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Celebrate Pride with these events

06/07/2023 by  
Pride Month is officially here! Not only do we dedicate this month to celebrating and commemorating the LGBTQ+ community, but we also dedicate this month to the Stonewall Riots in 1969. If you're still figuring out what events to participate in, don't worry. Here are...READ MORE

The Rhythm & BBQ Fest is Back

06/06/2023 by  
The Morris BBQ Association presents its 2nd annual Rhythm & BBQ Festival! This Father's Day weekend, plan a trip to Goold Park in Morris, IL, Saturday, June 17th, from 10 am - 6 pm to enjoy a day of live music, friendly competition, awards, and mouth-watering ba...READ MORE

La Salle's Biggest Party is back

06/06/2023 by  
La Salle's biggest party is back! Enjoy an evening of games and activities starting Thursday, June 22nd, through Sunday, June 25th. With each day offering something different, this is the perfect event to bring your family and friends. Whether you enjoy creating art, lis...READ MORE

Starved Rock State Park selected as a 2023 Leave No Trace Spotlight

05/30/2023 by  
   1 of 20 Sites, Nationwide, Chosen for Community Conservation Initiative The Leave No Trace organization has selected Starved Rock State Park as a 2023 Spotlight site. As outdoor areas all over the country are being impacted by record use, this new initiati...READ MORE

Weekly Beer Releases

Heritage Corridor Ale Trail Beer Releases: Week of May 26, 2023

05/26/2023 by  
  Want to get these updates in your email?  Sign up for the Ale Trail newsletter.   New Releases & Old Favorites RT66 Old School Brewing Wilmington, IL Teacher Off Duty Toasted Coconut Pear Wheat RT66 Old Schoo...READ MORE

Throw down this Father's Day at Q on Canal

05/25/2023 by  
Throw down with some BBQ this Father's Day at Q on Canal in Lemont along Canal Street. This family-friendly event is the perfect way to spend Father's Day with food and games for Dads and kids alike. Enjoy menu items from Lemont's best restaurants and bars, ...READ MORE

Ottawa 2 Rivers Wine Fest Back Again!

05/23/2023 by  
Get out, and enjoy a weekend getaway surrounded by wine, good weather, and even better company. The Ottawa 2 Rivers Wine Fest is just around the corner, and trust us when we say you do not want to miss out. The festival will take place; Friday, June 2nd, from ...READ MORE

Star Wars Day is Back

05/23/2023 by  
Returning for the 12th year, Star Wars Day is back! Join the fun Saturday, June 3rd from 11am - 4pm at the Joliet Public Library - Ottawa Street Branch. Returning this year will be a parade of costued characters, games, food vendors, Artist and Author Alley, and merch vendor...READ MORE

Family Fun at the 37th Annual Cabin Festival

05/22/2023 by  
On Saturday, June 3, 2021, take part in the 37th Annual Cabin Festival at Goose Lake Prairie State Natural Area. This day was created to honor the pioneers who moved into the area in the 1830s. From 10 AM to 3 PM, gather your family and enjoy a full day of fun for free! W...READ MORE

The Official Destination of National Road Trip Day is Pontiac!

05/22/2023 by  
National Road Trip Day 2023 is this Friday, May 26th and the Official Destination is Pontiac, IL! The Friday before Memorial Day is declared National Road Trip Day and serves as the official kickoff of the summer road trip season. Millions of Americans hit the road e...READ MORE

Plan the Perfect Getaway at Kishauwau Cabins

05/19/2023 by  
Plan your perfect getaway at Kishauwau Cabins for the weekend. With 17 cabins and over 60 acres of land, this special place is perfect for a romantic escape or family vacation. In addition to being located near Starved Rock, Kishuawau Cabins also offers many packages and spe...READ MORE

Weekly Beer Releases

Heritage Corridor Ale Trail Beer Releases: Week of May 19, 2023

05/16/2023 by  
  New Releases - Coming Soon Want to get these updates in your email?  Sign up for the Ale Trail newsletter.   New Releases & Old Favorites Pollyanna Brewing Lemont, IL Lemont 150 Euro Pale Lager - 4.8% Thi...READ MORE

Soar High during Kites in Flight

05/15/2023 by  
Get ready to soar high during the Kites in Flight Fest in Ottawa, IL. This two-day event, held from 11 am-5 pm on May 20th and 21st, is open to all ages and will feature kite demonstrations from the Chicago Kite Company. You might see giant fish, giant astrona...READ MORE

