From picturesque state parks and unforgettable outdoor experiences, to bold new restaurants and boutique shopping, LaSalle County has it all! You’ll find this beautiful stretch of North Central Illinois nestled off I-80 and I-39. Conveniently located less than an hour and a half from Chicago, Rockford, The Quad Cities, Bloomington and Peoria.

In recent years, the LaSalle area welcomed nearly 2.5 million visitors to Starved Rock State Park, showing that LaSalle County is not only a portal to North Central Illinois’s most popular outdoor attraction, but also among the most exciting vacation destinations in the entire Midwest!

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Heritage Corridor CVB Visitors Center - Utica
2956 IL-178 North Utica, IL 61373

Visitor Information

Heritage Corridor Convention & Visitors Bureau, serving the I&M Canal communities including Starved Rock 

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I&M Canal Visitor Center
754 1st St. LaSalle, Illinois 61301

Good for Kids Historic Site Visitor Information

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.  

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LaSalle County Historical Museum
101 E. Canal St. North Utica, Illinois 61373

Friends of Lincoln Good for Kids Lincoln-Douglas Debate Museum

The LaSalle County Historical Society campus is located on the banks of the historic I&M Canal and is situated in the quaint village of Utica, Illinois, bordering beautiful Starved Rock State Park. The museum campus features five facilities: the Canal Warehouse, the One-Room School House, the Heritage Center, the Blacksmith Shop and the 1875 Barn. 

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I&M Canal Mule-Pulled Boat Rides
754 1st St. LaSalle, Illinois 61301

Good for Kids Historic Site

In 1848, Illinois was a very different place! Prairies covered much of the state, settlers used wagons, stagecoaches & boats for transportation and to ship goods, and LaSalle, IL was bigger than Chicago!

Visit the Illinois & Michigan Canal National Heritage Area & take a journey back in time aboard the “Volunteer,” a mule-pulled 1840’s replica canal boat, as it coasts gently up and down the Illinois & Michigan Canal.

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