Illinois Bicentennial Passport

Illinois Bicentennial Passport

The I and M Canal, the nation’s first National Heritage Area, in conjunction with the Looking for Lincoln National Heritage Area has teamed up with the Illinois Office of Tourism and the Illinois Bicentennial Commission to create the Illinois Bicentennial Passport. The free 44-page guide encourages Illinois residents and visitors to collect passport stamps over the next five months at 56 passport stops. The stops, primarily within the two heritage areas, offer a glimpse into Illinois’ history and landscape from the past 200 years and include locations such as the Field Museum, the Governor’s Mansion, the Old Joliet Prison and the Lincoln Log Cabin Historic Site.

Participants who collect a minimum of 20 passport stamps may turn in their bicentennial passports to the I and M National Heritage Area to redeem prizes, including an Official 2018 Illinois Bicentennial Sticker, Lapel Pin or a mule-pulled boat ride on the I&M Canal. Participants collecting all 56 stamps will earn the title “Illinois Bicentennial All Star” and have their names published on the Bicentennial website.

Passports are available at any of the 56 passport sites or from one of sixteen Illinois Convention and Visitors Bureaus and Tourism Offices throughout Northern and Central Illinois. The program runs from July 1 –November 20, 2018.


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 Passport 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 members 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.

What Are the Participation Prizes for Collecting Passport Stamps?

There are three levels of participation prizes for collecting passport stamps. The prizes are cumulative. For example, if you collect all 56 stamps, you will receive all three prizes.

  • Collect 20 Stamps Level I Prize – Official 2018 Illinois Bicentennial Sticker
  • Collect 35 Stamps Level II Prize – One Mule-Pulled Boat Ride on the I and M Canal
  • Collect 56 Stamps Level III Prize – Official 2018 Illinois Bicentennial Lapel Pin and name listed on the Illinois Bicentennial Website as a “Bicentennial All Star.”

To view the participation contest rules click here.

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.


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