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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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Pre-history on the Prairie: Archaeological Explorations at Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie
Now - Mar. 9, 2017 , 6:30pm
In August 2016, archaeologists and Midewin volunteers conducted archaeological investigations at the Middle Grant Creek site located within Midewin. The dig uncovered an interesting array of late prehistoric artifacts along with preserved plant and animal remains. Discover what was uncovered and learn about plans ...More Info
Event Type: Education/History
Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie
30239 South State Route 53
Wilmington, IL 60481
Wonders of Water Photo Contest
Now - Mar. 11, 2017
Wonders of Water, a Forest Preserve District of Will County photo contest highlighting the beauty and importance of Will County's waterways, will run through Saturday, March 11. Participants should photograph their favorite creeks, lakes, ponds and rivers and submit the pictures to the Forest Preserve District. Con...More Info
Cost: Free Event Type: Arts/Crafts Nature
Forest Preserves of Will County
17540 W. Laraway Road
Joliet, IL 60433
Now - Mar. 11, 2017 , Varies
"Water|Ways" is a traveling exhibit that examines the significance of water in the human experience from a wide variety of perspectives: historic, environmental, economic, political, artistic and more. For six weeks, the exhibit will be on display at the Forest Preserve District of Will County's Four Rivers Environment...More Info
Cost: Free Event Type: Education/History Nature Ongoing
Four Rivers Environmental Education Center
25055 W. Walnut Lane
Channahon, IL 60410
Freedom: A History of US
Now - Mar. 12, 2017
This traveling exhibition from the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History documents and illustrates critical figures and events while tracing the evolving concept of freedom from founding until 1968. Among the highlights are a rare 1776 printing of the Declaration of Independence, a printed draft and the official...More Info
Cost: Included with daily admission Event Type: Education/History
Naper Settlement
523 S. Webster Street
Naperville, IL 60540
Guided Winter Hikes
Now - Mar. 26, 2017 , 11:00am-2:00pm Saturday & Sunday December-March
Join us for a guided hike with the possibility of frozen waterfalls & Eagles from the lodge to LaSalle Canyon. Participants meet in the hotel lobby of the Lodge to pick up a snack and a "Starved Rock" backpack. After leaving LaSalle Canyon the hike continues to Eagles Cliff and Lover's Leap for the best view of the ma...More Info
Cost: $12.00 per person Event Type: Ongoing
Starved Rock Lodge
Routes 178 & 71
Utica, IL 61373
Bee a Beekeeper!:Introduction to Successful Beekeeping
Now - Mar. 28, 2017 , 6-8 p.m. Tuesdays
This Forest Preserve District of Will County offering will meet from 6-8 p.m. every Tuesday during the six-week course. Learn how to become a successful beekeeper from advanced beekeeper Mike Rusnak. For a preview of the workshop, read "The Backyard Beekeeper" by Kim Flottum. Books may be purchased at the nature center...More Info
Cost: $40 per person Event Type: Education/History Nature
Plum Creek Nature Center
27064 S. Dutton Road
Beecher, IL 60401
All U Can Eat Fish Fry
Now - Apr. 14, 2017
Big Fish Grille will be offering our annual All u can eat Fish Fry every Friday during lent. Friday March 3rd- April 14th. ...More Info
Event Type: Dining
Big Fish Grille
27425 S. Will Road
Wilmington, IL 60481
(815) 476-9331
Complimentary Tasting
Now - May. 26, 2017 , Thursdays and Saturdays 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Stop by on Thursdays and Saturdays (through May 26 and beginning again Sept 6) or Tuesdays and Saturdays (May 31-August 30) for complimentary tastings from 6 pm – 9 pm every week! We offer a different theme for each tasting. Wine, beer, wine & cheese, wine & desserts are a few of the tastings we've hosted. Vi...More Info
Event Type: Wine Tasting
Wine & Cheese by TCC
24104 W. Lockport Street
Plainfield, IL 60544
Ottawa's Old Town Farmers Market
Now - Sep. 3, 2017 , 8:00am - 12:30pm ...More Info
Cost: Free Event Type: Performing Arts
Washington Square Park
Jackson St
Ottawa, IL 61350


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