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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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Alive with history, culture and adventure, the I&M Canal Heritage Corridor is the perfect destination to play this weekend. Explore the historical significance of the Illinois & Michigan Canal through museums and park exhibits or take a cruise on a real Canal Boat complete with guides dressed in period clothing. Visit the Aviation Museum or learn about Native American life at Isle a la Cache Museum. Take to the open road and travel Illinois Route 66, the Lincoln Highway or Illinois River Road national scenic byways. Tour an expansive collection of murals, sculptures and mosaics in Joliet or take a cell phone tour of Downtown Ottawa. The majestic Rialto Square Theatre attracts big-name musicians and comedians to its stage or one can attend concerts on the hill at Billie Limacher Bicentennial Park Joliet.

Miles of trails along the Illinois & Michigan Canal provide year-round opportunities for biking, hiking, cross country skiing and snowmobiling. Starved Rock, Buffalo Rock, Matthiessen and Channahon State Parks are easily accessible.

The area's golf courses offer a challenge for all skill levels - get a round in at renowned Bolingbrook Golf Club and Pine Hills (Ottawa) or any the other beautifully maintained courses. Experience the heart-pounding thrill of victory at Chicagoland Speedway, Route 66 Raceway and LaSalle Speedway. Harrah's Joliet and Hollywood Joliet Casinos combine the best in gaming, first-class dining, nightlife and entertainment.

Non-stop action and a jam-packed calendar of events and festivals - This is the place to play!

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Autobahn Country Club

Autobahn Country Club is the 4th longest road course in the US. We have multiple public driving even...Details

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Joliet
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Boggio's Orchard and Produce

Bakery opens at 6:00 am and Market opens at 9:00 to 5:00 pm, Monday-Saturday, and Sunday 6:00 to 4:0...Details

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Granville
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Bowlero

Brunswick Zone XL is a full-feature, family-friendly entertainment destination with something for ev...Details

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Romeoville
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Buffalo Range Shooting Park

Illinois' largest outdoor public shooting range, includes 100 yard, 50 yard, trap, pistol and the un...Details

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Ottawa
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Carbon Hill School Museum

The original 1893 schoolhouse displays hundreds of original artifacts depicting immigrant turn-of-th...Details

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Carbon Hill
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Cathedral Area Preservation Association of Joliet (CAPA)

CAPA preserves, protects, and promotes a well-preserved historic neighborhood. Check us out online f...Details

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Joliet
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Catlin Park

Catlin's 333 acres host 14 distinct trails plus numerous connector trails which course through the p...Details

Biking

Ottawa
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Chicagoland Speedway

Located just three miles south of I-80 on historic Route 66 and only 40 minutes from downtown Chicag...Details

Car Racing

Joliet
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Children's Museum in Oak Lawn

Our mission is to positively impact a child’s potential in life through play-based education. Come ...Details

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Oak Lawn
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Columbia Woods Forest Preserve District of Cook County

Offers places to fish and picnic. A host for A River Thru History where you can step back 200 years...Details

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Willow Springs

Corvettes Unlimited

41st Annual Indoor Corvette Show & G.M. Parts Swap, Sunday, April 30, 2017, 8am-2pm at Hawk Chevrole...Details

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Joliet
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Dollinger Family Farm

October brings pumpkins, hayrides, corn maze, train rides, farm animals, and fun. Also come see our...Details

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Channahon
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Gemini Giant

The Gemini Giant is a picture-worthy landmark statue on U.S. Route 66 at the Eastern entrance to Wil...Details

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Wilmington

Grizzly Jack's Grand Bear Resort & Waterpark

Resort & Indoor Waterpark across from Starved Rock State Park featuring suites, villas, cabins, rest...Details

Water Parks

Utica
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Grundy County Corn Festival

68th Annual Grundy County Corn Festival September 28- October 2, 2016...Details

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Morris
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Grundy County Historical Society and Museum

