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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 in the floral city of Ottawa, IL. 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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Grand Bear Resort at Starved Rock

A spectacular family getaway just beyond the natural beauty of Starved Rock State Park Grizzly Jack'...Details

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99 Hops House

99 Hops House is located at the Hollywood Casino in Joliet. 99 Hops House is the perfect place to ki...Details

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Joliet
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Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery

The Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery was dedicated as the 117th national cemetery within the Depart...Details

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Elwood
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Autobahn Country Club

The Autobahn Country Club in Joliet is the 4th longest road course in the United States. Drive your ...Details

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Joliet
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Axe Factor Throwing

Axe Factor Throwing is the Midwest’s premier indoor urban axe throwing destination. The experienced ...Details

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Boggio's Orchard and Produce

Boggio’s Orchard & Produce is a family-oriented owned orchard and produce. Their orchard includes fr...Details

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Granville
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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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Bolingbrook
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Bolingbrook's Clow International Airport

Clow International Airport is Bolingbrook’s general aviation airport and is home to the A&M Aviation...Details

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Boughton Ridge Golf Course

Boughton Ridge Golf Course in Bolingbrook is situated on 45 beautiful acres. This beautiful 9-hole, ...Details

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Bowlero

Bowlero is the bowling/dining/nightlife destination that's stirrin' up fun for everyone in the Chica...Details

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Romeoville
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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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Braidwood
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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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Oglesby
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Bronkberry Farms

The Bronk Farm has been in the family for 5 generations growing corn and soy beans. In 2012 Jennife...Details

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Plainfield
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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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Ottawa
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Carbon Hill School Museum

The Carbon Hill School Museum is home to the Carbon Hill Historical Society. This original 1893 scho...Details

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Carbon Hill
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Castles of the Prairie Farm Tour

Castles of the Prairie Farm Tour is an agritourism Barn Quilt project of selecting barns with great ...Details

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Cathedral Area Preservation Association of Joliet (CAPA)

The Cathedral Area Preservation Association of Joliet was formed in 1981 by concerned neighbors look...Details

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Joliet
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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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Ottawa
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Channahon Lanes

Channahon Lanes is your home for family fun and entertainment in Channahon, Illinois. Located in the...Details

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Channahon
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Chicagoland Speedway

Chicagoland Speedway located in Joliet on historic Route 66, is one of the United States premier aut...Details

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Joliet
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Children's Museum in Oak Lawn

The Children’s Museum in Oak Lawn has a mission of positively impacting a child's potential in life ...Details

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Oak Lawn
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Columbia Woods (Forest Preserve District of Cook County)

Columbia Woods offers a relaxing place to fish and enjoy a picnic. Columbia Woods is part of the For...Details

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Willow Springs
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DNA Athletics

DNA Athletics focuses on providing their customers with the tool to live a better, healthier lifesty...Details

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Plainfield
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Dollinger Family Farm

Dollinger Family Farm is the best place to celebrate fall, it is the family’s favorite season after ...Details

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Channahon
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Exibit Gallery & Fine Arts Center

The Exhibit Gallery and Fine Arts Center in Morris, Illinois offers fine art classes in a contempora...Details

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Morris
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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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Joliet
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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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Four Rivers Environmental Education Center

Four Rivers Environmental Education Center is a model of green architecture, featuring a repurposed ...Details

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Channahon
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Gallery Seven

Gallery Seven is a fine art gallery located in the Historic Gaylord Building in Downtown Lockport, I...Details

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Lockport
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Gaylord Building Historic Site

The Gaylord Building has been a landmark since 1838, and played a vital role in one of the great ent...Details

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Lockport
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Gemini Giant

The Gemini Giant is one of the biggest attractions located along the Mother Road of Route 66 at the ...Details

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Wilmington
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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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Morris
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Grand Bear Resort at Starved Rock

A spectacular family getaway just beyond the natural beauty of Starved Rock State Park Grizzly Jack'...Details

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Utica
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Greater Livingston County Arts Council

The Greater Livingston County Arts Council is a non-profit organization that was formed in 2016 to p...Details

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Pontiac
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Grundy County Corn Festival

The Corn Festival is the cornerstone event in Grundy County. The 70th annual Grundy Corn Festival ki...Details

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Morris
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Grundy County Historical Society and Museum

The Grundy County Historical Museum in Morris, Illinois is where history is collected, preserved and...Details

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Harrah's Joliet Casino & Hotel

Harrah’s Casino & Hotel is your epicenter for fun.  Harrah’s is located along the Des Plaines Ri...Details

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Joliet
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Haunted Trails Entertainment Park & Picnic Groves

