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Mendota Sweet Corn Festival
The Mendota Area Chamber of Commerce is preparing for the gigantic undertaking of hosting over 60,000 visitors, who consume nearly 50 tons of sweet corn during the festival weekend. Free musical entertainment is in abundance. The Crafters Market Place and flea market features over 200 dealers in hand made crafts and unique merchandise. There is a Queen Pageant, beer garden with live bands, grand parade and a carnival with rides and games for both adults and children, plus much more. The midways are lined with food booths, featuring a multitude of ethnic, regional and festival foods, but the "BIG EVENT" is the serving of the free Del Monte sweet corn on Sunday afternoon. For over 60 years, it has been cooked to its golden goodness with the help of a vintage steam engine. The good times are waiting, the welcome mat is out, come to Mendota for one of the Midwest's oldest and largest harvest festivals, the 66th annual Sweet Corn Festival.
Boggio's Orchard and Produce
Open Monday - Saturday 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM Sunday 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM. Freshly picked produce, u-pick apples bakery, a craft store, livestock farm and local craft shows. In the fall, u-pick pumpkins, petting zoo, corn mazes,go-karts, pony rides and more.
Bureau County Metro Center
The Bureau County Metro Center is a 50,000 square-foot recreation center with full size gymnasium; 25-yard indoor swimming pool with wading pool and observation balcony; racquetball courts; weight room; cardio-vascular room, elevated running/walking track above the gym; and locker rooms. A 40' x 80' multi-purpose room with adjacent kitchen provides the perfect setting for conventions, expositions, meetings, or wedding receptions.
Walleye Contest Weekend!
Shabbona has a potential state record walleye swimming around! Over the years we have heard several unverified reports of 10 plus pound Walleye. 1st Place winner will receive their choice of $100 gift certificate at Lakeside Bait, Tackle & Boat Rental or an all-day weekday Pontoon or all day weekday Bass Boat Rental. 2nd place has their choice of $50 gift certificate at Lakeside Bait, Tackle & Boat Rental or an all-day weekday Motor Boat Rental. 3rd place receives their choice of $25 gift certificate at Lakeside Bait, Tackle & Boat Rental or an all-day Weekday Kayak or Canoe Rental. Come on out and enjoy the fun!
Wise Guys Bar & Grill
Stop by and try one of our famous Wise Guys Burgers with fries or bring the family in for one our special occasion Sunday brunches. Whether it's a party for the girls or a football night out for the guys, the best place to be is Wise Guys! Also providing catering/banquet facilities for corporate/private parties and weddings.
Tracy's Boat House
Outdoor dining, even indoor dining, allows guests to take in the coastal, waterfront scenes of Heritage Harbor Marina situated on the banks of the Illinois River.
Honey Hill Orchard - Waterman
A visit to Honey Hill Orchard gives families a chance to spend time on the farm enjoying autumn. We have apples, cider, pumpkins, petting zoo, and more. Open mid-August through October
Clock Corner Treasures
Come see all we have to offer! Featuring Naturally Country unique gifts. Everything from dried wreaths, candles, benches, dolls, antiques, baskets, gourmet coffees and teas, soaps, and more. Located across from the Big Clock.
Your friendly everyday store, featuring groceries, produce, fresh meat, dairy, bakery, liquor, lotto and deli. Famous for a wide selection of hot and cold items. Open Everyday 5:00 AM - 10:00 PM.
Anna Maria's Pizza
Homemade pizza, pasta dishes, and hot and cold sandwiches. We deliver! All day, everyday! Plus we cater!
Authentic, homemade Mexican cuisine and some of the best margaritas you will ever have! Big menu selection features lunch and daily specials (drink specials, too!), complimentary chips with homemade salsa. Family friendly and very budget friendly.
