I&M Canal Food & Drink

A mid-1800’s architectural wonder helped make Chicago the city it is today. The 96-mile Illinois & Michigan Canal (I&M Canal) connected the Great Lakes in Bridgeport, Chicago to the Illinois River at LaSalle-Peru.

This “highway” allowed for many cities along the Canal to come to life. And today, these cities blend history with a modern sophistication and authnetic charm that will definitely make for a delightful trip. With delightful restaurants like Tallgrass Restaurant (Lockport, IL) and Nick’s Tavern (Lemont, IL), boutique shops like Betty’s (Morris, IL) and Weeta's Boutique  (Ottawa, IL), and excitement like The Forge: Lemont Quarries (Lemont, IL) and Chicagoland Speedway (Joliet, IL), a visit to the I&M Canal will be an experience to remember.

 

 

9th Street Pub

Over 35 years in business in Starved Rock Country, serving lunch and dinner daily from 10:00 AM to 9:00 PM. They have live entertainment and video games and are home to the Cheeseburger In Paradise. They have 52 import beers with two major imports on tap and 10 new burgers and smokehouse items available, waiting for you to try them. 

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Al's Steak House

Al’s Steak House is one of the oldest steak houses and upscale dining restaurants in Joliet. Al’s Steak House has a warm atmosphere and a reputation for service the best charbroiled steaks in the Chicagoland area. One of the specialty items on Al’s menu are the Grecian style stakes served with Al’s own double baked potato. Al’s also has a variety of fresh fish delivered daily to offer the tastiest meals around.  They are offering outside heated dining in their tent, as well ...

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Alter Brewing Company

In the burgeoning suburb of Downers Grove, three men with a passion for beer formed Alter Brewing Company. Alter Brewing has become a friendly hub where novices and experts alike can gather in their appreciation of craft brewing. Alter Brewing is located in the Ellsworth Industrial Park off Belmont Avenue. Here is where you will find their spacious taproom with 12 rotating taps, a 20-barrel brewing system, canning line, and two private event spaces. They are a diverse and passionate ...

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Annie's Hideaway

A local treasure right in Naplate, Illinois. Annie’s Hideaway offers some of the area’s best fine dining experience. Annie’s Hideaway provides guests with great food in an old north woods environment. The King Prime Rib and slab of ribs are both delicious and mouthwatering. Plus, meals come with a loaf of hot bread and a salad. Treat your taste buds to mouth-watering experience at Annie’s Hideaway.

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Back Door Lounge

Perched on a bluff high above the scenic Illinois River Valley is this laid-back bar. Cool off with your favorite cocktail or try a craft beer, made just for us by Leinenkugel and Tangled Roots Brewery. Lunch and dinner are served daily.

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Barolo Restaurant

Barolo Restaurant is located in Joliet, and offers a quaint European atmosphere with a unique spin on authentic Italian cuisine. The dishes are imaginative and beautifully plated and sure to please every type of palate. Barolo is a casual fine dining experience with award winning steaks, chops, seafood and pasta. Each dish can be paired with a drink from their extensive wine like and signature cocktails.

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Bishop's Hill - Winery

Here's your chance to have a glass of wine or party in a newly restored historic castle. Bishop's Hill is a newly-opened fully functioning winery that's a stone's throw away from Downtown Joliet. The winery imports grapes directly from California, and use their years of wine making experience to produce the best wine possible. They are currently developing their processing tunnel using an unearthed tunnel below the castle that will keep their wines at a consistent 57 degree ...

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Black Horizon Brewing Company

Black Horizon Brewing Company is a small nano-sized brewery in Willowbrook that features a variety of beers. The brewery includes a bar / tasting area, and offers four permanent beers on tap and three specialty beers that are rotated frequently. Black Horizon Brewing only serves their beer on tap which is made on site and have plenty of seating to accommodate an intimate feel but open enough to relax and enjoy a beer like an adult. Black Horizon also won three Heritage Corridor ...

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Blue Nose Brewery

Blue Nose Brewery is a family friendly hangout in downtown Hodgkins. The brewery currently has 10 beers on tap to wet your taste buds. The open and spacious tap room is the perfect meeting space for happy hour. Blue Nose Brewery can also host your private event or party. The amazing atmosphere and impressive selection of craft beers will make Blue Nose Brewery your favorite watering hole. Part of the Heritage Corridor Ale Trail.