Celebrate the 12th Annual New Orleans North event

05/15/2023 by  
Plan a day in Joliet to celebrate the 12th annual New Orleans North event. This Mardi Gras-style music event will happen on Friday, June 2nd, from 5 - 11 PM in Downtown Joliet. This New Orleans event will feature bands, beer tents, food, and street entertainme...READ MORE

Weekly Beer Releases

Heritage Corridor Ale Trail Beer Releases: Week of May 12, 2023

05/12/2023 by  
  New Releases - Coming Soon Want to get these updates in your email?  Sign up for the Ale Trail newsletter.   New Releases & Old Favorites Tangled Roots Brewing Co. Lockport, IL & Ottawa, IL The Last Mile Tang...READ MORE

Heritage Corridor Ale Trail Breweries Win Big at 2023 World Beer Cup®!

05/11/2023 by  
Massive congratulations to Noon Whistle Brewing and Pollyanna Brewing & Distilling on their awards at the 2023 World Beer Cup® Awards in Nashville on May 10th! The World Beer Cup® is “the most prestigious beer competition in the world, hel...READ MORE

Come Jam at the Rusty Wheel Circle Jam

05/09/2023 by  
Bring your friends and family and jam on the third Sunday of the month (May 21st) during Rusty Wheel Circle Jam at the Eagle Performing Arts & Conference Center in Pontiac. Rusty Wheel Circle Jam will consist of a group of musicians playing traditiona...READ MORE

National Travel and Tourism Week

05/09/2023 by  
   This year marks the 40th anniversary of the National Travel and Tourism Week (NTTW)! The annual celebration of the contributions of the U.S. travel industry spotlights the essential role that travel plays in driving economic growth and innovation. This year&#...READ MORE

Opening Reception at NCI ARTworks

05/08/2023 by  
NCI Artworks will be hosting an opening reception for the photgraphic work of Paula Guttila and Shanna Dugan, Friday, May 12 from 6:00PM to 9:00PM in the west wing of the Westclox buiding. This month long reception is free and welcome to all.  Paula Guttilla is a pro...READ MORE

Weekly Beer Releases

Heritage Corridor Ale Trail Beer Releases: Week of May 5, 2023

05/05/2023 by  
  New Releases - Coming Soon Want to get these updates in your email?  Sign up for the Ale Trail newsletter.   New Releases Miskatonic Brewing Co. Darien, IL Dungeon Master: Mantrap Strawberry Shortcake Imperial Stout ...READ MORE

Starved Rock Country Welcome Center & Illinois Made Gift Shoppe

05/03/2023 by  
    Featuring gifts from Illinois artisans, makers and attractions. 248 W. Canal Street, North Utica, IL   Open 12:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. every day!   Featuring items from makers in the Illinois Made program:   Fine Field Potte...READ MORE

Live Music with the best view

05/03/2023 by  
Live music is back at Starved Rock Lodge. Enjoy live music with a great view and outdoor dining every Friday and select Saturdays from 8 PM - 11 PM. Whether you enjoy classical rock, country, or the blues, you surely will enjoy listening to these talented musicians. The firs...READ MORE

Heritage Corridor Brings Home $1.6 Million Route 66 Grant

05/02/2023 by  
Heritage Corridor Destinations, in coordination with more than a dozen municipalities, has been awarded a $1.6 million grant under the Route 66 Grant Program administered by the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO...READ MORE

Kick Off the Taco Trail with Salsa Fest

05/01/2023 by  
Kick off the start of the Joliet Taco Trail at Salsa Fest. Head to Downtown Joliet on Friday, June 9th, for a night of free salsa tastings, unique menu items, margarita trucks, and salsa dancing. The purpose of this event is not only to celebrate the taco trai...READ MORE

Princeton's Summer Street Concerts

05/01/2023 by  
Get up and dance during the Summer Street Concerts Down on Main in Princeton, IL. Grab your friends, family, and lawn chair for an evening of live music and food trucks beginning at 6:00 PM. The concerts will be located on South Main St, between Peru St & Marion St. Admi...READ MORE

Celebrate Mother's Day

05/01/2023 by  
  Mother's Day is around the corner, and although many of us may purchase a gift from our local store, we would still like to do more. This Mother's Day, take Mom out to an event or activity. Whether it's shopping, hiking, or dining, there's ...READ MORE

