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9th Street Pub

Over 35 years in business in Starved Rock Country, serving lunch and dinner daily from 10:00 AM to 9:00 PM. They have live entertainment and video games and are home to the Cheeseburger In Paradise. They have 52 import beers with two major imports on tap and 10 new burgers and smokehouse items available, waiting for you to try them. 

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Annie's Hideaway

A local treasure right in Naplate, Illinois. Annie’s Hideaway offers some of the area’s best fine dining experience. Annie’s Hideaway provides guests with great food in an old north woods environment.

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August Hill Winery & Illinois Sparkling Co.

August Hill Winery & Illinois Sparkling Co. in Downtown Utica is Starved Rock Country’s award winning winery. August Hill Winery has been making wine since 2002. The Winery includes caves for aging wine, a tasting room, a sparkling wine program, and a staff that is family. A visit to winery allows you to not only taste the wine but see how the wine is made. Enjoy wine tastings of the August Hill Winery in the tasting room or on the outdoor patio and enjoy live music in the lounge.In ...

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Best Western Oglesby

Discover the beauty of Starved Rock State Park and Matthiessen State Park right from your doorstep at the Best Western Oglesby. After a day of hiking, biking and eagle watching, a perfect night sleep awaits you in one of the spacious guest rooms. The Best Western Oglesby is the closest hotel to both Starved Rock and Matthiessen State Parks.

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Brightwood Inn

Brightwood Inn is nestled at 14 acres of within Matthiessen State Park and conveniently situated 4 miles from Starved Rock State Park. This bed and breakfast will provide you with a peaceful stay among the picturesque beauty of nature. Explore the great outdoors of the Chicagoland are by hiking the Matthiessen and Starved Rock State Parks. Bring your bicycle and bike the I&M Canal Towpath. Enjoy a morning stroll through Brightwood Inn’s Mediation Maze. Escape the hustle and bustle ...

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Cajun Connection

Starved Rock State Park), provides foodies with the most authentic Cajon experience possible. From Boudin to Red Beans and Rice, Cajun Connection guarantees it will be authentic Cajun. The Cajun Connection features many recipes from the owner’s family, where he was raised in the swamps near Lake Charles, Louisiana. At Cajun Connection, you will find many authentic Louisiana dishes including alligator, gumbo, etouffe and more. Every visit must include a taste of the roasted pecan ...

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Casa Mia

Casa Mia in Naplate, has been one of the finest restaurants for the past 63 years. This culinary delight features steak, seafood, pasta and daily specials. The steak and prime rib are so mouth-watering, they are done perfectly every serving. If you have room for dessert you will want to try the mouse cake, it comes highly recommended. Casa Mia is a popular dining venue with limited seating, so you will want to make a reservation.

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Catlin Park

Catlin Park is a county park located in LaSalle County, Illinois. Catlin Park has 333 acres and is home to 14 distinct trails plus numerous connector trails. These trails course throughout the park’s habitat, including its various streams and ponds. The park’s horse trails are perfect for the novice horse riders and challenging enough for the more seasoned riders. The horse trails are recognized as some of the best in the Chicagoland area. The park is also home to an obstacle ...

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Chestnut Street Inn

The award winning Chestnut Street Inn is the ideal retreat for foodie travelers. This historic 1854 bed and breakfast features Mediterranean Cuisine utilizing locally grown ingredients. Anything your palate could desire is available at this elegant bed and breakfast. Head into town for a wine tasting at the local winery or take an evening stroll among gardens just outside your doorstep, either way your foodie getaway starts here. The Chestnut Street Inn is the perfect place to ...

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Comfort Inn - Ottawa / Starved Rock Area

We are located off I-80 at exit 90. We are just minutes from Fox River, Illinois River and Starved Rock State Park. Get going with a great breakfast. Start your trip to Ottawa with our continental breakfast offering everything from eggs, waffles and meat to healthy options like yogurt and fresh fruit. Your room has everything you need to relax, including a flat-screen TV, refrigerator, microwave, coffee maker, hair dryer, iron and ironing board. Explore Ottawa, Illinois ...

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Days Inn Oglesby/Starved Rock

The Days Inn Oglesby is conveniently located 5 miles from Starved Rock State Park. This award winning hotel offers a free continental breakfast to get your day of exploring started on the right foot after a good night sleep. After exploring the beauty of Starved Rock, Buffalo Rock, and Matthiessen State Parks relax in their indoor pool. You will find the comforts of home at the Days Inn Oglesby.

