offerings, Br...READ MORE

Enjoy Family Fun at KidzFest Downtown Joliet

07/26/2021 by  
Enjoy a day of fun and great for the entire family downtown Joliet next Saturday, August 7. There is so much to do at Joliet’s Kidzfest and it is free for everyone to come and explore! This annual event will include several interactive, educational, and fun activiti...READ MORE

90 Day Countdown for I&M Canal Passport Contest

07/26/2021 by  
It’s time to get out, explore and create new experiences down the I&M Canal National Heritage Area. Brush the dust off your passport and begin the adventures! August 3rd will mark 90 days left until the end of the 35th Anniversary Passport contest, s...READ MORE

The Bash at the Big House

07/16/2021 by  
Ever wondered what it’s like to party inside of the Old Joliet Prison? Well, here’s your chance to enjoy a unique experience inside of these mysterious walls with live performances from local talents. The Bash at the Big House is August 7 and there will be many l...READ MORE

Gerry Grossman Live at Hegeler Carus Mansion

07/16/2021 by  
Come see Gerry Grossman live at the Hegeler Carus Mansion on August 4th, for a fun and interactive show. Known as the “Human Jukebox – Reloaded” his act is a one-man comedy, rock and roll show that features audience involvement and a repertoire of thousands...READ MORE

What Summer Looks Like Around the Heritage Corridor

07/16/2021 by  
Summertime around the Heritage Corridor is so much fun because of the many experiences you can engage in whether you are exploring solo, or with a group of people. From peaceful hikes to cold tasty treats and even thrilling adventures, there is something for everyone! Tak...READ MORE

Come Aboard On The I&M Canal Boat

07/09/2021 by  
Take a journey back in time down the Illinois & Michigan Canal National Heritage Area. The I&M Canal Boat reopens for the 2021season, so come aboard on the “Volunteer,” a mule-pulled 1840’s replica canal boat, while it coasts calmly up and down the ...READ MORE

Happy Birthday Harry Potter!

07/09/2021 by  
  Celebrate Happy Potter’s birthday for the 3rd year in a row at Prairie Fox Books on July 31, 2021. Come by the bookstore and get some free candy from Honeydukes, watch potion demons, play wizard games for prizes, make some great crafts and even take home some...READ MORE

National Ice Cream Day!

07/08/2021 by  
  This Sunday, July 18 is National Ice Cream Day! There is nothing like a cold treat on a hot summer day. Down the Heritage Corridor we have a few tasty places in mind for you to try when you have a sweet tooth. Rich & Creamy – Joliet  When you s...READ MORE

The Forge Ziplining

Events Happening at The Forge

07/08/2021 by  
The Forge, located in Lemont, offers adventure for every age and every ability, including the country's largest ropes challenge courses, outdoor dining, laser tag, six lakes for fishing and kayaking, miles of flat hiking, running, biking trails, races, and special e...READ MORE

Live Music During the Month Of July

07/07/2021 by  
Tis the season of live music and outdoor concerts. Around the Heritage Corridor, we have so many amazing musical performances that take place in our many bars, breweries, wine shops, and restaurants. For the rest of the month, you can enjoy live performances from local artis...READ MORE

Cruisin Through the Heritage Corridor

07/06/2021 by  
Cruise through the many downtowns around the Heritage Corridor this summer while exploring exotic, classic, one-of-kind cars you don’t normally see. It’s Cruise Night season and several of our towns are hosting fun-filled nights with more than just cars - th...READ MORE

Looking For Lincoln Scavenger Hunt 2021

07/02/2021 by  
Explore the towns where Lincoln once traveled on an adventurous and interactive scavenger hunt through LaSalle County and Pontiac, Illinois. Learn about Honest Abe’s formative years where the young lawyer argued many landmark cases and participated in le...READ MORE

Water Activities Around the Corridor

07/02/2021 by  
Looking for a way to cool off this summer? Explore one or more of our many water activities around the Heritage Corridor. Glide down a water slide at Raging Waves or sit comfortably on the I & M Canal Boat while you cruise down the river. No matter what you decid...READ MORE

Weekly Beer Releases

Beer Releases: June 6 - June 12, 2021

06/30/2021 by  
Two Anniversary Celebrations This Week Both Miskatonic Brewing Company and Rt66 Old School Brewing are celebrating their anniveraries this weekend.   Miskatonic's 6th Anniversary Bash There will music all day long, featuring acoustic sets starting ...READ MORE

Learn About the Rich History of the Jugtown Pottery and Tile Factories

06/25/2021 by  
Next Saturday, July 12, come out and learn more about the history of Jugtown Pottery and Tile Factories of the Felix (now referred to Goose Lake) Township, 5010 N Jugtown Rd, Morris, IL 60450, from the 19th century area. Michele Micetich and Tom Turner will offer a presentat...READ MORE

