Mission & Activities

Board & Staff

I&M Canal History

Annual Reports (coming soon)




Canal Corridor Association is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to preserving history, protecting nature and open space, and creating tourism destinations in the I&M Canal National Heritage Corridor.  Founded in 1981 (as the Upper Illinois Valley Association) to advocate for the creation of the I&M Canal National Heritage Corridor, CCA has been working tirelessly since then to make the corridor the destination it is today.



Mission & Activities  Read about our mission and major initiatives in the heritage corridor.

Board & Staff  A list that includes contact information for staff.

CCA History   Learn about the first 20 plus years of Canal Corridor Association activity in the I&M Canal National Heritage Corridor.

Annual Reports (Coming Soon)   Review annual activities and financial information of Canal Corridor Association.

Mary Setina



Mary Setina, a Slovenian immigrant, came to Joliet in 1903. She lived in the St. Joseph’s neighborhood, known as “Slovenian Row, and owned a store there.


Children on their way home from St. Joseph’s school stopped in the store, pennies in hand, to buy candy, ice cream, or school supplies from her. Men going home from the mills bought tobacco at the store.



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