Beer Releases: September 18 - 25, 2020

09/30/2020 by  
New Releases -  Coming Soon Chicken fried, jasmine, hazy, and full of Oktoberfest-goodness.  That describes this week on the Heritage Corridor Ale Trail.  Keep on reading to find out more about this week's beer releases. From Earlier...READ MORE

Get Corntined in Downtown Morris

09/22/2020 by  
The Morris Retail Association is hosting the Corntine Fall Fest September 23rd – 26th. Visit all the amazing shops downtown Morris has to offer. With over 40 locally owned shops & restaurants to vis...READ MORE

Introducing Adventure Outside Chicago

09/22/2020 by  
Do you seek adventure?   Whether it's thrill-seeking adventure like skydiving and ziplining or family-based adventure like waterparks and bowling alleys, we created Adventure Outside Chicago just for you.  365 days a year, there is adventure w...READ MORE

Beer Releases: September 18 - 25, 2020

09/18/2020 by  
New Releases -  Coming Soon Chicken fried, jasmine, hazy, and full of Oktoberfest-goodness.  That describes this week on the Heritage Corridor Ale Trail.  Keep on reading to find out more about this week's beer releases. From Earlier...READ MORE

Spots Available for 9/20 Pelican Hike in Channahon

09/15/2020 by  
There are still some spots left in the Forest Preserve District of Will County’s “Pelican Watch Hikes,” program set for noon-4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 20, at Four Rivers Environmental Education Center in Channahon. Hikes will be offered hourly at no...READ MORE

Skeleton Key Shows Off Future Expansion

09/15/2020 by  
  Skeleton Key Brewery showed off their new site for their future expansion, next door to their current location, today in a Facebook Live video.  The site is going to allow for more room, a permanent patio, expanded bathrooms and more.  This will also al...READ MORE

Cog Hill's Third Annual Farm to Table to feature Pollyanna Brewing and more

09/13/2020 by  
Make sure to get your tickets for Cog Hill's 3rd Annual Farm to Table Dinner, featuring Pollyanna Brewing Company, Wooden Paddle, and Fairway Farms.  The event takes place on Sunday, September 20. To help keep our guests, vendors, and staff safe, the event will b...READ MORE

Beer Releases: August 28 - September 18, 2020

09/11/2020 by  
New Releases - Pre-order Now -  Coming Soon Welcome to the new web page!  The Heritage Corridor CVB released its new web site on Tuesday, September 8 - which combined its current site with some sub sites, like the Heritage Corridor Ale Trail.  We hope ...READ MORE

Take on the Mighty Nick Burger

09/03/2020 by  
We love burgers.  And, the Nick's Burger from Lemont's Nick's Tavern is one that we hear as the best in the area.  In fact, it has been featured on Chicago's Best, WGN's "Around Town with Ana Beleval," and has even taken home the title...READ MORE

Lodi's Burger of the Month (Sept) - The Ranch Hand

09/03/2020 by  
Lodi Tap House in Utica has another amazing burger lined up for us this month.  Meet, the Ranch Hand. This tasty burger is their all-too-good Smash'd patty, covered in mozzarella and bacon.  On top of that, you've got fried pickles, cheddar cubes, an...READ MORE

Burger Me Thursday (8/20/2020) - The French Onion Burger from Uptown Grill

08/20/2020 by  
LaSalle's Uptown Grill has another great "Burger Me Thursday" today!  It's The French Onion Burger, which ia a 100% angus beef patty.  The burger is topped with a crispy crouton, vidalia french onion sauce, and emmental swiss cheese.  Get it ...READ MORE

Rockin at the River with Libido Funk Circus

08/18/2020 by  
Continue to rock out with the City of Pontiac for their free concert at Humiston-Riverside Park Bandshell this Saturday, August 22nd from 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM.   Special guest Libido Funk Circus will be performing their best hits to groove to.  T...READ MORE

Ways to Play in the Heritage Corridor

08/15/2020 by  
Looking for something fun to do as a family with memories to cherish forever? Check out a few ideas that are great to do as a families, a group friends, or even a nice outing with yourself. Everyone's a kid at these family-friendly attractions. Haun...READ MORE

Blues Brothers Movie Night at Old Joliet Prison - August 21 and 22, 2020

08/11/2020 by  
Here's your chance to see The Blues Brothers inside the Old Joliet Prison.  The movie will be projected on a large 45-foot screen. On both days, gates will open at 5pm and the movie will start at 8pm.  Food and beverage concessions with a touch-less transact...READ MORE