Celebrating 100 Years at the Marshall-Putnam Fair

06/25/2021 by  
The Marshall-Putman Fair is celebrating their 100th Anniversary on July 14 – 18, 2021. The weekend is jammed packed with so many fun and exciting things to do from live music to demolition derby! The weekend kicks off on Wednesday, July 14 with dinner, harness racin...READ MORE

35th Annual Streator’s Fourth Of July Celebration

06/25/2021 by  
Making plans to celebrate Independence Day? Experience family fun and activities at  Streator’s 4th of July Celebration, now in its 35th year! This 5-day festival includes fireworks, a parade, a carnival, national music acts, food and beer garden, Run for Glory 5k...READ MORE

Summer 2021 Outdoor Activities

06/22/2021 by  
Now is the time to get out of the house and explore the great outdoors! The Heritage Corridor Region has plenty of wonderful outdoor activities for everyone in the family, check out some of our ideas below.     Skydive Chicago Ottawa Extreme adventur...READ MORE

Ottawa's Music In The Park Series Begins

06/18/2021 by  
Embrace Ottawa’s small-town charm, while enjoying live performances and the fresh outdoors for their new music series at the historic Washington Square Park. This summer you can pull up a chair, hangout with some friends and listen to an array of musical acts The se...READ MORE

Jump Into The Fourth of July With Skydive Chicago

06/18/2021 by  
  Jump into the holiday weekend with Skydive Chicago for their Annual 4th of July Boogie event next Thursday, July 1-4, 2021. Bring your family and friends out for a thrilling experience you can’t find elsewhere. There will be many organizers in multiple dis...READ MORE

Reunion Activities

06/16/2021 by  
  After the pandemic, groups are finally getting together for reunions. One of the best parts of reunions is exploring and trying new things with your favorite people. Check out these ideas on how to spend your free time together. Team building and outdoor advent...READ MORE

Live Music Around the Heritage Corridor

06/11/2021 by  
Tis the season of live music and outdoor concerts. Around the Heritage Corridor, we have so many amazing musical performances that take place in our many bars, breweries, wine shops, and restaurants. For the rest of the month, you can enjoy live performances from local ...READ MORE

Weekly Beer Releases

Beer Releases: June 6 - June 12, 2021

06/11/2021 by  
Two Anniversary Celebrations This Week Both Miskatonic Brewing Company and Rt66 Old School Brewing are celebrating their anniveraries this weekend.   Miskatonic's 6th Anniversary Bash There will music all day long, featuring acoustic sets starting ...READ MORE

Celebrate Father's Day Around the Heritage Corridor

06/08/2021 by  
  Father’s Day is this Sunday! Celebrate the men in your life with some fun activities, meals and maybe some shopping along the Heritage Corridor.   If you're looking for something to do the day before, celebrate Father’s Day Weekend wi...READ MORE

A Girls Trip Down Route 66

06/04/2021 by  
As the weather continues to get warmer, it is the perfect time to get in your car and hit the open road. A trip along The First Hundred Miles of Route 66 is always a must and an easy road trip to plan. Last week, our office traveled down to Pontiac and Dwight, IL to enjoy th...READ MORE

Family Fun at the 35th Annual Cabin Festival

06/03/2021 by  
This Saturday, June 5, 2021, take part in the 35th Annual Cabin Festival at Goose Lake Prairie State Natural Area. This day was created to honor the pioneers who moved into the area in the 1830s. From 10 AM to 3 PM, gather your family and enjoy a full day of fun for free!...READ MORE

Miskatonic Brewing Turns 6!

06/03/2021 by  
Party with Miskatonic Brewing Company this Friday and Saturday, June 11-12, 2021, while they celebrate their 6 year anniversary! Begin the festivities on Friday where you can enjoy all the pop punk and beer you can handle. Take in live music from live performances by Accepto...READ MORE

Take Me Out To The Ball Game

05/28/2021 by  
Have you missed watching a ball game, eating your favorite ball park snacks, and ending the night with a firework spectacular? The iconic minor league baseball team, the Joliet Slammers, have an upcoming home game on Friday, June 4th that you don’t want to miss! ...READ MORE

Weekly Beer Releases

Beer Releases: May 23- May 29, 2021

05/28/2021 by  
  Metal Monkey's Artisan Market on June 12 Mark your calendars for Metal Monkey's Artisan Market for June 12.  This event is a curated mix of over 30 artists, makers, crafts and creatives.Food from Savory Crust, Music from JD Kostyke, and of cours...READ MORE

