Streaming Soon: Lincoln The Great Communicator

Streaming Soon: Lincoln The Great Communicator

After a cancellation due to COVID-19, the Ottawa edition of the acclaimed live show 'Lincoln, the Great Communicator' will be broadcast for free on Facebook Live this Wednesday, August 12th, starting at 7PM. This social distance-friedly concert is a can't miss for history buffs a…
Ghost Stories on the I and M Canal

Ghost Stories on the I and M Canal

As dusk falls, come out and hear about the ghostly tales of the I&M Canal on the haunted boat tour this weekend from October 25-27. This Halloween adventure is filled with legends, mystery and horror. Let their talented tour guides divulge the many secrets, spirits, and scandals …
Video: Starved Rock Country From Above - Scenic Drive

Video: Starved Rock Country From Above - Scenic Drive

One of the most scenic drives in Starved Rock Country can be found on the long winding roads leading up to Starved Rock State Park. This drive is particularly beautiful around sunrise and sunset, plan an early morning trip to see it for yourself! Produced by in partnership with S…
Socially Distant Concerts On A Historic Mansion Lawn!

Socially Distant Concerts On A Historic Mansion Lawn!

Every Summer, the lawn in front of the palatial Hegeler Carus Mansion, conveniently located near I-80 and I-39 in LaSalle, is transformed into a one-of-a-kind outdoor music venue.Here's the Music Schedule for the remainder of the 2020 Season: This gorgeous mansion has remained vi…
Small Business Sidewalk Sales Sales

Small Business Sidewalk Sales Sales

While Ottawa's popular Riverfest may not be on the books for 2020, you'll still find a variety of exciting social distance-friendly outdoor activities taking place this weekend, including a series of exciting sidewalk sales!Here's a look at which stores and boutiques will be part…
Experience artisan market, al fresco dining in scenic village!

Experience artisan market, al fresco dining in scenic village!

Located two minutes from the entrance of Starved Rock State Park, and just a short drive from I-80 and I-39, you'll find a true hidden gem, the village of North Utica. This canal town, steeped in rich history and beautiful nature, features some of the best pub-style dining and bo…
Ottawa's Art In The Park Returns Aug. 1-2!

Ottawa's Art In The Park Returns Aug. 1-2!

For more than 50 years, The Ottawa Art League's Art In The Park has been one of the signature open air art shows in Starved Rock Country! This weekend, Aug. 1-2, the fan-favorite outdoor gallery returns with some familar faces, new artists and added social distancing measures.[6x…
Video: Starved Rock Country From Above - Spring Valley

Video: Starved Rock Country From Above - Spring Valley

Spring Valley was founded in 1884 in the heart of the coal fields of Northern Illinois primarily for the purpose of mining coal. By 1888, the booming town of Spring Valley already had over 3,000 people and was referred to as the “Magic City”. Produced in partnership with Starved …
PHOTOS: The Matthiessen Sunflower Field

PHOTOS: The Matthiessen Sunflower Field

There's no question the sunflowers at Matthiessen State Park have become a part of the Starved Rock experience. Visitors from across the state, including the Chicago and Peoria areas, wandered through the 60-acre sunflower field Monday.
Video: Hike To The Aurora Canyon Waterfall!

Video: Hike To The Aurora Canyon Waterfall!

Take a quick video hike with Starved Rock Lodge and Conference Center's Marketing Director Kathy Casstevens, as she visits one of the State Park's hidden gems: Aurora Canyon! Conveniently located less than 10 minutes from the lodge, you'll be immediately greeted by the sounds of …