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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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Visit a Canyon with a Boat Ride
Now - Sep. 29, 2019 , 11:00AM & 12:30PM
Enjoy a trolley ride for a scenic, guided walk to one of our majestic canyons. The walk is less than a mile and will take about 45 minutes. The trolley will then take you to the Eagle I for a 1.5 hour boat ride on the picturesque Illinois River. This tour is not recommended for individuals with limited mobility. Canyon...More Info
Cost: $33.00 per person Event Type: Nature
Starved Rock Lodge and Conference Center
2688 East 875th Road
Oglesby, Il 61348
71st Annual Grundy County Corn Festival
Sep. 25, 2019 - Sep. 29, 2019
For more information visit www.cornfestival.org ...More Info
Event Type: Festivals Ongoing
Downtown Morris
Morris, Il 60450
The Wolves
Sep. 27, 2019 - Sep. 29, 2019 , Various Times
An indoor high school girls soccer team navigates big questions and wages tiny battles with all the vim and vigor of a pack of adolescent warriors. A Portrait of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness for nine American girls; facing the world with the utmost fortitude, they set an example of sisterhood. Amid the r...More Info
Cost: Various Event Type: Performing Arts
Philip Lynch Theatre
One University Parkway
Romeoville, Il 60446-2200
20th Annual Pumpkin Harvest Craft Show
Sep. 28, 2019 - Sep. 29, 2019 , Saturday 9:00AM-6:00PM | Sunday 9:00AM-5:00PM
Every year at Boggio's Orchard & Produce, we host a craft show for local crafters to show off their new crafts. This event is always held on the last weekend of September, and goes on from 9:00am-6:00pm Saturday and Sunday from 9:00am-5:00pm. With over 200 crafters, the craft show is a great place to find those fall de...More Info
Cost: $5.00 admission | 2 and under free Event Type: Arts/Crafts
Boggio's Orchard and Produce
12087 IL Highway 71
Granville, Il 61326
Fall MegaHike
Sep. 28, 2019 - Sep. 29, 2019 , 8:30AM & 9:00AM
Our Fall Mega Hike is a hike you won't want to miss! The hikes leave the Lodge at 8:30 & 9am both days. Lunch will be eaten halfway through the trek, around 1 & 1:30pm. We expect to return and conclude the hike at 4:30 & 5pm. You'll begin the day by boarding a Starved Rock trolley which will take you to the east end of...More Info
Cost: $37.00 per person Event Type: Nature
Starved Rock Lodge and Conference Center
2688 East 875th Road
Oglesby, Il 61348
Adult Painting Party with Lori McCarter
Sep. 29, 2019
Enjoy an afternoon of fun, creativity, and art. Your completed art work will go home with you that afternoon! ...More Info
Cost: yes Event Type: Arts/Crafts
William Reddick Mansion
100 W. Lafayette Street
Ottawa, Il 61350
Fall Craft & Vendor Show
Sep. 29, 2019
Come out and join for our Fall Craft & Vendor show! There will be a variety of Crafters, Vendors, Artisans, and food available! ...More Info
Event Type: Festivals
The Promenade Bolingbrook
631 E. Boughton Rd.
Bolingbrook, IL 60440
(630) 296-8350
Keg Tapping
Sep. 29, 2019 , 2:00PM
First 25 people get a souvenir stein glass. ...More Info
Event Type: Ale Trail
Starved Rock Lodge and Conference Center
2688 East 875th Road
Oglesby, Il 61348
Sand Casting Workshop
Sep. 29, 2019 , 3:00PM-7:00PM
*This is an off-site event.* Join Susan Burton at her Art Farm to create custom, one-of-a-kind garden art! Make your own Hypertufa Garden Art! THREE projects in one day! Mushrooms Leaves Moon or Star Garden Spirit Mask You decide on 3! You will experience molding techniques, mixing ingredients, and step b...More Info
Cost: $75 Event Type: Arts/Crafts
Open Space Art Gallery and Studios
223 W. Madison St.
Ottawa, Il 61350
Valley Carvers Woodcarving Expo
Sep. 29, 2019 , 9:00AM-4:00PM
See over 100 exhibits of woodcarving artists. Outside the Lodge, see chainsaw woodcarving in action. Raffles of woodcarvings and other items, too. Open to the public. Free admission. This program is partially funded by the Illinois Valley Fine Arts Trust. For more information, contact Abby McCangue at 815-433-5933. ...More Info
Cost: FREE Event Type: Nature
Starved Rock Lodge & Conference Center
2688 E. 873rd Road.
Oglesby, IL 61348
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
Historic Trolley September Tours
Now - Sep. 30, 2019 , Times Vary
June-October Tours: 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 th...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
OId Joliet Prison September Tours
Now - Sep. 30, 2019 , Thursday & Saturday 11:00AM & 2:00PM
The Old Joliet Prison is now open to the public! September Dates: Thursday, Saturday 11:00AM & 2:00PM Sunday 1:00PM Haunted Tours every Friday @ 6:00PM September 23-30 Haunted Tours everyday @ 6:00PM September 27th & 28th @ 8:00PM Pre-scheduled, guided tours are offered via the Joliet Area Historical Museum for...More Info
Cost: $15-$20 Event Type: Education/History Story Telling
Old Joliet Prison
1125 N. Collins Street
Joliet, Il 60432
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
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
Take a Hike & Lunch
Now - Oct. 27, 2019 , 11:00AM
Saturdays & Sundays 11am-1:30pm $18/person Group departs from the hotel lobby of the Lodge with a knowledgeable guide to see canyons and bluffs made from St. Peter's Sandstone. If you're part of a guided hike in the spring or early summer, there is a good possibility you will be able to see seasonal waterfalls. The ...More Info
Cost: $18.00 per person Event Type: Nature
Starved Rock Lodge and Conference Center
2688 East 875th Road
Oglesby, Il 61348
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
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
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
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
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
Woods Walk
Now - Nov. 30, 2019 , 8:00AM-8:00PM
Get out and get moving! It's the return of "Woods Walk"! Experience 10 of Will County's top-rated trails during their fall splendor. Trail lengths range from 1.5 to 4 miles, and each trail offers its own unique experience. Bring your binoculars, field guides and a camera. Trails provide great photo opportunities. You c...More Info
Cost: Free Event Type: Sports/Recreation Nature
Various Parks
(815) 727-8700
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


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