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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 ...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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Beer and Cheese Pairing

01/26/2021 by  
  Join Garage Band Brewing and Wine & Cheese Company in Plainfield, IL as they team up for a unique experience you do not want to miss out on this Sunday, January 31, 2021.    Beer and cheese is a natural duo with so many optio...READ MORE

The Bernie Sanders Meme Travels Through the Heritage Corridor

01/26/2021 by  
  Senator Bernie Sanders has become an internet sensation over the past several days from his infamous picture at the inauguration last Wednesday.    From his causal mittens, to the comfortable pose as he sat patiently during the event, Bernie stole t...READ MORE

Virtual Wine & Food Tasting Experience with August Hill Winery

01/19/2021 by  
  Join August Hill Winery for their Virtual Wine & Food Tasting Experience next Friday, January 29, 2021 at 6pm.    This event is great for all wine lovers and those who are looking to open their taste palate by trying something new.&nbs...READ MORE

Restore Illinois Mitigation Plan

01/19/2021 by  
  On Friday, January 15, 2021 Governor Pritzker and the Illinois Department of Public Health released a new update on the Illinois mitigations plan.    Back on November 20, 2020, all 11 regions in Illinois were moved into Tier 3 mitigations leaving ma...READ MORE

Stay Up All Night with True North

01/12/2021 by  
    Pull an all-nighter with True North this Friday, January 15th through Saturday January 16th for their all night 33-hour event!    They will be keeping their doors open all day Friday into Saturday evening. Come by to explore endl...READ MORE

Winter Fun Down at Starved Rock Lodge

01/12/2021 by  
  Are you looking to get out in the fresh air?  Are you ready to explore the beautiful views of nature, all covered in snow?    Head on down to the Starved Rock State Park Area for upcoming winter activities that you can enjoy with family, f...READ MORE

Eagle Eye Scavenger Hunt

01/05/2021 by  
  Put your eyes and observations skills to the test and see how many “unnatural” objects you can find hidden in the Four Rivers Environmental Education Center trails.    Eagles can see at a distance of almost two miles, so challe...READ MORE

The Forge: Lemont Quarries Winter Classic Tournament

01/04/2021 by  
    Looking for a little outdoor competition winter style?    Well unpack those ice skates, bundle up, and sign up for The Forge Winter Classic 3 x 3 Shinny Tournament kicking off this weekend, January 9, 2021.    The Forg...READ MORE

Gifts For That One-Of-A-Kind Person In Your Life

12/15/2020 by  
    Shop the perfect gifts for your loved ones with these stylish, unique ideas from our antiques and boutiques down the Heritage Corridor.     There are so many awesome gifts for everyone on your list! Surprise someone with one-of-a...READ MORE

Holiday Festivities Downtown Ottawa

12/07/2020 by  
  Shop for more holiday gifts at the Ottawa Chris Kringle Market this Friday, December 11th to Sunday December 13th.   Explore over 30 different vendors for the perfect gift for your loved ones. From wood burning to trendy trapper hats, ther...READ MORE

Gift Ideas You Can’t Wrap and Place Under the Tree

12/07/2020 by  
  Sometimes, some of the best gifts can’t be wrapped and topped with a bow.  This holiday, think outside the gift box and give your loved ones who enjoy creating memories, something they can always look back on and remember. &nb...READ MORE

Lighting Up Lemont!

12/07/2020 by  
  Make your way to downtown Lemont and explore their downtown streets to see all the beautiful holiday lights!    Lemont never disappoints when it comes to the holidays and this year will be no different! With many of the streets l...READ MORE

Virtual Wine & Chocolate Tasting Bundle

12/03/2020 by  
  If you love wine and chocolate then here’s the perfect event for you!    This Saturday, December 5th, 2020 tune into August Hill Winery for their virtual wine and chocolate tasting hosted by Mark Wenzel (August Hill & ISC winemaker) and Jo...READ MORE

Live Virtual Holiday Concerts with The Rialto Square Theatre

12/01/2020 by  
    Celebrate the Holidays with Rialto Square Theatre for their weekly organ concerts the first three Fridays in December at 6pm.    Kick back and relax while you watch these talented musicians live from the comfort of your own ...READ MORE

Gift Ideas For Beer Lovers

12/01/2020 by  
Support some of your local breweries this year with awesome gift ideas for all the beer lovers in your life!   Check out this list to see what you can purchase the next time you are grabbing yourself a can of beer to go!    Skeleton Key B...READ MORE

Explore Downtown Morris to Win A Grand Prize!

