Where is the Heritage Corridor?
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.

Our Regions
Chicago Portage Area | Bolingbrook Area | Joliet Area
Morris Area | Starved Rock Area | Putnam County

Get Google Map
Home          Visitors          Planners          Members          Media          Contact Us          Jobs         
Upcoming Events Heritage Corridor Social Media Facebook Twiter Instagram YouTube Pintrest
Upcoming Events
The Great Outdoors
Heritage Corridor Outdoors
Thousands of acres of parks, waterways, trails and outdoor resources...READ MORE
Spotlight Broadway & Christmas

Guided Winter Hikes at Starved Rock

Chic, Geek, & Antique Holiday Sale

E-News Subscribe to receive our monthly specials, events and more! Enter your e-mail address today!

Subscribe Today!

Publications To Go!

Play: Attractions


Alive with history, culture and adventure, the I&M Canal Heritage Corridor is the perfect destination to play this weekend. Explore the historical significance of the Illinois & Michigan Canal through museums and park exhibits or take a cruise on a real Canal Boat complete with guides dressed in period clothing. Visit the Aviation Museum or learn about Native American life at Isle a la Cache Museum. Take to the open road and travel Illinois Route 66, the Lincoln Highway or Illinois River Road national scenic byways. Tour an expansive collection of murals, sculptures and mosaics in Joliet or take in the floral city of Ottawa, IL. The majestic Rialto Square Theatre attracts big-name musicians and comedians to its stage or one can attend concerts on the hill at Billie Limacher Bicentennial Park Joliet.

Miles of trails along the Illinois & Michigan Canal provide year-round opportunities for biking, hiking, cross country skiing and snowmobiling. Starved Rock, Buffalo Rock, Matthiessen and Channahon State Parks are easily accessible.

The area's golf courses offer a challenge for all skill levels - get a round in at renowned Bolingbrook Golf Club and Pine Hills (Ottawa) or any the other beautifully maintained courses. Experience the heart-pounding thrill of victory at Chicagoland Speedway, Route 66 Raceway and LaSalle Speedway. Harrah's Joliet and Hollywood Joliet Casinos combine the best in gaming, first-class dining, nightlife and entertainment.

Non-stop action and a jam-packed calendar of events and festivals - This is the place to play!

Venue Type City

Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery

The Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery was dedicated as the 117th national cemetery within the Depart...Details

General Attractions1514

View Website

Alter Brewing Company

In the burgeoning suburb of Downers Grove, three men with a passion for beer formed Alter Brewing Co...Details

General Attractions1499

Downers Grove
View Website

August Hill Winery & Illinois Sparkling Co.

August Hill Winery & Illinois Sparkling Co. in Downtown Utica is Starved Rock Country’s award wi...Details

General Attractions1587

View Website Available Map

Autobahn Country Club

The Autobahn Country Club in Joliet is the 4th longest road course in the United States. Drive your ...Details


View Website Available Map

Black Horizon Brewing Company

Black Horizon Brewing Company is a small nano-sized brewery in Willowbrook that features a variety o...Details

General Attractions1431

View Website

Boggio's Orchard and Produce

Boggio’s Orchard & Produce is a family-oriented owned orchard and produce. Their orchard includes fr...Details

General Attractions372

View Website Available Map


Bowlero is the bowling/dining/nightlife destination that's stirrin' up fun for everyone in the Chica...Details

General Attractions32

View Website Available Map

BuckleDown Brewing

BuckleDown Brewing is a small Craft Brewery making bold, flavorful beers in Lyons, Illinois. The tap...Details

General Attractions1564

View Website

Buffalo Range Shooting Park

Buffalo Range Shooting Park is centrally located near the Illinois River and historic Starved Rock S...Details

Recreational Sports1186

View Website

Bureau County Historical Society

The Bureau County Historical Society operates three museum buildings and a research library. Located...Details


View Website

Carbon Hill School Museum

The Carbon Hill School Museum is home to the Carbon Hill Historical Society. This original 1893 scho...Details


Carbon Hill
View Website

Cathedral Area Preservation Association of Joliet (CAPA)

The Cathedral Area Preservation Association of Joliet was formed in 1981 by concerned neighbors look...Details


View Website Available Map

Catlin Park

Catlin Park is a county park located in LaSalle County, Illinois. Catlin Park has 333 acres and is h...Details


View Website

Channahon Lanes

Channahon Lanes is your home for family fun and entertainment in Channahon, Illinois. Located in the...Details


View Website

Chicagoland Speedway

Chicagoland Speedway located in Joliet on historic Route 66, is one of the United States premier aut...Details

Car Racing574

View Website Available Map

Children's Museum in Oak Lawn

The Children’s Museum in Oak Lawn has a mission of positively impacting a child's potential in life ...Details


Oak Lawn
View Website

Columbia Woods (Forest Preserve District of Cook County)

Columbia Woods offers a relaxing place to fish and enjoy a picnic. Columbia Woods is part of the For...Details