Super 8 Motel Princeton
Super 8 Motel in Princeton offers a seasonal heated pool, queen beds, HBO, CNN, ESPN, laundry facilities, hot tub suites and high speed internet. See you along the way. Take Exit 56 of I-80 then North
Lakeside Bait Shop, Boat Rental, and Tackle
The staff of Lakeside Bait Shop, Boat Rental, and Tackle are courtesy, friendly and willing to help you get the best of your trip to Shabbona Lake. This shop has everything you could ever need out on the lake from fishing line to boat rentals. The staff is knowledegable and can assist you in anyway possible.
Pokanoka's Cafe is named after Cheif Shabbona's Wife. The cafe overlooks scenic Shabbona Lake with a magnificent view through very large glass windows. Try our famous Pokanoka Burger! We are now offering on the water delivery, just give the restaurant a call and we will deliver your meal to your boat! Come on in after your fishing trip for a cold beer or ice cream and watch your favorite sports team.
Come to the Village Courtyard for the "home-like" feel. Between our friendly service and comfort food, you wont leave disappointed. We have alot of regulars, but enjoy meeting and serving new people! Come in for just one meal, or become one of our regulars-it will be hard not to! Try one of our specials!
Rambo's Bar and Grill
Rambo's is the consummate "neighborhood" style establishment where friends stop in to meet friends. We offer Friday night fish fries, broasted chicken, smoked meats, pizza, and much more! We provide live entertainment most Saturday nights, which you can find details about on our website.
Joy & Eds
Breakfast specials along with homemade soup, chili and daily lunch specials. Dinner Specials along with homemade pizzas! Carry outs available! Open: 6am Breakfast, 11am lunch and 4pm dinner
Union Depot Railroad Museum
Model railroad, locomotive display, railroad memorabilia.
Rogers Hunting Club, Inc.
Established in 1957 - public hunting, plus memberships for pheasant, quail, wild turkey, doves and deer in season. Hunter Safety Course for ages 16 & under - held the second weekend in October.
Norwegian Settlers Memorial
This memorial commemorates the 1834 settlement at Norway, the first permanent Norwegian settlement in the Midwest. The monument was dedicated as part of a 1934 centennial celebration.
Starved Rock Lodge Restaurant
Family-style restaurant serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. Famous for our Sunday brunch. Reservations recommended.
Crappie Contest Weekend!
We are in a cycle of very large Crappie in Shabbona Lake. This should be an outstanding event, with some very hefty weights being recorded. Crappie have to be a minimum of 12" to qualify for a weigh in, and there should be several!!! May 18th & 19th are the dates for the Crappie Contest Weekend at Shabbona Lake. This is not an event you will want to miss. Prizes: 1st Place – Choice of $100 gift certificate at Lakeside Bait, Tackle & Boat Rental or an all-day weekday Pontoon or all day weekday Bass Boat Rental. 2nd Place - Choice of $50 gift certificate at Lakeside Bait, Tackle & Boat Rental or an all-day weekday Motor Boat Rental. 3rd Place - Choice of $25 gift certificate at Lakeside Bait, Tackle & Boat Rental or an all-day Weekday Kayak or Canoe Rental. For more information, please visit our website. Sponsored by Lakeside Bait, Tackle & Boat Rental
Mae's Fine Design
Mae's Fine Designs deals with the same jewelry trade companies as the big mall jewelry stores deal with, but without the high up-scale pricing. Come in to find the perfect piece of jewelry for your loved one. Mae's has everything from engagement rings to necklaces. We also offer simple repairs such as broken chain to full customize channel set diamond ring.
Fine dining in a Victorian style farmhouse. Full bar. Reservations required. No smoking.
Tracy's Boat House
Waterfront Dining open all year long overlooking Heritage Harbor Marina. Open 11am-9pm daily. Seafood, Pasta, Gourmet Salads, Sandwiches, Full Bar and much more! Only 15 minutes from Starved Rock State Park.
Prime Quarter Steakhouse
Looking for a night out with great food? How about "grilling you own" at the Prime Quarter Steak House. Choose from the finest cuts of USDA Choice beef or try one of our succlulent seafood selections. Enjoy an endless salad bar, baked potato & Texas toast while you enjoy the relaxed, casual atmosphere.