11/25/2020 by  
  Have some holiday fun this weekend by participate in the Home for the Holidays Window Walk contest downtown Morris.    Stroll through the downtown area and search each store window for items listed on a clue sheet. Find all items on the list...READ MORE

Holiday Fun Through The Heritage Corridor

11/24/2020 by  
  Experience Christmas joy while getting into the holiday spirit this year with a list of events you can explore as a family.    Each of these events will be following the state regulations to ensure a safe experience for everyone.    ...READ MORE

Gift Ideas For Wine Lovers

11/24/2020 by  
The holidays are slowly approaching and although things may be a little different this year, we want to make sure you’re having a safe experience while staying in the holiday spirit!  This year shop a little early to avoid all the chaos later!  Here are...READ MORE

The Perfect Dessert for Thanksgiving!

11/17/2020 by  
What is Thanksgiving dinner without a tasty treat to seal the deal?    This year, support your local restaurants by ordering your desserts to go and enjoying it in the comfort of your own home.    The Heritage Corridor has ...READ MORE

Go Back In Time With Pontiac’s New Holiday Window Exhibits

11/17/2020 by  
Come experience what life was like back in the 1800s at Pontiac’s newest holiday attraction and activity, “Costumes and Characters of A Christmas Carol.”   The exhibit is showcased at the Pontiac Oakland Automobile Museum and will be up for displ...READ MORE

Have A Ball Right At Home!

11/17/2020 by  
Support the arts in Lasalle, Bureau and Putnam Counties at this year’s 4th Annual Virtual Mad Hatter Ball.    This Friday, November 20, 2020, you can sit back and relax as you enjoy a night filled with entertainment by local talents in th...READ MORE

Keep Your Glass Full While Celebrating with Wine & Cheese

11/03/2020 by  
Celebrate with Wine & Cheese Company this Sunday, November 8, for their 1st Anniversary in the Wine Garden. They will be operating under COVID restrictions for everyone’s safety. Reserve your table today and have someone come to you and serve you ...READ MORE

Get Into the Holiday Spirit at The Promenade Bolingbrook

11/03/2020 by  
Spend your weekend at The Promenade Bolingbrook for their 3rd Annual Holiday Market and get an early jump on holiday shopping this year!    From Friday, November 6 through Sunday, November 8, there will be both inside and outside vendors set up on Row St...READ MORE

Let's Talk Fall!

10/26/2020 by  
    I don’t know about you but fall is one of my favorite seasons for many reasons.    The sounds of leaves crunching underneath my feet. The way the trees fill the sky from a distance with such a beautiful array of colors, and the fun f...READ MORE

Turn Date Night into a Full Day in the Heritage Corridor

10/20/2020 by  
Why does date night have to be just a night?  In the Heritage Corridor, there are many ways to stretch date night into an entire day!   Here are just a few ideas you can recreate: Travel to Utica, IL and begin your day with a little wine in your cup ...READ MORE

Portillo's Beef Bus Visiting Streator, IL

10/20/2020 by  
Streator, IL finished in first place in a nationwide contest to receive a visit from Portillo’s Beef Bus this weekend, from October 22-25, 2020, 12pm – 8pm at the Streator City Park. This Chicago-style restaurant ran a contest to bring a bus serving some ...READ MORE

Introducing Heritage Corridor Antiques and Boutiques

10/20/2020 by  
From fashion to antiques, home décor and even fun crafts to do as a family, the Heritage Corridor has you covered! We’ve created a new specialty page called Antiques & Boutiques for those who love to shop and discover those unique items you can’t find ...READ MORE

Ghouls Night Out

10/13/2020 by  
Bring your best ghoul-friends and strut the streets of downtown Morris this Friday, October 16th for Ghouls Night Out.    Shop the night away with the members of the Morris Retail Association as they stay open late until 7 pm with lots of creep...READ MORE

Buy A Beer and Help Support Starved Rock State Park

10/06/2020 by  
Come hangout and have a beer or two at Tangled Roots Brewing Company next Wednesday, October 14th from 5pm to 8pm for the Path Mender Benefit Event.    They have created a Path Mender Pale Ale to help support the “For the Love of Starved ...READ MORE

Your Monsters Can Mash at Lemontster Days

09/29/2020 by  
Celebrate Halloween Lemont-style in this multiday experience! The Village of Lemont has planned out many fun fall themed events for you and your family to enjoy. Starting September 29th the Lemont Park District will be selling pumpkin painting kits to get you in the fal...READ MORE

Santa On The Run

09/29/2020 by  
Save the date and get ready to gear up in your best Saint Nicholas costumes while you take on the 5K Run/Walk through downtown Joliet.    The Joliet Chamber is hosting the family-friendly holiday themed run on Saturday, December 5, 2020 that wi...READ MORE

Wine Through The Corridor

09/29/2020 by  
The Heritage Corridor is no stranger to delicious wine and stops to find them.     From reds and whites, to Rose, Sparkling and Dessert wines, no matter what your taste buds are craving, we have it for you.    We created “...READ MORE