Explore Lemont's Vintage and Handmade Businesses at Market On Canal

05/28/2021 by  
This Sunday, June 6, 2021 kick off your summer by making your way to downtown Lemont to explore their Market on Canal event. Shop over 35 vintage and handcrafted vendors while enjoying the beautiful weather. Not only can you find some amazing unique items to take home, bu...READ MORE

Can't Miss Summer Festivals in the Heritage Corridor Region

05/26/2021 by  
  Summer is here, and that means festival season! The Heritage Corridor Region has festivals throughout the season to entertain everyone in the family. Below, we have provided information on just a few of the exciting upcoming events.   Ot...READ MORE

National Road Trip Day

05/21/2021 by  
  National Road Trip Day is this Friday, May 28, 2021, and down the Heritage Corridor we have so many places for you to visit. We created three different itineraries, taking you on an experience you can’t find anywhere else. From exploring our quaint downto...READ MORE

Run Through the Corridor

05/21/2021 by  
Whether you are a beginner or an experienced runner, there are plenty of races going on in the Heritage Corridor that you should check out! Beat your personal best and get moving at these races: Liberty 5-K Run/Walk - July 3rd 2021 The Liberty 5K is a chip-timed run o...READ MORE

What Spring Looks Like Around the Heritage Corridor

05/21/2021 by  
  Spring has so much beauty in its everyday nature. As we come out of the cold winter, we begin to see colorful flowers blossom, the leaves on the trees grow back, and hear all the birds chirping from high above. Around the Heritage Corridor we have so many Instag...READ MORE

Weekly Beer Releases

Beer Releases: May 16 - May 22, 2021

05/19/2021 by  
Plainfield's Garage Band Brewing Turns Two It's a party in Plainfield.  Our favorite firehouse brewery, Garage Band Brewing, is celebrating its second anniversary.  There's a lot going on too ... check out the schedule below and make sure to atte...READ MORE

Ottawa Uncorked is Coming Soon!

05/18/2021 by  
Ottawa’s Annual Wine Weekend is back June 5-6, 2021!! It has been renamed Ottawa Uncorked and it is better than ever! Brought to us by the Ottawa Noon Rotary, Floret Events and Illinois Grape Growers and Vintners Alliance, in cooperation with the City of Ottawa and the...READ MORE

It's Time To "Switch On Summer" at the Buckingham Fountain

05/18/2021 by  
The Clarence Buckingham Memorial fountain is a stunning sculptural fountain in Grant Park. Typically the fountain features a beautiful water display in the warmer Chicago months. However, due to the pandemic the nearly 94-year-old fountain has not been active since 2019. ...READ MORE

Meet Char Bragg, Owner of Jobst Monument & Gifts

05/13/2021 by  
There’s no question that down the Heritage Corridor, you can find some of the most unique shops in the Chicagoland area. One that truly stands out is a local gift shop in Ottawa, IL known as Jobst Monument & Gifts. This family-owned business has been around sinc...READ MORE

Celebrating World Turtle Day

05/13/2021 by  
This Sunday, May 23, 2021 we are celebrating World Turtle Day. This day helps bring awareness to the species and teaches us how we can do our parts in keeping them safe. The Forest Preserve District of Will County is currently housing a dozen of Blanding Turtles, an endan...READ MORE

National Wine Day

05/13/2021 by  
  National Wine Day is May 25th! How can we celebrate in the Heritage Corridor? Let’s get out there and enjoy some wine. Read on for some great ideas from our members. Sable Creek Winery – When the warmer months begin, stop at Sable Creek ...READ MORE

Illinois Made Inductees

05/12/2021 by  
Illinois Made celebrates those makers, creators, and artisans who help craft Illinois by hand, inspiring visitors and fellow Illinoisans to discover more about the state by experiencing firsthand the passion that makes it thrive. Makers exemplify what it means to be a l...READ MORE

Meet Jane & Tammy, Owners of Thimbles Quilts in Lockport, IL

05/10/2021 by  
Many of us began to pick up new hobbies to help pass time during COVID-19. Around the Heritage Corridor we have a few special craft shops that were busier during quarantine, and one specifically that was in high demand. Thimbles Quilts in Lockport, IL is a great pla...READ MORE

Celebrate National "Eat What You Want" Day!

