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Livingston County 4-H Park is located 1.7 miles from downtown Pontiac. Nightly, weekly, and monthly rates are available. Sites for RVs include water, and either a 50amp or 30amp electrical service. There is a dump station on site. Bathrooms and grills are available. Unlimited tent sites. Pets allowed, but must be leashed at all times.
4-H Park Campground
Unlimited tent sites -- lots of shade trees. Closed one week during July for the Livingston County Fair.
5th Annual Ottawa's Ice Odyssey and Holiday Bazaar
Make this spectacular Ottawa festival a new holiday tradition for you and yours! Experience the amazing art of ice sculpting as you stroll the downtown streets with your family! Watch first hand, as artists carve ordinary blocks of ice into whimsical holiday visions! Enjoy 9-holes of Miniature golf, visit with the Christmas Characters and horse-drawn carriage rides. Also, be sure to stop by our Holiday Bazaar and browse the Holiday Farmers Market. Visit the website for more information free. 8:00am - 4:00pm
9th Street Pub
Over 35 years in business, serving lunch and dinner daily from 10:00 AM to 9:00 PM. Live entertainment & live video games. 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
Italian food with friendly, fun service and an local, comfortable atmosphere. Starting with the roasted garlic served with fresh bread, followed by homemade dressings for the salads, great pastas and a huge portion of fish.
Ambler’s Texaco Station in Dwight
This circa 1940s Texaco station was once a thriving service station but now serves as a Route 66 welcome center. The station is listed on the National Register of Historice Places and has been awarded fundng through the Route 66 Corridor Preservation Program to be restored to look like it did in the 1940s.
Spectacular Italian cuisine surrounded with the magical feeling of Italy. Enjoy our Cafe lunch, relax in our cocktail lounge or have dinner under the stars.
Family style chicken, pasta, seafood & steaks. Fine food and dining.
Apple Tree Acres Alpacas
Fabulous apparel, softest yarns and roving. Meet and buy our Alpacas. Call for hours.
Apple Tree Restaurant
Serving breakfast and lunch, Apple Tree offers a full menu of "down-home" cooking in a quaint and cozy atmosphere. Famous for their homemade pies.
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.
August Hill Winery
Visit the August Hill Winery & Illinois Sparkling Co. tasting room and experience locally-made handcrafted wines. Wine tastings and flights, wine gifts & accessories, gallery of local art, outdoor patio, private events. Open Monday - Thursday, 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM, Friday - Saturday, 10:00 AM - 8:00 PM & Sun 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM.
Ayers Landing Canoe Rental
Canoe trips on lower Fox River.
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.
Bald Eagle Trolley Tours
In January and February ride the trolley from Starved Rock Lodge to the Illinois Waterway Visitor Center for bald eagle viewing and an educational program. Includes lunch during the week and brunch on Sunday in the Main Dining Room.
Bayley House Suite Bed and 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.
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!
Menswear -- suits from Hart, Schaffner and Marx, Austin Reed, Palm Beach, Sportswear from Ralph Lauren Polo.
Belle of the Rock
The Belle of the Rock paddle boat tours are located at historic Starved Rock state park in Utica, Illinois (just 80 miles west of Chicago). In addition to the river tours, we provide canoes and kayaks. Call us today at 815-434-9200 to make your reservation.
One of the best Italian restaurants in Central Illinois. Famous for pasta, but also serves delicious fried chicken.
Sports bar and grill sandwiches, appetizers, known for its Berta's Burger.
Best Western Pontiac Inn
Offering 58 rooms with indoor pool and hot tub. Suites with hot tub available. Amenities include deluxe continental breakfast, coach tour services, and nearby attractions. Handicap rooms, pet friendly.
Bill's Antiques and Upholstering
A large selection of antique Victorian and oak furniture. A large selection of old lunch boxes and wooden telephones.
Black Sock Training Stable
A variety of equestrian services for beginning to advanced riders. Personalized professional instruction and scheduled trail rides.
Handcrafted Soap, tea, chocolate and gourmet treats, fair trade clothing & goods, yarns, knitting & crochet supplies, fairy gardens, miniature plants, garden accents, home decor, lighting and more! Classes offered too!
