The Heart of Illinois Country Heritage Shop is owned and operated by Les Amis du Fort de Chartres, a not-for-profit organization supporting Fort de Chartres. This shop is part of The Heart of Illinois Country Heritage Project and all proceeds will fund our organization’s mission which is to support the physical and cultural heritage of Fort de Chartres through educational and charitable activities. This shop offers a unique and educational experience for all, exploring 18th century French Colonial-era culture throughout the heart of the Illinois Country. Our Heart of Illinois Country Artisans are passionate about creating and teaching the arts and cultures that have built the foundations of our region’s history and have come together to share them with you to build our future.