Jacob Henry Mansion Matinee Series

04/25/2023 by  
Full of rich history and constructed with Joliet limestone, the Jacob Henry Mansion is known throughout Joliet by its striking, historic atmosphere. View the unique architecture while eating lunch or enjoy a one-of-a-kind show during dinner.  When visiting ...READ MORE

Route 66 Red Carpet Corridor Festival

04/24/2023 by  
  Celebrate the 16th Annual Illinois Route 66 Red Carpet Corridor Festival on May 6th & 7th, 2023. This two-day festival emphasizes family fun on one of the most famous two-way highway in America - Route 66. This annual festival invites everyone to expe...READ MORE

Celebrate the 3rd Annual Antiquin' Weekend

04/18/2023 by  
Join the LaSalle County Historical Society for the 3rd Annual Antiquin' Weekend held on April 29-30, 2023.  We will have many different vendors selling their vintage and antique items in and around our LCHS Canal Market!  Don't forget to shop the other g...READ MORE

Celebrate Independent Bookstore Day with Prairie Fox Books

04/17/2023 by  
Celebrate the 10th Anniversary of Independent Bookstore Day at Prairie Fox Books in Ottawa. Independent Bookstore Day (IBD) is celebrated every year to highlight to uniqueness and independence each of these stores have. Every party is different. In addition to the many ...READ MORE

Ale Trail Nights with the Heritage Corridor

04/11/2023 by  
The Heritage Corridor Ale Trail is back and in full effect! It’s time to take an adventure through the Corridor and explore our wonderful breweries with some of the best tasting beer! We are excited to get you set up for the 2023 passport so that you can win ...READ MORE

Fulfill Your Sweet Tooth at Utica's Sweet Stroll

04/10/2023 by  
If you have a sweet tooth, then all your dreams are about to come true! Casually stroll the streets of Utica as you try some of the tastiest treats in town on April 29, 2023 from 11am - 5pm. From cupcakes, ice cream, popcorn, candy, boozy shots and more! Support the loca...READ MORE

Four new members appointed to Heritage Corridor Destinations Board of Directors

04/06/2023 by  
We welcomed four new members to our leadership team at the March Board of Directors meeting in Morris. Current Board Chair, Lemont Economic & Community Development Director Jason Berry, commented, It's an exciting time to be part of Heritage Corridor Destinations,...READ MORE

Meet Abraham Lincoln

04/04/2023 by  
What better way to learn history than actually being there? Travel back to 1848 as Illinois Congressman Abraham Lincoln salutes the opening of the I&M Canal. This free, 45-minute outdoor program will take place at three locations throughout the day and is the first event...READ MORE

175th Anniversary Old Catholic Mass

04/04/2023 by  
Travel to St. James at Sag Bridge to attend Old Catholic Mass Wednesday, April 12 at 3pm. Catholic Mass will be celebrated by Pere Jacques Marquette and S.J. at St. James at Sag Bridge. There will be a reception to follow in the parish hall. Other events ce...READ MORE

Celebrate the 175th Anniversary of the I&M Canal

03/28/2023 by  
Celebrate the 175th Anniversary of the I&M Canal. April marks the beginning of the year-long celebration in honor of the I&M Canal. This month will feature special events and activities that span the 60 communities in the I&M Canal National Heritage Area. Here ar...READ MORE

Grants Available for Heritage Corridor Members

03/24/2023 by  
  Back 2 Business Small Business Recovery Grants The Back to Business (B2B) grant program provides recovery grants for businesses in the hardest-hit industries. Eligible restaurants, hotels and creative arts businesses are eligible to apply for $175 million in ...READ MORE

Princeton & Utica Named Best Small Towns In Illinois For A Weekend Escape

03/24/2023 by  
We're thrilled to announce that both Princeton & Utica, IL have made the World Atlas list of best small towns in Illinois for a weekend escape! Though we know better, they call these destinations "undiscovered gems." The towns featured boast vibrant do...READ MORE

National Cocktail Day!

