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Starved Rock State Park East Hike
Starved Rock State Park has a beautiful East Hike that offers canyons galore, each with slightly different shapes, sizes and colorings. At 6.4 miles of dirt terrain, this hike is moderately difficult. Cool, shady and overgrown with ferns, the canyons offer a plethora of trees and flowering plants—a true delight to explore. You’ll also encounter scenic overlooks 100 feet above the Illinois River. The real crowd pleasers at Starved Rock are the numerous sandstone canyons that were carved deep into the bedrock as upland streams drained into the Illinois River. Some noted canyons of worth to explore are Kaskaskia Canyon, Ottawa Canyon and Hennepin Canyon Overlook.
Starved Rock State Park Visitors Center
The Starved Rock State Park Visitors Center has several interactive displays, free videos on the park, hiking maps, and more. Trailheads Concessions & Gifts, also located here, is a great place to buy gifts, souvenirs, and snacks (fresh fudge, too)! The Visitor Center and Trailheads are open year-round.
Starved Rock State Park West Hike
Starved Rock State Park West Hike offers a decidedly different set of attractions than its eastern counterpart. On this hike you’ll encounter a series of overlooks from wooded bluffs and rocky cliffs high above the Illinois River. This 2.9-mile hike varies in difficulty due to the large amount of stairs that need climbing. The dominant feature of Starved Rock can be found on this hike, via a narrow bluff that runs 4-miles along the south branch of the Illinois River. The park’s namesake towers 125 feet above the river, offering commanding views of the nearby islands and river. Some notable excursions include, French Canyon, Wildcat Canyon and Pontiac Canyon with sweeping views of the Illinois River.
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).
Motorcycle leather and accessories, Grateful Dead and rock memorabilia, gifts and jewelry.
Stonehouse Park - RV & Campground
The park has approximately 100 water, electric and sewer hookups. Each electric hookup has 20amp, 30amp and 50amp service. These hookups can be used with RV's, vendor vehicles, booths, tent or camp setups, and other purposes. Ample space is available for open or primitive camping. Rates may vary depending on group size and facility requirements.
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.
Super 8 DeKalb
Built in 1993 located just off the toll-way. Two minute drive to golf courses, downtown and historical DeKalb. Very convenient location with a friendly staff eager to help guests. Spa suites make a perfect weekend getaway
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.
Super 8 Rochelle
63 rooms are available. CableTV with HBO, queen and king size beds and air conditioning . Restaurants nearby. Reasonable rates.
A great location if you want to race your car or bring the whole family out to experience a racing event. Please visit their website to gain knowledge on all their rules and disclaimers for racers.
CITY: Maple Park
Tapalaluna Tapas Bar
A World Class tapas bar featuring an international cuisine and an exquisite array of spirits for your intimate enjoyment. Savor the flavors and enjoy a cozy atmosphere with friends. Eat light or eat all night its a treasured experience at Tapa La Luna in Downtown DeKalb.
Team Dance Illinois State Championship
February 14th Team Dance Illinois State Championship NIU Convocation Center • DeKalb www.niuconvo.com
The Best Christmas Pageant Ever
A play based on the book written by Barbara Robinson in 1971. It tells the story of Imogene, Claude, Ralph, Leroy, Ollie, and Gladys, six delinquent children surnamed Herdman. They go to church for the first time after being told that the church offers snacks. Despite protests from other church members, they are given roles in the Sunday school's Christmas play, in which they tell the Christmas story in a non-conventional fashion.
The Brown Pub
The Brown Pub is a favorite hang out for college students and locals. Stop by and check us out anytime! We have a full lunch menu plus daily specials. We also offer the full menu for dinner with weekend specials. There is a fully stocked liquor store inside the bar.
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.
The Cheese Shop 'n' Deli
Featuring homemade soups, sandwiches, specialty foods and cheeses. Catering available. 35 year old antique collection. Open for lunch & dinner.
The Chocolate Shoppe
The Chocolate Shoppe in Utica is where lovers of this rich delicacy flock to. Featuring handmade confections, including world famous chocolate covered bacon; and offering a variety of sea-salted caramels, truffles, fudge, nut clusters, barks toffees, hand-dipped chocolate popcorn, graham crackers, pretzels, chocolate-covered fruits and nuts, and specialty items like chocolate pasta, chocolate balsamic vinegars and more.
The Class Room
A teacher's store and more. Educational toys, puzzles, games, children's books and teacher aids. We make learning fun!
