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!

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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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