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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


Weekly Beer Releases

Beer Releases: May 2 - May 8, 2021

05/07/2021 by  
Berwyn's Flapjack Brewery on Chicago's Best TV Learn more about this great brewery and pizzeria by watching this clip above, which appeared last weekend on Chicago's Best on WGN. New Releases - Hot Spot Drops - Coming Soon Want to get thes...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


Bishops Hill Winery Grand Opening

05/04/2021 by  
Bishops Hill Winery is officially open for business in Joliet! They opened for tastings April 15th.   They offer their nine wines tasting (1oz. each) for $20.00 each. Currently they have charcuterie trays to compliment your tastings, but will be adding s...READ MORE

Weekly Beer Releases

Beer Releases: April 25 - May 1, 2021

04/30/2021 by  
Happy second anniversary, Mad Hatchet Brewing!   Some great releases coming up this weekend, as the Shorewood brewery has a great line-up for this celebration.  Make sure to get over to Mad Hatchet and hoist a beer. New Releases - Hot Spot Drops - ...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


Starved Rock Lodge Wins Two Awards

04/27/2021 by  
Starved Rock Lodge & Conference Center has been name Best Hotel in North Central Illinois. The contest was sponsored by Studstill Media. Radio fans from WALLS 102, Q HIT MUSIC 97.7/103.3, Classic Hits 106, WGLC Classic Country, 100.9 FM Rocks and WSPL FR 98.5 voted earli...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

April Showers Bring May Flowers

04/27/2021 by  
  With the weather warming up it is about time we start to see some of nature's beauty. Visit these spots listed below to find beautiful flowers and don’t forget to take some pictures! Bronkberry Farms Head over to Bronkberry Farms in Plainfield...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

Weekly Beer Releases

Beer Releases: April 11 - April 17, 2021

04/16/2021 by  
  New Releases - Hot Spot Drops - Coming Soon     Want to get these updates in your email?  Sign up for a newsletter via this link - heritagecorridorcvb.com/request-info.  You'll have to scroll down on that link to get to the...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


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

Things We Don't Say - Craft Beer for Mental Health Initiative Announced

04/09/2021 by  
Things We Don't Say is a beer that will be coming out in May with several breweries throughout the country participating to benefit a very important cause - mental health.  I'm going to copy directly from Will County Brewing's Facebook post, because it sums ...READ MORE


View Photos Of The Past At Mendota Museum & Historical Society's Opening Weekend

04/09/2021 by  
The Mendota Museum & Historical Society will open for the season this weekend with a sweeping photographic opening exhibit and a new executive director. Doors open Saturday, April 10th, 2021, so be sure to come check it out. The new exhibit Through the Camera Lens wil...READ MORE

Weekly Beer Releases

Beer Releases: April 04 - April 10, 2021

04/08/2021 by  
  New Releases - Hot Spot Drops - Coming Soon Things We Don't Say is a beer that will be coming out in May in several beers throughout the country benefiting a very important cause - mental health.  Ale Trail breweries that are currently sign...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

A Quite Ducky Summer in Store for Lockport, IL

04/06/2021 by  
The Lockport Summer Art Series has partnered with corporate sponsors and bigger businesses in order to support Lockport small businesses, forced to shut down during Covid-19. The “Keep Our Small Businesses Afloat” project will soon make appearances throug...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 https://dhcontests.secondstreetapp.com/Readers-Choice-2021 ...READ MORE


Weekly Beer Releases

Beer Releases: March 21 - March 28, 2021

03/26/2021 by  
New Releases - Hot Spot Drops - Coming Soon Want to get these updates in your email?  Sign up for a newsletter via this link - heritagecorridorcvb.com/request-info.  You'll have to scroll down on that link to get to the e-newsletter section.  And, ...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


Easter Meals and To-Go Specials

03/19/2021 by  
  Easter is upon us and we at the Heritage Corridor CVB have rounded up the best in-person and to-go meal packages for you and your family. Make sure to make your reservations early as space is more limited this year. Happy Easter from all of us at the Heritage Corri...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


