Explore 9 Charming Small Towns Along The 70-Mile I & M Canal In Illinois

The Illinois and Michigan Canal, or I&M Canal, was an important commercial waterway in the 1800s. This 96-mile canal between Chicago and the small city of LaSalle ushered in a new way to travel and trade in the country. In 1984, the canal became the first National Heritage Area, serving as a place of historical significance. Today, you may choose to travel along the Illinois and Michigan Canal State Trail, which follows the waterway along the I&M Canal National Heritage Corridor, and explore several charming canal towns. Let’s have a look at some of these towns!

How many of these historic canal towns have you visited? Please let us know your thoughts in the comment section.

If you are interested in exploring more of the I & M Canal, there’s a mule-pulled historic boat tour you can take. It’s an experience unlike any other!

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Address: Lasalle, IL, USA
Address: Morris, IL 60450, USA
Address: Lockport, IL, USA
Address: Lemont, IL, USA
Address: Channahon, IL, USA
Address: North Utica, IL 61373, USA
Address: Ottawa, IL 61350, USA
Address: Marseilles, IL 61341, USA
Address: Seneca, IL, USA