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Burger Theory

Burger Theory in Joliet focuses on gourmet burgers. Their beef burgers are a special blend of certified angus beef chuck, brisket and short rib, served on a potato bun. Diners can even customize the meal to excite their taste buds to create the perfect meal. Save room for dessert! Signature house made mini-desserts are served in individual mason jars. Burger Theory providers diners with an open and innovative layout that meets a casual and rustic design to create a fun, inviting, ...

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Cajun Connection

Starved Rock State Park), provides foodies with the most authentic Cajon experience possible. From Boudin to Red Beans and Rice, Cajun Connection guarantees it will be authentic Cajun. The Cajun Connection features many recipes from the owner’s family, where he was raised in the swamps near Lake Charles, Louisiana. At Cajun Connection, you will find many authentic Louisiana dishes including alligator, gumbo, etouffe and more. Every visit must include a taste of the roasted pecan ...

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Casa Mia

Casa Mia in Naplate, has been one of the finest restaurants for the past 63 years. This culinary delight features steak, seafood, pasta and daily specials. The steak and prime rib are so mouth-watering, they are done perfectly every serving. If you have room for dessert you will want to try the mouse cake, it comes highly recommended. Casa Mia is a popular dining venue with limited seating, so you will want to make a reservation.

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Cat's Eye - A Wine Bar

Located in beautiful downtown Ottawa; Cat's Eye wine bar in a new eclectic wine bar with wonderful urban vintage charm with a cozy neighborhood feeling. Wines are rotated seasonally and also offer handcrafted cocktails, spirits, barrel aged beers and clever plates. We believe you should have a wonderful wine experience. You don’t have to know a lot about wine. Just as long as you know what you like. Over 60 wines, but also craft beer, seasonal drinks & spirits. Minutes ...

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Cemeno's Pizza

Cemeno’s Pizza is has been a family owned tradition in Joliet for over 40 years. Cemeno’s Pizza offers pizza, pasta, tasty sandwiches, and dessert. The Chicago classic, a Deep Dish Pizza, with Mozzarella cheese piled a full inch, is truly a pizza pie, and hits the spot. Cemeno's is perfect for a night out with friends, a celebration with family, watching your favorite sports, or a business-related event.

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Chapin's East Banquets and Twin Rail Pub

Chapin’s East is a beautiful upscale / casual banquet hall that can hold up to 300 guests for your wedding, rehearsal dinner, corporate meeting, and off-site catering needs. The knowledgeable and friendly staff take the stress out of the event planning and provide seamless execution of every event. Their highly regarded chef provides a wide variety of the highest quality and delectable foods. Twin Rail Pub is your favorite local pub located in the heart of Downtown Minooka. Twin ...

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Cherry Hill Cafe

Cherry Hill Café in Joliet is one of the best cafes in town. Cherry Hill Café serves lunch and dinner, but at breakfast time it is the place to be. The menu offers a variety of breakfast creations that are not only delicious but are sure to fill you up for the day. With fare so good, a dining experience at Cherry Hill Café will have you eating like a local.

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Chevere Latin Cafe

Chevere Latin Cafe in Joliet right on Route 66 offers arepas, jibaritos, and a myriad of other delicious dishes all hailing from Venezuelan. Their arepas sandwiches and their traditional desserts are mouthwatering delights.

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Chuck's Southern Comforts Cafe & Banquets

Treat yourself to some of the best eats in the Chicagoland area. Chuck’s Southern Comforts Café is one of the Chicagoland’s most inspired blend of Mexican, Cajun-Creole, and the best slow cooked smoked BBQ. You’re bound to find something on the menu that you will love. Their Voodoo lounge has a late night mouthwatering menu to enjoy for nights out. Don't miss their great beer selection as well!

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Clarks Run Creek Wine & Gifts

Clarks Run Creek Wine & Gifts is located near Starved Rock State Park. Clarks Run Creek is the perfect environment for getting a taste of the local culture and spending time with friends. The wine store features a great selection of wines from all around the world, as well as many Illinois wines such as Spirit Knob, Blue Sky, Kickapoo Creek and Pheasant Hollow. Enjoy a tasting glass in their spacious and comfortable lounge overlooking beautiful Downtown Utica.