03/22/2023 by  
What do you call an alcoholic drink consisting of a spirit or several spirits mixed with other ingredients, such as fruit, lemonade, or cream? If you guessed, A Cocktail, then you’re right! National Cocktail Day is Friday, March 24, and we would love to share with ...READ MORE

Become One With Nature For Earth Day

03/20/2023 by  
Earth Day this year is Saturday, April 22 and after a cold winter, we are all ready to get out and embrace Mother Nature. Below are some tips of how you can celebrate Earth Day in the Heritage Corridor. Starved Rock State Park Information about all events at Star...READ MORE

Easter Around the Corridor

03/20/2023 by  
  Easter is right around corner and if you’re looking for plans to do with your family, we have some ideas that’ll be perfect for you. And don’t worry about cooking a full Easter dinner, cater your spread at one of our local restaurants, so you can ...READ MORE

The Forge: Lemont Quarries wins Best Adventure Park

03/20/2023 by  
Congratulations to the Forge Parks for winning Best Adventure Course in Best of the Midwest Awards. Just southwest of Chicago, the Forge: Lemont Quarries offers a variety of outdoor activities ranging from zipline, laser-tag, rock climbing, axe throwing, and more! Whether yo...READ MORE

Plan your Spring around the Corridor

03/16/2023 by  
  The road is calling! Hop in the car and see what Spring in the Heritage Corridor has in store for you. From The First Hundred Miles of Route 66 to the charming towns along the I&M Canal and out to Starved Rock Country, Heritage Corridor Destinations has endless...READ MORE

Plan a Trip to Joliet like a Pro

03/15/2023 by  
Joliet is home to many entertainment venues, events, and restaurants. After or even before a show, it may be overwhelming to choose which restaurant to grab some grub. To make it easier, here are a few options for dinner and drinks.  Chicago Street Pub A stapl...READ MORE

Win the Forge Explorer Season Pass

03/13/2023 by  
To celebrate their opening day on March 18th and the launch of their new Explorer Season Pass, the Forge: Lemont Quarries will host a sweepstake to give one lucky winner a 2023 season pass. From archery and axe throwing to digital scavenger hunts and laser tag...READ MORE

Romeoville, Lockport, Morris, Marseilles, and Ottawa Receive Grants

03/13/2023 by  
Romeoville & Lockport were recently selected to receive Energy Transition Community Grants from DCEO. These grants are an initiative under the Climate and Equitable Jobs Act (CEJA) that provides funding for communities that have been impacted by fossil fuel plant or coal...READ MORE

Old Joliet Prison Tours

03/04/2023 by  
Tours at the Old Joliet Prison are OPEN for the season! Built in the 1850's with Joliet limestone, the Prison house infamous criminals both in real life and in movies/TV. Take one of their sheduled tours, or opt for a self-guided tour where you can walk arou...READ MORE

Will County Triple Crown Challenge

03/02/2023 by  
If you are an avid explorer of nature, then look no further. The Will County Triple Crown Challenge is sure to keep you active. Embrace the challenge of hiking the three longest trails in Will County. Hike the 22-mile Wauponesee Glacial Trail, 14 miles of...READ MORE

Summer Sunset Concert Series

03/01/2023 by  
The highly-anticipated Summer Concert Series is here! This summer, enjoy a concert every Friday at the Hegeler Carus Mansion. Each show will feature a different artist and music style. This concert series will keep you entertained and may help add to your music playlist...READ MORE

The Emerald Apple is at August Hill Winery!

02/27/2023 by  
There are numerous ways to celebrate St. Patrick's Day. The most common ways to celebrate are by attending parades or festivals. At many of these events, beer is the item of choice for many individuals, being one of the most consumed items on St. Patrick's Day. If yo...READ MORE

St. Patrick's Day events in the Joliet Area!

02/27/2023 by  
St. Patrick's Day is always a widely celebrated holiday. Not only do we feast, party, and attend parades, but we also recognize this day as an important event in history, when we commemorate Saint Patrick and the arrival of Christianity into Ireland, and the history and ...READ MORE

fForest Fest is back in Morris!

02/23/2023 by  
fForest Fest is back in Morris, IL! The festival will take place Saturday, June 3rd, 2023, in Goold Park from 10:00 am - 8 pm. This festival is put on by True North and the I&M Canal Cleanup Coalition (IMC3), a non-profit focused on cleaning up and caring ...READ MORE

Train to Headline Friday Night of the Taste of Joliet

02/15/2023 by  
The Joliet Park District just announced that the 5-time platinum band Train is coming to the Taste of Joliet on June 23rd, 2023! The San Francisco pop rock band found mainstream success with their debut album Train in 1998. Their 2001 al...READ MORE

Lockport Restaurant Week

02/14/2023 by  
Explore all the many flavors from Lockport’s Restaurant Week, beginning February 27th – March 12th, 2023. Experience something new and expand your taste palette with restaurants in Lockport. Nik & Ivy Brewing Offering: 2 pints ($7 value or less...READ MORE

Westclox Metaphysical & Wellness Fair

02/14/2023 by  
Being healthy mentally or physically is crucial to a happy life. Although many of us support healthy practices and emphasize wellness, we always don't know which route to take when it comes to our health. The Westclox Metaphysical and Wellness Fair is intended to educate...READ MORE

Patti LaBelle is coming to Joliet's Rialto Square Theatre!

