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The Heritage Corridor Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) encompasses the communities and counties along the historic 97-mile Illinois and Michigan Canal National Heritage Corridor. The Heritage Corridor spans from the Chicago Portage Area just southwest of Chicago to LaSalle-Peru including the counties of Will, Grundy, LaSalle and Putnam. The region conveniently located along I-55 from Chicago to Joliet along I-80 west to LaSalle-Peru.

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Adventure Outside Chicago

This summer enjoy the outdoors with some of these exciting activities to experience rather you are going by yourself, with family, or with a group of friends. There’s something for everyone to enjoy around the Heritage Corridor. If you don’t know where to start, here’s a list of things you can do right near you: 

Hiking: The sandstone canyons of the Starved Rock State Park and Matthiessen State Park areas are truly unique. The Goose Lake Prairie Natural Area trails take you through farmland and prairie. When trekking through Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie, you may see over 20-plus bison in their new habitat. And even when on the smooth gravel trail of the Joliet Iron Works Historic Site, you will be in the former home of the second largest steel mill in the nation. 


Biking: There are miles upon miles of bike paths that will let you escape into nature and make you forget how close you are to that big city to the east. You can bring you bike or utilize the I&M Canal’s new bike share program.



Kayaking: The Heritage Corridor is the place for experienced and new kayakers to get out on the water. Get out the boat in the Heritage Quarries Recreation Area or take a tour with Kayak Starved Rock. The Illinois, DuPage and Vermillion Rivers are also there to be explored. 


Fishing: Some of the best places to go fishing in the area include: Vermillion River (Oglesby), Illini State Park (Marseilles), Lock 14 (LaSalle), Senachwine Lake (Putnam County), LaSalle Lake (Marseilles), Spring Lake Nature Area (Streator) and the Heritage Quarries Recreation Area (Lemont). 


Camping: Set up your tent and enjoy the outdoors at the area’s best camping sites, including the LaSalle Peru KOA and Fossil Rock Recreation Area. If you’re looking to embrace the luxury of camping, check out Kayak Starved Rock and their Glamping trips. And. If cabins are more your thing, Kishauwau’s Starved Rock Cabins and Starved Rock Lodge are two placed to book a stay. 


Aerial Adventure: Take a trip to SkyDive Chicago. There, you will get a perspective that you will never forget.  Or you can experience the many different activities over at The Forge: Lemont Quarries where you can enjoy activities such as ropes courses, ziplines climbing walls, mountain biking and much more!