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Nestled along historic waterways and dotted with picturesque state parks, you’ll find scenic LaSalle County. For the better part of a century, this stretch of central Illinois has been a destination for travelers wanting to escape the hustle and bustle of city life, an oasis of unexpected natural wonders nestled in the Prairie State. In the age of daytrips, weekday excursions and short overnight getaways, there’s truly never been a better time to visit LaSalle County. Along with legendary natural attractions like Starved Rock State Park, you’ll find lively small towns lined with exciting eateries and boutique shopping opportunities. Whether you’re looking to tour museums and mansions, or sample locally made wine and craft beer, there’s an adventure awaiting you in LaSalle County. You’ll find this beautiful stretch of North Central Illinois along I-80 and I-39, conveniently located less than an hour and a half from Chicago, Rockford, The Quad Cities, Bloomington and Peoria. To make your upcoming trip to LaSalle County even easier, we’ve filled this guide with memorable road trip ideas, one day excursions and tips for planning your LaSalle County Vacation. Whether you’re looking to visit our iconic State Parks, explore beautifully preserved historic sites or plan the perfect family-friendly vacation, this guide has you covered! For even more trip ideas, head to our website at www. enjoylasallecounty.com Enjoy your stay,

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2022-23 OFFICIAL LASALLE COUNTY VISITOR GUIDE For tourism information or additional copies, visit enjoylasallecounty.com. PUBLISHED BY:

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Welcome to LaSalle County

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Starved Rock State Park

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28 Maps 30 Where to Explore 34 Places to Dine 36 Brew, Wine & Spirits 38 Living History 40 Marvelous Museums 44 Places to Shop 46 Places to Stay 51 Calendar of Events 54 Tourism Information

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tarved Rock State Park is a world apart from anything else in Illinois. Since the late 1800’s visitors have been trekking to this beautiful, and unexpected, stretch of nature to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life. More than a century later, and this still holds true. From the moment you first wind your car

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through the towering trees at the edge of the park, you will feel as if you are a world away from the Illinois you know. At Starved Rock, more than 13 miles of trails wind along, and above, the Illinois River. While you explore these environs, you’ll find countless breathtaking views, places to fish, boat, and simply relax in nature’s splendor. From the towering sandstone canyons to amazing seasonal waterfalls, there’s an awe inspiring view around every corner. Whatever the season you choose to explore, a trip to Starved Rock will leave you with memories that will last a lifetime. Consistently voted the #1 Attraction in The State of Illinois, Starved Rock features 18 unique canyons, 14 of which

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Check list produce stunning seasonal waterfalls” to “several of which produce stunning seasonal waterfalls. Guests can explore a vast network of more than 13 miles of trails, where they can soak in awe inspiring vistas and encounter remarkable plants and animals. The fun at Starved Rock doesn’t stop there, the park’s historic lodge and informative visitors center offer special programs like guided hikes, trolley tours, presentations from wildlife experts, live concerts, dining and much more! You can borrow binoculars, dog bowls, and dog leashes for FREE at the front desk of the Visitors Center.

STOP 1: The Starved Rock Visitors Center The Starved Rock Visitor Center is the perfect place to start your State Park adventure! Here, you’ll find interactive educational displays, free videos on the park’s history, hiking maps and a bookstore! While you’re there, be sure to check out Trailhead Concessions and Gifts for a great selection of hiking provisions. STOP 2: Starved Rock From the Visitors Center, take a short 0.3-mile hike towards the park’s namesake, Starved Rock. The summit is home to one of

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WATERFALLS AND CANYONS

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the best views in the entire park, where you can marvel at the Illinois River, or watch birds plunge for fish near the base of the Illinois Waterway Lock and Dam. STOP 3: St. Louis Canyon Just a few minutes to the west of the Visitors Center, off IL-178, you’ll find the parking lot for St. Louis Canyon. At the end of this 0.4-mile hike you’ll be treated to a beautiful box canyon, complete with a tall waterfall and hidden alcove that runs behind it. Even when falls aren’t in season, the canyon’s towering walls of intricate sandstone make for quite the sight. STOP 4: French Canyon One of the easiest hikes in the parks, just so happens to lead to one of the most beautiful canyons! Located just 0.4-miles southeast of the Visitors Center, French Canyon offers a towering 45-foot tall waterfall during the rainy season, and beautifully eroded Saint Peters sandstone all year round. After a rainfall, admire the colorful streaks left on the canyon walls by the mineral-rich water.

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Most of Starved Rock’s beautiful sandstone canyons produce waterfalls after periods of heavy rainfall, but St. Louis, LaSalle, French, Wildcat, Ottawa, and Kaskaskia Canyons are considered to be among the best. St. Louis Canyon boasts the only spring-fed waterfall in the park, resulting in much longer waterfalls, while LaSalle Canyon (despite being much shorter than the other waterfalls) is the only one in the park you can walk behind while the waterfall is in action! The French canyon waterfall is conveniently located just a short 0.4 mile hike from the Visitor Center, while Wildcat is hands down the largest in the park, a gargantuan waterfall exceeding 70 feet in height.