Country Kitchen - Somonauk
Serving Good Home cooking for Breakfast, Lunch and dinner with daily specials.
Houlahan's Tavern & Grill
A fun family atmosphere. Open for lunch everyday. We have a large menu for you to choose from. There is a smoke-free dining area for your enjoyment. Check in often for our Special Events!
O'connell's Yogi Bear Jellystone Park
287 acres of clean camping. Large pull-thru site with 50 amp electric available. Daily activities June-August. Swimming, mini golf, water slide, 5 comfort stations, laundromats, and Yogi Bear.
Starved Rock Harley-Davidson
Motorcycles, clothing and collectibles. Financing of purchases and full service department.
Fairfield Inn - Peru
Courteous and Friendly service, Enjoy our free continental breakfast, free high speed wireless internet. Relax in our heated indoor pool and hot tub.
The Garden Room Grill
Family owned restaurant featuring salads, appetizers, sandwiches, dinners, and our ever popular quiches. Delicious fried chicken and nightly specials topped off with our fabulous homemade desserts. Let us host your banquet, reception, or class reunion!
Ye Olde Underground Inn
With a menu offering American and Italian food, this is a dinner club. Expect the average entrée to cost $8 to $12. The interior is enhanced by a neat memorabilia collection and large plants throughout, accented by warm lighting. It's comfortable and relaxed atmosphere that attracts young upscale professionals. Table talk is no problem here - noise level is unobtrusive. A full selection of alcoholic beverages are served, along with a good selection of wines. In addition, the restaurant has a seated bar inside. Note: Reservations are suggested. Carryout is available. Catering for various events can be arranged (call for details & quotes). Entrances and walkways are wheelchair friendly. Children are welcome. Cash, MasterCard, Visa, American Express and Discover are accepted.
Stop in our cosy little joint for bagel or donut. Our creamed filled donuts are popular with the locals. You can't miss us, we're the purple building!
Coop's Bar & Grill
Come into Coop's and try one of our delicious homemade sandwiches. We have a variety of items on our menu that are sure to please you. While here, grab an ice cold beer and catch your favorite sports team.
Old time pharmacy with soda fountain, penny candy and old-fashioned homemade chocolate for our shakes, malts and sodas.
Garzanelli's Supper Club
Unwind while enjoying a drink and some good conversation with friends at Garzanelli's Supper Club. The Carretto family has been serving the area's best chicken family style (with ravs and spaghetti) for more than 35 years. Menu includes chicken, pasta, pizza, steak and fish. Full bar featuring a variety of martinis, imported beer, mixed drinks, and classic after-dinner drinks including Brandy Alexanders, Pink Squirrels, Grasshoppers, and Golden Cadillacs. Wednesday - Thursday 5:00 P.M. - 9:00 P.M., Friday - Saturday 5:00 P.M. - 10:00 P.M., Sunday Noon - 8:30 P.M.
Marcia's Bed & Breakfast
Marcia's Bed & Breakfast is a unique farm stay that has a round house with a bedroom loft. Enjoy separate locations that include the following amenities; air & heat, kitchenette, wood burning stove. Cash/Check only. No credit cards.
Family owned store specializing in diamonds, remounts, diamond setting, watches, fine jewelry, jewelry repair, watch repair, custom design.
Kirby Henning Pharmacy
Kirby-Henning Pharmacy is a prompt, friendly service offering an expanded selection of unique and fun gifts (such as Klutz activity books, Gamewright games, and eeBoo children's items) as well as cards, candy, gourmet dips and spreads and other assorted gift giving ideas. In addition Kirby's has prescriptions and health care for the whole family.
The Big Apple Family Restaurant
Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. Daily homemade specials, Children's menu and senior citizens specials. Large breakfast menu served all day! Family owned and operated. Just south of I-80.
Trattoria da Francesca
Trattoria da Francesca is located in the quaint town of Waterman. We are known for our pasta, but you will have to try one of our many items including pizza! You will not be left disappointed after your delicious Italian meal here at Trattoria da Francesca.
