Lockport has so much to offer both residents and visitors alike. Browse around the website to learn more about Lockport, the City of Historic Pride. The importance of the Illinois and Michigan Canal and Lockport to the economic vitality of Illinois cannot be overstated. As a direct waterway link between the Great Lakes and the Mississippi River, the canal helped to cement Chicago's dominance over St. Louis as the center of Midwestern trade and, thereby, Lockport's legacy as "the city that made Chicago famous."
Today, Lockport is a thriving city of more than 20,000 that's rapidly growing and looking toward the future. But Lockport's residents and leaders are also determined to preserve its storied past. Lockport is leading the way in preserving and promoting the history of the Illinois and Michigan Canal Corridor, which is becoming a living history museum celebrating American enterprise and invention. The headquarters building of the Canal Commission, a National Historic Landmark, today serves as the home of the Illinois and Michigan Canal Museum. The native stone warehouses of the canal's heyday still stand, as does the first lock built on this vital waterway. The city is also actively working to preserve and promote the historic downtown district, which boasts many significant structures.