Frequently Asked Questions

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

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

Northern Illinois Sites

Listing # Passport Stop Name Address
38 Bishop Hill State Historic Site 304 S. Bishop Hill Rd., Bishop Hill, IL 61419
40 Butterworth Center & Deere-Wiman House 1105 8th St., Moline, IL 61265
1 Canal Origins Park 2701 S. Ashland Ave., Chicago, IL 60608
29 Canal Warehouse Museum 101 E. Canal St., Utica, IL 61373
20 Carbon Hill School Museum 875 N. Second St., Carbon Hill, IL 60416
2 Chicago Maritime Museum 1200 W. 35th St., Chicago, IL 60609
5 DuSable Museum of African American History 740 E. 56th Pl., Chicago, IL 60637
4 Field Museum 1400 S. Lakeshore Dr., Chicago, IL 60605
26 First Lincoln Douglas Debate Site 1028 LaSalle St., Ottawa, IL 61350
21 Grundy County Historical Society & Museum 510 W. Illinois Ave., Morris, IL 60450
37 Hennepin Canal State Park 16006 875 East St., Sheffield, IL 61361
28 Heritage Park Art Mural Corner of Monroe & Main St., Streator, IL 61364
6 Historic Bronzeville 3520 S. Cottage Grove Ave., Chicago, IL 60653
12 Historic Downtown Lemont 112 Stephen St., Lemont, IL 60439
22 Historic Downtown Morris Liberty St., & Illinois Ave., Morris, IL 60450
18 Historic Intersection of Rt 66 & Lincoln Hwy 204 N. Ottawa St., Joliet, IL 60432
31 I&M Canal Boat Route 351 & I&M Canal, LaSalle, IL 61301
24 I&M Canal Toll House 1221 Columbus St., Ottawa, IL 61350
32 I&M Canal Visitor Center & Historic Downtown 754 First St., LaSalle, IL 61301
13 Isle la a Cache Museum 501 E. Romeo Rd., Romeoville, IL 60446
17 Joliet Architecture & Art Walking Tour Self-Guided Tour – Joliet, IL 60432
16 Joliet Area Historical Museum 204 N. Ottawa St., Joliet, IL 60432
3 McCormick Bridgehouse & Chicago River Museum 376 N Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL 60601
9 Naper Settlement 523 S. Webster St., Naperville, IL 60540
8 National APR Pullman Porter Museum 10406 S. Maryland Ave., Chicago, IL 60628
15 Old Joliet Prison 125 Collins St., Joliet, IL 60432
11 Old Stone Church & Lemont Area Historical Society 306 Lemont St., Lemont, IL 60439
34 Princeton Arts District 952 N. Main St., Princeton, IL 61356
7 Pullman National Monument 11141 S. Cottage Grove Ave., Chicago, IL 60620
39 Quad City Botanical Center 2525 4th Ave., Rock Island, IL 61201
36 Ronald Reagan Birthplace 111 Main St., Tampico, IL 61283
35 Ronald Reagan Boyhood Home 810 S. Hennepin Ave., Dixon, IL 61201
23 Seneca Area Heritage Museum 431 N. Main St., Seneca, IL 61360
10 St. James at Sag Bridge 10600 S. Archer Ave., Lemont, IL 60439
14 The Gaylord Building 200 W. 8th Street, Lockport, IL 60441
25 The Reddick Mansion & Gardens 100 W Lafayette St., Ottawa, IL 61350
30 Union Depot Railroad Museum 783 Main St., Mendota, IL 61342
19 USDA Forest -Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie 30239 S. State Rte. 53, Wilmington, IL 60481
27 Weber House & Garden 1503 Baker St., Streator, IL 61364
33 Westclox Museum 355th St. Suite 265, Peru, IL 61354


Central Illinois Sites

51 Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library & Museum 212 N. 6th St., Springfield, IL 62701
46 Atlanta Public Library & Museum 112 SW Arch St., Atlanta, IL 61723
44 Champaign County History Museum 102 E. University Ave., Champaign, IL 61820
43 Crusin’ with Lincoln on 66 200 N. Main St., Bloomington, IL 61701
48 Dana-Thomas House State Historic Site 301 E. Lawrence Ave., Springfield, IL 62703
56 Historic Nauvoo 350 N. Main St., Nauvoo, IL 62354
54 Lincoln Herndon Law Office State Historic Site 112 N. 6th St., Springfield, IL 62701
50 Lincoln Home National Historic Site 426 S. Seventh St., Springfield, IL 62701
45 Lincoln Log Cabin State Historic Site 402 S. Lincoln Hwy., Lerna, IL 62440
53 Lincoln Tomb State Historic Site 1500 Monument Ave., Springfield, IL 62702
47 Mount Pulaski Courthouse State Historic Site 113 S. Washington St., Mount Pulaski, IL 62548
52 Old State Capital Historic Site 1 Old State Capital Plaza, Springfield, IL 62701
41 Pontiac-Oakland Auto Museum & Resource Center 110 W. Howard St., Pontiac, IL 61764
42 Route 66 Hall of Fame & Museum 205 N. Mill St., Pontiac, IL 61764
48 The Governor’s Mansion 410 E Jackson St., Springfield, IL 62701
55 The History Museum 332 Maine St., Quincy, IL 62301


Additional Passport Booklet Locations


Blackhawk Waterways Convention & Visitors Bureau

Convention & Visitors Bureau
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
Official Rules for Illinois Bicentennial Passport Program

OFFICIAL RULES: By participating, entrants agree to be bound by these Official Rules and by the decisions of Sponsor, which shall be binding and final as to all matters related to the Illinois Bicentennial Passport Program.  The Illinois Bicentennial Passport Program is subject to all applicable federal, state and local laws.

