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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

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


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

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


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

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


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

Top 5 Books You Should Read at Prairie Fox Books in Ottawa

01/19/2021 by  
  With the assurance of cold and snowy days ahead, now is the perfect time to grab a warm drink from your favorite shop (like Drip Coffee from Krema, hot tea from Jitters, or yummy Hot Chocolate from Liberty Street Café) and cuddle up with a good book. As some...READ MORE


Itinerary: Two Days in Starved Rock Country

12/09/2020 by  
A visit to Starved Rock State Park consists of many sights to behold, including breathtaking views of its many canyons and awe-inspiring scenes of eagles flying during the winter month. The area known as Starved Rock Country contains so much more! Day One Start the day...READ MORE

Itinerary: One and a Half Day I&M Canal History Tour

12/08/2020 by  
The Illinois and Michigan Canal played a huge part in forming today's midwestern cities, from Lemont down to LaSalle, the history is celebrated daily. Start your trip by learning about the early days in Illinois, visit museums, hear speakers and explore the famous Old Jo...READ MORE


Itinerary: Two Days Along the First Hundred Miles of Route 66

12/07/2020 by  
The Mother Road.  America's Main Street.  Route 66.  The road that symbolizes freedom and the days of cruising from Chicago to LA, stopping and mom and pop diners, roadside attractions, and stores of every variety.  Start your journey with two days al...READ MORE

Burger's Favorite Partner

10/06/2020 by  
Mickey has Minnie. Peanut Butter has Jelly. And Hamburgers have French fries… but what else!? We decided to reach out to some of our Burger Trail locations for a little insight into the perfect side.   The Lone Buffalo, Ottawa:  At The Lone Buffalo,...READ MORE


Scenes from the Corridor