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Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago

Saturday, June 8, 10 AM – 2 PM

In conjunction with the City of Lockport's Old Canal Days, Lockport Powerhouse will be open for tours!

Step back in time to tour the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago’s historic Lockport Powerhouse and learn how it helped establish the canal to save the Chicago region! Lockport Powerhouse has been generating hydroelectricity since 1907 and continues operation today with upgraded state-of-the art technology. At the downstream end of the 76-mile Chicago Area Waterway System, Lockport Powerhouse helps maintain water levels and provide drainage for the Chicago area. 

Join our team of expert guides for an adventure through time, where you'll get a firsthand view of this innovative and majestic facility.

A large waterway lock structure and hydro electric powerhouse at the intersection of the Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal and the Des Plaines River


Event Highlights

Guided Tours: Led by knowledgeable experts, our guided tours will take you on a captivating journey through the history and technology behind the Lockport Powerhouse.

Interactive Exhibits: Get hands-on with interactive displays showcasing the powerhouse's role in shaping the region's development and progress.

Family-Friendly Activities: Fun activities for all ages, including STEM activities, photo opportunities, and more!

Q&A: Have burning questions about the powerhouse? Our team will be on hand to provide answers and insights.

Admission: FREE and pre-registration not required. 

Age limits: All ages welcome.

Attire: Please wear sturdy shoes, and dress for an industrial environment.

Location: Park then find the MWRD Booth at 303 W. 2nd St., Lockport to sign up for a free bus ride to Lockport Powerhouse.


Learn more about Lockport Powerhouse

Don't miss this rare opportunity to step inside one of Lockport's most iconic landmarks and discover the legacy of infrastructure that has shaped our community. Mark your calendars for June 8 and join us for an unforgettable experience!



10:00am - 2:00pm
Saturday, June 8, 2024