Museum hours of operation are Thursday, Friday & Saturday 10 AM to 3 PM. Call in advance for guided ...Details

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Morris
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Harrah's Joliet Casino & Hotel

Featuring 1,100+ slot machines, the most Video Poker in town, over 30 table games and WSOP Poker roo...Details

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Joliet
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Haunted Trails Entertainment Park & Picnic Groves

Haunted Trails has it all: 3 go kart tracks, 2 miniature golf courses, batting cages, laser tag, rid...Details

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Joliet
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Heap's Giant Pumpkin Farm

Come join us for the fall season! We raise corn, soybeans & over 90 different varieties of pumpkins,...Details

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Minooka
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Hegeler Carus Mansion

Tours: Wednesday - Sunday at noon, 1:00 PM, 2:00 PM and 3:00 PM. Virtually unaltered since its com...Details

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LaSalle
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HellsGate Haunted House

HellsGate Haunted House will open every October. Throughout the year we also offer Live Action Gami...Details

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Lockport
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Heritage Harbor Ottawa

Heritage Harbor Ottawa is The Place for waterfront living, The Place to get awa...Details


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Ottawa
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Hidden Lakes Historic Trout Farm

Experience the beauty of fishing at the four small lakes stocked every summer. Perfect for families...Details

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Bolingbrook
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Hidden Oaks Nature Center

Uncover the past, explore the present and imagine the future at Chicagoland's premier green nature c...Details

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Bolingbrook
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Historic Shabbona Park

Park History Rachel and Sylvia Hall had a tale to tell their grandchildren! It began with how their...Details

Parks

Earlville

Hollywood Casino Joliet

Experience exciting casino action at Hollywood Casino Joliet. Featuring over 1,100 of the most popu...Details

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Joliet
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I&M Canal Boat

Come journey back in time aboard the “Volunteer,” a 70-passenger, mule-pulled 1840’s replica canal b...Details

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La Salle
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Illinois Aviation Museum

The non-profit museum's primary goal is to bring air and space technology and museum collections tog...Details

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Bolingbrook
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Illinois Route 66 Scenic Byway

The experiences you’ll find here are as unique, fun and memorable as the road is long. Route 66 defi...Details

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Springfield
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Illinois Waterway Visitor Center

View Starved Rock Lock & Dam. Enjoy interacting with towboat Pilot House. Learn Illinois River's u...Details

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Ottawa
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Joliet Area Historical Museum

Travel through time and space! Walk through a replica of the I & M Canal, window shop on a turn-of-...Details

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Joliet
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Joliet Iron Works Historic Site

Joliet Iron Works was once the biggest buisness in Joliet. Today, all that remains are the fragments...Details

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Joliet
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LaSalle County Historical Society

LaSalle County history including Native American artifacts in an I & M Canal era warehouse. Visit th...Details

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Utica
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Lemont Area Historical Society

Historic museum in 1861 Civil War national registered church offering exhibits, tours & old stone ch...Details

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Lemont
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Lockport Area Genealogical & Historical Society

The Lockport Area Genealogical & Historical Society collects, preserves and makes accessible to the ...Details

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Lockport
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Mendota Museum & Historical Society

Hume-Carnegie Museum 3/1 - 12/14 -Weekends -1:00 PM - 4:00 PM; Union Depot Railroad 3/1 – 12/1...Details

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Mendota
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Midwest SOARRING Foundation

Native American Cultural Center hosts lectures, cultural presentations and activities including annu...Details

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Lockport
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Mix's Trading Post

Featuring electric and conventional bike rentals, sales and area tours, shopping, entertainment, rus...Details

Ground Tours

Utica
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Naper Settlement

Naper Settlement is a regional attraction for children and families where history comes to play, inc...Details

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Naperville
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National Heritage Corridor Visitors Center: Civic Center Authority

Before you explore, come by and we'll outfit you with free maps and brochures. Open Saturday 11:00 ...Details

