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 Cana. Lockport is located within the Chicago Metropolitan area and is just a 45 minute drive to downtown Chicago.