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EAGLE WATCHING Every winter, a small stretch of the Illinois River, between Starved Rock State Park and the Illinois Waterways Visitors Center, becomes a temporary condominium for a convocation of eagles! These majestic creatures, with wingspans upward of eight feet in length, pay Starved Rock a visit every year when more northern state’s rivers and lakes begin to freeze. The Illinois Audubon Society’s Plum Island Sanctuary, located at the base of the Starved Rock Lock, is commonly used by these eagles as a wintering site. The island’s seclusion, sturdy trees and proximity to a non-iced-over section of the river, makes Plum Island particularly desirable real estate for these feathered fliers.

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French Can yon During their wintering season, which lasts anywhere between December and March, you’ll often spot these eagles circling above broken ice, trying to find their next meal, or roosting among the island’s tallest trees. To see these eagles for yourself, head to the Lover’s Leap Overlook, the peak of Starved Rock or the aptly named Eagle Cliff Overlook. Be sure to bring a pair of binoculars or a camera with a large tele-photo lens. If you left your binoculars at home, don’t fret, Starved Rock Visitors Center also loans out complementary pairs at the front desk.

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STOP 5: LaSalle Canyon Located about a mile from the Parkman’s Plain parking lot, LaSalle Canyon boasts a wide picturesque canyon and jutting sandstone shelf, suspended 20 feet off the ground. Best of all, your hike to the canyon will wind you along the Illinois river, providing you with a great view of the river and a chance to see some rare birds and foliage. STOP 6: Water Cruise or Trolley Tour If you’re looking to get out of the canyons and take a break from hiking, or if you have a party member looking for a less active excursion, you can reserve a spot aboard Starved Rock’s Eagle One Water Cruise (running Jun. – Oct.) or take a Trolley Tour (running year-round). These narrated tours merge history and sightseeing for a truly one-of-kind view of Starved Rock. STOP 7: Starved Rock Lodge and Conference Center After a full day of hiking and sightseeing, cap your trip off with a stay at the Starved Rock Lodge and Conference Center. This historic hotel nestled in nature, features a Cliffside panorama of the Illinois river, an indoor pool complex, on-site restaurants and a beautiful rustic lounge. You can choose from historic lodge accommodations, spacious hotel rooms or charming log cabins.

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OVERLOOKS Starved Rock’s Canyons and Overlooks provide wonderful views of towering sandstone cliffs, lush vegetation and the mighty Illinois River. Photo-worthy sites like Council Bluffs Overhang, a massive sandstone alcove once used by Indigenous tribes for ceremonies, and the titular Starved Rock, once home to the French explorer’s Fort Saint Louis des Illinois, now offer inspiring panoramic views of the river valley below.

ICE FALLS There are more than a dozen waterfalls at Starved Rock State Park, many of which transform into beautiful, natural ice sculptures as winter tightens its grip on LaSalle County. According to the Starved Rock staff, some of the more notable (and stunning) ice waterfalls can be found in St. Louis, French, Wildcat, Ottawa and Kaskaskia canyons.

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DOGS Many blogs cite Starved Rock as one of the top destinations for hiking with your dog in the Midwest. The River Trail, that’s conveniently located off the recently restored Parkman’s Plain lot, is one of the more popular canine hikes. The dog-friendly outdoor Veranda at the Lodge even offers a special “doggy menu”. Dogs must be leashed inside the park.

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ust to the South-West of Starved Rock State Park, you’ll find Matthiessen State Park. This picturesque stretch of nature takes you from wildflower lined prairie trails to the depths of Ice Age era dells, complete with rushing waterfalls and mossy canyon walls. Matthiessen feels untouched by time, it’s mile-long canyons carved out by centuries of erosion,

exposing some fascinating otherworldly geology.

Founded in the tail end of the 19th century by La Salle zinc tycoon Frederick William Matthiessen as a private retreat, it was originally known as Deer Park, earning this name thanks in no small part to its enormous deer population. Even after it’s name change, Matthiessen still remains one of your best chances at spotting some wildlife in LaSalle County. Matthiessen’s trail system includes options for both novice and experienced hikers, allowing all park patrons to enjoy views of the grand Cascade Falls and the jaw dropping Giants Bathtub. The trails above the bluffs are graded, relaxed enough for any novice hiker

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Waterfalls or family. You’ll likely see more than just fellow hikers on these trails, Matthiessen also features some of the best horseback riding paths in the Starved Rock area. While the two trails that snake through the dells are a bit of a challenge, they also afford adventurous hikers an unmatched view of some geological marvels. Home to several falls, including a large 45-foot drop that separates the upper and lower dells, Matthiessen’s water features are active dependent on how much rain the area has seen. This makes spring an ideal

time to explore the park! Beyond a few sets of stairs to enter the dells and a handful of trails surrounding the brim of the canyon, much of your park exploring will be done by hopping across stepping stones, splashing through shallow creeks, and shuffling along narrow sandstone-lined pathways. With its narrow sandstone canyons and dense tree canopy, Matthiessen feels in many ways like the perfect counterpoint to Starved Rock’s winding trails and steep bluff vistas.

