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Lockport is full of history. The Historic District, located downtown, is part of the 120-mile Illinois & Michigan National Corridor. This corridor is not only a part of Lockport’s history, but also a part of the U.S. National Park System. The area contains a bird sanctuary and side trails that are used for jogging, hiking, cycling and cross-country skiing. The corridor extends as far as Lake Michigan and boasts several historical sites and structures.

The Gaylord Building
A site of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, this structure has been a landmark since 1838 and played a vital role in the history of the Illinois & Michigan Canal. The site reflects the canal’s early importance to the region. Its many tenants and uses exemplify Lockport’s commercial significance throughout the 19th and 20th centuries, including the renowned Public Landing Restaurant. Today, The Gaylord Building, a national model of adaptive reuse, is a laboratory for historic preservation in the communities along the Illinois & Michigan Canal National Heritage Corridor. Will County Historical Society


The historical society hosts the Illinois & Michigan Canal Museum, in the original 1837 canal headquarters building. The museum contains 10 rooms that are filled with artifacts, pictures and documents relating to the construction and operation of the canal. The museum is also home to items that were specific to the region and time period during the height of the canals operation. Staff members are available to guide visitors.

Illinois State Museum
The Lockport Gallery is an Illinois State Museum Facility, which celebrates the state through changing exhibits featuring paintings, drawings, sculptures, quilts and other media created by state artists and artisans. The changing exhibits are theme-based and are supplemented and showcased through educational events, group tours and outreach programs for all ages. Located in the historic Norton Building, which is a work of art and history in itself, it was constructed on the banks of the Illinois & Michigan Canal in 1850 originally serving as a grain-processing facility. Today, the building has many uses as residential lofts, offices, commercial space and the gallery; and still has some of its original features including large windows, arched portals, high ceilings and wood floors. Gladys Fox

The Gaylord Building

Located in the 1839 Old Congregational Church and maintained by the Lockport Township Park District, the Gladys Fox Museum hosts a collection of items. The beautifully restored building is now home to the museum’s collection of photographs and memorabilia celebrating the canal.

Lincoln Landing
The Give Something Back Foundation constructed this new open-air park and museum, and the Will County Historical Society maintains it. The park shows the original Illinois & Michigan Canal lines and statue of Lincoln contemplating the canal. Bronze medallions are also placed around the park, containing historical information; each medallion leads to another with connected information.

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