graphicThe Prairie Creek Public Library is an attraction to see. This newly renovated building is the former carriage house listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and holds more than 16,000 volumes, plus reading and audiovisual equipment.

The Dwight Historical Society is located in the Depot (also on the National Register), sharing space with the Dwight Area Chamber of Commerce. There is much area history to be seen, including memorabilia from the world-renowned Keeley Institute, founded in Dwight in 1879.

Several famous architects have left their mark in Dwight. Frank Lloyd Wright designed the First National Bank of Dwight; Julian Barnes, The Country Mansion, windmill, deer barn and Fox Developmental Center complex; Henry Ives Cobb, the Depot; Horace Schaler Cleveland, Oak Lawn Cemetery; and Ossian Cole Simonds, Renfrew Park.

The 106-year-old Dwight Windmill is the defining hallmark of Dwight’s skyline. Listed on the National Register, the symbol of Dwight’s rich heritage is comparable to the Chicago Water Tower in its uniqueness. The Pioneer Gothic Church (also on the National Register) was visited in 1860 by the Prince of Wales, who later became known as Edward VII, King of England.

There are many theaters to enjoy within a 30-mile radius of Dwight, such as the Vermillion Players in Pontiac, and the Rialto Theatre in Joliet, which features many nationally known entertainers. Bloomington, Streator and Ottawa also offer many events of interest.

 

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