05/10/2021 by  
  Set aside all diets and enjoy National Eat What You Want Day today! Throughout the Heritage Corridor we have so many delicious restaurants to indulge in. From classic burgers and pizza, to unique flavors from around the world, and unforgettable bakeries, we have it...READ MORE

Weekly Beer Releases

Beer Releases: May 2 - May 8, 2021

05/07/2021 by  
Berwyn's Flapjack Brewery on Chicago's Best TV Learn more about this great brewery and pizzeria by watching this clip above, which appeared last weekend on Chicago's Best on WGN. New Releases - Hot Spot Drops - Coming Soon Want to get thes...READ MORE

Star Union Spirits Big Win at the 2021 San Francisco World Spirits Competition

05/06/2021 by  
Star Union Spirits in Peru, IL has many reasons to celebrate. After recently being awarded an “Illinois Made” maker by the Illinois Office of Tourism, they took home a big win at the 2021 San Francisco World Spirits Competition. Since 2000, the San Francisco Worl...READ MORE

Fireworks at the Joliet Slammers Stadium

05/04/2021 by  
  There’s nothing like a summer night firework show to enjoy with family and friends inside your favorite sports team stadium. The Joliet Slammers just announced that their Firework Fridays presented by DuPage Medical Group are coming back for the 2021 sea...READ MORE

Meet Noreen Dollinger from the Dollinger Family Farm

05/04/2021 by  
During the Fall season, there are so many fun things to do around the Heritage Corridor. If you’re looking for something festive, then look no further. The Dollinger Family Farm in Channahon, IL is a great place to go as a family and learn about the rich history t...READ MORE

Bishops Hill Winery Grand Opening

05/04/2021 by  
Bishops Hill Winery is officially open for business in Joliet! They opened for tastings April 15th.   They offer their nine wines tasting (1oz. each) for $20.00 each. Currently they have charcuterie trays to compliment your tastings, but will be adding s...READ MORE

Weekly Beer Releases

Beer Releases: April 25 - May 1, 2021

04/30/2021 by  
Happy second anniversary, Mad Hatchet Brewing!   Some great releases coming up this weekend, as the Shorewood brewery has a great line-up for this celebration.  Make sure to get over to Mad Hatchet and hoist a beer. New Releases - Hot Spot Drops - ...READ MORE

Bloomin On Canal

04/29/2021 by  
  This Mother’s Day, make the most important women in your life feel special in a fun and floral way this Saturday, May 8th, 2021 with Canal Street businesses in Lemont, IL. This day will include floral windows and décor, a free floral photo op, fresh...READ MORE

Meet Holly Barker from the Launching Pad Drive-In

04/28/2021 by  
If you’ve ever ridden down the first hundred miles of Route 66, then you have seen a 30-foot-tall statue known as the Gemini Giant in Wilmington, IL. Right next to it, you’ll notice the Launching Pad Drive-In restaurant brightly lit up. As you make your w...READ MORE

Starved Rock Lodge Wins Two Awards

04/27/2021 by  
Starved Rock Lodge & Conference Center has been name Best Hotel in North Central Illinois. The contest was sponsored by Studstill Media. Radio fans from WALLS 102, Q HIT MUSIC 97.7/103.3, Classic Hits 106, WGLC Classic Country, 100.9 FM Rocks and WSPL FR 98.5 voted earli...READ MORE

Summer Patios Around the Heritage Corridor

04/27/2021 by  
As the weather begins to warm up, it is time to take advantage of the outdoors again. Enjoy every moment of summer as the wind blows through your hair and the sun shines bright while you dine on great meals and sip on tasty beverages. Summer patios are starting to open back ...READ MORE

Meet Holly Barker from the Launching Pad Drive-In

04/27/2021 by  
If you’ve ever ridden down the first hundred miles of Route 66, then you have seen a 30-foot-tall statue known as the Gemini Giant in Wilmington, IL. Right next to it, you’ll notice the Launching Pad Drive-In restaurant brightly lit up. As you make your w...READ MORE

April Showers Bring May Flowers

04/27/2021 by  
  With the weather warming up it is about time we start to see some of nature's beauty. Visit these spots listed below to find beautiful flowers and don’t forget to take some pictures! Bronkberry Farms Head over to Bronkberry Farms in Plainfield...READ MORE

Meet Kacie Wadyckii from Wine & Cheese Company

04/20/2021 by  
Throughout the Heritage Corridor, we have some of the best wineries, wine cafes and shops that are truly irreplaceable. If you are like many people, it can be challenging to find the perfect wine that best suits you. In downtown Plainfield, Wine and Cheese Company can hel...READ MORE

Great Breakfast Places In the Heritage Corridor

04/20/2021 by  
  Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. To properly start your day off right, we have a list of places in the Heritage Corridor where you can enjoy your breakfast while gaining energy for the day. Cherry Hill Café Joliet, IL Their menu ...READ MORE

Special Screening with Kyle Maynard, Adventurer Extraordinaire, at The Forge: Lemont Quarries

04/20/2021 by  
The Forge Charitable Adventure is excited to welcome Kyle Maynard for a special screening event, May 2nd, 2021. Sit back and enjoy his new ESPN documentary, A Fighting Chance followed by a question and answer session immediately after. Kyle was born with a rare condition ...READ MORE