02/11/2023 by  
The Rialto Square Theatre just announced that the legendary Patti LaBelle is coming to Joliet on May 19th, 2023! Beautiful simply does not describe the incomparable force known to the world as Patti LaBelle. As time continues to evolve, the soulful songbird...READ MORE

Happy National Wildlife Day!

02/09/2023 by  
National Wildlife Day occurs on February 22nd. On this day, we are reminded to step back, relax, take a deep breath, and admire all the things that surround our communities. Beyond the concrete are beautiful landscapes, relaxing atmospheres, and lively animals. During t...READ MORE

Joliet, IL listed among 15 safest cities in the U.S.

02/08/2023 by  
Finance site MoneyGeek published a ranking of the 15 safest cities in America recently, and Joliet made the list at #8! Joliet, the seat of Will County, is full of history, culture, shopping and great sporting activities. Start exploring with a visit to the Joliet Ar...READ MORE

Starved Rock Lodge, Jacob Henry Mansion, & The Barn at Hornbaker Gardens named The Knot Best of Weddings 2023!

02/07/2023 by  
Congratulations to Starved Rock Lodge & Conference Center, The Jacob Henry Mansion Estate, & The Barn at Hornbaker Gardens for being selected as 2023 ­­winners of The Knot Best of Weddings! To determine the winners, The Knot analyzed millions of ...READ MORE

Affordable, Iconic Wedding Ceremony and Reception Locations

02/06/2023 by  
We’ve all been to weddings, and when it comes time to tie the knot – you want your wedding to be memorable (and better than the ceremonies you have attended in the past!). You want your guests to look back on your special day saying “That was an amazin...READ MORE

A Six Pack To Go!

02/06/2023 by  
History buffs, this is your time! Visitors to LaSalle County, IL will have a unique oppurtunity to visit six local museums, historical societies and a historic mansion at a very special bargain price. This passport may be purchased at any of the six venues, and the pric...READ MORE

Enjoy the outdoors this Valentine's Season

01/31/2023 by  
Valentine’s Day is around the corner! As you’re planning reservations and activities, choosing the right one can sometimes be difficult. The classic dinner on Valentine’s Day is always a good choice, but don’t just limit yourself to one...READ MORE

Starved Rock Annual Art Show

01/31/2023 by  
Calling all artists, enthusiasts, and admirers! The Starved Rock Annual Art Show is back! Whether you’re a novice, casual, or expert artist, this show is the perfect place to view beautiful artwork. Although it might be too late to submit your own nature-inspired artwo...READ MORE

History paired with Entertainment

01/31/2023 by  
  Museums offer us a chance to learn rich history and view artifacts. Not only does the Joliet Area Historical Museum offer an in-deph look into the Joliet area's history, but they also host events to keep you entertained. From live music &...READ MORE

Sled Dog Demonstration 2023

01/20/2023 by  
Whether it's warm or cold, Starved Rock State Park has many events and activities to keep you entertained. If you are a lover of nature and animals, then Starved Rock is the perfect place to visit. Mark your calendars now for Sunday, February 5th for ...READ MORE

Join Cupid on his Quest

01/18/2023 by  
Cupid has been shopping in Downtown, Joliet and needs your help. Each of his arrows has an item on his shopping list written down, but he lost all his arrows! Join Cupid and his quest to find all his arrows before the end of Valentine's Day. Print out the game card ...READ MORE

Try New Menu Items

01/17/2023 by  
SAVE THE DATES! The 2nd Annual LHG Test Kitchen Week is January 20-26, 2023. The event is presented by the Heritage Corridor Business Alliance, the Chamber of Commerce representing Lemont and Homer Glen, IL. Participating restaurants will have updated menu items availab...READ MORE

