Ottawa Lights

View the Lights in Starved Rock Country

11/30/2022 by  
The holidays just aren't the same without lights! While you're out with family and friends, make sure to check some of the beautiful lighting displays in Starved Rock Country. Grab your camera and create memories that will last a lifetime. Ottawa De...READ MORE

Create memories during Lemont's Hometown Holiday Event

11/30/2022 by  
  Take a stroll through Downtown Lemont and enjoy the holiday display. There will be loads of dazzling lights nuzzled against family-owned shops, restaurants, taverns, and breweries. Now is the perfect time to capture photos of this Winter Wonderland. The display wil...READ MORE


Home for the Holidays

11/29/2022 by  
With the many events happening during the holidays, it can be difficult to choose something. Do you want to catch a classic Christmas movie with friends and family? Experience a stage performance like no other? Take the family out to pictures with Santa? No matter the e...READ MORE

Bounce Back into the Holiday Spirit

11/18/2022 by  
  The most wonderful time of year is here. The holidays are fast approaching, and it's time for lights! While you’re out searching for your holiday gifts, take a detour and enjoy these holiday events around the Heritage Corridor.    ...READ MORE


Hey, you! Take a Hike!

11/17/2022 by  
November 17 is National Take a Hike day.  And in Illinois’ Heritage Corridor, there are plenty of places for you to take that hike. STARVED ROCK STATE PARK Picturesque sandstone canyons, lush trees, and the occasional waterfall if you are visiting after a ...READ MORE

Find the Perfect Holiday Market for Your Shopping!

11/15/2022 by  
There are countless holiday markets happening around the Heritage Corridor this winter season. From Christkindl to Chris Kringle to Christmas Market, you'll find the perfect place to shop and celebrate the season. Ottawa, IL - Chris Kringle Market Dates: November 2...READ MORE


Leave the Thanksgiving Cooking to the Professionals

11/10/2022 by  
It has been a long year. Relax this Thanksgiving and leave the cooking to the culinary artists from the restaurants of the Heritage Corridor. Each restaurant is unique and offers their own style of food. Whether you choose to dine-in or pick-up a tasty dinner, our restaurant...READ MORE

Joliet Taco Trail

Joliet Taco Trail Passport Challenge Launches Today

11/04/2022 by  
Joliet, IL – The Heritage Corridor Convention and Visitors Bureau and the Joliet City Center Partnership have launched the Joliet Taco Trail, a passport check-in program that challenges users to visit eight local taquerias and discover why Joliet is famous for its auth...READ MORE


Museums From Around the Corridor

07/18/2022 by  
Around the Heritage Corridor Region there is so much rich history from the I&M Canal, Along Route 66 and in the Starved Rock Country area. You can explore many of our historic areas while learning a thing or two about Lincoln and his great debates, Wild Bill an...READ MORE

Starved Rock State Park Upcoming Events (July – September)

07/12/2022 by  
Looking for a reason to get out and explore. Check out what Starved Rock State Park has to offer from the next few months that you can participate solo or in a group. From art in the park to night hikes, these are FREE program for you to enjoy. July Live Falcons a...READ MORE


Cruisin' To The Slammer!

06/28/2022 by  
Your Monday nights just got a whole lot better! Cruise up to the Old Joliet Prison for a spectacular car show at the main prison parking lot with the view of the castellated gothic structure in the background. Stroll through all the awesome cars presented by the Manhatt...READ MORE

Celebrating The Fourth of July Around the Corridor

06/27/2022 by  
Bolingbrook Celebrate the Fourth of July in Bolingbrook for a firework show at the Bolingbrook Golf Club. The festivities will begin at 3PM with DJ Tim from Ready, Set, Dance Entertainment. Throughout the day there will be other performers, then the firework show will st...READ MORE


Wine and Outdoor Patios

06/22/2022 by  
There is peanut butter & jelly, Batman & Robin, Summer and …. WINE! Some things are good on their own but just better together, and while wine can be enjoyed any time of the year, it feels best when it’s warm outside and you can enjoy your favorite glass...READ MORE

Explore the Heritage Corridor with My Metra

06/21/2022 by  
Save some gas and hop on the Metra to explore the Heritage Corridor region this summer! The Metra will be offering special services to the Heritage Corridor Line in Joliet, for ten consecutive Saturdays starting July 2nd through September 3rd,2022. The stops along the w...READ MORE


Wine Garden Tasting Party

06/21/2022 by  
Whether you are someone who want to learn more about wine, looking for something new to try, or a wine connoisseur, this event is great for you! Come join Wine & Cheese Company for their Wine Garden Tasting Party this Sunday. Spend time in their beautifully open Wine...READ MORE

The Great Race - 2022

06/17/2022 by  
    The 2022 Great Race is coming to Plainfield on June 22, 2022 and bringing more than 120 vintage cars to the downtown area.   Plainfield is a rest stop for the drivers and they will be welcomed in with an opening ceremony at 4PM. Shortly after, ...READ MORE


Submit Your Spring Photos!