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tribe, used as a camp for a religious sect, and even a tuberculosis sanatorium during the 1910’s. These days, it’s a hidden gem state park that brings together the disparate worlds of fine art and conservation.

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ocated on the North banks of the Illinois River, Buffalo Rock State Park combines rustic prairie hiking with some of the best cliffside views in LaSalle County. Throughout this park’s storied past, it has been the home of an Indiginous American

The State Park is located approximately 3 miles west of Ottawa, Illinois, and has long been a favorite picnic area, as well as an ideal terrain for the beginner hikers. Buffalo Rock features two trails that offer wildly different park experiences: The River Bluff Trail snakes you along the Illinois River (featuring plenty of great bird watching opportunities), while the Woodland Trail gives you an up-close look at trees,

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wildlife, and the “Effigy Tumuli’’ mounds (made by visionary “earthworks’’ artist Michael Heizer) that resemble five enormous animals, a snake, turtle, catfish, frog and water strider. These earthworks, which can really only be seen from aerial photography today, were inspired by Indiginious American burial grounds, several of which can be found in the Illinois River region.

home to three live American Bison. This trio can be seen in their grazing pen, located near the Western parking lot. An early (8 a.m.) arrival rewards guests with an opportunity to see the Buffalo get fed and, occasionally, morning fog on the Illinois River.

From two riverfront observation decks, you’ll be treated to a unique southward facing view of the Illinois River, providing a beautiful vista you can’t see at any of the other parks in the region. Buffalo Rock is also

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estled along the Illinois River in Marseilles, Illini State Park is a serene hidden gem offering guests the perfect place to hold a picnic or family gathering. This 510-acre park boasts not only incredible views of the river, but also 100+ picturesque campsites, a boat ramp for easy river access and ample places for anglers to fish for crappie, bass, bluegill and catfish. Be sure to pay Illini a visit in Winter, when the park’s ice skating pool has frozen over, and the large sledding hill is covered in snow. During this season, you can also crosscountry ski on the park’s flat graded trails, then warm-up in their cozy shelter. During the Fall, the park’s a birder’s paradise, attracting scores of migrating songbirds

like Vireos, Warblers and Thrushes.

You’ll also find The Illinois Fallen Soldiers Tree Memorial, a unique living monument celebrating the lives of the soldiers lost in Iraq and Afghanistan. This site feature over 250 Oak Trees spread across a 2.5 acre plot of land, each celebrating soldier.

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ALLEN PARK

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A sprawling riverfront park, located on Ottawa’s Rt. 71 that offers boat launches, docks, a riverwalk, tennis courts, playgrounds, picnic tables, toboggan run and an amphitheater.

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2700 AIRPORT ROAD • PERU Baker Lake Park offers fishing, picnicking, playground, shelters, restrooms, soccer field and a 1-mile paved walking path.

CATLIN PARK

2560 EAST 1251ST ROAD OTTAWA

This 333-acre park offers fourteen distinct trails that run past streams, ponds and Catlin’s lush river valley vegetation. If you’re a fan of horseback riding, Catlin has some of the best trails in the area for riding.

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by the City of Ottawa, this 253-acre preserve is one of LaSalle County’s newest parks. Winding along the bluffs of the Fox River for nearly a mile, this park features bubbling creeks, a beautiful ravien system, expansive prairie, natural woodlands and a pioneer cemetery.

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This 0.5 mile trail parallels the flowing waters of the Vermilion River. Visitors can follow the trail through a forest of mulberry, hackberry, oak and maples. Blue jays, chickadees, and woodpeckers are frequent sights for birders, while butterflies and dragonflies are commonly found along the trail’s sunnier stretches.

LAKE KAKUSHA

ROUTE 251 • MENDOTA

This man-made lake, located in northern LaSalle County, is ideal for fishing and light trail walking. You’ll find ample shelters and picnic areas.

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This pet-friendly park features a fishing pond and pier. You’ll also find a 1/3 mile long walking track, complete with 6 work out stations. For the kids, there’s a playground with baby swings, regular swings and a pirate-themed jungle gym.

MITCHELL’S GROVE NATURE PRESERVE

EAST 5TH ROAD • LASALLE

This small park is something of a geological oddity, with its unique rock formations showing evidence of glacial gouging and boulder deposits from as far north as Canada. You’ll also find a winding creek, tall bluff outcroppings and some rare vegetation. For nonrockhounds, it’s also a popular hunting destination during deer season.