Mendota Hills Campground
More than a campground, hit a golf ball, take a golf lesson, catch a fish or hayrack ride, swim, dance, hike row/paddle a boat, play basketball, horseshoes, video games and pool or kickback with a campfire. We have 130 acres to do it all.
Franklin Creek State Natural Area
Developed by local volunteers, it offers scenic trails, horseback riding, fishing, and limited hunting. The site contains the historic Franklin Creek Grist Mill and a 180-acre dedicated nature preserve.
CITY: Franklin Grove
Lock 16 Cafe
Perfect for breakfast, lunch and snacks for the entire family. Homemake soups, salads, sandwiches, wraps, panini's, pies, ice cream and gourmet coffee. Great kids menu available! Open 7 days a week. Located 10 minutes from Starved Rock State Park.
Excellent dining in casual elegance. A culinary delight featuring steak, seafood, pasta and unique specials. Hours are Wed. - Sun. 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM.
Our menu features everything you love about country cooking, plus a few items that might just surprise you.
Jobst Monuments & Gifts
Unique Gifts featuring Garden Deco! Visit our fairy garden corner. Open Monday - Friday 10am-5pm, Saturdays 10am-3 and Sundays 12pm-4pm (Seasonally).
LaQuinta Inn- Peru
Indoor pool and spa. Complimentary continental breakfast. Business center and fitness room. Free high speed wireless internet. PPV available along with free HBO. In room safes.
Econo Lodge is equipped with an indoor pool, AARP & VIP discounts, laundry facilities, free high speed internet, Showtime, CNN, ESPN with Cable TV, whirpool suiterooms and a continental breakfast.
Applebee's Bait Shop
Open 7 days, 5:00 AM - 3:00 PM. Junction of Routes 6 and 178, right off of I-80. fishing licenses, guide service available for Illinois River and LaSalle Lake. Live bait and tackle.
Nachusa Grasslands, The Nature Conservancy
Private natural area owned by the Nature Conservancy. Highlights are 1500 acres of prairie, wetlands, and savanna woodlands. Grassland flowers, birds and butterflies to observe.
CITY: Franklin Grove
Franklin Grove Summer Harvest Festival
The 34th Annual Franklin Grove Summer Harvest Festival is a city-wide celebration of the area's heritage with a wide variety of activities and events for all to enjoy. The festival includes a pancake breakfast, village-wide yard sales, tours of the H.I. Lincoln Building, the Franklin Grove Art & Fiber Festival, the Living History Antique Equipment Show and parade plus tours of the Franklin Creek Grist Mill and Nachusa Grasslands. Many of the Summer Harvest Festival activities and events will take place at Chaplin Creek Village which will also host live blue grass and folk music, draft horse and mule jamboree The Chaplin Creek Muzzle Loaders encampment, 19th century prairie village demonstrations and more.
CITY: Franklin Grove
Curious Goods and Antiques
Gift & antique shop featuring seasonal and everyday gifts, we also have a rental & retail costume company. Costumes-makeup-wigs-accessories. Open year round!
Hampton Inn- Ottawa
Interstate I 80 and 90. Indoor pool and whirlpool. Free hot breakfast. free local phone, in room movies and abusiness center.
Tracy's Row House
Contemporary American Bistro cuisine. Hundreds of martinis to choose from. See our website for the latest specials, including the panini of the day.
The Class Room
A teacher's store and more. Educational toys, puzzles, games, children's books and teacher aids. We make learning fun!
Tone's Dog House
Chicago style dogs. Italian beef, polish, hamburgers, Tom-Tom Tamales, appetizers and more. Eat inside or carryout.
One of the oldest restaurants in LaSalle County. Continental gourmet dining featuring steaks, seafood and pasta. Full service bar and lounge. I-80 to exit 90 Rt. 23 2 miles.
Ogee Golf & Country Club
Ogee features a nine-hole course.
CITY: Paw Paw
Bead Buzz Jewelry Designs
Custom work, Sterling Silver, Semi-precious stones. Featuring Swarovski Crystal.