06/15/2022 by  
While Spring has just ended, we would love for you to share all of your Spring photos taken from around the Corridor, so that we can share them with everyone else! Let us see all the exciting adventures you've expereince in this beautiful warm weather with...READ MORE

Summer Concerts at The Forge: Lemont Quarries

06/14/2022 by  
Enjoy the outdoors with beautiful views and live music at The Mount at The Forge all summer long. Their Summer Concert Series has begun, and you do not want to miss out on all the fun this year. Check out the lineup listed below: Too Hype Crew The 90’s Hip H...READ MORE


Live Music on the Veranda

06/06/2022 by  
There’s nothing better than live music, amazing views, and outdoor dining! This year Starved Rock Lodge has an awesome line up for you this summer with live music on the Veranda every Friday night. There will be good food and drink available or purchase while you liste...READ MORE

Start Your Summer Off Right at the Taste of Joliet

06/06/2022 by  
  Enjoy the start of Summer at the Taste of Joliet on June 24-26th. This event gives you a great mix of live music, food, drinks, and fun at the carnival! There will be live performances from: Friday, June 24 Sugar Ray Collective Soul Ann Wilson of Heart...READ MORE


36th Annual Cabin Festival

05/31/2022 by  
Enjoy a full day of family-fun at the Goose Lake Prairie State Natural Area this Saturday. Witness authentic pioneer crafts done by the Prairie Partners & Friends as they re-enact in authentic dress. Stroll through the new Cragg Cabin history exhibit and the prairie life...READ MORE

2nd Annual Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony

05/31/2022 by  
Sit in the same room as greatest at the 2nd Annual Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony on Sunday, June 5th, 2022 at the beautiful Rialto Square Theatre in downtown Joliet. Experience a special night by celebrating the rich history of Illinois’s music with live performances...READ MORE


Ottawa 2 Rivers Wine Fest Back Again!

05/24/2022 by  
Get out and enjoy a weekend getaway surrounded by wine, good weather and even better company. The Ottawa 2 Rivers Wine Fest is just around the corner and trust us when we say you do not want to miss out. Enjoy the beautiful scenery of downtown Ottawa while exploring the ...READ MORE

National Burger Day - May 28th

05/24/2022 by  
There are so many foods to pick from, but nothing can beat a good ol’ burger! This popular American food can be found on the menu at several different restaurants and can be customized in so many ways. You can go to 10 places in your area, order the same kind of burger...READ MORE


fForest Fest - Morris NEW Music Festival and Vendor Market!

05/18/2022 by  
  Make your way down to Morris for their NEW music festival, vendor market and food truck rally on Saturday, June 4, 2022. This new summer fest will provide everything you need all in one area. Explore the one-of-a-kind shopping experience with 200 vendors, enjoy del...READ MORE

Play Ball! The Illinois Valley Pistol Shrimp Season is Here

05/10/2022 by  
Baseball mixed with food, drinks and friends equals a great time! The Illinois Valley Pistol Shrimp Baseball league has their full game line up ready for you this year and you do not want to miss out. Make sure you get your tickets!  Check out their 2022 su...READ MORE


National Barbecue Day - May 16

05/10/2022 by  
Whether it’s made on you grill out back or devoured at your favorite restaurant, you can’t have a full Summer without having delicious barbecue to enjoy. Next Monday is National Barbeque Day and around the Corridor we have a few undeniably tasty restaurants for y...READ MORE

Heritage Corridor is the Future of Travel

05/03/2022 by  
This National Travel and Tourism Week (NTTW), there is more reason than ever to celebrate the collective strength and promising future of the U.S. travel and tourism industry.   The 39th annual NTTW, taking place May 1-7, recognizes the Future of Travel and the cr...READ MORE