Boggio's Orchard and Produce
Bakery opens at 6:00am and Market opens at 9:00 to 5:00pm, Monday- Saturday, and Sunday 6:00 to 4:00 pm. May is spring bedding plants, summer is fresh picked vegetables and fruits. After Labor Day, on weekends, pumpkins, pedal cars, pony and wagon rides, corn maze, animal barn, jumping pillow, food stands and the last weekend in Sept. a Craft Show with live music and over 100 crafters.
Full service independently owned bookstore. Hardcover, paperbacks, magazines, cards, toys, games and local art. Knowledgeable, friendly staff. Open Monday through Saturday, 10:00am - 6:30pm.
Premier bridal salon in the Tri-county area. Full service from brides to flower girls.
Fine dining in a Victorian style farmhouse. Full bar. Reservations required. No smoking.
Country inn, luxurious rooms with Jacuzzis/fireplaces. Near state parks. Stress free quiet, romantic. Packages. Complimentary hot breakfast with room.
Budget Inn & Suites - Streator
Indoor heated pool, continental breakfast, hot tub suite, family suites with 3 queen beds. Children under 12 stay free. Free local calls. High Speed Internet.
Buffalo Rock State Park
On the bluffs of the Illinois River, this small but charming park is home to an enormous outdoor sculpture. Mounds representing five earthen sculptures molded from Illinois clay, known as Effigy Tumuli, invite visitors to walk around and explore. All five subjects, including a snake, turtle, catfish, frog and insect are native to the Illinois River area. This State Park offers the ideal terrain for the beginner hiker.
C & M Canoe Rental
Visit our friendly pub, canoe scenic Fox River.
The menu offers a wide variety of salads, sandwiches, paninis, Neapolitan pizzas and pasta. Entrees include baby back ribs, Marsala boneless pork chops, potato crusted Icelandic cod, filet mignon and New York strip steak. Homemade soup is also served each day. Be sure to save room for our fresh made gelatos.
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.
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.
Canoe the Vermilion
This outfitter in the Illinois Valley offers canoe equipment, instruction, and transportation to help you fully enjoy this scenic stretch of the Vermilion River. Venture out on your own, or choose from excursions that include everything from picnics along the river to overnight camping trips.
Food, fun, foo-foo drinks, casual or banquet dining, seven days a week during the season. And a fantastic view!
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.
Casino Bingo is the best charity bingo in the area. Thousands of dollars in prizes are awarded each night. You'll find great food, big progressives and electronic gaming equipment.
Catherine V. Yost Museum and Art Center
The Yost house was built in 1898 by Z.F. Yost. The museum portrays the life of an upper-middle class family during the late 1800s and early 1900s.
Cattails Gift Shop
Unique gifts including antiques, carvings, prints, candles, clothing, florals, jewelry, garden supplies and a year-round Christmas Room. Wine tastings.
Cedar Creek Ranch
Horseback Riding stables including public trail rides, boarding, birthday parties and holiday rides!! And more.
CITY: Cedar Point
Clark St. Studio & Village Pottery
Wheel-thrown pottery by resident potter.
Clark's Run Antiques
Lets Go Antiquing! Come and visit Utica's newest and largest antique store. Located one block west of historic downtown. Also located inside is a premier art gallery featuring local artists and a unique gift station.
Country at Heart Antiques and Collectibles.
Country and primitive furniture, Victorian, oak and walnut furniture. Linens, vintage clothing, jewelry, pottery and porcelain.
Country Cupboard Ice Cream Shoppe
Serving sandwiches, snacks, ice cream and espresso drinks. With an outdoor patio and deck dining.
Country Village Studio
Portrait studio and gallery conveniently located in downtown Utica. Providing photographic services to the area, including a gallery of local artists. Open Monday-Saturday.
CITY: North Utica
Our menu features everything you love about country cooking, plus a few items that might just surprise you.
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!
Dargan Park Sculptures- "Seasons of Life"
25 feet tall, magnificent iron statues depicting the stages of man's life.
Dargon Park Sculptures
"Seasons of Life," created by sculptor and artist Barry Tinsley, stands 25 feet tall and is made up of three sculptures that symbolize the human "seasons" of growth during our lives.
