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Weekly Beer Releases

Beer Releases: January 17 - 23, 2021

01/22/2021 by  
New Releases -  Coming Soon Say hello to Lock and Mule We were able to take a trip inside the newest location for Tangled Roots Brewing Company in Lockport, IL.  It's the third location for the company, who opened up a location in Glenview a few days ...READ MORE

Inside the Brand New Lock & Mule by Tangled Roots Brewing Company

01/22/2021 by  
We were invited to a sneak peak inside Lockport, IL's newest restaurant, Lock & Mule by Tangled Roots Brewing Company.  This is Tangled Roots' third location, joining the family of The Lone Buffalo (Ottawa) and Hangar Two (Glenview). First, let we're ...READ MORE


Quarry Camps at The Forge to Debut This Summer

01/20/2021 by  
The Forge: Lemont Quarries announced that they will be hosting "Quarry Camps at The Forge" during the summer of 2021.  There will be ten, one-week sessions for children aged 7 to 14 during the months of June, July, and August.   The weekly camps w...READ MORE

So, what is the Heritage Corridor Ale Trail?

01/15/2021 by  
You may follow us on Facebook, subscribe to our newsletter, or participate in our digital passport, but do you know what the Heritage Corridor Ale Trail is? The Heritage Corridor Ale Trail is a collection of breweries and other craft beer hot spots among the cities and to...READ MORE


Virtual Organic Wine Tasting with Plainfield's Wine & Cheese Co.

01/14/2021 by  
Wine and Cheese is bringing 3 great wines to try and learn more about in the comforts of your home.  Don't miss this great event on January 28, 2021. For $50, you will be provided a Zoom link to the exclusive tasting to learn more about the flavors of three ...READ MORE

Weekly Beer Releases

Beer Releases: January 10 - 16, 2021

01/14/2021 by  
New Releases -  Coming Soon Tuesday, January 12 A Centennial Milestone for Mad Hatchet Brewing Mad Hatchet has brewed their 100th batch of beer.  It's called Batch 100.  It has 100 IBU.  They ...READ MORE


August Hill Releasing a New Wine on January 18, 2021

01/13/2021 by  
Buffalo Run, the latest August Hill Wine, will be released at the August Hill Winery Tasting Room in Utica, IL on January 18.  This new limited release wine is a collaboration with Rudy's Liquors in LaSalle, who will also carry bottles of the wine. The wine is a ...READ MORE

Pop-Up Shops Across from Mabel's Market - Saturday, January 16, 2021

01/12/2021 by  
On Saturday, January 16, your stomach may draw you to the Pop-Up Shops setting up across from Mabel's Market in Lemont, IL.  The stores will be set up in the space of the upcoming children's bookshop that will be coming soon. The three pop-ups will be: ...READ MORE


Jitters in Joliet to Offer Keto Box During Month of January

01/07/2021 by  
Are you, like many this time of year, working on a New Year's resolution to eat healthier?  For the month of January, Jitters Coffee House in Joliet will be rolling out many different specials, including "The Keto Box." This tasty plate will be limited,...READ MORE

Beer Releases: January 5 - 9, 2021

01/07/2021 by  
New Releases -  Coming Soon Tuesday, January 5 Close Your Eyes, Take a Sip, Enjoy the Goodness Quiet Contemplation is the newest from Black Horizon Brewing Company in Willowbrook, IL.  It's a milk ...READ MORE


Be Tempted by August Hill Winery's Mystery Box

01/05/2021 by  
Remember the show "Let's Make a Deal."  Contestants are faced with choices, including sometimes deciding to take whatever is in the box as their prize.  Is it a fabulous prize?  Or is it a Zonk.  August Hill Winery in Utica, IL is offering a...READ MORE

Beer Releases: December 18, 2020 - January 4, 2020

12/18/2020 by  
New Releases -  Coming Soon Time for Some Holiday R&R As 2020 wraps up, we here at the Ale Trail are going to wind things down for a bit and take some rest and relaxation.  This page will be updated occasionally throughout the rest of the ye...READ MORE


Morris Downtown Development Partnership Encourages Everyone to Take the $20 Food Fest Pledge

12/17/2020 by  
  This year has been challenging for restaurants, including those in Downtown Morris.  In turn, this has effected the hard-working staffs of those restaurants who depend on successful restaurants to earn their income.  As the year comes to an end,...READ MORE

Beer Releases: December 11 - December 18, 2020

12/11/2020 by  
New Releases -  Coming Soon We're Extending the 2020 Ale Trail Digital Passport Yes, so 2020 has sucked.  But, we want to give you more time to complete the Ale Trail Digital Passport, support your local breweries, and get some pretty cool swag. ...READ MORE


A Sneak Peek at the Progress on Lock and Mule

12/04/2020 by  
  Tangled Roots shared some photos from Kevin Miller showing the inside of the new Lock & Mule restaurant and brewery in Lockport, IL.  We can't wait to try the new menu and some amazing beers from this location. Posted by Lock & Mule by Tan...READ MORE

Beer Releases: December 4 - December 11, 2020

12/04/2020 by  
New Releases -  Coming Soon Get a Sneak Peak of Lock & Mule Earlier this week, Tangeld Roos Brewing Company shared photos that were taken inside the new Lock & Mule in Lockport, IL.  Make sure to take a look at this sneak peak by checking out this...READ MORE


