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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.
Our menu features everything you love about country cooking, plus a few items that might just surprise you.
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.
Comfort Inn - Morris
Comfort Inn offers our guests an atmosphere that is friendly, dourteous and above all fun. Indoor pool/hot tub, coffee makes, iron/ board, hairdryers in all rooms. Free Continental Breakfast. Pet Allowed.
The Cheese Shop 'n' Deli
Featuring homemade soups, sandwiches, specialty foods and cheeses. Catering available. 35 year old antique collection. Open for lunch & dinner.
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!
Premier bridal salon in the Tri-county area. Full service from brides to flower girls.
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.
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).
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!
Monte's Riverside Inn
"For the finest steaks, seafood, and pasta in LaSalle County."
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.
Have you ever wanted to hike all the canyons in the park? Well now you can do it in one day. Hikes leave the Lodge at 8:30a.m. & 9:00a.m. both days. Expected time for lunch is 1:00 & 2:00. Finish times are approximately 4:30 & 5:00p.m. You will board a trolley with a pair of guides and be taken to the east end of the park where you will begin your trek. Included is trolley transportation, guides, boxed lunch (1/2 way) and a specially designed performance T-shirt. $37.00 per person. Reservations a must. Dates 4/25 & 26, 9/26 & 9/27. For more information and to make a reservation please call 815-220-7386.
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.
Country Kitchen - Somonauk
Serving Good Home cooking for Breakfast, Lunch and dinner with daily specials.
Weekly nature education programs for all ages. Each week a guest presenter will introduce participants to a new nature topic. Topics include bees, geology, insects, snakes, butterflies and more! This is a great opportunity to learn something new about the world around us. Every Wednesday at 3pm.
Spirit of Peoria - Sights & Sounds of the River
Board the Spirit of Peoria for a rare experience on a genuine paddle wheeler! Go through the locks twice, enjoy lunch and be entertained with music and river lore. You will meet at the Starved Rock State Park boat ramp for boarding. Reservations are required. 11:30am - 2:45pm. $35.00 per person.
Grundy County Corn Festival
67th annual Grundy County Corn Festival will be held September 23-27, 2015. The event celebrates the rich agricultural history in Grundy County and offers everything from a farm fair, craft shows, carnival, music and food, food, food. Entertainment of all kinds, food vendors, water fights and a parade on Sunday.
Cruise Nights in Morris
Years ago there was a tradition in Morris called "Buzzing the Gut", a simple way of saying cruising Liberty Street. Morris is bringing that tradition back to downtown. Any Classic car owners are invited to participate. For a minimal registration fee of $10.00, car owners can display their cars on Liberty Street starting at 6:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. Entry closes at 8:00 p.m. No rain dates. The public is invited to walk around and enjoy these classic cars at no cost! Proceeds go to Grundy Community Hospice. Second Saturdays through October 10.
Trolley Tours - Starved Rock
Board a trolley outside of the Great Hall area of the Lodge. Learn about the rich history and legends of Starved Rock State Park and Lodge. Travel to the Lock and Dam, through historic downtown Utica and the Starved Rock Visitor Center. Reservations are recommended. April & May: Saturday 3-4:30 & Sunday 12-1:30, 1:30-3 & 3-4:30. Jun. 1, 2015 - Oct. 31, 2015 , Mon-Sat 3:00pm - 4:30pm, Sun 12:00pm-1:30pm, 1:30pm - 3:00pm, 3:00pm - 4:30pm. June-October: Monday-Saturday 3-4:30 pm, Sundays 12:00-1:30, 1:30-3 & 3-4:30. For more information or to book, call 815-220-7386.
Music & Wines Under the Pines
If the soft sound of the wind through the towering pines isn't enough for you on a Sunday afternoon (3pm-4:30pm), head to Fox Ridge at Starved Rock Lodge for outdoor concerts and a chance to sample and purchase Starved Rock wines. Sunday concerts at Fox Ridge are great for all ages and audience members are encouraged to bring a snack along from our Café to enjoy during the performance. An afternoon of music awaits! 2014 Dates & Performers: June 7 – Jon Graham; July 5 – Brian Benkse; August 2 – Jon & Sue Graham; September 6 – Kevin Kramer.
