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Elegant lodging in downtown Pontiac. Full kitchen, living room, and bedrooms. Lydia's Loft is a circa 1890's building that has been renovated from its original use as a retail store to a beautiful 1600 square foot loft apartment. It features a second story view of the beautiful and historic downtown Pontiac IL. Entering Lydia’s Loft from the street level entrance located just behind the Route 66 Museum you will climb two stories into complete privacy and solitude. Your stay includes 1600 square feet of space, complete with two bedrooms; one king size bedroom and one queen size bedroom. You also have two twin sofa sleepers also with which to accommodate your entire family.
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.
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.
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!
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.
Clark St. Studio & Village Pottery
Wheel-thrown pottery by resident potter.
Village Green House Inc
"For the usual and the Unusual" Beer, wine and spirits located between the canal and the river on Rt. 178/ Clark St.
Cedar Creek Ranch
Horseback Riding stables including public trail rides, boarding, birthday parties and holiday rides!! And more.
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.
Dinner & Evening Cruise on the Belle of the Rock
Tour includes a trolley shuttle to and from the boat. The ride is a relaxing, scenic hour and a half cruise on the Belle of the Rock. It concludes with dinner from our special menu and cheesecake for dessert at Starved Rock Lodge. For more information or to reserve call us at 815-220-7386. $38.50 per person. 5:30p.m.-8:00p.m. Mondays and Thursdays, June through September.
Stain Glass Inn Bed & Breakfast
Country cape cod style with large porches surrounded by woods and flowers. Stain glass on site.
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.
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.
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.
Streatorland Historical Society Museum
Displays include 19th-century clothing, music room, local artifacts, and many photographs depicting Streatorland history.
Dargan Park Sculptures- "Seasons of Life"
25 feet tall, magnificent iron statues depicting the stages of man's life.
Duffy's Tavern is the best Irish style pub for a great full service bar and delicious Irish foods. Duffy's specializes in providing the best selection of import and domestic beer, liquor, and wine, as well as the best tasting steaks, seafood, and more! The old fashioned restaurant has a friendly, neighborhood atmosphere and the old time Irish antiques and music give you the feeling of being in Ireland!
Ottawa Historical and Scouting Heritage Museum
A museum established to promote and preserve the history of the Ottawa area and the colorful and proud traditions of Boy/Girl Scouting and Camp Fire. Features national traveling exhibits from museums and libraries. Open Thursday-Monday 10:00 AM-4:00 PM, Closed on Holidays.
Pontiac Elks Club
18 holes- open to public. This course features bent grass greens, fairways and tees. With a mix of mature trees throughout, there is also plenty of sand and water to challenge your shot making skills. A great test for all players with big, undulating greens, three par-3s of more than 200 yards and water on 12 of 18 holes. Also featured is a restaurant, with a lounge and banquet facilities, an all grass driving range, practice greens, full service Pro Shop, halfway house, pool and locker rooms. Tee times available daily. Golf and lung cards are accepted.
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.
Senica Oak Ridge Golf Club
This 18-hole championship course has bent grass greens, tees, and fairways, plus a full-service pro shop.
C & M Canoe Rental
Visit our friendly pub, canoe scenic Fox River.
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.
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
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.
4-H Park Campground
Unlimited tent sites -- lots of shade trees. Closed one week during July for the Livingston County Fair.
M.J. Hogan Grain Elevator and Visitor Center
The earliest remaining elevator along the canal that was fully operational during the canal's heyday. Built in 1862, the grain elevator allowed farmers to unload their grain locally instead of hauling it to the Chicago market by wagon.
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.
The Windmill was built in 1896 to supply water for the Oughton estate and grounds, which later became home of the Keeley Institute, an alcohol rehab center.
Canal Port Bar & Grill
Kick back and relax in a casual atmosphere. Canal Port Bar & Grill has the best fried chicken in town and also specialize in steaks and seafood. Families welcome. Carry-outs available. Serving Lunch and Dinner Daily.
Sandy Ford Sportsman Club
Private club with public events including trap, bow and cowboy shoots. NRA approved. Indoor competitions.
Dwight Country Club
This 18-hole, par 71 course features mature greens.
Sandy Ford Canoe Launch
Canoe launch site, and parking on Vermillion River. Land and water reserve.
