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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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As you travel through the I&M Canal Heritage Corridor, one thing becomes clear, there is always something going on somewhere! Consider this is your personal invitation to hometown celebrations, wine and corn festivals, one-of-a-kind music and theater festivals, historic reenactments, world-class sporting events, concerts and outdoor exploration weekends. Don't miss signature events like Ottawa's Two Rivers Wine Festival, Starved Rock's Flock to the Rock and NASCAR. Whether you are searching for low-key entertainment or high octane adventure, search the Calendar of Events to find exactly your speed.

     
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Caterpillar Hike
Jul. 24, 2019 , 7:30 - 9 p.m.
Are you mesmerized by cute caterpillars and beautiful butterflies? Do the life cycles of these incredible insects fascinate you? During this family-friendly program, we will take a close-up look at caterpillars and their behaviors and then venture out in search of local caterpillars. The hike will be approximately 1 mi...More Info
Cost: Free Event Type: Nature
Four Rivers Environmental Education Center
25055 W. Walnut Lane
Channahon, Il 60410
(815) 722-9470
Discovery Isle
Jul. 24, 2019 , 1:00PM-3:00PM
Join us every Wednesday during the summer starting June 19 for different natural or cultural history activities. This particular Wednesday, we will be dipping nets in the lagoon to look for critters. Nets, field guides and other equipment are provided. All the awesome critters we find will be returned to the lagoon at ...More Info
Cost: Free Event Type: Nature
Isle a la Cache Museum
501 E. 135th Street
Romeoville, Il 60446
(815) 886-1467
Discovery Isle: Arrows!
Jul. 24, 2019 , 1-3 p.m.
Join us every Wednesday this summer for different natural or cultural history activities. This week investigate the museum's native arrow collection. Then, try your hand at pressure flaking while making your own arrow out of soap. This is a drop-in program; come any time between 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. The program may includ...More Info
Cost: Free Event Type: Education/History
Isle a la Cache Museum
501 E 135th St
Romeoville, Il 60446
(815) 886-1467
Lemont Legends Cruise Nights
Jul. 24, 2019 , 6:00PM-9:00PM
Celebrate 20 years of Lemont Legends Cruise Nights in Historic Downtown Lemont this Summer. Every Wednesday Night - June 5th through August 28th (no show July 5th) Fantastic Cars/Delicious Food/Music/Business Booths/Activities and walk around cups from sponsoring bars. ...More Info
Cost: Free Event Type: Other
Downtown Lemont
418 Main St.
Lemont, Il 60439-3675
(630)257-5997
Midewin For Kids - Batty Evening
Jul. 24, 2019 , 7:30PM-9:30PM
Everyone welcome, not just for kids! Learn about the flying mammal that eats mosquitoes! Decorate a bat house to take home (one per family). Take a short hike looking for these tiny, wonderful creatures of the night. Wear long sleeved shirts, pants, close-toed shoes and socks. Bring bug-repellent. Recommended for famil...More Info
Cost: Free Event Type: Education/History Arts/Crafts Nature
Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie
30239 South State Route 53
Wilmington, Il 60481
815-423-6370
Spring Valley Municipal Friday Night Band Concerts
Now - Jul. 26, 2019 , 7:30 - 8:30pm
Limited seating available. Bring your own lawn chair. Visit www.spring-valley.il.us to find exact dates....More Info
Event Type: Performing Arts Ongoing
Downtown Spring Valley Mini Park
100 Block of East St. Paul Street
Spring Valley, IL 61362
8156644221
Old Joliet Prison Haunted Tours
Now - Jul. 26, 2019 , 6:00PM
Haunted Tours every Friday night in July at 6:00PM! Visit https://www.jolietmuseum.org for more information....More Info
Event Type: Education/History Story Telling
Old Joliet Prison
1125 N. Collins Street
Joliet, Il 60432
815-723-5201
Old Joliet Prison July Tours
Now - Jul. 28, 2019 , Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday 11:00AM & 2:00PM | Sunday 1:00PM
The Old Joliet Prison is now open to the public! July Dates: Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday 11:00AM & 2:00PM Sunday 1:00PM Haunted Tours every Friday @ 6:00PM Pre-scheduled, guided tours are offered via the Joliet Area Historical Museum for select areas of the Prison "campus" from the months of April – October...More Info
Cost: $15-$20 Event Type: Education/History Story Telling
Old Joliet Prison
1125 N. Collins Street
Joliet, Il 60432
815-723-5201
Historic Trolley July Tours
Now - Jul. 31, 2019 , Monday-Friday: 3:00PM-4:30PM, Saturday-Sunday: 12:00PM-1:30PM, 1:30PM-3:00PM & 3:00PM-4:30PM
Board a trolley outside of the Great Hall of the Lodge. Learn about the rich history and legends of Starved Rock State Park and Lodge. Travel to the Lock and Dam, through historic downtown Utica and the Starved Rock Visitor Center. Reservations are recommended. For more information or to book, call (815) 220-7386 or cl...More Info
Cost: $12 adults | $10 seniors (60 & older)) | $8 (10 & under) Event Type: Nature