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Clayton's Tap

Generations have been gathering for food and spirits at Clayton’s Tap for over 40 years. Clayton’s Tap is your place to grab tasty pub grub while watching the big game or playing billiards. Adjacent to the back room is the beer garden that hosts live entertainment and private parties. So pull up a barstool and enjoy live music, food, and spirits, at Clayton’s Tap, you’re only a stranger once.

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Corner Stone Tavern

One of the newest restaurants in the Village, Corner Stone Tavern offers delicious food and a wide selection of drinks in Lemont, Illinois.

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Dickey's Barbecue Pit

Dickey's Barbecue Pit is a true American success story. In 1941, Travis Dickey, a World War II veteran, opened the first Dickey's Barbecue Pit. The brand has come a long way from Travis Dickey’s first location. But, some things never change. Dickey’s Barbecue Pit still slow smokes all meats on-site just the same way they did in 1941. The menu features beef brisket, pulled pork, St. Louis style ribs, polish sausage, spicy cheddar sausage, smoked turkey, and marinated chicken, ...

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Doc Watson’s Smokehouse

Doc Watson's Smokehouse is a family owned and operated restaurant. We serve a central Texas style BBQ. All of our meats come in fresh every week and is smoked in our wood burning smoker. We do not sauce our meats.

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Dock Rotz Tavern

Dock Rotz Tavern in Minooka, Illinois provides home cooked meals, specialty drinks, and one of the best selections of craft beers in the Minooka area. The comfortable atmosphere is favorite watering hole for locals and visitors alike. Plus, there are plenty of TVs to watch the big game on. Grab your friends and stop by Dock Rotz Tavern for a drink and delicious pub food.

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Elder Brewing Company

Elder Brewing Company is a small cozy craft brewery in Downtown Joliet, Illinois. They have 5 craft brews on tap to wet your palette. The craft beer is brewed right on premise. With your drink, you will receive a bowl of popcorn and a 1982 Millipede game free to play. Elder Brewing Company doesn’t serve food but you can bring your own food in or order from some of nearby Joliet restaurants. Elder Brewing Company is local brewery with a passion for craft beer. Part of the Heritage ...

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Embers Tap House

Located in the heart of Lockport, Illinois, Embers Tap House is one of the area’s most popular spots. The unique and historical ambiance creates the perfect backdrop for your next casual drink with friends. Embers Tap House interior reflects the hip sensibilities of the surrounding area while also staying true to its tap house roots. The tap house offers over 40 craft beers on tap and your favorite pub food. With a menu and bar full of character, delectable charm, and friendly ...

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Flapjack Brewery

Flapjack Brewery is situated on the outskirts of Downtown Chicago in Berwyn’s Historic Depot District. The brewery offers 8 beers on tap, growlers and sample platters. Flapjack Brewery is Berwyn's small-batch brewery & wood-fired pizzeria. Come enjoy the Flapjack Brewery’s small-batch handcrafted flapjack beer and wood-fired pizza.

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Friaco's Mexican Restaurant

Friaco’s Mexican Restaurant is a family owned restaurant in Joliet, Illinois. In a relaxing atmosphere, diners will experience the best authentic homemade Mexican cuisine in Will County. There are specials happening throughout the week, including kids eat free on Mondays, half priced margaritas on Tuesday, and $2 bottled beer on Sundays.

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Halftime Restaurant, Pizza & Cocktails

Halftime Restaurant Pizza & Cocktails in Ottawa, is a short distance from Starved Rock State Park. This family friendly restaurant makes pizzas from scratch with all of the toppings you could ask for. Their pizza is the best Ottawa has to offer and if you are looking for real Chicago style pizza, than make a stop at Halftime Restaurant Pizza & Cocktails.

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Haunted Trails Entertainment Park & Picnic Groves

The Haunted Trails of Joliet is a unique, year-round “Halloween-themed” family entertainment center. Haunted Trails specializes in family fun, birthday parties, group celebrations, company picnics and events for all ages. Fun amenities include two award winning 18-hole mini-golf courses, two go-kart tracks, plus a junior go-kart track for the little ones, laser tag, batting cages and amusement rides. The Monster’s Tomb Game Room is the place for game lovers to congregate, as ...

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Hickory Creek Brewing Company

Hickory Creek Brewing grows their own hops on their property -- Cascade, Willamette, and Centennial varieties. They use the remaining silo from the former farmstead as a support structure for the hop vines. They also have black walnut, wild pear, crab apple, and mulberry trees on our property, provides an interesting flavor to their beers. Part of the Heritage Corridor Ale Trail.

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Home Cut Donuts

Donuts! Home Cut Donuts is Joliet’s favorite coffee and donuts headquarters since 1966. They serve over 45 varieties of donuts, eclairs, cinnamon rolls, muffins and cookies. The home-made donuts at Home Cut Donuts is exactly what your sweet tooth has been missing.

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Honest Abe's Tap & Grill

Honest Abe’s Tab & Grill is family owned bar and grill in Morris, Illinois. They are famous for their Springfield Shoe sandwich. Much like Abe Lincoln’s political career, the horseshoe sandwich originated in Springfield, Illinois and is considered a favorite among local Illinois cuisine. The tap & grill also features burgers, salads and other local sandwiches. Enjoy a quaint family meal like Abe Lincoln at Honest Abe’s Tap & Grill. Part of the Heritage Corridor Ale Trail and ...

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Hooters of Joliet

Come visit your favorite Hooters Girl at the Original Hooters of Joliet, Illinois located next to the Louis Joliet Mall. The Original Hooters – Bringing you Hot Wings, Juicy Burgers, Fresh Seafood, Craft Beers, and Hooters Girls since 1983. Home of the Ice Cold Brew: Nothing goes with world-famous wings like a tall, frosty beer. That's why you can always count on us to quench your thirst with old favorites, or give you the opportunity to try something new.

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Ike & Oak Brewing Company

Ike & Oak Brewing Co. is an independently owned local craft brewery featuring handmade artisan pizza.  The brewery prides themselves on bringing together friends, families, and neighbors to share their passion for creating the highest quality beer and food to create a stronger community. 

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Iron&Glass - Romeoville

Iron&Glass is a taproom located on Weber Road in Romeoville, IL. Enjoy a beer from one of their 12 in-store taps, or take home one of over 400 beers. They are always bringing in the best craft beer from around the region, and some tasty food trucks to make a great night out. Part of the Heritage Corridor Ale Trail.

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Jimmy John's Gourmet Sandwiches

Freaky is a way of life at Jimmy John’s. Not only are they freaky fast, but they are freaks about fresh bread, meats, and veggies. All meats and fresh veggies are sliced in-house every day. The bread is made every four hours right where you can see it. The magic in creating gourmet sandwiches is when all the ingredients are combined. They provide delivery to your office and catering for you special event.

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Jitters Coffee House

Located in Downtown Joliet 2 block away from the Rialto Square Theatre and Harrah's Casino at the scenic byway intersection of Route 66 and Lincoln Highway. Enjoy a variety of breakfast and lunch specialties, including pastries, sandwiches made fresh daily, delicious deserts, and our fresh brewed coffee and espresso drinks. Offering wireless internet. Available for private parties. Monday- Friday 7:00am-3:00pm.

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Joliet Route 66 Diner

Tucked on the corner of downtown Joliet, the Joliet Route 66 Diner serves classic American food. Route 66 Diner is a place to enjoy a great talk with friends or family, as well as enjoy a great meal. It is comfort food at its finest - all on Route 66. For a dining experience that brings you back to the 1950s & 1960s, stop in the Joliet Route 66 Diner.

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Joy and Ed's Inn

If you’re looking for a small town, good home cooking, Joy and Ed’s Inn will not disappoint. Joy and Ed’s has daily breakfast, lunch and dinner specials with homemade soup, chili, and homemade pizzas. Before hitting the trails at Starved Rock State Park, your first stop should Joy and Ed’s Inn for the best breakfast you’ll ever have.

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Liberty Street Cafe

Looking for a quaint local dining option to try? Then stop in the Liberty Street Café in Downtown Morris, Illinois. Liberty Street Café has one of the best turkey club sandwiches in Illinois. They offer personal charm like no other, serving breakfast, lunch and special desserts. When you order, make sure to ask about their “Dirty Monkey”, you won’t be sorry.

