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Whether you are visiting for the first time or a returning friend, it’s going to be an exciting year in the Corridor.

“The Mother Road.” Full of one-of-a-kind art, antiques, local cuisine and other adventures to relive the glory days.

Museums, water slides, outdoor activities and so many great places to eat … there is nothing more classic then a family road trip.

You might see bald eagles soaring, hear songbirds trilling, spot deer and other wildlife as you pass farm fields, hardwood forests and wetland prairies.

Craft beer breweries and delightful distilleries will take your taste buds on an adventure throughout the region.

Get a bird’s-eye view of the Illinois & Michigan Canal as an illustration.

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10 Illinois Lincoln Highway Cruise through history on 179 miles of a National Scenic Byway, the official route from New York to San Fransisco.

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A true golf lover’s mecca, The Heritage Corridor offers the perfect courses for novices and pros alike.

Choose a few nights in a luxurious hotel, a B&B, or campsite. Either way the choice is yours. We recommend you reserve your accommodations prior to your trip.

Multiple unique itineraries to explore and experience the I&M Canal.

ON THE COVER

This year’s Visitors Guide has three unique covers to showcase the I&M Canal, Starved Rock Area and Route 66 area. Ottawa, an I&M Canal community, is home to the historic Lincoln-Douglas Debate site commemorated in Washington Park. Along Route 66 is the Rialto Square Theatre in Joliet’s City Center. Nestled in Starved Rock State Park is the Starved Rock Lodge & Conference Center, which offers a variety of programs year-round.

Additional copies may be obtained by writing to: Heritage Corridor Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB) 15701 Independence Blvd. Romeoville, IL 60446 By Calling: 815-588-7940 Toll Free: 800-926-CANAL (2262) By Faxing: 815-588-7945 Email: marketing@hccvbil.com Publisher: Robert Navarro Contributing Content: Abby Polonsky, Canal Corridor Association, Kendall Kramer, Linda Holmes-Taylor Design and Production: Chicago Design Lab

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There’s no need to leave Fido or Fluffy behind when planning your “purr-fect” trip to the Heritage Corridor.

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Breathtaking views, iconic sites, and history awaits you as you explore your outdoor adventure in the Corridor!

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Whether you take a plane, train, or automobile, it’s easy to get to the I&M Canal National Heritage Corridor. Just 30 minutes from Chicago and within a one day’s drive from one-third of the U.S. population. Chicago’s O’Hare International airport and Chicago Midway airport are under an hour away. So, plan a road trip or hop on a train to the I&M Canal National Heritage Corridor.

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Visitor Information FAST PHONE FACTS

Transportation

Visitor Information Airports Illinois Hotel & Lodging Association

O’Hare International Airport 800-832-6352, 773-686-2200

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Illinois Office of Tourism

Midway Airport 773-838-600

800-2-CONNECT enjoyillinois.com

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Joliet Union Station 50 E. Jefferson St., Joliet, IL 60432 815-727-1200 jolietunionstation.com

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VISTOR INFORMATION Centers Heritage Corridor Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB) Offices and Visitor Centers All locations have various hours, please call ahead to ensure mutual availability. The CVB is a non-profit membership based organization certified by the Illinois Office of Tourism to receive state grant dollars for the purposes of marketing and promoting the communities and counties along the historic I&M Canal National Heritage Corridor.

Heritage Corridor CVB Office and Visitors Center at Historic Fitzpatrick House Lewis University

15701 Independence Blvd. Romeoville, IL 60446 800-926-CANAL (2262) • 815-588-7940 Fax 815-588-7945

Heritage Corridor CVB Office and Visitors Center – Bolingbrook

Conveniently located with the Bolingbrook Area Chamber of Commerce

201B Canterbury Ln., Bolingbrook, IL 60440 630-226-1764

Heritage Corridor CVB Visitors Center – Utica

801 E. US Highway 6 Utica, IL 61373 800-746-0550 • 815-667-4356 Fax 815-667-3096

Heritage Corridor CVB Visitors Center –Joliet at Billie Limacher Bicentennial Park (Seasonal) 30 N Bluff St. Joliet, IL 60435 815-727-2323 Fax 815-727-2324

Affiliate Visitor Centers Bedford Park Visitors Center/ Civic Center Authority 7800 W. 65th St., Bedford Park, IL 60501 708-496-0193

Grundy County Chamber of Commerce Visitors Center 909 N. Liberty St., Morris, IL 60450 815-942-0113 660 S. Broadway, Coal City, IL 60416 815-634-8662

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Lock 16 Visitors Center 754 First St., LaSalle, IL 61301 815-220-1848

I&M Canal – Lockport 200 W. 8th St., Lockport, IL 60441 815-838-9400

Ottawa Visitors Center 100 W. Lafayette St., Ottawa, IL 61350 888-OTTAWA-4

Starved Rock State Park Visitors Center Rte. 178 & Rte. 71, Utica, IL 61373 815-667-4726

Illinois Waterways Visitor Center 950 N. 27th Rd., Ottawa, IL 61350 815-667-4054

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Travel down the Mother Road

to experience the history of the country along Route 66. and kitschy roadside attractions to beckon travelers to pull off the main road and discover the local communities.

Considered the most famous roadway in the world , Route 66

represents freedom and the enduring American Spirit for the hundreds of people drive it each year.

Although the federal government officially decommissioned Route 66 in 1985, the Mother Road continues to inspire travelers from all over the world to explore the history and legends of Route 66. This history can be explored along the route through diners, stores, motels and more that have a rich history linked to the road. In the road’s heyday, creative business owners used color signs

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Each community along the Main Street of America has it’s own unique and surprising tales of the road and offers picture opportunities and retail stops to commemorate your adventure. During the spring

Gemini Giant in Wilmington

you can help 13 different communities from Joliet to Towanda celebrate the Illinois Route 66 Red Carpet Corridor Festival with festivals, craft shows, car shows and more! Be sure to stop by the Heritage Corridor Convention and Visitors Bureau on Route 53 in Romeoville (formerly Route 66 and Alternate Route 66) to pick up brochures, maps and itineraries to help make the most out of your Route 66 adventure! 800.926.CANAL (2262)

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Family Fun There is nothing more classic then a family road trip. Whether you are heading out for a day trip, taking a long weekend or making a week of it, families will find plenty to do along I&M Canal Heritage Corridor. Museums, water slides, outdoor activities and so many great places to eat...

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Learn something Museums, interpretative park areas and boat rides along the canal will entertain and educate young minds without them even knowing they are learning. A great place to start is the Berwyn Route 66 Museum in Berwyn. Historic Route 66 run through part of the Heritage Corridor so you’ll encounter the Mother Road along your journey. Check out the Route 66 memorabilia, guidebooks or other travel brochures. And be sure to ask for your free Memory Maker Illinois Route 66 Passport before you leave. Move your eyes from the road to the skies at the Illinois Aviation Museum at Bolingbrook’s Clow Airport.

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Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie

Grizzly Jack’s Grand Bear Resort & Waterpark

The museum’s collection includes many historically significant aircraft and other artifacts. Head outside and south to Wilmington to see bison at Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie. Thousands of bison once roamed North America and returning these creatures to the area also will help restore the native prairie grass. To make the most of your visit, and hopefully see some bison, stop first at the Welcome Center located between Wilmington and Elwood along Illinois Route 53. The Iron Bridge Trailhead, about 2.9 miles north of the Welcome Center, is the main access point to the bison area. Trained volunteers will be on hand to discuss the area’s restoration and the bison depending on when you visit. No visit along the corridor is complete without a ride on Lock 16 Canal Boat near LaSalle. Your boat will be pulled by mule lead by guides in period costume. The boat travels along same handdug waterway that 19th century pioneers traveled.

time to play Now that’s you’ve exercised your brain, it’s time to play. Pelican Harbor, operated by the Bolingbrook Park District, offers indoor and outdoor water fun year round. Check out Haunted Trails in Joliet for miniature golf, arcade games and go-carts. There’s also an indoor I&M Canal Heritage Corridor Visitors Guide

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Lock 16 Canal Boat near LaSalle

amusement park for when the weather outside is frightful.

Good eats Who doesn’t like donuts for breakfast? Start your day off with a visit to Home Cut Donuts in Joliet. This little shop was featured on Chicago’s Best TV show for its angel cream filled donuts. For lunch or dinner, R Place right off Interstate 80 in Morris offers belly-filling food and enough unique décor to keep kids busy before the food arrives. If the kids want pizza, then the Halftime Restaurant in Ottawa is your place. Made from scratch pizzas and some of the best fried chicken you’ll taste can be had here.

A good night’s sleep The region offers a variety of places to get some rest after a long day of fun. If waking up in the outdoors is your thing but you don’t really

Haunted Trails in Joliet want to rough it, try the cabins at Starved Rock State Park off Interstate 80 in Utica. Your family will be able to get up and walk a few feet to the hiking trails or strap on skis for a crosscountry adventure. You’ll also get to use the indoor pool, dining and activities at the lodge. Just up the road from the park you’ll find Grizzly Jack’s Grand Bear Resort & Waterpark. Not only a comfortable place to rest but the facility offers an indoor water park and amusement park just steps away from your hotel door. 800.926.CANAL (2262)

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LINCOLN HIGHWAY

In 1913, Carl Fisher, founder of the Indianapolis Speedway, had the idea of dreaming a “coast-to-coast rock highway” to replace the muddy dirt roads that crisscrossed across the county. Fisher proposed his idea to executives in the developing automobile industry, convincing them that a coast-to-coast highway would encourage Americans to buy new vehicles and drive them across the country. Although a group of enthusiasts formed the Lincoln Highway Association in 1913, the task proved impossible when adequate funding for the project failed to materialize. Rather than building the highway, the association began to label a string of exisiting roads

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179 miles, the Lincoln Highway follows U.S Route 30, and IL Routes 2, 31, and 38. In 2000, the U.S. Department of Transportation designated the highway as a National Scenic Byway, forever preserving the rich history, even in areas where the original road has been bypassed or paved over.

as the “Lincoln Highway,” mounting a national campaign to mark and promote the official route from New York to San Francisco.

For a list of historical sites, events and attractions along the historic road, go to drivelincolnhighway.com.

Illinois became the first state in the nation to pave the entire section, 179 miles, of the Lincoln Highway that ran through it. Among those

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Murals

Crest Hill Mural 1693 Plainfield Road

In 1919 the U.S. Army began an epic journey full of challenges; a transcontinental trek traveling on the Lincoln Highway, testing the mobility of military transports traveling long distance. Vehicles often got stuck in the mud, slipped off the road into ditches, and some were even blown over cliffs. Lieutenant Colonel Dwight D. Eisenhower was the military observer, keeping a daily log of the trip. Eisenhower wrote,” we were not sure it could be accomplished at all. Nothing of the sort had ever been attempted.”

scouting event in which the Lincoln Highway concrete markers would be installed. The scouts, two scoutmasters, and a driver set out in a new Hudson Touring Car and an REO Speedwagon. Their caravan stopped in towns along the route to perform daily safety demonstrations. In one entry of his trip diary, Eagle Scout Bernard R. Queneau wrote, “We did three little good road turns: pushed a car from a ditch, helped change a flat, and lent some gasoline.” - See more at: drivelincolnhighway. com/murals/#sthash.QvADMf aa.dpuf

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Crest Hill Mural 2 1701 Larkin Avenue

The mural tells the exciting national Lincoln Highway story of “Women on the Lincoln Highway”, featuring Anita King and Alice Ramsey. Each woman used her excellent driving skills to make historic, record setting trips across the country on the early Lincoln Highway. These road trips and public appearances were designed for promoting car manufacturing companies, Hollywood studios and the new highway. Exquisite sepia tones in the painting bring the highly detailed portraits of the women and their cars to life for the viewer.

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Frankfort Mural

11008 West Lincoln Highway, Route 30

In July 1928, four Eagle Scouts were selected for a nationwide safety tour to promote the Lincoln Highway and the upcoming national I&M Canal Heritage Corridor Visitors Guide

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Countryside is the gateway into Chicago

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Bike along the I&M Canal in Lemont

CHICAGO PORTAGE AREA Begin your road trip in the Chicago Portage Area, which encompasses the communities of Lyons, McCook, Countryside, Hodgkins, Indian Head Park, Willow Springs and Lemont, as well as the townships of Homer and Lyons. Because of its role in helping the world discover the region, the Chicago Portage Area has been dubbed “Chicago’s Plymouth Rock.” Communities within Chicago Portage Area include the City of Countryside, Township of Homer, Township of Lyons, Village of Hodgkins, Village of Indian Head Park, Village of Lemont, Village of Lyons, Village of McCook, and Village of Willow Springs. GREATER BOLINGBROOK AREA

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Chicago Portage Area THE CHICAGO PORTAGE AREA

Where History Comes Alive The Chicago Portage Area is more than just a pretty place: it’s the premier spot to start your adventure along the legendary Illinois and Michigan (I&M) Canal National Heritage Corridor. Explore the region’s rich history, hike and bike on shaded trails, browse antique shops and indulge in some of the finest cuisine this side of the I&M Canal. With so much to see and do in these canal towns, you’ll need more than one trip to this region to enjoy all the history and nature offered along the Historic I&M Canal Heritage Corridor.

Time Travel Starts Here Take a giant step back in time and experience life as it once was at the Chicago Portage National Historic Site in Lyons where Chicago owes its very existence as a city to this revered site. In 1673, Louis Jolliet and Pere Jacques Marquette, discovered the Chicago Portage, which provided an easy connection between the Atlantic and the Gulf of Mexico by linking Lake Michigan with the Mississippi River. Known worldwide as “Chicago’s Plymouth Rock,” you can stand on the footbridge of Portage Creek, stretch out your arms and know that Jolliet and Marquette passed within an arm’s length of you. Jolliet and Marquette followed their Native American guides on a path upon

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which to carry, or portage, their canoes over land. Jolliet, a fur trader and mapmaker, was charged with finding the river the native people called “the Great Water,” while Marquette, a Jesuit missionary was to spread the word of God. Following Jolliet’s long-held dream, that portage path would eventually become the I&M Canal. Opened in 1848, the 96-mile-long, hand-dug canal represented the final link in a water route that connects the Atlantic Ocean to the Mississippi River. After visiting the Chicago Portage National Historic Site, head over to Hofmann Tower, a castle-style structure built in 1908, where Lyons’ residents would gather for concerts, dances and boat rides. Hofmann Tower is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Fascinating facts about the area come from The Civic Center Authority. They sponsor the Friends of the Chicago Portage organization, which leads tours, works to clean up and restore local ecologies, and organizes and promotes development and historic interpretations of the Chicago Portage National Historic Site. civiccenterauthority.org

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The Long & Wonderous Canal Once a key water route used by French explorers and Native Americans, today the I&M Canal is a year-round recreational gem for nature lovers, outdoor sports enthusiasts and history buffs alike. Perfect for exploring and relaxing, the 70-mile I&M Canal State Trail, winds its way through picturesque bluffs and rolling hills. Hikers and bikers follow the scenic I&M Canal State Trail on the old towpath that stretches from Rockdale to LaSalle, where you’ll discover state parks, abundant wildlife, restored historic sites and panoramic views of the Illinois River. The well-marked trail features wayside exhibits about the canal and during winter months, snowmobilers are invited to whoosh along the longest continuous snowmobile trail in Illinois. The I&M Canal Trail begins near the Metra station in Willow Springs, where the nearly nine-mile paved trail runs through forested land along the historic canal. Connecting to the Centennial Trail at Route 83, the path then links to the northern portion of the nearly 70-mile I&M Canal State Trail.

Enjoy a leisurely stroll or rigorous run on more than six miles of trails running through Lemont along the scenic and historic I&M Canal. The trails link the freshwater lakes of the Heritage Quarries Recreation Area to Lemont’s historic downtown, where the village’s quaint shops, historic churches and fine dining warmly welcome you. Watch the world change one atom at a time with a visit to Lemont’s Argonne National Laboratory, a multidisciplinary science and engineering research center, where “dream teams” of world-class researchers work alongside experts to address vital national challenges in clean energy, environment, technology and national security. Visitors 16+ can take guided tours of

scientific and engineering facilities. Tours are by reservation only and last about 2.5 hours. anl.gov Lemont is teeming with architectural history as evidenced by the Old Stone Church, home of the Lemont Area Historical Society and Museum. Built from irregular stone tailings donated by a local quarry in 1861 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places, this must-see structure houses a fascinating collection of historical artifacts from across the Lemont area. lemonthistorical.org/oldchurch. html

Buckle Down for Some Great Brew After an exhilarating day exploring Chicago’s “Plymouth Rock,” unwind at BuckleDown Brewing in Lyons, a craft brewery and taproom founded by local friends. From hopped up American IPAs to Belgian-Style Ales, their bold, flavorful small-batch craft beers are created with the same creativity and determination that built Lyons. Ask for Orcutt and Sean when you stop by. buckledownbrewing.com

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Get Your Kicks on Route 66 Make the Berwyn Route 66 Museum your first stop on the Mother Road. Sporting an eclectic collection of Route 66 artifacts, aerial photos and historic signs, don’t miss their vast selection of Route 66 travel guide books and maps, memorabilia and ask for your free Memory Maker Illinois Route 66 Passport. Free admission. berwynrt66museum.org Now that you’re ready to explore this historic highway, make it even more spectacular

and experience Route 66 up close and personal from the comfy seat of your own Harley. Head over to Windy City Harley-Davidson in Countryside where you can “buy one” or “rent one” for the day, then hop on your Harley and take a tour across town or across the country on the iconic Route 66. The dealership features new and pre-owned motorcycles in its spacious showroom, plus men’s- and women’s apparel, demonstrations, organized rides and more illinoishd.com.

Historic Fare Awaits in Countryside If auto racing is your thing, grab a Daytona Club Sandwich, HalfMile Burger, Infield Grilled Salad or Champion Chicken Dinner at the NASCAR-themed Buck’s Pit Stop in Hodgkins. Owners Buck and Diane Roderick take pride in their home-style cooking and Southern hospitality. buckspitstop.com

Head on down old Route 66 and stop off for lunch or dinner at Wolf’s Head Inn in Indian Head Park. The nostalgia-themed wood-paneled restaurant and bar is said to have been built on a trail once used by hunting and war parties of the Blackhawk tribe, where packs of wolves roamed the countryside. At I&M Canal Heritage Corridor Visitors Guide

lunchtime, grab a bowl of Wolf’s Head’s famous baked onion soup or chili served in a tortilla bowl – or sit down to a delicious dinner of the restaurant’s signature prime rib, slow-cooked baby back ribs, Guinness beef stew, mile-high meatloaf, pasta or seafood. wolfsheadrestaurant.com 800.926.CANAL (2262)

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Chicago Portage Area Little Caboose on the Hodgkins Prairie A stunning sight to see in Hodgkins is the Santa Fe Prairie, a thriving nature preserve smack in the middle of an industrial park along the banks of the Des Plaines River. Donated by the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad (BNSF) in 1997, the 10.8-acre site boasts a full-sized caboose that serves as a visitors center for this unique slice of nature, home to over 225 documented native plant species. Volunteers are needed to restore the prairie and staff the visitor center between 10am-2pm each Saturday. Call (708) 598-6139 or civiccenterauthority.org

Live the Native American Life The fascinating history and culture of indigenous Americans awaits you at the Midwest SOARRING Foundation’s Native American Cultural Center in Lockport. Their mission is to educate the public about the culture of Native Americans while working for the protection of sacred sites, indigenous resources, and ancestral remains. The group encourages people of different indigenous nations to trade seeds and plants, and offers tips on how to conserve water and food resources. Through the creation of its Save the Bison project, the foundation is working toward the oncenumerous creatures’ repopulation throughout the Midwest, joining with other Native American groups to nurture herds of bison so they can eventually be returned to their native lands. Enjoy SOARRING Foundation’s crafts markets and festivals, including an all-ages Harvest Pow Wow, their annual fundraiser held at Naper Settlement in September. Thrill to the sights and sounds of Native American drumming and dancing, listen to storytellers weave ancient tales, visit authentic teepees and learn about the ancient art of arrowhead making.

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Dial Up the Wayback Machine Where can you throw a tomahawk, feast on wild-rice stew and hear Pere Marquette regale the crowd with Jesuit tales just like they did over two centuries ago? At A River Thru History, The Des Plaines Valley Rendezvous, held each Fall at the Columbia Woods Forest Preserve in Willow Springs, Illinois. It’s a two-day party everyone in the family will love as you’ll experience a living reenactment of early American life on the frontier and the area’s fur trade, which thrived until the opening of the I&M Canal in 1848. With the lush grounds of the Columbia Woods Forest Preserve as a backdrop, you’ll meet pioneers, feast on authentic food, hear tall tales, throw a tomahawk and even toss a skillet. ariverthruhistory.com.

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Accommodations Best Western PLUS Chicagoland- Countryside

6251 Joliet Road Countryside, IL 60525 708-354-5200 bestwestern.com/ chicagolandcountryside

Convenient access to I-55 brings guests to favorite Chicago area attractions including the Willis Tower, Toyota Park, Navy Pier, the Shedd Aquarium, and Wrigley Field.

Attractions Midwest SOARRING Foundation

1 Hickory Lane Westchester, IL 60154 708-257-4300 midwestsoarring.org

Native American Cultural Center hosts lectures, cultural presentations and activities including annual Harvest Pow Wow in September. Group Programs are available upon request.

Pollyanna Brewing Company 431 Talcott Avenue Lemont, IL 60439 630-914-5834 pollyannabrewing.com

Tour our brewery, enjoy our taproom, share the experience of fresh, flavorful, craft beer. Locally in Lemont, Illinois.

St James at Sag Bridge 10600 S. Archer Ave Lemont, IL 60439 630-257-7000 historicstjames.org

The Oldest Church in Northern Illinois. Built by Irish immigrants who built the canal. Established in 1833.

The Children’s Museum in Oak Lawn 5100 Museum Drive Oak Lawn, IL 60453 708-423-6709 cmoaklawn.org

Our mission is to positively impact a child’s potential in life through play-based education. Come play with us! Two floors of interactive fun!

St. James at Sag Bridge in Lemont

Dining Gelsosomo’s Pizzeria

206 Main Street Lemont, IL 60439 630-410-8106 gelslemont.com

Gelsosomo’s Pizzeria & Pub is a new family restaurant located in downtown Lemont. Stop in for some pizza, pasta, sandwiches, salads beer and fun.

Nick’s Tavern

221 Main Street Lemont, IL 60439 630-257-6564 nickstavern.net Nick’s Tavern, a step back in time, 70 years of delicious tradition, our burger is famous for a reason, come bite into a legend.

St. James at Sag Bridge 10600 S. Archer Ave., Lemont, IL

Letters between John, Abigail Adams and Thomas Jefferson Sunday, July 10, 2016

3:00pm–5:00pm for info: www.historicstjames.org

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Farm Barn and participate in stargazing events. The Homer Township Sports Complex offers additional recreation for youth and adults. Community festivals like Homer Harvest Days can be found throughout the year.

Lemont Area Historical Society

306 Lemont St. Lemont, IL 60439 630-257-2972 lemonthistorical.org

Township of Lyons

6404 Joliet Road Countryside, IL 60525 708-485-2377 lyonstownshipil.gov

Historic museum in 1861 Civil War national registered church offering exhibits, tours & “old stone church”. Call for hours and information for private events.

Progressive education, business development, and service to its residents are important cornerstones to the 20 communities which make up Lyons Township. Throughout the collection of villages, visitors will find fascinating historical sites, family attractions, iconic dining spots, endless outdoor recreation opportunities, beautiful nature areas, and unique festivals celebrating the heritage of the region.

Municipality City of Countryside 5550 East Avenue Countryside, IL 60525 708-354-7270 countryside-il.org

Ideally located minutes from downtown Chicago, Countryside grew for workers commuting to/from Chicago, offering affordable housing and a safe place to raise families. Traditions of this close-knit community continue for many second and third generation residents. Countryside remains closely tied to its past, thanks to its position along Historic Route 66.

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Homer Township

14350 W. 151st St. Homer Glen, IL 60491 708-301-0522 homertownship.com Homer Township encompasses the municipalities of Homer Glen, Lockport, and New Lenox. Maintaining open spaces for recreation has led to the preservation of areas like the Trantina Farm where visitors can see the historic Welter

Village of Hodgkins 8990 Lyon St. Hodgkins, IL 60525 708-579-6700 villageofhodgkins.org

Hodgkin’s population exploded in the 1800s as immigrants came to work on the Illinois & Michigan Canal. Industry has consistently shaped the direction of Hodgkins with nearby limestone quarries and its strategic location a perfect fit for transportation hubs. UPS operates the largest package sorting center in the world in Hodgkins. In 1997, Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad opened an intermodal freight facility. Despite the comings and goings, Hodgkin’s remains a small family town within reach of the bustling western suburbs.

Village of Indian Head Park 201 Acacia Dr. Indian Head Park, IL 60525 708-246-3080 indianheadpark-il.gov

Indian Head Park strives to maintain a balance of natural beauty, in honor of its Native American history, as well as a caring and involved community. The Heritage Center is open on weekends and houses a library learning center and can also be booked for special events. A stop at Wolf’s Head Inn is a must for those nostalgics - besides serving up good food in the classic Route 66 tradition, you’ll enjoy the scattered knick-knacks and comfortable atmosphere.

Village of Lemont

418 Main Street Lemont, IL 60439 630-257-1550 lemont.il.us

Lemont’s enchanting downtown is filled with quaint shops and independent restaurants. Like an open air museum, the downtown’s buildings, public art, and canal path tell the story of Lemont’s past. Downtown is host

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Village of McCook 5000 S. Glencoe Ave. McCook, IL 60525 708-447-9030 villageofmccook.org

Covering just 2.6 square miles, the small Village of McCook played a mighty role in our nation’s history. During WWII, McCook was home to the Electro-Motive Company, a subsidiary of General Motors, which manufactured aluminum skins for wartime aircraft. Today, McCook is where you’ll find what locals affectionately called The MAX. The McCook Athletic & Expo Center hosts basketball, football, golf, lacrosse, soccer, volleyball, expos, kid’s sports, corporate outings and special events.

Services Halo Branded Solutions 15039 S. 82nd Ave. Orland Park, IL 60462 708-226-4990 joemccorry.com

Guaranteed promotional products with expert service.

Heartland Bank and Trust Company

4456 Wolf Rd. Western Springs, IL 60558 708-246-2200 hbtbank.com Independently owned community bank providing a complete line of financial services to commercial and retail customers, customized lending and cash management solutions. Member FDIC.

Heartland Bank and Trust Company

6575 Joliet Rd. Countryside, IL 60525 708-352-2225 hbtbank.com

Independently owned community bank providing a complete line of financial services to commercial and retail customers, customized lending and cash management solutions. Member FDIC.

Lemont Area Chamber

418 Main St. Lemont, IL 60439 630-257-5997 lemontchamber.com

The Lemont Area Chamber of Commerce is an organization that is focused on building business in the Lemont area. Come see what Lemont offers!

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National Heritage Corridor Visitors Center: Civic Center Authority 7800 W. 65th Street Bedford Park, IL 60501 708-496-0193 civiccenterauthority.org

Before you explore, come by and we’ll outfit you with free maps. Open Saturday 11:00AM-3:00PM and Sunday 12:00PM3:00PM. Best to call in advance.

West Suburban Chamber of Commerce and Industry 9440 Joliet Road Hodgkins, IL 60525 708-387-7550 wscci.org

The chamber runs on the insight, imagination, experience, teamwork and dedication of its members and community leaders.