On 40 acres of pine trees, the camp welcomes trailers, RVs and more.
Sports bar and grill sandwiches, appetizers, known for its Berta's Burger.
Food, fun, foo-foo drinks, casual or banquet dining, seven days a week during the season. And a fantastic view!
The Cheese Shop 'n' Deli
Featuring homemade soups, sandwiches, specialty foods and cheeses. Catering available. 35 year old antique collection. Open for lunch & dinner.
Serving the Best Soft Serve Ice Cream treats around. Open 7 days a week from 12:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. Inside and Outside seating. Family Fun...
Fitzgerald's Piano Lounge
Fitzgerald's was established in 2007 with the idea of offering Princeton and the surrounding communities a different atmosphere in which to enjoy good company, the finest drinks, unique entertainment and excellent service. We are committed to uphold these four areas of importance as they apply to the hospitality industry.
Welcome to Four Seasons! We are a family owned business of 49 years specializing in denim for missy, plus and petite sizes. Our favorites include Jag, Bestow, NYDJ, and Vigoss, plus much more.
Hoffman's Patterns of the Past
Hoffman’s Patterns of the Past (located in historic Princeton,Illinois) is home to the “Sea of China,” a unique treasure trove of china and crystal patterns dating back to the 19th century; most of it new “store stock” patterns acquired directly from the manufacturer. Hoffman's has been a Princeton institution since 1944, when the J. A. Murphey family purchased the business, which had existed since the mid 1800s. Patterns of the Past also offers appraisals and has one of the largest gift shops in central Illinois, stocking over 75 of the major collectible lines, including Swarovski, Jim Shore, Fenton, Department 56, and Willow Tree by Demdaco. Store hours are 9 to 5, Monday through Saturday, with special holiday hours. Large or small groups are welcome; for best service, please call or e-mail in advance since the research process can take some time.
Krieger's Clock Shop
Krieger's Clock Shop offers professional repairs on clocks, watches and jewelry. All work done in-house.
Princeton Public Library
Princeton's Library contains an outstanding collection of Bureau County genalogical referencematerial including history books, census and cemetery records, indexed newspaper, city directories, atlases, and family histories. New location and building at 698 East Peru Street.
Shabbona Lake State Park
Shabbona Lake State Park has 1,550 acres of rolling prairie and features a 318.8acre man-made fishing lake. Shabbona Lake State Recreation Area provides a convenient, natural haven from the hustle and bustle of daily life. With facilities for picnicking, camping, hiking, fishing, hunting and winter sports, Shabbona Lake is a convenient and comfortable retreat where you can refresh and reinvigorate yourself in a rare, unspoiled environment.
Canal Port Bar & Grill
Kick back and relax in a casual atmosphere. Best fried chicken in town. We also specialize in steaks and seafood. Families welcome. Carry-outs available. Serving Lunch and Dinner Daily.
Country Cupboard Ice Cream Shoppe
Serving sandwiches, snacks, ice cream and espresso drinks. With an outdoor patio and deck dining.
Skoog's Bar & Grill
Casual dining just minutes from the I&M Canal. Classic American cuisine. Serving specials daily. For great homemade food (virtually nothing on the menu is "out of the box"), it's hard to beat Skoog's.
Hardanger Hus is located in the quaint village of Lee. This shop boasts a wide selection of Norwegian and Swedish gifts, material and thread for needle work, jewelry, books, and other unique finds. Hardanger Hus has been a staple in the community for over 30 years.
Family style chicken, pasta, seafood & steaks. Fine food and dining.
Finnegan's Book Store
A book lover's bookstore, stocked with best sellers, local authors , delightful children's book's, and unique gift items.
CITY: North Utica
Wide variety of homestyle cooking. Breakfast all day, cocktails, kid's menu, handicapped accessible. Plenty of parking.
Holiday Inn Express- Ottawa
Indoor pool and whirlpool, free breakfast buffet bar. in room movies. Whirlpool room available.