Legacy Girls-Tribute to The Andrews Sisters
The vocal trio, The Legacy Girls, will entertain you with three-part harmonies, costumes and synchronized dances that are true to the Andrews Sisters style. The Legacy Girls are dedicated to bringing the songs of the past back to life! Matinee (lunch & show) is only $32.00. 2015 Show dates are June 29 & Sept. 28. For more information and to purchase tickets call 815-220-7386.
City of Morris Concerts on the Courthouse Lawn
The Neverly Brothers kick off the 2015 season! Join this popular event every other Thursday this summer for a concert on the Grundy County Courthouse Lawn. Every concert will feature a different performance from the area. Admission is free! Season runs from June 4 through August 13.
Afternoon Music at Cattails - Starved Rock Marketplace
Join us for an afternoon of music at Cattails located at the Starved Rock Marketplace at the intersection of US Route 6 and Illinois Route 178. Enjoy a wine tasting along with the music or purchase a glass of wine or bee as you enjoy local musicians in the lovely setting of the patio at Cattails. This event is free and will take place rain or shine. Saturdays from 3:00pm - 6:00pm, May - October. Contact Cattails for more information - call 815-667-4550.
Marie Louise Olmstead Memorial Museum
Tours by appointment Some describe this museum as a “hidden gem” because of their display of local, cultural, natural and prehistoric history for lower DeKalb and upper LaSalle Counties.
Music at the Backdoor Lounge - Starved Rock
There's no better way to relax on a Friday night than with great, live music in the Back Door Lounge. Talented local performers bring a variety of rock and country favorites (mixed with a few original songs) each week. Come early for dinner at Elements! Ask about the wide selection of seasonal beers, Starved Rock wines and specialty drinks. Or, warm up with a coffee drink after dinner. The Back Door Lounge is located just beyond Elements Restaurant. Enter the “Back Door” from the northeast side of the Veranda and don’t miss the amazing view outside the door! Perched on a bluff high above the scenic Illinois River Valley is this laid-back destination they call the "19th Canyon." Held every Friday, 8:00pm - 11:00pm.
Starved Rock Walkers Club
Join the fun on our weekly, guided hikes! Explore Starved Rock State Park, Matthiessen State Park, the I & M Canal and a nearby Nature Preserve. Every Thursday morning, year round, the Starved Rock Walkers Club meets in the lobby of the Lodge and departs at 9:00 am. Hikes last between 2 and 3 hours, depending on the destination. The hikes vary each week and over a 4-month period, the group will see the entire park. Make some new friends and learn about wildlife, wildflowers and more. This event is free and open to the public. Please note: We will not hike on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve or New Year’s Eve. Time: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm Every Thursday (year round).
Started as a Trolley Trailer, now moved into a permanent location in Somonauk. 30 years in the food and beverage industry has provided them with the experience needed to offer excellent service and an undeniably mouth-watering menu using the freshest ingredients and a 4th generation BBQ recipe! everything from our famous Pulled Pork BBQ down to the handmade Creamy Coleslaw. Come experience their flavors that are BBQ Express!
Bobby Darin and Sandra Dee
Enjoy all the great songs Bobby Darin made famous including Mack the Knife, Splish Splash & Beyond the Sea along with When I Fall in Love. On the surface Bobby Darin and Sandra Dee had the perfect life. The life of Dream Lovers. But there was so much more to their incredible lives! Matinee shows include lunch and show at $32.00 a person. For more information or to book, call 815-220-7386.
Starved Rock Paint and Wine Class
What could be better than an evening of wine, music and art, with you as the artist? Enjoy a relaxed painting session with family and friends, or come alone and meet new people. Instructor Melody Best has developed a new and fresh approach to an early 19th century art painting technique; Theorem painting. No painting experience necessary. Evening includes: all of the painting materials you will need, glass of wine, snacks. Everyone will finish a ready-to frame painting to take home. We invite you to come back again and again as progressive training is part of the overall goal to expand your artistic talent. Class can accommodate 15 people, call for reservations. $35.00 per person - class held at The Studio through 9/24/2015.
