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The Vermilion River in Oglesby, Illinois, is a water paradise for fisherman and adventure seekers alike, with Class 3 out of 6 rapids. You’ll go from lazy streams to feeling like you’re on a roller coaster ride. This is certainly the most well known and likely the largest watershed in Illinois, and at 7.7 miles, the longest whitewater stretch in the state.
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
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.
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.
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.
River Bluff-Effigy Tumuli Trails
River Bluff-Effigy Tumuli Trails in Buffalo Rock State Park offers a unique hiking experience high above the Illinois River and around the massive earthen sculptures of the Effigy Tumuli. Clocking in at 3-miles this easy to moderate hike will be a sight you’ll want to see. The River Bluff Trail is a great way to experience the Buffalo Rock landscape. Buffalo Rock sits like a sandstone island above the surrounding land and Illinois River. The park features oak and hickory woodlands and an expanse of restored grassland where the Effigy Tumuli rise.
Lehigh Memorial Park
Lehigh Memorial Park located in Oglesby has an advanced singletrack dirt trail two miles in length. However, what it lacks in duration, it makes up for in the intense network of trails that splinter off from it, offering very fast, large natural drops and jumps.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Super 8 Motel - Ottawa
Award winning, Pride of Super 8. 100% Non-Smoking, no pets allowed, super start breakfast, 2-room and apartment whirlpool suites, microwave/fridge in all rooms.
Anna Maria's Pizza
Homemade pizza, pasta dishes, and hot and cold sandwiches. We deliver! All day, everyday! Plus we cater!
Family owned store specializing in diamonds, remounts, diamond setting, watches, fine jewelry, jewelry repair, watch repair, custom design.
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.
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.
Vermillion River Rafting
This outfitter in Oglesby offers river rafting excursions on the Class 3 rapids of this popular stretch of the Vermillion River. With 14 sets of rapids on this 9 1Ž2 mile trip, Vermillion River Rafting will supply you with whatever your party needs: from rafts, paddles, life vests even rafting instructions. Reservations are recommended, especially on weekends and for parties of 5 or more.
Krieger's Clock Shop
Krieger's Clock Shop offers professional repairs on clocks, watches and jewelry. All work done in-house.
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.
Marcia's Bed & Breakfast
Three separate self-sustaining buildings, The Round House, The Cottage and The Pine Room. All units feature air conditioning, a wood burning stove, kitchenette, private bath and dish television
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.
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.
Bead Buzz Jewelry Designs
Custom work, Sterling Silver, Semi-precious stones. Featuring Swarovski Crystal.
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.
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.
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).
Polished casual atmosphere since 1985. Large full service bar. Appetizers, sandwiches, pasta, fresh fish, steak, chicken. Outdoor dining, banquet & meeting facilities. One block from I & M Canal Boat. AAA approved.
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.
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.
Cake and Bake Shoppe
Handcrafted, homemade cakes and sweets baked to order. Graduation, birthday, wedding and other cakes are our specialty.
Fine dining in a Victorian style farmhouse. Full bar. Reservations required. No smoking.
Premier bridal salon in the Tri-county area. Full service from brides to flower girls.
Our menu features everything you love about country cooking, plus a few items that might just surprise you.
The Class Room
A teacher's store and more. Educational toys, puzzles, games, children's books and teacher aids. We make learning fun!
Austin Parker Naturals & Jaya Juice Bar
You will find hand picked, tried and true quality items that you can trust and rely on to assist you in natural lifestyles. Our guidelines for product selection include being vegan, gluten free, undesirable additive free, and as organic as possible.
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.
Menswear -- suits from Hart, Schaffner and Marx, Austin Reed, Palm Beach, Sportswear from Ralph Lauren Polo.
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!
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!
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.
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...
Tone's Dog House
Chicago style dogs. Italian beef, polish, hamburgers, Tom-Tom Tamales, appetizers and more. Eat inside or carryout.
To Be Continued Consignment Boutique
Budget conscious and savvy shoppers will love this shop! Gently worn clothing, accessories, and some home goods are smartly displayed for your perusal.