Transportation Windy City Harley-Davidson Authorized Rentals 120 West North Ave Villa Park, IL 60181 773-609-2158 chicagomotorcyclerental.com

Offering Harley-Davidson and Triumph motorcycles rentals out of our Chicago area dealer network. Guided and self-guided tour/ rentals. Single, weekend and long term rates.

Windy City Limousine & Bus

2801 S. 25th Ave. Broadview, IL 60155 847-916-9300 windycitylimos.com

Windy City offers our customers the best chauffeurs and the most diverse and impressive fleet of new vehicles in the industry.

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Get your golf fix anywhere along The Heritage Corridor. This golf lover’s mecca offers the perfect course for novices and pros alike. Bolingbrook Golf Club

Big Run Golf Club

Built in 1930 between Lemont and Lockport, this 18hole, heavily-bunkered lush course is complemented by centuries-old oak trees, five lakes and Long Run Creek. bigrungolf.com

Bolingbrook Golf Club

This 18-hole championship golf course offers elevated tees, rolling fairways and seven lakes. Highlights include a true island green par-3 and 600 yard par-5 that should play with the prevailing wind. bolingbrookgolfclub.com

Boughton Ridge Golf Course

Situated on 45 beautiful acres, this 9-hole, Par 32 Bolingbrook course features contoured fairways and water on seven holes; a perfect spot for a quick round. bolingbrookparks.org/en/facilities/boughton-ridge

Broken Arrow Golf Club

Located in Lockport, Broken Arrow features 27 Holes of Championship Golf including the North Course which features dual greens where golfers have a choice of playing to the easier or more difficult pin. golfbrokenarrow.com

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Cog Hill Golf & Country Club

This historic golf club in Lemont features four 18hole public courses, including the nationally ranked “Dubsdread,” which challenges pros and amateurs in the Western Open and many international competitions. coghillgolf.com

Dwight Country Club

Established in 1913 and Livingston County’s oldest club, this 18-hole course in Dwight offers quality golf in a rural wooded setting among the calm of the cornfields in Central Illinois. Water Hazards on 12 of the 18 holes. dwightcountryclub.com

Edgewood Park Golf Club

Started as a 9-hole course in 1968, and transformed into an 18-hole regulation course by Jim Spears in 1984, this challenging course in McNabb is perfect for the intermediate and semi-pro alike. edgewoodparkgolfclub.com

Flagg Creek Golf Course

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night lighting, practice area and golf instruction. flaggcreekgolfcourse.org

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Gleneagles Country Club

Built in 1924 in Lemont, the club is dubbed “home of the shotgun start.” Gleneagles features two traditional 18-hole championship courses and touts its “relaxed, casual and friendly” atmosphere. golfgleneagles.com

Prairie Bluff Golf Club in Crest Hill

Mistwood Golf Club

Designed and renovated by Ray Hearn, this award-winning Romeoville gem features 20 St. Andrews-style sod-wall bunkers, bringing the feel of Scotland to the Midwest. With 5 tee placements per hole, play over 7,000 yds. mistwoodgc.com

Naperbrook Golf Course

Plainfield’s scenic “links-style” course is carved out of hearty Illinois farmland and boasts rolling hills, native prairie grasses and ten ponds throughout the par 72 challenge. golfnaperville.org/ naperbrook

Nettle Creek Country Club

This 18-hole championship course in Morris boasts “links-style” golf in a beautiful prairie environment rich with wildlife, native grasses plus free-flowing sand traps, generous bent grass fairways. nettlecreek.com

Old Oak Country Club

Built in 1926 in Homer Glen, this rustic, challenging 18-hole course has been carved out of a natural environment dominated by large oak- and hickory trees and Long Run Creek. oldoakcc.com

Pine Hills Golf Club

Unique to Central Illinois, Ottawa’s scenic course features a Canyon Course complete with bluffs, valleys, hills and hundreds of I&M Canal Heritage Corridor Visitors Guide

trees. Challenging to both the beginner and seasoned golfer, this historic course opened in 1924. ottawapinehillsgolfclub.com

Prairie Bluff Public Golf Club

Located on 237 acres of lush rolling terrain and framed with prairie grass, this challenging course in Crest Hill offers 4 sets of tees, 10 lakes and more than 40 bunkers. Golfers of all levels will enjoy a great challenge here. prairiebluffgc.com

This Joliet par 72 course features large undulating greens protected by numerous bunkers, water comes into play on ten holes, and wind is constant. This course is a complete test of power, touch, and finesse. golfjoliet.com

Woodbine Golf Course

Opened for public play in 1988 in Homer Glen, this “country club style” course is designed for the average golfer who desires “excellent golfing conditions along with a reasonable challenge.” woodbinegolf.com

Ruffled Feathers Golf Club

This 18-hole Pete and P.B. Dyedesigned public golf course in Lemont has been hailed Best New Course by Golf Digest and Golfweek and recognized by Golf.com as one of the best public courses in Illinois. ruffledfeathersgc.com

The Links at Carillon

Designed by Greg Martin, this Plainfield jewel features bent grass fairways, large undulating greens and five different sets of tees. Plus “The Gauntlet”, one of Chicagoland’s “Dream 18” holes. carillongolf.com

The Sanctuary Golf Course

In 1996, Architect Steve Halberg converted a New Lenox creekside prairie into this stunning course complete with tall grass, tree groves and wetlands. 75 bunkers

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You’ll need more than just one visit to the Greater Bolingbrook Area and neighboring villages, Romeoville and Plainfield, as they are bursting with family-friendly destinations, a shopper’s paradise, exquisite dining options, championship golf and fabulous accommodations. Rich in history as well as culture, they all share a common sense of purpose – growing toward the future while honoring and preserving their hardworking Midwestern roots.

You deserve a night on the town so head over to Bolingbrook’s Performing Arts Center, a 9,000 square foot state-of-the-art venue featuring A-list concerts and showstopping plays and musicals by the production company Theatre-on-theHill. Past productions include “The 39 Steps,” “Zenobia” and “The Music Man.” Summer is the best time to catch an outdoor concert on their sprawling lawn. tothbolingbrook.com

A Shopper’s Paradise The ultimate shopping destination awaits you just minutes away from the I-355 (the North/South Tollway) and I-55 (Stevenson Expressway) at The Promenade Bolingbrook, a vibrant open-air, retail and entertainment destination offering more than 60 shops and 12 restaurants. Anchored by Macy’s, DSW, H&M, Barnes & Noble and Bass Pro Shops, you can also enjoy a unique movie experience at iPic Theatres with plush seating and in-theatre dining. Just across the street, find everything you need for your home at tempting prices at the world-famous IKEA. shoppingpromenade.com

Right Up Your Alley Bowl a perfect game and spare no details at Brunswick Zone XL in Romeoville, where you can challenge your family and friends to a fun-filled outing of bowling and billiards. Compete in a thrilling round of Lazer Tag and play the latest video games and arcade favorites like Skee-Ball and Pop-a-Shot. bowlbrunswick.com

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C Try “Ty Cobb’s favorite salad”; a staff favorite at Sovereign Tap, a farm-to-fork and craft beer gathering spot in Plainfield. Tantalizing fare includes the “Belly of the Beast:” citrus braised and fried Berkshire pork belly, cilantro rice and jalapeno glaze. Savor every bite of “Er-MahGourd:” acorn squash, candied pecans, whipped brown sugar butter and a sweet stout glaze. And who needs meatloaf when you can relish “Paradise by the Dashboard Light:” house-ground brisket, poblano & mushroom meatloaf with garlic parmesan mashed, green beans and a porter BBQ sauce. sovereigntap.com The “World’s Greatest Chicken,” has been dished up by the Hastert family at White Fence Farm in Romeoville for over half a century, so you can bet it’s delicious! Pressure-cooked and flash-fried to crispy perfection, served with killer corn fritters, homemade pickled beets and Brandy Ice for dessert, this is a meal to sit down and savor.

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Broiled or sauteed Icelandic fish, fried shrimp and T-bone steaks round out their menu. Check out their extensive antique car collection and friendly petting zoo for the kids. whitefencefarm-il.com After growing up giving home baked treats to family and friends, Alicia Gozum took her skills to the next level by learning cake designing techniques from the world’s masters. Then she made her sweet dream a reality at Cali Girl Cakes, a specialty cake shop in Bolingbrook that produces the most stunning pieces of edible art you’ve ever seen: birthday and wedding cakes, whimsical cookies and special orders only limited by your imagination. caligirlcakes.com

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Francesca’s at The Promenade offers guests their winning recipe at every meal: rustic cooking, friendly service and fair prices. Their menu features the zesty, earthy cuisine of Rome and the surrounding areas of Tuscany, Umbria and Lazio and their cozy location in the shopping district features lofty ceilings, and a distinctive bar with a trattoria feel. miafrancesca.com Honey-Jam Café is a cozy spot where friends, families and coworkers can meet for a welcoming meal. Whether it’s breakfast, lunch, a meeting or celebration, feast on their signature egg entrees, skillets, Belgian waffles, fluffy pancakes and savory choices abound at lunch with fresh salads, wraps, paninis and soups. honeyjamcafe.com

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Nature’s Playground Meets Outdoor Fun

After a fabulous day of retail therapy, escape to the serene surroundings of Hidden Oaks Conservation Area. This hidden gem in Bolingbrook connects visitors of all ages with nature through interactive exhibits and hands-on activities. Set your own pace with a self-guided Discovery Pack, reel in a fish at the Historic Trout Farm and enjoy the sweet benefits of honey produced on-site. bolingbrookparks.org/en/facilities/hidden-oaks-conservation-area/fishing-at-hidden-lakes

Grab a gorgeous glimpse of majestic great blue herons, double-crested cormorants and blackcrowned night herons at Lake Renwick Heron Rookery Nature Preserve in Plainfield, where viewing scopes await you. Trained bird watchers have also spotted great horned owls, pelicans, Canada geese, northern shovelers, bluebirds and bald eagles at this dedicated Illinois State Nature Preserve. If hiking and biking are more to your liking, amble over to Turtle Lake. reconnectwithnature.org/preserves-trails/LakeRenwick-Rookery Kids of all ages will make a big splash at Pelican Harbor, Illinois’ only indoor/outdoor aquatic park with seven water slides, a lazy river, two zero-depth entry pools, a spray play area, diving well and sand playground. Open year-round, this kid approved spot offers the best in aquatic thrills and family outings as you never have to worry about the weather. bolingbrookparks.org/ en/facilities/pelican-harbor Play for par atop a 40-foot waterfall, tip toe through Big Foot’s cave and navigate the raging rapids at Bolingbrook’s Wilderness Falls, home of the Chicago Mini Golf Championship. Then sharpen your swinging skills in the multi-speed baseball and softball batting cages. Fun spot for a party, too. wildernessfalls.com

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History The Greater Bolingbrook Area is teeming with rich and fascinating

talk, just like they did in the good old days. Aviation buffs will enjoy an on-time landing every day at the Illinois Aviation Museum in Hangar One at Bolingbrook’s Clow International Airport. Providing the nation with access to the state’s rich aviation history, the museum focuses on technology, research, education and community service. The 6,000 square-foot facility houses restored and replica aircraft, as well as ongoing aviation restoration projects. Open 10a.m. to 2p.m. Saturdays or by appointment. illinoisaviationmuseum.org

History buffs can jumpstart their knowledge of the auto industry at The Beller Museum, founded in 1993 in Romeoville. Marvel at vintage auto products from the heyday of Detroit’s manufacturers and meet the hard working

Talk about a historic haircut! Lincoln Way Barber Shop has been operated by the same family since 1881 when Albert Worst, great-great grandfather of the shop’s current owner Don Kinley, hung out his shingle in Plainfield. Kinley revels in the fact that people come off the street whether they need a haircut or not just to sit on the bench and 26

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Galore history that will amaze and delight visitors of all ages.

or kayak on the Des Plaines River. reconnectwithnature. org/preserves-trails/Isle-a-laCache

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people who built the newly industrialized society. Discover interesting collection of vehicles, tools, parts and learn how cars and trucks not only served their original owners, but often evolved through several “lives.” bellermuseum.com Turn back the calendar to the 18th Century at Isle a la Cache Museum in Romeoville, where you’ll uncover the history of native Potawatomis and their trading tales with French voyageurs. Take part in yearround programs including the annual Island Rendezvous, and marvel at their protected forests, prairies and wetlands. Depending on the season, you can hike, bike, jog, crosscountry ski or snowshoe along its paved trails and fish, canoe I&M Canal Heritage Corridor Visitors Guide

Which two National Scenic Byways meet in historic Plainfield? The answer: Illinois Lincoln Highway and Route 66 (now U.S. Route 30 and Illinois Route 59). Discover more fun facts at Plainfield’s

Settlers’ Park when you take an interpretive walk through the village’s history and hone your Lincoln Highway history at an informative gazebo next to Village Hall at 24401 W. Lockport Street (Lincoln Highway). You’ll see countless historic treasures when you travel on “Old Route 66” (a.k.a. Route 53 or Independence Boulevard) and Fitzpatrick House at Lewis University is just one of many.

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, this impressive Greek Revival-style home in Romeoville was built from locally quarried limestone in 1842 by Irish immigrant, successful farmer and community leader Patrick Fitzpatrick. Fitzpatrick House, now home to the Lewis University History Center strives to preserve and promote the region’s heritage, with a special focus on the Illinois & Michigan Canal, through the collection of historic documents and materials. Its also the main office of the Heritage Corridor Convention and Visitor’s Bureau where you’re welcome to stop by and pick up maps and brochures to guide you through the historic Heritage Corridor. 800.926.CANAL (2262)

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Accommodations

Attractions

Country Inn & Suites By Carlson

Brunswick Zone XL Romeoville

1265 Lakeview Drive Romeoville, IL 60446 630-378-1052 countryinns.com/romeovilleil At I-55 and Weber Road. Spacious guest rooms including suites. Complimentary breakfast, complimentary high-speed internet access, and indoor pool. Newly remodeled.

Holiday Inn Hotel and Suites 205 Remington Blvd Bolingbrook, IL 60440 630-679-1600 bolingbrookholidayinn.com

Find comfort with our traditional decor and hospitality. Experience our warmth while enjoying our inviting hotel and dining at Remington Street Bar & Grill.

SpringHill Suites by Marriott 125 Remington Boulevard Bolingbrook, IL 60440 630-759-0529 marriott.com/chibl

All suite hotel, located at I-55 exit 267 in Bolingbrook. 37" flat screen high def TVs in all rooms.

735 N. Center Blvd. Romeoville, IL 60446 630-378-2695 bowlbrunswick.com

A family-friendly entertainment destination with more than 60,000 sq. ft. of fun for all! A great venue for Corp. Parties, Team Challenges, and Birthday Parties!

Illinois Aviation Museum

130 S. Clow International Parkway Bolingbrook, IL 60490 630-771-1937 illinoisaviationmuseum.org The museum’s primary goal is to bring air and space technology and museum collections together into an innovative and inspirational educational program and public exhibits.

Naper Settlement

523 S. Webster Street Naperville, IL 60540 630-420-6010 napersettlement.org A regional attraction for children and families where history comes to play, including 30 historic buildings, such as

homes and working shops, and interactive exhibits.

Dining Longhorn Steakhouse 708 Janes Ave. Bolingbrook, IL 60440 630-783-0684 longhornsteakhouse.com

At Longhorn Steakhouse we pride ourselves on our fresh, boldly seasoned and expertly grilled steaks! Come join us for a cut above experience!

Wine & Cheese by TCC 24104 W. Lockport Street Plainfield, IL 60544 815-436-3499 wcbytcc.com

A fine wine & artisan cheese shop, wine bar and gourmet cafe offering wine tastings twice a week.

Entertainment iPic Theaters & Salt Sports Bar 619 E. Boughton Road Bolingbrook, IL 60440 630-378-8034 ipictheaters.com

It’s no ordinary Cinema, it’s the ultimate. iPic offers a chef-driven menu, craft beverages in an upscale lounge, surrounded by cinemas with luxury seating options.

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Municipality Village of Bolingbrook 375 W. Briarcliff Road Bolingbrook, IL 60440 630-226-8416 bolingbrook.com

Bolingbrook residents delight in upscale shopping, diverse dining, and cultural attractions visitors won’t want to miss. Whether you’re visiting for a quick weekend escape or longer, the Village of Bolingbrook will both surprise and welcome you.

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Village of Plainfield

24401 W. Lockport Street Plainfield, IL 60544 815-436-7093 plainfield-il.org 2001 Rodéo Drive Bolingbrook, IL 60490 For tee times and information, call 630-771-9400 bolingbrookgolfclub.com

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Vibrant and enterprising, the centerpiece of Plainfield is its historic downtown which encourages visitors to shop, dine al fresco, attend a festival, or enjoy events like music performances and wine tastings. Many visitors know the iconic Route 66, but fewer know the significance of the Lincoln

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Greater Bolingbrook Area Highway. Constructed in 1913, the Lincoln Highway was the first trans-continental highway to stretch from New York to San Francisco. The meeting of these two great roads marks the intersection of the two longest highways in the world.

Village of Romeoville 1050 West Romeo Road Romeoville, IL 60446 815-886-7200 romeoville.org

Like many stops along Historic Route 66, Romeoville is a vibrant, family-oriented community which proudly retains classic snapshots of the past. More than just The World’s Best Chicken, White Fence Farm has been entertaining patrons since the 1920’s with their collection of historic memorabilia and petting zoo. Brunswick Zone will test your skills with bowling, billiards, laser tag, bumper cars, plus a bar and grill. Discover how the hiding place, Isle a la Cache, got its name at a unique museum dedicated to the history of the Great Lakes fur trade and Native American heritage.

Biking in the Forest Preserve District of Will County

Parks and Recreation Bolingbrook Golf Club

2001 Rodeo Drive Bolingbrook, IL 60490 630-771-9400 bolingbrookgolfclub.com

Bolingbrook Park District

201 Recreation Drive Bolingbrook, IL 60440 630-739-0272 bolingbrookparks.org

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

Featuring an Arthur Hills and Steve Forrest designed golf course, a learning academy, clubhouse with lounge, a full-service restaurant and banquet facilities.

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For 50 years, the Village of Bolingbrook has grown to provide the best location for living, dining, hospitality and recreation.

Reward yourself with a fun-filled day or night on the town with world-class golfing, fabulous dining, and diverse shopping!

Summer Concert Series at the Performing Arts Center Cavalcade of Planes at the Illinois Aviation Museum

Great Places to

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• Andy’s Frozen Custard • Ashbury’s at • Boughton Ridge • Bar Louie • bd’s Mongolian Grill • Buchos Mexican • Buffalo Wild Wings • Bulldog Ale House • Buona Beef • Casa Margarita • Charlie’s Airport • Checkers • Cheddar’s • Chick-fil-A • Chili’s • Chipotle Mexican Grill • Coop’s Den • Culver’s • Eggs, Inc. • Family Square

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The Promenade Bolingbrook is a pedestrian-friendly gathering place for shopping, dining and entertainment anchored by Macy’s and Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World. Visit thepromenadebolingbrook.com for a complete listing of stores and restaurants.

The ultimate outdoor sporting gear store, Bass Pro offers everything under the sun for the outdoor enthusiast.

At Macy’s stores, the guest is always first. This guest-focused approach has inspired millions of shoppers to look to Macy’s for fashion leadership, superb guest service and a commitment to community involvement.

A 300,000 square-foot facility offering the best in home interiors.

Costco

A membership warehouse club, dedicated to bringing its members the best possible prices on quality brand-name merchandise.

• Famous Dave’s • Fatty Magoo’s • Firehouse Subs • Five Guys Burgers • & Fries • Francesca’s • at the Promenade • Garden China • Go Roma Italian Kitchen • Golden Chopsticks • Golden Corral • Gordon Biersch Brewery • Home Run Inn Pizza • Honey Jam Café • IHOP • iPic Theater • Islamorada Fish Co. • Jersey Mike’s Subs • Jimmy John’s • KO Sushi

• Longhorn Steakhouse • Los 7 Mares • Los Burritos Tapatios • Lou Malnati’s Pizza • Mago Grill & Cantina • McQ’s • Mickey’s Gyros • Mr. Habanero • Noodles & Company • Oberweis, • That Burger Joint, • & Connie’s Pizza • Olive Garden • Osaka Grill • Panda Express • Panera Bread • Patio • Penn Station East • Coast Subs • Portillo’s

• Potbelly Sandwich • Works • Prenos • Red Lobster • Red Mango Yogurt • Red Robin • Sage Kitchen & Bar • Sophia’s House • of Pancakes • Steak ‘N Shake • Taco Diner • Tailgater’s • Tamari Japanese • Ted’s Montana Grill • TGI Fridays • The Beer Market • The Nest at • Bolingbrook • Golf Club • Tilted Kilt • Zen House


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Hampton Inn & Suites

500 Janes Ave 630-410-6367 aloftbolingbrook.com 155 rooms

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Test your skills and patience on one of the area’s finest 18-hole golf courses, designed by renowned architect Arthur Hills. In 2014-2015 Bolingbrook Golf Club was voted by the Golf Range Association of America as one of the “Top 50 Public Golf Ranges in America”.

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Enjoy water play all year long at our family-friendly Pelican Harbor Aquatic Center. Lazy river, water speed slides, diving well with a drop slide, one-meter diving board, a fun-spray playground, zero-depth pool, sand playground, water slides and beach volleyball.

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Four small lakes are stocked with a variety of fish year round. There is also an area for picnicking or just relaxing in this beautiful wooded setting.

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Bolingbrook Performing Arts Center Concerts, theater, movies, community events. Come experience the hidden “Jewel” of Bolingbrook. Performances all summer long. Indoor winter programs, also.

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Illinois Aviation Museum at Bolingbrook Come experience the history of aviation, from the invention of the first airplane to the wonders of modern air travel.

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Money Magazine October 2014 Top 50 List "Best Places to Live" in America

Bolingbrook, IL Ranked #38

135 Remington Blvd. hiltongardeninn3.hilton.com 127 rooms 630-947-3125

205 Remington Blvd. 630-679-1600 or 800/Holiday holiday-inn.com 145 rooms

Hidden Lakes Historic Trout Farm 425 Trout Farm Road

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Fabulous Pelican Harbor Indoor-Outdoor Water Park

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175 Remington Blvd. 630-378-5300 americinn.com/hotels/il/ bolingbrook 64 rooms

520 S. Bolingbrook Dr. 630-972-9797 ramada.com 60 rooms

125 Remington Blvd. 630-759-0529 springhillsuites.com/chibl 82 rooms

For more information about the Village of Bolingbrook, call 630-226-8400 or visit our website at bolingbrook.com


Greater Bolingbrook Area Naperville Park District 320 W. Jackson Ave Naperville, IL 60540 630-848-5000 napervilleparks.org

Naperville Park District offers 1500+ programs and events for all. Facilities include 140 parks, two golf courses, historic Centennial Beach, a downtown Riverwalk and more.

Services Bobak’s Signature Events an Conference Center 6440 Double Eagle Drive Woodridge, IL 60517 630-968-7778 signatureevent.com

Unique banquet conference facility for corporate, social and family events.

Bolingbrook Area Chamber of Commerce 201-B Canterbury Lane Bolingbrook, IL 60440 630-226-8420 bolingbrookchamber.org

The Chamber is a not-for profit organization whose primary purpose is to promote and support the growth and development of the

local business community.

Bolingbrook’s Clow International Airport

130 S. Clow International Parkway Bolingbrook, IL 60490 630-378-0479 clowairport.com General aviation, flight school, air charter, restaurant and Illinois Aviation Museum all within the airport.

Heartland Bank and Trust Company 14901 S. Rt. 59 Plainfield, IL 60544 815-254-6800 hbtbank.com

Independently owned community bank providing a complete line of financial services to commercial and retail customers, customized lending and cash management solutions. Member FDIC.

Heartland Bank and Trust Company 5650 Caton Farm Rd. Plainfield, IL 60544 815-439-2265 hbtbank.com

Independently owned community bank providing a complete line of financial

services to commercial and retail customers, customized lending and cash management solutions. Member FDIC.

Lewis University

One University Parkway Romeoville, IL 60446 815-836-5250 lewisu.edu Founded in 1932, Lewis University is a comprehensive, Catholic university providing a value-based education to nearly 6,600 traditional and adult students.

Plainfield Area Chamber of Commerce 24109 W. Lockport Street Plainfield, IL 60544 815-436-4431 plainfieldchamber.com

The Chamber promotes business and community growth and strives to make Plainfield area a better place to live, work, worship, learn and conduct business.

Romeoville Area Chamber of Commerce

10 Montrose Drive Romeoville, IL 60446 815-886-2076 romeovillechamber.org

The Romeoville Area Chamber of Commerce promotes economic growth by providing opportunities for businesses to make meaningful and mutually beneficial relationships.

The Levy Center

spec·ta·cle a. something that can be seen or viewed, especially something of a remarkable or impressive nature.

Na·per Set·tle·ment a. spectacular 12-acre history museum featuring a Victorian Mansion, print and blacksmith shops, one-room schoolhouse, wedding chapel, events, playscape/splash pad and more.

251 Canterbury Lane Bolingbrook, IL 60440 630-759-3411 dupagetownship.org/banquets-arentals The facility can accommodate as many as 275 guests and features a large dining room with views of the beautifully landscaped grounds.

Shopping Sweet Pea & Me Boutique 24041 W. Lockport Street

Plainfield, IL 60544 815-436-9829 Unique & trendy clothing, accessories, toys & gifts for women & young children (newborn - 4T). High quality & style--great promotions!