Frank Sinatra Tribute
Peter Oprisko will delight you with this tribute to the Chairman of the Board! A fresh and unique, ultra-modern salute to Ol' Blue Eyes! This exciting and memorable celebration showcases Sinatra like never before. Enjoy such hits as: New York New York, The Way You Look Tonight, My Way, and many more. 11:30am, $32 includes lunch buffet and show.
Hegeler Carus Mansion Summer Sunset Concert Series
The Hegeler Carus Mansion is once again celebrating the sounds of summer in Starved Rock Country at their outdoor music venue. Offering great entertainment all summer, every Friday! The gardens open for picnics at 5:30 pm and music starts at 7 pm. See website for full music lineup.
Family owned and operated since 1982, Nel's Catering is known locally for it's excellent food at fair prices. Nel's Catering is known for their potato salad and Italian Beef Sandwiches, but they carry a large variety of salads and meat choices in the deli. They will cater to your needs and ideas. No job is too big or too small. They can create menus to match your tastes and themes.
Valley Carvers Woodcarving Expo
The 27th Annual Valley Carvers Woodcarving Expo returns to Starved Rock Lodge (Great Hall & Starved Rock Room). See over 100 exhibits of woodcarving artists. Outside the Lodge, see chainsaw woodcarving in action. Raffles of woodcarvings and other items. Open to the public. Free admission. This program is partially funded by the Illinois Valley Fine Arts Trust. Last Sunday in September, 9:00am - 5:00pm.
Art in the Park Fine Art Show & Sale
The Ottawa Art League will host the annual Art In The Park Fine Art Show & Sale, held at historic Washington Square Park in Ottawa. A juried event showcasing the works of 40+ established and emerging artists and artisans in a variety of traditional and contemporary styles and media. Works include fine art paintings/drawings and prints, mixed media/collage, pottery, metalworking, jewelry, glass, woodworking, photography and more. The event features children's activities, community involvement projects and more!
Brown Bag Friday Live Entertainment
Live musical entertainment from 11am-1pm provided on the Grundy County Court House Lawn! Brown Bag Friday is sponsored by Grundy Bank. Fridays through Sept 25, 2015.
4th of July Weekend Kayak Tour & Beach Glampout
Camp out on the wooded, sandy beaches of the Illinois River. A potluck dinner on the beach will be followed by a movie, via a pico projector under the stars. There will be campfires on the beach to enjoy! This event is perfect for the first time camper! A full hot breakfast will be served in the morning before setting out on a guided kayak tour for approx. 2 hours. This trip will explore either the Mazon River or the Illinois River and the wildlife along the way!
Art in Motion - Art Show & Sale
Enjoy an afternoon of art, live music and wine tasting at Starved Rock Lodge's annual art show & sale. Artists representing the Illinois Valley and beyond will share their work as you stroll the beautiful setting of Fox Ridge, just steps away from the Lodge. Many artists will be creating work during the show and items will be available for purchase. The wide array of Starved Rock Wines will be available for tasting and purchase as you enjoy the music of local musician, Kevin Kramer. To participate in the show: Booth space is $20.00 for an 8'x8' area.
Legacy Girls - 50's, 60's Review
Take a trip back to the 50's & 60's and get ready to rock the songs that shaped the decades! From the Supremes to the Chordettes and the Beatles to Elvis Presley, The Legacy Girls will bring their own sassy style to all of your favorites. Matinee shows include lunch and show at $32.00 a person. For more information or to book, call 815-220-7386.
Buddy Holly/Herman's Hermits
Enjoy a tribute to Buddy Holly, Herman’s Hermits and more! Mike Bruccoleri will bring back great memories with Peggy Sue, That’ll Be the Day, Kind of a Drag and other favorites of that time! Matinee shows include lunch and show at $32.00 a person. Times: 11:30am - 2:45pm. For more information or to book, call 815-220-7386.
