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Ottawa Visitors Center
Open 7 days a week to service the traveling public. The Ottawa Visitors Center is your one stop shop for information on the Starved Rock Areas special events, lodging, and outdoor activities. Stroll our turn-of-the-century Old Town with its lush walkways, boutique shops and unique restaurants. Stop here for your "Scenic Route to the Rock."
Heritage Harbor Resort & Marina
Heritage Harbor Ottawa is the premier Marina Resort Community. Located in the heart of Starved Rock Country, Heritage Harbor Ottawa is home port for your next great adventure!
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.
Victorian Christmas at the Reddick Mansion
The Reddick Mansion will be decked out in it's Victorian Christmas Decor and open for tours! Activities for this weekend include: gingerbread house making, holiday music, photos with Santa, and a walk-through a life size gingerbread house! Check the Reddick Mansion Website for more information. Includes Holiday Open House, Christmas Music, and Refreshments.
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.
Starved Rock Marina
Full line dealer for Rinker, Landau Pontoons and pre-owned boats. Full service marina with slips, fuel, restaurant, boutique, boat and villa rentals.
Handcrafted Soap, tea, chocolate and gourmet treats, fair trade clothing & goods, yarns, knitting & crochet supplies, fairy gardens, miniature plants, garden accents, home decor, lighting and more! Classes offered too!
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.
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).
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.
Illinois River at Buffalo Rock State Park
The Illinois River slices a 273-mile long path through the state—its waters lapping along the shores of many cities, including LaSalle, Peru, Peoria and Ottawa to name just a few. It’s in Ottawa where the Illinois River meets Buffalo Rock. Buffalo Rock sits like a sandstone island above the surrounding land and the Illinois River, and offers sweeping views of this famed waterway. Whether you’re kayaking or canoeing, you’ll experience the shear power of the winding river that was carved by glacial melt water in all its seasonal colors, with its various incarnations of forests, wetlands, bluffs and prairies to enjoy.
River Junktion Market
Join us at the inaugural market debuting on Saturday June 7, 2014 at the junction of the Fox & Illinois Rivers. In conjunction with the third annual 2 Rivers Wine Festival, which annually attracts thousands of attendees from near & far, you can't miss! River JunKtion will 'plus' Ottawa's best established festivals. Wine Fest (June 7), Riverfest (August 2), Scarecrow/Oktoberfest (September 27 ) & a stand alone Holiday market in November (tba). Rest assured, a major influx of people will already be in Ottawa to attend these festivals & will wander over to the new, scenic 26 acre prime Riverfront location, set with trees, greenspace, parking & natural beauty. Ottawa park venue.
25th Pumpkin Pie Bicycle Ride
Ride between 28 and 103 miles along roads and rolling hills. Take a family bike ride on the I&M Canal! After biking, celebrate with pumpkin pie and goodies served at the YMCA. Preregister online by 9/18 at midnight for $23, or register after 9/18 for $30. Start biking as early as 7:00am!
Haunted History Tour
Listen to ghost stories at the Reddick Mansion and take walking tour of Ottawa's notorious haunted spots. The story of William Reddick is a classic of the American tradition. Born in another country, facing adversity and hardship, Reddick overcame obstacles and excelled in his life through hard work and ingenuity.
Afternoon Tea with Mary Todd Lincoln
Please join us for an afternoon of sweets, savories and tea. Mary Todd Lincoln will be in attendance and will tell stories about her life with her husband, the President. $15.00, Reddick Mansion Association.
Reddick Mansion Holiday Decor Preview
Be the first to see the Mansion in its holiday splendor! All of the holiday decorations are sure to put you in the holiday mood. Be the first to purchase lovely and unique ornaments off the Mansion's Christmas trees.
Dinner and Christmas Concert
Lovely Christmas music by the Prairie Singers and a delicious holiday meal by the Cheese Shop of Ottawa. Reservations required. Reddick Mansion Association.
