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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


Support Local - CVB Member Restaurants, Breweries, and Wineries Offering Services

04/02/2020 by  
Here at the Heritage Corridor Convention and Visitors Bureau, tourism and community are at the heart of what we do. During this time of uncertainty and to help stop the spread of COVID-19, we have been creating lists and options on how to assist our members and others around...READ MORE

CVB Member Restaurants, Breweries and Wineries - Drive-Thru, Carryout and Delivery options

03/18/2020 by  
Here at the Heritage Corridor Convention and Visitors Bureau, tourism and community are at the heart of what we do. During this time of uncertainty and to help stop the spread of COVID-19, we have been creating lists and options on how to assist our members and others around...READ MORE


Plan Your Spring Break Around the Corridor

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

Owl Prowl Weekend is Back at Starved Rock Park

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


Will County Brewing Anniversary Two!

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

The Many Different Businesses of The Westclox Building

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


Warm Up at The Public Landing

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

The Blues is Alive - Buddy Guy Plays at The Rialto

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


Catch a Killer at Prairie Fox Books

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

Third Annual Bridal Expo 2020 at the Jacob Henry Mansion Estate

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


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

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

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

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


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

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

Valentine's Day Events

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


Scenes from the Corridor