Days Inn Oglesby/Starved Rock
100% smoke-free, award-winning property. Conveniently located off I-39 at exit #54, 5 miles from state parks. Heated indoor pool, Daybreak breakfast, hot waffles, free WiFi internet, pet-friendly and very clean rooms!
Enter and enjoy a 3,500 sq ft. building full of unique gifts, florals, and home décor.
Delaney's Family Restaurant
Full Service Restaurant. Open 6:00 AM - 10:00 PM. 5 miles from Starved Rock. Sunday brunch 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM. Buffet served daily. Breakfast always. Winner of News Tribune Readers Choice Award. Catering services available.
Delong's Casual Dining & Spirits
Excellent food in a charming setting. Full menu, frozen custard, and alfresco dining available.
Duffy's Tavern is the best Irish style pub for a great full service bar and delicious Irish foods. We specialize in providing the best selection of import and domestic beer, liquor, and wine, as well as the best tasting steaks, seafood, and more! Our old fashioned restaurant has a friendly, neighborhood atmosphere and the old time Irish antiques and music give you the feeling of being in Ireland!
Dwight Country Club
This 18-hole, par 71 course features mature greens.
Eagle Watch Weekend
Come see the most magnificent Eagle watch event out there, Hosted by the Illinois Auduborn Society. Starved Rock Lodge will have free lectures and exhibits on “Birds of Prey”. The real shows are the eagle’s, which can be viewed comfortably from the Veranda, so bring your binoculars! There will also be raptor awareness presentations by the World Bird Sanctuary. Seating is limited so come early and be ready to amazed. Eagle watching and programs will also be held at the Illinois Waterway Visitors Center.
Eagle Watching at Starved Rock State Park
You don’t have to travel north to see these majestic birds of prey. Thousands of eagles migrate south from Canada during the winter and Illinois is one of the homes of the greatest population of wintering bald eagles. The Starved Rock Lodge in Utica offers a “Bald Eagle Trolley Tour” in January and February on Mondays, Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays. Viewing birds from the Veranda at the Starved Rock Lodge is good as well. Dress warmly though. This great viewing spot is right outside the doors of the Great Room. If you’d like some exercise, take a hike on one of the trails at the Starved Rock State Park. One trail begins right at the Veranda. For a birds eye view, hike to the top of the Rock. Another popular event is "Eagle Watch Weekend" with activites both at the Starved Rock Lodge and the Illinois Waterway Visitors Center.
Elliot's Corner Junction
Hot and cold sandwiches, fried chicken. Home of the famous "Bite-Me" burger.
Ellis Ace Hardware, Rental & RadioShack
Founded in 1872, Ellis Hardware is Illinois' Oldest Family Owned Hardware Store. Ellis Ace Hardware, Rental and RadioShack received the Illinois Historical Society"s Centennial Award in the fall of 2009. At Ellis' you're a neighbor, not just a number. We have over 30 departments with brands you love like Stihl, Toro, Craftsman, Weber and so much more! M-F 8:00am - 8:00pm, Saturday 8:00am - 5:00pm, Sunday 9:00am- 4:00pm. Follow us on Facebook at facebook.com/ellisace & twitter at twitter.com/ellisace & Instagram #ellishardware.
Engle Lane Theatre
An astonishingly well-equipped theater in its 42nd season. Plays and musicals running May-August.
Fairfield Inn - Peru
Known for courteous and friendly service, enjoy our free continental breakfast, free high speed wireless internet or relax in our heated indoor pool and hot tub.
Clothing for all women -- casual, business and special occasions. Sizes 4 - 24 and petites.
Located on historic Route 66 in Pontiac, this 48 room motel offers free Wi-Fi and cable with HBO. Launderette facilities are available on site at this affordable motel.
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
First National Bank of Dwight
Famed architecht Frank Lloyd Wright designed and engineered this bank in 1905, and it is the only one of his three designed banks still standing.
Fox River Bed And Breakfast
Fox River Bed and Breakfast is a historic Victorian farm house located 90 miles West of Chicago, and eight miles North of Ottawa, Illinois in the country on 17 lovely acres. We are surrounded by more things to do than you could ever imagine. The area is rich in history and the food is hot and delicious!