Weekly Beer Releases

Beer Releases: March 14 - March 21, 2021

03/18/2021 by  
Pre-order Three Michelin-Starred Alinea in the Corridor Foodies, you can enjoy a meal from one of the top restaurants in the world right here in the Heritage Corridor. Pre-order and pick up a meal from Pollyanna Brewing Company (Lemont, IL) on 3-26 and 3-27 or an Eas...READ MORE

Three Michelin-Starred Alinea in the Corridor - Pre-Order Now from 3-26, 3-27, 4-2, and 4-3-2021)

03/17/2021 by  
Foodies, you can enjoy a meal from one of the top restaurants in the world right here in the Heritage Corridor from Pollyanna Brewing Company (Lemont, IL) on 3-26 and 3-27 or an Easter Dinner from Black Horizon Brewing Company (Willowbrook, IL) on 4-2 and 4-3.  We highl...READ MORE


Best Places to take your Dog Around the Heritage Corridor

03/15/2021 by  
Fido wants to explore along with you! Check out our dog-friendly locations around the Heritage Corridor so that you no longer have to leave your four-legged best friend at home. Take them through the trails of Starved Rock State Park, out to eat at the Public Landing Restaur...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

Weekly Beer Releases

Beer Releases: March 7 - March 14, 2021

03/10/2021 by  
It's Will County Brewing Company's Third Anniversary - and they've got some great beers and seltzers for us this weekend.  Scroll down to get more info. New Releases - Hot Spot Drops - Coming Soon Sunday, March 7 ...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

Five “Instagramable” Locations Around the Heritage Corridor

03/08/2021 by  
  Looking to level up your social media content? Or maybe you just want a beautiful or unique place to take photos? Whatever you are looking for, check out these places for a great photo back drop! The Forge: Lemont Quarries We are starting of the list with a ...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

Weekly Beer Releases

Beer Releases: February 28 - March 7, 2021

03/04/2021 by  
New Releases - Hot Spot Drops - Coming Soon Make sure to get in your nominations for this year's Golden Growlers!  Last day to nominate is March 10.  Visit this link to fill out the form. Sunday, February 28 ...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

Plan Your Season of Road Trips by Getting the Free Travel I&M Canal Towns Guide

03/01/2021 by  
Destinations are typically between 45 minutes to 90 minutes away from Downtown Chicago JOLIET – The Heritage Corridor Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) has released its inaugural edition of “Travel: I&M Canal Towns.” This new 80-page guide is ...READ MORE


The Forge: Lemont Quarries announces an Adventurous St. Patrick's Dining Experience

03/01/2021 by  
Corned beef, live Irish music, a few beverages.  Get your tickets now for a destinated-to-sell-out dining experience at The Forge: Lemont Quarries. The special St. Patrick's Forgefire Dining Experience takes place on Friday, March 19.  The evnetgives you the...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


Joliet Slammers Announce 2021 Schedule

03/01/2021 by  
Exciting Frontier League Action is back in 2021, as the Joliet Slammers take the field at DuPage Medical Group Field in Downtown Joliet.  Game times and promotions are still to be announced, which will be updated on this page when the information is available. Ma...READ MORE

The Heritage Corridor Ale Trail Golden Growlers

02/26/2021 by  
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Weekly Beer Releases

Beer Releases: February 21 - 28, 2021

02/25/2021 by  
Tangled Roots Turns Five, a Super Fun Time awaits at Pollyanna, we welcome Two Pints Lounge in Bolingbrook to the Ale Trail, and I Can't Wait to Watch WandaVision. (I know that last part really isn't relevant to craft beer ... I just really am hooked on the show). ...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


Celebrating Dr. Seuss's Birthday!