Beer Releases: November 20 - December 4, 2020

11/20/2020 by  
New Releases -  Coming Soon Congrats to Whiskey Hill Brewing and all of the FOBAB Medal Winners The Festival of Wood and Barrel-Aged Beers took place last weekend, and Whiskey Hill took home Runner-Up for Best In Show!  Congrats to them, Pollyanna Brewing Com...READ MORE

Big Night for Whiskey Hill and Others at FOBAB

11/16/2020 by  
The 2020 Festival of Wood & Barrel Aged Beers was one to remember for the Westmont-based Whiskey Hill Brewing Company.  The brewery took Runner-up in the overall competition for its Barrel-Aged Seismic Overlay, finishing 2nd to over 300 of the rarest, most exclusive...READ MORE


Beer Releases: November 13 - 20, 2020

11/13/2020 by  
New Releases -  Coming Soon Illinois' only Black-owned brewery strives to bring attention to traditionally under-represented causes Black Horizon Brewing Company was featured on ABC 7 Chicago earlier in the week.  We've embedded the video for you to e...READ MORE

Thanksgiving To Go ... Great Meals Prepped by Local Restaurants

11/10/2020 by  
Thanksgiving is right around the corner, and the experts are ready to help you.  Those experts?  The culinary teams of the restaurants of the Heritage Corridor.   Each location has a different take on what they’re preparing.  Some are preparing r...READ MORE


New Small Businesses Recognized as Illinois Made Program

11/10/2020 by  
The Illinois Office of Tourism today announced 31 new small businesses, or ‘makers,’ have been recognized by the Illinois Made program. Illinois Made inspires locals and visitors to discover hidden gems offering unique products, stories and experiences all around...READ MORE

Beer Releases: November 6 - 13, 2020

11/06/2020 by  
New Releases -  Coming Soon We've got the latest breaking releases, but first, a key election update from Orange & Brew --- From Earlier in the Week View our last update Skeleton Key Brewing ...READ MORE


Beer Releases: October 30 - November 6, 2020

10/30/2020 by  
New Releases -  Coming Soon Happy Halloween!!!  Please have a safe and enjoyable celebration, and make sure to pick up some beer and support your local breweries.  Some of the breweries south on the trail are still open for inside drinking - support them as...READ MORE

Halloween Events Coming Up

10/27/2020 by  
  Halloween Weekend is fast approaching, and whether you are making plans or wanting to change your plans, there are some great events coming up to celebrate.  Keep up to date with any changes to the calendar by visiting https://www.heritagecorridorcvb...READ MORE


Beer Releases: October 23 - October 30, 2020

10/23/2020 by  
New Releases -  Coming Soon Unfortunately, many of our breweries are in zones that are being rolled back as COVID numbers rise.  Please support these breweries by drinking outside or getting your beer to go.   From Earlier in the We...READ MORE

Get Your Holiday Photos at The Forge: Lemont Quarries

10/21/2020 by  
The holidays are coming quicker than both you and I would like to admit.  Thankfully, due to a partnership between The Forge: Lemont Quarries and Motion Inspired Photography, you can get your holiday card photo before its too late. Book your 30-minute session and hav...READ MORE


Live Video from Wally's Grand Opening in Pontiac

10/20/2020 by  
On Friday, October 16, the Heritage Corridor CVB was able to attend the grand opening of Wally's in Pontiac, IL.  Wally's is the Home of the Great American Road Trip, the perfect place for to rest, refresh, and refuel.  76 pumping stations, great barbecue, ...READ MORE

Beer Releases: October 16 - October 23, 2020

10/16/2020 by  
New Releases -  Coming Soon As the temps drop, we're actually seeing a higher number of lighter beers.  Stout season can wait a little bit longer.  Plus, we've got reason to embed a song from the band Kansas which is actually older than me. &nb...READ MORE


Fall Flicks in the Yard

10/13/2020 by  
The Rialto Square Theatre and Joliet Area Historical Museum are teaming up for a supernaturally spectacular outdoor movie night fundraiser, Fall Flicks in the Yard featuring two seasonally appropriate spooky classics from the 1980s, Beetlejuice (1988) and Ghostbust...READ MORE

Beer Releases: October 9 - October 16, 2020

10/09/2020 by  
New Releases -  Coming Soon The darker beers are starting to make their way to the forefront, but there is still some beers with some flavorful fruity notes still out there.   From Earlier in the Week View our last updat...READ MORE


Halloween in the Corridor

10/06/2020 by  
It’s that time of year that turns spooky, and in the towns of the Heritage Corridor, there are plenty of events for those seeking a boo-tiful time. MOVIE NIGHTS Old Joliet Prison (Joliet, IL) Fall Flicks in the Yard October 23 and 24 Tickets required –&n...READ MORE

Beer Releases: October 2 - October 10, 2020

10/02/2020 by  
New Releases -  Coming Soon The Halloween beers are starting to come out, as well as Pollyanna's long-awaited (by me) Nerds-inspired sour ale.  Don't sleep on Mad Hatchet's ACID either, I'm a huge fan of that one.   ...READ MORE


Beer Releases: September 25 - October 2, 2020

09/30/2020 by  
New Releases -  Coming Soon From Earlier in the Week View our last update Garage Band Brewing Don't Harsh My Mellow Metal Monkey Brewing 2018 Bourbon Barrel-Aged Asmoseus ...READ MORE

Get Corntined in Downtown Morris

09/22/2020 by  
The Morris Retail Association https://www.heritagecorridorcvb.com/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

2020 Ale Trail Digital Passport, Extended to 2/28/21

07/27/2020 by  
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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 FlockToTheRock.com 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