Outdoor Recreation394

Willow Springs

Cornell Amity Township Museum

The Cornell Amity Township Museum contains an endless amount of Cornell, Illinois historical items. ...Details


View Website

Dollinger Family Farm

Dollinger Family Farm is the best place to celebrate fall, it is the family’s favorite season after ...Details

General Attractions404

View Website Available Map

Escape Hour Room

You have 60 minutes. Can you figure out the clues to escape High Noon or Unsportsmanlike Conduct? Th...Details

General Attractions1591

View Website

Four Rivers Environmental Education Center

Four Rivers Environmental Education Center is a model of green architecture, featuring a repurposed ...Details

General Attractions1512

View Website

Gemini Giant

The Gemini Giant is one of the biggest attractions located along the Mother Road of Route 66 at the ...Details

General Attractions1013


Grizzly Jack's Grand Bear Resort & Waterpark

Discover a magical family getaway just beyond the glow of Chicago at Grizzly Jack's Grand Bear Resor...Details

Water Parks1298

View Website Available Map

Grundy County Corn Festival

The Corn Festival is the cornerstone event in Grundy County. The 70th annual Grundy Corn Festival ki...Details

General Attractions415

View Website Available Map

Grundy County Historical Society and Museum

The Grundy County Historical Museum in Morris, Illinois is where history is collected, preserved and...Details


Available Map

Harrah's Joliet Casino & Hotel

Harrah’s Casino & Hotel is your entertainment headquarters along the Des Plaines River in pictur...Details

General Attractions422

View Website Available Map

Haunted Trails Entertainment Park & Picnic Groves

The Haunted Trails of Joliet is a unique, year-round “Halloween-themed” family entertainment center....Details

Amusement Parks424

View Website Available Map

Heap's Giant Pumpkin Farm

Heap’s Giant Pumpkin Farm is the place to visit in the fall. Located 8 miles west of I-55 in Minooka...Details

Outdoor Recreation1109

View Website

Hegeler Carus Mansion

The Hegeler Carus Mansion is a National Historic Landmark in LaSalle, Illinois (just a short drive f...Details


View Website Available Map

HellsGate Haunted House

Voted the Scariest in Illinois and #11 Scariest in the Nation, HellsGate Haunted House is the Chicag...Details

Amusement Parks1216

View Website

Heritage Harbor Ottawa

Every great adventure starts with a moment of discovery. Ideally situated just minutes from Starved ...Details

Events & Festivals525

View Website Available Map

Hickory Creek Brewing Company

Hickory Creek Brewing grows their own hops on their property -- Cascade, Willamette, and Centennial ...Details

General Attractions1475

New Lenox
View Website

Historic Shabbona Park

Shabbona Park is part of the Chicago Park District and sits on approximately 18.5 acres of land. Sha...Details



Hollywood Casino Joliet

The Hollywood Casino Joliet offers some of the best promotions in all of Chicagoland. Experience exc...Details

General Attractions575

View Website Available Map

Hornbaker Gardens, Inc.

The Hornbaker Gardens is a family owned and operated nursery located just 5 miles southeast of Princ...Details


View Website

Hume-Carnegie Museum

The Hume-Carnegie Museum hosts an extensive photographic collection depicting over 100 years of Mend...Details


View Website

Illinois Aviation Museum

The Illinois Aviation Museum at Bolingbrook is a group dedicated to advancing aviation and engineeri...Details


View Website Available Map

Illinois River Road

The heart of Illinois beats true and strong in the communities that make up the Illinois River Road ...Details

General Attractions1525


Illinois Rock & Roll Museum

Coming in 2019 the Illinois Rock & Roll Museum on Route 66 is an organization created to honor a...Details


View Website

Illinois Route 66 Hall of Fame & Museum

Get a complete Route 66 Experience all under one roof! The Route 66 Association of Illinois Hall of...Details


View Website

Illinois Route 66 Scenic Byway

Route 66 defined a remarkable era in our nation’s history and it lives on today in Illinois’ Route 6...Details

General Attractions327

View Website Available Map

Illinois Waterway Visitor Center

This Visitor Center is located across the Illinois River from Starved Rock State Park, offering a gr...Details

General Attractions446

View Website Available Map

Joliet Area Historical Museum

The Joliet Area Historical Museum, in downtown Joliet, offers history buffs with a chance to relive ...Details


View Website Available Map

Joliet Iron Works Historic Site

The 52-acre Joliet Iron Works Historic Site is part of the Forest Preserve District of Will County a...Details


View Website

LaSalle County Historical Society

The LaSalle County Historical Society campus is located on the banks of the historic I&M Canal a...Details


View Website Available Map

Lemont Area Historical Society

The Lemont Area Historical Society is a national landmark listed on the National Register of Histori...Details


View Website

Lockport Area Genealogical & Historical Society

The Lockport Area Genealogical & Historical Society is dedicated to preserving the history of Lockpo...Details


View Website Available Map

Matthiessen State Park

Matthiessen State Park is an Illinois state park located a few miles south of the more famous Starve...Details

