Sunday, February 12, 2017

10 Places to See Around Lewis University

Joseph Prendergast ’66, a retired English teacher after 47 years in the education field, travels the world visiting museums, concert halls, and historical landmarks from China to Paris. Joseph encourages others to try new things, gain knowledge in areas outside of their comfort zone, and truly discover ways to enrich their life. 

1,000 Places to See Before You Die by Patricia Schultz is a traveler’s guide to places that are worth seeing around the world. After some research, we found that these ten locations in the surrounding area are places that students, faculty/staff, alumni, and friends must visit while around Lewis University. These historic sites will provide you with a unique cultural experience and a fun relaxing afternoon out on the town. So, we have created our very own guide for you all to follow: 10 Places to See While at Lewis University.

1. Old Joliet Prison

Here, you can learn the history of Joliet’s most notorious prison. Visitors are able to unlock information about the prison’s inmates and enjoy a picnic area with a spectacular background.

2. Lincoln Landing
There are plenty of things to keep you occupied at this open park and museum. The Gaylord Building Historic Site, originally built with limestone, offers a wide variety of exhibits centered on the history of the Illinois and Michigan Canal. This canal, built in the 1840’s, provided opportunities for the surrounding community to thrive and grow. Irish canal worker, Patrick Fitzpatrick, owned land nearby which eventually became the ground upon which Lewis University was built. After learning about it, you can walk alongside the scenic path of the canal itself. You can learn more about the exhibits at

3. Philip Lynch Theatre

Located in the Oremus Fine Arts Center on campus, the theatre is home to both musical and non-musical performances by students, faculty, and staff. You definitely have to see a show while you are at Lewis. Or be in one, if you are feeling brave! Check out the Calendar of events here:

4. Isle a la Cache Museum

This free public museum offers historical education from the 18th century. You can visit the interactive exhibits of the Great Lakes fur trade inside or enjoy an afternoon of hiking, fishing, kayaking and more at the Isle a la Cache preserve, which is part of the Des Plaines River preservation system.  Check out this Illinois Adventure video segment at to learn more about this location and everything it has to offer.

5. Lewis University Airport

Originating as Lewis School of Aeronautics in 1935, the university is now a national leader in aviation education with a highly regarded Department of Aviation and Transportation Studies. No matter how old you are, it is always fascinating to see a plane fly right above your head.

6.       St. Charles Borromeo Convocation Hall

Recently renovated to fit the university’s needs, St. Charles Borromeo Center now has plenty to offer! Convocation hall, formerly a chapel, is the perfect place to hold large group presentations and events. The new Flight Deck Cafeteria, state-of-the-art classrooms, outdoor patio, and student dormitories make this location on campus one you must take the time to visit.

7.       Lewis University History Center

This museum, located at the Fitzpatrick House on Route 53, offers a unique collection of historic documents and artifacts linked to the region’s heritage. Basically across the street from the Romeoville campus, this is a great place to stop by and visit as you leave!

8.       Heritage Village

(Photo provided by Will County Historical Museum)

This famous historical attraction in Lockport is owned by the Will County Historical Society. Formerly located near the Gaylord building in Lockport, the group of small buildings and houses were known as the Pioneer Settlement. In 2011, after being placed in storage, the attraction gained a new start and is now located at 249 West 2nd Street, Lockport, IL 60441. You can learn more about Heritage Village by visiting

9.       Murphy Park

(Photo provided by Romeoville Patch)

This park in Romeoville has a playground with a rock climbing play structure, the Romeoville Historical Society, and a serene picnic area. The Le’Roy “Del” Burns Memorial Pavilion at the park was named in honor of a longtime village worker who was killed in an accident in 2012.

1 Joliet Area Historical Museum

(Photo provided by Joliet Area Historical Museum)

This museum tells the story of Joliet and its people with state-of-the-art presentations, interactive simulators, life size models, and much more. It is located at 204 Ottawa St. in Joliet and costs seven dollars to visit. Visit to learn more about the exhibits at this museum. 

Where else should we see in and around campus? Tell us in the comments or email us at