Weekly Beer Releases

Beer Releases: April 11 - April 17, 2021

04/16/2021 by  
  New Releases - Hot Spot Drops - Coming Soon     Want to get these updates in your email?  Sign up for a newsletter via this link - heritagecorridorcvb.com/request-info.  You'll have to scroll down on that link to get to the...READ MORE

Bring Joy to Young Children for National Serger Month

04/13/2021 by  
Be a Different Maker and help put a smile on a child's face by sewing and donating drawstring bags with Baby Lock sergers to the Guardian Angel Community. You can drop off you donations to Thimbles in Lockport, IL on April 20 and 21. Thimbles is a proud sponsor of the Be...READ MORE

Meet Maria Ahmedi from Old Route 66 Family Restaurant

04/13/2021 by  
Traveling down Route 66 is always an adventure. From roadside stops to one-of-a-kind shopping, and of course the delicious food, it’s definitely a road trip to remember. In Dwight, IL, located right off of the Historic Route 66 where you can’t miss i...READ MORE

Become One With Nature For Earth Day

04/12/2021 by  
Earth Day this year is Thursday, April 22 and after a cold winter, we are all ready to get out and embrace Mother Nature. Below are some tips of how you can celebrate Earth Day in the Heritage Corridor. Starved Rock State Park Information about all events at Star...READ MORE

Things We Don't Say - Craft Beer for Mental Health Initiative Announced

04/09/2021 by  
Things We Don't Say is a beer that will be coming out in May with several breweries throughout the country participating to benefit a very important cause - mental health.  I'm going to copy directly from Will County Brewing's Facebook post, because it sums ...READ MORE

View Photos Of The Past At Mendota Museum & Historical Society's Opening Weekend

04/09/2021 by  
The Mendota Museum & Historical Society will open for the season this weekend with a sweeping photographic opening exhibit and a new executive director. Doors open Saturday, April 10th, 2021, so be sure to come check it out. The new exhibit Through the Camera Lens wil...READ MORE

Weekly Beer Releases

Beer Releases: April 04 - April 10, 2021

04/08/2021 by  
  New Releases - Hot Spot Drops - Coming Soon Things We Don't Say is a beer that will be coming out in May in several beers throughout the country benefiting a very important cause - mental health.  Ale Trail breweries that are currently sign...READ MORE

Meet Stacey Olson from True North

04/06/2021 by  
Shopping down the Heritage Corridor is always an experience. Our many shops are truly one-of-a-kind, and sometimes you never know what to expect until you visit. One such hidden gem is True North, located in Morris, IL. They are more than an antique shop, they are a true roa...READ MORE

A Quite Ducky Summer in Store for Lockport, IL

04/06/2021 by  
The Lockport Summer Art Series has partnered with corporate sponsors and bigger businesses in order to support Lockport small businesses, forced to shut down during Covid-19. The “Keep Our Small Businesses Afloat” project will soon make appearances throug...READ MORE

Experience Great Meals and Amazing Deals During the 2021 Joliet Area Restaurant Week With a Chance to Win Prizes by Taking Photos

04/06/2021 by  
Enjoy the many tastes and flavors of Joliet Area Restaurant Week, taking place April 15 – 30, 2021. Twenty-three locations will be offering significant discounts served with some of their tastiest meals. Patrons are encouraged to take a quick snap of their meals and...READ MORE

Meet Margaret Carlson and Wendy Carver of Hollingworth Candies

03/30/2021 by  
  In the mood for something sweet? Make your way to Lockport, IL to find the perfect solution - Hollingworth Candies.  This candy shop specializes in handcrafting toffees and chocolate candies. Owner and founder, Margaret Carlson began her business at home in...READ MORE

Experience the Thrill at Skydive Chicago

03/30/2021 by  
Ready for the thrill of your life? Skydive Chicago opening day is this Saturday, April 3, 2021, so it’s time to experience that adrenaline rush you’ve been looking for. For all first-time jumpers, you can experience their Tandem Skydiving. You will step out in...READ MORE

Vote Heritage Corridor Convention & Visitors Bureau for "Best CVB"!