Starved Rock Lodge & Conference Center
2688 E. 873rd Rd.
Oglesby, IL 61348
815-220-7386
Summer Fun UNLIMITED Attractions at Haunted Trails Joliet
Now - Aug. 16, 2019 , Open at 10:00AM
School is out! Have FUN with our UNLIMITED RIDES & ATTRACTIONS Pass*, which offers up to 3 hours of UNLIMITED Trails Raceway & Eagle Speedway Go-Karts, Jr. Speedway Go-Karts, Laser Tag, Miniature Golf & all Amusement Rides! Available Monday thru Friday starting June 3rd thru August 16th for only $22 per person, per day...More Info
Cost: Free to enter; $22/person, daily for Summer Fun UNLIMITED Attractions Pass Event Type: Sports/Recreation
Haunted Trails Entertainment Park & Picnic Groves
1423 N. Broadway Street, (Rt. 53)
Joliet, Il 60435
815-722-7800
Plainfield Cruise Night
Now - Aug. 20, 2019 , 5:00PM-9:00PM
Join us every Tuesday evening in downtown Plainfield. Local enthusiasts gather to showcase their classic and unique vehicles....More Info
Event Type: Festivals
Downtown Plainfield
Plainfield, Il
Cruisin' Into Lockport
Now - Aug. 26, 2019 , 6:30PM-8:30PM
Come out to Central Square and First Midwest Bank parking lots, located at 9th and Hamilton in downtown Lockport to see the classic car show and listen to great live entertainment. Shop the farmer's market and enjoy delicious food and drinks as well. Kids will love our inflatable obstacle course, face painting and much...More Info
Cost: FREE Event Type: Performing Arts
Central Square
S Hamilton St, Lockport, IL 60441
Lockport, Il 60441
(815)838-1183
Ottawa Music in the Park
Now - Aug. 31, 2019 , 6:00PM-8:00PM
A tuneful tradition more than 15 years in the making continues in 2019 with the Music in the Park concert series, which enlivens July and August Saturday nights and transforms the tranquil Washington Park into a melody-filled amphitheater. The concerts run from 6-8 p.m. Admission is free. Bring your own lawn chair, ...More Info
Cost: Free -- bring your own lawn chair Event Type: Performing Arts
Ottawa Visitors Center
1028 LaSalle Street
Ottawa, IL 61350
815-434-2737
Take the Stage: Open Mic Night
Now - Sep. 26, 2019 , 7:00PM-11:00PM
Tangled Roots Brewing Company wants you to "TAKE THE STAGE" Register now: http://thelonebuffalo.com/take-the-stage Hosted by Sean Walsh! Musician? Poet? Comedian? Got a talent? We want to hear it! Every last Thursday of the month!...More Info
Event Type: Performing Arts
Tangled Roots Brewing Company
808 LaSalle Street
Ottawa, Il 61350
815-324-9549
Farmers Market
Now - Sep. 26, 2019 , 3:00 PM
Thursdays July 11-September 26. Check out our Oglesby, IL Facebook page for more details....More Info
Event Type: Festivals
Downtown Oglesby
Land & Water Cruise
Now - Sep. 27, 2019 , 11:00AM
Offered Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays June-September! Tour begins with lunch in the historic dining room at the Lodge, followed by a narrated trolley tour with history and legends of the area. The trolley will then take you to the new river boat, "The Eagle I" where you will see the east end of the Starved Rock State ...More Info