RIVER WALK AND FOX RIVER PARK 1025 ONTARIO STREET OTTAWA

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DON’T LITTER Do your part to keep the parks looking nice! There are ample waste receptacles scattered throughout the parks, be sure to keep any waste you generate on the trail inside your bag until you find one. STAY ON THE TRAILS Venturing off trails at any of Illinois’ State Parks is strictly forbidden, and for good reason. There are countless sharp drop offs, ravines, and dangerous plants off the trails. Admire the beautiful sights from only the clearly marked trails. DRESS RIGHT Wear well fitted shoes, preferably hiking boots with good traction. Dress appropriately for the weather, always anticipate it being cooler inside the canyons at Starved Rock and the dells at Matthiessen. BRING PROVISIONS Hiking can be exhausting, and many hikers underestimate how much water they’ll drink out on the trails. Plan ahead and bring extra water and trail snacks for you and your fellow hikers. BRING A PHONE These parks are large, and you can go long distances without seeing another hiker while out on the trails. Be sure to bring a cell phone so you can call for help in case of an emergency. BRING A LEASH Pets are always welcomed at LaSalle County’s state parks, but they must be kept on a leash, for their own safety.

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This park, located in rural Earlville, features picnic areas, open fields, rentable shelters and fishing ponds and the beautiful Indian Creek. While you’re there, be sure to learn about the tragic history of this tranquil park at the historical marker located near the entrance.

SNYDER GROVE PARK

EAST 4TH RD. • MENDOTA boat launch and an excellent fishing area.

SANDY FORD NATURE AREA

1399 NORTH 18TH ROAD STREATOR

The 200-acre Sandy Ford Preserve, located just off of the Vermilion River, features two creeks, a floodplain forest, dry bluffland forest, hill prairies, sandstone cliffs and a selection of plants more commonly found in Wisconsin or Canada.

Located in Mendota, this 104acre nature preserve features shelters, restrooms, picnic area and a playground. You’ll also find a small network of hiking trails.

SPRING LAKE NATURE AREA 1413 EAST 16TH ROAD STREATOR

Located 1.8 miles northwest of Streator, this 37+ acre park contains two creeks, a sandstone waterfall, an expansive large trail system, as well as some rare flora and fauna!

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DOG PARKS RIVER RUN DOG PARK 1930 N. 2753rd Rd. • Ottawa

This new dog park, located inside Ottawa’s Heritage Harbor, features two divided sections for small and large dogs, bags for cleaning up accidents, water to keep your pooches hydrated and plenty of rolling hills to run and explore. ROTARY DOG PARK 2837 East 5th Rd • LaSalle

Conveniently located off of I-39, this two-part dog park features ample room for your dog to run and play, benches and plenty of shade. This park is only a ten-minute drive from the entrance of Starved Rock, and even closer to the I&M Canal. You’ll find several restaurants in nearby LaSalle and Peru that offer dog-friendly patio seating. HARDSCRABBLE LIONS CLUB DOG PARK 820 James St. • Streator This dog park features a large shelter, picnic tables, benches, a waste station and a water fountain to keep your furry friends hydrated. There’s also a separate area of the park to accommodate smaller dogs.

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WIGGLY FIELD DOG PARK 2600 Plank Rd. • Peru

This spacious dog park features running water (during spring and summer), lights, benches, and complementary doggie bags to clean up any messes. You’ll also find a large dog ramp inside the run!

DOG WALKING: STARVED ROCK STATE PARK 2668 East 875th Rd. • Oglesby

Many blogs cite Starved Rock as one of the top destinations for hiking with your dog in the Midwest! The River Trail, that’s conveniently located off the recently restored Parkman’s Plain lot, is one of the more popular canine hikes. The dogfriendly outdoor Veranda at the Lodge even offers a special “doggy menu”. Dogs must be leashed inside the park! MATTHIESSEN STATE PARK 2500 IL-178 • Oglesby Matthiessen State Park offers plenty of fun locations for leashed dogs to explore, like a series of dells filled with enough water to cool off in, prairie-lined trails and a large waterfall. If you’re bringing your dog, consider parking in

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Dayton Blu ffs the North parking lot, which is conveniently located next to the stairs down to the park’s dells. SPRING LAKE PARK 1389 E. 1569th Rd. • Streator

Spring Lake is the perfect destination for a small hike with your Dog. The park features a system of 12 trails, most of which are half-mile loops or shorter, the beautiful Spring Lake Falls and a very stable wooden rope bridge. Keep your eyes peeled: the wooded areas are home to more than 85 bird species, as well as deer, foxes, coyotes, beavers, snakes, frogs and wild flora. BUFFALO ROCK 1300 North 27th Rd. • Ottawa Buffalo Rock offers sweeping vistas and over 290-acres of

scenic prairie. The park’s trails wind through massive earthen sculptures, heavily forested paths, water pumps, open grassy areas. Be sure to take your dog past the Buffalo pen, where they can see two live bison, a sight they likely won’t see anywhere else! DAYTON BLUFFS PRESERVE 2997 IL-71 • Marseilles

The five-mile trail system of Dayton Bluffs Preserve offers a fairly rugged hike, with some narrow trails, steep treks, ridges and ravines. However, the trails pose only a moderate challenge and should be a suitable hike for most dogs and owners. A portable bathroom is available in the parking area, the park is open year-round from sunrise to sunset.

