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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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Lockport's Central Square named one of Illinois' 200 "Great Places"

Lockport's Central Square was named one of Illinois' Great Places by the Illinois Council of The American Institute of Architects (AIA Illinois). The section is from 8th to 9th Street, Hamilton to Washington Street.

The announcement was made as part of National Architecture Week, which showcases the innovative and talented architects who’ve made positive contributions to society and coincides with the birthday week of the nation’s first president-architect, Thomas Jefferson, on April 12.

Lockport was designed to be the headquarters for the Illinois & Michigan Canal, therefore, Joseph Wampler, a survery for the I&M Canal Commisison placed State Street (its main road) within a half block, parallel to the Canal.  Many buildings in the area were built built with local limestone, a signature seen in the area.

The Lockport Historic District was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1975.

Lockport's Central Square joins the following other Heritage Corridor locations on the Illinois Great Places roster:

  • Starved Rock Lodge (Oglesby, IL)
  • Hegeler Carus Mansion (LaSalle, IL)
  • St. Columbia Catholic Church (Ottawa, IL)
  • Pioneer Gothic Church (Dwight, IL)
  • Livingston County Courthouse (Pontiac, IL)
  • Joliet Union Station (Joliet, IL)
  • Joliet High School (Joliet, IL)
  • The entire Illinois & Michigan Canal

All of the 200 Great Places are featured in a new website at illinoisgreatplaces.com and on a new Instagram account @ilgreatplaces.

Illinois State Museum - Lockport Gallery

Photo provided by the City of Lockport.