Tasty Tex-Mex food with ample portions and friendly service.
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.
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.
Full-service marina. New and used boat sales, transient slips, fuel, restaurant. Open year-round.
Tree Farm Stable Bed & Breakfast
Private cottage suite, 4 rooms, horses, farm, close to state parks. $$$
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.
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.
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.
Motorcycle leather and accessories, Grateful Dead and rock memorabilia, gifts and jewelry.
Starved Rock Photography Club
Whether you are just beginning in photography, are an advanced amateur or a professional, you are welcome to the Starved Rock Photography Club. Monthly photography walks at Starved Rock State Park’s Lodge with club leader, Jacki Pienta. The Photography Club will meet each month throughout the year for guided walks to planned sites for photography opportunities. Members will informally exchange ideas and tips for quality nature and wildlife photos. We will meet the 4th Saturday of every month at 9am in the back of the Large Parking Lot at Starved Rock Lodge. All meetings will consist of a hike to an area of either Starved Rock State Park, Matthiessen State Park or Buffalo Rock. Please be prepared to carpool if necessary. $25.00 annual fee to join which will include a club t-shirt and an annual cookout! Time: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm 4th Saturday of each month. For more information, call 815-220-7386.
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.
Monari's 101 Inc.
Full-service casual dining. Restaurant serving 7 days a week.
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.
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.
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.
New China Inn Buffet
Classic Asian cooking, available for take-out or dine-in.
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.
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.
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.
Classic American and Chinese foods.
Pit Stop Family Cafe
A family style restaurant with an automotive theme. Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner.
One of the best Italian restaurants in Central Illinois. Famous for pasta, but also serves delicious fried chicken.
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.
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.
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.
Prairie River's Bed and Breakfast
Hearty breakfasts, beautiful view of Illinois River. Spacious rooms, private baths, comfortable, friendly and private.
Left Field Grille
Home of Livingston County's Best Hamburger. Family friendly and free delivery.
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.
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.
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.
Delong's Casual Dining & Spirits
Excellent food in a charming setting. Full menu, frozen custard, and alfresco dining available.
Pontiac Family Kitchen
Full service menu and comfortable surroundings. Banquet room available for special events.
Bill's Antiques and Upholstering
A large selection of antique Victorian and oak furniture. A large selection of old lunch boxes and wooden telephones.
Hegeler Carus Mansion
Virtually unaltered since its completion more than a century ago, the 57 room mansion, built in 1874, is an example of high artistic achievement in architecture and interior design, and the site of historic accomplishments in industry, philosophy, publishing and religion. National Historic Landmark. Visit us at www.hegelercarus.org for our special events. Tours: Wednesday - Sunday at noon, 1:00 PM, 2:00 PM and 3:00 PM.
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.
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.
Mann Made -- My Blankie
Home of My Blankie, invites you to "experience Ottawa" & experience the world of sewing excellence!! A family business since 1957.
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.
Country Cupboard Ice Cream Shoppe
Serving sandwiches, snacks, ice cream and espresso drinks. With an outdoor patio and deck dining.
Mr. Salsa's Restaurant
Authentic Mexican food, margaritas and full bar. Lunch buffet Tuesday through Friday with a full menu at dinner.
Pizzas by Marchelloni
Pizza, fried chicken, daily specials, pizza buffet.
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.
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.
Hampton Inn- Ottawa
Interstate I 80 and 90. Indoor pool and whirlpool. Free hot breakfast. free local phone, in room movies and abusiness center.
Elliot's Corner Junction
Hot and cold sandwiches, fried chicken. Home of the famous "Bite-Me" burger.
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.
Cattails Gift Shop
Unique gifts including antiques, carvings, prints, candles, clothing, florals, jewelry, garden supplies and a year-round Christmas Room. Wine tastings.
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.
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.
Western Factory Outlet
Western clothing, boots, suits, shirts, jeans, hats, belts, buckles and jewelry for men, women and children.
Traditional and specialty pizzas, pasta and salads. Try their famous "Family Pleaser" combination.
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.
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
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
Super 8 Motel - Pontiac
48 rooms, including ones with microwaves and refrigerators. Truck parking available. Restaurants nearby. Handicap rooms, pet friendly.
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.
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.
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.
Keegan's Super Club
Steaks, seafood, ribs and more. Dine-in or carry-out.