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Lock 16 Cafe & Gift Shop

The Lock 16 Gift Shop is located at the Lock 16 Visitor Center in LaSalle. Gift Shop boasts a wide selection of unique gifts, seasonal décor, cards, books, souvenirs and mementos and exclusive I&M Canal Boat items. No matter the occasion you’re sure to find the perfect I&M Canal themed gifts at the Lock 16 Gift Shop.

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Lodge Restaurant

Within the Lodge, you’ll find historic ambiance in their Main Dining Room, where the atmosphere is friendly and casual. The Main Dining Room serves breakfast, lunch and dinner, while offering delicious food, wine, homemade ice cream and dessert. Sunday Brunch is a favorite staple at Starved Rock.

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Lodi Tap House - Utica

The former Duffy's Tavern in Utica will reopen as Lodi's Tap House on April 2, 2019. They will be bringing their award-winning burgers (Chicago's Best - Best Burger 2018) and great craft beer to the new location, which will be a must stop while visiting the Starved Rock area.

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Maciano's Pizza & Pastaria

Thriving on knowledge acquired from five decades of culinary traditions covering four generations of family, Maciano's Pizza and Pastaria specializes in mouthwatering pizzas and authentic Italian cuisine. Using the freshest ingredients, Maciano's award-winning chefs create unforgettable flavors that will tempt any palate. To savor the delicious tastes of Italy in a warm and welcoming ambiance, visit one of Maciano's eight restaurants, or bring a touch of Italy home by calling ...

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Mad Hatchet Brewing

Great beer in an atmosphere themed to scary movies, Mad Hatchet brews many sorts of beers throughout the year to the delight of many. They're not quite hopheads, but when you see their extensive and creative beer list - you'll think they are. Their brewing vessels are dedicated to Freddy Kruger, Jason, and more. Bring your own food, or order from the many nearby locations. With a gorgeous bar and decor, you'll feel like you're right at home. Just beware of what lurks ...

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MarkAllen's American Kitchen

For a unique dining experience, MarkAllen’s American Kitchen in Peru, is a must stop. MarkAllen’s takes great pride in preparing their food with the finest and freshest ingredients available. MarkAllen‘s American Kitchen is a comfortable place to be and is perfect for lunch, dinner or just a quick drink or snack.

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Matty's Grill and Pancake House

Matty's Grill and Pancake House has been serving delicious burgers and breakfast food at their family-owned restaurant for years. The combination of quality food and service coming together at the right price is just too much for people to resist. Bring your whole group to the Matty’s Restaurant in Shorewood, IL. All your favorites are there, from eggs any style and an endless combination of omelettes, to French toast and pancakes and other breakfast treats. Or come in for ...

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Merichka's

Mericha’s has been family owned since 1933. Known for their World Famous “Poor Boys”, they also have excellent fine dining options. Merichka’s cut all of their meat, grinds their own beef, and broil all of their hamburgers and steaks. Merichka’s is Will County’s landmark for fine dining.

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Morris Chop Shop

The Morris Chop Shop specializes in fresh local raised beef, pork and poultry. All of the beef is raised on family farms in Illinois. The Morris Chop Shop cooks all of the meat over a wood burning grill & rotisserie giving it a natural smoke and char distinctive taste over a live fire. All of the food is made from scratch in their kitchen so that you know what is in the food your tasting. All steaks and chops are seasoned with their signature dry rub and served with fresh seasonal ...

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MyGrain Brewing

MyGrain Brewing is a brewpub located in the historical Joliet Union train station. They offer many craft beer styles as well as great food and an upbeat atmosphere. MyGrain Brewing is a popular destination for Will County area craft beer enthusiasts. MyGrain is more than a brewery, they also serve delicious food such as burgers, reubens, wings, steak and tacos. If you are in Downtown Joliet looking for a good bite and a cold micro-brew, then this is the place. Part of the Heritage ...

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Next Mex

Next Mex features creative Mexican fare and the freshest of craft cocktails highlighted by quality ingredients and twists on the originals.