03/30/2021 by  
  Nominate the Heritage Corridor Convention & Visitors Bureau as “Best CVB” for the 2021 Daily Herald’s Readers’ Choice. It only takes a minute of your time.  Visit https://dhcontests.secondstreetapp.com/Readers-Choice-2021 ...READ MORE

Weekly Beer Releases

Beer Releases: March 21 - March 28, 2021

03/26/2021 by  
New Releases - Hot Spot Drops - Coming Soon Want to get these updates in your email?  Sign up for a newsletter via this link - heritagecorridorcvb.com/request-info.  You'll have to scroll down on that link to get to the e-newsletter section.  And, ...READ MORE

Meet Jennifer Bronk from Bronkberry Farms in Plainfield, IL

03/23/2021 by  
In a typically male-led field of work, Jennifer Bronk truly stands out for all of her hard work and dedication in starting Bronkberry Farms. On this family farm, you can find a 70 x 30 barn, “state of the art” greenhouse boasting quality flowers, and fresh veg...READ MORE

Easter Meals and To-Go Specials

03/19/2021 by  
  Easter is upon us and we at the Heritage Corridor CVB have rounded up the best in-person and to-go meal packages for you and your family. Make sure to make your reservations early as space is more limited this year. Happy Easter from all of us at the Heritage Corri...READ MORE

Expand Your Palate with Flavors from around the Heritage Corridor

03/19/2021 by  
  When you’re looking to expand your palate or try something new, look no further than these restaurants in the Heritage Corridor. Chevere Latin Café From their customer-favorite Arepa’s to Teresa’s homemade desserts, Chevere Latin Caf...READ MORE

Weekly Beer Releases

Beer Releases: March 14 - March 21, 2021

03/18/2021 by  
Pre-order Three Michelin-Starred Alinea in the Corridor Foodies, you can enjoy a meal from one of the top restaurants in the world right here in the Heritage Corridor. Pre-order and pick up a meal from Pollyanna Brewing Company (Lemont, IL) on 3-26 and 3-27 or an Eas...READ MORE

Three Michelin-Starred Alinea in the Corridor - Pre-Order Now from 3-26, 3-27, 4-2, and 4-3-2021)

03/17/2021 by  
Foodies, you can enjoy a meal from one of the top restaurants in the world right here in the Heritage Corridor from Pollyanna Brewing Company (Lemont, IL) on 3-26 and 3-27 or an Easter Dinner from Black Horizon Brewing Company (Willowbrook, IL) on 4-2 and 4-3.  We highl...READ MORE

Best Places to take your Dog Around the Heritage Corridor

03/15/2021 by  
Fido wants to explore along with you! Check out our dog-friendly locations around the Heritage Corridor so that you no longer have to leave your four-legged best friend at home. Take them through the trails of Starved Rock State Park, out to eat at the Public Landing Restaur...READ MORE

Explore The I&M Canal with Chances of Winning Prizes!

03/12/2021 by  
  Pick up an I&M Canal National Heritage Area's 35th Anniversary Passport (or dust off your old one) and continue the journey up and down the Illinois & Michigan Canal. The program has been extended to August 23, 2021, giving you plenty of time to win a p...READ MORE

Meet Francie Skoflanc from A Mess Of Things and CatsEye Downtown Ottawa, IL

03/12/2021 by  
Finding something one-of-a-kind isn’t hard when shopping down the Heritage Corridor. Our Antique and Boutique shops really know how to create notable items that you can’t find anywhere else, making them special. In Downtown Ottawa, A Mess Of Things is no stran...READ MORE

Weekly Beer Releases

Beer Releases: March 7 - March 14, 2021

03/10/2021 by  
It's Will County Brewing Company's Third Anniversary - and they've got some great beers and seltzers for us this weekend.  Scroll down to get more info. New Releases - Hot Spot Drops - Coming Soon Sunday, March 7 ...READ MORE

Celebrating St Patrick’s Day Around the Heritage Corridor

03/09/2021 by  
  It’s that time of year again where many shops and restaurants are painting their towns emerald green, in spirit of St. Patrick’s Day. As you begin making plans, we wanted to share a list of places around the Heritage Corridor where you can shop, di...READ MORE

Five “Instagramable” Locations Around the Heritage Corridor

03/08/2021 by  
  Looking to level up your social media content? Or maybe you just want a beautiful or unique place to take photos? Whatever you are looking for, check out these places for a great photo back drop! The Forge: Lemont Quarries We are starting of the list with a ...READ MORE

Women Owned Businesses Around the Heritage Corridor Spotlight: Anna Aimaro

03/08/2021 by  
  Around the Heritage Corridor, we have several amazing antique and boutique shops to explore. In Downtown Morris, Betty’s is a clothing and home décor boutique. This shop specializes in clothing and accessories, as well as vintage home décor and ...READ MORE

Weekly Beer Releases

Beer Releases: February 28 - March 7, 2021

03/04/2021 by  
New Releases - Hot Spot Drops - Coming Soon Make sure to get in your nominations for this year's Golden Growlers!  Last day to nominate is March 10.  Visit this link to fill out the form. Sunday, February 28 ...READ MORE