Columbus Day Family Potluck Campout / Kayak Tour
Camp out on the wooded, sandy beaches of the Illinois River. Includes a potluck dinner on the beach under the stars and there will be campfires on the beach to enjoy! This event is perfect for the first time camper! A full hot breakfast will be served in the morning before setting out on a guided kayak tour for approx. 2 hours. This trip will explore either the Mazon River or the Illinois River and the wildlife along the way!
Freedom Fest at Skydive Chicago
Take advantage of local organizers, entertainment and the famous firework show at no registration cost. Skydive Chicago offers the best entertainment in the Midwest! The 220-acre resort offers camping, canoeing, hiking, fishing and swimming, all onsite.
Ottawa's Old Town Farmers Market
Ottawa's Old Town Farmers Market is held at Washington Square Park, Saturdays 8:00 am - 12:30 pm, June 13 through Oct. 31. Locally grown fruits, veggies & baked goods, sold fresh and at reasonable prices.
Michael St. Angel takes the stage as “The King of Rock and Roll." You can rock to the hits that made Elvis famous such as Jailhouse Rock, Hounddog, Love Me Tender and many more. Keep the spirit of Rockin’ and Rollin’ alive! April 19/Evening; April 20 & 21/Matinees - Matinee shows include lunch and show at $32.00 a person. Evening shows include wine tasting, dinner and show at $37.00 per person. For more information or to book, call 815-220-7386.
Introduction to Culinary Herbs
Presented by Holly Hughes, master gardener and newspaper columnist, topics will include how to identify herbs, when and where to plant them, and the uses of herbs in cooking and baking. Holly will demonstrate harvesting and drying processes. After Q and A session, refreshments will be served. Please call the Reddick Mansion (815-433-6100) to register.
Don’t miss this wildly entertaining dueling piano show! Our interactive musical experience will have you singing, shouting and dancing and since our performers take requests, you’ll be doing your best to “stump the band.” Matinee shows include lunch and show at $38.00 a person. Evening shows include wine tasting, dinner and show at $43.00 per person. Aug 9 5:00pm - 8:45pm; Aug 10-11 11:30am -2:45pm. For more information or to book, call 815-220-7386.
2015 Dog Days of Summer - Red Dog Grill
Red Dog Grill is Heritage Harbor Ottawa's new full service restaurant. Saturday Evenings 8-11pm, Memorial Day to Labor Day, is music under the tent. Bring your blankets and lawn chairs. Outdoor bar will be open. See website for full schedule.
18th Annual Prairie Day
The Annual Prairie Day is a celebration of the prairie environment held in conjunction with National Prairie Week at Goose Lake Prairie State Natural Area. Presentations on the environment and nature play a very important part of the day's activities as well as highlighting on the special features of the park itself. Various presentations, educational talks, and projects for children are the special offerings of the day. All special amenities of the park are open including the Cragg Cabin, the Visitors Center, butterfly barn, nature trails with wagon rides and etc.
Streator's Fourth - America's Best!
The annual Fourth of July celebration includes a carnival at the City Park, talent contest, musical entertainment, food vendors and a parade with the highlight of the festivities being the awesome Fireworks display on Saturday, July 4th at the Streator High School Athletic Field. Please support this wonderful event by purchasing an autolotto fund-raising ticket. Also take in the Annual 4th of July Patriotic Parade on Sunday July 5th and the Galaxy "9 Hole" Golf Tournament on July 6th!
The Silver Fox
Unique, historic, elegant venue located in the former Masonic Temple in downtown Streator. Available for weddings, receptions, or any special occasion. Tours by appointment.
Enjoy your bingo at Jackpot Bingo in Peru, IL. Tuesday & Thursday Matinee: Doors open at 11:30 am. Play starts at 12:30 pm. Low $22 buy-in includes lunch. Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday Evenings: Doors open at 4:30 pm. Play starts at 6:15. Nightly prices range from $20 to $70 - paper, computer and combo packages.