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Fairfield Inn & Suites Ottawa - Starved Rock

Fairfield Inn & Suites is located along the I-80 corridor and is 100% non smoking. Come enjoy our indoor pool, fitness center, free wi-fi and breakfast

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Fairfield Inn and Suites- Peru

Enjoy the natural beauty that the Heritage Corridor has to offer when you stay at the Fairfield Inn & Suites – Peru. This hotel is just minutes from Starved Rock State Park. Offering the perfect way to relax after a long day of meetings or escaping the hustle of everyday life by hiking Starved Rock. Providing exceptional customer service is the #1 priority at the Fairfield Inn & Suites. Their spacious guest rooms offer you plenty of room to kick back and relax with all ...

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Fox River Bed and Breakfast

Located on 17 beautiful acres on the Fox River. A short drive to Starved Rock State Park. Closely located to skydiving and canoe outfitters.

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Hampton Inn & Suites Peru

Minutes from Starved Rock State Park and regional shopping mall. Recipient of 2015 Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence Award.

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Heritage Corridor CVB-Utica

The Heritage Corridor Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) has an Visitor Center in Utica to provide visitors of Starved Rock Country with area information. The office is your source for that latest information on area events, lodging deals, dining specials, and hiking maps of Starved Rock State Park. The Heritage Corridor is your traveling partner to exploring Starved Rock State Park, enjoying a ride along the “Mother Road” Route 66, or a visit along the 96 miles that made Chicago ...

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Heritage Harbor Ottawa

Every great adventure starts with a moment of discovery. Ideally situated just minutes from Starved Rock State Park, the Heritage Harbor Ottawa is the place for waterfront living. Being in the heart of the Starved Rock area means you can explore the natural beauty of the Heritage Corridor. Heritage Harbor features a charming collection of cottages, condos, villas and vacation homes all nestled between vibrant neighborhoods around our marina. Whether you’re a passionate boater, ...

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Holiday Inn Club Vacations Fox River Resort

Fox River Resort has spacious, condo-style two-bedroom villas from 856 to 1,330 square feet. Condos come complete with living rooms and full kitchens. Washers and dryers are included in select villas, and free laundry facilities are available on-site. Wi-fi and parking are free for guests. Fox River Resort is much more than a splash-filled water park resort. We offer so many other fun-filled things to do, too, like an 18-hole mini golf course, seven-acre fishing and boating ...

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Holiday Inn Express & Suites Peru

Conveniently located off of Interstate I-80, exit 75. Built in 2010, with a fitness center, pool and hot tub. Very close to shopping and restaurants.

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Jimmy John's Gourmet Sandwiches

Freaky is a way of life at Jimmy John’s. Not only are they freaky fast, but they are freaks about fresh bread, meats, and veggies. All meats and fresh veggies are sliced in-house every day. The bread is made every four hours right where you can see it. The magic in creating gourmet sandwiches is when all the ingredients are combined. They provide delivery to your office and catering for you special event.

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Joy and Ed's Inn

Breakfast specials along with homemade soup, chili and daily lunch specials. Dinner Specials along with homemade pizzas! Carry outs available!

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LaSalle County Historical Society

The LaSalle County Historical Society campus is located on the banks of the historic I&M Canal and is situated in the quaint village of Utica, Illinois, bordering beautiful Starved Rock State Park. The museum campus features five facilities: the Canal Warehouse, the One-Room School House, the Heritage Center, the Blacksmith Shop and the 1875 Barn. On Sundays in May – September, the historical society is home to the canal market. The LaSalle County Historical Society sponsors ...

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Lock 16 Cafe & Gift Shop

The Lock 16 Gift Shop is located at the Lock 16 Visitor Center in LaSalle. Gift Shop boasts a wide selection of unique gifts, seasonal décor, cards, books, souvenirs and mementos and exclusive I&M Canal Boat items. No matter the occasion you’re sure to find the perfect I&M Canal themed gifts at the Lock 16 Gift Shop.

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MarkAllen's American Kitchen

For a unique dining experience, MarkAllen’s American Kitchen in Peru, is a must stop. MarkAllen’s takes great pride in preparing their food with the finest and freshest ingredients available. MarkAllen‘s American Kitchen is a comfortable place to be and is perfect for lunch, dinner or just a quick drink or snack.

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Matthiessen State Park

Matthiessen State Park is an Illinois state park located a few miles south of the more famous Starved Rock State Park. Matthiessen State Park is a paradise for those interested in geology, as well as recreation. With a visit to this state park, you can expect to see beautiful rock formations in addition to unusual and abundant vegetation and wildlife. An abundance of activities will be found at Matthiessen including, camping, fishing, horseback riding trails, geocaching, and ...