SPONSOR: Robin Malpass & Associates, Inc., 1515 N. Astor, Suite 11A, Chicago, IL 60610

TIMING: The Illinois Bicentennial Passport Program begins at 6:00 a.m. (CT) on Sunday, July 1, 2018 and ends at 6:00 p.m. (CT) on Friday, November 30, 2018 (“Passport Program Period”).  The deadline for receipt of Passport postmark is Monday, December 3, 2018.


HOW TO PARTICIAPTE: There is no fee to participate in the Illinois Bicentennial Passport Program. Passports are available at all 56 Passport stops.  There is no purchase necessary to receive a Passport or Passport stamps at Illinois Bicentennial Passport stops.

PRIZES: Participants who collect a minimum of 20 Illinois Bicentennial Passport stamps from 20 Passport stops are eligible to receive a Level One (1) prize. Participants who collect a minimum of 35 Illinois Bicentennial Passport stamps from Passport stops are eligible for Level One (1) and Level Two (2) prizes.  Participants who collect all 56 Illinois Bicentennial Passport Stamps from Passport stops are eligible for Level One (1), Level Two (2), Level Three (3) Prizes and will have their name, city and state published on the Illinois Bicentennial website, as an Illinois Bicentennial Passport All Star.

PRIZE REDEMPTION: To redeem prizes, participant Passports with a minimum of 20 collected Passport stamps from 20 Passport stops, must be mailed and postmarked by December 3, 2018 to the following address: CANAL CORRIDOR ASSOCIATION, 754 FIRST STREET, LASALLE, ILLINOIS 61301.   Prizes will be mailed to eligible participants within 30 days of Passport receipt by the Canal Corridor Association.  To inquire about prize eligibility or prize delivery, participates may contact the Canal Corridor Association at (815) 220-1848.

All participants agree to abide by these Official Rules. Robin Malpass & Associates is not responsible for lost, late, incomplete, illegible, postage due, misdirected or mutilated mail; which may limit an entrant’s ability to participate in the prize redemption.

The Passport Program is subject to all federal, state and local laws, and is void where prohibited by law.  Robin Malpass & Associates reserves the right to modify the Official Rules of the Passport Program in any way or at any time.  This Passport Program shall be governed by Illinois law.  By participating in the Passport Program, participants agree that Illinois courts shall have jurisdiction over any dispute or litigation arising from or relating to this Passport Program.

VALIDITY AND ELIGIBILITY OF PARTICIPANTS: Sponsor shall be the sole judge of the validity and eligibility of all Participants.  Entries generated by script, macro or other automated or mechanical means are void. Entries which have been or appear to be tampered with are void. All entries must be made no later than 6:00 p.m. CT on the Sweepstakes End Date.

GENERAL CONDITIONS: The Released Parties (defined below under “RELEASE OF LIAIBLITY”) are not responsible for: (1) Participant Passports which are stolen, lost, damaged, or illegible (2) Participant Passports that have been or may have been tampered with or in violation of these Official Rules; (3) Participant Passports which are lost, late, incomplete, or undelivered (4) any other errors of any kind, whether human, typographical, printing, mechanical, or electronic in nature, which relate to or are connected with the Illinois Bicentennial Passport Program, including without limitation, Errors in Passport-related materials or in the administration of the Prize Redemption, such as Errors in processing Participant Passports, or announcing or delivering Prizes; or (6) any injury or damage to any person’s computer equipment related to or resulting from participation in the Passport Program, the use of any website associated with the Passport Program, or the downloading of any materials from such website(s). Anyone who tampers with or abuses any aspect of the Passport Program or associated website, as determined in Sponsor’s sole judgment, will be disqualified from participation in the Illinois Passport Program Prize Redemption and if applicable, will be deemed to have forfeited all claims to any Prize.

RELEASE OF LIABILITY: By participating in the Illinois Bicentennial Passport Program, participants, agree that Robin Malpass & Associates, and participating Sponsors and Sponsor’s designees and affiliates, including each of their respective parents, affiliates, subsidiaries, owners, partners, and advertising and promotion agencies, and all of their respective officers, directors, employees, representatives, shareholders, members, consultants and agents (collectively, the “Released Parties”) will have no liability whatsoever for, and shall be held harmless by participants against, any liability for injuries, losses, costs, expenses or damages of any kind, including damages for death, personal injury, property damage or property loss, resulting from, whether in whole or in part or directly or indirectly, participation in the Illinois Bicentennial Passport Program or the acceptance, possession, misuse or use of any Passport or Prize.

PUBLICITY RELEASE: Each eligible Illinois Bicentennial Passport Participant by accepting his/her Prize, grants Sponsor and Sponsor’s designees and affiliates, full permission, except where legally prohibited, to use the participant’s name, address (city and state only), photograph, voice and/or other likeness and Prize information for advertising, trade and promotional purposes without further compensation and without notice, review or approval, in all media now known or hereafter discovered, worldwide, and on the Internet and world wide web, in perpetuity.

COPYRIGHT: All Illinois Bicentennial Passport Program materials are copyrighted by the Canal Corridor Association and may not be copied, reproduced or used for any purpose without express prior written consent. Illinois Bicentennial trademarks are subject to Illinois Bicentennial Terms of Use.

GOVERNING LAW; SEVERABILITY: The Illinois Bicentennial Passport Program and these Official Rules shall be subject to and governed by the laws of the State of Illinois. If a court of competent jurisdiction finds that any provision of these Official Rules, or their application to a particular persons or circumstances, is invalid or unenforceable to any extent, then the remainder of these Official Rules, and the application of all of these Official Rules to other persons or circumstances, shall not be affected by that determination, and shall remain enforceable to the fullest extent permitted by law.