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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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