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Nick's Tavern

If you ask a local in the Heritage Corridor on where to grab a great burger, they'll say "Nick's Tavern" before you can even finish your question. Nick’s Tavern opened in 1945 and is Lemont’s favorite gathering place for drinks, food, and a welcoming atmosphere. Nick’s Tavern features Lemont’s best burgers and drink specials. In fact, it has been voted as the "Best Burger along the I&M Canal" for 2 straight years now. Not much has changed since the early years, Nick’s Tavern ...

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Nonie's Bakery

Nonie’s Bakery in Utica is family owned bakery and café serving breakfast and lunch. Nonie’s is a quiet relaxed environment to connect with your family before a day of exploring at Starved Rock State Park. Homemade breakfast is made daily starting at 8am. Nonie’s Bakery is a great local bakery to grab your daily espresso.

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Orange & Brew Bottle Shop

Owner Eric Schmidt started to forge his appreciation of beer while managing a college bar. It was his first time stepping outside of the traditional “macro brew” world in order to learn more about different styles and how beers were marketed and arrived at the bars he worked at. From here, Eric began home-brewing as a hobby. The first batch, an attempt at replicating a popular cranberry lambic, was an epic fail. But as he gained experience in brewing, he gained more of an appreciate ...

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Pesciolino Osteria

Pesciolino Osteria is an Italian restaurant featuring authentic handmade pasta, fresh seafood, house-made mozzarella and other Italian delights. Each dish is handcrafted with the finest ingredients. Enjoy their signature cocktails, excellent wine selection and artisanal dishes in an intimate setting with a modern rustic vibe. For the best fine Italian dining in the Chicagoland area, make it Pesciolino Osteria.

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Pine Hills Bar & Restaurant

Pine Hill Golf Club Bar & Restaurant is family owned and unique to Central Illinois, and nestled in the Covel Creek Valley area surrounded by thousands of trees. Pine Hills offers an extensive menu full of homemade family recipes. Pine Hills features Chicago Deep Dish pizza, calzones, their signature foldovers, and their famous gourmet cheesecakes for dessert. If you are looking for gluten free or vegetarian options, than look no further. Pine Hills takes pride in having the ...

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Pollyanna Brewing Company

Pollyanna Brewing Company in Lemont, Illinois, experiments with local fruits and spices, seasonal lagers, barrel-aging, wild yeast, and cider-beers on occasion. Their four flagship offerings best represent Pollyanna and are available year-round. Their intimate and unique taproom is located near the I&M Canal. The taproom offers tasting flights, draft pours, and to-go 64oz growlers or 32oz howlers, as well as tours and a scenic look at the brewery. Bring in or order food and enjoy ...

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Public Landing Restaurant and Banquet Center

The Public Landing Restaurant and Banquet Center is housed in the historic Gaylord Building in Lockport, Illinois. The Gaylord Building is one of the National Trust Historic Sites and is on the National Register of Historic Places. The building played a vital role in one of the greatest enterprises of the 19th century: the digging of the 96 mile long I&M Canal. The Public Landing boasts a well-manicured spacious outdoor seating area that overlooks the I&M Canal and Lincoln Landing ...

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Rich & Creamy

This place is typical of ice cream shops that dotted Route 66 in its heyday, when Broadway was a leg of the highway in Joliet. City leaders restored Rich & Creamy back to its retro appearance from its heyday. Jake and Elwood, “The Blues Brothers,” dance atop the tower wrapped in neon lights. Hours: Monday – Saturday 11 am-9 pm, Sunday Noon – 9 pm. Open until 10 pm during warm-weather months.

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River Hawk Brewing

River Hawk Brewery is a local brewery and taproom in Channahon, Illinois that features hand crafted beer and wine. The taproom is designed with community and socialization in mind, it is a great meeting place for a group of friends, co-workers to meeting locals. Any seat in the taproom is the best seat for you to witness their beer brewing system, fermenters, and wine tanks. The goal of River Hawk Brewery is to keep the tasting experience as authentic as possible. Cheers! Part ...

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Route 66 Food N Fuel

Route 66 Food N Fuel is ideally situated along Route 66 on the southern edge of Joliet near the Chicagoland Speedway. Have your camera ready. Route 66 Food N Fuel features a 1974 Plymouth Fury III “Bluesmobile” resting upon a pole with Jake and Elwood in the care, it’s the prefect Instagram worthy shot. It is a popular photo opportunity while cruising along the “Mother Road” Route 66. The Route 66 Food N Fuel has everything you need for your journey from Pop’s Italian Beef & ...

