Lockport is known for its downtown!
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Downtown Lockport's Historic District was a center of activity during the design, construction, and operation of the Illinois and Michigan Canal. Lock One of the Canal is located here as is the original office of the Canal Commissioners, now the Will County Historical Society Museum. The Gaylord Building, built in 1836 on the canal, is the only commercial building owned by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. The Norton Building, the first granary that could load grain by gravity, was built in 1850 on the canal and is now the home of the ISM Lockport Gallery. Four fine Museums dot Lockport's charming downtown along with unique shops and excellent restaurants. The I & M Canal trail is perfect for bicycling, walking and jogging. Free parking is available within walking distance of all sites.
Lockport started life as a transportation hub and remains so today. Metra trains, Pace busses, interstate highway I 355, state highways 53, 7 and 171, make Lockport an easy destination.
231 E 9th Street, 815-838-0803, southwest corner of 9th and Washington
open Mondays and Fridays 1:00 - 4:00 pm or by appointment, exhibits local history
National Trust for Historic Preservation Site: 200 W. 8th Street - foot of 8th Street and the canal, features a canal exhibit and changing programs
open Tuesday - Saturday 11 am - 5 pm, Sunday 12 pm - 5 pm
Illinois State Museum Lockport Gallery
foot of 10th Street at the canal in the Norton Building, offers changing exhibits of Illinois Art collections
open Monday through Thursday - 9 am - 5 pm, and Sunday, noon - 5 pm. Closed Friday and Saturday and occasionally during installation of new exhibits
Will County Historical Society Museum
803 S. State Street, Will County History Collections, northwest corner of 8th and State Streets- please call for hours 815-838-5080.
Heritage Village: Reopened at 2nd Street and the I & M Canal Trail in September of 2012. The collection of historic buildings originated in Will County and includes a one room school house, a railroad station, a jail, and a farm house. It is managed by the Will County Historical Society Museum.