Vintage Illinois at The Canal Market

09/15/2020 by  
This year, the state’s largest Illinois wine festival is operating market-style!  Don’t miss Vintage Illinois at The Canal Market on September 19 and 20, 2020 in Utica, IL.  You can still purchase and enjoy Illinois wine, while being outdoors ...READ MORE

Take Your Learning Through an Adventure at Starved Rock

09/15/2020 by  
Starved Rock State Park & Lodge has found a new way for students to have an adventure in discovery while learning.    They have created 20 fun things to do on a “Remote Learning Field Trip” to Starved Rock. You will get a free study guide...READ MORE

Ninth Annual GTOAA Pontiac Museum Regional

09/15/2020 by  
On September 19th and 20th, visit the City of Pontiac for the ninth annual GTOAA Regional All Pontiac Cruise and Show 2020!  This will be a jammed pack weekend filled with entertainment, tours, shows, cruises, fun and much more!    Here is...READ MORE

Some of the Best Bloody Mary's Around

09/10/2020 by  
Pour tomato juice, Worcestershire sauce, your choice of vodka, a dash of hot sauce, a pinch of salt and pepper in a glass and mix that all together to get a classic Bloody Mary.   Perfect for a nice Sunday brunch or just in general. This unique yet classic drink c...READ MORE

Outdoor Live Music with a Side of Wine

09/10/2020 by  
Sit back, relax and have a drink while you enjoy live music and the outdoors. August Hill Winery in Utica, IL is finishing out the summer with their popular outside concerts on the hill at their winery. This weekend you can experience a new perfor...READ MORE

The Perfect Sunflower To Take Home

09/09/2020 by  
As summer slowly comes to an end, I wanted to take a trip to Heap’s Giant Pumpkin Farm located in Minooka, IL for the last weekend of the sunflower harvest.   I remember seeing several of their images on Facebook and couldn’t help but notice how beaut...READ MORE

Local Foods Restaurant Week set to Take Over Ottawa, IL

08/27/2020 by  
Ottawa, IL is coming together for Local Food Restaurant Week, running September 5-14, 2020.  The event is a celebration of local farmers and restaurants in the area coming together to offer special dishes at participating restaurants. Try a dish or two at multip...READ MORE

A Classic Slice of Pizza

08/18/2020 by  
There is something that is just classic about a slice of cheese pizza. The flavor of fresh mozzarella cheese, accentuated by an authentic sauce and traditional crust. We have a list of places where you can get a great slice of cheese pizza – or one with whatever toppin...READ MORE

Take a Two Day Trip Down the Illinois River this October

08/18/2020 by  
Pack your bags and enjoy a 1 night, 2-day trip on the Illinois River with the Spirit of Peoria on October 15-16, 2020.  This exciting overnight trip will include two relaxing days of cruising down the river, with all-you-can-eat buffet meals (including the chef&rsquo...READ MORE

An Unforgettable Trip Through The Starved Rock Area

08/04/2020 by  
Being from the city of Chicago, I am use to seeing tall buildings, crowded highways and people everywhere. The only times I felt like I was surrounding myself with the outdoors were the times I would go to the lakefront to lay in the grass and watch the waves of the water. ...READ MORE

Plan Your Spring Break Around the Corridor

03/10/2020 by  
As winter slowly coming to an end, this means spring is approaching! It’s time for the flowers to blossom and the weather to get warmer. This also means spring break is right around the corner!    There’s always something to do around the Corridor...READ MORE

Owl Prowl Weekend is Back at Starved Rock Park

03/10/2020 by  
Get ready for Owl Prowl Weekend starting this Friday, March 13th – 15th, 2020. With such an eventful weekend that lies ahead, here is what you can expect:    On Friday and Saturday, ornithologist Steve Bailey will be leading Owl Programs and Owl Wa...READ MORE

Will County Brewing Anniversary Two!

03/03/2020 by  
Help Will County Brewing celebrate their second Anniversary this weekend, March 6-8, 2020,  with a three-day event!  There will be two fresh new Berliner releases, an encore of Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Amber Ale, and their Anniversary Two Blueberry Pancakes Stout r...READ MORE

The Many Different Businesses of The Westclox Building

03/03/2020 by  
You are invited to join the businesses of the Historic Westclox Building next Friday, March 13th, 2020 for an evening of sipping, shopping, meeting and greeting!  This burgeoning community of small businesses each have their own unique identities, with something...READ MORE

Warm Up at The Public Landing

02/25/2020 by  
A chill of a forecast has been in the air all this week, but The Public Landing has the solution.  Their Winter Warm Up! 3 Course Menu is available for a limited time, offering an amazing meal at a truly affordable price. The dinner special is available from Tue...READ MORE

The Blues is Alive - Buddy Guy Plays at The Rialto

02/25/2020 by  
A legend takes the stage at the legendary theater.   What can we say about Buddy Guy?   When you think of Chicago Blues, you think of Buddy Guy.   When Rolling Stone came out with their “100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time,&rdqu...READ MORE