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Pick your place to stay within the I&M Canal Heritage Corridor Number of Rooms

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Meeting Rooms

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Adress

Phone

Website

Best Western Chicagoland Countryside

6251 Joliet Rd., Countryside, IL, 60525

708-354-5200

bestwesternillinois.com

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Holiday Inn Countryside

6201 Joliet Road 708-352-1101 Countryside, IL 6052

Holidayinn.com

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Aloft Bolingbrook Hotel/LTD Management

500 Janes Ave., Bolingbrook, IL, 60440

aloftbolingbrook.com

155

Comfort Inn Romeoville

1235 Lakeview Dr., 630-226-1900 Romeoville, IL, 60446

comfortinn.com/hotelromeoville-illinois-IL220

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Country Inn & Suites By Carlson

1265 Lakeview Dr., 630-378-1052 Romeoville, IL, 60446

countryinns.com/ romeovilleIL

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Days Inn Romeoville

1280 W. Normantown Rd., Romeoville, IL, 60446

815-372-1000

bestwestern.com

Holiday Inn Hotel and Suites

205 Remington Blvd., Bolingbrook, IL, 60440

630-679-1600

bolingbrookholidayinn.com

145

Quality Inn Bolingbrook

175 W. Remington 630-378-5300 Blvd., Bolingbrook, IL, 60440

choicehotels.com

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SpringHill Suites by Marriott

125 Remington Blvd., Bolingbrook, IL, 60440

marriott.com/chibl

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Super 8 Romeoville

1301 Marquette, 630-759-8880 Romeoville, IL, 60446

super8.com/romeoville

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4380 Enterprise Dr., Best Western Joliet Inn & Suites Joliet, IL 60431

815-730-7500

bestwesternillinois.com

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Comfort Inn Joliet 1520 Commerce Ln.,

815-730-1111

ramada.com

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Comfort Inn North - Joliet

3235 Norman Ave., Joliet, IL, 60435

815-436-5141

comfortinn.com

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Fairfield Inn & Suites Joliet North/ Plainfield

3239 Norman Ave., Joliet, IL, 60435

815-436-6577

marriott.com/mdwfi

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Hampton Inn I-55

3555 Mall Loop Dr., Joliet, IL, 60431

815-439-9500

jolieti55.hamptoninn.com

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Hampton Inn I-80

1521 Riverboat Dr., Joliet, IL, 60431

815-725-2424

jolieti80.hamptoninn.com

Harrah’s Joliet Casino & Hotel

151 N. Joliet St., Joliet, IL, 60432

815-740-7800

Holiday Inn Express Joliet

3231 Norman Ave., Joliet, IL, 60431

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Joliet, IL, 60431

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777 Hollywood Blvd., Joliet, IL, 60436

888-436-7737

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3231 Norman Ave., Joliet, IL 60431

815-439-4200

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1515 Riverboat Center 815-741-2400 Marriott TownePlace Suites Dr., Joliet, IL, 60431

towneplacesuitesjoliet.com

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Motel 6 Joliet South

1850 McDonough St., Joliet, IL, 60436

815-729-2800

motel6.com

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Quality Inn Joliet

135 S. Larkin Ave., Joliet, IL, 60436

815-744-1770

comfortinn.com

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Red Roof Inn

1750 McDonough St., Joliet, IL, 60436

815-741-2304

redroof.com

108

Super 8 Joliet

3401 Mall Loop Dr., Joliet, IL, 60431

815-439-3838

super8.com

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Wingate by Wyndham

101 McDonald Ave., Joliet, IL, 60431

815-741-2100

wingatehotels.com

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AmericInn Lodge & Suites Oswego

1050 Douglas Rd., Oswego, IL, 60543

630-554-9090 americinn.com/hotels/IL/ oswego

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Comfort Inn Morris

70 W. Gore Rd., Morris, IL, 60450

815-942-1433

comfortinn.com/hotelmorris-illinois-IL067

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Days Inn and Suites

80 Hampton Dr., Morris, IL, 60450

815-942-9000

daysinn.com

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Hampton Inn & Suites Minooka

621 Bob Blair Rd., Minooka, IL, 60447

815-828-6450

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Holiday Inn Express Morris

222 Gore Rd., Morris, IL, 60450

815-941-8700

jankohotels.com

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Park Motel

1923 N. Division St., Morris, IL, 60450

815-942-1321

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Quality Inn Morris 200 Gore Rd.,

Morris, IL, 60450

815-942-6600

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1705 N. Bloomington 815-672-0080 St., Streator, IL, 61364

BudgetInn-Streator.com

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Best Western Oglesby

900 Holiday St., Oglesby, IL, 61348

815-883-3535

bestwesternoglesby.com

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Best Western Timber Creek Inn & Suites and Convention Center, LTD

3300 Drew Ave. (Rte. 34), Sandwich, IL, 60548

630-273-6000

timbercreekinnandsuites. com

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Brightwood Inn

2407 N. Route 178, Olesby, IL, 61348

888-667-0600 brightwoodinn.com

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Days Inn Oglesby/ 120 N. Lewis Ave., Oglesby, IL, 61348 Starved Rock

815-883-9600

daysinn.com/hotel/04593

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Fairfield Inn Peru

4385 Venture Dr., Peru, IL, 61354

815-223-7458

marriott.com/sqipr

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Fairfield Inn & Suites Ottawa Starved Rock

3000 Fairfield Lane, Ottawa, IL, 61350

815-431-8955

fairfieldmarriottstarvedrock. com

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2643 N. Rt. 178, Grizzly Jack’s Grand Bear Resort Utica, IL, 61373 & Waterpark

815-667-FUNN (3866)

grizzlyjacksresort.com

204

Hampton Inn Ottawa

815-434-6040

hamptoninn-starvedrock. com

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Hampton Inn Peru 4421 North Peoria St., 815-220-8400

hamptoninn.hilton.com

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Holiday Inn Express Ottawa

120 E. Stevenson Rd., Ottawa, IL, 61350

815-433-0029

holidayinnexpress starvedrock.com

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Holiday Inn Express & Suites Peru

5253 Trompeter Rd., Peru, IL, 61354

815-224-2500

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Phone

Region

Website

La Quinta Inn and Suites- Peru

4389 Venture Dr., Peru, IL, 61354

815-224-9000

lq.com

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Landers House Country Lodging

115 East Church St., Utica, IL, 61373

815-667-5170

landershouse.com

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Quality Inn - Peru

5240 Trompeter Rd., Peru, IL, 61354

815-223-8585

qualityinn.com/hotel-peruillinois-IL069

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Relax Inn Streator

1551 N. IL Route 23 Streator, IL 61364

815-672-3168

Relaxinnstreator.com

Routes 178 & 71, Starved Rock Utica, IL, 61373 Lodge and Conference Center

815-667-4211

starvedrocklodge.com

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Super 8 Ottawa

500 East Etna Rd., Ottawa, IL, 61350

815-434-2888

super8.com

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The Willows

325 Clark St., Utica, IL, 61373

815-667-3400

thewillowshotel.net

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Adress

Phone

The Inn at Smokey Row

112 Stephen St., Lemont,IL,60439

630-888-5259 innatsmokeyrow.com

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Whispering Pines 10940 S. Dwight Rd., Dwight,IL,60420 of Dwight, Inc.

260-433-4886 whisperingpinesofdwight.com

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Bayley House Suite Bed and Breakfast

723 N. 2150th Rd., Tonica,IL,61370

815-442-3276

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Brightwood Inn

2407 N. Route 178, Oglesby,IL,61348

888-667-0600 brightwoodinn.com

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Chef Tom's Guest House

205 W. Wilson St., Streator, IL, 61364

815-257-1025

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Chestnut Street Inn

301 E. Chestnut St., Sheffield,IL,61361

800-537-1304 chestnut-inn.com

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Fox River Bed and Breakfast

3367 E. 2072nd Rd., Ottawa,IL,61350

815-431-9257

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Kishauwau Country Cabins

901 N. 2129 Rd., Tonica,IL,61370

815-442-8453 kishauwau.com

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115 E. Church St., Landers House Country Lodging Utica, IL 61373

815-667-5170

landershouse.com

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Lord Stockings 803 3rd Ave., Bed & Breakfast Mendota,IL 61342

815-539-7905

bbonline.com/il/ mendota.html

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Madison Street Living

804 Chapel St., Ottawa,IL,61350

815-434-1500

madisonstreetliving.com

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Marcia’s Bed and Breakfast

3003 N. IL Route 71, Ottawa,IL,61350

815-488-5217

marciasbnb.com

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Remembrance Rock Lodge

1948 N. 2959th Rd., Ottawa,IL,61350

815-326-1094

remembrancerock.com

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River House Bed 121 E. Prospect Ave., Ottawa, IL, 61350 and Breakfast

815-324-2866

ottawariverhouse.com

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Starved Rock Lodge - Cabins

815-667-4211

starvedrocklodge.com

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Routes 178 & 71, Utica,IL,61373

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facebook.com/pages/ChefToms/157322727685088

foxriverbnb.com

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River

Water Hook-up

Handicap Accessible

Lake

Electric Hook-up

Pets Allowed

Season

Fishing

Sewer Hook-up

Camping Name

Adress

Phone

Website

Region

500 Speedway Blvd., Chicagoland Joliet, IL 60433 Speedway and Route 66 Raceway Camping

815-722-5500 chicagolandspeedway.com route66raceway.com

Fossil Rock Recreation Area

24615 W. Strip Mine Rd., Wilmington, IL, 60481

815-476-6784

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Hollywood Casino RV Resort

777 Hollywood Blvd., Joliet, IL, 60434

888-436-7737 hollywoodcasinojoliet.com/ Accommodations

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Leisure Lake Resort

21900 SW Frontage Rd., Joliet, IL, 60431

815-741-9405

leisurelakeresort.com

212

Race View Farms

19100 Schweitzer Rd., Joliet, IL, 60433

815-741-3010

raceviewfarms.com

500

Race

Cozy Corner Campground

805 N. 25th Rd., Oglesby, IL, 61348

815-667-4886

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Hickory Hollow Campground

757 North 3029th Rd., Utica, IL 61373

815-667-4996 HickoryHollowCG.com

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Katchewan Lakes Campground

2002 South Barr St., Streator, IL61364

815-310-0265

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LaSalle-Peru KOA

756 N. 3150th Rd., Utica, IL 61373

815-667-4988 koa.com

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Prairie Lakes Country Club & Inn

2550 N. 32nd Rd., Marseilles, IL, 61341

815-795-5107

prairielakescc.com

Troll Hollow Campground

2265 N. 2453 Rd., Marseilles, IL, 61341

815-795-2537

trollhollow.com

White Oak Campground

Route 178, Utica, IL 61373

815-667-4758

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Phone

Website

Chef Tom’s Guest House

205 W. Wilson St., Streator, IL 61364

815-510-0658 facebook.com/pages/ChefToms/157322727685088

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Itineraries I&M Canal Built in 1833 by the same Irish immigrants who built the I&M Canal, St. James at Sag Bridge remains an operating church and is also open to the public for tours.

Historic Sites

Foodie

Outdoor Fun

Unique Shops

Relaxing Weekend Getaway Eastern Corridor

Located in the historic Gaylord Building, Public Landing Restaurant and Banquet Center uses the freshest ingredients in their scratch kitchen. The restaurant is open year round and the dog friendly patio is open summer long.

Every Fall, Heap’s Giant Pumpkin Farm welcomes guests of all ages to explore the farm and partake in Autumn activities. Get your Fall décor of pumpkins, mums and more, take a hay ride around the farm and if you’re looking for a scare, try the Haunted Corn Maze! Open Thursday thru Sunday, H & H Mercantile - Veranda offers unique items you won’t find anywhere else. From vinyl to fine art, furniture and more; you can experience big city shopping at small town prices.

Experience the movies like never before at iPic Theaters & Salt Sports Bar. Dine on popcorn and a chef-prepared meal, and sit back and relax with a variety of luxury seating options while watching the newest Hollywood releases.

Homecut Donuts, Inc. has become a landmark and local favorite since it opened in 1966 and has been happily serving generations donuts, pastries and coffee at affordable prices.

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For 19 years Captain’s Cove Bar and Grill has offered patrons a waterfront view and a fantastic full service restaurant, with convenient docking available during the summer months.

Locating along the I&M Canal, the Lemont Area Chamber offers history of the Lemont area as well as current events happening in the village and different businesses to visit while in the area.

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Scenic Drives Start your journey along the Mother Road by picking up a Memory Maker Passport at the Berwyn Route 66 Museum. Learn about the history and culture of Route 66 by viewing artifacts, historic signs and pictures.

Take a break from your drive at the Old Route 66 Family Restaurant, home of the friendliest staff on the Mother Road! Come in for breakfast, lunch or dinner to experience a small town charm, a warm welcome and a delicious meal.

Visit Windy City Harley-Davidson Authorized Rentals in Villa Park and rent a bike to ride down your favorite scenic highway. You can rent for a day at a time or on a weekly basis, plan to go on a guided tour or on a self guided ride yourself.

At Two Hounds Antiques, owners Mike and Jamie repurpose antique and vintage items, giving them a new purpose or helping them work like brand new. Visit the shop to check out old, new and repurposed items.

SaltTreeYoga wellness center offers a variety of relaxing wellness alternatives including one of only 10 Himalayan Salt Caves in the state. Try your a new, natural way to restore your body to it’s natural, functional and healthy state.

At Pollyanna Brewing Company creating the best beer from local fruits and spices is a passion. You can tour the brewery, have a tasting or come for one of their special events.

For a relaxing atmosphere, stop at JJ’s Pub on Main, where you can enjoy a casual atmosphere, host a private party, catch a game on one of the 10 HD TVs and try any of the 19 beers on tap.

Stop in downtown Wilmington to pay the Wilmington Downtown Merchants Association a visit. You will experience small town charm and hospitality while shopping at a variety of unique businesses.

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The Hegeler Carus Mansion was built as a family home in 1874 and remains virtually unaltered since. The mansion has been placed on the National Historic Landmark list and hosts tours and events year round.

Located in the Old Stone Church, the Lemont Area Historical Society and Museum hosts a collection of historic artifacts that preserve the heritage of Lemont and the surrounding area.

A gourmet restaurant founded on love, comfort and joy where food becomes art, The Pink Chihuahua features food from across the globe. Offering hand-crafted dishes whether it be tapas, seafood, steak or pasta we are sure you will leave full and happy.

Chef Mike Hernandez changes the menu seasonally, offering the guests at Ember’s Tap House - Lockport a variety of culinary experiences. Try any of the 40 beers on tap at private party or at a casual weekday meal.

Looking for adventure and an unforgettable experience? Head to Zip Chicago where you with go on a tour 85 feet above the ground across 8 different cables at speeds up to 45 mph!

For the past 37 years, Western Factory Outlet, has been Peru’s source of all things western including boots, clothing, jewelry and more. Open 7 days a week for your convenience.

Visit the largest gaming parlor in the area at Jackpot & Rosie’s Slots & Video Poker. Enjoy your gaming in a clean, comfortable atmosphere at the lounge in the North Ottawa Plaza.

Voted one of the best restaurants in Ottawa, The New Chalet Restaurant has been a community staple since 1966. Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, stop in for a featured menu item.

With a menu that changes seasonally and offering finest, freshest ingredients, Mark Allen’s American Kitchen offers a unique dining experience for any occasion.

Festivities Unlimited offers a variety of services and works to personalize any event and specific need. Host an event in the cozy banquet facility in the heart of Starved Rock Country.

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Whether you are looking for an accessory for your current bike, or just looking to rent a bike, head to The Bike Shop in Ottawa. Offering hourly rentals, helmets, lights, bells and more; or, if you are already out riding you can stop at their convenient picnic table.

Rock Paper Scissors - Ottawa works to combine education and fun by offering educational toys and games as well as classroom supplies. The store offers educational fun for all ages that helps inspire imagination and learning.

Ottawa’s River House Bed and Breakfast is a historic Queen Anne built in 1890 that overlooks the meeting place of the Illinois and Fox Rivers. The convenient location is within walking distance to many bars and restaurants and a short drive to golf courses, Starved Rock State Park and more.

The Children’s Museum in Oak Lawn invites families to visit, learn, explore and play together in an atmosphere that promotes creativity, discovery and learning.

Maria’s Ristorante & Pizzeria in Morris welcomes you with warm Italian hospitality while offering an excellent dining experience in a casual atmosphere. Using the freshest ingredients to create genuine Italian and American cuisine.

At Impress Printing and Design in Joliet, your project goes from concept to finished product, with in house graphic design and a full array of print products we guarantee you will leave impressed.

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cuisine and Broadway-caliber entertainment. Try your luck at two incredible casinos. When we say Joliet is the City of Excitement, we really mean it! You can’t truly appreciate a city until you know its’ rich history so take a trip down memory lane at the Joliet Area Historical Museum where you’ll step back in time and see how people built the foundation for today’s thriving community. Since opening in 2002 in the former Ottawa Street Methodist Church, the museum’s main gallery serves as an introduction to the storied lives of the Joliet area and its people. Exhibits are enhanced by state-ofthe-art audio-visual presentations, life-size models and award-winning touch screen visuals. Walk through a lifesize construction replica of the the historic I & M Canal, stroll down a turn-of-the-century street past storefronts showcasing fashions of yesteryear and take a virtual ride on a replica trolley. See the state-of-the-art Apollo/Houbolt Exhibit that celebrates the historic 1969 moon landing and honors former Joliet resident and key proponent of

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Less than an hour from downtown Chicago by car or train, and a similar distance from many Midwest locations, Joliet is the most accessible getaway you’ll find in 2016. If you prefer to reach this amazing town by way of a tranquil trip down the Des Plaines River, you can easily dock at Billie Limacher Bicentennial Park, south of the Jefferson Street Bridge to north of the train bridge on the west bank. Then enjoy an exhilarating stroll along the shimmering waterway before heading into town for an unforgettable visit. So plan your perfect weekend away now for family fun, girlfriend getaways, artistic appreciation, romantic escapes or just a night on the town for creative

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the lunar orbit rendezvous concept, Dr. John C. Houbolt. The 500 square-foot, two-story exhibit features interactive panels, diagrams and maps and period dioramas that tell the fascinating story of the race to the moon, the Apollo 11 mission, the moon landing and Dr. Houbolt’s vision. A step-in Lunar Lander Simulator challenges visitors to begin their daring journey of space exploration and see the same controls used by the first lunar explorers during their missions. Using a throttle and a joystick, guests use skill and wit to guide their craft to the approaching lunar surface. After your safe moon landing, Strike Up the Band and march alongside the Joliet Township High School Band, where 25,000 students have taken part in band activities over the past 100 years. This celebrated group has performed for John Philip Sousa, President Dwight D. Eisenhower and Mickey Mouse. Initially organized on an informal basis, the Joliet Township High School Band went on to play a significant role in the development of instrumental music education in the United States. jolietmuseum.org The excitement begins at the “Crossroads of America”, where historic Route 66 (the Mother Road) crosses the Lincoln Highway (the first Coast-to-Coast “motor road.”) Stand at the northwest corner of Ottawa and Cass Streets in downtown Joliet and when you look west, you can see the westbound traffic for the Lincoln Highway, “The Main Street Across America” and the first national memorial to President Abraham Lincoln. Facing south, you can imagine the sounds of eager drivers getting their kicks on Route 66 and perhaps humming “see the USA in your Chevrolet” as they venture out to a faraway

After your nostalgic glimpse at the “Crossroads of America”, head inside to the Route 66 Welcome Center, housed in the Joliet Area Historical Museum and embark on a virtual cross-country tour. In 1926, signs announcing a new highway, Route 66, began popping up across Illinois. Stretching southwest from Chicago, through Springfield, and into St. Louis, Illinois’ portion is the oldest section of the road. Take a seat at the Route 66 Drive-In Theater, complete with car speakers, and view projected images of the historic byway. Check out the Road on the Ceiling, which whimsically employs a driving ‘57 Chevy to plot major points of interest along Route 66 from Chicago to Los Angeles—including Illinois’ own Gemini Giant. At the retro Drive-In Diner, sit in a classic convertible and press a radio button to hear newscasts and songs from the Route 66 era. A carhop stands at the ready to take your order from the scratch-and-sniff menu cards with such ‘50s diner favorites as burgers and malts. Take a break in the Route 66 Motel Room, complete with a vintage television and “magic fingers” bed. Use the phone to call up excerpts from the old Route 66 TV show that was popular in the ‘60s, and featured the likes of Robert Redford, Joan Crawford and Robert Duvall. The city of Joliet, Illinois, shares a storied history with “America’s Mother Road”. In November 1926, Joliet became an official part of Route 66, with the roadway running through town for decades before it was eventually re-routed. But the culture of Route 66 never left the city, and today visitors experience what the famed highway was like in its heyday. Take note of the replica historic

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gas pumps stationed throughout the city and a must-stop is Route 66 Park, where you can take great snapshots and selfies in front of the huge Joliet Kicks on 66 sign. While at the park, check out the kiosks that highlight each of Joliet’s Route 66 attractions. Follow the pathway HeritageCorridorCVB.com


VisitJoliet.com that leads to an overlook of the historic Joliet Prison, made famous in “The Blues Brothers”. And make sure to indulge in a banana split at the park’s restored Rich & Creamy ice cream stand, the original official starting point of Route 66 in Joliet, Illinois. Now that you’ve brushed up on your Joliet history, it’s time to get the party started! For fabulous theatre and live entertainment, start in historic downtown Joliet at the Rialto Square Theatre, just steps away from silhouette sculptures of Groucho and Harpo Marx, who performed there in 1930 in the height of the vaudeville era. Originally constructed as a “Vaudeville movie palace for the people” in 1926, the Rialto Square Theatre, is considered one of the 10 most beautiful theatres in the entire nation. A-List talent and fullfledged productions grace the stage of this stately structure that stands as an architectural masterpiece in its own right. Get there early so you’ll have plenty of time to marvel at the grand esplanade designed after the Hall of Mirrors in the Palace of Versailles in Paris, the arch between the esplanade and rotunda area that was carefully copied from the Arc de Triomphe in Paris, the elegant rotunda graced by 18 Corinthian-style columns similar to the Pantheon in Rome and the “Duchess”, a 20-foot long suspended crystal chandelier glowing with 250 lights. In addition to the myriad shows, you’ll get V.I.P. treatment at a behind-the-scenes tour and truly uncover the Rialto’s hallowed history. rialtosquare.com

Latitude 41, a theatre company founded on the belief that Joliet-area audiences are eager for more quality community theater and it should be an artistically-enriching for the audience, players and crew. lat41.org Foodies from across the Midwest converge on ATI Field at Joliet Memorial Stadium for Taste of Joliet, a 3-day festival full of fabulous food and entertainment. Make the Taste of Joliet an annual summer tradition and feast on fare from 25 food vendors. Every June, top talent from the music world descends on the Taste stage and this year, Styx, one of rock’s most iconic bands, will headline Friday night. Past entertainers include Cheap Trick, Sammy Hagar, REO Speedwagon, Zendaya, Corbin, Josh Turner, Cody Simpson, Kenny Rogers, Pat Benatar, Eddie Money, KC & the Sunshine Band, Everclear and Loverboy. Festival dates: June 24-26, 2016. tasteofjoliet.com A grand slam is guaranteed for the entire family at Silver Cross Field in downtown Joliet, home of the Joliet Slammers. This professional baseball team is entering their 24th season, belonging to the 12-team independent Frontier League. The Slammers were the Frontier League Champions in 2011 and play every May through September. Amazing and affordable seats make this the perfect venue for a great summer day

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The vibrant local theater community puts on powerful performances at the Billie Limacher Bicentennial Park Theater, home to the Joliet Drama Guild and Latitude 41. Joliet Drama Guild is in their 83nd year of bringing quality theater to the Joliet area with 2nd and 3rd generation actors and crew who provide stellar shows at affordable prices. jolietdramaguild.org There’s plenty of room for you to enjoy the productions from

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or night at the ballpark with fireworks nights and great giveaways. Bring a big group to a Slammers game and book a luxury suites for any special occasion. In what promises to be a riveting rematch, the Slammers and Chicago Bandits (female fastpitch players from Rosemont, Illinois) will play again this year in a “Battle of The Sexes” fastpitch softball game on Tuesday, July 12th at 7:05pm. Last year’s game resulted in a 1-0 Bandits victory. Plus there’s more than just great baseball at this beautiful ball park, conveniently located within walking distance of

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along the lakefront to Evanston and then back again. Frank Duryea won the race in 7 hours 53 minutes and took home a staggering (at the time) $2,000. The stakes are much higher today, and in addition to the spectacular spectator experience you’ll enjoy, don’t miss the ultimate adrenaline rush that puts you in the driver’s seat of an authentic NASCAR-style stock car with speeds up to 160 mph in special experiences designed by Rusty Wallace, Mario Andretti, Dale Jarrett and Richard Petty. chicagolandspeedway.com Get revved up at Route 66 Raceway, the first true Drag Racing Stadium founded in 1998 by nine local entrepreneurs. Every seat provides a heart-racing view of the dragstrip I&M Canal Heritage Corridor Visitors Guide

within 500 feet of the starting line. Plus each ticket is a Pit Pass so you’ll experience unrivaled fan-driver interaction and accessibility as you walk the pits, watch the teams service the car, collect autographs and meet your favorite drivers. This NHRA-affiliated, ¼ mile drag strip hosts weekly ET Bracket Series racing, NHRA Jr. Drag Racing and the annual NHRA Lucas Oil and Mello Yello Drag Racing Series. route66raceway.com

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Auto racing legend Bobby Rahal is the driving force behind the 350-acre Autobahn Country Club, home to two challenging road courses that, when combined, create the 2nd longest racing venue in the U.S. A members-only facility, Autobahn welcomes you to book your next meeting or event here for an unforgettable Motorsports experience that features generous paddock areas, large skid pad, karting track, meeting rooms and award-winning catering. Autobahn Defensive Driving Academy invites the public to their Teen, Fleet and Law Enforcement driver programs. autobahndefensivedriving.com

shopper. Anchored by Macy’s, Carson Pirie Scott, JCPenney and Sears, plus H&M, PINK, NY&Co, and Pandora. Shopping can really build up an appetite so grab a bite at TGI Friday’s or catch a game on the big screens at Tilted Kilt. Tons of options also await at the dining court plus many snack stops along the way. Finish your visit with the latest release at the 14-screen all digital Cinemark Movie Theatre. And you can be a start at the

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mall when you visit the country’s first, interactive digital ficus tree. Take a selfie and send it up the tree to be seen on twenty-eight 40” screens. Just off I-55 and Rt, 30 and minutes from I-80. shoppinglouisjolietmall.com With so much to see and do in Joliet, make the most of your visit and stay overnight or for the weekend at one of the city’s welcoming hotels. The Will County Lodging Association will help you choose the right accommodations for you with an extensive list of hotels featuring all of your favorite amenities. willcountylodging.org

Be bold, be stylish and shop ‘til you drop at the famed Louis Joliet Mall, with over 90 stores for the savvy

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Ever dreamed of roaring around a track at over 150 MPH in an authentic NASCAR race car? Make that dream a reality at Chicagoland Speedway when you get behind the wheel as the daring driver or brave passenger and zoom around the track while friends and family cheer you on from the pit road. Racing stars each have their experience so choose your favorite driver and buckle up! ● Richard Petty drivepetty.com/race-tracks/chicagoland-speedway ● Dale Jarrett racingadventure.com

“The Blues Brothers” movie. It was also the location for Fox TV’s Prison Break and the movie Let’s Go to Prison. Although the prison is closed to visitors, pack a picnic and relax in Old Joliet Prison Park, a scenic backdrop for great photos with eight information kiosks that provide intriguing insight into the prison’s past and inmate history. 1127-1299 Collins Street.

