Things to see and do - Lockport
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Lockport Travel guide
Lockport : Michelin's recommendations
Founded in 1836 as the headquarters of the Indiana and Michigan Canal, this picturesque town situated some 35 miles southeast of Chicago features a lovely downtown listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Gaylord Donnelley Canal Trail follows the canal through town, past several wayside exhibits. You'll also find numerous beautifully preserved buildings from the mid-19C; one, the Gaylord Building, houses the lively I&M Canal Visitor Center with extensive explanations on the canal, its history and the mechanics of passing boats through its lock system.
Tourist attractions Lockport : Things to see and do
803 S State St
Located in between the Gaylord and Norton buildings the Pioneer Settlement of 19C buildings spreads for a block along the canal's edge.
200 W. 8th St
Restored to its 1860s appearance, the Gaylord Building features an information desk and exhibits that explore the history of the canal and its impact on Illinois.
West of the canal extends the lovely, 269-acre Lockport Prairie Nature Preserve. The exposed bedrock is one a great example of dolomite prairie.