Catch a Killer at Prairie Fox Books

02/25/2020 by  
Are you ready for a glamorous evening of mystery and intrigue?  Are you ready to bring out your best evening wear, ball gowns, suits or tuxes?  Can you catch a killer?   Join Prairie Fox Books for a Masquerade Ball and a murder mystery! ...READ MORE

Third Annual Bridal Expo 2020 at the Jacob Henry Mansion Estate

02/11/2020 by  
The Third Annual Bridal Expo 2020 at The Jacob Henry Mansion Estate is happening this Sunday, February 16 from 11am – 2pm. Come and meet with top preferred area vendors and enjoy a one stop planning experience.  You and your friends will be able to sample t...READ MORE

The Kiwanis Club of Joliet Exhibit Unveiling at the Joliet Area Historical Museum

02/04/2020 by  
The Joliet Area Historical Museum will be hosting the Kiwania Club and Zonta International’s 100 years of service to the community with an unveiling of their new exhibit.   They will be focusing on their service and the impact it has made on communities gl...READ MORE

Winterfest Flurries, Fun, and Free! - Bolingbrook, IL

02/04/2020 by  
Enjoy winter fun with the entire family this Saturday, February 8, 2020 at the Annerino Community Center in Bolingbrook, IL.  This will be a free day of fun for everyone to let loose, with many activities to do indoor and outdoor such as:    Outdoors ...READ MORE

1st Anniversary Party - Hibernation Haze Fest at Ike & Oak Brewing

02/04/2020 by  
Get ready to have some fun while celebrating all weekend long with Ike & Oak Brewing Co. in Woodridge, IL for their 1st anniversary party! From February 7, 2020 – February 8, 2020 you can enjoy live music, daily specials releases, and 9 guest breweries featuri...READ MORE

Valentine's Day Events

02/04/2020 by  
Grab your loved one, put on your best fit and bring on the romance as we celebrate Valentine’s Day around the Corridor!  There are so many things to do this Valentine’s day that you can enjoy with your significant other. Here is a list of events to mark o...READ MORE

Illinois Valley Wedding Show - The Barn at Hornbaker Gardens

01/21/2020 by  
This is the season for any future brides to be! The 40th Illinois Valley Wedding Show happening at The Barn at Hornbaker Gardens in Princeton, IL Sunday 26, 2020.  In such a beautiful venue you will meet with an exclusive group of businesses who will help you ma...READ MORE

Throwing Bullseyes For Bullies

01/21/2020 by  
Throw an axe and help raise awareness!  Come join Hedd Mutt Foundation at their first Axe Throwing fundraiser this Sunday from 1pm-4pm at the Axe Factor Throwing located in Plainfield, IL.  Hedd Mutt Foundation is a non-for-profit in the Chicagoland area foun...READ MORE

Eagle Watch Weekend 2020

01/21/2020 by  
The Eagle Watch Weekend is a two-day event, which celebrates the American Bald Eagle in Illinois. This event will offer many programs, activities and exhibits occurring simultaneously at three locations: The Starved Rock Lodge, Illinois Waterway Visitors and the Starved...READ MORE

5 Restaurants To Visit in the Starved Rock Area

01/14/2020 by  
There are so many reasons why you should plan your next visit to the Starved Rock area, and the tasty food is a big one!  Here are a few local restaurants to check out that are sure to please you. With many different flavors to fulfill every pallet, yo...READ MORE

Flock To The Rock 2020

01/07/2020 by  
There is a lot of reasons why you should plan your next adventure to the Starved Rock Area. Fun sightseeing, unique progressive dinner experiences, several places to enjoy a nice glass of wine in a relaxing atmosphere, there is something exciting to do for everyone! &nb...READ MORE

Win Over $1,000 in Restaurant Gift Cards - Joliet Area Restaurant Week 2020

01/07/2020 by  
Get excited for Joliet Area Restaurant Week 2020, happening February 1-13. Some of your favorite restaurants are back again this year, along with a few new ones that will have your taste buds dancing.  This year, we are excited to include a digital passport that you ...READ MORE

Romeoville, IL Super Bowled Party at Bowlero

01/07/2020 by  
The Friday before the Super Bowl, January 13, 2020, put together a team of 4 and join the Romeoville Area Chamber of Commerce in their first ever Super Bowled event at Bowlero.  There will be special games, super bowl themed food and drink offerings. The Chamber ...READ MORE

The Lost City of Sag Bridge with Father Thomas Koys

12/03/2019 by  
Welcome back to another Around the Corridor with Mariah. This week, we have traveled to a beautifully secluded area in Lemont, IL where the trees stand tall, the air smells fresh and the water isn’t too far away.  Being a city girl, I don’t...READ MORE

Scenes from the Corridor