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Enjoy Illinois Route 66 float surrounded by people at Floatfest 2024

Enjoy Illinois Route 66 float makes Top 5 Moments of the 2024 Rose Parade

01/05/2024 by  
The Illinois Office of Tourism (Enjoy Illinois) entered a float in the historic Rose Parade for the second straight year in 2024. This year's float highlighted iconic roadside attractions along the 301+ miles of Route 66 in Illinois, including Wilmington's own Gemini...READ MORE

Falltober Fest at the Rock 2023

10/10/2023 by  
  Join park staff, volunteers, and park visitors for a fun filled day at Starved Rock State Park’s Falltober Fest 2023 and other events around the park, lodge, and nearby campground! Starved Rock State Park Starved Rock Saplings - Going Batty - 9:30am ...READ MORE

Halloween Events Coming Up

10/03/2023 by  
SPOOKY SZN is here, and whether you are making plans or wanting to change your plans, there are some great events coming up to celebrate. October 6th - October 29th Jack O'Lantern World at The Forge: Lemont Quarries Jack O’Lantern World is bringing their jaw...READ MORE

John Mulaney and Pete Davidson

John Mulaney & Pete Davidson at Joliet's Rialto Square Theatre

09/15/2023 by  
John Mulaney & Pete Davidson will be at Rialto Square Theatre on Sunday, October 8. Tickets go on sale Tuesday, September 19 at 10 AM. John Mulaney is a two-time Emmy and WGA award-winning writer, actor, and comedian. Mulaney can be seen in his latest Netflix stand up...READ MORE

IDNR recognizes 2023 Outstanding Volunteers of the Year

08/27/2023 by  
The Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) recognized recipients of the 2023 Outstanding Volunteer of the Year awards, expressing gratitude to individuals and members of outdoor organizations for their volunteer service to IDNR and the people of Illinois. “...READ MORE

Bolingbrook named nation's 48th Best Place to Live for Familes

06/22/2023 by  
Fortune released its 2023 list of the top 50 Best Places to Live for Families, and Heritage Corridor Destinations community Bolingbrook, IL took the 48th spot! As Fortune writes, "Located just 30 minutes southwest of downtown Chicago, Bolingbrook provides a comfortab...READ MORE

Amtrak's Lincoln Service passenger trains reach 110 mph

06/13/2023 by  
  The Illinois Department of Transportation has announced schedule changes for Amtrak’s Lincoln Service trains, following the successful implementation of the Chicago-to-St. Louis high-speed rail project that enable passenger service to reach 110 mph! Effe...READ MORE

Governor’s Hometown Awards

05/26/2023 by  
Serve Illinois is accepting applications for the Governor’s Hometown Awards (GHTA) program. GHTA gives formal recognition to those who contributed to projects that improved their community’s quality of life. Nominated projects must be sponsored by units of local ...READ MORE

The Official Destination of National Road Trip Day is Pontiac!

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

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

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

National Travel and Tourism Week

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

Starved Rock Country Welcome Center & Illinois Made Gift Shoppe

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

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