Gigantar Sculpture Headed to Joliet

01/12/2023 by  
The Illinois Rock and Roll Museum on Route 66 is about to get a gigantic delivery! As part of the $1.5 million IL DCEO Route 66 Grant that Heritage Corridor Destinations was awarded last year, a giant guitar sculpture was commissioned from the artist Shannon MacDonald. Th...READ MORE

Volunteer this Martin Luther King Jr Day

01/10/2023 by  
One of the best ways to commemorate Martin Luther King Jr Day is through volunteering. This year, go out and make a difference in your community on Monday, January 16th.  Forest Preserve District of Will County Location: Rock Run Preserve - Black Road Acce...READ MORE

New Year, New Brand

01/03/2023 by  
Cheers to the New Year! We are proud to debut our new name and logo - Heritage Corridor Destinations! "By adding Destinations to our name, it allows us to focus on our product pillars of Starved Rock Country, The First Hundred Miles of Route 66 and the I&M Canal ...READ MORE

Downtown Lemont Ice & Light Fest

01/03/2023 by  
Bring in the New Years with Lemont and celebrate their 150th Anniversary. On January 21st, Downtown Lemont will host their 3rd annual Ice and Lights Fest from 3:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. Enjoy an afternoon of ice, lights, and family fun in historic Downtown Lem...READ MORE

Flock to the Rock: Winter Challenge 2023

01/03/2023 by  
Winter may seem grueling, but there is no doubt that the displays and sights of winter are a thing of beauty. One of the most beautiful places to visit in the midwest is Starved Rock Country. With so much to do and see, the temperatue will be the last thing you notice. ...READ MORE

Looking for Lincoln Scavenger Hunt 2023

12/30/2022 by  
  Illinois is rich in history, espcially when it deals with Honest Abe. On your visit to Illinois, take a journey through all the towns Lincoln once visited in the Looking for Lincoln Scavenger Hunt. On this hunt, you will get first hand experience to Lincoln'...READ MORE

Mark Illinois as your next trip

12/29/2022 by  
January 31st is National Plan for Vacation Day! Celebrated annually on the last Tuesday of January, NPVD is a day to encourage people to plan their vacation days for the whole year at the beginning of the year. Not only does NPVD inspire us to explore the USA, but it al...READ MORE

Calling all Wine Enthusiasts

12/20/2022 by  
In our previous blog, we discussed memberships of the Ale Trail. This week, we wanted to focus on something different. That is why we have compiled a list of wineries/wine bars of the Heritage Corridor. Many locations not only offer great wine, but also host events and live ...READ MORE

Don't miss out on activities due to the cold

12/19/2022 by  
Outdoor activites are great, but not when the temperatures drop! But you don't have to sit at home bored - we rounded up fun indoor activities to keep your warm and entertained this winter. Whether you want to learn about wildlife from your couch, hear live&...READ MORE

Congratulations to all 2022 Readers' Choice Awards

12/15/2022 by  
Congratulations to these Heritage Corridor members who were recognized by Herald-News readers as the Best of Will County 2022! FAMILY / SPECIALTY / HOBBY Axe Factor Throwing "One of the best" - Family Recreation Illinois Rock & Roll Museum on R...READ MORE

Entertaining events to bring in the New Years

12/12/2022 by  
The holidays are near, which means the new year is almost upon us! This calls for a time of celebration with family and friends. While your're thinking of places to celebrate New Year's Eve, here are a couple events to help you plan!  New Year's Eve ...READ MORE

Stay Active this Winter

12/09/2022 by  
It may be cold out, but that doesn't mean you have to stay indoors to have fun. For all you outdoorsy enthusiasts, there's tons of oppurtunities to get out and enjoy the beautiful atmosphere that nature has to offer during the winter. Grab your coat and get...READ MORE

Ale Trail Loyalty Clubs

12/08/2022 by  
PSA to all beer enthusiasts: Joining brewery loyalty clubs can make your beer drinking even more rewarding, all year long! Members get access to apparel, discounts, first-dibs, and invitations to exclusive events. Here are a few for you to consider... Before you go: sign ...READ MORE

Ottawa Lights

View the Lights in Starved Rock Country

11/30/2022 by  
The holidays just aren't the same without lights! While you're out with family and friends, make sure to check some of the beautiful lighting displays in Starved Rock Country. Grab your camera and create memories that will last a lifetime. Ottawa De...READ MORE

Create memories during Lemont's Hometown Holiday Event

11/30/2022 by  
  Take a stroll through Downtown Lemont and enjoy the holiday display. There will be loads of dazzling lights nuzzled against family-owned shops, restaurants, taverns, and breweries. Now is the perfect time to capture photos of this Winter Wonderland. The display wil...READ MORE