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Nonie's Bakery

Nonie’s Bakery in Utica is family owned bakery and café serving breakfast and lunch. Nonie’s is a quiet relaxed environment to connect with your family before a day of exploring at Starved Rock State Park. Homemade breakfast is made daily starting at 8am. Nonie’s Bakery is a great local bakery to grab your daily espresso.

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Open Space Art Gallery and Studios

Open Space Art Gallery and Studios aims to inspire and empower the community through the arts. Located in Ottawa (a few minutes from Starved Rock State Park), The Gallery is a space for the artists to show their work in a professional setting and gives them the opportunity to sell their peices. The Communal Studio is a place for artists to create. They hold classes and private parties as well to truly embrace your inner artist.

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Ottawa Art League

The Ottawa Visitors Center serves visitors to Starved Rock Country with information on lodging, attractions, events and amenities. The visitors center is open 7 days providing information on Starved State Rock Park. The Ottawa Visitors Center also holds area walking tours for visitors and residents to learn about not only the area but the history of Ottawa. On your next visit to Ottawa, swing by the visitors center for your “Scenic Route to the Rock” information.

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Ottawa Historical and Scouting Heritage Museum

The Ottawa Historical and Scouting Heritage Museum is dedicated to the preservation of the history of the Ottawa, Illinois area and Boy Scouting, Lone Scouts, and Girl Scouting.

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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 Area's special events, lodging, and outdoor activities. Stroll their turn-of-the-century OLD TOWN with its lush walkways, boutique shops and unique restaurants. Stop here for your "Scenic Route to the Rock".

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Pleasant Creek Campground

Pleasant Creek Campground is nestled in a wooded setting along a tributary of the Vermillion River, surrounded by rolling hills and mature trees. The campground is located 5 miles from the entrance of Starved Rock State Park. Pleasant Creek Campground is quietly tucked away in the heart of the Illinois Valley and minutes from unique shops, historical sites, recreational activities, and amazing dining options. The 140 spacious campsites provide ample room for all of your camping ...

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Spring Lake Nature Park

Spring Lake Nature Park in Streator, Illinois is 37.2 acres of natural land. The park includes two creeks, a sandstone formation waterfall, trails and flora typical of central Illinois. The park is home to a towering cottonwood tree is the one of the largest in Illinois and well over 200 years old. Spring Lake Nature Park offers an abundance of outdoor recreation such as hiking, bird watching, fishing, horseback riding, a natural beauty for photography enthusiasts. Spring Lake ...

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Star Union Spirits

Star Union Spirits is a craft distillery that manufactures small-batch spirits from locally sourced fruits and grains. Founded by longtime winemaking friends, Bob Windy and Jeff Yosowitz in LaSalle just minutes away from Starved Rock State Park. The distillery has a public tasting room where guests are able to view the entrancing copper still and the wonders of spirit distillation and production. Curious visitors are able to sample Star Union Spirits' delicious hand-crafted spirits ...

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Starved Rock Lodge and Conference Center

Treat yourself to a relaxing vacation and get away to Starved Rock. Starved Rock State Park & the Starved Rock Lodge is the best getaway in Illinois if you enjoy hiking, outdoor adventure, history and architectural landmarks. Within the Lodge, you’ll find historic ambiance in the main dining room where the atmosphere is friendly and casual. Relax and unwind in their indoor pool, hot tub and sauna or stop by The Back Door Lounge to fuel up before a hike or cool off with a locally ...

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Starved Rock Marina

The Starved Rock Marina is a full service marina that offers dock rentals storage, repairs, launching and sells boats to the boating community. The marina is located on the scenic Illinois River across from the beautiful Starved Rock State Park and minutes from Buffalo Rock State Park and Matthiessen State Park. They have a large selection of pre-owned boats for sale and are a certified dealer for Rinker Boats, Sundancer Pontoons and Landau Pontoons. The marina is very unique ...

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Starved Rock State Park

Starved Rock State Park is a world apart from anything else in Illinois. From the minute you wind your car through the towering trees, you will feel as if you are away from everyday life. Starved Rock has 13 miles of trails to explore and the Illinois River offers fishing, boating, extraordinary views and great places to relax. Towering canyons are visible all year round with amazing waterfalls that are active in the spring and after heavy rainfall. No matter what the season ...

