Illinois artists' works are displayed at the Lockport Gallery year-round. Though the exhibitions change, there is no shortage of local art. Types of art vary by artist, but normally include drawings, paintings, quilts, sculptures, and many other mediums. Most exhibitions are theme based, but will vary throughout each season. Many special events and programs are also hosted during the year. The Lockport Gallery is easy to get to and offers free on-site parking. Many visitors start their day with a visit to the gallery, then move on to other close attractions. School and group tours are available, while admission to the gallery is always free.
The City that Made Ch
The Illinois and Michigan Canal was opened in 1848, linking the Great Lakes, the Mississippi River, and the Gulf of Mexico. This increased trade, commerce, and the population of areas along the canal, including Chicago. Lockport was the headquarters of the canal, therefore making Chicago the city it is today. In 1853, the Chicago Rock Island and Pacific Railroad was finished and ran along the same route, which decreased the amount of ships using the canal. In 1900, canal was closed off and much of it filled in after 1956, but the part running through Lockport was preserved as the Illinois and Michigan National Heritage Corridor.