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A Gateway to the I&M Canal National Heritage Area

The Gaylord Building is a historic building located in downtown Lockport, Illinois. First constructed in 1838, the Gaylord Building acted as a key location for the construction of the Illinois & Michigan Canal. Today, it serves dual purposes as both a historic landmark and an adaptable space with opportunities to explore history, engage with fine art, and learn more about the I&M Canal.

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Learn about the impact of the Illinois & Michigan Canal on the development of Northeastern Illinois through the first floor gallery’s permanent exhibit,The Illinois Passage: Connecting the Continent and the Gaylord Building’s changing exhibit content.

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Legacy of the Gaylord Building

The Gaylord Building and surrounding attractions display the significance of Lockport & the I&M Canal. Visitors can explore Lincoln Landing, the Gaylord Donnelley Trail, the Illinois State Museum Lockport Gallery, and more during their visit to the Gaylord Building.

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Also in the Gaylord Building

Enjoy a curated collection of local, national, and international art in Gallery Seven located on the second floor of the Gaylord Building, followed by upscale casual dining in the Public Landing Restaurant or on the Gaylord Building’s patio.

Gallery Seven
Public Landing Restaurant

Visit the Gaylord Building

As a site of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the Gaylord Building offers a rare chance to experience the significance of Lockport and the I&M Canal while also serving as a stellar example of adaptive reuse. Visitors can enjoy historical exhibits, fine art and fine dining, and walking tours along the I&M Canal during their time at the Gaylord Building.

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