I&M Canal National Heritage Area, LaSalle, Illinois, USA

The Illinois & Michigan Canal National Heritage Area is an outdoor museum where visitors can explore this living landscape a place to walk in the footsteps of Native Americans, French Explorers and Voyagers.

It’s a place to discover why the I&M Canal led to Illinois becoming the nation’s most populous inland state and Chicago the greatest city of the American heartland. Whether you live within the 60 communities of the heritage corridor or are planning a visit, the Illinois & Michigan Canal National Heritage Area has something for everyone.

The centerpiece of the IMCNHA is the Illinois & Michigan Canal, a 96-miles hand dug canal that stretches between LaSalle and Chicago, Illinois. When completed in 1848, the Illinois & Michigan Canal was the final link in a national plan to connect different regions of the vast North American continent via waterways, linking the waters of the Illinois River (and ultimately the Mississippi River) with those of Lake Michigan.

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