Ottawa Scouting Museum
A museum to promote and preserve the colorful and proud traditions of Boy/ Girl Scouting and Campfire.
Starved Rock Adventures Harbor Villas and Suites
Waterfront family villas and suites. 1-2 bedroom housekeeping units. Deluxe and unique. Open April through October. $$
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.
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!
Buffalo Rock State Park
On the bluffs of the Illinois River, this small but charming park is home to an enormous outdoor sculpture. Mounds representing five earthen sculptures molded from Illinois clay, known as Effigy Tumuli, invite visitors to walk around and explore. All five subjects, including a snake, turtle, catfish, frog and insect are native to the Illinois River area. This State Park offers the ideal terrain for the beginner hiker.
Food, fun, foo-foo drinks, casual or banquet dining, seven days a week during the season. And a fantastic view!
Hampton Inn- Ottawa
Interstate I 80 and 90. Indoor pool and whirlpool. Free hot breakfast. free local phone, in room movies and abusiness center.
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.
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.
Holiday Inn Express- Ottawa
Indoor pool and whirlpool, free breakfast buffet bar. in room movies. Whirlpool room available.
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
Monte's Riverside Inn
"For the finest steaks, seafood, and pasta in LaSalle County."
Pine Hills Golf Club
Described as a Canyon Course complete with bluffs, valleys, hills and hundreds of trees. It is a challenge to both the beginner and the seasoned golfer and is recognized by many players as one of the finest 9-hole facilities in the country. The Club House offers a friendly atmosphere and includes a Pro-Shop, full service bar & restaurant with panoramic views of the Course and outdoor patio.
Prairie River's Bed and Breakfast
Hearty breakfasts, beautiful view of Illinois River. Spacious rooms, private baths, comfortable, friendly and private.
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.
Skydive Chicago offers the best entertainment in the Midwest! The 220-acre resort offers camping, canoeing, hiking, fishing and swimming, all onsite. Stop by today!
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.
Tree Farm Stable Bed & Breakfast
Private cottage suite, 4 rooms, horses, farm, close to state parks. $$$
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.
Mendota Hills Wind Farm
The largest commercial wind farm in Illinois features 63 towering windmills that are an awesome sight to see, and generate an alternative source of electric power.
CITY: Paw Paw
Amish Ways Country Store
Quilts, crafts, florals, pottery, jams, jellies, popcorn, seasonal items and more. Christmas walk 1st weekend Nov.
CITY: Paw Paw
Ogee Golf & Country Club
Ogee features a nine-hole course.
CITY: Paw Paw
The Homestead Sculpture Garden and Labyrinth
Art lovers will admire the beautiful brick labyrinth and distinctive contemporary sculpture garden here.
Your store for unique country gifts and home accents.
Master architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe created the ultimate minimalist masterpiece, the Farnsworth House, in pastoral Plano in 1951. The stellar structure of floor-to-ceiling glass seemingly "floats" above the rambling Fox River.
Selected by Warner Bros to represent Smallville in the filming “Man of Steel”, Plano is now the home of the Smallville Museum. The museum collection contains a variety of props and other items used in the filming of the latest Superman movie.
The Homestead Bed & Breakfast
Situated on beautifully landscaped grounds featuring a labyrinth and hedge maze this 1854 Italianate country cottage is reminiscent of rural Tuscan villas and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Guests can choose from five bedrooms, with each room/bath combination offering a different level of amenities. The Homestead is ideal for small executive, group and personal retreats, a weekend getaway, an intimate wedding, commitment ceremony, renewal of marriage vows or other special events, bridal and baby showers, romantic getaways, girls weekend escapes, honeymoons, reunions with friends and family, and for business travelers. Our unique property provides the ideal setting to inspire creative minds and rejuvenate tired bodies. Group tours and catered lunches & dinners can be arranged.
Gramma's Family Restaurant & Pancake House
Breakfast and brunch seven days a week!