The second annual CCC (Civilian Conservation Corps) On-The-Air weekend will be held August 8th and 9th from 9:00a.m.-5:00p.m. both days. The Starved Rock Radio Club will be hosting this event at the West Shelter by the Lodge. Starved Rock State Park had 3 camps; 614, 1609 and the 2601. The call sign will be W9MKS. You will be able to talk all over the United States with other Radio Clubs about the CCC's. Stop by anytime during the hours listed (or use the radio). For information call 815-220-7386.
Third Thursdays in Morris
Evening shopping event from 5-8pm at participating stores. Brought to you by Morris Retail Association & Downtown Morris. More info at ShopMorrisIL.com. 2015 dates: June 18th, July 16th, Aug 20th, Sept 20th.
Family Potluck Campout / Kayak Tour
Bring the whole family to the gourmet potluck campout to kick back and relax! Camp out on the wooded, sandy beaches of the Illinois River. This event is perfect for the first time camper! A full hot breakfast will be served in the morning before setting out on a guided kayak tour for around 2 hours. This trip will explore area rivers and the wildlife along the way! 7/18 & 7/19; 8/1 & 8/2.
Dinner and a Little History: Gurdon Saltonstall Hubbard The Swiftwalker
Hubbard was 18 when he arrived in Chicago in October of 1818 as a clerk working in the fur trade. After the fur trade ended in Illinois, Hubbard built the first brick commercial building, opened the first meat packing plant in Chicago, helped create the Chicago Board of Trade and the Union Stockyards. He campaigned for and was later appointed as a commissioner responsible for building the I&M Canal. In his long and active life, Gurdon Hubbard saw Chicago grow from a town of four and a half houses, a fort and a Potawatomi town, to more than a half million people by the time of his death in 1886. Speaker: Gary Mechanic, veteran tour guide and storyteller for Friends of the Chicago Portage will bring his story to life. Reservations required. 5:30pm - 8:00pm, Canal Corridor Association. $24 for CCA members, $29 for non-members.
Relax Inn - Streator
Recently renovated and locally owned, the Relax Inn features rooms with wood floors and flat screen TV's, microwaves and refrigerators are also available. This pet-friendly hotel is located within 20 miles of four state parks.
LaSalle County Historical Society Heritage Center
The LaSalle County Historical Society’s museum lies on the north side of the historic Illinois and Michigan Canal, itself a historical landmark. The museum building, erected in 1848 during the presidency of Zachary Taylor, is a beautifully restored sandstone building that was originally a granary and warehouse. The two-story building has walls of sandstone blocks between 18 and 32 inches thick, quarried in Utica, and secured with hydraulic cement of the same kind used in the construction of the I&M Canal. James Clark, the man who commissioned the building, came to Utica in 1833, where he became a land squatter. In 1842 he became a contractor on the I&M Canal and in 1845 he bought the local cement mill. He made it a huge commercial success by selling the cement to the canal contractors and the general public. The cement was used in many parts of the canal.
MJ's Pub & Grill
Great pub food a notch above the rest. Video games, patio, weekly entertainment, friendly, comfy, safe atmosphere, where our guests are the best! Hours: Sun-Thurs, 10am-Midnight, Friday 10am-2am and Saturday 10am-3am.
4th of July Fireworks
One of central Illinois largest and most spectacular light shows! Our unique venue offers viewing from the high school bleachers all the way to the bluffs along the Illinois & Fox Rivers either on shore or in your boat. 9pm show time.
6th Annual Liberty 5K Run/Walk & Kids Fun Run
Kid-friendly fun run and 5k is Friday, July 3, at 7:30pm in Downtown Morris. Proceeds to benefit: Patriots 4 Heroes Local Military Men, Women & Veterans. Liberty 5K is a chip timed race on a certified course. Features free race entry to any 1st place overall male or female winner at a certified race in 2014, Cash payouts to the first 4 male and female finishers. For more information visit www.liberty5k.com
Downtown Trick or Treat Night
Located on the historic I & M Canal, nostalgic downtown Morris offers a rich history and continues to be the gathering place, year after year, for community festivals. For more information visit www.shopmorrisil.com. Thurs, Oct 29th, 5-7pm.