02/19/2021 by  
  Happy Birthday to You Dr. Seuss! “Today you are you! That is truer than true! There is no one alive who is you-er than you!” –Dr. Seuss He loved to write stories and he wrote a great rhyme. When we are reading his books, we have a great time...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


Weekly Beer Releases

Beer Releases: February 14 - 21, 2021

02/18/2021 by  
EDITORS NOTE:  If you are seeing this on 2/26 or later ... it means that I screwed up on our email newsletter and sent you to last week's beer releases.  CLICK HERE to see the releses from 2/21 to 2/28.       New Releases -  Comi...READ MORE

Book a Trolley Trio Progressive Dinner - Starved Rock Lodge, August Hill Winery, and The Lone Buffalo

02/16/2021 by  
A fun-filled evening of wine, beer, and food tastings await in the Starved Rock State Park area.  Get your tickets for the Trolley Trio Progressive Dinner, featuring trolley service to August Hill Winery, The Lone Buffalo by Tangled Roots Brewing Company, and the Starve...READ MORE


Catch the Sled Dogs for the Last Time in 2021

02/16/2021 by  
Sunday, February 28 is the last time to catch the Sled Dog Demos at Starved Rock for 2021.   Head musher Jason Hussong will conduct 30-minute seminars prior to each sled dog demo.  The demos will take place at 9:30am, 12pm, and 3pm.  Please be advised ...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


Weekly Beer Releases

Beer Releases: February 7 - 14, 2021

02/11/2021 by  
New Releases -  Coming Soon Trying something a little new with the page for this week.  Going to list every date, including if no beers are scheduled.  If you see a beer and a photo with no witty description, that means I haven't gotten there yet. ...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


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


Get Creative at Open Space Art Gallery & Studios

02/09/2021 by  
  Find your Inner Artist Have you been looking for a creative outlet for you or your little one? Has virtual learning taken a toll on interactive art and creative self-expression? Open Space Art Gallery & Studios is the perfect place for you. Open Space is ...READ MORE

Weekly Beer Releases

Beer Releases: January 31 - February 6, 2021

02/05/2021 by  
New Releases -  Coming Soon Sunday, January 31 The Bear is Back at Ike Need a warm up?  Boubon barrel aged Mauled by Kamchatka is back!  Chocolate, caramel, bourbon in this big 11% ABV brew.  Make...READ MORE


Joliet Area Histroical Museum Re-Opens Their Doors

02/04/2021 by  
Good news is coming next weekend, the Joliet Area Historical Museum is reopening their doors for weekends starting Friday, February 12th! They will be reducing group sizes and staggering entry times. For the time being, all entry tickets will need to be purchased in advan...READ MORE

A Side of Wine With Your Football

02/02/2021 by  
It’s that time of the year again when you get together with friends and family and make a very big decision. What is the best commercial from the Super Bowl game this year? All jokes aside, you want to take your pre, mid, and post-game wine sipping lightly!&n...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

Super Bowl Finds Around the Heritage Corridor

02/01/2021 by  
The Super Bowl may look different for many reasons this year. That doesn’t mean that your spread needs to suffer. Here are some ideas and specials from some of our members. Doc Watson’s Smokehouse has your barbecue cravings figured out! Make sure to try their...READ MORE


Latest Video from A Killer's Confession Filmed at Old Joliet Prison

01/28/2021 by  
The band A Killer's Confession just released their video for 'Remember', which was filmed at the Old Joliet Prison. Loudwire.com just published an article about the song and video, which was directed by Wombat Fire.  You can click on the "Read More&q...READ MORE

Metal Monkey Turns Five! Celebration from 1-28 to 1-31-21

01/27/2021 by  
We've got the detail on Metal Monkey's celebration, taking place all this weekend.  The event starts on Thursday for Backstage Pass Members, and Friday-Sunday for the entire world.  Here's the details, copy-pasted right from the source.   ...READ MORE


The Forge: Lemont Quarries Offers New Dining Experience

01/27/2021 by  
Winter may be in full swing but that doesn’t mean that outside dining needs to end. Our friends at The Forge have a Forgefire Winter Dining starting February 5th and running weekends through February. This dining experience is 100% outside at their specialized h...READ MORE

Weekly Beer Releases

Beer Releases: January 24 - 30, 2021

01/27/2021 by  
New Releases -  Coming Soon Metal Monkey Turns Five The Romeoville-based brewery is celebrating their fifth anniversary this weekend, starting on Thursday for Backstage Pass Members and Friday for the rest of y'all.  We've got details on the party...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


Weekly Beer Releases

Beer Releases: January 17 - 23, 2021

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

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

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


Quarry Camps at The Forge to Debut This Summer

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

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

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


So, what is the Heritage Corridor Ale Trail?