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Skeleton Key Brewery

Skeleton Key Brewery is a micro and craft brewery incubator in Woodridge, Illinois. Skeleton Key Brewing is a community hub for craft beer lovers. A brewery incubator is a place where someone who wants to open a brewery can get hands-on, immersive experience with the actual day-to-day of running a brewery and taproom. Their taproom is one such door, through which you can find delicious beer, camaraderie and community. Their classes are another, through which you can develop an ...

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Stagecoach Eatery & Saloon

A Modern Twist on the Classic Bliss! Find a haven from your daily grind at this local favorite spot. Choose from their list of fantastic appetizers, salads, burgers, and entrees to find your new favorite.

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Star Union Spirits

Star Union Spirits is a craft distillery that manufactures small-batch spirits from locally sourced fruits and grains. Founded by longtime winemaking friends, Bob Windy and Jeff Yosowitz in LaSalle just minutes away from Starved Rock State Park. The distillery has a public tasting room where guests are able to view the entrancing copper still and the wonders of spirit distillation and production. Curious visitors are able to sample Star Union Spirits' delicious hand-crafted spirits ...

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Sunfield Restaurant

Sunfield Restaurant is casual dining restaurant in Ottawa, Illinois. Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, you will find everything from skillets and omelettes, to steaks, ribs, veal, burgers, and shrimp. This family restaurant off of I-80 is the perfect gathering spot for all occasions. Looking for a venue to host a larger party? We have a banquet room that seats 70 people with plenty of room for your guests to mingle, enjoy a cocktail and deliciously prepared food.

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Tallgrass Restaurant

Tallgrass Restaurant is located 35 miles southwest of Chicago in the I&M National Heritage Corridor. Tallgrass Restaurant’s specialty is Modern French cuisine. Tallgrass is known for their towering desserts of chocolate and raspberries. When you dine at Tallgrass, you will be delighted with inventive and beautifully crafted combinations of tastes and presentation enhancements with every dish. This restaurant has received a AAA Four-Diamond rating for 19 consecutive years.

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Tangled Roots Brewing Company

In beautiful Starved Rock Country is Illinois’ finest craft beer experience, Tangled Roots Brewing Company. Tangled Roots Brewing Company is a locally grown farm-to-foam brewery experience and craft beer brand that compliments Starved Rock Country well. You can also eat at the amazing, adjoing The Lone Buffalo restaurant as well. While enjoying a tasty craft brew, schedule your brewery tour to learn how Tangle Roots creates their beer and their history. Every Friday and Saturday ...

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The Cafe at Starved Rock Lodge

For anyone who enjoys a good bottle of wine, the Café at Starved Rock Lodge sells Starved Rock label table wines made by Prairie State Winery, created from all Illinois grapes! Glasses of wine are also available for purchase. Combine that wine with a jar of one of their locally made specialty mustards or flavored salsas and jams to wow your guests at your next get together.

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The Cheese Shop 'n' Deli

The Cheese Shop ‘n’ Deli is located just off the banks of the I&M Canal in Historic Ottawa, Illinois. Satisfying the taste buds of customers since 1970, the Cheese Shop ‘n’ Deli is famous for their homemade soups, sandwiches, salads, fried chicken and Len-Rico’s spaghetti. The Deli also features an eclectic display of antiques and one of Illinois’ largest displays of antique milk bottles. When you dine at The Cheese Shop ‘n’ Deli you will be certain you will leave with your belly ...

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The County Seat Pub & Pizzeria

The County Seat Pub & Pizzeria in Morris, Illinois is a premier pub serving Mazon, Verona, Seneca, and the surrounding areas. The County Seat serves sandwiches including Italian Beef, salads, and the famous specialty pizzas. They hand create each pizza using the freshest ingredients made. Spend the night with locals listening to live music while enjoying a beverage from the bar and pizza.

