One of the most picturesque towns in northern Illinois, Lockport recalls its canal heritage of the 1800's. Established as the headquarters for the Illinois & Michigan Canal, begun in 1836, Lockport has much to offer residents and visitors.
The City of Lockport is governed by a Mayor and an 8-member City Council Lockport Township is governed by the Supervisor, Clerk, Assessor, Highway Commissioner, Collector, and a four member Board of Trustees. City and Township Government officials, administrators and staff are housed in the three-story, Romanesque building known as Central Square; originally built in 1869 for use as a public school.
Residents and visitors are protected by the Lockport Police whose personnel operates from the newly constructed, state-of-the-art Lockport Law Enforcement Center located at 1212 Farrell Road, and by the Lockport Township Fire & Ambulance District.
Lockport is conveniently located just 35 miles southwest of Chicago and 5 miles north of Joliet. Interstate Highways 80 and 55 are easily accessible from Lockport. Metra offers commuter rail service from Lockport to Chicago from the refurbished train station at Commerce and 13th Street Pace bus service provides transportation to Joliet, Yorktown, Midway Airport and Chicago
O'Hare International Airport is 30 miles, and Midway Airport is 25 miles northeast of Lockport. Lewis Airport is one mile west of Lockport at Route 53 and Airport Road, it offers paved runways, fuel, storage and maintenance facilities for small aircraft.
The City of Lockport has had a long and rich history based originally around the Illinois & Michigan Canal. The City of Lockport is one of the best preserved canal sites in existence today. Our history can be found in the native stone warehouses along the canal, in the first lock on the canal, and in the interpretation of pioneer days.
Downtown Lockport has a Historic District that is part of the 120-mile long Illinois & Michigan Canal National Heritage Corridor. The original length of this Corridor was 97 miles, however, the canal now extends to Lake Michigan. This Historic District is bounded by the canal, 7th Street, Washington Street, and 11th Street. It offers no less than 37 historic sites and structures. We encourage you to come to downtown Lockport and take a tour of the numerous historical sites or take a stroll or bike ride on the trail along the east bank of the I&M Canal. Discover Lockport's history and the canal that made possible the growth of Chicago.
From fast food to specialty stores to four star cuisine, Lockport offers an array of dining experiences. The Historic District has specialty shops, antique and home improvement stores, real estate agencies and banks all conveniently located in downtown Lockport. Additional shopping centers include: Clover Ridge, Lockport Shopping Center; Porter Plaza, Regency Point Plaza, Summit Plaza, Village Square and Sages Plaza.
Lockport and the surrounding area is served by seven public school districts; two parochial schools, and numerous daycare and pre-schools. One of the southwest suburbs best high school districts, Lockport Township High School District 205, promotes a partnership with students, parents, businesses and the community while providing an array of educational and vocational learning opportunities. Adults of all ages can start, continue, or complete their higher education experience by attending classes at nearby Lewis University, Joliet Junior College, or the College of St. Francis.
The Des Plaines Valley Public Library, located at 8th and Hamilton Streets, has a large collection of books, books on cassette, compact discs and videos. The library features meeting rooms for non-profit use, a photocopier and fax machine for public use, microfilm/microfiche readers for public use and
CD-ROM products available to help people find the information they need. As a member of the Heritage Trail Library System, the Des Plaines Valley Public Library District has access to many libraries collections making it easier to get materials not in its collection.
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