Directly south of Joliet and the Chicagoland Speedway, Elwood acts as another host along the northern Illinois stretch of Route 66 and participant of the annual Illinois Rt. 66 Red Carpet Corridor Festival.
Set in the beautiful Chicago Wilderness area, Elwood is known as the home of the 982-acre Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery – established on what was the Joliet Army Ammunition Plant and marked by the Ammo Plant Dead Statue.
Neighboring the Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery, Elwood's Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie – a United States National Grassland operated by the United States Forest Service.
Covering 20,000 acres, this is the first national tallgrass prairie ever established in the whole country. A stunning example of the Chicago Wilderness region, MNTP is home to 27 American bison. That's right! The MNTP also features cycling, hiking, and horseback riding trails, plus cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and hunting.