● Mario Andretti andrettiracing.com ● Rusty Wallace https://racewithrusty.com ● NASCAR nascarracingexperience.com

a minimum of 30 people, your group will enjoy a grand tour of the theatre and then take in an organ concert in the breathtaking auditorium. ($7.00 per person). Barton Grande Buffet Tour: With a minimum of 30 people,, this one-of-a-kind experience includes a grand tour, delicious breakfast or lunch buffet in the Rotunda and private mini-concert on the world renowned Barton Grande Theatre Pipe Organ. ($35.00 per person). The Theatre requests that you call ahead before heading over for a tour due to potential scheduling issues. rialtosquare.com

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There’s No Business Like Show Business and you can get a true taste of the glamorous life with your choice of behindthe-scenes tour at the magnificent Rialto Square Theater. Public Tours: Every Tuesday at 1:30pm, stroll through the grand Esplanade and Rotunda’s beautiful architecture and craftsmanship, then go on stage and beyond to the “green room.” (No public tour Tues. Nov. 17) Tour and Organ Concert: With

Arts & Crafts meets Adventure at CPX Sports, one of the top paintball facilities in the world. With over 20 fields spanning 143 acres and home to the 2nd largest paintball tournament in the world, CPX Sports has created the ultimate experience. Compete in Armageddon, an apocalyptic town’s ruins creates the eeriest of landscapes, the Jungle of Doom is complete with an ancient Aztec Temple and don’t miss Bedlam, Illinois, an exhilarating 10-block town that’s complete in every detail. cpxsports.com

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Awe inspiring art is everywhere you turn thanks to Friends of Community Public Art (FCPA). Their partnership with the City of Joliet has transformed the once industrial city of the mid-20th century into a vibrant metropolis bursting with art and culture around every corner. In creating over 140 cut or broken tile mosaics, contemporary collage-based realistic murals and life-size figurative bronze sculptures, FCPA celebrates Joliet’s diverse historical, economical and cultural background – with themes including African American, Native American and Hispanic heritage, veterans, justice, the Underground Railroad, education, nature, sports, music, labor unions and more. Discover it all with self-guided maps detailing different sections of the city, including Route 66, Lincoln Highway/Route 30 and Joliet’s Downtown City Center. fcpaonline.org

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Summer visitors to Billie Limacher Bicentennial Park are invited to enjoy free outdoor “Concerts on the Hill” every Thursday night at 6:30 in June, July and August. Now in their 24th year on historic Bluff Street along the Des Plaines River, you’ll delight in quality concerts and family entertainment in this beautiful setting. With plenty of free parking and lush lawn seating, all you need to bring for a perfect summer evening is a

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Flora and fauna flows yearround at The Bird Haven Greenhouse & Conservatory that sits on three acres of land within a 660-acre site, comprised of Pilcher Park and Higginbotham Woods. Constructed in the early 1900’s, this Italian Renaissance-style facility, designed by the Lord and Burnham Company, features spectacular floral shows with seasonal motifs during the fall, winter and spring. Attractions include a tropical house, cacti room and show house. jolietpark.org/index.php/ facilities/bird-haven-greenhouse

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Cool off and soak up the sun at Splash Station Waterpark. Experience the thrill of racing your friends down a 200-foot tower of speed on Miner’s Mountain, the Midwest’s only, six-lane racing slide. Relax on an 865-foot lazy river, enjoy enclosed and open body and tube slides plus a zero depth pool and sandy play area. Splash Station welcomes you to pack your own lunch or dinner and enjoy it in the picnic area outside the park. Coolers and outside food are not allowed inside the park, but swimmers can enter and leave the park as many times as they wish by showing their receipt at the gate. Go “all aboard” in the Dining Car Cafe,

an inside-the-park concession stand featuring burgers, pizza, ice cream and candy. jolietspalshstation.com

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Joliet Iron Works Historic Site The 52-acre Joliet Iron Works Historic Site is part of the Des Plaines River preservation system, which conserves more than 2,400 acres of land. Prior to the District’s acquisition of the land, it was the site of an iron manufacturing facility from the late 1800s to the early 1900s. Cultural resources protected at the preserve include foundations of the blast furnaces and other structures from the dismantled factory. Joliet Iron Works Historic Site features 0.59 mile of paved trail that provides a self-guided interpretive tour of the site’s historical significance. The preserve also provides access to the 10.81-mile, crushed limestone/paved Centennial Trail/I&M Canal Trail, ideal for hiking, biking, inline skating, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing.reconnectwithnature.org/ preserves-trails/Joliet-Iron-Works

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Haunted Trails has been raising spirits for kids of all ages since 1988. This indoor/outdoor amusement park offers everything from awardwinning miniature-golf courses, go-kart tracks, laser tag, batting cages and amusement rides. Plus the Monster’s Tomb Video & Game Room is open year-round hauntedtrailsjoliet.com

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Pontiac Centrally located in Illinois along both Interstate 55 and Old Route 66, Pontiac is the home to the Illinois Route 66 Hall of Fame & Museum, the Pontiac-Oakland Automobile Museum, the Museum of the Gilding Arts, the Livingston County War Museum, twenty-four colorful, outdoor wall murals, nine Looking for Lincoln Story Trail exhibits, five Route 66 Heritage wayside exhibits, an historic downtown shopping area, a selection of historic homes, and a great selection of restaurants and lodging options. Folks who make a stop in Pontiac are pleasantly surprised by all that we have to see and do, and the warmth of our hospitality.

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Pontiac is the only Midwestern city able to boast of having three swinging pedestrian bridges, and no visit is complete without crossing the Vermilion River on at least one of them. Visitors may enjoy unique walking tours, quaint parks and a stunning 300 acre nature preserve. The downtown area buzzes with excitement with street festivals, live entertainments, classic car shows, and fairs during the spring, summer and fall. Softball tournaments, drama in the park, and other outdoor events are scheduled annually. Heritage travelers, antique hunters, and art lovers will always find something unique in Pontiac. Visitors are encouraged to stop at any of the museums and pick up a Pontiac VIP button which, when worn in town, will yield special discounts and benefits from local merchants. The Pontiac Visitors Center, located inside the Illinois Route 66 Museum, has maps and brochures available. For more information, visit the Pontiac Tourism website: visitpontiac.org, or call: (800) 835-2055.

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101 McDonald Avenue McDonald & Route 52 Joliet, IL 60431

815-741-2100 www.wingatehotels.com

• Free breakfast • Free wi-fi • Pool, whirlpool & gym

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50 Accommodations Best Western Joliet Inn & Suites 4380 Enterprise Drive Joliet, IL 60431 815-730-7500 bestwesternillinois.com

Green Eco-friendly practices, complimentary breakfast, indoor heated swimming pool area, large atrium with a sundeck, a meeting room for up to 40 people, spacious rooms.

Chicagoland Speedway 500 Speedway Boulevard Joliet, IL 60433 815-722-5500 chicagolandspeedway.com

Choose from 4 unique camping options at Chicagoland Speedway! Benefits include: payment plan options, free tram services around the facility, and non-stop entertainment.

Comfort Inn North - Joliet 3235 Norman Avenue Joliet, IL 60435 815-436-5141 comfortinn.com

Indoor pool and hot tub. Business center, deluxe continental breakfast, guest laundry, free Wi-fi. Right off of I-55 exit 257. Nonsmoking facility.

24615 W. Strip Mine Road Wilmington, IL 60481 815-476-6784

Full hook-up sites to primitive tenting. Beach, fishing, fossil hunting, playground, showers. Near raceways. Open all year. Call for reservations and hours of operations.

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Hampton Inn Joliet I-55

Close to Hollywood & Harrah’s Casinos, Rialto Theater, First Midwest Bank Amphitheater, Route 66 Raceway. Ask about special rates.

Newly remodeled hotel with indoor pool & whirlpool, “”on the house”” breakfast, and complimentary internet access. 100% satisfaction guaranteed! Includes microwave and refrigerator in room.

1520 Commerce Lane Joliet, IL 60431 815-730-1111 choicehotels.com

Fairfield Inn & Suites Joliet North/Plainfield 3239 Norman Avenue Joliet, IL 60435 815-436-6577 marriott.com/mdwfi

This Marriott hotel is conveniently located off I-55 & Rt. 30. They offer exceptional friendly and quality customer service! Group and extended stay rates available.

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3555 Mall Loop Drive Joliet, IL 60431 815-439-9500 jolieti55.hamptoninn.com

Hampton Inn Joliet I-80 1521 Riverboat Center Drive Joliet, IL 60431 815-725-2424 jolieti80.hamptoninn.com

Hotel features expanded lobby, fitness center with Precor equipment, pool, and whirlpool. Enjoy their complimentary hot “”on the house”” breakfast & complimentary wireless internet.

at one of our Joliet & Romeoville Area Lodging Partners

Joliet Area Lodging Partners Best Western Inn & Suites 815-730-7500 bestwestern.com

Harrahs Casino & Hotel 815-740-7800 harrahsjoliet.com

Bolingbrook Fairfield Inn & Suites 815-436-6577 marriott.com/mdwfi

Hollywood Casino Joliet 888-436-7737 hollywoodcasinojoliet.com

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Hampton Inn Joliet I-55 815-439-9500 jolieti55.hamptoninn.com

TownePlace Suites 815-741-2400 marriott.com/MDWTS

Hampton Inn Joliet I-80 815-725-2424 jolieti80.hamptoninn.com

Wingate by Wyndham 815-741-2100 wingatehotels.com

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Harrah’s Joliet Casino & Hotel 151 N. Joliet Street Joliet, IL 60432 815-740-7800 harrahsjoliet.com

Experience a taste of Las Vegas at Flavors the Buffet, exceptional dinning at the Reserve steakhouse and luxurious comfort at their hotel.

Hollywood Casino Joliet 777 Hollywood Boulevard Joliet, IL 60436 888-436-7737 hollywoodcasinojoliet.com

Experience exciting casino action at Hollywood Casino Joliet. Featuring over 1,100 of the most popular slot and video poker machines, and heart-pounding table action.

Hollywood Casino Joliet Hotel & RV Park 777 Hollywood Boulevard Joliet, IL 60436 1-888-436-7737 hollywoodcasinojoliet.com/ accommodations

100 Room Hotel and 80 spot RV park offering complimentary hot breakfast and WIFI. Complimentary shuttle service between hotel and casino.

Hollywood Casino RV Resort 777 Hollywood Blvd. Joliet, IL 60434 888-436-7737 hollywoodcasinojoliet.com

Open seasonally and has all the conveniences of home, including water and electric hookups, as well as beautiful landscaping, laundry facilities, showers and restrooms.

Lexington Inn & Suites 3231 Norman Avenue Joliet, IL 60431 815-439-4200 lexingtonhotels.com

Free HBO, CNN, ESPN. Hot continental breakfast, free WiFi, fax and copy services and guest laundry. Off I-55 and Rt. 30.

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1515 Riverboat Center Drive Joliet, IL 60431 815-741-2400 towneplacesuitesjoliet.com

All suite hotel featuring breakfast, “In a Pinch Market”, and high-speed wireless internet. Their Suites are 30% larger than standard hotels room and feature fully equipped kitchens.

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Race View Farms

Complimentary coffee 6:00 AM - 10:00 AM. Guest laundry facilities, free HBO, ESPN. Wireless internet available. We’ll leave the light on!

Open only race season. 500 sites. Showers available. Pets allowed. RV camping and car parking during major events at Chicagoland Speedway and Route 66 Raceway.

3551 Mall Loop Drive Joliet, IL 60431 815-439-1332 motel6.com

19100 Schweitzer Road Joliet, IL 60433 815-741-3010 raceviewfarms.com

Red Roof Inn

1750 McDonough Street Joliet, IL 60436 815-741-2304 redroof.com

Just off of Interstate I-80; located in Joliet, IL. Red Roof Inn is just minutes away from Chicagoland Speedway,. Red Roof Inn Joliet is 100% non-smoking, offers free WiFi and is pet friendly.

Wingate by Wyndham 101 McDonald Avenue Joliet, IL 60431 815-741-2100 wingatehotels.com Free Wi-Fi

Conveniently located near I-55 and I-80, Wingate by Wyndham welcomes business, groups, sports and leisure travelers. Serving hot complimentary breakfast daily.

Attractions Autobahn Country Club 3795 CenterPoint Way Joliet, IL 60436 815-722-2223 autobahncc.com

Autobahn Country Club is the 4th longest road course in the US. They have multiple public driving events and programs including Go Karting.

Cathedral Area Preservation Association of Joliet (CAPA) POB 3662 Joliet, IL 60434 815-726-4163 capajoliet.net

CAPA preserves, protects, and promotes a well-preserved historic neighborhood. View online for their annual Housewalk and other events.

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Joliet Area Historical Museum

Siegel’s Cottonwood Farm

Chicagoland Speedway hosts a four race weekend, including the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. Route 66 Raceway hosts over 40 events and NHRA Nationals.

Walk through a replica of the I & M Canal, window shop on a turn-of-the-century street, live the legend of Route 66 and more.

Siegel’s Cottonwood Farm is a 4th Generation working family farm. Each season features a different way for you to enjoy spending time in the fresh air.

500 Speedway Boulevard Joliet, IL 60433 815-722-5500 chicagolandspeedway.com

Dollinger Family Farm 7502 E. Hansel Road Channahon, IL 60410 815-467-6766 dollingerfarms.com

October brings pumpkins, hayrides, corn maze, train rides, farm animals, and fun. Also go see their Civil war reenactment the third weekend in October.

Harrah’s Joliet Casino & Hotel 151 N. Joliet Street Joliet, IL 60432 815-740-7800 harrahsjoliet.com

Featuring 1,100+ slot machines, the most Video Poker in town, over 30 table games and WSOP Poker room.

204 N. Ottawa Street Joliet, IL 60432 815-723-5201 jolietmuseum.org

17250 S. Weber Road Lockport, IL 60441 815-741-2693 siegelscottonwoodfarm.com

Lockport Area Genealogical & Historical Society

Statesville Haunted Prison

The Society collects, preserves and makes accessible to the public the stories and records of the family history of the Lockport Illinois area.

With over 40 horrifically detailed rooms, Statesville© has the reputation as one of the best haunted houses in America.

222 East 9th Street Lockport, IL 60441 lockporthistory.org

17250 S. Weber Road Lockport, IL 60441 815-741-9791 statesvillehauntedprison.com

Peotone Historical Society

The Gaylord Building

Our mission and joy is to help showcase the historical treasures in our area and aid in preserving them for future generations. One of our unique treasures is the H.A. Rathje Windmill located at 427 W. Corning, Peotone, IL 60468

A landmark in Lockport and along the I&M Canal since 1838, The Gaylord Building connects visitors to America’s forgotten Canal Era. Exhibits, dining, galleries.

427 W. Corning Ave Peotone, IL 60468 708-328-4072 peotonehistoricalsociety.org/index.html

200 W. 8th Street Lockport, IL 60441 815-838-9400 gaylordbuilding.org

Hollywood Casino Joliet 777 Hollywood Boulevard Joliet, IL 60436 888-436-7737 hollywoodcasinojoliet.com

Experience exciting casino action at Hollywood Casino Joliet. Featuring over 1,100 of the most popular slot and video poker machines, and heart-pounding table action.

Big Fish Grille 27425 S. Will Road Wilmington, IL 60481 815-476-9331 bigfishgrille.net

Illinois Route 66 Scenic Byway

700 East Adams Springfield, IL 62701 217-525-9308 illinoisroute66.org

The experiences you’ll find here are as unique, fun and memorable as the road is long. Join us on a journey on Illinois Route 66.

Jacob Henry Mansion Estate 20 South Eastern Avenue Joliet, IL 60433 815-722-1420 jacobhenrymansion.com

The Jacob Henry Mansion built in 1873, a local state and national historic Landmark boasts over 40 rooms and world renowned wood carvings and detail throughout.

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On-site baker and 3 banquet rooms available for private events.

Morris Chop Shop 701 N. Liberty Street Morris, IL 60450 815-710-5006 chopshopgrille.com

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The City of Lockport is a historic community located 30 minutes southwest of Chicago. Founded in 1836, the city features a historic downtown that frames the I&M Canal with original architecture. Bike trails and a variety of dining and entertainment options allow you to experience one of Illinois’ most historic and untouched communities right in Chicago’s backyard!

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WILDWOOD GALLERY & FRAMING Fine Art and Framing 1010 S. State Street • 815-838- 9852

www.wildwoodgallery.com

BETSY’S Yarn & Tea Shop 201 W 10TH ST • 815- 836-0470 THIMBLES Fine Fabrics & Quilting Supplies 940 S. State Street • 815-836-8735

www.thimblesquilts.com

BIG RUN GOLF COURSE 17211 W 135th St • 815-838-1057

www.bigrungolf.com

PRAIRIE BLUFF 19433 Renwick Rd • 815-836-4653

CAR SHOW & FARMERS MARKET A classic car show featuring food and d r i n k v e n d or s , along with a popular farmers market and live music

OLD CANAL DAYS For over 40 years, Lockport has been c el ebr at i ng t he history of the Canal with Old Canal Days weekend.

ENTERTAINMENT JACKIE’S PUB 1016 S. State • 815-588-9823 PARADISE BAY 105 W. 10th Street • 815-838-6513 STELLA’S ON STATE 823 S. State Street • 815-834-2780 UNCLE RICHIE’S PLACE 112 E. 9th Street • 815-834-1287

SUMMER ART SERIES rotating theme of public art displays culminating in a celebration weekend. CELEBRATION WEEKEND SEPT. 24 www.summerartseries.com

WILLIAM ALEXANDER WINE STUDIO 900 S. State Street • 815-834-9463

www.winestudio900.com

DIAMONDS BILLIARDS 944 E 9th Street • 815-838-6605

www.diamondbilliardsil.com

IRON HORSE & OTB 1225 E 9th Street • 815-838-4420

www.ironhorselockport.com

For other happenings and more information please visit:

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RESTAURANTS

VISIT ILLINOIS STATE MUSEUM One of only four State art museums in Illinois, the Lockport Gallery features rotating exhibits of past and contemporary arts.

www.museum.state.il.us/ismsites/lockport

THE GAYLORD BUILDING A National Historic Trust building made from limestone from the canal over 170 years ago, featuring a museum and beautifully renovated space.

www.gaylordbuilding.org

I&M CANAL TRAIL BIKE TRIP Bike the trails extending from Lemont to Joliet along the canal

TALLGRASS 1006 S State St • 815-838-5566 Repeatedly voted one of the best restaurants in the Chicago region, Tallgrass is renowned for their crustacean entrees and appetizers, as well as various courses and distinguished wine list.

www.reconnectwithnature.org/preserves-trails/Centennial-Trail

LEGACY PAINTBALL PARK Play paintball or have airsoft battles on innovative maps in the charming scenery along the canal.

www.tallgrassrestaurant.com

THE PUBLIC LANDING 200 W 8th St • 815-838-6500 Located in the historic Gaylord Building, with a wide variety of options and drinks. Patio open for weekend brunch with dogs welcomed.

www.legacypaintball.com/

WILL COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY Housed in the original headquarters (built in 1837) for the I & M Canal, the WCHS features a museum and the historical Heritage Village which are open for tours.

www.publiclandingrestaurant.com

MAMMA ONESTA’S 1100 S State St • 815-588-0900 A winner of the 2014 Certificate of Excellence from TripAdvisor.com. Home-style Italian at great prices

www.mammaonesta.com

THE VEGAN CAFÉ 928 S State St • 815-838-4626 One of the Chicagoland’s only raw vegan restaurants, serving an entirely raw/organic/ gluten-free fare.

www.rawvegancafe.org

HOLLINGWORTH CANDIES 922 S State St • 815-838-2275 Producing more than 15,000 pounds of their also known for their gourmet caramel apples and cashew brittle.

www.hollingworthcandies.com

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EDUCATION

LOCKPORT TOWNSHIP HIGH SCHOOL Lockport Township High School was ranked in the top 9% of high schools by the Washington Post. LTHS is known for its commitment to academics, activities and athletics and the achievement of its students in all three areas. An extensive curriculum and an experienced faculty provide the finest academic opportunities for all students.

HELLSGATE HAUNTED HOUSE This Halloween season, don’t just go to any haunted house, go on an adventure! If you are looking for the best haunted house, the scariest haunted house, the #1 haunted house experience, then you must travel through the zombie-infested woods and across the Lost Souls Cemetery to find HellsGate Haunted House.

www.hellsgate.com

www.lths.org

NAKED SPROUTS 938 S State St • 815-838-9203 Naked Sprouts has an assortment of groceries and smoothies available.

www.nakedsproutorganics.com

EMBERS TAP HOUSE 933 S State St • 815-552-3031 Downtown Lockport’s Embers Tap House will be your new home to find craft beer and a full menu featuring smoked foods.

www.emberstaphouse.com

EVENT CALENDAR For every happening in the City of Lockport check out our NEW City events calendar at:

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Will County.

The perfect mix of work and play. Will County’s strong economy offers a positive business climate and a wealth of local job opportunities in healthcare, manufacturing, education, government, energy, gaming and more. Our strategic location has access to major Interstates, rail lines, and waterways and has helped us to become a global transportation center. Major developments such as the CenterPoint Intermodal Center – America’s largest inland port – help connect local businesses to the global economy. Will County is also a great place to play. Try your luck at our two world-class casinos, applaud the brightest stars on stage at the beautiful Rialto Square Theatre, cheer for the biggest names in auto racing at the Chicagoland Speedway Joliet and the Route 66 Raceway, explore the historic Route 66 Experience, or quietly stand in awe at the Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie as you watch herds of bison roam their native land.

Will County

Will County is Illinois’ 4th largest county – and growing.

Need Mats

Learn more at www.willcountyillinois.com and discover the perfect mix of work and play in Will County.

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A present from

the past

Will County’s Historic Route 66 Experience

Bolingbrook/Romeoville’s Shopping, Recreation & Historic Sites

Will County’s “6 stops on 66” are the heart and soul of the legendary Mother Road. They are some of the very first experiences shared by travelers and dreamers on their quest to the west. Experience the spirit of adventure on Route 66 in Will County.

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Joliet’s Route 66 Museum, Chicagoland Speedway and Route 66 Raceway

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3 Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery

4 Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie

5 Wilmington’s Gemini Giant

Manhattan / Elwood / Braidwood’s main streets rich in history

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Big Fish Grille

Cemeno’s Pizza

Located in Harborside Marina make Big Fish Grille your destination for seafood. From fresh fish, to USDA prime steaks, to mouthwatering desserts, our menu offers something for everyone.

Est. 1976 serving pizza, pasta and homemade Italian dishes. Family owned and operated.

27425 S. Will Road Wilmington, IL 60481 815-476-9331 bigfishgrille.net

Al’s Steak House

1990 W. Jefferson Street Joliet, IL 60435 815-725-2388 alssteaks.com

Warm atmosphere specializing in char-broiled steaks & seafood. Featuring superb Sunday brunch, Friday night seafood buffet and an extensive wine list. Private rooms available.

1630 Essington Road Joliet, IL 60435 815-254-2500 cemenospizza.com

Denny’s of Joliet, also visit our Mokena location 2531 Plainfield Rd. Joliet, IL 60435 815-439-1914 mygreendennys.com

Denny’s-Joliet is one of America’s first Green Restaurants and has received LEED Certification from the USGBC (Tours Available).

Embers Tap House 933 S. State St. Lockport, IL 60441 815-552-3031 emberstaphouse.com

Come Join Us Memorial Day 2016 at Crest Hill City Hall by the Veteran’s Police Memorial Garden.

B ILLIE L IMACHER B ICENTENNIAL P ARK

Tap House and purveyor of 42 craft beers on draft, offers a full menu for your dining experience with great food, seasonal outdoor dining and banquet space is available

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C ELEBRATING 40 Y EARS!

Fire Water BBQ

1847 Knapp Rd. Crest Hill, IL 60403 815-729-9755 firewaterbbq.com

The best BBQ possible, and they can prove it! If you love BBQ put Fire Water BBQ & Brew on your to do list.

Friaco’s Mexican Restaurant 1321 Route 59 Shorewood, IL 60404 815-254-4866 friacosrestaurant.com

Best authentic homemade Mexican food in Will County. Family atmosphere. Mondays kids eat free. Tuesdays half priced margaritas. Sunday Special $2 bottled beer. Catering services.

Hollingworth Candies, Inc. 922 S. State Street Lockport , IL 60441 800-807-2275 hollingworthcandies.com

201 W JEFFERSON STREET JOLIET, IL 60435 WWW.BICENTENNIALPARK.ORG

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Hollingworth Signature toffees and candies are locally handcrafted with the finest and freshest, natural ingredients. Pure ingredients. Pure indulgence. Pure Bliss.

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Home Cut Donuts

815 W. Jefferson Street Joliet, IL 60435 815-727-3511 homecutdonuts.com

Serving Joliet’s favorite coffee and donuts since 1966. Featured on Chicago’s Best, Windy City Live, CLTV and WJOL.

J Town Eatery

2501 E. Cass St Joliet, IL 60432 815-722-9000 facebook.com/pages/J-TownEatery/465904073558939

Chicago-style fast food with great taste and great prices. Famous for their Philly Chicken Sandwich. Open 10:30am - 10:00pm, Mon Thurs; 10:30am - Midnight, Friday – Saturday

Merichka’s Inc.

604 Theodore Street Crest Hill, IL 60403 815-723-9371 merichkas.com

Since 1933, the Zdralevich family has offered great steaks, chicken, seafood & sandwiches in a casual dining atmosphere. Banquet facilities for up to 100 available.

Downtown Lockport

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For information on attractions, tours or retail space available in downtown Pontiac, contact: 815.844.5847 · visitpontiac.org

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60 Polk-a-Dot Drive In 222 N. Front Street Braidwood, IL 60408 815-458-3377

For 50+ years The Polk-a-Dot Drive In has attracted travelers along Illinois Route 66 and is known for its collection of memorabilia and great food.

Public Landing Restaurant and Banquet Center 200 W. 8th Street Lockport, IL 60441 815-838-6500 publiclandingrestaurant.com

Casual fine dining in the historic Gaylord Building (1838). Beautiful seasonal patio offering dog friendly dining. Open daily Tuesday - Sunday 11:00am Closed on Mondays

Tallgrass Restaurant 1006 S. State Street Lockport, IL 60441 815-838-5566 tallgrassrestaurant.com

Modern French cuisine. Located in an 1895 historic building - Celebrating 35 Years! Open for dinner Wednesday - Sunday. Reservations required.

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Tin Roof

158 North Chicago St. Joliet, IL 60432 815-727-0123 tinroofjoliet.com

The Tin Roof, in downtown Joliet, believes that farm fresh food and craft cocktails are just the ticket to attract a lot of cool cats.

Entertainment Square Theatre 102 N. Chicago St. Joliet, IL 60432 815-726-7171 rialtosquare.com

The Rialto Square Theatre opened in 1926 and was originally designed and operated as a vaudville movie palace. Dubbed the “Jewel of Joliet”, it is one of the 10 most beautiful theatres in the country and is on the National Register. It offers concerts, Broadway, dance, theatre and is a great venue for weddings, corporate events and other special occasions.

Municipality City of Braidwood 141 W. Main St. Braidwood, IL 60408 815-458-2333 braidwood.us

Being located along Historic Route 66 brings many visitors to Braidwood’s welcome mat. The Polk-a-Dot Drive-In is famous for its turtle sundaes and chili cheese fries. Braidwood is also home to 2600 acre Braidwood Lake for great fishing, bird watching and fossil hunting. Bald Eagles and pelicans have been sighted there and the Illinois State Fossil “Tully Monster” was discovered nearby. Christmas tree and blueberry farms offer family fun and the Braidwood Lion’s Club hosts an annual Summerfest in July.

City of Crest Hill 1610 Plainfield Road Crest Hill, IL 60403 815-741-5123 cityofcresthill.com

Crest Hill is a family-friendly city which continuously welcomes newcomers to put down roots. Evidence of this influence can be found in the surprisingly diverse dining options within Crest Hill city limits. Italian,

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Joliet Riverfront Japanese, Asian, Mexican, Puerto Rican, Cuban, as well as classic pubs and family restaurants can be found. Merichka’s is known for their world-famous poorboys. The American Italian Cultural Society hosts a two-day Festa Italiana in August. Enjoy family activities and delicious fall treats at Siegel’s Cottonwood Farm during their annual Pumpkin Fest.

City of Joliet

150 W. Jefferson Street Joliet, IL 60432 815-724-4000 cityofjoliet.info

Full of history, culture, shopping and great sporting activities, Joliet is the place where everyone can play! Start exploring with a visit to the Joliet Area Historical Museum, Route 66 Welcome Center, Rialto Square Theatre, Chicagoland Speedway, Autobahn Country Club, or attend a Joliet Slammers Baseball game. Try your luck at Harrah’s Joliet and Hollywood Casinos or maybe a round of golf at one of our four beautiful golf courses. Visit the Splash Station Water Park or do some shopping at the Louis Joliet Mall. There is something for everyone! Additional information is available at cityofjoliet.info.

