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Ottawa 2Rivers Wine and Jazz Fest
It’s one of Illinois’ biggest and best, featuring wines from over 20 wineries from across the state. Enjoy the best of Illinois wine while listening to outstanding jazz. And this year once again fresh grilled lobster will be available. Charge for Wine tasting and lobster but music is free! Located along the Illinois River at the corner of Route 23 and Main Street.
Buzz the Gut Cruise Night & Car Show
"Let's Buzz the Gut"- A common term used by the youth of many generations for cruising the downtown and outlying areas of Dwight. Enjoy classic cars on display, food vendors, displays, music. Car awards at 8pm. Over 100 cars entered.
Dwight Farmers Market & Junk in the Trunk
On Saturdays, locals set up to sell fruits, vegetables, plants, homemade bakery items, crafts and so much more. One Saturday a month there is also a "Junk in the Trunk" where locals bring garage sales downtown and sell out of the trunks of their cars.
Pioneer Gothic Church
Built in 1857, this church is a fine example of Carpenter Gothic Architecture. Pointed arched windows and doors as well as board and batten frame construction characterize this style. King Edward VII worshipped at the church in 1860, while on a hunting expedition in the area. The church was named as one of the “150 Architectural Treasures” in the State of Illinois by the Association of Illinois Architects in 2007, and is listed on the National Historic Register.
Livingston County Ag Fair
Since 1930 this volunteer-run agricultural fair has provided fun family entertainment. Activities include a chainsaw carving auction, cake auction for Ag scholarships, the Broken Horn Rodeo, and the Ramer Demo Derby. Also included are livestock shows, agricultural exhibits, horse show, kiddie tractor pull and Ag Olympics.
Kentucky Derby Tea
Put on your hats and join us for a Pre-Derby tea party! The afternoon tea includes an assortment of delicious tea sandwiches, scones with Devonshire cream & jam, homemade desserts, a variety of Republic of Tea teas, and more! Reservations required.
Red Carpet Corridor Festival- Dwight
Enjoy the Dog Gone Good BBQ competition, Texaco Station Welcome Center, Barn Quilt self tours (maps available), Route 66 wayside exhibits, historic sites, Tour Dogs on parade, historical museum, Junk in the Trunk, and all town garage sales.
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.
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.
Premier bridal salon in the Tri-county area. Full service from brides to flower girls.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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!
Country at Heart Antiques and Collectibles.
Country and primitive furniture, Victorian, oak and walnut furniture. Linens, vintage clothing, jewelry, pottery and porcelain.
Our menu features everything you love about country cooking, plus a few items that might just surprise you.
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!
Starved Rock Harley-Davidson
Motorcycles, clothing and collectibles. Financing of purchases and full service department.
Menswear -- suits from Hart, Schaffner and Marx, Austin Reed, Palm Beach, Sportswear from Ralph Lauren Polo.
The Cheese Shop 'n' Deli
Featuring homemade soups, sandwiches, specialty foods and cheeses. Catering available. 35 year old antique collection. Open for lunch & dinner.
Tone's Dog House
Chicago style dogs. Italian beef, polish, hamburgers, Tom-Tom Tamales, appetizers and more. Eat inside or carryout.
Clothing for all women -- casual, business and special occasions. Sizes 4 - 24 and petites.
Monte's Riverside Inn
"For the finest steaks, seafood, and pasta in LaSalle County."
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.
Sports bar and grill sandwiches, appetizers, known for its Berta's Burger.
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!
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...
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.
Fine dining in a Victorian style farmhouse. Full bar. Reservations required. No smoking.
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.
Mann Made -- My Blankie
Home of My Blankie, invites you to "experience Ottawa" & experience the world of sewing excellence!! A family business since 1957.
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
Whispering Pines of Dwight
Bed and breakfast with a beautiful, quiet country setting on a heavily wooded three acre lot. Breakfasts include international recipes. Charger ports for electric cars.
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
Joe's Stationhouse Pizzeria
Pizzas, pasta, and more. Family owned and operated for over 40 years.
Family style chicken, pasta, seafood & steaks. Fine food and dining.
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!
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.
Super 8 Motel - Pontiac
48 rooms, including ones with microwaves and refrigerators. Truck parking available. Restaurants nearby. Handicap rooms, pet friendly.
Quality Inn - Pontiac
Located in the Route 66 town of Pontiac. Offering 54 rooms, some rooms with jacuzzi available. Amenities include exercise room, coach tour services, guest laundry and handicap accessible.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
Traditional and specialty pizzas, pasta and salads. Try their famous "Family Pleaser" combination.
Although their reputation rest on their excellent pizza, Mario's offers a broad selection of other fine dishes.
