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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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Parks and Recreation


City amenities with expansive outdoor spaces is part of what make the I&M Canal Heritage Corridor a unique destination to play. Starved Rock State Park draws millions of visitors each year and several other nearby State Parks are easily accessible. Explore nature preserves such as Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie or navigate one of the many recreational waterways including the Illinois & Michigan Canal and Illinois River. Forest preserves, 61 miles of trails along the Canal, and serene riverside parks provide an oasis for those looking to get outside and enjoy the natural world.

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Billie Limacher Bicentennial Park and Theatre

Bicentennial Park Theatre is the place where local talent, community theatre and children shine on c...Details

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Bird Haven Greenhouse & Conservatory

Bird Haven Greenhouse & Conservatory sits on three acres of land in Joliet. This Italian Renaissance...Details

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Bolingbrook Park District

The Bolingbrook Park District provides opportunities that connect residents and visitors with the Bo...Details

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Braidwood Dunes and Savanna Nature Preserve

Braidwood Dunes and Savanna Nature Preserve protects a diversity of habitats, including prairie, sav...Details

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Brightwood Inn

Brightwood Inn is nestled at 14 acres of within Matthiessen State Park and conveniently situated 4 m...Details

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Buffalo Range Shooting Park

Buffalo Range Shooting Park is centrally located near the Illinois River and historic Starved Rock S...Details

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Buffalo Rock State Park

On the bluffs of the Illinois River, Buffalo Rock State Park stands majestically on the north bank, ...Details

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Catlin Park

Catlin Park is a county park located in LaSalle County, Illinois. Catlin Park has 333 acres and is h...Details

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Forest Preserve District of Will County

The Forest Preserve District of Will County owns or manages land in 70 forest preserves, including 1...Details

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Fossil Rock Recreation Area

Each year, campers make Fossil Rock RV Park and Campground their family vacation destination. Conven...Details

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Gebhard Woods State Park

Gebhard Woods is a picturesque park that is bordered on the south by the I&M Canal and to the north ...Details

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Goose Lake Prairie State Natural Area

Goose Lake Prairie State Natural Area serves as testimony to the prairies that once covered nearly 6...Details

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Historic Shabbona Park

Shabbona Park is part of the Chicago Park District and sits on approximately 18.5 acres of land. Sha...Details

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I&M Canal

In Illinois, the I&M Canal runs 96 miles from the Chicago River in Bridgeport, Chicago to the Illino...Details

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Isle a la Cache Museum

The Isle a La Cache Museum is part of the Forest Preserve District of Will County in Romeoville, Ill...Details

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Kayak Morris

Kayak Morris provides kayak and canoe tours on the Illinois River, Mazon River and I&M Canal. Kayak ...Details

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Lockport Township Park District

The Lockport Township Park District provides park areas and recreation programs in order to enrich t...Details

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Matthiessen State Park

Matthiessen State Park is an Illinois state park located a few miles south of the more famous Starve...Details

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Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie

Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie is located north of Wilmington, IL and is just one hour from Chic...Details

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Naperville Park District

The That Naperville Park District provides family entertainment for all ages in the fifth largest ci...Details

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Old Joliet Prison Park

“Get Locked Up… At the Old Joliet Prison.” The Old Joliet Prison Park is open from dawn to dusk ...Details

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Pilcher Park Nature Center

The Pilcher Park Nature Center is your family nature destination for hiking, biking or cross country...Details

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Run Starved Rock Country

Run Starved Rock Country is a non-profit organization that is bringing long-distance Road and Trail ...Details

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Spring Lake Nature Park

Spring Lake Nature Park in Streator, Illinois is 37.2 acres of natural land. The park includes two c...Details

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Starved Rock State Park

Starved Rock State Park is a world apart from anything else in Illinois. From the minute you wind yo...Details

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Starved Rock State Park Visitor Center

The Starved Rock State Park Visitor Center is the place to start you Starved Rock State Park adventu...Details

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Zip Chicago

Zip Chicago Canopy Tours located in Marseilles, Illinois, is one of the highest, longest, tours in I...Details

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