DOG FRIENDLY RESTAURANTS IN SRC THE LONE BUFFALO 812 LaSalle Street • Ottawa (815) 324-9549 RED DOG GRILL 411 Great Loop East Drive • Ottawa (815) 434-4406 STARVED ROCK LODGE’S VERANDA 1 Lodge Lane • Oglesby (800) 868-7625 UPTOWN GRILL 601 1st Street • LaSalle (815) 224-4545

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EARLVILLE 1. Earlville Historical Society Museum 2. RT 34 Drive-In Theater 3. Shabbona County Park LASALLE 4. Hegeler Carus Mansion IL & MICHIGAN CANAL STATE TRAIL 5. Lock 16 Visitors Center/Lock14/ I&M Canal Boat

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MENDOTA 8. Breaking the Prairie Museum 9. Hume-Carnegie Museum & Veterans Park 10. Lake Kakusha

6. Mitchell Grove Nature Preserve MARSEILLES ILLINI STATE PARK 7. Middle East Conflicts Wall Memorial & Museum

11. Snyder Grove Park 12. Union Depot Railroad Museum OGLESBY 13. Memorial Park MATTHIESSEN STATE PARK 14. McPhedran Park STARVED ROCK STATE PARK & VISITOR CENTER OTTAWA BUFFALO ROCK STATE PARK

15. Catlin Park 16. Dayton Bluffs 17. I & M Tollhouse and Replica Canal Boat 18. IL Waterway Visitors Center 19. LaSalle County Genealogy Guild 20. Ottawa Visitors Center 20. Reddick Mansion 20. Washington Square Park and Murals 21. Riverwalk & Fox River Park

22. Skydive Chicago PERU 23. Baker Lake Park 24. Westclox Museum SENECA 25. IL LST (Landing Ship Tank) Memorial 26. MJ Hogan Grain Elevator 27. Seneca Area History Museum SHERIDAN 28. Norsk Museum

STREATOR 29. Hopalong Cassidy River Trail & Canoe Launch 30. Sandy Ford Conservation Area 31. Spring Lake Nature Area 32. Streator City Park 33. Streatorland Historical Museum 34. Weber House & Garden 35. WWII Canteen Monument TROY GROVE 36. Wild Bill Hickok State Memorial

UTICA 37. Father Marquette Memorial 38. Heritage Corridor CVB Visitors Center 39. LaSalle County Historical Society Museum Campus WEDRON 40. Charles Lindbergh Crash Site Marker


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Hegeler Carus Mansion 1307 Seventh St. LaSalle, IL

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aSalle County is a foodie’s dream come true, and an exceptional dining destination! From friendly neighborhood pubs serving legendary burgers to upscale eateries providing delicious scratch-made meals, there’s something for every palate. Enjoy fresh sushi rolled by a skilled chef, piping hot wood fired pizza or a fresh take on American classics made with locally sourced ingredients. LaSalle County’s delicious eateries aren’t just serving up memorable meals, they’re also providing town hospitality and service you won’t find anywhere else.

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BRUCE & OLLIE’S ICE CREAM & COFFEE 815-691-8034 bruceandollies.com CAJUN CONNECTION 815-667-9855 ronscajunconnection.com JOY & ED’s BAR & RESTAURANT 815-667-4850 SKOOGS PUB & GRILL 815-667-5800 • skoogspub.com

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BREW, WINE & SPIRITS

AUGUST HILL WINERY & ILLINOIS SPARKLING CO (815) 667-5211 • UTICA augusthillwinery.com • iscbubbly.com CLARKS RUN CREEK GIFTS & WINE (815) 691-8047 • UTICA • clarksruncreek.com CORTILENO’S PUB (815) 993-9157 • OGLESBY • cortilenos.com JOY & ED’S BAR & GRILL (815) 667-4850 • UTICA LODI TAP HOUSE (815) 667-4345 • UTICA • loditaphouse.com NINTH STREET PUB 815) 223-8960 • LASALLE • 9thstreetpub.com SKOOGS PUB & GRILL (815) 667-5800 • UTICA • skoogspub.com STAR UNION SPIRITS (815) 205-1234 • starunionspirits.com TANGLED ROOTS BREWING CO. (815) 324-9549 • OTTAWA • tangledrootsbrewingco.com UPTOWN GRILL (815) 224-4545 • LASALLE • uptowngrill.com

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WEBER HOUSE AND GARDEN

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aSalle County is filled with rich history! From the Native American tribes that traded near Starved Rock, to the legendary civil engineering project that was the I&M Canal, to the famed first Lincoln-Douglas Debate, history comes alive in this stretch of North-Central Illinois. To soak in some of these fascinating historical stories, pay a visit to this trio of grand gardens and historic mansions!