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
Guardian Angel Bassett Bash & Waddle
Join in for two days of fun, friends and fundraising to help our favorite four-legged friends. This event, held at the Guardian Angel Basset Rescue Park in Dwight, will raise money for the Guardian Angel Basset Rescue to help Basset Hounds in need of a home. The 'Largest Basset gathering in the World' includes a picnic, 'bassetball' and waddle. A weekend filled with Bassett’s, games, contests, entertainment & the huge finale of the Bassett Waddle with hundreds of Bassett’s leading off the Harvest Day’s Parade.
Pit Stop Family Cafe
A family style restaurant with an automotive theme. Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Elliot's Corner Junction
Hot and cold sandwiches, fried chicken. Home of the famous "Bite-Me" burger.
Keegan's Super Club
Steaks, seafood, ribs and more. Dine-in or carry-out.
Hampton Inn- Ottawa
Interstate I 80 and 90. Indoor pool and whirlpool. Free hot breakfast. free local phone, in room movies and abusiness center.
Western Factory Outlet
Western clothing, boots, suits, shirts, jeans, hats, belts, buckles and jewelry for men, women and children.
Super 8 Motel - Dwight
2 story motel, 30 rooms, some truck parking. Pet friendly.
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.
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
Wolf Creek Golf Club - Pontiac
The 18-hole course features 6,637 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 72. The course rating is 69.1 and it has a slope rating of 117. Wolf Creek golf course opened in 1972.
New China Inn Buffet
Classic Asian cooking, available for take-out or dine-in.
Delong's Casual Dining & Spirits
Excellent food in a charming setting. Full menu, frozen custard, and alfresco dining available.
Bill's Antiques and Upholstering
A large selection of antique Victorian and oak furniture. A large selection of old lunch boxes and wooden telephones.
Pizzas by Marchelloni
Pizza, fried chicken, daily specials, pizza buffet.
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.
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.
Dwight Harvest Days
Downtown Dwight is the place to be for crafts, flea markets, carnival and kids games, downtown stage full of entertainment, car show, 5K run, parade and band competition are highlights of the weekend, attracting over 10,000 people each year! Sunday's parade is led by hundreds of basset hounds and their owners from around the world.
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.
Pontiac Family Kitchen
Full service menu and comfortable surroundings. Banquet room available for special events.
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.
Monari's 101 Inc.
Full-service casual dining. Restaurant serving 7 days a week.
Starved Rock Country Marathon
Inaugural marathon and half marathon in central Illinois. Be one of the first people to run through and around Starved Rock Country. The course will encompass the scenery of the Illinois River and the rolling landscapes in and around Starved Rock State Park. Runners will experience a course that is not a flat fast course as other courses advertise, the course has characteristics that will inspire you with scenic beauty and experience the highs and lows of the hills created by the Illinois River thousands of years ago. Presented by Heritage Corridor Convention and Visitors Bureau and Starved Rock Country.
Full-service marina. New and used boat sales, transient slips, fuel, restaurant. Open year-round.
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.
Classic American and Chinese foods.
Left Field Grille
Home of Livingston County's Best Hamburger. Family friendly and free delivery.
Country Cupboard Ice Cream Shoppe
Serving sandwiches, snacks, ice cream and espresso drinks. With an outdoor patio and deck dining.
The Country Mansion Restaurant
The original structure was built as a boarding house in 1891. It was purchased and moved to its present site in 1895. In 1977, the home was purchased by the Ohlendorfs, remodeled and opened as The Country Mansion. Eight or more need reservations.
Mr. Salsa's Restaurant
Authentic Mexican food, margaritas and full bar. Lunch buffet Tuesday through Friday with a full menu at dinner.
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.
Prairie Creek Library
The library was originally built in 1896 as a carriage house, and later transformed into a treatment and recreation building for the Keeley Institute, a well-known alcohol rehab center in the late 1800s.
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.
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.
One of the best Italian restaurants in Central Illinois. Famous for pasta, but also serves delicious fried chicken.
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.
Cattails Gift Shop
Unique gifts including antiques, carvings, prints, candles, clothing, florals, jewelry, garden supplies and a year-round Christmas Room. Wine tastings.
Black Sock Training Stable
A variety of equestrian services for beginning to advanced riders. Personalized professional instruction and scheduled trail rides.
Built in the 1850's, this home welcomed Abraham Lincoln in 1860. Among the many connections Pontiac has to Abraham Lincoln, one of the most interesting revolves around Lincoln's friendship with local attorney, Jason W. Strevell. Strevell was born in New York and migrated to Illinois in 1855. He was admitted to the Illinois bar that same year, and began his practice in Pontiac. He was involved in his legal practice here for twenty-four years. He served in the Illinois House of Representatives, and also had one term as a Senator. The house is currently being restored by the Livingston County Historical Society.
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.