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WELCOME TO OTTAWA, ILLINOIS

Located in the heart of Starved Rock Country

Ottawa, Illinois is a vibrant tourist destination located 80 miles outside of downtown Chicago, in the heart of Starved Rock Country. It is often considered to be “In the Middle of Everywhere”.  You are within a stone’s throw of many diverse activities–from lush and natural outdoor areas to renowned cultural and historic attractions. Surrounded by open spaces, rivers, and trails, Ottawa is a natural setting that allows for people to get outdoors and enjoy some relaxation. We serve as a hub to 4 state parks (Starved Rock, Matthiessen, Buffalo Rock, Illini State Park) and a nature preserve all within 20 minutes of our downtown.

Those who visit, take note of its friendly and neighborly, hometown feel. Here, everyone is a special guest, and the area businesses provide personal attention to everyone’s needs and expectations. The residents offer a handshake, a warm greeting and an experience made from the heart. This is a place of progress, trend-setters and modern movements, from the innovators of the past to the forward thinkers of today. We offer an alternative to the big city vacation and a more authentic American experience with all of the modern amenities. A diverse culinary scene, large murals and public art displays, mom and pop shops, historic American figures, and adventure activities. There’s a lot packed into this hidden gem of the Midwest!

 

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Ottawa's Appellate Court building, built in 1860, is one of many in the area to be made out of Joliet limestone, along with a beautiful red brick compliment. There was a group of local men who were commissioned by the state to find a location for a new Supreme Court building. One member of this group was none other than William Reddick.
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Beautiful view from Buffalo Rock  looking over the Illinois River. Whether you hike or boat, this should be on your list of to do. 

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Cars and stripes - LaSalle County Cruisers car show. Downtown Ottawa, IL

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The downtown sidewalk plantings are so lush and beautiful this time of year!

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President Lincoln has been making his rounds in downtown Ottawa! Have you been able to find him and get your pictures taken?

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Another beautiful day in a beautiful place!
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New benches aren’t usually exciting... but then again, new benches aren’t usually “Benchausarus”
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