Chef Tom's Guest House
Wonderful lodging choice in an owner-occupied bed and breakfast. Makes a perfect choice while visiting the I&M Canal Heritage Corridor. No pets, no smoking. Wi-Fi, kitchen, laundry and tastefully furnished.
Banquet hall and event center specializing in corporate meetings, weddings, family reunions and fundraisers. In-house catering. Handicap accessible.
Pluto Polka Party - Streator
Pluto Polka Party with Eddie Korosa Jr, Chicago's #1 Polka band Featuring "Big Bang Brew", Home brew tasting and Star BQ (BBQ) from a galaxy near you. At Streator City Park, Plumb Pavilion.
Cosmic Disc Golf Tournament & Cosmic Night Golf - Streator
Two great nights of cosmic fun! Cosmic Disc Golf Night Tournament sponsored by YMCA - Marilla Park - Streator held on July 17th. And also, Cosmic Night Golf - Anderson Fields - Streator, on July 18th.
The Right Spice Supper Club
A family friendly casual dining restaurant known for good food, good people and great times! Open Monday - Thursday 3:30pm - 9:00pm. Friday and Saturday 3:30pm - 10:00pm. Sunday Winter hours.
Streator AG Day
At Streator City Park - Antique tractor show, Clyde Pride Tractor Ride (parade) 2:00 pm, pony rides, barnyard discovery display, farmer's market, blacksmith display, flea market, music & entertainment. Food by the LaSalle County Cattleman (Lunch & Dinner).
Riverfest Taste of Ottawa
Let's rock on the river! LaSalle County’s largest festival, Ottawa’s Annual Riverfest, celebrates summer with a bang! Carnival rides, art shows, craft and flea markets, kids activities, sidewalk sales, music and the now famous Taste of Ottawa all come together at the fest. You are sure to find something for everyone! Visit their website for everything this fest has to offer.
The New Chalet Restaurant
Ottawa's South-side restaurant. Popular breakfast & lunch site. Daily Specials, After Hour Parties, Catering, Pick-Up Window, Fri & Sat All You Can Eat Specials. Business Hours: Sun 7am - 2pm, M-Thurs 6am-2pm, Fri & Sat 6am - 7pm.
Marseilles Fun Days
This is a week long summer family festival celebration. Marseilles Fun Days Committee decided to bring the festival back centered around one of the city's premier annual events, The Marseilles Fireman's Car Cruise. The cruise will be part of a busy Saturday, July 18. Fun Days itself will take place Monday, July 13, through Sunday, July 19. Additional festival information is available at the Marseilles Fun Days Facebook page.
Streator Downtown Farmers Market
The City of Streator would like to invite you to the Streator Downtown Farmers Market. This Market Masters event features homegrown foods and local goods - plenty to take in on your shopping visit in historic downtown Streator
Music in the Park
The City of Ottawa proudly presents their “Music in the Park” Series every Saturday evening July-Aug at the historic Washington Square Park on Jackson Street. This family friendly event offers a variety of live music for all ages! Don’t forget to bring your lawn chairs, 6pm show time. Rain Location: 807 LaSalle Street.
The Skydive Chicago® Summerfest is the summer boogie to be at! This coming year will mark the 14th anniversary of Summerfest and will be the host of the 2015 Vertical World Record Attempts, July 28-31. The event continues to grow with each passing year. As always, there will be plenty of aircraft to choose from, world class organizers for all levels, vendors, and parties to keep you moving all day and night. Stay tuned for registration information, events, load organizers, vendors and entertainment. You will not be disappointed!
