Lockport, Illinois is known for its downtown neighborhood of historic architecture. One can enjoy fine or casual dining, outstanding museums, great shopping, and miles of canal trails to bicycle or walk.

How does this work?

The City of Lockport and Amazing Fantasy Books bring an original, illustrated story that includes a map of participating businesses and trading cards of noteworthy characters from Lockport's rich history. From June 16th through September 25th, anyone can pick up a 24x30 map at the White Oak public library or City Hall (2nd floor) in Lockport. One can read the story and collect the trading cards by going to the participating businesses in the City of Lockport.

How can a business participate?

Businesses can participate by contacting Lisa Kairis at the Chamber of Commerce and purchasing a card for $250.00.

What does the business get for $250.00?

We supply the design, cards, map, advertising, and the website. (You can choose a character from the attached list - first come first served - or we will pick one for you.) You will have the opportunity to hand out coupons, product samples, or literature about your business.

How long does this program run?

June 16 through September 25

What are the requirements for having a trading card?

1. Be a Lockport Business
2. Pay $250
3. Regular posted business hours
4. Public must receive the card for FREE
5. Supply logo for website. A 486x209 pixel
ad can be used, but artwork must be supplied by the business.

CONTACT: Lisa Kairis, Director, Lockport Area Chamber of Commerce: email: office@lockportchamber.com
Phone: 815-315-7940

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Lockport Radio Interview - Tina Keller - Jan 2016

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Visitors to Lockport can enjoy the Nationally Registered Historic District which welcomes Heritage Tourism. Enjoy a neighborhood of authentically restored buildings many of which were built between 1836 and 1895 of native limestone and brick; four select museums within a museum campus along the canal; fine or casual dining at award winning restaurants; unique galleries and shops; and the I & M Canal and Donnelley Trail. The downtown sites are within walking distance of free parking.

Visit our restaurants and shops, stop to taste wine, enjoy locally made ice cream and candy, view a fine collection of art at museums and galleries.
Have a picnic lunch at the Lincoln Landing overlooking the canal. Lockport has a friendly small town atmosphere where you can expect service with a smile in the much the same way that it was offered over one hundred years ago.

Lockport was established in 1836 with plans to start construction of the Illinois & Michigan Canal. The completion of the canal in 1848 made shipping possible from Chicago to the Mississippi River. Limestone quarries, grain elevators and Bessemer Steel Companies shipped products to the east and west from Lockport. Lock One of the I & M Canal and the headquarters of the original Canal Commissioners can be seen here today.

Lockport is still a business center and transporation hub with the Metra train station, Pace Bus routes, route I-355 linking I-80 and I-55, the Des Plaines River, and the Chicago Ship Canal. Lockport is located within the Chicago Metropolitan area and is just a 45 minute drive to downtown Chicago.