WEBER HOUSE AND GARDEN 1503 Baker St, Streator, IL 61364 www.WeberHouseAndGarden.com

Streator’s Ted Weber, formerly a nationally-syndicated radio interviewer, began renovating his historic childhood home in 1983. The house now sports beautifully decorated rooms, each one reflecting a different period of design, and a meticulouslymanicured English-style garden. This unique blend of architecture, horticulture, interior design and broadcast history is open for tours seven days a week, April – October.

HEGELER CARUS MANSION

1307 7th Street • LaSalle 815-224-6543 • www.hegelercarus.org Designed by W. W. Boyington, the famed Chicago Water Tower architect, LaSalle’s Hegeler Carus Mansion has remained virtually unaltered since it’s completion in 1876. This 16,000-sq. foot mansion features 56 rooms spread across 7 levels. The interior is just as stunning as the exterior, with its intricate parquet floors and hand-painted ceilings. This National Landmark is open for tours Wed. - Sun, year-round.

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100 W. Lafayette Street • Ottawa 815-433-6100 www.reddickmansion.org

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The Reddick Mansion, a wonderfully unique landmark, stands at the corners of Columbus and Lafayette streets in Ottawa, overlooking the Lincoln Douglas Debate Site. This 150+ year old, 22-room, Italianate mansion has been meticulously restored to the 19th century, after decades of being used as the town’s public library. Now, the mansion is open year-round for tours, Fri. – Mon.

The beautiful and historic Reddick Mansion anchors Ottawa’s Washington Square, the site of the first Lincoln-Douglas debate. This ornate 22-room mansion is open for tours Friday through Monday. Call for times and details. 100 W. Lafayette Street | Ottawa 815-433-6100 | ReddickMansion.org

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teeped in fascinating history, from enormous Native American trading camps on the banks of the Illinois to French explorers establishing a fort at Starved Rock and the very first LincolnDouglas debate, LaSalle County has been home to historic events that not only shaped Illinois, but the entire world. LaSalle County’s amazing museums archive this rich history and share it with the public, in a way that’s just as fun as it is informative! EARLVILLE COMMUNITY HISTORICAL SOCIETY MUSEUM 136 S. Ottawa Street • Earlville 815-246-7076 www.earlvillehistory.org Housed inside a historic 1890’s hardware store, Earlville’s free community museum shares the history of this Northern LaSalle County town through a fascinating collection of artifacts. LOCK 16 VISITOR CENTER 754 First Street • LaSalle 815-220-1848 www.iandmcanal.org The Lock 16 Visitor Center offers more than just a delicious café and great gift shop, it also houses a massive

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wrap-around interpretive mural that tells the storied history of the I&M canal. I&M CANAL BOAT 754 First Street • LaSalle 815-220-1848 www.iandmcanal.org Hop aboard a replica 19thcentury mule-towed canal boat and take a leisurely ride along a mile and half of restored canal, learning the importance I&M played in the development of Illinois. HUME-CARNEGIE MUSEUM 901 Washington St. • Mendota 815-539-3373 www.mendotamuseums.org Witness a collection of over 500 photos depicting 100

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M.J. Hogan Grain Elevator

I&M Canal Boat fascinating years of Mendota history. You’ll also find an extensive collection of Wild Bill Hickok memorabilia.

BREAKING THE PRAIRIE FARM MUSEUM 684 8th Street • Mendota 815-539-3373 mendotamuseums.org

UNION DEPOT RAILROAD MUSEUM 783 Main Street • Mendota 815-538-3800 www.mendotamuseums.org

This unique agricultural museum is open for viewing 24/7, through a series of glass windows that allow you to take a look at the historic farm implements that “broke the prairie”. Interior tours can be arranged by calling the number listed above.

Explore everything railroad related at Mendota’s own Union Depot museum. See miniature railroads depicting locomotive history and walk inside a real vintage train car.

NORSK MUSEUM 3656 E. 2631st St. • Sheridan 815-343-5070 norskmuseum.org This delightful museum is dedicated to Scandinavian culture, and is filled with

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artifacts from the Norwegian immigrants that settled the region back in the 1800’s. STARVED ROCK STATE PARK VISITORS CENTER 2678 E. 873rd Road • Oglesby 815-667-4726 dnr.illinois.gov Starved Rock’s cutting edge visitors center helps guests learn about the park’s storied past, fascinating wildlife and ecology through the use of interactive displays and interpretive dioramas. M.J. HOGAN GRAIN ELEVATOR 124 West Williams • Seneca 815-357-6197 senecahistory.com This 1861 grain elevator is of the last of its kind. This 65+ foot tall, 70,000 bushel elevator can be toured during special events, or call the number above to arrange a tour.