Ottawa Area Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring their 50th Annual Welcomeburger in Washington Square Park! This is the kick-off for the Riverfest! Everyone is welcome! Enjoy food, drink, and live music! The fee includes a picnic buffet, with drinks and admission. Tickets can be purchased in advance at the Ottawa Chamber of Commerce, Reddick Library, or any local bank. (All RiverFest Events subject to change.) View the website for more information.
Nature Photography Contest
The 9th annual Nature Photography Contest on August 16-23, 2015 offers budding photographers a chance to display the best photographs from their many trips to State Parks in Illinois this past year. See the website for details. All activities are in the Goose Lake Prairie State Natural Area Visitor's Center, 12:00pm- 3:00pm
City of Morris Concert on the Courthouse Lawn
Celebrate the holiday on July 2nd, 6:30pm, with Ann Stewart and the Banjo Buddies Dixieland Band. The annual free concerts continue Thursdays through July on the Courthouse Lawn in downtown Morris. Free shows.
Red Dog Grill
Red Dog Grill is Heritage Harbor Ottawa's new full service restaurant, and they encourage you to share your favorite pet stories over dinner - the restaurant is named for Sam the red rescue dog. Featuring Friday night family movies and Saturday night live music.
Antiques & Artisans Market
LaSalle County Historical Society presents Antiques & Artisans Market, first Saturday from June thru September. Antiques, collectibles, handmade and homegrown. Rain or shine, inside and outside. Time: 10:00am - 4:00pm, at 208 Clark Street - on Illinois Rte 178, Canal Market and Heritage Center.
Survival Workshop- Native Survival
How did native peoples survive comfortably and with ease from what they gathered and made in the wild? Well, it's time to find out! Make rope from local plants. Practice hunting with the oldest technique known to humankind. Craft a bow drill set and try your hand at making fire by friction. See many reproducible tool demonstrations like traps, snares, the hand drill, and native bowls, as well as getting shelter ideas. All classes are held outdoors and limited to 10 people, must be 18 years of age or older. Lunch is provided. For more information or to reserve your spot call 815-220-7386.
Goose Lake Prairie Partners Holiday Open House
This holiday event features decorated Christmas tree with homemade ornaments. Children will make holiday ornaments. Hot apple cider and homemade cookies will be served. Partners will be in 1830 period dress. Located in the Visitors Center, Sat Nov 14, 1:00pm - 3:00pm. Free admission.
Sizzlin' Summer Sidewalk Sales
It's Sizzlin' Summer Sidewalk Sales Aug 6-8 from Morris Retail Association. Located on the historic I & M Canal, nostalgic downtown Morris offers a rich history and continues to be the gathering place year after year for community festivals. Nestled along 1-80 just 60 minutes from downtown Chicago, Morris offers the best of both worlds… a quaint old fashioned appeal and a wealth of unique shops that rival the finest any big city has to offer.
Wine Down Wednesday
Take a break in the middle of the week and enjoy us on the Veranda for wine tasting, plus relaxing Jazz by the Wes Hausken Trio from 6-8 pm. Complimentary appetizers are also part of the fun! Mark your calendars for Wednesdays: June 3, July 1 and August 5. Please stay for dinner and take in the beautiful view with a sunset added at no charge!
Easter Seals 5K Run/Walk for the Kids
Pull out your running shoes because Easter Seals of LaSalle and Bureau Counties' annual 5K Run/Walk for the Kids will kick off during Ottawa's Riverfest festivities, Saturday Aug. 1. The 5K Run/Walk for the Kids starts and ends at Ottawa Township High School, 211 East Main St., Ottawa. Check in and race day registration begins at 6:30 a.m., runners start at 8:00 a.m. The run/walk follows a USA Track and Field certified course, winding through the historic east side of Ottawa including the scenic Illinois and Michigan Canal passage. 99% of all money raised at this event remains local, helping local children to achieve their maximum potential. Pre-registration is open now on line at www.runsignup.com. The registration fee is $25 until July 24 and $30 after. Easter Seals will be offering a new shorter race just for for kids immediately following the 5K awards at Ottawa High School. The race is $10 and each child that participates will receive a t-shirt and prize.