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

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

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


Weekly Beer Releases

Beer Releases: January 10 - 16, 2021

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

August Hill Releasing a New Wine on January 18, 2021

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


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

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

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


Flock to the Rock, Spend the Night

01/12/2021 by  
  Make sure to “Flock to the Rock” to take part in this exciting promotion starting this Thursday, January 14, 2021.   Be one of the first 100  people to book a stay at either Starved Rock Lodge and Conference Center or Kishauwau&rsqu...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


Jitters in Joliet to Offer Keto Box During Month of January

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

Beer Releases: January 5 - 9, 2021

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


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

Be Tempted by August Hill Winery's Mystery Box

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


How To Achieve Your New Year’s Resolutions

01/04/2021 by  
    Did you make a New Year’s resolution to exercise more, be healthier, or spend more time outdoors? We want to help you achieve your New Year’s resolutions in the best ways we know how! Start with an outdoor activity in Starved Rock Country. ...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


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

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

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

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


Wine Through the Corridor Gift Guide Ideas

12/15/2020 by  
  It’s Holiday Gift Giving Time and so we thought we would gather the BEST items around the Corridor for the wine lover on your list. Whether they’ve been naughty or nice, all of these gifts will be sure to put a smile on their face. Starved Rock Lodge...READ MORE

A Sneak Peek Into Bishop's Hill Winery in Joliet

12/15/2020 by  
  We were lucky enough to get a sneak peek of the up and coming Bishop’s Hill-Winery earlier this month. They have been working hard, renovating, building, cleaning and producing wine in Joliet. The building is an old castle that has been transformed!...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

Beer Releases: December 11 - December 18, 2020

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


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


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


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

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


A Sneak Peek at the Progress on Lock and Mule

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

Beer Releases: December 4 - December 11, 2020

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


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

Winter Wonderland at the Forge: Lemont Quarries

11/30/2020 by  
Looking for something fun to do this holiday season with family and friends? The Forge: Lemont Quarries has amazing events and offers that you won’t want to miss out on! Ice Skating Shelf at The Forge Ice skating is one of the best winter activities no matter wha...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

Bid On Your Favorite Christmas Tree and Take It Home!

11/24/2020 by  
  The Grundy County Historical Society and Museum presents their Festival of Trees. The annual fundraiser to help fund operations.    Members of the community decorate a number of Christmas trees, centerpieces, and wreaths. Visitors will find eve...READ MORE


Beer Releases: November 20 - December 4, 2020

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

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

Wine and Thanksgiving Wine Pairing

11/17/2020 by  
Thanksgiving may look different this year, but that doesn’t mean the meal itself can’t be great. Here are some wine pairings from our local wineries and wine shops for your Thanksgiving meal.    Start the afternoon off with a fabulous Brut&nb...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

Big Night for Whiskey Hill and Others at FOBAB

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


Beer Releases: November 13 - 20, 2020

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

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

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


New Small Businesses Recognized as Illinois Made Program

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

Beer Releases: November 6 - 13, 2020

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


Hey, you! Take a Hike!

11/03/2020 by  
November 17 is National Take a Hike day.  And in Illinois’ Heritage Corridor, there are plenty of places for you to take that hike. STARVED ROCK STATE PARK Picturesque sandstone canyons, lush trees, and the occasional waterfall if you are visiting after a ...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

Beer Releases: October 30 - November 6, 2020

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


Halloween Events Coming Up

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

Fall Contest Time - Win Free Stuff from DNA Plainfield and the Heritage Corridor CVB

10/27/2020 by  
Cold weather months are upon us so what better time to get bundled up and try to win some FREE gear! We’ve partnered with the great people over DNA in Plainfield to get this contest going!  Here are the rules to enter: 1. Follow Adventure Outside Chicago&n...READ MORE


Calling All Thrill Seekers!