Wine On The Hill at August Hill Winery

05/02/2022 by  
The Wine on the Hill Series at August Hill Winery & Illinois Sparkling Co is back and starts next Friday, May 13th and will continue each weekend until October. Kick back and relax at the August Hill & ISC winery and vineyard as you enjoy the beautiful outdo...READ MORE

3rd Annual Wild Bill Days

05/02/2022 by  
Join the LaSalle County Historical Society for their 3rd Annual Wild Bill Days this Memorial Day weekend. On May 28-29th you can celebrate LaSalle County Native James Butler “Wild Bill” Hickok for a two-day event. There will be a live re-enactment of his life, a ...READ MORE


Girls Night Out in Downtown Morris

04/27/2022 by  
Stroll the streets of downtown Morris for their Girls Night Out event May 6, 2022. Grab all the ladies and come enjoy shopping, deals, delicious food and stuck around for the after party. Start the day explore all the unique shops in the area from 4 PM – 8 PM, then...READ MORE

Summer Fun at The Forge: Lemont Quarries

04/25/2022 by  
Get ready for a summer filled with excitement and adventure at The Forge: Lemont Quarries where they are back with a jammed packed and inciting summer events line up for 2022. Starting June 11, The Forge will be hosting many events which include live concerts, premiere ou...READ MORE


Vote The Forge: Lemont Quarries as Number One for the USA Today 10 Best Readers' Choice

04/19/2022 by  
Help get The Forge: Lemont Quarries as the number one aerial adventure park in America for the USA Today 10 Best Readers’ Choice! If you’ve ever been to The Forge, then you know about the endless views and adventures. For the thrill-seekers you can zipli...READ MORE

Star Union Spirits takes home gold and silver medals at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition

04/19/2022 by  
Star Union Spirits in Peru, IL was awarded a Gold Medal for their new 75-25 Light Whiskey and a Silver Medal for their American Corn Series Apply Brandy Barrel Light Whiskey at the 2022 San Francisco World Spirits Competition. The 2022 San Francisco World ...READ MORE


New Exhibit Unveiling at the Joliet Area Historical Museum

04/19/2022 by  
The Joliet Area Historical Museum (JAHM) invites all of their museum members for a new exhibit unveiling next Thursday, April 28, 2022 from 6:30pm – 9:30PM. They are encouraging you to bring a friend to sign up and be a part of the JAHM family! The event will inclu...READ MORE

Explore Downtown Pontiac in Celebration of the Arts

04/12/2022 by  
  Stroll the streets of downtown Pontiac and be a part of a collaborative celebration of the arts for their Swinging Bridges Arts Festival, May 7-8, 2022. There will be many activities planned for the full weekend such as music, food, interactive arts-related display...READ MORE


Seeds of Friendship Shop-Hop

04/07/2022 by  
  Support Lockport’s very own Thimbles Quilts during the Seeds of Friendship Shop Hop on April 14, 2022. This is a virtual event and begins this Friday, April 8, 2022, and includes 7 quilt shops from around the US. Each quilt shop will go live on Facebook at 7P...READ MORE

Explore 40 Unique Vendors at Market on Canal in Lemont

04/07/2022 by  
Mabel’s Market is kicking off their 10th Market on Canal on May 1st and you do not want to miss out! Cruise the charming downtown of Lemont while exploring 40 different vendors, selling beautifully handcrafted and vintage items. Stick around and enjoy live music, beer ...READ MORE


Spring at The Forge: Lemont Quarries

04/06/2022 by  
Here is what’s to come at The Forge: Lemont for the Spring time that you do not want to miss out on: Easter Saturday Brunch with Live Music Saturday, April 16 Enjoy a delicious Forgefire Easter Brunch where you can kick bac and relax while the air fills wit...READ MORE

Fulfill Your Sweet Tooth at Utica's Sweet Stroll

03/29/2022 by  
If you have a sweet tooth, then all your dreams are about to come true! Casually stroll the streets of Utica as you try some of the tastiest treats in town on April 30, 2022. From cupcakes, ice cream, popcorn, candy to wine, boozy shots and more! Support the local busine...READ MORE


Outdoor Patios in the Heritage Corridor

03/23/2022 by  
As the weather begins to warm up, it is time to take advantage of the outdoors again. Enjoy every moment by dinning outside on the patio at your favorite restaurants, breweries, or wineries. Summer patios are starting to open back up for the season. Here is a list of restaur...READ MORE

Easter Around the Corridor

03/22/2022 by  
  Easter is right around corner and if you’re looking for plans to do with your family, we have some ideas that’ll be perfect for you. And don’t worry about cooking a full Easter dinner, cater your spread at one of our local restaurants, so you can ...READ MORE


Hop On The Road This Spring Break

03/14/2022 by  
  Make your spring break count this year by taking the fun on the road! There’s so much adventure right here in the Heritage Corridor region for you to enjoy.  Avoid all the crowds by packing up your car, grabbing some friends or family a...READ MORE

National Cocktail Day!

