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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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Parks and Recreation

City amenities with expansive outdoor spaces is part of what make the I&M Canal Heritage Corridor a unique destination to play. Starved Rock State Park draws millions of visitors each year and several other nearby State Parks are easily accessible. Explore nature preserves such as Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie or navigate one of the many recreational waterways including the Illinois & Michigan Canal and Illinois River. Forest preserves, 61 miles of trails along the Canal, and serene riverside parks provide an oasis for those looking to get outside and enjoy the natural world.

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Billie Limacher Bicentennial Park and Theatre

On historic Bluff Street along the waterway downtown Joliet, the park features free summer concerts, lush grounds, outdoor bandshell and indoor theatr...Details

Community Park

Joliet
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Bolingbrook Park District

Providing over 2300 opportunities for recreation. Bolingbrook Park district is where the fun is!...Details

Outdoor Recreation

Bolingbrook
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Catlin Park

Catlin's 333 acres host 14 distinct trails plus numerous connector trails which course through the park's habitat, past various streams and ponds. The...Details

Community Park

Ottawa
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Forest Preserve District of Will County

Joliet Iron Works was once the biggest business in Joliet. Today, all that remains are the foundations of the blast furnaces, stoves, gas washers and ...Details

Outdoor Recreation

Joliet
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Fossil Rock Recreation Area

Seasonal monthly and weekend full hook-up. Full hook-up sites to primitive tenting. Beach, fishing, fossil hunting, playground, showers. Near racew...Details

Outdoor Recreation

Wilmington
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Gebhard Woods State Park/IDNR

Hikers, campers, picnickers, and canoeists frequent this 30-acre site, making it one of the state's most popular state parks. Fishing, boating and bi...Details

Outdoor Recreation

Morris
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Goose Lake Prairie Partners

Volunteer group providing educational programs, assistance and funds for the Goose Lake Prairie State Natural Area such as: annual activities, festiva...Details

Outdoor Recreation

Morris
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Historic Shabbona Park

Park History Rachel and Sylvia Hall had a tale to tell their grandchildren! It began with how their family was slaughtered and scalped by Indians in ...Details

Community Park

Earlville

I&M Canal/Illinois Department of Natural Resources

History buffs, nature lovers and sportsmen will thrill to the sights and sounds of the 96-mile route of the Illinois and Michigan Canal. Along its ban...Details

Outdoor Recreation

Morris
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KayakMorris.com

Less than 1 hour from Chicago. Providing unique Rentals / Float Trips / Guided Tours / Lessons and Sandy Beach Camping. Kayaks, Bikes and Canoes on ...Details

Outdoor Recreation

Morris
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Lockport Township Park District

38 parks and 19 facilities including Prairie Bluff Public Golf Club, Challenge Fitness, Chaney Pool and Heritage Falls Waterpark. Special events incl...Details

Outdoor Recreation

Lockport
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Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie

Larger than life! At 19,000 acres, Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie is huge in itself. Adjacent to the 4,200 acre Des Plaines Conservation Area a...Details

Outdoor Recreation

Wilmington
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Naper Settlement

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Outdoor Recreation

Naperville
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Naperville Park District

Naperville Park district offers 1400+ programs and events for all ages annually. Facilities include 140 parks, two golf courses, a historic aquatics f...Details

Outdoor Recreation

Naperville
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Old Joliet Prison Park

Discover the history of Joliet's most infamous prison. Old Joliet Prison Park is open to the public dawn to dusk daily and located just outside the Co...Details

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Joliet
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Run Starved Rock Country

Run Starved Rock Country is a non-profit organization that is bringing long-distance Road and Trail Races to the Starved Rock Country region. We are t...Details

Outdoor Recreation

Ottawa
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Spring Lake Nature Park

Open year-round sunrise until sunset. Discover 37.2 acres of city-owned natural land, including two creeks, a sandstone formation waterfall, trails...Details

Community Park

Streator
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