Larson's Family Farm
Open throughout October, enjoy scenic hayrides on weekends, a pumpkin patch, the Barn Store, and Christmas trees after Thanksgiving.
Olde Timers Antique Centre
One of the biggest and most beautiful antique stores in Illinois. More than 100 dealers in 50 large booths and 175 lighted showcases. Thousands of the finest antiques from primitives to china, toys to jewelry, rooms full of beautiful furniture.
Two Sisters Then & Now
Antiques galore. Come find hidden treasures, or maybe just exactly what you are looking for.
Sandwich Antique Mart
Held at the Sandwich Fairgrounds, this market offers treasures from the 19th and 20th centuries. More than 500 exhibitors sell authentic antiques and collectibles on select Sundays from spring through fall.
Touch of the West
We feature custom handcrafted pine and aspen log furniture, original oil paintings, chainsaw sculptures, and many rustic accents. Bring the west into your nest.
Edgebrook Country Club
This semi-private course has tree-lined fairways and a hilly terrain. There is a creek and lake that come into play on six holes, and out-of-bounds stakes on just about every hole.
Best Western Timber Creek Inn & Suites & Convention Center
The Aurora area's exciting new hotel and convention center, this property is perfect for the business and leisure guest. We offer 100 mid-scale guest rooms and over 25,000 square feet of flexible meeting space. A variety of spacious guest rooms are available, including luxury suites and whirlpool rooms. Dine in our Top Shelf restaurant. Enjoy our indoor swimming pool and spa, arcade and our 24-hour fitness room. We also offer a free continental breakfast and free high-speed Internet. Our multi-functional convention center is ideal for weddings, parties, reunions, conferences, and corporate training. We are located minutes from major attractions such as the Farnsworth House, the Sandwich Fairgrounds, the Historic Opera House, Antique Market, the Old Barn Museum, and Silver Springs State Park.
Best Western - Timber Creek Inn and Suites & Convention Center
The Aurora area's exciting new hotel and convention center, this property is perfect for the business and leisure guest. We offer 100 mid-scale guest rooms and over 25,000 square feet of flexible meeting space.
Sunday at Sandwich Antiques
Held rain or shine, this fair features more than 600 exhibitors selling quality antiques and collectibles at the park-like Sandwich Fairgrounds on select Sundays from May through October.
Sandwich City Hall and Opera House
On August 20, 1878, 25 years after Sandwich first became a town, a contract was signed for construction of the Sandwich City Hall and Opera House. An allotment of $10,000 was given for the project, with the stipulation that it must be completed by the end of the year. The building was finished on time, but there was a cost overrun of $2,000 After much time, money and energy by volunteers to restore and renovate the City Hall and Opera House, a grand re-opening was held on April 12, 1986. Once again the building functions as a community oriented facility, bringing community theatre, lectures, recitals, style shows, weddings and a wide variety of outstanding performers, ranging from country to classical, to its stage.
Find all your home decor, rugs & candle needs at Bittersweets.
Ewe and Me Fiber Studio
Ewe and Me Fiber Studio offers their shoppers great gift ideas, accessories, classes, knitting groups, patterns, and yarn.
Farmer's Daughter is located in an old two story house. Whether you are looking for the latest in primitive/country antiques or home decor, you are sure to find it here. Many of our pieces are handcrafted by local artisians.
La Di Da Bridal
La Di Da Bridal specializes in gowns for the Bride, Bridesmaids, Mother of the Bride, and Flower Girl. We also carry prom gowns, evening wear, and an array of accessories.
Brickhouse Fine Food & Spirits
Brickhouse Fine Food & Spirits offers a wide variety of steaks, seafood and pasta sure to please any appetite! Join us for an evening out in our cozy inviting dining rooms. Enjoy a specialty cocktail prepared by a certified mixologist or specially selected wine at the fully appointed bar. Stop in for a quick sandwich or appetizer in our lounge.
The Olde Tyme Inn
Our goal is to satisfy our customers by providing them with quality food and friendly service at a great price. Try one of our famous burgers or fresh sandwiches or salads. We have live entertainment and drink specials often!