03/11/2022 by  
What do you call an alcoholic drink consisting of a spirit or several spirits mixed with other ingredients, such as fruit, lemonade, or cream? If you guessed, A Cocktail, then you’re right! National Cocktail Day is next Thursday, March 24, and we would love to shar...READ MORE


Free Upcoming Programs at Starved Rock State Park Visitors Center

03/09/2022 by  
Looking for outdoor adventure to get your body moving, while enjoying the beauty of nature at the same time? Well, check out all the FREE programs Starved Rock State Park has coming up that you can enjoy alone, with a group of friends, or your family. April & Ma...READ MORE

Look and Feel Good with Rachel Rene Bath & Body

03/08/2022 by  
Treat yourself to handmade, all natural body products that will leave your skin feeling soft and glowy. At Rachel Rene Bath & Body in Princeton, IL you can try an array of products from body and hand soaps, shaving bars, face scrubs, moisturizers, and natural deodorant. ...READ MORE


Submit Your Winter Photos!

02/28/2022 by  
Spring is right around the corner which means winter is almost over. Now that the seasons are changing, we would love for you to share all of your winter photos taken from around the Corridor, so that we can share them with everyone else! Let us see all the exciting adventur...READ MORE

Lockport Restaurant Week

02/22/2022 by  
Explore all the many flavors from Lockport’s Restaurant Week beginning February 28th – March 13, 2022. Experience something new and expand your taste palette with 20 restaurants in the Lockport. Coom’s Corner Sports Grill Ember’s Tap House ...READ MORE


St. Patrick’s Day Celebration at The Forge!

02/22/2022 by  
  Dress up in green and head on over to The Forge:Lemont Quarries for their special St. Patrick’s Day Celebration. They have planned a full weekend of family fun just for you! From Saturday until Sunday, make sure you buy your tickets to come hang inside The Fo...READ MORE

Weekly Beer Releases

Beer Releases: February 20 - February 26, 2022

02/19/2022 by  
This Week's New Beer Releases! Don't forget to get your 2022 Heritage Corridor Ale Trail Passport New Releases - Hot Spot Drops Want to get these updates in your email?  Sign up here. Sunday, February 20 ...READ MORE


Weekly Beer Releases

Beer Releases: February 13 - February 19, 2022

02/18/2022 by  
  Welcome Back to New Beer Releases! Don't forget to get your 2022 Heritage Corridor Ale Trail Passport New Releases - Hot Spot Drops Want to get these updates in your email?  Sign up here. Thursday, February 17 ...READ MORE

Get Your 2022 Heritage Corridor Ale Trail Passport

02/16/2022 by  
The 2022 Ale Trail Passport is live! Download the Heritage Corridor app on your phone or tablet to get started.         Once you've downloaded the app, select Passports, and on the next screen, tap the Heritage Corridor Ale Trail passport. Yo...READ MORE


Ale Trail Night with the Heritage Corridor

02/14/2022 by  
The Heritage Corridor Ale Trail is back and in full effect! It’s time to take an adventure through the Corridor and explore our wonderful breweries with some of the best tasting beer! We are excited to get you set up for the 2022 passport so that you can win exclu...READ MORE

Black Owned Shops Around the Corridor

02/09/2022 by  
It is Black History Month and around the Corridor, we would like to highlight our black owned businesses in the area that you must visit. From one of the very few black owned breweries in Illinois to tasty handmade treats and fashionable styles at a local...READ MORE


Galentine’s Day Ideas

01/31/2022 by  
Rally up the girls and spend the day just celebrating each other this Galantine’s Day. If you’re needing any ideas, here are some great one that you can do with your friends and have memories to cherish.    Wine Tasting  Girlfriends and wi...READ MORE

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 Featuring gifts from Illinois artisans, makers and attractions.   248 W. Canal Street North Utica, IL   Open seven days a week 12:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m....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


Scenes from the Corridor