Live @ Lunch with the Illinois Rock & Roll Hall Museum on Route 66

08/06/2020 by  
It's Friday, and you want to get out of the office.  Head to Downtown Joliet for Live @ Lunch, a weekly acoustic performance at the Van Buren Street Stage.  The free weekly outdoor summer event is brought to you by the Illinois Rock & Roll Museum on Route 6...READ MORE

Lodi Tap's August Burger of the Month: The Blind Tiger

08/03/2020 by  
May want to stretch out and grab some water, because Lodi Tap House - Utica's August Burger of the Month is a doozy.   Are you ready for The Blind Tiger?  This one is a Smash'd patty with bacon, grilled onions and grilled peppers smothered in chedda...READ MORE

Two Great Summer Deals at Grand Bear Resort at Starved Rock

08/03/2020 by  
Grand Bear Resort at Starved Rock (formerly Grizzly Jack's Resort) is offering two great deals for late July / early August. Summer Fun Weekend:  10% off and 2 free aluminum water bottles.  Valid July 24 - August 9, 2020 for Friday and Saturday nights onl...READ MORE

Photos of the Matthiessen Sunflowers

07/28/2020 by  
Our friend Kathy Casstevens sent us these great photos of the sunflowers at Matthiessen State Park!  We wanted to share these to help brighten up your day....READ MORE

Celebrate Harry Potter's Birthday at Prairie Fox Books

07/27/2020 by  
Make sure to visit Ottawa, IL's Prairie Fox Books on Saturday, August 1st from 10am - 3pm to celebrate Harry Potter's Birthday!  Your wizard-in-training will be able to make a potion to take home, participate in Herbology class, visit Honeydukes for free candy, ...READ MORE

Who's ready for Sweet Corn?

07/27/2020 by  
One of the best things about summer is sweet corn.  And, you can get some amazing sweet corn from Bronkberry Farms in Plainfield, IL.   Bronkberry Farms is a family-owned garden center, farm stand, apple orchard, and pumpkin farm that opened up in 2012...READ MORE

Mabel's Market featured on Fox 32

07/27/2020 by  
Lemont's own Mabel's Market was featured on Fox 32 on Thursday, July 23. Mabel's owner Sommer talks about running her business during the pandemic. We've got the clip embedded in this article. You can find out more about Mabel's Market at https://www.m...READ MORE

Support Area Craft Beer with 2020 Ale Trail Digital Passport

07/27/2020 by  

Beer Releases: July 24-31, 2020

07/24/2020 by  
From Earlier This Week Flapjack Brewery Vortex City Skeleton Key Brewery Paintball Fight with a Zombie Tangled Roots Brewing Co. Path Mender Metal Monkey Brewing Bikini Bot...READ MORE

Support Local - CVB Member Restaurants, Breweries, and Wineries Offering Services

04/02/2020 by  
Here at the Heritage Corridor Convention and Visitors Bureau, tourism and community are at the heart of what we do. During this time of uncertainty and to help stop the spread of COVID-19, we have been creating lists and options on how to assist our members and others around...READ MORE

CVB Member Restaurants, Breweries and Wineries - Drive-Thru, Carryout and Delivery options

03/18/2020 by  
Here at the Heritage Corridor Convention and Visitors Bureau, tourism and community are at the heart of what we do. During this time of uncertainty and to help stop the spread of COVID-19, we have been creating lists and options on how to assist our members and others around...READ MORE

Taking A Trip Back in Time with Lemont Area Historical Society

11/05/2019 by  
My travels around the Corridor took me right into the Lemont Area Historical Society with Susan Donahue who is the museum coordinator. She was really excited to share with me all the history that lies within this historical landmark.  The organization is located ...READ MORE

Sometimes You Need A Slice

11/05/2019 by  
What’s flat, baked like an open-faced pie, but yet savory and can add any topping you want? If you guessed pizza, then you’re right!  Pizza is a food that is so universal, and can be tailored to just about anyone. To satisfy your cravings, I want to share...READ MORE

Tapping Into My Creative Side At Thimbles

10/21/2019 by  
Hi Everyone! My name is Mariah and I am back again with another adventure through the Corridor. This week’s travels lead me into a shop filled with colors, crafts and creativity.  Thimbles is a quilt shop located in the downtown Lockport area where you can buy ...READ MORE

We knew Star Union Spirits was great, now they've earned a medal to prove it

06/19/2019 by  
The Peru-based distillery took home 3 medals, including one gold, at the 2019 Great American International Spirits Competition.  The competition was held in Rochester, NY, featuring a distringuished judges panel consisting of the most influential people in the spirits i...READ MORE