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.
Gramma's Attic Antique Mall
3 floors - 7,500 square feet of antiques, gifts, linens, crafts, glassware, collectibles, furniture, cast iron skillets, farm toy collectibles, books, dolls and pottery. Come shop where the coffee is always on and cookies served.
Grand Village of the Illinois
In 1673, this was the site of the first Native American contact with Europeans when Father Jacques Marquette and Louis Jolliet passed up the Illinois River. Located in the middle of the site is the 1851 Sulphur Springs Hotel, a resort for travelers and visitors.
Grizzly Jack's Grand Bear Resort and Enchanted Forest
60 acres of Northwoods themed accommodations near Starved Rock. Lodge rooms, villas & cabin, indoor water and amusement parks, dining, banquet & conference center.
Hampton Inn- Ottawa
Interstate I 80 and 90. Indoor pool and whirlpool. Free hot breakfast. free local phone, in room movies and abusiness center.
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.
Hank's Farm Restaurant
Hank's Farm offers casual Italian-American dining in a warm and rustic atmosphere. Enjoy outdoor views and animals from our converted dairy barn in a country setting. Also, visit Curious Goods and shop our collection of gifts, Antiques and Costume Company. Open Monday - Saturday at 4:00 P.M. Sunday Brunch 11:00 A.M. - 2:00 P.M. & Dinner from 3:30 P.M.
Hegeler Carus Mansion
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, this 57-room, Victorian-era mansion features century-old chandeliers, ornate woodwork and other fine details. It was built in 1876 by Edward C. Hegeler and the mansion was designed by Chicago architect William W. Boyington.
Heritage Harbor - Ottawa
Heritage Harbor Ottawa is a premier Marina Resort Community located on the banks of the Illinois River. Visit our water front restaurant or rent a cottage.
Heritage Harbor Resort & Marina
Heritage Harbor Ottawa is the premier Marina Resort Community. Located in the heart of Starved Rock Country, Heritage Harbor Ottawa is home port for your next great adventure!
Easy-access, casual dinning offering a wide variety of foods, along with a selection of appetizers, salads, sides and desserts in a relaxing and casual atmosphere. Cocktails available. Open 7 days a week, 6am - 9pm.
Hickory Hollow Campgrounds
Wi-Fi available at no charge. Meeting/banquet space available. 37acres with 89 water, sewer & electric sites and 45 tent sites, plus cabins. Store, laundry, showers, and swimming pool. Near Starved Rock.
Historic Swinging Bridges
Three bridges which cross the Vermillion River. Built as early as 1898 and one of the most popular attractions in Pontiac. Bridge 1 connects Riverview Drive and Play Park. It was built in July 1898 by Joliet Bridge Company with an iron structure, 190 feet long and 4 feet wide and supported by cables swung from masonry piers. The current bridge is a wooden structure. Bridge 2 connects the Play Park and Chautauqua Park - Eden M. Johnson Memorial circa 1926. Bridge 3 connects the south side and Riverside-Humiston Park. It was built in connection with the adjoining park, circa 1978: Illinois Contractors, Inc.
Historical Society Museum/Alton Railroad Depot
The restored railroad depot, designed by Henry Ives Cobb, is now the home of the Dwight Historical Society and is still an operating Amtrak train station.
Holiday Inn Express- Oglesby
Indoor pool and whirlpool, free breakfast buffet bar, in room movies. Whirlpool rooms available.
Holiday Inn Express- Ottawa
Indoor pool and whirlpool, free breakfast buffet bar. in room movies. Whirlpool room available.
Humiston Woods and Nature Center
A 335-acre wooded tract with 7 trails, 2 pavilions, 4 picnic areas, a fishing pond, a canoe dock, and includes 3 handicapped-accessible areas.
Illini State Park
Illini State Park is the type of park you think of when you think of big picnics and family gatherings. With its rustic Civilian Conservation Corps buildings and riverside picnic areas, Illini State Park offers beautiful views and a sense of history not found in many other parks. Named for the native Americans who once inhabited the area, Illini State Park is located south of the Illinois River between Marseilles and U.S. Route 6. The northern edge of the 510-acre park is bordered by the Great Falls of the Illinois River. In just 2 miles, the river drops 3 feet, creating beautiful, roaring rapids.