SENECA AREA HERITAGE MUSEUM 431 N. Main Street • Seneca 815-769-5077 senecahistory.com Seneca’s fascinating history is explained through a wonderfully curated collection of artifacts inside a vintage train depot! The museum even includes information on Seneca’s famed shipyard that produced 157 LSTs for WWII. I&M CANAL TOLLHOUSE 1221 Columbus St. • Ottawa 815-434-2737 pickusottawail.com The only surviving I&M tollhouse, this one room museum shows guests what the life of an 1850’s locktender was like, through a collection of artifacts, dioramas and historical documents. OTTAWA HERITAGE AND SCOUTING MUSEUM 1100 Canal Street • Ottawa 815-431-9353 Dedicated to preserving the history of the Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts and Campfire Scouts, this museum also

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has displays on the Lincoln Douglas Debates, and scouts founder/Ottawa resident W. D. Boyce. ILLINOIS WATERWAY VISITOR CENTER 950 N. 27th Road • Ottawa 815-667-4054 See the operation of a real lock and dam up close, and learn about the Illinois Waterway’s significance as a part of the nation’s water highway system. LASALLE COUNTY GENEALOGICAL GUILD 115 West Glover Street Ottawa 815-433-5261 Search a vast archive of historical records to learn more about your ancestors’ connection to LaSalle County. WASHINGTON SQUARE PARK Ottawa pickusottawail.com Visit the historic site of the first Lincoln -Douglas debate, as honore by a large reflecting pool and beautiful bronze statue. WESTCLOX MUSEUM 350 5th Street, Suite 265 Peru 815-250-0617 westcloxmuseum.com Peru’s famed Westclox factory, makers for the beloved cultfavorite clock, are honored in this fascinating museum. Through a vast collection of documents, artifacts and antiques, the Westclox Museum tells the story of the community that made these remarkable clocks.

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STREATORLAND HISTORICAL SOCIETY MUSEUM 306 Vermillion Street Streator 815-672-2443 streatorlandmuseum.com Celebrate historic Streator at this riveting museum, filled with thousands of artifacts, pictures, and records dedicated to telling the story of this community. You’ll also find a real Burlington Northern caboose on the museum property. LASALLE COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY MUSEUM 101 East Canal Street • Utica 815-667-4861 The LaSalle County Historical Society campus, located on the banks of the historic I&M Canal features five buildings and interpretive sites that, together, weave the fascinating story of LaSalle County.

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Places to

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rom hip antique shops selling expertly currated collectibles to fashion forward boutiques serving up great looks at unbeatable prices, there’s a shopping destination for everyone in LaSalle County! You’ll find malls, mom and pop shops, speciality stores, salons and even art galleries in the communities around the Starved Rock region. Whatever you’re in the market for, LaSalle County is sure to have a store that sells it! CLARKS RUN ANTIQUES 815-667-7190 • UTICA clarksrunantiques.com

HEARTLAND BY HAND 815-324-9298 • OTTAWA heartlandbyhand.com

CLARKS RUN CREEK GIFTS & WINE 815-691-8047 • UTICA clarksruncreek.com

HERITAGE HARBOR OTTAWA 815-433-5000 • OTTAWA heritageharborottawa.com

DANCHRIS NURSERY 815-672-8135 • STREATOR danchrisnursery.com GRATEFUL PLAINS 815-249-5134 • GRANDRIDGE gratefulplains.com JOBST MONUMENTS & GIFTS 815-433-0310 • OTTAWA Jobst Monument & Gifts On Facebook

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Canal Market Every Sunday • 10 AM - 4 PM, and select event days throughout the year 815-667-4861 lasallecountyhistoricalsociety.org Summer Concert Series ​​Fridays • 6:30 PM - 8 PM Hegeler Carus Mansion LaSalle • 815-224-5897 hegelercarus.org Music On The Veranda Fridays • 8 PM - 11 PM Starved Rock Lodge • Oglesby starvedrocklodge.com

MAY - OCTOBER

Ottawa Farmers Market Saturday • 8 am to Noon Jackson Street (815) 434-2737

MAY - NOVEMBER

Guided Hike & A Lunch Saturday & Sundays • 10am1:30pm • Starved Rock Lodge starvedrocklodge.com

JUNE - JULY

Midwest Primitive Rendezvous June 25 - July 2 • Marilla Park streator.org

JUNE - AUGUST

Jammin’ at the Clock Fridays • 6:00 - 8:00 PM • Heritage Park • Streator • streator.org Ottawa’s 3rd Friday Artisan Market Third Friday of each month 6PM - 9 PM • Open Space Art Gallery • (815) 293-7099 osartstudios.com

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Music Under The Oaks Fridays • 6 – 9 PM 815-200-5058 • peru.il.us

Music in the Park Saturdays • 6 - 8 PM Washington Park • Ottawa cityofottawa.org pickusottawail.com

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LaSalle County Historical Society Canal Market Every Sunday • 10 AM 4 PM, and select event days throughout the year • 815-667-4861 lasallecountyhistoricalsociety.org