10/27/2020 by  
If you have not heard of The Forge: Lemont Quarries Adventure Park you have to visit! They offer year-round outdoor recreational activities that exhilarate, educate, and entertain adventure seekers of all ages and abilities. The Forge has some amazing offerings for every lev...READ MORE

Get Spooked at iPic Bolingbrook

10/26/2020 by  
  Who does not love movie theatre popcorn and a comfortable large leather chair to enjoy a classic Halloween film? IPIC Bolingbrook has you covered with all your favorite Halloween movies! Enjoy Iconic films like Hocus Pocus, Beetle Juice, Halloween (2018), and mo...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

Beer Releases: October 23 - October 30, 2020

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


Get Your Holiday Photos at The Forge: Lemont Quarries

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

Live Video from Wally's Grand Opening in Pontiac

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


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

Beer Releases: October 16 - October 23, 2020

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


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

The Girlfriend's Guide to Wine

10/13/2020 by  
Wine and girlfriends just go hand in hand, don’t they? A good conversation and a glass of wine can go a long way whether it’s in person or over Zoom. I decided to have a girls day with one of my besties and we stopped at two local places to enjoy the fruits of th...READ MORE


Bird Watching on a Beautiful Hike

10/13/2020 by  
It’s important to find beauty in the simple things in life. Going on a nice peaceful hike and bird watching is one of the many things you can do at Lake Renwick Preserve.  Last weekend I went out to Lake Renwick Preserve-Turtle Lake Access and had the most peac...READ MORE

Fall Flicks in the Yard

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


Beer Releases: October 9 - October 16, 2020

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

Halloween in the Corridor

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


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

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


Beer Releases: October 2 - October 10, 2020

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

Beer Releases: September 25 - October 2, 2020

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


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


Get Inspired at the Liberty Art Stroll

09/29/2020 by  
Support local artists and immerse yourself in the downtown Morris Culture! This Saturday, October 3rd, bring a friend or the whole family to the Liberty Art Stroll. See the amazing local talent and soak in some of the last outdoor events before fall quickly turns to winter!&...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


Get Corntined in Downtown Morris

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

Introducing Adventure Outside Chicago

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


Get Crafty with the Family This Fall at Boggio's - September 26 and 27

09/22/2020 by  
Boggio’s Orchard has an amazing event you won’t want to miss out on.  Mark your calendar for the 21st Annual Pumpkin Harvest Craft Event September 26th and 27th. Bring the whole family for hay rides, peddle carts, a petting zoo, corn mazes and more fun ...READ MORE

Beer Releases: September 18 - 25, 2020

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


Spots Available for 9/20 Pelican Hike in Channahon

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

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


Skeleton Key Shows Off Future Expansion

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

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

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


Beer Releases: August 28 - September 18, 2020

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

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


Take on the Mighty Nick Burger

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

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

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


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

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

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


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

Rockin at the River with Libido Funk Circus

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


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

Ways to Play in the Heritage Corridor

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


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

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

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

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


The Chairman of the Board Visits The Forge: Lemont Quarries

08/04/2020 by  
Jason Berry, Chairman of the Board for the Heritage Corridor Convention and Visitors Board, originally published this article on July 23, 2020 for LemontDowntown.com.  The Forge: Lemont Quarries Opening Day! It’s Here! It’s Open! “Bigge...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


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

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

Two Great Summer Deals at Grand Bear Resort at Starved Rock

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


Photos of the Matthiessen Sunflowers

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

Celebrate Harry Potter's Birthday at Prairie Fox Books

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


Who's ready for Sweet Corn?

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

Mabel's Market featured on Fox 32

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


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

07/27/2020 by  
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Beer Releases: July 24-31, 2020

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


Scenes from the Corridor