Cost: $41 per person Event Type: Nature
Starved Rock Lodge & Conference Center
2688 E. 873rd Rd.
Oglesby, IL 61348
815-220-7386
Awesome Ottawa Bike Tours
Now - Sep. 30, 2019 , TBD
Biking March-September 7 Mile Bike/2 Hours Easy Trail/Road Biking Broad History of Ottawa Lincoln/Radium Girls 13 & Over (use your discretion) Our Bikes or Yours ...More Info
Cost: $30 Event Type: Nature
Ottawa Visitors Center
1028 LaSalle Street
Ottawa, IL 61350
815-434-2737
Ottawa's Farmer Market (Every Saturday)
Now - Oct. 26, 2019 , 8:00AM-12:30PM
Come to Ottawa's Old Town Farmers Market to purchase freshly picked, home-grown vegetables and fruits! Also featured are home baked goods, jams and jellies, dog treats, handmade soaps and fresh roasted coffee. With a motto of we BAKE it, we GROW it, we SELL it FRESH, your sure to find something FANTASTIC!!! Open Saturd...More Info
Event Type: Shopping
Jackson Street of Washington Square Park
Jackson Street
Ottawa, IL 61350
815-433-0084
Mules, Mansion, & Mimosa Boat Tour
Now - Oct. 27, 2019 , Friday-Saturday 10:00AM-3:00PM
Combine a mimosa at Lock 16 Café, a historic 1-hour mule pulled boat ride on the I&M Canal Boat, and a 1-hour tour of the historic Hegeler Carus Mansion. Step back to 1848 and take a ride on the I&M Canal on The Volunteer, a mule-pulled I&M Canal Boat. Meet our guides and hear their stories of life along the cana...More Info
Cost: $45.00 Event Type: Ongoing
I&M Canal Boat
754 First Street
LaSalle, IL 61301
815-220-1848
Museum's Summer Schedule Begins
Now - Oct. 31, 2019 , Monday - Saturday 10:00AM-5:00PM | Sunday 12:00PM-5:00PM
For more information, please visit http://jolietmuseum.org...More Info
Event Type: Ongoing
Joliet Area Historical Museum
204 N. Ottawa Street
Joliet, Il 60432
815-723-5201
Mule-Pulled Canal Boat Tour
Now - Oct. 31, 2019 , 10:00AM, 1:00PM & 3:00PM
Climb aboard a replica 19th century mule-pulled canal boat and ride the route Lincoln traveled! Your guides, dressed as Canal era crew, will take you back in time to life on the American frontier and the Illinois Prairie. Meet our mules, Moe & Joe, and learn how horses and mules pulled passengers and cargo between Chic...More Info
Cost: $15.00 Event Type: Ongoing
I&M Canal Boat
754 First Street
LaSalle, IL 61301
815-220-1848
Farmers Markets
Now - Oct. 31, 2019
Fresh, local Produce, Honey & Jam, Baked Goods, Crafts and more....More Info
Event Type: Arts/Crafts Shopping Dining
Corner of East Dakota & Cornelia Streets (US Route 6)
Spring Valley, IL 61362
815-664-4221
Awesome Ottawa Walking Tours
Now - Nov. 30, 2019 , TBD
Walking March-November 1.5 Miles/1.5 Hours, starting at Ottawa Visitors Center. Easy Exercise, Canal/Downtown History, Underground Railroad, All Ages. Great Way to Plan Shopping/Restaurants. $30 (12 & under free w/adult)...More Info
Cost: $30 Event Type: Nature
Ottawa Visitors Center
1028 LaSalle Street
Ottawa, IL 61350
815-434-2737
Awesome Ottawa Tours
Now - Nov. 30, 2019 , TBD
Cocktail/Walking May-November 1.5 Miles/3 Hours, starting at Ottawa Visitors Center. Easy Exercise. Visit 3-4 Saloons Local History & Libations (21+). Cocktails the Locals Love; History w/ a Twist of Lime. ...More Info
Cost: $30 (plus drinks & tip) Event Type: Nature
Ottawa Visitors Center
1028 LaSalle Street
Ottawa, IL 61350
815-434-2737
parkrun
Now - Dec. 31, 2019 , 9:00AM
parkrun (spelled with a small p) is the world's largest organized running activity, in which more than 1 million people participated last month alone. The weekly, free 5K run/jog/walk comes to Heritage Harbor, in Ottawa on June 10th. In the U.S., parkrun is spreading to the midwest, with arriving in Ottawa after openi...More Info
Cost: FREE Event Type: Sports/Recreation
Heritage Harbor Ottawa
2 Great Loop West
Ottawa, IL 61350
815-433-5000

 


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