Illinois & Michigan Canal State Trail at LaSalle
Explore the fabled canal route that connects Lake Michigan to the Mississippi River by way of the Illinois River. Once used by Native Americans and early explorers, today the trail meanders through four state parks with landscapes ranging from towering bluffs to rolling hills. Modern-day explorers can enjoy hiking, boating and even snowmobiling.
The Illinois River slices a 273-mile long path through the state—its waters lapping along the shores of many cities, including; La Salle, Peru, Peoria and Ottawa to name just a few. It’s in Ottawa where the Illinois River meets Buffalo Rock. Buffalo Rock sits like a sandstone island above the surrounding land and the Illinois River, and offers sweeping views of this famed waterway. On your journey down the river, your eyes will never tire from all the wildlife that call the river home. From Black-crowed heron, river otters, Western ribbon snakes even bald eagles. In some spots you’ll traverse tight canyons with tall rock formations on either side, and in other areas you’ll share the river with barges and commercial boats. Whether you’re kayaking or canoeing, you’ll experience the shear power of the winding river that was carved by glacial melt water in all its seasonal colors, with its various incarnations of forests, wetlands, bluffs and prairies to enjoy.
Illinois River at Buffalo Rock State Park
The Illinois River slices a 273-mile long path through the state—its waters lapping along the shores of many cities, including LaSalle, Peru, Peoria and Ottawa to name just a few. It’s in Ottawa where the Illinois River meets Buffalo Rock. Buffalo Rock sits like a sandstone island above the surrounding land and the Illinois River, and offers sweeping views of this famed waterway. Whether you’re kayaking or canoeing, you’ll experience the shear power of the winding river that was carved by glacial melt water in all its seasonal colors, with its various incarnations of forests, wetlands, bluffs and prairies to enjoy.
Illinois River at Starved Rock State Park
The Illinois River slices a 273-mile long path through the state—but it’s in Utica where the Illinois River meets Starved Rock State Park. With 18 canyons, and sandstone bluffs for four miles, Starved Rock State Park is one of Illinois’ treasured nature habitats. On your journey down the river, your eyes will never tire from all the wildlife that call the river home. From Black-crowed heron, river otters, Western ribbon snakes, even bald eagles. Whether you’re kayaking or canoeing, you’ll experience the shear power of the winding river that was carved by glacial melt water in all its seasonal colors, with its various incarnations of forests, wetlands, bluffs and prairies to enjoy.
Illinois River Winery
Come tour the winery, visit the tasting room and outdoor wine garden, featuring award-winning wines made in the Illinois River Valley. Open everyday!
Illinois Route 66 Hall of Fame and Museum
See the finest memorabilia associated with the history of the Mother Road in Illinois. Among the artifacts, you’ll find the bus and van of Route 66 icon, Bob Waldmire—a true legend of the Mother Road. During your visit, you’ll likely spot Bob’s brother, Buz Waldmire, sharing stories of his late brother’s famous travels up and down Route 66. Be sure to step around back for a great photo op in front of the World's Largest Route 66 shield and other great murals. Admission is free.
Illinois Waterway Visitor Center
View Starved Rock Lock & Dam. Enjoy interacting with towboat Pilot House. Learn Illinois River's unique history and watch wildlife (bald eagles in winter).
International Walldog Mural and Sign Art Museum
Free admission to a museum featuring the history of outdoor sign and mural art. Videos, drawings, and artifacts tell the story of advertising art. Art work for sale. The International Walldog Mural & Sign Art Museum is dedicated to the preservation and appreciation of the outdoor wall advertising signs painted in the days before electronic mass media. The painters who created those early signs called themselves "Walldogs." The displays which are found at the museum tell the history of the early sign painters who created their art on the sides of brick buildings, barns, and other structures. Examples of those early signs can still be seen throughout the Midwest and, though faded, peeling, and sometimes barely readable, these "ghost signs" remain an important part of our collective cultural and commercial history.