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City of Lockport

222 East Ninth Street Lockport, IL 60441 815-838-0549 cityoflockport.net

Established in 1836, Lockport is home to four museums, Lincoln Landing Interpretive Park, several well-renowned restaurants, and many specialty shops. Steeped in the rich canal heritage of the 1800s, Lockport is a delightful mix of quaint history and modern charm. Come visit Lockport - the city of Historic Pride.

City of Wilmington 1165 S. Water St. Wilmington, IL 60481 815-476-2175 wilmington-il.com

Situated in an almost picture-perfect spot along the Kankakee River, _The Island City_ of Wilmington has witnessed a lot of history and has intricate ties to The Illinois & Michigan Canal, Route 66, and even the Underground Railroad. The city’s historic downtown is an antiquarian’s dream with 20 different antiques shops to browse. The annual Catfish Days Festival is a great place to get a taste of local flavor and a bite of catfish. Another popular stop along Route 66 is The Gemini Giant, a fiberglass man sporting a space helmet and

rocket ship which serves as a tribute to the country’s obsession with space travel during the 1960’s. Outside the city, one can enjoy boating and fishing on the Kankakee River, as well as, The Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie Preserve.

Village of Channahon 24555 S. Navajo Drive Channahon, IL 60410 815-467-6644 channahon.org

A Potawatomi word meaning “meeting of the waters”, Channahon is indeed where the powerful forces of three rivers meet to form the heart of the Illinois & Michigan National Heritage Corridor. Channahon State Park serves as the head of the Illinois Michigan Canal State Trail, offering picturesque scenery, biking, hiking, and fishing. For those who prefer more manicured greens, Heritage Bluffs Golf Course is one of the top courses in Illinois. Located along Front St., you’ll find Channahon’s oldest and most fascinating residents. The Briscoe Burial Mounds are the largest Native American burial grounds in northern Illinois. FACEBOOK: Village of Channahon, IL

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Crossroads Festival in August featuring contests, a parade, 5K race, hot dog and pie eating competition, carnival, live music and fireworks.

The construction of the railroad in the mid-19th century is what originally brought many immigrants, mainly Irish, to settle in Manhattan. The Village celebrates this heritage during their annual Irish Fest. This two-day festival showcases athletic contests, Irish culture, mass and parade, Irish music, Emerald Society Pipes and Drums and much more entertainment for all to enjoy. Purchase a button and you’re in! Visit manhattanirishfest.com to learn how to join in the raucous festivities.

Will County

260 Marketplace Manhattan, IL 60442 815-418-2100 villageofmanhattan.org

Village of Shorewood One Towne Center Blvd. Shorewood, IL 60404 815-725-2150 vil.shorewood.il.us

Shorewood is a close-knit, progressive community which began as a fishing and resort destination along the DuPage River and Historic Route 66. Visitors can enjoy the beautiful natural recreation areas of Hammel Woods and the river for fishing, swimming, hiking, biking, canoeing, and cross country skiing. Shorewood hosts their annual

302 N. Chicago St. Joliet, IL 60432 815-722-5515 willcountyillinois.com

Will County, supported by 37 municipalities and 24 townships, seamlessly melds rural life, urban amenities, and a rich cultural heritage. Historic Route 66 gives access to countless historical sites and iconic stops including the Chicago Portage National Historic Site, Isle a la Cache Museum, The Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery, Polk-a-Dot Drive In, White Fence Farm, The Launching Pad Drive-In, Rialto Square Theater, Joliet Area Historical Museum & Route 66 Welcome Center, Route 66 Raceway and Chicagoland Speedway. Plainfield marks the spot where the Lincoln Highway (the nation’s first transcontinental highway) and Route 66 cross, creating an intersection of the two longest roads in the world. The Bolingbrook area boasts a vibrant shopping, and entertainment scene, and plenty of the downtown districts offer quaint stores, boutiques, and gourmet dining. Includes Municipalities: Aurora, Beecher, Bolingbrook, Braceville, Braidwood, Coal

City, Channahon, Crest Hill, Crete, Elwood, Diamond, Frankfort, Godley, Homer Glen, Joliet, Lemont, Lockport, Manhattan, Minooka, Mokena, Monee, Naperville, New Lenox, Orland Park, Park Forest, Peotone, Plainfield, Rockdale, Romeoville, Sauk Village, Shorewood, Steger, Symerton, Tinley Park, University Park, Wilmington, Woodridge, plus 24 Townships.

Parks and Recreation Billie Limacher Bicentennial Park

201 W. Jefferson Street at Bluff Street Joliet, IL 60432 815-724-3760 bicentennialpark.org

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

Forest Preserve District of Will County 17540 W. Laraway Road Joliet, IL 60433 815-727-8700 reconnectwithnature.org

Forest Preserve District of Will County provides more than 125 miles of trails, picnic areas, dog parks, fishing lakes and family programs and more.

fashion PHILOSOPHY Maurices H&M Pandora Victoria’s Secret Buckle

I&M Canal/Illinois Department of Natural Resources At Gebhard Woods State Park Morris IL 60450 815-942-0796 dnr.state.il.us

Follow the I&M Canal State Trail along the old towpath to view 61.5 miles of the canal and the Des Plaines and Illinois rivers.

Lockport Township Park District 1911 S. Lawrence Ave. Lockport, IL 60441 815-838-1183 lockportpark.org

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

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Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie

30239 South State Route 53 Wilmington, IL 60481 815-423-6370 fs.usda.gov/medewin

Adjacent to the 4,200 acre Des Plaines Conservation Area and close to 22 other natural areas - creating a macrosite of nearly 40,000 acres.

Old Joliet Prison Park 1125 Collins Street Joliet, IL 60432 visitjoliet.org

Discover the history of Joliet’s most infamous prison. Old Joliet Prison Park is open to the public and located just outside the Collins Street Prison.

Services Cutting Edge Catering & Events 904 Cottage Street Shorewood, IL 60404 815-725-9001 cuttingedgecatering.com

Casual to Elegant catering for all occasions featuring Full Service Sit Down, Beverage/ Liquor Service, Picnics, Grilling & Pig Roasts, Pick Up/Delivery, Unique Venues & Locations.

HARRAH’S JOLIET CASINO & HOTEL Chicagoland's favorite place to play and stay. Win big all day and sleep in luxurious comfort at night! After a big day playing the newest slots and hottest table games, treat yourself to a night of luxury in one of our Certificate of Excellence winning hotel rooms.

Heartland Bank and Trust Company 700 W. Jefferson St. Shorewood, IL 60404 815-744-4620 hbtbank.com

Independently owned community bank providing a complete line of financial services to commercial and retail customers, customized lending and cash management solutions. Member FDIC.

Must be 21 years or older to gamble. Know When to Stop Before You Start®. If you or someone you know has a gambling problem, crisis counseling and referral services can be accessed by calling 1-800-GAMBLER (1-800-426-2537) ©2016, Caesars License Company, LLC

Heritage Corridor Convention and Visitors Bureau 15701 Independence Boulevard Romeoville IL 60446 815-727-2323 HeritageCorridorCVB.com

Your source for leisure, group and meeting planning. Contact our tourism coordinators today at 800-926-CANAL (2262). Call for the latest event information, lodging deals, and shopping and dining specials. Limited Hours, call for availability.

Celebrating our 90th Anniversary Concerts/Shows • Weddings Venue Rental Phone: (815) 726-7171 Box Office: (815) 726-6600

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Joliet Mall

3340 Mall Loop Drive Joliet, IL 60431 815-439-1000 shoppinglouisjolietmall.com

Enjoy a family-friendly shopping, dining and entertainment experience with unparalleled convenience. Home to fashionable department stores surrounded by over 100 shops including a Cinemark Theatre.

Milltown Market

508 N. Kankakee Street Wilmington, IL 60481 815-476-0386 milltownmall.com

Public Landing in Lockport Impress Printing & Design 2711 W. Jefferson St. Joliet, IL 60435 815-730-9440

Impress Printing & Design is Joliet’s premier full service printer committed to the community. We offer digital and offset printing, design services, and promotional items.

Joliet City Center Partnership 116 N. Chicago St. Joliet, IL 60432 815-774-6066 jolietdowntown.com

For the latest events, entertainment, and attractions in Downtown Joliet, check out jolietdowntown.com. Downtown Joliet-Business and fun in the heart of the community.

Joliet Public Library 150. N. Ottawa Street Joliet, IL 60432 815-740-2660 jolietlibrary.org

The Joliet Public Library was established in 1876 and has been housed in the Daniel H Burnham- designed building on Ottawa Street since 1903.

Lockport Chamber of Commerce 921 S. State Street Lockport, IL 60441 815-838-3357 lockportchamber.com

Lockport’s leading business advocate strives to be the voice of the business community, concentrating on four core values - Promotion, Education, Networking and Service.

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Mainstreet Lockport, Inc. 911 S. State Street Lockport, IL 60441 815-834-0700 visitlockport.com

A not-for-profit organization serving Lockport’s Historic District. It assists the community by promoting historic preservation, image enhancement, economic development and community involvement.

Prairie State Road Runners PO Box 293 Channahon, IL 60410 psrr.org

The Prairie State Road Runners are one of the oldest running clubs in Illinois. Become a member at psrr.org or at DNA Athletics, Crest Hill.

Will County Lodging Association

1515 Riverboat Center Dr. Joliet, IL 60431 815-741-2400 willcountylodging.org

Members are located in Joliet, Bolingbrook and Romeoville and work together to ensure quality, comfort & hospitality wherever you rest your head.

Shopping Countryside Village

140 year old saw mill, welcomes you. Peruse over 100 vendors, walk in the past. Antiques, collectibles, vintage items, home decor, gifts. Accepting consignments/booth rentals.

Two Hounds Antiques 202 N. Water St. Wilmington, IL 60481 815-926-2741 twohoundsantiques.com

A collection of what’s old, new, and oneof-a-kind while keeping prices respectable & providing a welcoming atmosphere. You might even see the Two Hounds, beagles Annie & Cooper.

Uniques Antiques, Ltd. 1006 W. Jefferson Street Joliet, IL 60435 815-741-2466 uniquesantiquesshop.com

Since 1988, 2,000 sq. ft. of antiques and collectibles from pocket watches to man cave items. Open last 2 weeks of each month.

Wilmington Downtown Merchants Association 202 N. Water Street Wilmington, IL 60481 815-926-2741

route66wilmington.com Stop and visit Wilmington, IL an old mill town built directly on the river with the charm and hospitality you won’t find anywhere else. Located on Route 66 you’ll find a variety of antique and specialty shops and great restaurants.

1540 N. Division Street Braidwood, IL 60408 815-458-2191 countrysidevillagegifts.com

9000 sq. feet of unique gifts, home decor, Women’s Fashion Corner, New Kitchen Department, gourmet foods and wines. Quilting fabrics, notions and classes.

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Double the Thrills and Excitement

of Red-Hot Gaming at Two Incredible Casinos in Joliet.

Harrah’s Joliet Casino & Hotel, located along the picturesque Des Plaines River in downtown Joliet has it all! With over 1,100 slot machines, gorgeous gaming tables and the famous World Series of Poker room, you can win big all day and sleep in pure luxury at night on their exceptionally comfortable beds in stunning, oversized rooms. Hungry for a fine dining experience? Head to The Reserve and savor superb steaks and fresh seafood and an award-winning wine list. In the mood for a more casual bite? Flavors the Buffet offers a tempting taste of Vegas with a delicious array of all the foods you love. Or try your luck at Ace’s Diner serving up American fare all day and until 4 am nightly. Need a jolt of java? With a Starbucks Coffee right off the gaming floor, you’re a winner every time you visit Harrah’s! caesars.com/harrahs-joliet

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Why go all the way to LA to enjoy the glamorous life? It’s lights, camera, action 24/7 at Hollywood Casino Joliet, where you’ll discover 1,100 slots, awesome table games, and live poker action on their newly remodeled 50,000-square-foot casino floor. You’ll meet the entertaining cast of “Celebrity Dealers” when you when you play in the Celebrity Pit. Then dig into fabulous fine dining at the Final Cut Steakhouse, enjoy the endless variety of the Epic Buffet or grab a quick bite at the Take Two Deli. And don’t miss Hollywood’s Newest Star, 99 Hops House where you can take one down, pass it around and choose from 99 beer options and gourmet burgers. Stay overnight at the Hollywood Hotel; convenient, comfortable and loaded with amenities or relax at the fully-equipped on-site RV Resort. hollywoodcasinojoliet.com

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Places Along the Heritage Corridor There’s no need to leave Fido or Fluffy behind when planning your “purr-fect” trip to the Heritage Corridor. Dogs and cats work really hard to be loving and adorable so they deserve some R & R, too! So whether you’re looking for a hotel or prefer to “ruff it,” you’ve got plenty of pet-friendly choices along the Corridor. Starved Rock Lodge Cabins Utica, IL Starved Rock Lodge, nestled in the lush forested confines of Starved Rock State Park, offers a select number of cabins to accommodate your furry friend. With an additional fee of $35 per pet, per stay, your best friend will feel right at home in your cabin. Dogs are allowed in the park

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and on trails but they have to be leashed and you must pick up after them. Pets not allowed in any park buildings, including the Starved Rock Lodge. Call (800) 868-7625 to learn more about their pet-friendly lodge accommodations. starvedrocklodge.com/ accomodations/petfriendly-cabins

Starved Rock Campground Utica, IL Located about a mile from the Starved Rock Visitor Center and Starved Rock Lodge, off of Route 71, the campground features 133 Class A premium campsites complete with electricity, showers and flush toilets and a playground. Permit required and

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Pet Friendly Places Along the Heritage Corridor alcohol is prohibited in the campground. Pets are allowed as long as they are leashed and you must pick up after them. starvedrockstatepark. org/activity/campingpicnics/#sthash.P8IWksts.dpuf

The Willows Hotel Utica, IL A quaint boutique hotel with a warm residential-feel welcomes pets with open arms. Quietly nestled in historic Utica just a mile from the entrance of Starved Rock State Park and two miles

Days Inn Oglesby / Starved Rock Oglesby, IL Conveniently located off I-39 and Highway 39 and five miles from Starved Rock State Park, you’ll feel right at home with free continental breakfast, free Wi-Fi and a heated indoor pool. Up to 2 pets are allowed for a non-refundable charge of $15.00 per pet, per stay and ADA defined service animals are welcome. All rooms have a microwave and refrigerator. Kids 17 and under stay free

with an adult. daysinn.com/ hotels/illinois/oglesby/daysinn-oglesby-starved-rock/hoteloverview

Comfort Inn - Morris, IL

from Matthiessen State Park, the The Willows is a short stroll from shopping, restaurants, wineries and pubs. With two standard rooms designated for pets, there is no better escape from the hustle and bustle of your everyday routine. Make yourself at home in their cozy rooms or suites. Up to two pets of any size are allowed for $40 per pet, per stay. thewillowshotel.net I&M Canal Heritage Corridor Visitors Guide

This pet-friendly hotel caters to vacationing tourists and business travelers with amenities such as free Wi-Fi, heated indoor pool and business services. Comfy guest rooms are furnished with hair dryers, coffee makers, refrigerators and microwaves. King rooms and suites are available as well. Free hot breakfast. Pet charge is $25.00 per stay. choicehotels.com/ illinois/morris/comfort-innhotels/il067

Relax Inn - Streator Illinois A great place to stay when discovering the charm and history of Streator, this pet friendly inn is close to the Streator City Park, Streatorland Historical Museum and within 23 miles of Starved Rock and Buffalo Rock State Parks. Room includes flat-screen TV, cable and free Wi-Fi. Laundry available. Pet charge is $10 per night. Pet cannot be left alone. relaxinnstreator.com

TownePlace Suites by Marriott - Joliet South Recently awarded the TownePlace Suites “Hotel of the Year” and a Marriott Platinum award winner, you and your pets will feel right at home here. Spacious suites feature fully equipped kitchens, flat panel TV’s and free Wi-Fi, plus complimentary breakfast, indoor pool and grilling area. Just off I-80 and 10 minutes from the Joliet Junior College, Hollywood and Harrah’s Casinos and Rialto Square Theatre. $25 per pet per stay. marriott.com/hotels/ travel/mdwts-towneplacesuites-joliet-south

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Greater MORRIS AREA An integral part of Illinois & Michigan Canal history, the Greater Morris Area boasts a rich history of its own. Thousands of visitors each year visit the many charming downtowns to shop, dine, or attend the areas many festivals and events. A favorite destination for outdoor recreation enthusiasts, the Greater Morris Area is the “Ultimate Hometown Experience.” Communities within Greater Morris Area include City of Morris, Village of Coal City, Village of Coal City, Village of Gardner, Village of Minooka and Grundy County.

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Shopping in downtown Morris The I&M Canal made Morris an important center for agriculture, industry, trade and government. A huge grain elevator is visible over the treetops along the Illinois River reminding us that corn is still a vital part of Morris’ economy today. The City of Morris and surrounding communities are loaded with charm and rich history, yet all maintain a modern mystique. Make time to visit and discover the wonders of each unique town in Grundy County such as Coal City, Minooka, and Gardner.

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Norman Rockwell Would Have Loved Morris - a town that may never have existed had it not been for Canal Commissioner Issac Morris who in 1842 chose the current site for a new town along the 96-mile route of the new Illinois & Michigan Canal. The canal, built by Irish immigrants, opened in 1848 connecting Lake Michigan in Chicago with the Illinois River in LaSalle. It’s hard to imagine by looking at the river today, but it was once so shallow in certain spots you could literally wade across it. Today, Morris is an inviting community nestled in the northeastern quadrant of Illinois that serves as the County Seat for one of Illinois’ most fertile agricultural counties, Grundy County, with a population of nearly 14,000—and growing. Just off Interstates 80 and 55, historic downtown Morris offers a quaint shopping atmosphere with a storied combination of friendly neighborhoods, gorgeous parks, festivals and river fun – a community Norman Rockwell would have loved. All aboard at the Morris Visitors Center (part of the Grundy County Chamber of Commerce and Industry) just north of historic downtown and former home of the Rock Island Train Depot in 1900. Here you’ll find everything you need for your unforgettable visit to the Greater Morris Area. Greater Morris Area – the Ultimate Hometown Experience!

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Hallowed History on your own Explore the awe-inspring history of Morris on your own by downloading a printable self-guided tour at downtownmorris.com (under Attractions) or download the audio walking tour to your mobile device. Audio tours are also available at the Morris Area Public Library. The Grundy County Chamber of Commerce also offers informative audio tours of the city’s collection of 37 preserved Heritage Homes at downtownmorris.com/wp-content/ uploads/2011/10/Heritage-HomeBrochure.pdf.

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After an exciting day of exploring, settle down to some vintage comfort and homemade goodness at Letty Mae’s Tea Room in Morris, where home cooked meals that Grandma would’ve made are served on charming mismatched dishes with napkins from vintage

sheets. Savor Letty Mae’s signature cold strawberry soup, savory salads and freshly baked quiches, muffins and cupcakes. lettymaes.com Maria’s Ristorante & Pizzeria is excellent dining in a casual atmosphere. They are the home to award-winning pizza and classic American & Italian

Visit Canalport Park along the historic Illinois & Michigan Canal in downtown Morris, where you’ll see a replica of a canal freight packet boat reminiscent of the mule-pulled vessels that traveled the waterways during the early days of the canal. A short distance away, you’ll find a glimpse into the town’s rich history at the Morris Courthouse and Grundy County Historical Museum, which is open for tours from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and features Civil War, WWI and WWII memorabilia, as well as a one-room schoolhouse, award-winning quilts, nationally known fossils and more. Clayton’s Tap

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Fabulous Fashion Finds

Gigi’s Boutique offers fantastic urban fashions at moderate prices. New items arrive every day, so amp up your wardrobe with hip and trendy clothing, shoes and accessories including Nikibiki and Royalty Missy Bottoms. facebook.com/ shop4gigi/info?tab=overview

ris cuisine. Staff often cite “the taste of the grape as enhancing the dining experience” – choose a glass of wine to compliment your dinner. Banquet space is also available.

Gifts galore are waiting for you at The Front Porch, a two-story emporium teeming with home décor, candles, gourmet foods, wine, primitive accents and jewelry. thefrontporchgifts.com What’s old is new again at Tattered Accents, where you’ll discover beautiful upcycled furniture, whimsical gifts and haute housewares in downtown Morris. facebook.com/tattered. accents

You’ll be amazed at the whimsical selection at Ruby Begonia’s, the hot spot for vintage attire, furniture and funky accessories, and stunning baby and women’s clothing. rubybegoniastrinkets. blogspot.com

Pull up a stool and dig into some hearty bar fare at Clayton’s Tap, family owned and operated for over 40 years in Morris. Great brews, seven varieties of home style potato chips and six kinds of “Naked Wings” make this place a local favorite. You’ll feel right at home as “its where generations gather for food and spirits and you’re only a stranger here once.” claytonstap.com If you’re looking for an upscale, yet casual dining experience, visit Morris Chop House in the heart of downtown Morris. Stylish décor, a creative menu and attentive, welltrained staff are sure to provide you with a memorable lunch or dinner. Linger over a glass of fine wine or champagne (you won’t believe the extensive wine list!) as you peruse Morris Chop House’s eclectic menu. For afternoon treats, enjoy a variety of gourmet popcorn from Flutterby Popcorn or classic candy creations at The Sweet Tooth. Both located in downtown Morris.

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Camping With a Glamorous Twist

Ever tried “Glamping?” Kayak Morris, an educational outfitter offers the best of camping & glamour in the fully wooded sandy beaches of the Illinois River. “Glamping” is a perfect option for first time campers as it includes a potluck dinner, outdoor movie and a savory breakfast complete with Starbucks, bacon and eggs. If you prefer roughing it, they’ve got the perfect spot for primitive beach camping on the Illinois River, Mazon River and I&M Canal. Tent and kayak rental available. kayakmorris.com

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Every club in your bag will get a workout at Nettle Creek

Country Club in Morris as the course meanders around ponds and through wetlands and plays to over 6,500 yards from the tips, offering enough length to satisfy the big-hitters and ample riskreward scenarios to test shot-making savvy.

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If you’ve got the need for speed, race over to Illinois’ best 1/3mile paved oval racetrack at the Grundy County Speedway for stock car and open-wheel midget auto racing. The site is also home to the good, old-fashioned Grundy County Fair in July.

Digging Up An Industry Tracing its roots back to 1820, Coal City was founded when Canadian trader Peter Lansett started digging coal and selling it to local blacksmiths and farmers who were burning corn heat and energy. Mining operations began to spring and Coal City was incorporated in 1881 with a population of about 900. Currently home to over 5,500 residents, the quaint Village of Coal City prides itself in being “a great place to live and raise a family.” coalcity-il.com

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Until 1852, the site of the Village of Minooka was a grass covered prairie hill overlooking the Illinois River valley and legend tells that it was a favorite hunting area for the Potawatomi tribes who lived there until the 1830’s. Minooka, which meant “good land” in Potawatomie, was founded in 1869 along the route of the Rock Island Railroad. The small town, which began growing in the 1960s when access ramps linked Minooka to Interstate 80, now boasts a population of nearly 11,000 people. Some popular local fare includes: The Shrimp Barn and Cookie’s Restaurant & Lounge. minooka.com

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ACCOMMODATIONS Comfort Inn - Morris

70 W. Gore Road Morris, IL, 60450 815-942-1433 comfortinn.com/hotel-morris-illinois-IL067 Close to area attractions, including the Braidwood Power Station, LaSalle Power Station, Route 66 Speedway, Hollywood Casino and Harrah’s Casino.

Hampton Inn & Suites Minooka 621 Bob Blair Road Minooka, IL, 60447 815-828-6450 hamptoninn3.hilton.com/en/hotels/ illinois/hampton-inn-and-suitesminooka-JOTMIHX/index.html

Brand NEW hotel opening in conveniently located off of I-80 and Exit 122, indoor pool and whirlpool, business and fitness center, meeting room available.

Holiday Inn Express & Suites Morris

222 Gore Road Morris, IL, 60450 815-941-8700 holidayexpress.com/morrisil We pride ourselves on outstanding cleanliness and service. We look forward to welcoming you and will have baked cinnamon rolls ready.

Park Motel

1923 N. Division Street Morris, IL, 60450 815-942-1321 24 Rooms, clean, courteous and quiet by the lake. Parking outside the rooms. AARP. High-speed Internet available. Microwave and refrigerator in each room.

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Quality Inn Morris

200 Gore Road Morris, IL, 60450 815-942-6600 qualityinnmorris.com

Quality In Morris offers a home away from home” to meet each guest’s needs. We feature a full spectrum of room amenities & guest services.

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Whispering Pines of Dwight, Inc.

10940 S. Dwight Road Dwight, IL, 60420 260-433-4886 whisperingpinesofdwight.com Bed and breakfast with a beautiful, quiet country setting on a heavily wooded three acre lot. Breakfasts include international recipes. Charger ports for electric cars.

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Heap’s Giant Pumpkin Farm

4853 US Highway 52 Minooka, IL, 60447 815-475-7373 heapsgiantpumpkinfarm.com

Carbon Hill School Museum 875 Second St. Carbon Hill, IL, 60416 815-634-4213 ccpld.org/museum.htm

Come join us for the fall season! We raise corn, soybeans & over 90 different varieties of pumpkins, gourds and squash.

An original 1893 2 room schoolhouse dedicated to the collection, presentation & display of local coalfield history, stories and artifacts.

Raging Waves Waterpark 4000 North Bridge Street Yorkville, IL, 60560 630-882-6575 ragingwaves.com

Grundy County Corn Festival

P.O. Box 22 Morris, IL, 60450 815-942-CORN (2676) cornfestival.org

Illinois’ largest Waterpark offers 45 acres of family fun! 19 water slides, wave pool, lazy river, huge kiddie play structures, and a sandy beach.

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Grundy County Historical Society and Museum

Honest Abe’s Tap & Grill

510 W. Illinois Avenue Morris, IL, 60450 815-942-4880 grundycountyhs.org

3585 N. Route 47 Morris, IL, 60450 815-941-2485

View Mazon Fossils, replicas of an early 1890 store, a 1900 living room, and a “tool shed” displaying many tools used by pioneers.

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honestabestapandgrill.com Open daily family owned bar/grill. Variety of 100% angus beef burgers, fresh salads, sandwiches and appetizers, IL Horseshoes and Ponyshoes, 12 beers on Tap.

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Greater Morris Area Maria’s Ristorante & Pizzeria 1591 Division St. Morris, IL, 60450 815-942-3351 mariasristorante.net

Classic Italian and American Cuisine prepared with the freshest of ingredients. Award winning pizza. Over 35 years in business. Lunch and Dinner--7days a week. Casual Dine in--Delivery or Carry Out. Banquet Room and Catering available.

Morris Chop Shop

701 N. Liberty Street Morris, IL, 60450 815-710-5006 chopshopgrille.com Located downtown on Liberty St. We specialize in fresh local raised beef, produce and organic-antibiotic free pork & poultry. We make everything from scratch in our kitchen so we know what is in our food.

After Shopping Downtown Morris enjoy Canal Port Park

R Place Eatery 21 Romines Drive Morris, IL, 60450 815-942-3690 rplaceeatery.com

American home-style cuisine, antiques, nostalgic family atmosphere. 24-Hour restaurant & bakery.