31st Annual Car Show
Come check out this spectacular car show! Open to all cars, trucks, and motorcycles. Vehicle registration takes place from 8:00 am. Cash prizes awarded at 3:00 pm. Music provided. Hosted by LaSalle County Cruisers during Riverfest. Location: YMCA Parking Lot, Columbus Street in Ottawa.
Survival Workshop- Native Tracking
Anyone can see tracks in wet soil and snow, but where do they go when they seemingly disappear in to the forest? Get the skills to see tracks and follow trails in the woods others simply cannot see! Learn how to read what an animal is doing – and thinking – from their tracks alone. Discover how and why tracking goes way beyond footprints. Know why people get lost in the woods and how not to yourself. Tracking changes not only what you see, but also opens whole new worlds of how you look at the wild! All classes are held outdoors and you may also want to bring note-taking materials. Class is limited to 10 people, must be 18 years of age or older. Lunch is provided. For more information or to reserve your spot call 815-220-7386.
National Farmers Market Day
Celebrate National Farmers Market Week in Streator. Whether you want to participate by selling goods or simply shop & visit, we encourage you! Educational classes, a petting zoo, Art in the Park and bluegrass music for everyone to enjoy. Time: 9:00am - 1:00pm, Aug. 8. For more information call 815-257-6807.
Fireworks and Dance Party
Join Grizzly Jack's Grand Bear Resort & Enchanted Forest for an evening of fun. Fireworks at dusk, D.J. begins at 6pm until 9pm. Face painters and balloon artist to begin at 7:00pm until 9pm.
The Art & History of Falconry
Join local falconer Rich Escutia as he discusses the art and history of falconry. Live hawks! Program starts at 12:30 p.m. and lasts one hour. Held at the Visitors Center at Starved Rock on Sunday, August 2nd.
Nettle Creek Country Club
Introducing Nettle Creek Country Club in Morris, Illinois. Nettle Creek is links-style golf in a beautiful prairie environment rich with wildlife. Renowned on the Chicagoland golf circuit for its fabulous greens, this upscale, 18-hole championship course is an easy drive from the populous Naperville-Bolingbrook-Plainfield area and just 18 miles west of Joliet on I-80.
Hampton Inn - Peru
Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton, in Peru is conveniently located off of I-80 and 10 minutes from Starved Rock State Park. Free WiFi, hot breakfast, indoor pool/whirlpool and fitness center.
Salt Tree Yoga
Healthy activities including a Salt Cave, Yoga, Full Spectrum Infrared Sauna, Skin Rejuvenation Bed with red blue infrared light. Salt Tree Yoga also features Flotation Hydrotherapy, Massage, Reiki, workshops, Essential Oils and retail products.
Recently renovated and locally owned, the Relax Inn features rooms with wood floors and flat screen TV's , microwaves and refrigerators are also available. This pet-friendly hotel is located within 20 miles of four state parks.
Built in 1880, the Baldwin House is the ideal alternative to hotel accommodations and offers all the comforts of "home" while you are away. This fully furnished guest house comfortably sleeps 6 people and includes a formal dining room, sunroom, modern and well equipped kitchen, and a wrap-around porch with swing. WiFi and DirectTV are also provided for guests' use. Overlooking a beautiful downtown park, The Baldwin House is conveniently located in central Streator and is within walking distance of several local eateries.
Mark Allen's American Kitchen
Mark Allen's American Kitchen is a comfortable place to be and is perfect for lunch, dinner or just a quick drink or snack. We take great pride in preparing our food with the finest and freshest ingredients available.
Easy access off I-80 and open 7 days a week from 6:00 a.m. until 10:00 p.m. Serving delicious breakfast, lunch and dinner. The banquet room has seating for 70. Sunfield is ideal for showers, meetings, family gathering, birthdays and other celebrations.
Halftime Restaurant, Pizza & Cocktails
We offer a full menu, kids menu and made from scratch pizzas. Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner as well as homemade soups daily and a salad bar.