Home for the Holidays

11/29/2022 by  
With the many events happening during the holidays, it can be difficult to choose something. Do you want to catch a classic Christmas movie with friends and family? Experience a stage performance like no other? Take the family out to pictures with Santa? No matter the e...READ MORE

Bounce Back into the Holiday Spirit

11/18/2022 by  
  The most wonderful time of year is here. The holidays are fast approaching, and it's time for lights! While you’re out searching for your holiday gifts, take a detour and enjoy these holiday events around the Heritage Corridor.    ...READ MORE

Hey, you! Take a Hike!

11/17/2022 by  
November 17 is National Take a Hike day.  And in Illinois’ Heritage Corridor, there are plenty of places for you to take that hike. STARVED ROCK STATE PARK Picturesque sandstone canyons, lush trees, and the occasional waterfall if you are visiting after a ...READ MORE

Find the Perfect Holiday Market for Your Shopping!

11/15/2022 by  
There are countless holiday markets happening around the Heritage Corridor this winter season. From Christkindl to Chris Kringle to Christmas Market, you'll find the perfect place to shop and celebrate the season. Ottawa, IL - Chris Kringle Market Dates: November 2...READ MORE

Leave the Thanksgiving Cooking to the Professionals

11/10/2022 by  
It has been a long year. Relax this Thanksgiving and leave the cooking to the culinary artists from the restaurants of the Heritage Corridor. Each restaurant is unique and offers their own style of food. Whether you choose to dine-in or pick-up a tasty dinner, our restaurant...READ MORE

Museums From Around the Corridor

07/18/2022 by  
Around the Heritage Corridor Region there is so much rich history from the I&M Canal, Along Route 66 and in the Starved Rock Country area. You can explore many of our historic areas while learning a thing or two about Lincoln and his great debates, Wild Bill an...READ MORE

Starved Rock State Park Upcoming Events (July – September)

07/12/2022 by  
Looking for a reason to get out and explore. Check out what Starved Rock State Park has to offer from the next few months that you can participate solo or in a group. From art in the park to night hikes, these are FREE program for you to enjoy. July Live Falcons a...READ MORE

Cruisin' To The Slammer!

06/28/2022 by  
Your Monday nights just got a whole lot better! Cruise up to the Old Joliet Prison for a spectacular car show at the main prison parking lot with the view of the castellated gothic structure in the background. Stroll through all the awesome cars presented by the Manhatt...READ MORE

Wine and Outdoor Patios

06/22/2022 by  
There is peanut butter & jelly, Batman & Robin, Summer and …. WINE! Some things are good on their own but just better together, and while wine can be enjoyed any time of the year, it feels best when it’s warm outside and you can enjoy your favorite glass...READ MORE

Explore the Heritage Corridor with My Metra

06/21/2022 by  
Save some gas and hop on the Metra to explore the Heritage Corridor region this summer! The Metra will be offering special services to the Heritage Corridor Line in Joliet, for ten consecutive Saturdays starting July 2nd through September 3rd,2022. The stops along the w...READ MORE

Wine Garden Tasting Party

06/21/2022 by  
Whether you are someone who want to learn more about wine, looking for something new to try, or a wine connoisseur, this event is great for you! Come join Wine & Cheese Company for their Wine Garden Tasting Party this Sunday. Spend time in their beautifully open Wine...READ MORE

The Great Race - 2022

06/17/2022 by  
    The 2022 Great Race is coming to Plainfield on June 22, 2022 and bringing more than 120 vintage cars to the downtown area.   Plainfield is a rest stop for the drivers and they will be welcomed in with an opening ceremony at 4PM. Shortly after, ...READ MORE

Submit Your Spring Photos!

06/15/2022 by  
While Spring has just ended, we would love for you to share all of your Spring photos taken from around the Corridor, so that we can share them with everyone else! Let us see all the exciting adventures you've expereince in this beautiful warm weather with...READ MORE

Summer Concerts at The Forge: Lemont Quarries

06/14/2022 by  
Enjoy the outdoors with beautiful views and live music at The Mount at The Forge all summer long. Their Summer Concert Series has begun, and you do not want to miss out on all the fun this year. Check out the lineup listed below: Too Hype Crew The 90’s Hip H...READ MORE

Scenes from the Corridor