Starved Rock Marketplace
The Starved Rock Marketplace is home to Cattails Gift Shop, The Starved Rock Inn (a seasonal, roadside Inn) and Chillin' On 6 (artisan ice cream and gelato). You'll find unique gifts, gourmet food, candles, floral arrangements, jewelry, home decor, garden accessories, signature Starved Rock Wines and more.
CITY: North Utica
Sports bar and grill sandwiches, appetizers, known for its Berta's Burger.
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.
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.
Econo Lodge - Princeton
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.
Starved Rock Harley-Davidson
Motorcycles, clothing and collectibles. Financing of purchases and full service department.
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.
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
Union Depot Railroad Museum
Model railroad, locomotive display, railroad memorabilia.
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.
Monte's Riverside Inn
"For the finest steaks, seafood, and pasta in LaSalle County."
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.
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.
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.
Country at Heart Antiques and Collectibles.
Country and primitive furniture, Victorian, oak and walnut furniture. Linens, vintage clothing, jewelry, pottery and porcelain.
Holiday Inn Express- Ottawa
Indoor pool and whirlpool, free breakfast buffet bar. in room movies. Whirlpool room available.
Full of color gift store with amazing variety of handmade clothing, specialty food items, colorful embellishments and jewelry, run by two of the most wonderful women you could meet. This shop is simply perfect!
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.
Family style chicken, pasta, seafood & steaks. Fine food and dining.
Food, fun, foo-foo drinks, casual or banquet dining, seven days a week during the season. And a fantastic view!
Mann Made -- My Blankie
Home of My Blankie, invites you to "experience Ottawa" & experience the world of sewing excellence!! A family business since 1957.
Vitale's Pizza Cellar
If you love pizza, this is the place to go! Homemade, piping hot, thin or thick, we make 'em just the way you like them. If pizza's not your thing, try an Italian beef on our homemade bread, or choose from one of our other mouthwatering sandwiches or pasta dishes. We've been in business for over 50 years, so we know how to make it right...your way! Delivery available.
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.
Hampton Inn- Ottawa
Interstate I 80 and 90. Indoor pool and whirlpool. Free hot breakfast. free local phone, in room movies and abusiness center.
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.
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!
Keegan's Super Club
Steaks, seafood, ribs and more. Dine-in or carry-out.
Clothing for all women -- casual, business and special occasions. Sizes 4 - 24 and petites.
Maple Manor Bed and Breakfast
Relax in a beautiful 1875 home and enjoy the comforts and quiet away from it all. Four lovely guest rooms along with fresh country breakfast.
Come visit our "grill your own" steakhouse. 100% certified Angus Beef. Outdoor dining patio. Charcoal grill indoors and patio area. Reservations recommended for parties of 6 or more. Skoogs Steakhouse - "Where To Grill It!" Wednesday through Saturday 4 pm to 10 pm; Sunday 4 to 9 pm.
CITY: La Salle
Lock 16 Cafe
Breakfast, lunch, dessert, gourmet coffees, homemade soups, sandwiches, wraps, salads, paninis (vegetarian options), ice cream and more. Free Wi-Fi. Private meeting room/facility/canal boat rentals.
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.
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.
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
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.
Western Factory Outlet
Western clothing, boots, suits, shirts, jeans, hats, belts, buckles and jewelry for men, women and children.
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.
Full-service marina. New and used boat sales, transient slips, fuel, restaurant. Open year-round.
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.
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.
Monari's 101 Inc.
Full-service casual dining. Restaurant serving 7 days a week.
Black Sock Training Stable
A variety of equestrian services for beginning to advanced riders. Personalized professional instruction and scheduled trail rides.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Country Cupboard Ice Cream Shoppe
Serving sandwiches, snacks, ice cream and espresso drinks. With an outdoor patio and deck dining.
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
Putnam County Historical Society
Tours of the recently restored, redecorated 1844 Pulsifer House. Genealogical historical research facilities. Open Wed & Fri from 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM. Agricultural Museum open by appointment.
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.
Mr. Salsa's Restaurant
Authentic Mexican food, margaritas and full bar. Lunch buffet Tuesday through Friday with a full menu at dinner.