Uncover the Mysteries of Starved Rock State Park with Historian Mark Walcyznski

03/01/2021 by  
Have you ever wondered who walked the same trails as you at Starved Rock State Park 300-350 years ago? Come along on a special tour with historian and author Mark Walcyznski next Saturday, March 13, 2021 as he reveals the “secrets of the past.” Mark has wri...READ MORE

Plan Your Season of Road Trips by Getting the Free Travel I&M Canal Towns Guide

03/01/2021 by  
Destinations are typically between 45 minutes to 90 minutes away from Downtown Chicago JOLIET – The Heritage Corridor Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) has released its inaugural edition of “Travel: I&M Canal Towns.” This new 80-page guide is ...READ MORE

The Forge: Lemont Quarries announces an Adventurous St. Patrick's Dining Experience

03/01/2021 by  
Corned beef, live Irish music, a few beverages.  Get your tickets now for a destinated-to-sell-out dining experience at The Forge: Lemont Quarries. The special St. Patrick's Forgefire Dining Experience takes place on Friday, March 19.  The evnetgives you the...READ MORE

Here’s 4 Indoor Activities You Can Do with the Kids in the Heritage Corridor

03/01/2021 by  
Although the weather may be getting warmer, most outside activities are still on hold until the spring. That doesn’t mean you can’t create a day of fun in a completely different environment as a family. Since we still have a few more weeks of winter, why not g...READ MORE

Joliet Slammers Announce 2021 Schedule

03/01/2021 by  
Exciting Frontier League Action is back in 2021, as the Joliet Slammers take the field at DuPage Medical Group Field in Downtown Joliet.  Game times and promotions are still to be announced, which will be updated on this page when the information is available. Ma...READ MORE

The Heritage Corridor Ale Trail Golden Growlers

02/26/2021 by  
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Weekly Beer Releases

Beer Releases: February 21 - 28, 2021

02/25/2021 by  
Tangled Roots Turns Five, a Super Fun Time awaits at Pollyanna, we welcome Two Pints Lounge in Bolingbrook to the Ale Trail, and I Can't Wait to Watch WandaVision. (I know that last part really isn't relevant to craft beer ... I just really am hooked on the show). ...READ MORE

New Rum Release at Star Union Spirits

02/23/2021 by  
  Coffee is brewing at Star Union Spirits in Peru, IL, and I don’t mean your typical morning cup of dark roast. Star Union Spirits Coffee Liqueur is set to release this Saturday, February 27, 2021. This is a Rum based-Liqueur that is cut with cold brew Guat...READ MORE

10 Picturesque Winter Images from Around the Heritage Corridor

02/23/2021 by  
  There’s something so beautiful about winter when a fresh blanket of snow falls from the sky, covering everything in sight. As we look around, we noticed our leafless trees all covered in white, glistening ice cycles forming, and our winter wild life making...READ MORE

Plan An Adventure Down Route 66 With Two Lane America Virtual Car Show

02/22/2021 by  
Are you dreaming of adventure on the open road? Getting out to explore new places while creating new memories, but cold temperatures are making it difficult to leave home?  Winter doesn’t have to stop you from planning your next road trip.  Explore &ldq...READ MORE

Celebrating Dr. Seuss's Birthday!

02/19/2021 by  
  Happy Birthday to You Dr. Seuss! “Today you are you! That is truer than true! There is no one alive who is you-er than you!” –Dr. Seuss He loved to write stories and he wrote a great rhyme. When we are reading his books, we have a great time...READ MORE

Let’s Toast To National Margarita Day!

02/19/2021 by  
  What cocktail is made with tequila, lime or lemon juice, and an orange-flavored liqueur that is usually served in a salted-rim glass? If you guessed Margarita, then you’re right! National Margarita day is Monday, February 22, 2021, and we have a li...READ MORE

Weekly Beer Releases

Beer Releases: February 14 - 21, 2021

02/18/2021 by  
EDITORS NOTE:  If you are seeing this on 2/26 or later ... it means that I screwed up on our email newsletter and sent you to last week's beer releases.  CLICK HERE to see the releses from 2/21 to 2/28.       New Releases -  Comi...READ MORE

Book a Trolley Trio Progressive Dinner - Starved Rock Lodge, August Hill Winery, and The Lone Buffalo

02/16/2021 by  
A fun-filled evening of wine, beer, and food tastings await in the Starved Rock State Park area.  Get your tickets for the Trolley Trio Progressive Dinner, featuring trolley service to August Hill Winery, The Lone Buffalo by Tangled Roots Brewing Company, and the Starve...READ MORE