Starved Rock State Park makes Jeopardy

01/23/2019 by  
Starved Rock State Park was a clue in a recent episode of Jeopardy!   Our friends at Prairie Fox Books were able to capture this video off their DVR.  The category was asking about different State Parks, looking for the contestants to identify the state the...READ MORE

Member Spotlight: iPic Bolingbrook

12/17/2018 by  
Looking to escape the winter weather and enjoy a comfortable night out with your loved ones? Luckily, you can stay close to home and still have the ultimate night out at the iPic Theater at the Bolingbrook Promenade. iPic is the perfect escape for anyone looking to en...READ MORE

A Guide to Camping Safety: Be Prepared with the Right Knowledge and Gear

09/12/2018 by  
A successful family camping trip requires forethought and planning. Being prepared with the proper gear and knowledge will help ensure your camping trip is safe, relaxing, comfortable, and fun. Whether you’re staying at beautiful and historic Starved Rock State Pa...READ MORE

Wine & Chocolate Lover's Day

01/31/2018 by  
On February 2nd, all wine & chocolate lovers should make their way to August Hill Winery for Wine & Chocolate Lover's Day! This event will be just as good as it sounds. With flights available all day, live music during the evening - wine & chocolate lovers wi...READ MORE

A Winter Wilderness Weekend (Jan. 19 & 20, 2018)

01/16/2018 by  
From There is a lot going on this weekend in the Winter Wonderland of the Starved Rock area - making it a great weekend to "Flock to the Rock."  It's Winter Wilderness Weekend!  A few hikes are planned, some are mild ... some are...READ MORE

The 2nd Annual Joliet Area Restaurant Week

11/29/2017 by  
Mark your calendars for The 2nd Annual Joliet Area Restaurant Week, held from February 18-25, 2018. Joliet will be filled with great restaurant deals for everyone to come and taste. As of writing, 31 restaurants throughout the area have signed up to offer flavorful meals dur...READ MORE

The Light Up The Holidays Parade & Festival

11/13/2017 by  
The University of St. Francis presents The Light Up the Holidays Parade and Festival in Downtown Joliet on November 24. This annual event is held on the Friday following Thanksgiving, and activities will begin downtown as early as 9:30 a.m. Come Light Up the Holidays this se...READ MORE

Home Cut Donuts - One of Chicago's Best

09/12/2017 by  
They've been around for over 50 years, so you know they're one of Chicago's Best.  Home Cut Donuts in Joliet started in 1966, as the three Rushaak brothers (Bill, Bob and Dave) put everything they had - including a no-quit work ethic into their business.&nbs...READ MORE

Reliving the City of Steel – A Stroll Through the Joliet Iron Works Historic Site

08/24/2017 by  
Standing in the middle of the Joliet Iron Works Historic Site, the first thought that came through my mind was “Joliet’s Stonehenge.”  But, this was much more than a circular array of standing and balanced stones.  This used to be the second ...READ MORE

Many Roads Go Through Joliet – Looking at the Joliet Area Historical Museum

08/14/2017 by  
You may have heard the expression, “All roads lead to Rome.”  It’s a statement that has been used, referring back to the Roman empire when the city was the “Center of the World.”  Rome was a monumental hub in history. The Joliet Are...READ MORE

Awesome Antiquing

05/26/2017 by  
Canal House Antiques, Lockport Find American antiques of the 18th and early 19th centuries, including country furniture, folk art, silver and period accessories like oil lamps at this large antiques store on Lockport’s main shopping stretch. Uniques Antiques, Joli...READ MORE

What To Do When It Rains in Starved Rock

04/19/2017 by  
You're all set for day of hiking through beautiful Starved Rock State Park, but then the skies open up and the rains come down.  You check the weather, and it doesn't look like the sun will come back out. Your day isn't over!  There is still a lot of...READ MORE

Movies Filmed in Lemont

02/09/2017 by  
Lemont's proximity to Chicago lends itself to being a scenic place for both movies to shoot scenes to hit both the big screen and small screen.  Did you recognize Lemont?  You can step foot where some of your favorite stars have, including Jennifer Lawrence and...READ MORE

Illinois Route 66. Find fun surprises along Route 66 as it winds through the I & M Canal

Wilmington’s Gemini Giant Stands Tall in the History of Route 66

09/22/2016 by  
Giants used to stand guard over Route 66. Standing up to 30 feet tall, it was hard to miss these ominous figures. And that's why businesses loved them - it was a way to 'stand above the competition.' Most were holding tires or mufflers, hence the nickna...READ MORE

Scenes from the Corridor