Municipality City of Morris

700 N. Division St. Morris, IL, 60450 815-942-0103 morrisil.org Described as “Rockwellian” by the Chicago Tribune, a walk through Morris’s downtown will reveal the fascinating history, interesting shopping, and diverse dining which draws visitors from all over. Amongst the historic buildings you’ll find antique shops, clothing, gifts, resale shops, book stores and everything from casual to elegant dining.

Grundy County

1320 Union Street Morris, IL, 60450 815-941-3400 grundyco.org Grundy County communities prosper from a delightful mix of shopping districts, boundless recreation areas, and hometown festivals. Shop Morris’s historic downtown or conquer the fairways at Nettle Creek or Morris County golf clubs. Catch a thrill with Friday night stock car racing at Grundy County Speedway. Travel the Illinois & Michigan Canal, search for fossils at Mazon Creek or launch your boat at Stratton State Park for a day on the Illinois River. Explore

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Gebhard Woods or Goose Lake Prairie State Natural Area. Get to know the people of Grundy County at events including Grundy County Corn Festival, Gebhard Woods Dulcimer Festival, Nostalgia Days, Heritage Tractor Adventure, Civil War Reenactments, Dollinger Family Farm Pumpkin Fest, and Gardner Days. Includes Municipalities: Braceville, Carbon Hill, Coal City, Diamond, East Brooklyn, Gardner, Kinsman, Mazon, Minooka, Morris, Verona, & South Wilmington

Village of Coal City 515 S. Broadway St. Coal City, IL, 60416 815-634-8608 coalcity-il.com

Coal City proudly retains it small town charm with festivals and events for all to enjoy. Admire fine automobiles of a bygone era at Coal City’s annual Cruise Night or enjoy a Summer Concert in the Park. September brings bargain hunters for the Citywide Garage Sale. The season rounds out with Oktoberfest, a hometown party in the streets. Stop by Angels of Hope Memorial Park. Nearby recreation areas, including Coal City Area Club, offer yearround activities such as camping, fishing, scuba diving, hunting, trap shooting and snowmobiling. Municipality Village of Gardner 302 N. Center Street Gardner, IL, 60424 Located on historic Route 66, the Village of Gardner has a quaint downtown and participates in the annual Route 66 Red Carpet Corridor on the first weekend in May. Gardner is known on U.S. 66 for its historic 2-cell jail and an authentic Street Car Diner.

If you are looking for a slice of Americana, make sure to include the Village of Gardner as one of your stops as you travel America’s Main Street.

Village of Minooka

121 E. McEvilly Rd. Minooka, IL, 60447 815-467-2151 minooka.com

The name Minooka is derived from the Potawatomi language, meaning place of “contentment” or “good earth.” This delightful community lies in Grundy County along the Rock Island Railroad which played an integral role in its development. Easily accessible by I 80, Minooka hosts charming hometown events each year including Summerfest in June and Christmas on Mondamin.

Parks and Recreation Gebhard Woods State Park/IDNR

401 Ottawa Street Morris, IL, 60450 815-942-0796 dnr.state.il.us

30 acres offer hiking, camping picnicking and canoeing as well as fishing, boating and bird watching along Nettle Creek and I&M Canal.

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Visit charming, historic downtown Morris for shopping, dining, and fun! Our friendly community offers the amenities of a big city with a small town atmosphere. Stroll or bike along the I&M Canal, tour the Historical Society Museum, stop at the canal boat and view the historical mansions on Vine Street. With over 50 locally owned shops, restaurants and specialty stores, you are sure to enjoy the local flavor of our beautiful town! A reporter once wrote that Morris is a place that Norman Rockwell would have loved. Visit Nostalgic Downtown Morris - Shop, Dine, and Enjoy!

Spend a Day! So Much to Do! Shoppes

Apple Butter and Shugie’s Athletic Outfitters Betty’s Blackbird’s Bowl Body & Soul Health Food Brianna Lynn’s Boutique Cabinetry & Design by Bakerstreet Cal’s Printing Crown Custom Cabinetry Deluca’s Hallmark ELBE Photography The Fabric Center The Feathered Nest Floral Designs and Gifts The Front Porch GiGi’s Grand Schwinn Cyclery Gypsy Soul Harrington’s Jewelry The Home Store Jakins & Such Pretties Jennifer Walker Photography Jensen’s Vac-n-Sew Just Kidding Around

Kindelspires Auto Supply k. alyn Ken’s RC Hobbies Le Mouton Rouge Knittery Logo Works McGrath Office Equipment MeTu Boutique Mike’s Paint & Paper Morris Coin Shop NAPA Auto Parts The Paper Co. Pout Our Home to Yours Outside In by Cappenollie Ruby Begonia’s Sklut’s Menswear Spiritual Healing Steve’s Flooring & Design Still Stylin’ Strawberry Plant Boutique Tattered Accents The Thoughtful Spot Under His Wings Van Duzer’s Jewelry Vintage Whimsy

Dine and Drink

Al’s Family Restaurant American Legion Chapins Chicago Pizza Department Clayton’s Tap Corleone’s Eagles FOE Ebbey George’s Bar & Grill Feeney Liquors FlutterBy Popcorn Griffin’s Pint La Mex Restaurant Left Field Pizza Lesa’s Liberty Street Café Letty Mae’s Tea Room Montage Spirits & Gifts Morris Bakery Red Cent Sam’s Pizza The Sandlot Sweet Tooth Toby’s Mexi-Mart Tully Monster Weits Café

Pamper Yourself Bodyworks Designing Image Jerri’s Hair Hair Biz Influence Hair Salon Liv-Fit The Mane Event Morris Nails Roots Hair Studio Serenity Shantel’s Hair & Day Spa Tips N’ Toes Trimz Underground Hair & Nails


Greater Morris Area Goose Lake Prairie Partners

5010 N Jugtown Road Morris, IL, 60450 815-942-2899 gooselakeprairie.org

Volunteer group providing educational programs, assistance and funds for the Goose Lake Prairie State Natural Area including: annual activities, festivals, fundraisers, newsletter and gift shop.

KayakMorris.com

Griggs Drive Morris, IL, 60450 630-567-4653 kayakmorris.com

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

Services Grundy County Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center/ Channahon and Minooka 500 Bob Blair Road Minooka, IL, 60447 815-521-9999 cmchamber.org

Stop by for information on events and services in and around the area. Located inside Heartland Bank.

Grundy County Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center/ Coal City 660 S. Broadway Street Coal City, IL, 60416 815-634-8662 grundychamber.com

Your one-stop-shop for the latest information on events and activities around Grundy County, browse a variety of brochures and information on local organizations and businesses.

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Services Grundy County Chamber of Commerce/Morris

909 Liberty Street Morris, IL, 60450 815-942-0113 grundychamber.com

Located in the former Rock Island train depot, the Chamber has the latest information on events and activities in and around Grundy County.

Morris Downtown Development Partnership, Inc. 105 E. Main Street, Ste. 201 Morris, IL, 60450 815-941-0245 downtownmorris.com

Nestled along the I&M Canal, downtown Morris offers a rich history and continues to be the gathering place for festivals, unique shopping and dining.

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Morris Retail Association

220 Liberty Street Morris, IL, 60450 815-941-0200 shopmorrisil.com

Shop Downtown Morris, Illinois where you’ll find unique family owned Specialty Shops, Restaurants, Boutiques and Spas.

3 French Hens

French Country Market 123 West Illinois Ave Morris, IL, 60450 815-513-5600 3frenchhensmarket.blogspot.com Bringing the tradition of Open Air Euro Markets to the Midwest, 3 French Hens Country Market, features 140 vendors selling homemade, homegrown, antique items.

shopping Betty’s

104 W. Washington St. Morris, IL, 60450 815-693-4464 facebook.com/bettys104 Women’s new and vintage clothing boutique. Featuring clothing from the 50s to

500 Bob Blair Rd. Minooka, IL, 60447 815-467-4474 hbtbank.com

Independently owned community bank providing a complete line of financial services to commercial and retail customers, customized lending and cash management solutions. Member FDIC.

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Ponder & Play More people visited Starved Rock State Park in 2015 than live in the entire state of New Mexico. That attendance-shattering record of nearly 2.5 million people comes on the heels of Starved Rock sitting at #1 on the list of “Fascinating Spots in Illinois Straight out of a Fairy Tale.” So...what are you waiting for? So easy to get to from any Midwest point, and less than two hours southwest of Chicago, Starved Rock State Park is a world apart from anything else you’ll see in the Midwest. Feel it, see it and breathe it the moment you descend on the park.

Bursting with riveting history and unmatched beauty, Starved Rock’s 18 canyons were formed by glacial melting and stream erosion, slicing through tree-covered sandstone bluffs along the Illinois River. The park is best known for its unique and fascinating rock formations, which surfaced from an immense inland sea formed over 425 million years ago. Winter, Spring, Summer or Fall, Starved Rock State Park is nature’s year-round playground so whatever your favorite outdoor activity is, you’ll find it here: hiking, canoeing, horseback riding, 78

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Ponder & Play cross-country skiing, fishing (ice fishing, too), paddle boat cruises and, of course, the backdrop for the most magnificent picnic this side of the Mississippi. But the real stars here are the shimmering waterfalls, rugged canyons and active wildlife that attract millions of curious visitors each year to this 2,600 acre wonder.

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Pack your bags, lace up your hiking boots and head to Starved Rock State Park in picturesque Utica, Illinois. With all the extraordinary offerings Mother Nature created in this Midwest mecca, it’s hard to know where to begin so make your first stop at the Starved Rock State Park Visitor Center. Get hiking maps, see videos and interactive displays, and ask the friendly staff for recommendations to make the most of your stay. Sign up for a guided hike, which travels to LaSalle and Tonti canyons and see the incredible river views from Lover’s Leap and Eagle Cliff. While at the Visitor Center make sure to check out the 400-gallon aquarium filled with fish from the Illinois River, an Indian wigwam with lifelike figures and a model of Fort St. Louis, located atop Starved Rock from 1682 until the early 1700s. Take a deep breath after leaving the Visitor Center and get ready for the adventure of a lifetime! Carved out of ancient sandstone bluffs, Starved Rock’s striking canyons are a hiker’s paradise. Choose from 13 miles of wellmarked hiking trails which weave along the bluffs and overlook the picturesque

Illinois River. Although you can see seasonal waterfalls in 14 of the 18 canyons, some of the most scenic ones are found in LaSalle, St. Louis, French, Ottawa and Tonti canyons. The optimal time to view the waterfalls is in spring or after a heavy rainfall. Winter is also a great time to explore, when the waterfalls are frozen into glittering ice falls, making it the perfect time for an exhilarating ice climb, permitted with Park Ranger approval when conditions allow. Enhance your visit to the Park with a stay at the historic Starved Rock Lodge. Built in the 1930s by the Depressionera Civilian Conservation Corps, Starved Rock Lodge and its surrounding log cabins sit high on a wooded bluff overlooking the Illinois River. A knotty pine ambiance permeates the entire lodge and the modern hotel wing now features an indoor pool and massage cabin to ease hikers’ weary muscles. The main dining room welcomes guests with a glowing fireplace that is perfect to cozy up to in fall and winter. For a breath of fresh air, step outside and take a self-guided tour of Art in the Park, the largest collection of chainsaw woodcarvings in the Midwest, that includes Chief Walks with the Wind, a large Native American Indian head

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waiting to welcome you at the lodge entrance. All walking paths to the 30 sculptures are wheelchair and stroller-friendly. It’s no surprise that the Lodge just won the 2016 WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Award for the third year in a row as 136 weddings took place here in

2015. Also voted “Best Lodge for Meetings” by Meetings Magazine in 2014, Starved Rock Lodge is the premier venue for your next conference, business meeting or any special event complete with flexible banquet spaces and custom catering.

of this favored mode of transportation from yesteryear throughout the Park. Starved Rock Trolley Tours offer visitors a unique year-round perspective of the Park. In April and May, the Waterfall & Canyon Tour visits three aweinspiring geologic formations. In October, the Trolley Fall Colors Tour includes a guided 45-minute walk through spectacular fall foliage to see the cavernous Council Overhang and Ottawa Canyon. During the Discover the Eagles Tour, held in January and February, bird watchers are whisked over to the Illinois Waterway Visitor Center, where they’ll get a close-up look at the regal bald eagles as they soar over the river. The History Trolley Tour, held on Sundays March through December, offers narration about the rich legends of Starved Rock, plus a visit to Starved Rock State Park Visitor Center and Starved Rock Lock & Dam.

Set sail on the Belle of the Rock, an authentic paddlewheel boat that plies the waters of the Illinois River June through September. Trolleys transport visitors from Starved Rock Lodge to the boat for cruises. The new Music of the River Cruise & Tour is a 90-minute lunch cruise featuring river songs, followed by a History Trolley Tour. The Casual Evening & Dinner Cruise begins with a leisurely paddle along the Illinois River, and ends with dinner at the lodge.

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Matthiessen State Park – Utica Cavernous canyons, shimmering streams, and stunning rock formations combine to give visitors to Matthiessen State Park a slice of nature’s finest. Named for prominent LaSalle industrialist and philanthropist Frederick William Matthiessen, the area was originally referred to as “Deer Park,” in reference to the large deer population. Operated as his privately owned park for many years, the park was donated to the state after his death in 1918. Since then, the 175-acre park

Shuffle Off to Buffalo Rock State Park – Utica High atop a majestic bluff with sweeping panoramic view of the Illinois River sits Buffalo Rock State Park, home to two American bison who can be seen grazing daily across from the baseball diamond. Originally home to the Illinois Indians when Louis Jolliet, the French explorer, and Father Jacques Marquette, the Jesuit priest made their famous trip up the Illinois River in 1673, the area was believed to have served the French as a military, trading and missionary post. Deeded to the State of Illinois in 1928, the 298-acre park now features two spectacular hiking trails with panoramic views of the River, a I&M Canal Heritage Corridor Visitors Guide

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Channahon State Park – Channahon

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has grown to over 1,900 acres. Exposed sandstone can be seen throughout the park and a fascinating walking tour: starts at the Upper Dell (at Deer Park Lake) and continues to Cascade Falls, where the canyon drops 45 feet and the Lower Dell begins. Five miles of wellmarked, well-surfaced hiking trails offer tranquil strolls and vigorous hikes, and when you add in abundant vegetation and wildlife, nine miles of multi-use mountain bike and horseback riding trails, a field archery range and radio-controlled model airplane field, you’ve found the ultimate escape.

Illini State Park and the Great Falls of the Illinois River – Marseilles Named for the native Americans who once inhabited the area, Illini State Park offers a fascinating lesson in potamology, the study of rivers. The northern edge of the park is bordered by the Great Falls of the Illinois River, and in just two miles, the river drops an astonishing three feet, creating beautiful roaring rapids. Although the rapids are a wondrous sight to behold, they 82

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made barge traffic difficult, so in the mid-1920s, the Army Corps of Engineers built a barge canal to bypass the rapids. Today, that canal borders the park on the north, and visitors can watch the barges lumber down the River and through the Marseilles Locks. Don’t forget to pack a picnic as stately oak, hickory, walnut and elm trees will provide you with the perfect shady spot in the summer and a front row seat to the blazing colors of leaves in the fall. Wildlife is everywhere making this a popular spot for campers, who can pitch a tent and hook up to a trailer site. Get there early and reserve a site with spectacular views of the Illinois River, the ideal spot for anglers to find ample

Blessed with the natural beauty of mature oak, walnut, ash and cottonwood trees, Channahon State Park provides the perfect setting for the ultimate day out. Channahon, the Indian word for “the meeting of the waters,” signifies the joining of the DuPage, Des Plaines and Kankakee rivers. This sprawling park provides visitors with a fascinating look at a historic waterway that transformed Illinois. Locks 6 & 7 and the original lock tender’s house at Lock 6 enable visitors to daydream of a time when one of the loudest noises heard came from a blacksmith pounding out a new set of horse shoes. Only primitive tent camping by permit is available and gear must be walked to campsite. Anglers have their choice of fishing the I&M Canal or the DuPage River, where they’ll find plentiful bass, crappie, bluegill, catfish and bullhead. The official trailhead for the I&M Canal State Trail, the park is a premium spot for hiking and biking, as you’ll enjoy 61 miles of trail along the old canal towpath with unparalleled scenic and historic sights. Spring brings abundant wildlife and wildflowers along the trail and great blue herons and waterfowl can be seen near the park and along the canal banks. A gorgeous 15-mile canoe ride between Channahon and Morris will provide incredible scenery and an abundance of wildlife viewing opportunities.

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French explorers through the picturesque landscape of the Illinois River Valley on the Illinois River Road National Scenic Byway. As you wind along the nearly 300-mile route through the natural river country from Ottawa to Havana, you are likely to see bald eagles soaring overhead, hear songbirds trilling, and spot deer and other wildlife as you pass farm fields, hardwood forests and wetland prairies. Take your family on the ultimate scavenger hunt as you use clues and Global Positioning System (GPS) coordinates to find hidden treasures along the Illinois River Road. Geocachers have hidden treasure troves, I&M Canal Heritage Corridor Visitors Guide

known as caches, around the world, then posted the caches’ geographic coordinates for fellow treasure hunters to find. Lace up your boots and hike the many trails along the river bluffs and fish or canoe in none of the area’s restored wetlands. Learn about the Illinois River’s storied past at one of the area’s museums and historical sites, then stop at one of several wineries dotted along the road. To help plan your adventure on the Illinois River Road, visit illinoisriverroad. org, now available as a mobile website.

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STARVED ROCK AREA Nothing beats hiking through moss-covered canyons to reach a spot where the only sounds you hear are the gentle hum of the forest and the rushing water over the glacially carved stone. Communities within the Starved Rock Area include City of LaSalle, City of Marseilles, City of Mendota, City of Oglesby, City of Ottawa, City of Peru, City of Streator, Village of Grand Ridge, Village of North Utica, Village of Seneca, and LaSalle County.

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»A visit to Illinois’ Heritage Corridor is not complete without a trip to the historic and geologically gifted Starved Rock Area. Loaded with cavernous canyons, spectacular hiking and charming towns, the Starved Rock Area is the ultimate getaway where you can truly leave the hustle and bustle of the big city behind. Breathtaking beauty can be found at every turn in the Starved Rock Area so plan to spend several days here and take advantage of the natural splendor of its five majestic state parks, the allure of its quaint towns and nostalgic trip down history lane.

Magnificent Mendota Mendota may be most famous for the 50 tons of buttery ears it serves to 60,000 visitors every August at the Sweet Corn Festival (August 11-14, 2016), but the fun doesn’t start or stop there. Perched upon acres of rolling fields filled with corn and soybeans, the “World’s Greatest Little City” is easily accessible thanks to regular rail service. Amtrak’s Quincy to Chicago line stops daily in Mendota, along with Southwest Chief, which travels from Chicago to Los Angeles. Whether you reach Mendota by rail or road, stop in at the Union Depot Railroad Museum, adjacent to the Amtrak stop, where you’ll see a steam engine, tender, and caboose from the Chicago, Burlington, and Quincy Railroad (CB&Q, now BNSF Railway) as well as a working HO model of the Mendota depot in the 1930s. The fascinating history of Mendota comes alive at the Hume Carnegie Museum, where a life-size statue of Wild Bill Hickok (native of nearby Troy Grove) stands out front and welcomes you to discover his true story. In addition to a restored 1904 Carnegie library and countless historical kiosks, you’ll see a bomb shell manufactured in Mendota, an exhibit of New Yorker cartoonist Helen Hokinson and other famous Mendota High School graduates including Bill Brown, who played one season for the Chicago Bears and 14 for the Minnesota Vikings.

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Union Depot Railroad Museum Illinois is famous for its rolling prairies and you’ll discover their agricultural mysteries at the Breaking the Prairie Museum, home of the Mathesius Brothers’ Barn replica barn featuring glass-walls on three sides for open viewing 24/7. Inside, discover a rotating display of antique tractors, a Scheidenhelm & Schaller buggy and vintage farm equipment. Outside stands a rare Elgin-Hummer windmill from the mid-1800s that once stood on the Otterbach farm. Adjacent to the barn is The Country Chapel, with a restored pump organ manufactured in Mendota in the 1880s. Chicago may be known as “The Windy City” but you won’t find a windier spot in the entire state of Illinois than the Mendota Hills Wind Farm, the largest commercial wind farm in Illinois just up the road from Mendota in Paw Paw. Boasting an astonishing 63 towering windmills, it’s a tremendous sight to see and catch a glimpse of the generation of alternative sources of electric power. mendotachamber.com

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Stunning views await you at the Illinois Waterway Visitor Center which overlooks the busy Starved Rock Lock and Dam and provides a scenic overview of the Starved Rock area. Operated by the US Army Corps of Engineers, discover how water transportation transformed the United States and spot bald eagles, pelicans,

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Get acquainted with the quaint charm and beauty of Ottawa on a captivating tour like The Ottawa that Lincoln Knew, Heritage Ottawa Walking Tours and the Brush with History Cell Phone Tour, which will acquaint you with the city’s stunning outdoor murals. Discover monumental bronze statues and a reflecting pool in Washington Square Park that pay tribute to the first historic debate in 1858 between Abraham Lincoln and Stephen A. Douglas. Architectural history awaits you across the street at the Reddick Mansion, one of the most expensive and ornate Italianate residences ever constructed in the Midwest during the mid 1800’s. There’s twice as much to discover at The Ottawa Historical and Scouting Heritage Museum, dedicated to preserving the history of both Ottawa and the Scouts. Luckily located on the I&M Canal, Ottawa was a booming town in the 1800s, with industry evident all along the canal. Marvel at fascinating artifacts including a carriage manufactured by the Gay Buggy Company, pianos from the Weaver Piano Factory and a dress worn by a local woman during the Lincoln-Douglas Debates. Ottawa is also the home and final

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Reddick Mansion resting place of W.D. Boyce, one of the founders of the Boy Scouts of America so you’ll see famed collections of the Lone Scout Memory Lodge and comprehensive exhibits from scouting programs over the past century. After you leave the museum, head over to the only I&M Canal Toll House still in existence. One of four stops for toll collections on the canal, the other three stood in Lockport, Chicago and the LaSalle house which closed in 1876.

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The Road Less Traveled From downtown Ottawa, you can retrace the route of Native Americans and early French explorers through the picturesque Illinois River Valley on the Illinois River Road National Scenic Byway. Hike the bluff trails on this lush landscape, bike the historic I&M canal towpaths, cast a fishing line or paddle a canoe through one of the beautifully restored wetlands. Keep an eye out for bald eagles soaring overhead, spot deer and other wildlife as you pass farm fields, hardwood forests and wetland prairies. For a truly unique adventure, seek out 90 geocaches placed throughout the journey. Similar to a scavenger hunt, geocaching invites you to search for hidden objects using clues and GPS coordinates while discovering natural Illinois like never before. If you prefer the good old-fashioned way, pick up a Birding Site Guide and spot bald eagles, owls and waterfowl that call the Illinois River Valley home. For extreme adventure, glide through the trees with Zip Chicago or soar through the sky at Skydive Chicago. illinoisriverroad.org

heron, ducks and other waterfowl during different seasons. Fans of horsepower can see, hear and feel up to 7,000 horses in action as a towboat exits the lock with its string of barges. Open seven days a week, the Illinois Waterway Visitor Center is located on the North bank of the Illinois River between Utica and Ottawa. Dedicated runners can experience the highs and lows of the rolling hills created by the Illinois River thousands of years ago in the 2016 Starved Rock Country Marathon and Half Marathon, May 14, in downtown Ottawa. This records-eligible course encompasses the unsurpassed scenery of the River, neighborhoods of Ottawa and lush landscapes in and around Starved Rock State Park. More amazing Ottawa events can be enjoyed throughout the year including the Scarecrow I&M Canal Heritage Corridor Visitors Guide

While hiking may be the most popular way to see the Starved Rock Area, it’s certainly not the only one. You can set sail on the Belle of the Rock and explore the Illinois River on an authentic paddlewheel boat in the Spring, Summer and early Fall.

Festival, Midwest Morel Fest, Two Rivers Wine and Jazz Festival and the Ice Odyssey ice sculpting event. pickusottawail.com

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Starved Rock Area No need for New Orleans when you can get your bayou fix in the heart of Utica at Ron’s Cajun Connection. Ron McFarlain, raised in the swamps near Lake Charles, Louisiana, has been serving up his “swampto- table” fare since 1995. His wife Amy joined the fun a few years later and together they invite you to feast on authentic Boudin, Alligator or Crawfish PoBoys and Maque Choux Salad, all inspired by Ron’s family recipes. Save room for a piece of Ron’s Roasted Pecan Pie or Amy’s Apple Bread Pudding. ronscajunconnection.com When you’re craving the freshest Fettuccine Alfredo and Veal Piccata this side of the Tiber, head to Casa Mia, off the beaten path in Naplate. Set in a renovated house with a working dumbwaiter, the venue is just as charming as the authentic food. Start with French-fried Pickles or Oysters Rockefeller. Entrees include Flounder Stuffed With Crabmeat and Chicken Marsala. Famous for their giant steaks, meats lovers can feast on Beef Tips with Portobello sauce and Double Cut French Lamb Chops. Reservations highly recommended. 219 18th Ave, Naplate, IL. (815)-434-0758. Viva La Variété at this eclectic eatery founded on love, comfort and joy. Food becomes art at The

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Pink Chihuahua in LaSalle Pink Chihuahua in LaSalle featuring tapas, small bites and more: Mango & Brie Quesadilla, Mexican Flaming Hibachi, Kangaroo Pot Stickers and Ginger Cigars. Who can choose between Thai Coconut Shrimp, Fig & Goat Cheese Pizza and Garlic Bourbon Bacon Fries? Try a deconstructed salad like Grilled Chicken with Port Poached Bosc Pear, Port Derby Cheese Wedge and Candied Almonds or Poblano Steak Grande. thepinkchihuahua.com The Red Dog Grill at Heritage Harbor Ottawa focuses on fresh flavors and a casual dining atmosphere with live music every Saturday night. Overlooking the beautiful marina along the Illinois River and accessible by land and water, they feature Pan Seared Southwestern Tilapia, Tequila Shrimp and Vodka Chicken Pasta. Or feast on a salad: Steak Avocado or Spring Citrus Chicken. Tipping their hat to local history, you can sink your teeth into a Canal

The Red Dog Grill at Heritage Harbor Ottawa Path Tenderloin or a Buffalo Rock Chicken Wrap. Named after Sam, a Red Rescue Dog, they invite you to share your favorite pet stories over a good meal. reddoggrill.com The Lone Buffalo/Tangled Roots Brewing Company in Ottawa offers a farm-totable brewpub experience with European influences. Naming the brewpub was an homage to its location, just a few miles east of Buffalo Rock State Park. Boasting a menu that supports the local farmers and communities of the Starved Rock area, this state-of-the art copper 15 bbl brewing facility is a

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super spot for a relaxing meal. With a focus on creating a full spectrum craft beer experience, guests are invited to tour the brewing house, fermentation room and then sit down to a laid-back, sumptuous meal. 814 LaSalle Street, Ottawa, IL 61350 (773) 858-0307

artful menu that includes Chicken Milanese Salad, the Cracklin’ Rosie Burger and Penne alla Puttanesca with Garlic Infused Chicken. The mouth-watering choices continue with Barramundi Filet & Stuffed Peppadew Peppers, Cod on the Corn and a fabulous Artisanal Cheese Sampler. uptowngrill.com

Uptown Grill has been celebrating passion, ingenuity and good taste in LaSalle since 1985. Owners Ray & Rita Anderes create all their soups, sauces, and dressings from scratch and cook with only fresh produce. Their polished casual dining experience will set your taste buds soaring with an

It’s a Wine Bar! It’s a Gastopub! It’s a Coffee Shop! They do it all at Social Kitchen in LaSalle, offering up some of the most uniquely delicious offerings in the Corridor: Lobster corn dogs with Valencia sauce, House-made Tater Tots with sriracha ketchup and Chilaquiles, a.k.a. breakfast nachos. Delight in Latkes with Creme Fraiche & Apple Compote, Scrimshaw Battered Cod and Black Truffle “Yummus” with grilled naan. facebook.com/ SocialKitchenLaSalle/timeline

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It’s the best of both worlds as food collides with art at Mark Allen’s American Kitchen in Peru. Owned by CIA-trained chef Mark Weisbrod and interactive artist Ann MaxwellWeisbrod, this dynamic duo has created a whimsical, contemporary

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folk art bistro where they serve fabulous fare including Portabella Mushroom Fries, Crispy Chicken Pizza and Pork Loin Medallions served Caribbean or BBQ style. Save room for their famous Brownie Waffle, Hot Apple Pie or Cheesecake of the Moment. It’s the perfect spot for a leisurely lunch or a quick bite or snack. markallens.com A fun, friendly and flavorful environment with an international twist awaits you at B.A.S.H., in Ottawa. Inspired by an effort to meet each individual’s cravings, Burger And Sushi House delivers a daring menu with something for everyone. Like the One Sloppy Mess: fries, BBQ pulled pork, cheddar cheese, sour cream and scallions. Or the Tuna Tower with crab salad, spicy tuna, avocado, masago and wasabi mayo. How about the Picnic BBLT Burger brimming with bacon, lettuce, tomato, mayo and potato salad? Or for a snappy twist on an American classic, dig into a heartwarming bowl of Santa Fe Mac & Cheese, complete with corn, black beans and Doritos. burgerandsushihouse.