JJ'S Pub on Main
JJ's Pub is a sports bar & grill featuring 10 TVs, 16 taps, food, an outdoor patio & easy access to public boat docks on the Illinois River.
ReRuns Resale Shop
Community Hospital of Ottawa Auxiliary store boasts a special selection of quality family clothing, household items, linens, gifts, collectibles, furniture and more.
Stain Glass Inn Bed & Breakfast
Country cape cod style with large porches surrounded by woods and flowers. Stain glass on site.
Madison Street Living Rental
Historic Queen Anne in downtown Ottawa within walking distance of dining, shopping & entertainment. Full Kitchen, washer/dryer, HDTV, Wi-Fi, jetted whirlpool tub. Special requests welcome. No pets/smoking.
Alexander Park Tavern
Reknowned as a longtime staple in the Princeton area, the "Park" is the place to be. Enjoy a drink and conversation at the bar while you wait for your crispy fried chicken or daily special. Finish your meal with a specialty dessert on the patio. Stop by this congenial spot to relax and catch up with friends.
Cake and Bake Shoppe
Handcrafted, homemade cakes and sweets baked to order. Graduation, birthday, wedding and other cakes are our specialty.
Hattie's Arts and Antiques
Three floors and a whole lot more! We carry a diverse mix among the dealers occupying Hatties. You will find linens, glassware, china and quilts. Books along with seasonal and primitive items complete the mix. The coffee and cookies are always there for you. Open 6 Days a week 9 AM to 5 PM and Sunday, Noon to 5PM. Located just south of the railroad depot.
Fox River Resort
Timeshare resort and campground.
Baily House Suite Bed & Breakfast
The Bayley House Suite was built in 1874 but provides the accommodations of a 21st century. This beautiful 850 sq. ft. suite includes a bedroom with queen sized bed, living room with dinning area and peaceful 3-season room.
9th Street Pub
Live entertainment. Serving lunch and dinner daily 10:00 AM to 9:00 PM. Home of the Cheeseburger In Paradise. 10 new burgers and smokehouse items available. Casual dining. Boasting 52 import beers with two major imports on tap. Find us on Facebook or our website: www.9thstpub.com
CITY: La Salle
Tri-City Frock Shop
This upscale boutique features two floors of unique apparel and accessories for her. Create your own style from specialty shop lines like Tribal, Elliott Lauren, Karen Kane, Suzi Chin, Nally & Millie & so much more.
Lock 16 Cafe
Breakfast, lunch, dessert, specialty coffees, pancakes, french toast, homemade soups, sandwiches, wraps, salads, paninis, ice cream and more.
Bee Hive Restaurant
Downtown Ottawa, across from the courthouse. Family owned and operated for 25 years. Home cooking, serving breakfast all day. Groups up to 30 welcome!
Jeremiah Joe's Coffee
We offer the finest in espresso based drinks and fresh roasted coffee, pastries and biscotti. We also have fresh roasted beans for your own kitchen!
AmericInn of Princeton
Relax, renew and recharge at the AmericInn of Princeton Illinois, conveniently located at the intersection of Interstate 80 (exit 56) and Route 26. Our comfortable guest rooms are equipped with wireless high-speed Internet access and 32" flat LCD, HD satellite televisions. All guest rooms are equipped with a refrigerator and microwave. Also available are seven luxurious whirlpool suites, all decorated in different themes, including four with fireplaces
Goodscents offers designer inspired recreations of your favorite scents. Every perfume, cologne, and bath and pody Product at Good Scents Limited is blended by hand using all natural oils. Your products are custom made at the time of your order, so you can be sure they are of the highest quality.
Unique floral designs, exquisite silk florals enhance all decors and lifestyles. Accent lamps, framed prints, decorative home accessories all beautifully displayed.
Cajun cook creating authentic Louisiana dishes: alligator, gumbo, etouffe, etc. Experience the taste of roasted pecan pie! Thursday - Saturday 4:00 PM - 9:00 PM & Sunday 12:00 PM - 6:00 PM. Call for summer hours.