Besides creams and clusters and toffee and caramels, The Confectionary also make hard to find pieces including divinity, chocolate dipped ginger, sponge candy (seasonally) and sugar free chocolate clusters (made with real chocolate). Their batches are small and much of the work is done the old fashioned way: by hand.
The Foster Suite
Located in the heart of Utica, The Foster Suite has a King bed, Queen sleeper sofa, 50" Plasma TV, fire place and Jacuzzi and more. Also offer wireless internet.
CITY: North Utica
The Hillside Restaurant and Catering
Talk a walk through our legendary restaurant and see the colors of every season. Smell the changes in the menu every time the wind blows a new direction, and taste homemade foods, breads and famous desserts just at the end of Pie Street.
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.
The Homestead Sculpture Garden and Labyrinth
Art lovers will admire the beautiful brick labyrinth and distinctive contemporary sculpture garden here.
The House Cafe
The House Cafe is a family bistro and a live entertainment venue located in downtown DeKalb. We have yummy food & drinks, and great bands featured throughout the week. The House is the perfect place to gather, network and be inspired. Our menu has a fantastic variety of fresh bakery items, delicious wraps and sandwiches, soups, salads and a flavorful vegetarian fare. We always have a great selectrion of teas and coffee drinks, as well as premium assortment of beer and wine.
The Huddle offers hot dogs, gourmet burgers, fries, smoothies, bubble teas, coffee and much much more! We are located close to Northern Illinois University and Downtown DeKalb. We strive for fresh and innovative alternatives to the fast food norm.
The Junction Eating Place
The Junction Eating Place has coined the phrase "Make the Junction Eating Place your meeting place" in our 40+ years of professional experience. Major attention has been devoted to decor and culinary aspects, with an ever-changing menu featuring dishes made with regional foods! Excellent breakfast, great lunches, and pleasant dinners are available to diners, and we hope the output reflects our commitment to you! Once through our doorway, you will surely never be bored by the surroundings! Inside, guests are always greeted with a warming welcome, a rustic potbelly stove and an on-site train that adds to our guest's delight. Also, if you are seated in some parts of the dining area, you can see the guys at work over the cook fires! The restaurant design welcomes guests and we hope the great service seals the experience!
The Lincoln Inn Family Restaurant and Bakery
The Lincoln Inn has been an anchor of downtown DeKalb for over 20 years! Fresh baked muffins, pastries, and breads make the Lincoln Inn a unique, enjoyable restaurant for all occasions.
The Nehring Gallery
The Nehring Gallery is a space within DeKalb dedicated to promoting arts and culture. It is currently the home of the DeKalb Area Agricultural Heritage Association, an organization dedicated to preserving and sharing the storied history of agriculture in northern Illinois, through exhibits, educational programs and community outreach. Visit their website to see what exhibit is on display today!
The Old Barn Museum
Housed in an original 1840s barn, this museum features thousands of Native American artifacts, including arrows, axes, drills, stone implements, trade beads, beaded garments and natural history items.
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!
The Thai Pavilion
Proudly presenting the food of Thailand in the heart of DeKalb. We're a bit of Southeast Asia in your own small town. Everything from appetizers, salads, fried rices, to desserts.
Play set in Dusseldorf, Germany on 1910, Louis Maske inadvertnetly drops her ill-fitting drawers in the middle of town square during a parade to honor the king.
The Welcome Matt
The Welcome Matt is located in downtown Hinckely. We offer our Fish Fry Dinner every Friday night, and karaoke every other Saturday. Check out our menu and seasonal drink specials. We offer burgers, soups, salads, sandwichs, and more! Stop by and see why The Welcome Matt has become a regional favorite!
The Whistle Pigs
Check out the 9th Street Pub for live bluegrass on Sundays through November. Bluegrass bands along with occasional Blues and awesome smokehouse items. 5 pm Sundays - no cover.
CITY: La Salle
The Willows Hotel - Utica
The Willows Hotel is a quiet quaint boutique hotel quietly nestled in historic Utica, Illinois. We are located 90 minutes from downtown Chicago and the Quad Cities. There is no better escape from your day to day routine. We are one mile from the entrance of Starved Rock State Park, voted one of "Illinois Seven Wonders". Two miles from Matthiessen State Park. The Willows Hotel is a short stroll from shopping, organic food store,restaurants, wineries, and pubs. More than a place to rest your head, you can relax and rejuvenate. Make yourself at home in our warm residential-feel rooms or suites. For business or leisure, The Willows Hotel staff is eager to make your stay enjoyable and comfortable.