Ec Pages Bar and Grill
Ec Pages specializes in burgers. We also offer an array of other items to suit anyones taste buds. Wash down your meal with an ice cold drink from one of our skilled mixologists. Come in today, we're waiting for you.
Sunday at Sandwich Antiques Show
A monthly market of quality antiques, collectibles, crafts & garden. Held at the Historic Sandwich Fair Grounds. Rain or shine. Free parking.
Christmas in the Country Craft Fair
Sandwich is well known for its craft fairs. Join them at Sandwich Schools for their Christmas in the Country Craft Fair.
Opera House of Sandwich
The Opera House functions as a community oriented facility. It brings to its stage: theatre, lectures, recitals, weddings and a wide variety of outstanding performers, ranging from country to classical.
Timber Creek Inn and Suites and Convention Center
Convention center and Hotel
Star 34 Family Restaurant
Bring the family in or come alone, here you will always feel welcome! Our portions are large and affordable. Try our ribs, or a salad with one of our homemade dressings. Have a craving for breakfast? Try our famous Mexican omlet. Our friendly staff will be waiting for you.
200 RV parking spaces, 110, 50 and 30 amp hook-ups, water and dump station. RV camping $15 per night April 1-Aug. 14 & Sept. 16-Oct. 30 and $30 per night Aug. 15-Sept. 15. Tent camping is allowed. Grills allowed but no open fires.
Stone Mill Museum
Built in 1856, the Stone Mill was originally used to produce flour. In 1965, the building was deeded to the Sandwich Historical Society. The building itself is a museum exhibit which includes the original beams and support posts made of 125 year old timber. The historical society first opened the museum to the public in 1969 and now includes three floors of exhibits. Among the exhibits are fire fighting equipment, antique car, furniture, signage, photos and many other items from the area's past. The museum is open every Sunday, 1-4pm during warm months (April to October).
Larson's Family Farm
Visit the Larson Family Farm for some old fashioned country fun. In the fall, the farm offers pumpkins and gourds, hay rack rides and fall home decor. Come to the farm to cut your own Christmas tree. The venue is available for special event rentals. They offer evening bonfires on fall weekends and host school groups during weekdays.
JR Antiques and Collectibles
Specializing in antiques, collectibles, furniture, primitives and much more.
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.
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.
Full-service marina. New and used boat sales, transient slips, fuel, restaurant. Open year-round.
Lakeside Bait Shop, Boat Rental, and Tackle
The staff of Lakeside Bait Shop, Boat Rental, and Tackle are courtesy, friendly and willing to help you get the best of your trip to Shabbona Lake. This shop has everything you could ever need out on the lake from fishing line to boat rentals. The staff is knowledegable and can assist you in anyway possible.
Pokanoka's Cafe is named after Cheif Shabbona's Wife. The cafe overlooks scenic Shabbona Lake with a magnificent view through very large glass windows. Try our famous Pokanoka Burger! We are now offering on the water delivery, just give the restaurant a call and we will deliver your meal to your boat! Come on in after your fishing trip for a cold beer or ice cream and watch your favorite sports team.
Shabbona Lake State Park Campground
Shabbona Lake State Park Campground is a semi-wooded area with 150 Class A sites with electricity, showers, vehicular access, boat launch, playground, kid's fishing area, and The Camp Store. Bring your own poles or use The Camp Store's loaner fishing poles! We also have paddle boats that you may rent to enjoy a scenic view of Shabbona Lake. Each campsite has a gravel parking space, picnic table, and a campfire ring. Shabbona Lake State Park has two cabins available for rent. The cabin consists of two rooms that total approx. 200 square feet. Cabins are located near the shore of the lake and are fairly secluded.