The Haunted Trails of Joliet is a unique, year-round “Halloween-themed” family entertainment center....Details

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Joliet
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Heap's Giant Pumpkin Farm

Heap’s Giant Pumpkin Farm is the place to visit in the fall. Located 8 miles west of I-55 in Minooka...Details

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Minooka
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Hegeler Carus Mansion

The Hegeler Carus Mansion is a National Historic Landmark in LaSalle, Illinois (just a short drive f...Details

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LaSalle
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HellsGate Haunted House

Voted the Scariest in Illinois and #11 Scariest in the Nation, HellsGate Haunted House is the Chicag...Details

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Lockport
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Heritage Harbor Ottawa

Every great adventure starts with a moment of discovery. Ideally situated just minutes from Starved ...Details

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Ottawa
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Hidden Lakes Historic Trout Farm

Hidden Lakes Historic Trout Farm, within the Bolingbrook Park District, offers a safe and beautiful ...Details

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Bolingbrook
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Hidden Oaks Nature Center

Hidden Oaks Nature Center inspires curiosity and exploration of the natural world through interactiv...Details

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Bolingbrook
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Holiday Inn Club Vacations Fox River Resort

The sprawling, outdoor-orientated Holiday Inn Club Vacations Fox River Resort provides a fantastic f...Details

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Sheridan
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Hollywood Casino Joliet

The Hollywood Casino Joliet offers some of the best promotions in all of Chicagoland. Experience exc...Details

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Joliet
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Hornbaker Gardens, Inc.

The Hornbaker Gardens is a family owned and operated nursery located just 5 miles southeast of Princ...Details

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Princeton
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Hume-Carnegie Museum

The Hume-Carnegie Museum hosts an extensive photographic collection depicting over 100 years of Mend...Details

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Mendota
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I&M Canal Boat Tours

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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I&M Canal Visitors Center

The Lock 16 Café is located in the Lock 16 Visitor Center and serves breakfast and lunch and caters ...Details

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La Salle
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Illinois Aviation Museum

The Illinois Aviation Museum at Bolingbrook is a group dedicated to advancing aviation and engineeri...Details

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Bolingbrook
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Illinois Rock & Roll Museum

Coming summer of 2020, the Illinois Rock & Roll Museum on Route 66 is an organization created to hon...Details

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Joliet
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Illinois Route 66 Hall of Fame & Museum

Get a complete Route 66 Experience all under one roof! The Route 66 Association of Illinois Hall of...Details

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Pontiac
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Illinois Route 66 Scenic Byway

Route 66 defined a remarkable era in our nation’s history and it lives on today in Illinois’ Route 6...Details

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Springfield
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Illinois Waterway Visitor Center

This Visitor Center is located across the Illinois River from Starved Rock State Park, offering a gr...Details

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Ottawa
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iPic Theaters & Salt Sports Bar

It's no ordinary Cinema, it's the ultimate night out. iPic gives you the chance to watch their movie...Details

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Bolingbrook
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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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Romeoville
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Joliet Area Historical Museum

The Joliet Area Historical Museum, in downtown Joliet, offers history buffs with a chance to relive ...Details

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Joliet
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Joliet Iron Works Historic Site

The 52-acre Joliet Iron Works Historic Site is part of the Forest Preserve District of Will County a...Details

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Joliet
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Joliet Slammers Baseball

The Joliet Slammers are a professional baseball team in the independent Frontier League, who play th...Details

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Joliet
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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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Utica
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LaSalle County Historical Society

The LaSalle County Historical Society campus is located on the banks of the historic I&M Canal and i...Details

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Utica
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Lemont Area Historical Society

The Lemont Area Historical Society is a national landmark listed on the National Register of Histori...Details

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Lemont
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Lockport Area Genealogical & Historical Society

The Lockport Area Genealogical & Historical Society is dedicated to preserving the history of Lockpo...Details

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Lockport
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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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Lockport
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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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Oglesby
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Mendota Museum & Historical Society

Mendota Museum & Historical Society's mission is to promote the preservation of the history of Mendo...Details

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Mendota
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Midwest SOARRING Foundation

Midwest SOARRING Foundation preserves Mother Earth, and the rich traditions of the ancestors. Midwes...Details

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Lockport
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Mix's Trading Post & Utica Electric Bike Rentals

Mix's Trading Post & Utica Electric Bike Rentals is located in North Utica, Illinois. Before heading...Details

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Utica
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National Heritage Corridor Visitors Center: Civic Center Authority

The National Heritage Corridor Visitors Center: Civic Center Authority provides travelers with map a...Details

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Bedford Park
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Nick's Tavern

If you ask a local in the Heritage Corridor on where to grab a great burger, they'll say Nick's Tave...Details

