Group Friendly Attractions

Bishop's Hill - Winery

Here's your chance to have a glass of wine or party in a newly restored historic castle. Bishops Hill is a newly-opened fully functioning winery that's a stone's throw away from Downtown Joliet. The winery imports grapes directly from California, and use their years of wine making experience to produce the best wine possible. They are currently developing their processing tunnel using an unearthed tunnel below the castle that will keep their wines at a consistent 57 degree ...

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I&M Canal Visitors Center

The I&M Canal Visitor Center presently has visitor information for sites throughout the national heritage area to help you plan your trip. Our map table is especially of interest to many. A story band and an 8 foot by 40 foot mural help tell the canal story. More exhibits are currently being planned for an unveiling for our 35th anniversary in late August 2019. Be sure to pick up brochures and visitor guides. The Lock 16 Visitor Center offers a combination of history, and ...

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Old Joliet Prison

The Old Joliet Prison was built in the 1850's, housing infamous criminals like Leopold, Loeb and Gacy. The prison also housed some famous characters, including "Joliet" Jake Blues (The Blues Brothers) and Michael Scofield and Lincoln Burrons (Prison Break). The castle-like Prison was built with Joliet limestone, with over 20 buildings inside its four walls. Take the hour-long tour on specific days of the week, and learn more about Joliet Correctional Center ... which is ...

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Starved Rock Lodge and Conference Center

Whether you’re a history buff, outdoor enthusiast or just enjoy relaxing in the Great Hall, Starved Rock Lodge offers an abundance of activities for everyone. Guided activities include Trolley Tours, River Cruises, and guided hikes. In addition to guided activities, massages can also be scheduled for a little R&R by scheduling your choice of massage in a quiet cabin with soft, calming music and soothing scents. The tranquil, wooded setting takes you away from the troubles ...

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The Forge: Lemont Quarries

Finding the perfect venue is one of the most important pieces of your wedding, bachelor or bachelorette party, family reunion, or another special event, and The Forge: Lemont Quarries offers an outdoor setting unlike any other. We can host your special event and reception at a number of intimate woodland settings or the lawn space at The Mount, among other places. And, because we offer a complete catering service and on-site adventure dining program, you can rest assured that ...

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William Reddick Mansion

Historically important and architecturally unique, the Reddick Mansion anchors Washington Square, the site of the first Lincoln-Douglas Debate in Ottawa, Illinois. Finished in 1858, the Reddick Mansion, a lovely 22-room Italianate structure, was possibly the most expensive and ornate pre-Civil War home built in Illinois. Take a step back into the 19th century and visit the Reddick Mansion, where numerous rooms have been restored to their previous grandeur. A $1.4 million exterior ...

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Scenes from Around the Corridor