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More historic charm awaits you in Utica, home to award-winning wineries, boutiques boasting handcrafted treasures and an incredibly diverse dining scene. The LaSalle County Historical Society Campus, located on the banks of the I&M Canal, is a time traveler’s dream-come-true as it preserves myriad artifacts of LaSalle County’s storied past: the Aiken School, a one-room 1865 schoolhouse furnished with authentic fixtures and the Kidd Blacksmith Shop, complete with a working forge and blacksmithing demonstrations, plus the Canal Warehouse, the 1875 Barn and Heritage Center. Foodies from across the country flock to Utica every fall for the annual Burgoo Festival (October 8-9, 2016) to savor this traditional, hearty pioneer stew cooked outdoors for between 12 and 18 hours over a woodburning fire. Plenty of live music, crafts demonstrations and a flourishing flea market make this festival a full-circle celebration. lasallecountymuseum.org Canal Warehouse

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Searching for serenity in the Starved Rock Area? Head to Streator, the “Quiet Surprise on the Prairie.” Located along the Vermilion River, this quiet hamlet is brimming with history, architecture and charm. Visit The Weber House and Garden, a storybook Tudor cottage anchored in an English garden of winding paths, foxglove, hollyhocks and old oaks. Inside, meander through cozy candlelit rooms that reflect the 18th century. Take time to enjoy a production at the Engle Lane Community Theater, a concert at the beautiful Plumb Pavilion in the city park or the vroom of vintage cars during the Labor Day Roamer Cruise Night. Get the real scoop on one of the ice cream industry’s most famous retailers at The Streatorland Historical Society, which houses memorabilia from famous citizens such as Burton Baskin (BaskinRobbins), author Clarence Mulford who wrote Hopalong Cassidy, Edward Plumb, musical director for Walt Disney’s Fantasia & Bambi, and Clyde Tombaugh who discovered Pluto . streator.org

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Your Starved Rock Area Cabin Getaway! Located just 7 miles south of Starved Rock State Park, Kishauwau Country Cabins is the only family run cabin rental property like what we offer in this area. We offer rental luxury cabins for weekend, weeknight, and all-week getaways. Cabins with fully equipped kitchens, covered porches, fire pits and indoor wood stoves or gas fireplaces are some of the amenities. Local shopping and dining, and secluded living await you for your anniversary, family reunion, honeymoon or a simple getaway to recharge your batteries. Whirlpool Cabin

Spend a quiet retreat with your special someone in one of our Standard Whirlpool Cabins. There are 11 to choose from!

The Illini

Our only 2-bedroom cabin has beautiful wood-paneled walls and all you need to recharge your batteries.

Jack’s Cabin

Plan your private, romantic getaway at Jack’s Cabin. Our only deluxe suite has a shower and double size whirlpool tub, King bed and a gas fireplace in the bedroom.

Trading Post

The Trading Post Cabin is the perfect getaway for two adults and up to four children or small group getaways.

Grandma’s Cabin

Our only four-bedroom cabin. A great cabin for gatherings, Grandma’s Cabin can fit your entire family reunion or fun friends retreat. Bedrooms have Queen beds, two baths with showers, six day beds in the Great Room, huge kitchen with two stoves/ovens, satellite TV.

Visit our website to read customer reviews of each cabin. But don’t take their word for it, come see for yourself!

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Chestnut Street Inn

Baldwin House

301 E. Chestnut Street Sheffield, IL 61361 800-537-1304 chestnut-inn.com

Built in 1880, the Baldwin House is the ideal alternative to hotel accommodations and offers all the comforts of “home” while you are away.

Award winning bed and breakfast and restaurant featuring Mediterranean Cuisine using locally available ingredients. Located off I-80. Four uniquely appointed guest suites, including private bathrooms.

204 East Kent Street Streator, IL 61364 815-510-0658

Brightwood Inn

2407 N. Route 178 Oglesby, IL 61348 888-667-0600 brightwoodinn.com

Cozy Corner Campground

805 N. 25th Road Oglesby, IL 61348 815-667-4886

Country inn, comfortable rooms with Jacuzzis/ Fireplaces. Near state parks. Stress free quiet, romantic. Packages. Complimentary Hot Breakfast with room.

Located at entrance to Matthiessen State Park on IL-Rte. 178. Family-owned campground for RVs and tents. Surrounded by trees. Picnic tables, showers, firewood.

Chef Tom’s Guest House and Catering

Days Inn Oglesby/Starved Rock

205 W. Wilson Street Streator, IL 61364 815-257-1025 facebook.com/pages/ChefToms/157322727685088

Wonderful lodging choice in an owner occupied Bed and Breakfast makes a perfect choice upon visiting the I&M Canal Heritage Corridor.

120 N. Lewis Avenue Oglesby, IL 61348 815-883-9600 daysinn.com/hotel/04593

100% Smoke Free. Award Winning Property. Conveniently located off I-39 at exit #54, 5 miles from state parks. Heated indoor pool, Daybreak breakfast, fitness center.

Fairfield Inn & Suites Ottawa Starved Rock

3000 Fairfield Lane Ottawa, IL 61350 815-431-8955 fairfieldmarriottstarvedrock.com

Fairfield Inn & Suites is located along the I-80 corridor and is 100% non smoking. Come enjoy our indoor pool, fitness center, free wi-fi and breakfast

Fairfield Inn and Suites- Peru 4385 Venture Drive Peru, IL 61354 815-223-7458 marriott.com/sqipr

Courteous and Friendly service, Enjoy our hot breakfast, Free High-Speed Wireless Internet. Relax in our heated indoor pool and hot tub. 24 Hour Fitness Center.

Fox River Bed and Breakfast

3367 East 2072nd Road Ottawa, IL 61350 815-431-9257 foxriverbnb.com Located on 17 beautiful acres on the Fox River. A short drive to Starved Rock State Park. Closely located to skydiving and canoe outfitters.

Grizzly Jack’s Grand Bear Resort & Waterpark 2643 N. Rt. 178 Utica, IL 61373 866-667-FUNN (3866) grizzlyjacksresort.com

60,000 sq. ft. of Indoor Entertainment- this includes Grand Bear Falls Indoor Waterpark and Enchanted Forest Indoor Amusement Park, beautiful lodge accommodations and more.

Hampton Inn By Hilton- Ottawa

4115 Holiday Lane Ottawa, IL 61350 815-434-6040 hamptoninnstarvedrock.com Our Hampton Inn Ottawa (Starved Rock Area) is conveniently located just a half-mile from I-80 and three miles from downtown Ottawa.

Fitness Room Pets Welcome

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Holiday Inn Express & Suites Peru

4421 North Peoria Street Peru, IL 61354 815-220-8400 hamptoninn.hilton.com

5253 Trompeter Rd. Peru, IL 61354 815-224-2500 hiexpress.com/lasalleperu

Minutes from Starved Rock State Park and regional shopping mall. Recipient of 2015 Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence Award.

Conveniently located off of Interstate I-80, exit 75. Built in 2010, with a fitness center, pool and hot tub. Very close to shopping and restaurants.

Heritage Harbor Ottawa 1970 N. 2753rd Road Ottawa, IL 61350 815-433-5000 heritageharborottawa.com

Holiday Inn Express Ottawa

The Cottages at Heron’s Landing is a “resort within a resort” featuring 30 vacation cottages nestled along the Illinois River

Hickory Hollow Campground

120 E. Stevenson Road Ottawa, IL 61350 815-433-0029 holidayinnexpressstarvedrock.com We are located off I-80 at exit 90. We are just minutes from Fox River, Illinois River and Starved Rock State Park.

Katchewan Lakes Campground

757 North 3029th Road Utica, IL 61373 815-667-4996 hickoryhollowcg.com

2002 South Barr St. Streator, IL 61364 815-310-0265 katchewanlakes.com

Meeting/banquet space available. 37 acres with 89 water, sewer & electric sites and 45 tent sites, plus cabins. Store, laundry, showers, and swimming pool.

Where nature surrounds your family. Enjoy our beach and fishing lakes, canoe launch, showers, laundry, game room camper rental, and free Friday night movies!

Kishauwau Country Cabins

901 N. 2129th Road Tonica, IL 61370 815-442-8453 kishauwaucabins.com

Your Starved Rock Area Cabin Getaway! With 17 cabins ranging in size, we are sure to have something that will work for you. Book Early!

Landers House Country Lodging

115 East Church Street Utica, IL 61373 815-667-5170 landershouse.com We are country lodging in a truly unique setting geared to pamper. Our suites and rooms are designed with our guests comfort in mind.

LaSalle-Peru KOA 756 N. 3150th Road Utica, IL 61373 815-667-4988 koa.com

Camping in country setting away from interstate noise. RV, Tent Sites & Cabin Rentals. General Store, Showers, Heated Pool, Wi-Fi & Cable TV.

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Fairfield Inn & Suites 3000 Fairfield Lane Ottawa, IL 61350 815-431-8955

Holiday Inn Express Starved Rock 120 W. Stevenson Road Ottawa, IL 61350 815-433-0029

Hampton Inn Starved Rock 4115 Holiday Lane Ottawa, IL 61350 815-434-6040

Holiday Inn Express & Suites 5253 Trompeter Road Peru, IL 61354 815-224-2500

Quality Inn 200 Gore Road Morris, IL 60450 815-942-6600

Holiday Inn Express & Suites 220 Gore Road Morris, IL 60450 815-941-8700

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Starved Rock Area Lord Stockings Bed & Breakfast

803 3rd Avenue Mendota, IL 61342 815-539-7905 bbonline.com/il/mendota.html Three story Victorian home decorated with original antique furnishings. Located near Starved Rock State Park and Mendota_s three museums and parks. Please call for reservations.

Madison Street Living 224-226 W. Madison St. Ottawa, IL 61350 815-434-1500 madisonstreetliving.com

IF THESE WALLS COULD TALK Come hear their stories and surround yourself in over 140 years of history. Guided tours are available all year long. See hegelercarus.org for a full list of events.

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Historic Queen Anne in downtown Ottawa within walking distance of dining, shopping & entertainment. Full Kitchen, washer/dryer, HDTV, Wi-Fi, jetted whirlpool tub. Special requests welcome.

Marcia’s Bed and Breakfast 3003 N. IL Route 71 Ottawa, IL 61350 815-488-5217 marciasbnb.com

Three separate self-sustaining buildings, The Round House, The Cottage and The Pine Room; feature air conditioning, wood burning stove, kitchenette, private bath and dish television.

Quality Inn - Peru

5240 Trompeter Road Peru, IL 61354 815-223-8585 qualityinn.com/hotel-peru-illinois-IL069 Conveniently located next to I-80 and minutes from Starved Rock State Park and other area attractions for an affordable and friendly family stay.

Relax Inn

1551 N. Il Route 23 Streator, IL 61364 815-672-3168 relaxinnstreator.com Recently renovated and locally owned, the Relax Inn features rooms with wood floors and flat screen TVs, microwaves and refrigerators are also available.

River House Bed and Breakfast

121 E. Prospect Avenue Ottawa, IL 61350 815-324-2866 ottawariverhouse.com River House B&B, a historic 1890 Queen Anne, sits high on a bluff overlooking the Illinois and Fox Rivers and beautiful, quaint downtown Ottawa.

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Starved Rock Area Starved Rock Lodge and Conference Center 2668 East 873rd Road Oglesby, IL 61348 815-667-4211 starvedrocklodge.com

Full service Conference Center in Starved Rock State Park. Dining Room, Bar, Veranda, outdoor dining. Retreats, meetings, and dream weddings.

Super 8 Ottawa

500 East Etna Road Ottawa, IL 61350 815-434-2888 super8.com Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence Award 2013-2015, 100% Non-Smoking, no pets, breakfast, 2-room and apartment whirlpool suites, microwave/fridge in all rooms.

The Willows

325 Clark Street Utica, IL 61373 815-667-3400 thewillowshotel.net More than a place to rest your head, you can relax and rejuvenate. Make yourself at home in our warm residential-feel rooms or suites.

Attractions Hegeler Carus Mansion 1307 Seventh Street LaSalle, IL 61301 815-224-5892 hegelercarus.org

Jackpot & Rosie’s Slots & Video Poker

Virtually unaltered since its completion more than a century ago, built in 1874, is an example of high artistic achievement in architecture and interior design.

Jackpot slots is the most comfortable, pleasant, clean and relaxing environment to enjoy your gaming experience east of Vegas.

Heritage Harbor Ottawa

1970 N. 2753rd Road Ottawa, IL 61350 815-433-5000 heritagegarborottawa.com

Heritage Harbor Ottawa is a premier Marina Resort Community located on the banks of the Illinois River. Visit our waterfront restaurant or rent a cottage.

Illinois Waterway Visitor Center

950 N. 27th Road, Route 1 Ottawa, IL 61350 815-667-4054 mvr.usace.army.mil/Missions/ Recreation/IllinoisWaterway.aspx View Starved Rock Lock & Dam. Enjoy interacting with towboat Pilot House. Learn

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Illinois River’s unique history and watch wildlife (bald eagles in winter).

2719 N. Columbus Street Ottawa, IL 61350

Jackpot Bingo too!

2700 May Rd. Peru, IL 61354 815-250-0299 facebook.com/jackpotbingoperu The area’s only casino-style bingo hall. Conveniently located North of Rt. 80, between Exits 73 (Plank Rd.) and 75 (Rt. 251). Call 815250-0299 for hours.

LaSalle Canal Boat 754 First Street La Salle, IL 61301 815-220-1848 lasallecanalboat.org

Enjoy adventure and history aboard a mulepulled replica 19th Century canal boat guided by our period dressed canal-era crew! Open May-October. Private rentals/events welcome. Reservations recommended.

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Starved Rock Area LaSalle County Historical Society

Rockin’ the Illinois Valley for 38 years!

101 E. Canal Street Utica, IL 61373 815-667-4861 lasallecountyhistoricalsociety.org

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LaSalle County history from Native American to present day. Newly expanded campus includes Heritage Center, Schoolhouse, Blacksmith Shop, Warehouse, 1875 Barn, and Canal Market buildings.

Breakfast Lunch and Dinner 8 am till 9 pm

Home of the Cheeseburger in Paradise

Mendota Museum & Historical Society 901 Washington Street, PO Box 433 Mendota, IL 61342 815-539-3373 mendotamuseums.org

Hume-Carnegie Museum 3/1 - 12/14 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM; Union Depot Railroad 3/1 – 12/14 12:00 to 4:00 PM Breaking the Prairie Museum by appointment.

Ottawa Historical and Scouting Heritage Museum

1100 Canal Street Ottawa, IL 61350 815-431-9353 ottawascoutingmuseum.org

A museum established to promote and preserve the history of the Ottawa area and the proud traditions of Boy Scouting, Girl Scouting and Camp Fire.

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Reddick Mansion Association

100 W. Lafayette Street Ottawa, IL 61350 815-433-6100 reddickmansion.org “The Jewel of Ottawa”. Built before the Civil War, this 4-story, 22 room Italiante mansion is listed on the National Register. Tours 6 days/week.

SaltTreeYoga

310 1/2 W. Main Street Ottawa, IL 61350 815-343-2751 salttreeyoga.com Healthy activities including Himalayan Salt Cave, Yoga, Full Spectrum Infrared Sauna, Skin Rejuvenation Bed with red, blue, and infrared light, Flotation Hydrotherapy, Massage, and more.

Skydive Chicago

3215 East 1969th Road Ottawa, IL 61350 815-433-0000 Tandem Jumps and Solo jumps offered at one of the largest and most modern skydiving centers in the world.

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Starved Rock Area Spirit Farms

Weber House and Garden

3874 North Route 71 Sheridan, IL 60551 815-695-5667 spiritfarms.com

1503 Baker Street Streator, IL 61364 815-672-8327 weberhouseandgarden.com

We are a diverse, modern farming operation located in the heart of Illinois farm country with state of the art facilities and equipment.

Long associated with the rich and famous, Weber House sits in an English garden of meandering paths, hollyhocks and old oaks.

Spirit of Peoria

Westclox Museum

100 NE Water Street Peoria, IL 61602 309-637-8000 spiritofpeoria.com

312 5th Street Peru, IL 61354 815-250-0617 westcloxmuseum.com

One to five day riverboat cruises to and from Starved Rock and Saint Louis Riverfront aboard our authentic paddlewheeler, featuring oldfashioned entertainment. All-inclusive.

The Westclox Museum spent years waking up American. Come visit our new museum. Open MWF from 9am-3pm and private tours are available.

The Silver Fox

Zip Chicago

Unique, historic, elegant venue located in the former Masonic Temple in downtown Streator. Available for weddings, receptions, or any special occasion. Tours by appointment.

We are Chicagoland’s premier zip lining adventure. Our wooded course has 8 zip lines and 2 suspension bridges. Zip up to 45 mph!

122 N. Park Street Streator, IL 61364 815-409-5120 silverfoxstreator.com

2681 E Rte. 6 Marseilles, IL 61341 815-795-5001 zipchicago.com

Dining Anne’s Hideaway 323 Railroad Avenue Naplate, IL 61350 815-433-9686

Family style chicken, pasta, seafood & steaks. Fine food and dining.

Cajun Connection

897 E. US Highway 6 Utica, IL 61373 815-667-9855 ronscajunconnection.com Cajun cook creating authentic Louisiana dishes: alligator, gumbo, etouffe, etc. Experience the taste of roasted pecan pie!

Captain’s Cove Bar and Grill

Route 1 box 411, Dee Bennett Rd. Ottawa, IL 61350 815-434-0881 captainscovebarandgrill.com Still Rolling on the River with the same ownership for 19 years! Great Food! Best View! No Better Bar! Happy Hour Specials and Friendly Smiling Faces!

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MarkAllen’s american kitchen 1402 Peoria St. Peru, IL

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Starved Rock Area Casa Mia

219 18th Avenue Naplate, IL 61350 815-434-0758 Excellent dining in casual elegance. A culinary delight featuring steak, seafood, pasta and unique specials. Hours are Wed.-Sat. 5:00PM 9:00PM. Like us on Facebook.

The Cheese Shop ‘n’ Deli 1219 Fulton Street Ottawa, IL 61350 815-433-0478 thecheeseshop.biz

Featuring homemade soups, sandwiches, specialty foods and cheeses. Catering available. 35 year old antique collection. Open for lunch & dinner.

Delaney’s Family Restaurant

salads, sides and desserts in a relaxing and casual atmosphere.

Jimmy John’s Gourmet Sandwiches

The Lone Buffalo 812 LaSalle Street Ottawa, IL 61350 815-324-9549

2971 E. 8th Street Utica, IL 61373 815-667-4160

The Lone Buffalo was created as a restaurant and brewery under one roof with one goal: to serve good food and good beer in a comfortable atmosphere.

Gourmet Sandwiches - Giant Sandwiches, box lunches and more for caterings and special events

Mark Allen’s American Kitchen 1402 Peoria Street Peru, IL 61354 815-220-0642 markallens.com

JJ’s Pub on Main 104 W. Main Street Ottawa, IL 61350 815-431-1816 jjspub.com

JJ’s Pub is a sports bar & grill featuring 19 taps, food, an outdoor patio & access to public boat docks on the Illinois River.

The area’s best Chef driven restaurant and upscale Bar, featuring Gourmet Burgers, hand cut Steaks, Ribs, Fresh Fish, Pasta and a great time for everyone!

MJ’s Pub & Grill

100 N. Lewis Avenue Oglesby, IL 61348 815-883-3539 delaneysbuffet.com

Joy & Eds

139 E. Walnut Street Oglesby, IL 61348 815-883-9782 mjspub.wix.com/mjspub.grill

Full Service Restaurant. 5 miles from Starved Rock. Buffet served daily. Breakfast always. Breakfast Buffet on Saturday and Sunday. Catering services available.

Breakfast specials along with homemade soup, chili and daily lunch specials. Dinner Specials along with homemade pizzas! Carry outs available!

Great Pub food, a notch above the rest. Video games, patio, weekly entertainment, friendly, comfy, safe atmosphere, where our guests are the best!

113 Mill Street Utica, IL 61373 815-667-4850

Duffy’s Tavern

101 Mill St. Utica, IL 61373 815-667-4324 duffystavernandgrill.com

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FAMILY RESTAURANT! “A museum in itself”, visit for food & cocktails in the nostalgic atmosphere of an 1890’s Irish Pub. Follow us on Facebook for specials.

Garzanelli’s Supper Club 750 N. Columbia Street Oglesby, IL 61340 815-883-8633

We have been serving the best chicken, BBQ ribs, pasta and seafood in the Illinois Valley since 1918. Carry-out is available.

Halftime Restaurant, Pizza & Cocktails

1625 E. Norris Drive Ottawa, IL 61350 815-324-9389 halftimerestaurantpizzaandcocktails.com We offer a full menu. Family Friendly Restaurant. Made from scratch pizzas. Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. Home made soups daily. Salad Bar.

The Hi-Way Restaurant

210 West Norris Drive Ottawa, IL 61350 815-431-9431 hi-wayrestaurant.com

Casual dinning offering a wide variety of foods, along with a selection of appetizers,

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The New Chalet Restaurant

Utica is a fun place to

514 State Street Ottawa, IL 61350 815-433-2746 thenewchalet.com

SHOP… EAT… DRINK… STAY… INDULGE… EXPLORE

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Ottawa’s South-side restaurant. Popular breakfast & lunch site. Daily Specials, After Hour Parties, Catering, Pick-Up, Fri & Sat All You Can Eat Specials. Online ordering

9th Street Pub

253 Ninth Street LaSalle, IL 61301 815-223-8960 9thstpub.com

Visit Utica

Over 37 years in business, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner daily 8:00AM to 10:00PM. Boasting over 100 import beers and 5 craft beers on tap.

Nonie’s Bakery & Café

522 Clark Street Utica, IL 61373 815-691-5002 facebook.com/Nonies-BakeryCafe-390141894351056/

History, Fun & Recreation www.senecail.org

Seneca Shipyard Days — June 22-25 Cruise Night — August 27

Family owns business. A quiet relaxed atmosphere for the whole family. Serving homemade breakfast, lunch, baked goods and espresso all day. Open at 8:00am daily!

Pine Hills Golf Club Bar & Restaurant

EXPLORE LaSalle County Historical Society Museum Campus

1848 museum on the banks of the I&M Canal, one-room schoolhouse, barn, blacksmith shop, Heritage Center, LCHS Canal Market

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1665 N. 2501 Road Ottawa, IL 61350 815-434-3985 ottawapinehillsgolfclub.com PHGC Bar & Restaurant serves a full dinner menu, Chicago Style Pan & thin crust pizzas, hand-pounded tenderloins, soups, salads and sandwiches. **Gluten Free & Kids Menus too!**

The Pink Chihuahua 633 1st Street LaSalle, IL 61301 815-780-8032 thepinkchihuahua.co

A Char Grilled Steak. Shrimp Padi-Thai. Tikka Masala. A beautiful Tapa. Herbed Pork Chops. The four corners of the world await you at Our Art Gallery.

The Right Spice Supper Club 2102 4th Street Peru, IL 61354 815-223-9824 rightspice.biz

A family friendly casual dining restaurant where the locals go. Known for good food, good people and great times!

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Starved Rock Area Sunfield Restaurant

2754 Columbus Street Ottawa, IL 61350 815-434-5500

Easy access of I-80. Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. Banquet room, seating for 70. Ideal for showers, meetings, family gathering, birthday and other celebrations.

Woody’s Steak House

City of LaSalle

One of the oldest restaurants in LaSalle County. Est. 1997. Gourmet dining. Home of Woody’s Famous Blackened Duck Breast. Private rooms available.

It’s difficult to imagine LaSalle once earning the nickname “Little Reno” for its robust gambling scene from the 1930’s-1950’s. A far cry from the days when pioneers traveled the Illinois & Michigan Canal on mule-pulled boats, today’s visitors can experience history first-hand on a Lock 16 Canal Boat guided by authentically-dressed canal era crew and passengers. The Hegeler Carus Mansion National Historic Landmark was the home of the Hegeler family, and stands as a crowning example of architecture and design.

1321 LaSalle St Ottawa, IL 61350 815-433-2400 restaurantsottawail.com

Tones Cones

523 W. Main St. Ottawa, IL 61350 815-434-1488

Municipality

Serving the Best Soft Serve Ice Cream treats around. Open 7 days a week from 12:00p.m. - 10:00p.m. Inside and Outside seating. Family Fun...

Village of Grand Ridge

Uptown Grill

A small community, Grand Ridge is a hearty, engaging village of 560 residents, located just south of Ottawa. Grand Ridge Community Festival, held in August, reminds one of a nostalgic hometown celebration often found throughout the farm towns of the Midwest. Each year, residents look forward to the parade, live music, Ridge Roundup Tractor Show, tractor rides, outdoor movies, pork chop dinners and much more family entertainment. Check out their Grand Ridge Community Facebook page to find out about this year’s festivities.

601 First Street LaSalle, IL 61301 815-224-4545 uptowngrill.com LaSalle’s famous since 1985. Modern, casual comfort with outdoor seating. Extensive menu includes craft beer, wine, appetizers, fresh seafood, steaks, pasta, gourmet sandwiches, desserts.

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130 W. Main St. Grand Ridge, IL 61325 815-249-6462 villageofgrandridge.com

745 Second Street LaSalle, IL 61301 815-223-3755 lasalle-il.gov

LaSalle County

707 East Etna Road Ottawa, IL 61350 815-434-8200 enjoylasallecounty.com One of three counties making up the Illinois Valley Area, LaSalle County is uniquely suited to its crossroads status, attracting visitors from across the country to its magnificent state parks and attractions.