JUNE - OCTOBER River Cruises Saturdays and Sundays ​​1:00 pm and 2:00 pm Starved Rock Lodge starvedrocklodge.com

Streator’s Farmers Market Saturdays • 8 AM - 12 PM Streator City Park • streator.org

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Chris Kringle Market November 26 - 28, December 2 - 4, 9 - 11 and 16 - 18 Ottawa • (815) 434-2737 pickusottawail.com

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November - January Celebration of Lights Rotary Park • LaSalle lasalle-il.gov

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DECEMBER - MARCH Guided Winter Hikes Weekends • Starved Rock Lodge • Oglesby 815-220-7386 starvedrocklodge.com

JANUARY - MARCH

Winter Wildlife Trolley Tours Weekends, 11 AM - 1 PM, 1 PM - 3 PM • Starved Rock Lodge • Oglesby 815-220-7386 starvedrocklodge.com

MAY

May 14 Starved Rock Country Marathon, Half Marathon & Run SRC 5K 7 am • Ottawa runstarvedrockcountry.net May 15 Kites In Flight Festival 10 am - 3 pm • Heritage Harbor • Ottawa pickusottawail.com May 21 Streator Food Truck Festival & Artisan Market Noon - 7 pm • Streator City Park • streator.org May 20 & 21 TBM Avenger Reunion & Airshow Illinois Valley Regional Airport Peru • tbmreunion.org May 27-29 Park Fest Streator City Park • Streator streator.org May 28 & 29 Wild Bill Days Utica • utica-il.gov lasallecountyhistoricalsociety.org

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June 2 Pistol Shrimp Home Opener Veterans Park • Peru peru.il.us June 3 - 5 Ottawa Two Rivers Wine Festival Jordan Block • Ottawa pickusottawail.com

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June 11 Family Pride Festival Washington Square Park Ottawa June 16 - 19 Oglesby Summer Fun Fest Festival Grounds • Oglesby oglesbyfunfest.com June 17 Ottawa’s Annual Cruise Night 5 pm to 10 pm LaSalle Street • Ottawa lasallecountycruisers.com June 18 - 25 Poco – A – Poco Summer Music Camp pocoapoco.org • streator.org June 23-26 Celebrate LaSalle Downtown LaSalle lasalle-il.gov

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July 2 - July 10 Streator’s 4th of July Celebration Concerts, Carnival & More Streator • streators4th.org July 2 Utica Fireworks Celebration Utica • Carey Memorial Park utica-il.gov July 3 Peru Fireworks Celebration Water St. • Peru • peru.il.us July 4 4th of July Fireworks 211 East Main St. • Ottawa pickusottawail.com July 10 4th of July Fireworks Streator • streators4th.org

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August 20 - 21 Starved Rock Nationals Skydive Chicago • Ottawa skydivechicago.com

SEPTEMBER

September 3 Roamer Cruise Night & Dream Machine Car Show Streator City Park/Downtown Streator • streator.org September 9 - 10 BBQ N Blues & Jazz N The Streets Downtown LaSalle • lasalle-il. gov lasallebusiness.org September 17 - 18 Vintage Illinois Wine Festival Downtown Utica vintageillinois.com September 24 Streator Food Truck Festival Noon - 7 PM • Streator City Park streator.org September 24 Pluto Fest 10AM - 3PM • Streator City Park • streator.org

OCTOBER

Fall Colors Trolley Tours Saturdays & Mondays, through October 9:30am and 11am Starved Rock Lodge starvedrocklodge.com Autumn on the River Tours Monday, Wednesday and Fridays, through October 11am – 3:00pm Starved Rock Lodge Oglesby starvedrocklodge.com October 8 - 9 LaSalle County Historical Society’s Burgoo Festival Downtown Utica 815-667-4861 lasallecountyhistoricalsociety.org

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November 25 Festival of Lights Parade 6PM • Downtown Ottawa pickusottawa.com November 26 - 28 December 2 - 4, 9 - 11 and 16 - 18 Chris Kringle Market Ottawa chriskringlemarket.com November 26 Keeping Christmas Close to Home & Light Up Streator Lighted Parade 7PM • Downtown Streator streator.org ci.streator.il.us November 26 Small Business Saturday Utica • utica-il.gov November 26 Small Business Saturday LaSalle • lasalle-il.gov lasallebusiness.org

DECEMBER

Christmas Trolley Tour of Lights Through December Starved Rock Visitor Center Oglesby starvedrocklodge.com December 3 Light Up the Night Christmas Parade Centennial Park to Washington Park • Peru peru.il.us December 9 - 10 Merry On Main Downtown Streator streator.org December 2 – 4 Christkindlmarket Downtown LaSalle lasalle-il. gov lasallebusiness.org December 3 Miracle on 1st Street LaSalle • lasalle-il.gov December 3 Christmas Parade 815-200-5058 • peru.il.us

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