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Lemont
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North Central Illinois ARTworks

The mission of NCI ARTWorks is to inspire growth among artists through artistic collaboration, educa...Details

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LaSalle
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Old Joliet Prison

The Old Joliet Prison was built in the 1850's, housing infamous criminals like Leopold, Loeb and Gac...Details

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Joliet
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Open Space Art Gallery and Studios

Open Space Art Gallery and Studios aims to inspire and empower the community through the arts. Loca...Details

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Ottawa
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Ottawa Art League

The Ottawa Visitors Center serves visitors to Starved Rock Country with information on lodging, attr...Details

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Ottawa
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Ottawa Historical and Scouting Heritage Museum

The Ottawa Historical and Scouting Heritage Museum is dedicated to the preservation of the history o...Details

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Ottawa
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Pelican Harbor Indoor/Outdoor Aquatic Park

Pelican Harbor Indoor/Outdoor Aquatic Park is Bolingbrook’s year-round place for family fun. There i...Details

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Bolingbrook
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Pirate's Cay

Discover your inner pirate at Priate’s Cay in Sheridan, Illinois. Pirate’s Cay is an indoor waterpar...Details

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Sheridan
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Pirate's Cay Indoor Waterpark

The sprawling, outdoor-orientated Holiday Inn Club Vacations Fox River Resort provides a fantastic f...Details

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Putnam County Historical Society

The Putnam County Historical Society hosts an annual agriculture museum open house in August. The mu...Details

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Hennepin
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Raging Waves Waterpark

Raging Waves Waterpark in Yorkville is Illinois’ largest waterpark that sits on 45 acres. Raging Wav...Details

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Yorkville
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Rialto Square Theatre

Built in 1927, the Rialto Square Theatre is considered one of the 10 most beautiful theaters in the ...Details

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Joliet
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Riverfront Lanes

Riverfront Lanes are your home for family fun and entertainment in the Route 66 town of Wilmington. ...Details

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Wilmington
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Route 66 Raceway

Route 66 Raceway is the World’s Premier Drag Racing facility located three miles south of I-80 on Hi...Details

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Joliet
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SaltTreeYoga

A trip to the Starved Rock State Park area is refreshing, especially when you make a stop at Ottawa'...Details

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Ottawa
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Seneca Area Heritage Museum and Resource Center

The purpose of the Seneca Historical Guild is to bring people together interested in history, and es...Details

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Seneca
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Sky Zone Trampoline Park - Joliet

Sky Zone is the world’s first indoor trampoline park. We’re the inventors of “fun fitness” and the m...Details

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Joliet
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Skydive Chicago

Skydive Chicago is located off of I-80 in Ottawa, Illinois (in Starved Rock Country) and nestled on ...Details

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Ottawa
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Spirit Farms

Spirit Farms is a diverse, modern farming operation located in the heart of Illinois farm country in...Details

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Sheridan
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Spirit of Peoria

The Spirit of Peoria is one of the nation’s overnight paddlewheelers. Hop aboard the Spirit of Peori...Details

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St. James at Sag Bridge

St. James at Sag Bridge was founded in 1833 and is the sole country parish of the Archdiocese of Chi...Details

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Lemont
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Starved Rock Lodge and Conference Center

Plan a relaxing vacation and stay at the only hotel in the middle of Starved Rock State Park. Stay i...Details

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Oglesby
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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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Oglesby
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The Eagle Performing Arts & Conference Center

The newly renovated Eagle Performing Arts and Conference Center first opened in December of 1939 as ...Details

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Pontiac
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The Forge: Lemont Quarries

The Forge: Lemont Quarries Adventure Park is an innovative private/public partnership offering year-...Details

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Lemont
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The Jacob Henry Mansion Estate

The Jacob Henry Mansion, a National Historic Landmark, is well known for its beauty and exceptional ...Details

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Joliet
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The Launching Pad Drive-In

The Launching Pad Restaurant on Route 66 is most known for the 30-foot tall spaceman, The Gemini Gia...Details

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Wilmington
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Two Cell Jail

Gardner, IL's Two-Cell Jail built in 1906, is a popular photo spot on Route 66. It has been restored...Details

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Weber House and Garden

The Weber House & Garden, is located south of Chicago near Starved Rock State Park and sits on 2 acr...Details

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Streator
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Westclox Museum

The Westclox Museum in Peru, Illinois presents visitors with a history of the Western Clock Company,...Details

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Peru
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Will County Historical Museum and Research Center

The building was the administrative offices of the waterway for the I&M Canal, in 1972 it was re...Details

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Lockport
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William Reddick Mansion

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Wilmington Area Historical Society & Museum

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