General Attractions1251


Mendota Museum & Historical Society

Mendota Museum & Historical Society's mission is to promote the preservation of the history of Mendo...Details


View Website Available Map

Metal Monkey Brewing

Metal Monkey Brewing is a micro-brewery in Romeoville, Illinois. Their tap room has seating for over...Details

General Attractions1545

View Website

Midwest Classics on 66

Midwest Classics on 66 is located on historic Route 66 in Wilmington, Illinois. This classic car mus...Details


View Website

Midwest SOARRING Foundation

Midwest SOARRING Foundation preserves Mother Earth, and the rich traditions of the ancestors. Midwes...Details


View Website Available Map

Mix's Trading Post & Utica Electric Bike Rentals

Mix's Trading Post & Utica Electric Bike Rentals is located in North Utica, Illinois. Before hea...Details

Ground Tours1285

View Website

Naper Settlement

Naper Settlement is a family-friendly outdoor history museum in Downtown Naperville featuring 12 acr...Details


View Website Available Map

National Heritage Corridor Visitors Center: Civic Center Authority

The National Heritage Corridor Visitors Center: Civic Center Authority provides travelers with map a...Details


Bedford Park
View Website Available Map

Ottawa Historical and Scouting Heritage Museum

The Ottawa Historical and Scouting Heritage Museum is dedicated to the preservation of the history o...Details


View Website Available Map

Pollyanna Brewing Company

Pollyanna Brewing Company in Lemont, Illinois, experiments with local fruits and spices, seasonal la...Details

General Attractions1023

View Website

Putnam County Historical Society

The Putnam County Historical Society hosts an annual agriculture museum open house in August. The mu...Details


View Website Available Map

Raging Waves Waterpark

Raging Waves Waterpark in Yorkville is Illinois’ largest waterpark that sits on 45 acres. Raging Wav...Details

Amusement Parks659

View Website Available Map

River Hawk Brewery

River Hawk Brewery is a local brewery and taproom in Channahon, Illinois that features hand crafted ...Details

General Attractions1409

View Website

Riverfront Lanes

Riverfront Lanes are your home for family fun and entertainment in the Route 66 town of Wilmington. ...Details


View Website

Seneca Historical Guild

The purpose of the Seneca Historical Guild is to bring people together interested in history, and es...Details

Historic Site1281

View Website

Skeleton Key Brewery

Skeleton Key Brewery is a micro and craft brewery incubator in Woodridge, Illinois. Skeleton Key Bre...Details

General Attractions1473

View Website

Skydive Chicago

Skydive Chicago is located off of I-80 in Ottawa, Illinois (in Starved Rock Country) and nestled on ...Details

Outdoor Recreation920

View Website

Spirit Farms

Spirit Farms is a diverse, modern farming operation located in the heart of Illinois farm country in...Details

General Attractions572

View Website Available Map

Spirit of Peoria

The Spirit of Peoria is one of the nation’s overnight paddlewheelers. Hop aboard the Spirit of Peori...Details

General Attractions42

View Website Available Map

Spring Lake Nature Park

Spring Lake Nature Park in Streator, Illinois is 37.2 acres of natural land. The park includes two c...Details


View Website

St. James at Sag Bridge

St. James at Sag Bridge was founded in 1833 and is the sole country parish of the Archdiocese of Chi...Details

Historic Site999

View Website

Starved Rock Lodge and Conference Center

Plan a relaxing vacation and stay at the only hotel in the middle of Starved Rock State Park. Stay i...Details

Outdoor Recreation967

View Website Available Map

Starved Rock State Park

Starved Rock State Park is a world apart from anything else in Illinois. From the minute you wind yo...Details

General Attractions1250

View Website

The Gaylord Building

The Gaylord Building has been a landmark since 1838, and played a vital role in one of the great ent...Details

General Attractions831

View Website Available Map

The Launching Pad Drive-In

The Launching Pad Restaurant on Route 66 is most known for the 30-foot tall spaceman, The Gemini Gia...Details

General Attractions1592

View Website

Two Cell Jail

Gardner, IL's Two-Cell Jail built in 1906, is a popular photo spot on Route 66. It has been restored...Details

General Attractions1521


Weber House and Garden

The Weber House & Garden, is located south of Chicago near Starved Rock State Park and sits on 2...Details


View Website Available Map

Westclox Museum

The Westclox Museum in Peru, Illinois presents visitors with a history of the Western Clock Company,...Details


View Website

Will County Historical Museum and Research Center

The building was the administrative offices of the waterway for the I&M Canal, in 1972 it was re...Details


View Website

William Reddick Mansion

Historically important and architecturally unique, the Reddick Mansion anchors Washington Square, th...Details


View Website Available Map

Wilmington Area Historical Society & Museum

History comes alive at the Wilmington Area Historical Society & Museum. The Wilmington Area Historic...Details


View Website

Zip Chicago

Zip Chicago Canopy Tours located in Marseilles, Illinois, is one of the highest, longest, tours in I...Details

Outdoor Recreation1098

View Website

Related Articles: