• 90 Day Count Down for I&M Canal Passport Contest

    Ana Koval

    LaSalle, IL (July 21, 2021) — Dust off your passport! Search for an exciting new place, then get out and enjoy the I&M Canal National Heritage Area (IMCNHA)! But where could you explore? August 3rd marks 90 days left until the end of the IMCNHA’s 35th Anniversary Passport contest. Visit 35 historic, natural, and cultural sites and get your passport stamped for prizes and a drawing. Gather friends and family to complete this challenge.
    The 90-day countdown will be marked on the Facebook page for the I&M Canal National Heritage Area, facebook.com/iandmcanal with suggested schedules to maximize your fun as well as summer and fall special events, activities, and festivals to combine with your exploration. As you travel, share your passport adventures on social media using the hashtag #IandMCanal.
    Pick up a free passport at any of the participating locations (see below) or contact the Canal Corridor Association to have one mailed. There is no cost to participate in the program. Return your passports to the Canal Corridor Association at 754 First Street, LaSalle, IL 61301 to claim your prizes. Prizes will be processed after the close of the contest. Learn more about the passports, sites, and contest rules at iandmcanal.org/passport. Have fun and explore!
    The I&M Canal Passports were made to celebrate the 35th Anniversary of the I&M Canal National Heritage Area’s creation on August 23, 1984. The contest started on the anniversary in 2019 and was scheduled to end in 2020. With the interruptions of the past year, the contest has been extended to October 31, 2021 with the grand prize to be drawn November 12. The contest is administered by the Canal Corridor Association, the nonprofit local coordinating entity for the IMCNHA.
    The Grand Prize Sweepstakes will have one winner receive a private party for up to 70 people on “The Volunteer,” a gentle journey on the mule-pulled I&M Canal Boat in LaSalle. The contest and prizes are sponsored by Robin Malpass & Associates, Inc of Chicago. Collect 20 stamps to get Level I prizes, including the fabulously illustrated book “Passage to Chicago: A Journey on the Illinois & Michigan Canal in the Year 1860” by illustrator and historian Tom Willcockson, coupons for the I&M Canal Bike Share, and two entries into the Grand Prize Sweepstakes. Collect all 35 stamps to get Level II prizes, including One Limited Edition I & M Canal National Heritage Area 35th Anniversary Passport T-shirt, one $10 Dining Certificate for Lock 16 Café, and three Entries into the Grand Prize Sweepstakes.
    The 35 participating sites are:
    1. McCormick Bridgehouse & Chicago River Museum • 376 N Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL 60601
    2. Canal Origins Park • 2701 S. Ashland Ave., Chicago, IL 60608
    3. Chicago Maritime Museum • 1200 W. 35th St., Chicago, IL 60609
    4. National Museum of Mexican Art • 1852 W. 19th St., Chicago, IL 60608
    5. DuSable Museum of African American History • 740 E. 56th Pl., Chicago, IL 60637
    6. Pullman National Monument • 11141 S. Cottage Grove Ave., Chicago, IL 60620
    7. Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center • 9800 Willow Springs Rd., Willow Springs, IL 60480
    8. St. James at Sag Bridge • 10600 S. Archer Ave., Lemont, IL 60439
    9. Old Stone Church & Lemont Area Historical Society • 306 Lemont St., Lemont, IL 60439
    10. Historic Downtown Lemont • 112 Stephen St., Lemont, IL 60439
    11. Isle la a Cache Museum • 501 E. Romeo Rd., Romeoville, IL 60446
    12. Will County Historical Museum & Research Center • 803 S. State St., Lockport, IL 60441
    13. The Gaylord Building • 200 W. 8th St., Lockport, IL 60441
    14. Illinois State Museum, Lockport Gallery • 201 W. 10th St., Lockport, IL 62706
    15. Historic Downtown Lockport • 201 West 10th St., Lockport, IL 62706
    16. Joliet Area Historical Museum • 204 N. Ottawa St., Joliet, IL 60432
    17. Joliet Architecture & Art Walking Tour Self-Guided Tour • Joliet, IL 60432
    18. Intersection of Rt 66 & Lincoln Hwy • Cass Street & Chicago Street, Joliet, IL 60432
    19. Old Joliet Prison • 1125 Collins St., Joliet, IL 60432
    20. Four Rivers Environmental Education Center • 25055 W. Walnut Lane, Channahon, IL 60410
    21. USDA Forest Service-Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie • 30239 S. State Route 53, Wilmington, IL 60481
    22. Carbon Hill School Museum • 875 N. Second St., Carbon Hill, IL 60416
    23. Goose Lake Prairie State Natural Area • 15010 N. Jugtown Rd., Morris, IL 60450
    24. Historic Downtown Morris • Liberty St. & Illinois Ave., Morris, IL 60450
    25. Grundy County Historical Museum • 510 W. Illinois Ave., Morris, IL 60450
    26. Seneca Area Heritage Museum/Hogan Grain Elevator • 431 N. Main St., Seneca, IL 61360
    27. Reddick Mansion • 100 W. Lafayette St., Ottawa, IL 61350
    28. First Lincoln Douglas Debate Site • 1028 LaSalle St., Ottawa, IL 61350
    29. LaSalle County Historical Society • 101 E. Canal St., North Utica, IL 61373
    30. Illinois Waterway Visitor Center • 950 N. 27th Rd., Ottawa, IL 61350
    31. I & M Canal Boat • Route 351 & I&M Canal, LaSalle, IL 61301
    32. Hegeler Carus Mansion • 1307 7th St., LaSalle, IL 61301
    33. Historic Downtown LaSalle • 754 1st St., LaSalle, IL 61301
    34. I & M Canal Visitor Center • 754 1st St., LaSalle, IL 61301
    35. Westclox Museum • 350 5th St., Peru, IL 61354
    About the Canal Corridor Association.  Designated by Congress, the Canal Corridor Association (CCA) is the only local coordinating entity for the Illinois & Michigan Canal