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Starved Rock Area City of Marseilles 209 Lincoln St. Marseilles, IL 61341 815-795-2133 marseillesil.net

Nestled along the Illinois River, Marseilles possesses both small town charm and natural scenic beauty. Illini State Park is bordered by the Great Falls of the Illinois River, where in a two mile span, the river drops creating beautiful roaring rapids. Marseilles is home to the Middle East Conflicts Memorial Wall - the only memorial in the U.S. dedicated to lives lost in the Middle East. In downtown, you’ll find an array of shopping, dining and events. The Chamber of Commerce is eager to help -

you’ll find them in the little red caboose on Washington Street.

City of Mendota

800 Washington St. Mendota, IL 61342 815-539-7459 mendota.il.us Every August, this small town welcomes more than 60,000 visitors to the Mendota Sweet Corn Festival to enjoy food, music, family entertainment, parade, and carnival. You may be surprised to find that Mendota has three fascinating museums. The Union Depot Railroad Museum houses an

operational 1940’s AMTRAK train station and railroad memorabilia. The Hume-Carnegie Museum covers the history of the Mendota area. The Breaking of the Prairie Museum is in a replica barn with glass walls to view rotating displays.

Village of North Utica 801 S. Clark St. Utica, IL 61373 815-667-4111 utica-il.com

North Utica is the premier destination in Illinois due to the captivating beauty of the state parks -Starved Rock, Matthiessen, and Buffalo Rock. Visitors flock to Starved Rock to hike the 18 canyons, see the dramatic carved rock formations, marvel at the springtime waterfalls or spend a weekend at the Lodge. Back in town, you’ll find an alluring downtown shopping area. August Hill and Illinois River wineries have tasting rooms where you can sample or purchase wines to take home. In October, get a taste of hearty pioneer Burgoo stew, cooked outdoors on a wood fire and enjoy the craft show and family entertainment.

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Starved Rock Area City of Ottawa

301 West Madison Street Ottawa, IL 61350 815-433-0161 cityofottawa.org Rich in historic events, steeped in culture, Ottawa is an alluring city with much to offer. Washington Square showcases a monument marking the first Lincoln-Douglas Debate in 1858. The beautiful Downtown Ottawa encourages visitors to attend the Scarecrow Festival, Two Rivers Wine and Jazz Festival, Riverfest and the Ice Odyssey.

City of Peru

1901 4th St. Peru, IL 61354 815-223-0061 peru.il.us Peru is the birthplace of internationally acclaimed violinist Maud Powell. Considered the country’s first great female master of the violin, Powell began her lessons in Aurora but then went on to study in Europe with the greats including Henry Schradeik in Leipzip, Charles Dancla in Paris and Joseph Joachim in Berlin. Peru hosts the annual Maud Powell Arts Celebration in her honor. This year the celebration is August 17 and 18. On June 15th The Friends of the Peru Pool will be holding a Fun Fair at Centennial Park from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and will have water slides, bounce house and games; proceeds to go to the Peru

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Pool Fund. Also join us on July 3rd for the annual 4th of July festivities on Water Street.

Village of Seneca 340 N. Cash St. Seneca, IL 61360 815-357-8771 senecail.org

Picturesque and serene, the Illinois & Michigan Canal passes right through downtown Seneca offering recreational opportunities for hiking, biking, and nature lovers. Constructed in 1861-62 is Hogan’s North Elevator, the oldest remaining grain elevator. Nearby, the LST Memorial pays tribute to those who built and sailed Landing Ship Tanks during WWII, Korea, and Vietnam. The LST shipyards were located right in Seneca. Not to be overlooked, St. Patrick’s Roman Catholic Church’s gothic architecture, Carrara marble, and granite columns are said to rival the cathedrals of Italy.

City of Streator 118 Oak St. Streator, IL 61364 815-672-2055 streator.org

Situated along the beautiful and winding Vermillion River and near the Starved Rock area, the City of Streator is a delightfully surprising mix of small town, history, architecture, events, theater and outdoor

recreation splendor. Visitors will be drawn in by fascinating historical attractions such as The Streator Carnegie Library, The Weber House & Gardens, the WWII Canteen Monument, Majestic Theater and the Streatorland Historical Society & Museum. Canoe the Vermillion River or enjoy the natural wonders of Hopalong Cassidy River Trail, Spring Lake Nature Area and Sandy Ford Conservation Area. You won’t want to miss Pipe Dreams _ a two-day pipe organ festival and church tour, Art on the Prairie Festival or Labor Day weekend’s popular Roamer Cruise Night.

Parks and Recreation Pine Hills Golf Club Bar & Restaurant

1665 N. 2501 Road Ottawa, IL 61350 815-434-3985 ottawapinehillsgolfclub.com Pine Hills was designed by renowned architect Tom Bendelow and opened in 1924. It offers 9 holes of natural beauty and challenging golf.

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space, professional staff and onsite catering and lodging near Starved Rock.

Century 21 Windsor Realty

2715 Columbus Street Ottawa, IL 61350 815-434-2122 windsorsellshomes.com

Specializing in relocation, residential, commerical, farms and vacant land. Quality award winning office. Stop In. Toll Free 1-800-310-2627

Festivities Unlimited

1504 Poplar Street Ottawa, IL 61350 815-433-3200 festivitiesunlimited.com

Heartland Bank and Trust Company 925 Shooting Park Rd. Peru, IL 61354 815-223-7500 hbtbank.com

Independently owned community bank providing a complete line of financial services to commercial and retail customers, customized lending and cash management solutions. Member FDIC.

Heartland Bank and Trust Company

Banquet hall and event center specializing in corporate meetings, weddings, family reunions, and fundraisers. In house catering. Handicapped Accessible

501 W. Walnut St. Oglesby, IL 61348 815-883-8473 hbtbank.com

Grizzly Jack’s Grand Bear Resort Banquets & Conference Center

Independently owned community bank providing a complete line of financial services to commercial and retail customers, customized lending and cash management solutions. Member FDIC.

2643 North Route 178 Utica, IL 61373 866-399-FUNN (3866) grizzlyjacksresort.com

Illinois River Area Chamber of Commerce 135 Washington Street Marseilles, IL 61341 815-795-2323 iracc.org

The Chamber is a non-profit, membershipdriven organization that strives to enrich our communities and stimulate economic development and tourism in the Illinois River Area.

Illinois Valley Area Chamber of Commerce & Economic Development 1320 Peoria Street Peru, IL 61354 815-223-0227 ivaced.org

IVAC is a non-profit organization that is dedicated to seeing that the Illinois Valley Region grows and prospers today and in the future.

Illinois Valley Community Hospital 925 West Street Peru, IL 61354 815-223-3300 ivch.org

Let us make your next event “Grand”! Unique venue with flexible meeting and conference

Acute care hospital with 24-hour emergency department. IVCH FastCare walk-in clinic at Peru Walmart and Care Today clinic next to Illinois Valley YMCA.

Main Street Estate Sales

CREATING WINES WITH PASSION FOR 10 YEARS Wine Tastings & Flights, Wine Gifts & Accessories, New Seating Area for Private Events, Three-Season Patio Tasting Room, 106 Mill Street, Utica • (815) 667-5211 AugustHillWinery.com • IllinoisSparklingCo.com

Matinee Sessions Tuesday & Thursday

Doors open at 11:00 am. Play at 12:30 pm. Lunch available.

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Other nights vary. Call for details. Games at 6:30. Open Tuesday thru Saturday 11 am - 11 pm. Bar & Grill open daily.

409 E. Stevenson Road Ottawa, IL 61350 815-434-5400 mainstreetestatesales.com

Full service Estate Sale Company, providing services for estates, downsizing, clean outs & auctions.

Matthew Bullock Auctioneers

409 E. Stevenson Road Ottawa, IL 61350 815-970-7077 bullockauctioneers.com Matthew Bullock Auctioneers has the staff and knowledge to handle small items, a large collection or an entire estate. Monthly Auctions.

Ottawa Art League 807 LaSalle St Ottawa, IL 61350 815-223-0714 ottawaartleague.org

Creating interaction between community, art lovers, amateur, and professional artists. Hosting Art in the Park during Riverfest, monthly educational meetings, and a gallery.

Lacey’s video poker & slots.

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Starved Rock Area Ottawa Visitors Center 100 W. Lafayette Street Ottawa, IL 61350 815-434-2737 pickusottawaIl.com

Your one stop shop for information on the Starved Rock Area. Stroll our turn-of-thecentury OLD TOWN with its lush walkways, boutique shops and unique restaurants.

SaltTreeYoga

310 1/2 W. Main Street Ottawa, IL 61350 815-343-2751 salttreeyoga.com Healthy activities including a Himalayan Salt Cave (one of less than 130 in the U.S.), Yoga, Full Spectrum Infrared Sauna, Whole Body Light Therapy Bed, Dry Hydrotherapy, Massage, Reiki, Workshops, Essential Oils and retail products.

Starved Rock Country 110 W. Jefferson Street Ottawa, IL 61350 815-431-4200 starvedrockcountry.com

Starved Rock Country celebrates the many local cultures, histories and personalities that make this region wonderful. Experience the Starved Rock Country adventure today!

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United Country Starved Rock Realty - Dee Barrera Broker/ Owner

620 North Division St. (Route 178) Utica, IL 61373 815-667-9990 ucstarvedrockrealty.com

Rare & unique waterfront, wooded properties.1 1/2 hrs from Chicago. Minutes from Starved Rock State Park, Illinois & Vermilion Rivers , I 80 & I39.

Shopping Applebee’s Bait Shop 2956 N. Route 178 Utica, IL 61373 815-667-7036

Fishing licenses, guide service available for Illinois River and LaSalle Lake. Live Bait and Tackle. Junction of Routes 6 and 178, right off of I-80.

August Hill Winery & Illinois Sparkling Co. 106 Mill Street Utica, IL 61373 815-667-5211 augusthillwinery.com

Experience locally-made handcrafted wines. Wine tastings and flights, wine gifts &

accessories, gallery of local art, outdoor patio, private events, newly opened lounge area.

Book Mouse

722 LaSalle Street Ottawa, IL 61350 815-433-7323 bookmouse.org Full-service, independently-owned bookstore. Books, gifts and events. Check our website @ www.bookmouse.org for activities and events. Knowledgeable, friendly staff. Open Mon - Sat 10:00am -6:30pm.

Clarks Run Antiques

215 North Division Street Utica, IL 61373 815-667-7190 clarksrunantiques.com Let’s go antiquing! Rusty, old, recycled, weathered, vintage, chippy, trendy or cool. It’s the thrill of the hunt and the excitement of the find.

Ellis Ace Hardware, Rental & RadioShack 255 S. Main Street Seneca, IL 61360 815-357-6144 ellisacehardware.com

Founded in 1872, Ellis Hardware is Illinois’ Oldest Family Owned Hardware Store. At Ellis’ you’re a neighbor, see over 30 departments with brands you love.

718 Columbus Street Ottawa, IL 61350 815-252-2906 facebook.com/StarvedRockCountry CommunityFoundation/ We work with donors who have passions and who use their gifts to establish grants that we distribute to enhance our quality of life.

Starved Rock Marina

1130 N. 27th Rd. Ottawa, IL 61350 815-433-4218 starvedrockmarina.com

Full line dealer for Rinker, Landau Pontoons and pre-owned boats. Full service marina with slips, fuel, restaurant, boutique, boat and villa rentals.

The Bike Shop In Ottawa

1313 Chestnut Street Ottawa, IL 61350 815-324-9431 thebikeshopinottawa.com

Sales, Service, Rentals: A source for Family Fun. We stock Raleigh, Civia, All City, Marin, Detroit Bikes and Sun Bicycles, Adams & Burley Trailers; and a selection of bicycle accessories. We now also carry Surly and Cogburn Fat Bikes!

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Starved Rock Area H & H Mercantile - Veranda 314 E. Main Street Streator, IL 61364 815-992-2424

Largest selection of vintage vinyl in LaSalle County. Eclectic. Unique. Many higher-end store items, loads of fine art, a smidgens of handmade goods too.

Handy Foods

604 W. Main Street Ottawa, IL 61350 815-434-2300 handyfoodsiga.com Your Friendly Everyday Store, offering Groceries, Dairy, Frozen, Liquor. Famous for

their Meat Department, Produce, Deli and Bakery. They also have Lotto/Lottery, Floral and a wide Magazine Selection.

Herman’s Package Store 504 W. Main Street Ottawa, IL 61350 815-434-0075

Keeping Ottawa in Friendly Spirits Since 1944

Illinois River Winery

723 S. Clark Street/Route 178 North Utica, IL 61373 815-667-4012 illinoisriverwinery.com Come tour the winery, visit the tasting room and outdoor wine garden, featuring award-

winning wines made in the Illinois River Valley. Open every day!

J.C. Whitney

761 Progress Parkway LaSalle, IL 61301 866-529-4359 jcwhitney.com J. C. Whitney: Everything automotive, World leader in automotive catalog and internet parts and accessories.

Mae’s Vintage Goods

2702 May Road Ottawa, IL 61350 815-566-5494 facebook.com/Maes-VintageGoods-1621805148082041/ Antique and Collectibles from primitives to mid-century modern. Great selection of gifts, new home décor. “Our prices are small town, just like our business.”

Peru Antique Mall 2702 May Road Peru, IL 61354 815-224-9991

409 E. Stevenson Road Ottawa, IL 61350 815-434-5400 mainstreetestatesales.com

One of the Finest Antique Malls in North Central Illinois. 30,000 Sq. Feet with over 200 Quality Dealers.

Peru Mall

3940 Route 251 Peru, IL 61354 815-223-7600 perumall.com The Peru Mall is an enclosed regional shopping center in Peru, IL on Rt 251, just off I80 with over 50 stores.

Rock Paper Scissors

409 E. Stevenson Road Ottawa, IL 61350 815-970-7077 bullockauctioneers.com

712 LaSalle St. Ottawa, IL 61350 815-433-4233 edumaginationist.com

Discover what an educational toy store can be! We carefully curate our inventory to offer you the best in toys, games, books and crafts. We inspire the imagination and ignite learning! Open Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday - 10am - 5:30pm, Thursday 10am - 6pm, Saturday 10am - 3pm

Starved Rock Marketplace Routes 178 & 6 Utica, IL 61373 815-667-4550 starvedrockmarketplace.com

You’ll find unique gifts, gourmet food, candles, floral arrangements, jewelry, home decor, garden accessories, signature Starved Rock Wines and more.

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B R S E ’ W T I A N H G W ALONG THE CORRIDOR?

With all the craft beer brewing along the historic Heritage Corridor, there’s no doubt you’ll find the stout or IPA that’ll send your taste buds hopping. While out browsing the bounty of breweries along the Corridor, you’ll discover delightful distilleries producing stellar handcrafted spirits as well. BuckleDown Brewing Lyons

After an exhilarating day exploring Chicago’s “Plymouth Rock,” unwind at BuckleDown Brewing, a craft brewery and taproom founded by local friends. From hopped up American IPAs to Belgian-Style Ales, their bold, flavorful small-batch craft beers were created with the same creativity and determination that built Lyons.

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Blue Nose Brewery Hodgkins

With the goal of brewing beer that balances both simple and complex flavors, the first batch of True Justice Pale Ale was born five years ago in an Old Town apartment in Chicago. Today, these passionate brewmasters invite you to their 15-barrel system Brewery and Taproom, where they still hand pick the best local ingredients and meticulously refine their recipes.

5 Rabbit Cerveceria Bedford Park

Inspired by the mysticism, color and playfulness of Latin heritage, 5 Rabbit beers are brewed with a free spirit you can taste in every handcrafted bottle. Savor the flavors, aromas and textures of South and Central America which feel right at home in a well-made beer. Brewery tours every Saturday at 3pm for $10 which includes a 5 Rabbit pint glass and a pint of beer.

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What’s Brewing Along the Corridor? Gordon Biersch Brewery & Restaurant - The Promenade Bolingbrook

Purity, precision and perfection are the hallmarks of Gordon Biersch premium German-style beers. Crafted to the exacting standards of the Reinheitsgebot (German Purity Law) by using Weyermann Malt from Bamberg, Bavarian Hersbrucker hops and pure, filtered water, they’ve created a captivating brew for every taste. That same dedication carries into their kitchen where chefs create fresh and fabulous fare like their legendary Garlic Fries, Blue Crab & Artichoke Dip and Beer Braised Cab Sirloin Tips.

Gordon Borsch; Bolingbrook Promenade

Pollyanna Brewing Company - Lemont

Your glass will never be half empty, only half full at the Pollyanna Brewing Company where irrepressible optimism can be found in every pour. Led by brewmaster Brian Pawola, this giddy group loves to experiment with local fruits and spices, seasonal lagers, barrelaging and the occasional cider-beer. Try a tasting flight, pint or take a growler to go but not before you tour the brewery. B.Y.O.F (food) or grab a bite from the gourmet food trucks on weekends. And if you ask nicely enough, they might even serve up a one-off firkin or barrelaged variant.

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Metal Monkey Brewing - Romeoville

With over a decade of brewing experience and a barrel full of awards, these brew masters believe in honest, no nonsense craft beer and use locally sourced ingredients in all of their small batch, hand crafted brews. Passionate about all things craft, their tap room proudly features local artists, musicians and stellar offerings from the area’s finest food trucks. Creative brews include Fantasy Bowling League, Monkey Knife Fight and Bikini Bottom.

Nevin’s Brewing Company - Plainfield

True sustainability lives here as the brewmasters send their spent grain to local farmers to use as feed and compost. They in turn purchase that livestock and produce for their extensive menu. And how’s this for a unique brew? The Kookie Monster, aged in Russian Imperial Stout for over a year and then infused with 100 pounds of Oreo cookies. Me want another!

Bratwurst, Big Ace Nachos topped with Schafly Pale Ale cheese sauce, guac and Guinness chili and who can resist Beer Can Chicken that was perched on a can of Momma’s Little Yellow Pilsner for an extra juicy delight.

Radium City Brewing Ottawa After sampling craft beer at taprooms across America while on business trips, these coworkers began brewing their own in kitchens and garages, always keeping the dream alive to bring their favorites back home to the Starved Rock Area. Artisan favorites include Clock Out Stout, Fashionably Late and Mash Confusion.

Werk Force Brewing Company - Plainfield

Driven by a true passion for craft beer, community and a foundation in homebrewing, this crafty crew strives to produce unique batches created by outside-ofthe-box thinking. Brewing with experimental hops and yeast strains yields amazing results like the Bourbon Barrel Aged Mamma Bear, Spicy Mullet or Gin Barrel Fermented Farmhouse Vultures.

99 Hops House - Joliet

Yes, there really are 99 Bottles of Beer on the Wall at 99 Hops House, so take one down and pass it around at this new brewhouse eatery at Hollywood Casino Joliet. With 99 different craft beers from across the country, they take their beer very seriously here as it’s also featured in most tempting menu offerings: Beer-Braised Garlic

Tangled Roots Brewing Company; Ottawa

Tangled Roots Brewing Company Ottawa

This new state-of-the-art copper brewing facility invites you to enjoy the ultimate craft beer experience: feast on fare from their farm-totable menu that supports local growers, then tour the brewing house and fermentation room.

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Putnam County Agriculture Museum

The Pulsifer House

Sue and Wes Dixon Waterfowl Refuge

PUTNAM COUNTY Nature enthusiasts and history buff will love Putnam County. Schedule a day trip and discover the beauty of the Sue and Wes Dixon Waterfowl Refuge at Hennepin and Hopper Lakes – an internationally recognized wetland then swing by the friendly and historic Village of Hennepin to explore the town’s historic attractions. Wrap up the day by stopping at Boggio’s Orchard and Produce for quality fruits and vegetables, delicious bakery items, and family fun. Communities within Putnam County include Village of Granville, Village of Hennepin, Village of Magnolia, Village of Mark and the Village of McNabb. GREATER BOLINGBROOK AREA

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Products for sale at Boggio’s Orchard and Produce

Have a Blast at Boggio’s Orchard and Produce - Granville Since 1992, Boggio’s Orchard and Produce has been a familyfriendly destination providing visitors with memorable moments, lots of smiles, and of course quality produce and bakery items. When spring arrives, stop by for asparagus, vegetable plants, and a variety of colorful flowers such as petunias, pansies, and geraniums to bring your yard to life. In the summer, Boggio’s market offers a full line of vegetables, all locally grown with pride, including sweet peppers, potatoes, kale, and sweet corn for your family barbeques. Find blueberries, cherries, and peaches too for your homemade pies. The market also features dozens of unique barbeque sauces, marinades, and seasonings. Boggio’s bakery offers an assortment of freshly-baked goods: fruit turnovers, apple fritters, muffins, breads, and

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other scrumptious treats. When sweater-weather arrives, Boggio’s invites you to find your way through their corn maze, indulge in rich and creamy fudge, pick your own apples and pumpkins, and sip on awardwinning hot apple cider, while savoring every bite of their famous apple cider donuts. Pick from several varieties of apples including Arkansas Black, Cortland, Empire, Golden Delicious, Jonathon, Laura Red, McIntosh, Paula Red, Red Delicious, and more. Kids will have a blast jumping in the bouncy house, exploring underground tunnels, riding ponies, and hopping aboard the barrel train. Hay rides, peddle cars, and a petting zoo complete with alpacas, goats, sheep, chickens, and other soft and furry animals are sure to entertain.

Boggio’s Orchard & Produce; Granville Don’t forget to visit with Carmel the camel, whose name in Arabic means “fruitful orchard.” Attend Boggio’s Pumpkin Harvest Craft Show held annually on the last weekend of September and enjoy the creations of 50 local crafters, food to warm your heart and soul, and special activities for the whole family. Find everything you need to decorate your home for fall: pumpkins, gourds, squash, Indian corn, baled straw, and broom corn.

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Sue and Wes Dixon Waterfowl Refuge

Connect with Nature at Sue and Wes Dixon Waterfowl Refuge at Hennepin and Hopper Lakes – Hennepin Escape the hustle and bustle of daily life by visiting the Sue and Wes Dixon Waterfowl Refuge at Hennepin and Hopper Lakes, just south of the quaint village of Hennepin. Only two hours west from Chicago’s loop, the Dixon Watefowl Refuge is one of Illinois’ premier nature sites showcasing the Wetlands Initiative’s backwaters restoration efforts. While at the refuge, experience nature up close by taking a stroll on the Prairie-Wetland Boardwalk, hiking the Seep Trail, climbing a spiral staircase to the top of a 30-foot observation tower, or boating, canoeing, kayaking, or fishing - at designated times throughout the year.

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Hennepin and Hopper Lakes were once channels of the Illinois River created by glacial melt and retreat but were drained in the early 1900’s to make way for agricultural production. For the next century, the land provided a bountiful harvest. In 2001, the Wetlands Initiative began restoration. Today, the refuge provides more than 3,000 acres of natural habitat including lakes, marshes, seeps, savannas, and prairies that support hundreds of native plant, bird, and other wildlife species. The Dixon Waterfowl Refuge was officially designated as an International Wetland of Importance in 2012, one of only 38 in the U.S., in recognition of the expansive restoration efforts that have created habitat that supports migratory waterfowl, unique wetlands, and high numbers of common and rare fish species. Visit this natural paradise today!

Only two hours west from Chicago’s loop

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Putnam County Agricultural Museum Discover how farming, coal mining, and the Illinois River and its wildlife have influenced Putnam County’s history. See antique farm equipment and learn how Illinois became a leader in corn production. Explore the museum at the annual open house in August or schedule a visit by contacting the Putnam County Historical Society.

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Step Back in History in Hennepin -

Pulsifer House

Let the Putnam County Historical Society take you back in time to a period when a young and aspirational man, Edward Pulsifer, set up business in Hennepin hoping it would become a center of transportation and trade. Take a tour of Mr. Puslifer’s 1844 Georgian townhouse complete with a Greek Revival interior that signified the development of the nation. One is quick to notice the perfect exterior symmetry of the home and the five fireplaces on the interior that indicate Mr. Puslifer’s success as a businessman of the day. The Puslifer House deeded to the Village of Hennepin in 1979 has been completely renovated and is now registered on the National Register of Historic Places. Contact the Putnam County Historical Society for tour information.

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Head to the fairgrounds July 13 – 17th for “SuperheroA-Fair” and experience the excitement of an annual tradition that has been running strong for 95 years. The Marshall – Putnam Fair has something for everyone! Livestock exhibits, pageants, antique auto and tractor shows, harness racing, a demolition derby, a rodeo, and “America’s Pull” – a nationally televised tractor and truck pull. New activities are added every year. Don’t forget the fair food favoritespowdered funnel cakes, sweet lemon shake-ups, and hand-dipped corn dogs, are just a few of the delicious items offered at the fair. Stay on top of fair activities by checking out the Marshall Putnam Fair website.

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Municipality Putnam County

120 North 4th Street Hennepin IL 61327 815-925-7129 Co.putnam.il.us Putnam County may hold the smallest county in Illinois designation, but its borders brim with interesting sites. Abraham Lincoln honed his craft while practicing law at the Putnam County Courthouse in Hennepin. The Pulsifer House was once the home of prominent businessman Edward Pulsifer. The historical society provides tours of the home, rife with historic details, period furnishings and Greek revival design. The Putnam County Agriculture Museum houses antique farm equipment and has exhibits showcasing the history of corn in the U.S. and Putnam County. Take home a taste of the country with Fresh-picked or u-pick produce from Boggio_s Orchard and enjoy the year-round family activities. Includes Municipalities: Florid, Granville, Hennepin, Magnolia, Mark, McNabb, Mt. Palatine, Putnam, & Standard.

Attractions Boggio’s Orchard and Produce 12087 IL Highway 71 Granville IL 61326 815-339-2245 boggiosorchardandproduce.com

Our Family-oriented and owned orchard includes fresh produce, a bakery, livestock and over 50 crafters. Activities, including pumpkin and apple picking, open weekends Labor Day-October 31.

Putnam County Historical Society

327 Old Highway 26 Hennepin IL 61327 815-925-7560 putnamcountyhistoricalsociety.org Tours of restored, redecorated 1844 Pulsifer House. Genealogical historical research facilities. Open Wednesday & Friday from 10:00AM - 3:00PM. Agricultural Museum open by appointment.

John Deere Tractor Pulling

Parks and Recreation I&M Canal/Illinois Department of Natural Resources At Gebhard Woods State Park Morris IL 60450 815-942-0796 dnr.state.il.us

Follow the I&M Canal State Trail along the old towpath to view 61.5 miles of the canal and the Des Plaines and Illinois rivers.

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Your source for leisure, group and meeting planning. Contact our tourism coordinators today at 800-926-CANAL (2262). Call for the latest event information, lodging deals, and shopping and dining specials. Limited Hours, call for availability.

Marshall- Putnam Fair Association

Services Canal Corridor Association 754 First Street LaSalle IL 61301 815-223-1851 iandmcanal.org

A non-profit organization designated as the local coordinating entity for the Illinois & Michigan Canal National Heritage Area, the nation’s first national heritage area.

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915 University Avenue Henry IL 61537 309-364-2814 marshallputnamfair.org

Celebrating a tradition of excellence, 2016 marks the 95th anniversary of the MarshallPutnam Fair. With new activities every year, there is something for everyone! Visit the fair’s website for more information.

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I&M Canal Heritage Corridor Visitor Guide 2016 - Joliet  

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