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Starved Rock State Park Visitor Center

The Starved Rock State Park Visitor Center is the place to start you Starved Rock State Park adventure, and is located along the Illinois River in the main park. The Visitors Center has several interactive displays, free videos on the park, hiking maps, exhibits and plenty of information on Starved Rock. As you enter the Visitors Center, you will be welcomed by a slice of the trunk of one of the largest American Elm trees in the United States that grew at Starved Rock. To sign ...

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Super 8 by Wyndham

The Super 8 Ottawa located off I-80 in the Starved Rock area is minutes away from Starved Rock State Park, Buffalo Rock State Park, and the I&M Canal. Enjoy a free 8-item SuperStart breakfast before a day of exploring. Fish, or hike 13 miles of trails at Starved Rock State Park, just seven miles away from the hotel. The I&M Canal provides 61 miles of scenic trails for your outdoor adventure. Get the rest you need at the Super 8 Ottawa for a fresh start.

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Tangled Roots Brewing Company

In beautiful Starved Rock Country is Illinois’ finest craft beer experience, Tangled Roots Brewing Company. Tangled Roots Brewing Company is a locally grown farm-to-foam brewery experience and craft beer brand that compliments Starved Rock Country well. You can also eat at the amazing, adjoing The Lone Buffalo restaurant as well. While enjoying a tasty craft brew, schedule your brewery tour to learn how Tangle Roots creates their beer and their history. Every Friday and Saturday ...

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The Cheese Shop 'n' Deli

The Cheese Shop ‘n’ Deli is located just off the banks of the I&M Canal in Historic Ottawa, Illinois. Satisfying the taste buds of customers since 1970, the Cheese Shop ‘n’ Deli is famous for their homemade soups, sandwiches, salads, fried chicken and Len-Rico’s spaghetti. The Deli also features an eclectic display of antiques and one of Illinois’ largest displays of antique milk bottles. When you dine at The Cheese Shop ‘n’ Deli you will be certain you will leave with your belly ...

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The Hi-Way Restaurant

The Hi-Way Restaurant in Ottawa, Illinois is your place for great food and cold drinks before a day of exploring Starved Rock State Park. Their menu includes American, Italian, Oriental, Mexican, and Mediterranean items along with specialty sandwiches and a variety of traditional and specialty salads. The delicious food and family dining atmosphere at The Hi-Way Restaurant is accompanied by excellent service. Just minutes from I-80 and Starved Rock State Park, The Hi-Way Restaurant ...

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The New Chalet Restaurant

Good old home cooking awaits you at The New Chalet Restaurant in Ottawa, Illinois. Voted one of the best restaurants in Ottawa, The New Chalet Restaurant is minutes away from Starved Rock State Park and serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. Before hiking the area state parks, start your day off with the breakfast of champions. Dinner is perfect for family time, so sit back and relax with a home cooked meal at The New Chalet Restaurant, by the best chefs in Ottawa, Illinois.

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The Red Dog Grill

The Red Dog Grill is Starved Rock Country’s best waterfront dining venue. Located in Heritage Harbor Ottawa, the Midwest’s premier getaway destination and marina resort, you will dive into their splendid menu enjoying gourmet American and seafood cuisine while overlooking a world-class marina. Red Dog Grill is the perfect place to enjoy scrumptious apps, mouthwatering burgers and fresh seafood. Enjoy the beautiful marina views from the outdoor patio during the summer, or warm ...

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Troll Hollow Campground

Troll Hollow is the summer home to campers who back year after year to make new memories with family and friends. Nestled in the beautiful Illinois Valley area, Troll Hollow is just minutes away from fun for everyone. Whether it's biking and hiking Starved Rock State Park, or fishing in the Illinois River, Troll Hollow is a memory waiting to happen. There’s so much to share with your family at Troll Hollow Campground, you will be booking your next getaway before you leave.

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Weber House and Garden

The Weber House & Garden, is located south of Chicago near Starved Rock State Park and sits on 2 acres in Streator, Illinois. The Weber House & Garden immerses visitors in storybook/Tudor architecture and English-style gardens. Visits will receive an intimate look at American history through the eyes of Ted Weber, a Chicago area radio and TV personality for over 50 years. The inside of the Weber House consists of cozy candlelit rooms that reflect the 18th century. The house consists ...

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Westclox Museum

The Westclox Museum in Peru, Illinois presents visitors with a history of the Western Clock Company, better known as Westclox. The museum is located in a portion of the historic Westclox building. On exhibit is a large collection of Tick Talk Magazines that hold all of the wonderful stories of the thousands of employees who worked at the Westclox factory. Learn about the company that began waking up America, and eventually the world in 1885 at the Westclox Museum.

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Scenes from Around the Corridor