Shabbona Lake State Park
Shabbona Lake State Park has 1,550 acres of rolling prairie and features a 318 acre man-made fishing lake. Shabbona Lake State Recreation Area provides a convenient, natural haven from the hustle and bustle of daily life. With facilities for picnicking, camping, hiking, fishing, hunting and winter sports, Shabbona Lake is a convenient and comfortable retreat where you can refresh and reinvigorate yourself in a rare, unspoiled environment.
Norwegian Settlers Memorial
This memorial commemorates the 1834 settlement at Norway, the first permanent Norwegian settlement in the Midwest. The monument was dedicated as part of a 1934 centennial celebration.
Fox River Resort
Timeshare resort and campground.
Country Kitchen - Somonauk
Serving Good Home cooking for Breakfast, Lunch and dinner with daily specials.
Marie Olmstead Museum
Described as "a hidden gem" of local cultural, natural and prehistoric history for lower DeKalb and upper LaSalle Counties. Three rooms comprising some 5,000 square feet packed full of artifacts and antiques that could be featured on "Antiques Raodshow". One of the "must-sees" is a 32-round flitlock rifle reportedly presented to Chief Shabbona at the signing of the peace treaty at Prairie du Chien in 1829. A favorite of the youngsters to see while visiting the museum is a stuffed, two-headed calf.
The Carving Shop
The Carving Shop features the work of Joe Dillet, Master Craftsman, and specializes in custom hand carved heirlooms for the family, church and architectural carvings. We work from your designs, or ours, to create an awesome look that only hand carving can achieve. All wood is seasoned. All work is protected with a finish that will last many years. All work is guaranteed.
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!
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.
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!
Bliss House Museum
The Bliss House Museum is operated by the Sugar Grove Historical Society and houses historical exhibits about the village of Sugar Grove and surrounding area. Anyone interested in researching their heritage, may contact the museum for access to probate and civil records dating 1839 - 1955. Hours: Open every Tuesday 1-4 pm or by appointment.
CITY: Sugar Grove
Holiday in the Grove
Enjoy Christmas in the Grove this year! Children's Holiday Shop, sleigh rides, caroling, crafts, breakfast with Santa. Children's Free Raffle basket returns with goodies for all ages!
CITY: Sugar Grove
Air Classics Museum of Aviation
Vintage military and training planes, plus displays of aviation uniforms and memorabilia. Open by appointment only.
CITY: Sugar Grove
Sugar Grove Family Fun Center
Go-karts, mini golf, bumper boats, a driving range and a game room are the draw at this entertainment center.
CITY: Sugar Grove
Matthiessen State Park
Canyons, streams, prairie and forest combine to delight visitors at Matthiessen State Park. Located in central LaSalle County, approximately four miles south of Utica and three miles east of Oglesby, Matthiessen is a paradise for those interested in geology as well as recreation. Visitors can expect to see beautiful rock formations in addition to unusual and abundant vegetation and wildlife. All of this, along with park and picnic facilities make Matthiessen State Park a popular choice for a special outing.
Motorcycle leather and accessories, Grateful Dead and rock memorabilia, gifts and jewelry.
45th Annual Burgoo Festival
LaSalle County Historical Society's 45th Annual Burgoo Festival takes place in downtown Utica. Stroll the main streets of Utica for a day of crafts, shopping food and fun. While you are there be sure to try the pioneer stew (Burgoo). 9:00am - 5:00pm.
Belle of the Rock
The Belle of the Rock paddle boat tours are located at historic Starved Rock state park in Utica, Illinois (just 80 miles west of Chicago). In addition to the river tours, we provide canoes and kayaks. Call us today at 815-434-9200 to make your reservation.
Starved Rock State Park
Seasonal waterfalls, awe-inspiring bluffs and rugged canyons dominate the storied landscape at Starved Rock. Rich with history and beauty, Starved Rock’s hiking trails meander through towering trees and scenic overlooks along the Illinois River. Outdoor activities include hiking, canoeing, paddle boat cruises, cross-country skiing, trolley rides, fishing and picnicking. Visitors can stay at the historic Starved Rock Lodge or in one of its cozy cabins.