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Posted on: July 26, 2018

Did You Know Lemont is Participating in the Illinois Bicentennial Passport Program?


How to Participate in The Passport Program?

  • At each passport stop participants visit they receive a stamp in their passport booklet.  Stamps can be collected from July 1 to November 30, 2018.
  • Participants then turn in their stamped passports to receive prizes.
  • There is no fee to participate in the Illinois Bicentennial Passport program.  There is no purchase necessary to receive passport stamps at the passport stops.
  • Passport participants can visit as many stops as they wish, one stop, or all of them.
  • Participants must be age 6 or older to receive stamps from passport stops.

How Does Collecting Stamps Work?

  • Participants visit any of the passport stop locations listed in the passport booklet to collect stamps.
  • To receive your stamp, simply enter the passport stop and let the staff member know you are a passport participant. There is no purchase necessary to receive your stamp. After you receive your stamp, the passport stops will invite you to experience all that they have to offer.
  • Passport holders must be present to receive a stamp from a passport stop. No passports will be stamped for participants not present.

What to Do If A Passport Stop is Closed?

  • It is HIGHLY ENCOURAGED to plan your passport stop visits during the business hours listed in the passport booklet.

How Long Do I Have to Collect Passport Stamps?

  • Passport stamps can be collected from July 1 until November 30, 2018.

Who Do I Contact If I Have Questions About The Passport Program?

  • Please direct any questions about the Illinois Bicentennial Passport Program to the Canal Corridor Association via phone (815) 220-1848 or email

Can More Than One Person In A Household Collect Passport Stamps?

  • Yes, persons from one household can collect stamps in each person's own passport booklet. Stamps from booklets may not be combined. Each person must have their own booklet to be eligible for prizes.

How Are Passport Prizes Distributed?

  • Persons who collect a minimum of 20 unique passport stop stamps are eligible for prizes. Persons who collect a minimum of 35 stamps are eligible for two prizes. Persons who collect all 56 stamps are eligible for three prizes and to have their name and city listed on the Illinois Bicentennial website as a Passport All Star.
  • To receive prizes, complete the form in your passport booklet with your name and mailing address and mail your passport booklet with a minimum of 20 passport stop stamps to:
              Canal Corridor Association
              754 First Street
              LaSalle, Illinois 61301
  • Passport booklets must be postmarked no later than December 3, 2018 to be eligible for prizes.
  • Allow 30 days for your prize(s) to arrive.
  • For questions call (815) 220-1848 or email
  • For the official participation rules visit:

How Are Passport Stops Chosen?

  • Passport stops are chosen for their historical significance and locations within or near Illinois' two National Heritage Areas.

How Do I Share My Passport Stories on Social Media?

  • Use the hashtag #ILProudPassport when posting your Illinois Bicentennial Passport stories.

Where Can I Pick Up Passport Booklets?

  • Passports may be picked up for free at any of the passport stop locations or at the list of participating Illinois Tourism Offices and Illinois Convention and Visitors Bureaus.

Passport Stop Locations

  • Historic Downtown Lemont, Smokey Row Antique Shop, 112 Stephen Street, Lemont, IL
  • Old Stone Church, Lemont Area Historical Society, 306 Lemont Street, Lemont, IL
  • St. James of the Sag Church and Cemetery, Lemont, IL
  • Additional Locations in Chicago, Springfield, Atlanta, Bishop Hill, Moline, Carbon Hill, Champaign, Bloomington, Springfield, Lockport, Morris, Sheffield, Streator, Nauvoo, LaSalle, Ottawa, Joliet, Romeoville, Utica, Lerna, Mendota, Wilmington, Mt. Pulaski, Naperville, Pontiac, Princeton, Rock Island, Tampico, Seneca, Quincy and Peru, some with multiple locations within that city.  You can stop and pick up your Passport Booklet locally at one of the three locations in Lemont.

Additional Passport Booklet Locations

Blackhawk Waterways Convention & Visitors Bureau

Bloomington-Normal Convention & Visitors Bureau

Chicago Southland Convention & Visitors Bureau

Choose Chicago

DuPage Convention & Visitors Bureau

Henry County Tourism Bureau

Heritage Corridor Convention & Visitors Bureau

Illinois Office of Tourism

Illinois State Fair (Looking for Lincoln)

Logan County Tourism Bureau

Peoria Convention and Visitors Bureau

Pontiac Tourism Bureau

Quad Cities Convention & Visitors Bureau

Quincy Area Convention & Visitors Bureau

Springfield Convention & Visitors Bureau

Visit Champaign Convention & Visitors Bureau

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