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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Weekly Beer Releases

Beer Releases: February 13 - February 19, 2022

02/18/2022 by  
  Welcome Back to New Beer Releases! Don't forget to get your 2022 Heritage Corridor Ale Trail Passport New Releases - Hot Spot Drops Want to get these updates in your email?  Sign up here. Thursday, February 17 ...READ MORE

Get Your 2022 Heritage Corridor Ale Trail Passport

02/16/2022 by  
The 2022 Ale Trail Passport is live! Download the Heritage Corridor app on your phone or tablet to get started.         Once you've downloaded the app, select Passports, and on the next screen, tap the Heritage Corridor Ale Trail passport. Yo...READ MORE

Plan Your Visit with the Heritage Corridor Widget

01/10/2022 by  
Planning the perfect day in the Heritage Corridor just got much easier!     We're excited to unveil the Heritage Corridor Widget on our site with integrated mobile apps, an interactive way to map out everything you don't want to miss in the Her...READ MORE

Scenes from the Corridor