Shop & Eat

Fresh, healthy and seasonal cuisines with a canal-themed heritage gift shop

The Lock 16 Café and Gift Shop, located in the Lock 16 Visitor Center and open year-round. The Lock 16 Café serves breakfast and lunch and caters all of our daytime and evening events in the Lock 16 Center and on the I&M Canal Boat.

Great Food & Atmosphere

The Lock 16 Café and Center provides a quaint, vintage setting with a focus on Illinois history and American heritage. The Lock 16 Café offers healthy and seasonal cuisine, as well as vegetarian-friendly options, all using fresh ingredients and prepared to order.

Start your day off in the Lock 16 Café with a breakfast sandwich, oatmeal or Lock 16 biscuits and gravy. Sit back, relax and enjoy the charming atmosphere with gourmet coffee, espresso drinks or teas and free Wi-Fi.

Check out the daily lunch specials and tempt your taste buds with one of our delicious homemade soups, salads, or sandwiches for lunch topped off with a sweet treat or special dessert of the day. We also offer flavored lemonade, ice cream, ice cream novelties, beer and wine.

Our Menu

Carry Out & Delivery

No time to get out for lunch – in a hurry? Call in your order for pick-up!

We deliver offsite to BUSINESSES ONLY between the hours of 10am and 2pm and within a 5-mile radius for a minimal fee. (Minimum order: $20.00)

Phone: 815-223-1851

Gifts & More!

Be sure to take a moment and browse around our canal-themed heritage gift shop. The Lock 16 Gift Shop boasts a wide selection of unique gifts, seasonal décor, cards, books, souvenirs and mementos – exclusive items you won’t find anywhere else! Shop for gifts you’ll love to give. No matter the occasion or recipient, you’re sure to find the perfect gift at Lock 16.


Fun. Interesting. Relaxing. Educational. The Lock 16 Center is all that and more.


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