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Bedford Park
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Ottawa Historical and Scouting Heritage Museum

A museum established to promote and preserve the history of the Ottawa area and the colorful and pr...Details

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Ottawa
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Pelican Harbor Indoor/Outdoor Aquatic Park

Experience one of Chicagoland's premiere indoor/outdoor aquatic parks. Pelican Harbor offers the be...Details

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Bolingbrook
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Peotone Historical Society

Our mission and joy is to help showcase the historical treasures in our area and aid in preserving t...Details

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Peotone
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Pirate's Cay

Family fun while enjoying our water slides, lazy river, play area with giant overflowing water Bucke...Details

Water Parks

Sheridan
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Pollyanna Brewing Company

Pollyanna Brewing Company experiments with local fruits and spices, seasonal lagers, barrel-aging, w...Details

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Lemont
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Putnam County Historical Society

Tours of recently restored, redecorated 1844 Pulsifer House. Genealogical historical research facil...Details

Museums

Hennepin
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Raging Waves Waterpark

Illinois’ largest Waterpark offers 45 acres of family fun! 19 water slides, wave pool, lazy river, h...Details

Amusement Parks

Yorkville
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Reddick Mansion Association

One of Ottawa's greatest treasures. Built in 1858, this three-story, 22 room, Italianate mansion was...Details

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Ottawa
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Route 66 Raceway

Located just three miles south of I-80 on historic Route 66 and only 40 minutes from downtown Chicag...Details

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Joliet
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SaltTreeYoga

Healthy activities including a Himalayan Salt Cave, Yoga, Full Spectrum Infrared Sauna, Skin Rejuven...Details

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Ottawa
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Seneca Historical Guild

The Seneca Area Heritage Museum highlights the many layers of history of Seneca, Illinois, including...Details

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Seneca
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Siegel's Cottonwood Farm

Siegel's Cottonwood farm is a over 100 year Centennial 4th Generation working farm, established in 1...Details

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Lockport
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Skydive Chicago

Skydive Chicago is located 70 miles southwest of Chicago off I-80 in Ottawa, Illinois. Their privat...Details

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Ottawa
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Spirit Farms

We are a diverse, modern farming operation located in the heart of Illinois farm country with state ...Details

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Sheridan
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Spirit of Peoria

One to five day riverboat cruises to and from Starved Rock and Saint Louis Riverfront aboard our aut...Details

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Peoria
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Spring Lake Nature Park

Open year-round sunrise until sunset. Discover 37.2 acres of city-owned natural land, including t...Details

Biking

Streator
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St. James at Sag Bridge

The Oldest Church in Northern Illinois. Built by Irish immigrants who built the canal. Established...Details

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Lemont
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Starved Rock Lodge and Conference Center

Built in the 1930s by the Civilian Conservation Corps, Starved Rock Lodge & Conference Center is the...Details

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Oglesby
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Statesville Haunted Prison

Statesville Haunted Prison® has been one of Illinois’ best haunted houses for 15 years. With over 15...Details

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Lockport
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The Gaylord Building

Monday - Saturday 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM and Sunday 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM. A landmark in Lockport and along...Details

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Lockport
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The Jacob Henry Mansion Estate

Jacob Henry spared no expense in the construction of his elaborate 40 room mansion on Joliet's promi...Details

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Joliet
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The Silver Fox

Unique, historic, elegant venue located in the former Masonic Temple in downtown Streator. Availabl...Details

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Streator
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Weber House and Garden

Long associated with the rich and famous, Weber House sits in an English garden of meandering paths,...Details

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Streator
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Westclox Museum

The Westclox Museum spent years waking up American. Come visit our new museum. Open MWF from 9am-3...Details

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Peru
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Zip Chicago

We are Chicagoland's premier zip lining adventure. Our wooded course has 8 zip lines and 2 suspen...Details


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Marseilles
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