The Yarn Exchange
Bring your needle work and share, or get inspiration on your current or next project! The Yarn Exchange offers "Yarn Geeks Round Table", open knitting/crocheting every Saturday from 10:30am-5:30pm. They also carry a variety of yarns available for purchase such as: acrylic, alpaca, cotton, wool, worsted, and more. The Yarn Exchange also has a variety of needles and tools for the beginner or professional knitter/crocheter. Gift Certificates available.
Timber Creek Inn and Suites and Convention Center
Convention center and Hotel
Serving the Best Soft Serve Ice Cream treats around. Open 7 days a week from 12:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. Inside and Outside seating. Family Fun...
Tone's Dog House
Chicago style dogs. Italian beef, polish, hamburgers, Tom-Tom Tamales, appetizers and more. Eat inside or carryout.
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.
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.
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.
Trattoria da Francesca
Trattoria da Francesca is located in the quaint town of Waterman. We are known for our pasta, but you will have to try one of our many items including pizza! You will not be left disappointed after your delicious Italian meal here at Trattoria da Francesca.
Treasures Old & New Antiques
In this store you will find unique antiques.
Tree Farm Stable Bed & Breakfast
Private cottage suite, 4 rooms, horses, farm, close to state parks. $$$
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.
Two Sisters Then & Now
Antiques galore. Come find hidden treasures, or maybe just exactly what you are looking for.
Union Depot Railroad Museum
Model railroad, locomotive display, railroad memorabilia.
Embroidery on shirts, caps, bags, etc.
CITY: Franklin Grove
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.
Uptown Grill's Playlist Theater presents: Miles Nielsen
Uptown Grill's Playlist Theater presents: Miles Nielsen and the Rusted Hearts. For Miles Nielsen, music is as much a part of his life as the act of taking a breath, every experience, every conversation, every dream is a potential song in the making. Showtime is 7:30pm, $25 general admission.
Urban Grace, located in downtown DeKalb, Illinois, sells CeCe Caldwell's Paints, provides monthly workshops catered to individual techniques using CeCe Caldwell's products, and will also custom paint furniture.
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.
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!
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.
CITY: North Utica
Your store for unique country gifts and home accents.
Waterman Winery & Vineyards
Waterman Winery produces wine that is made from homegrown grapes right here in DeKalb County. They offer wine tasting events, and tours upon request. Can host outdoor or indoor events.
Based on the timeless film, this heartwarming musical adaptation features seventeen Irving Berlin songs and a book by David Ives and Paul Blake. Veterans Bob Wallace and Phil Davis have a successful song-and-dance act after World War II. The showings are on: December 4, 5, 6, 11, 12, 13, 2014 at 7:30 pm December 7, 14, 2014 at 2:00 pm
White Christmas - Stage Coach Players Theatre
December 4-6 & 11-13 at 7:30 pm December 7 & 14 at 2:00 pm IRVING BERLIN'S WHITE CHRISTMAS Based Upon the Paramount Pictures Film Written For the Screen by Norman Krasna, Norman Panama and Melvin Frank MUSIC AND LYRICS BY IRVING BERLIN BOOK BY DAVID IVES and PAUL BLAKE Original stage production directed by WALTER BOBBIE Orchestrations Larry Blank Vocal and Dance Arrangements Bruce Pomahac Directed by Josh Smith Musical Direction by Nika Plattos Based on the timeless film, this heartwarming musical adaptation features seventeen Irving Berlin songs and a book by David Ives and Paul Blake. Veterans Bob Wallace and Phil Davis have a successful song-and-dance act after World War II. With romance in mind, the two follow a duo of beautiful singing sisters en route to their Christmas show at a Vermont lodge, which just happens to be owned by Bob and Phil's former army commander General Waverly. The dazzling score features well known standards including Blue Skies, I Love a Piano, How Deep Is the Ocean and the perennial favorite, White Christmas.
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.
Wright's Jewelry has an extensive selection of new jewelry, and a wide range of true vintage and estate pieces. Stop in and check out our recent purchases! Vintage necklaces, bracelets, rings and pins. Diamond engagement rings, gold necklaces and watches also available.
Yaeger's Farm Market
Farm products available for purchase include plants, fresh fruits and vegetables, plus a wide variety of Amish jams and jellies. A pumpkin patch and corn maze are featured in the fall.
Yogi Bear Jellystone Park Camp Resort
412 sites 219 W/E/S, 165 W/E, 12 primative, 10 rustic cabins, 6 rental trailers, open all year, 2 heated pools, spa, hayrides, store, snackbar, laundry, firewood, ice, lp gas, gameroom, minigolf, etc. Free wireless Internet. 20 mi sw of Aurora.