Catch the Sled Dogs for the Last Time in 2021

02/16/2021 by  
Sunday, February 28 is the last time to catch the Sled Dog Demos at Starved Rock for 2021.   Head musher Jason Hussong will conduct 30-minute seminars prior to each sled dog demo.  The demos will take place at 9:30am, 12pm, and 3pm.  Please be advised ...READ MORE

Heritage Corridor Home to Three of the Top Ten Public Golf Clubhouses in Chicagoland, Including the Region’s Number One

02/16/2021 by  
I’m sure we all can’t wait for the days when all the snow is gone, the sun is out, and the weather is warm enough to enjoy being outside again. Golfing has become more and more popular over the years and easy to involve anyone, whether you are a professional ...READ MORE

Weekly Beer Releases

Beer Releases: February 7 - 14, 2021

02/11/2021 by  
New Releases -  Coming Soon Trying something a little new with the page for this week.  Going to list every date, including if no beers are scheduled.  If you see a beer and a photo with no witty description, that means I haven't gotten there yet. ...READ MORE

How To Prepare For A Winter Hike at Starved Rock State Park

02/10/2021 by  
  Just because there is snow on the ground, doesn’t mean you can embrace nature and head out for a hike at Starved Rock State Park. I recently sat down with Lisa, from the Starved Rock State Park Visitors Center to learn about how to prepare for a winter hike, ...READ MORE

Explore The History of Old Joliet Prison

02/09/2021 by  
    Explore the Old Joliet Prison and learn about all its history that lies beyond the prison walls. Tours will be available beginning in March, but you can book your visit online today.    There are seven different tours you can sign up for:&...READ MORE

Romantic Places Around the Starved Rock Area

02/09/2021 by  
    Love is in the air, and that might just be because Valentine’s Day is this Sunday.   Finding something to do may feel a little different this year, however it doesn’t mean you can’t spoil your Valentine with special plans.&nbs...READ MORE

Get Creative at Open Space Art Gallery & Studios

02/09/2021 by  
  Find your Inner Artist Have you been looking for a creative outlet for you or your little one? Has virtual learning taken a toll on interactive art and creative self-expression? Open Space Art Gallery & Studios is the perfect place for you. Open Space is ...READ MORE

Weekly Beer Releases

Beer Releases: January 31 - February 6, 2021

02/05/2021 by  
New Releases -  Coming Soon Sunday, January 31 The Bear is Back at Ike Need a warm up?  Boubon barrel aged Mauled by Kamchatka is back!  Chocolate, caramel, bourbon in this big 11% ABV brew.  Make...READ MORE

Joliet Area Histroical Museum Re-Opens Their Doors

02/04/2021 by  
Good news is coming next weekend, the Joliet Area Historical Museum is reopening their doors for weekends starting Friday, February 12th! They will be reducing group sizes and staggering entry times. For the time being, all entry tickets will need to be purchased in advan...READ MORE

A Side of Wine With Your Football

02/02/2021 by  
It’s that time of the year again when you get together with friends and family and make a very big decision. What is the best commercial from the Super Bowl game this year? All jokes aside, you want to take your pre, mid, and post-game wine sipping lightly!&n...READ MORE

Life Along the Canal: The Art of John M. Lamb

02/02/2021 by  
  Explore Life Along the Canal: The Art of John M. Lamb, a new exhibit currently on display in the Gaylord Building Historic Site in Lockport, Illinois.    Inside the Illinois Passage: Connecting the Continent first-floor gallery, they ...READ MORE

Super Bowl Finds Around the Heritage Corridor

02/01/2021 by  
The Super Bowl may look different for many reasons this year. That doesn’t mean that your spread needs to suffer. Here are some ideas and specials from some of our members. Doc Watson’s Smokehouse has your barbecue cravings figured out! Make sure to try their...READ MORE

Latest Video from A Killer's Confession Filmed at Old Joliet Prison

01/28/2021 by  
The band A Killer's Confession just released their video for 'Remember', which was filmed at the Old Joliet Prison. Loudwire.com just published an article about the song and video, which was directed by Wombat Fire.  You can click on the "Read More&q...READ MORE

Metal Monkey Turns Five! Celebration from 1-28 to 1-31-21

01/27/2021 by  
We've got the detail on Metal Monkey's celebration, taking place all this weekend.  The event starts on Thursday for Backstage Pass Members, and Friday-Sunday for the entire world.  Here's the details, copy-pasted right from the source.   ...READ MORE

The Forge: Lemont Quarries Offers New Dining Experience

01/27/2021 by  
Winter may be in full swing but that doesn’t mean that outside dining needs to end. Our friends at The Forge have a Forgefire Winter Dining starting February 5th and running weekends through February. This dining experience is 100% outside at their specialized h...READ MORE

Scenes from the Corridor