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The Hi-Way Restaurant

The Hi-Way Restaurant in Ottawa, Illinois is your place for great food and cold drinks before a day of exploring Starved Rock State Park. Their menu includes American, Italian, Oriental, Mexican, and Mediterranean items along with specialty sandwiches and a variety of traditional and specialty salads. The delicious food and family dining atmosphere at The Hi-Way Restaurant is accompanied by excellent service. Just minutes from I-80 and Starved Rock State Park, The Hi-Way Restaurant ...

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The Lone Buffalo by Tangled Roots Brewing Company

The Lone Buffalo in Ottawa and near Starved Rock State Park, serves good food and beer in a comfortable atmosphere. The Lone Buffalo aims to create each dish so patrons savor every bite. The chefs use fresh products from local farmers and producers in every meal. The menu ranges from pub burgers and salads to ribs and salmon. The restaurant is under the same roof the brewery, Tangled Roots Brewing Company. The neighboring taproom is where you can sample some of Tangled Roots’ ...

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The New Chalet Restaurant

Good old home cooking awaits you at The New Chalet Restaurant in Ottawa, Illinois. Voted one of the best restaurants in Ottawa, The New Chalet Restaurant is minutes away from Starved Rock State Park and serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. Before hiking the area state parks, start your day off with the breakfast of champions. Dinner is perfect for family time, so sit back and relax with a home cooked meal at The New Chalet Restaurant, by the best chefs in Ottawa, Illinois.

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The Quarry Pub and Grill

Quarry Pub & Grill Lemont offers a variety of live entertainment including live music, DJ's, karaoke, bar trivia, acoustic music and much more! Stop in and enjoy your favorite game, food and drinks! They are a large Sports Bar located South West of Chicago in Lemont, Illinois. They offer a Full Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Menu with Daily Drink Specials. Huge Private Area is also now available for Parties.

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The Red Dog Grill

The Red Dog Grill is Starved Rock Country’s best waterfront dining venue. Located in Heritage Harbor Ottawa, the Midwest’s premier getaway destination and marina resort, you will dive into their splendid menu enjoying gourmet American and seafood cuisine while overlooking a world-class marina. Red Dog Grill is the perfect place to enjoy scrumptious apps, mouthwatering burgers and fresh seafood. Enjoy the beautiful marina views from the outdoor patio during the summer, or warm ...

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The Veranda at Starved Rock Lodge

Join us for lunch or dinner and enjoy the panoramic view of Starved Rock and the scenic Illinois River Valley. Order from the menu or try our creative daily special.

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Uptown Grill

Uptown Grill offers polished American Cuisine in a casual environment in the Starved Rock area. Friday and Saturday nights at Uptown Grill are known for the best prime ribs in the Chicagoland area. The char broiled steaks are cut and aged in-house, the seafood, shellfish, and oysters are fresh every day. The full service bar and lounge are the perfect place to sit back and relax. You will find the perfect cocktail to wet your palate, as Uptown Grill has an extensive list of over ...

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White Fence Farm

If you're making a trip down Route 66, make sure to plan on eating at White Fence Farm. The restaurant in Romeoville is recognized throughout the Chicagoland area and Midwest for their outstanding chicken dinners. White Fence Farm has earned the reputation as the home of the "World's Greatest Chicken, Steaks, Shrimp & Fish". They have truly perfected the art of cooking chicken. Illinoisans and visitors around the world come for the golden fried chicken that is served with a smorgasbord ...

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Woody's Steak House

Woody’s Steak House has been serving the Starved Rock and Illinois Valley area for over 70 years. Specializing in steak, chicken, and seafood, Woody’s provides an inviting place to enjoy an evening out with friends and family. Their famous blackened duck breast certainly lives up to the Woody’s motto: “Food Worth Traveling For.” Whether it’s a family night out, romantic dinner for two, or drinks in the lounge, the atmosphere at Woody’s Steak House will make you feel right at ...

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Other Businesses

Cut 158 Chophouse

158 N. Chicago St. Joliet, IL 60432
815-409-7411
 

Goldfinger Brewing Company

513 Rogers Street Downers Grove, IL 60515

 

McWethy's Tavern

1700 W. Renwick Rd. Romeoville, IL 60446
815-254-7001
 

Metal Monkey Brewing

515 Anderson Dr. #900 Romeoville, IL 60446
630-862-9595
 

The Studio - Lockport

900 S. State Street Lockport, IL 60441
815-834-9463
 

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