Wine and Art Walk Returns For 5th Year

Wine and Art Walk Returns For 5th Year

Ottawa's Wine and Art walk returns for it's fifth year this Saturday, November 2nd! Enjoy samples of delicious wines and tasty appetizers, all while taking in some wonderful artwork in more than 20 of downtown Ottawa's best independent stores.For more information on the Wine and …
Starved Rock Country Vintage Travel Posters

Starved Rock Country Vintage Travel Posters

More than 10 talented artists from around Illinois have submitted their interpretations of a vintage WPA-style travel poster, based on the sights, locations and events found around Starved Rock Country! These artists will have a chance to win $500 and have their work featured on …
4 must-see Ghost Tours in Starved Rock Country

4 must-see Ghost Tours in Starved Rock Country

Fall is officially here, and that means ghost tours are just around the corner! Starved Rock Country's past is packed with bone-chilling tales of terror and unexplained apparitions. Regardless of your belief in the supernatural, here are four haunted tours that are sure to get yo…
Ottawa’s New Muralist Previously Painted for Game of Thrones Author

Ottawa’s New Muralist Previously Painted for Game of Thrones Author

Artist John Pugh, is widely known for his trompe de l'oeil (French: “deceive the eye”) style of murals. These large-scale optical illusions have been commissioned by the Minnesota Zoo, Nickelodeon Studios, and even Game of Thrones scribe George R. R. Maritn! Now one of these worl…
The Barn Quilts of Starved Rock Country

The Barn Quilts of Starved Rock Country

Driving down a rural blacktop road in Bureau County, one outbuilding begins to look similar to the next as they cluster from farm to farm until suddenly a kaleidoscope of geometric shapes and colors nearly pop off of a red barn, highlighted by the bright blue afternoon sky.It's t…
Oscar nominated actor called Starved Rock Country home

Oscar nominated actor called Starved Rock Country home

Richard Widmark appeared in more than 60 films during his long and storied career in Hollywood. He could be seen alongside John Wayne in "The Alamo", Marilyn Monroe in "Don't Bother to Knock" and even earned an Academy Award nomination for his screen debut in "Kiss of Death." But…
Summer Send-off: Artists take over botanical garden this Saturday

Summer Send-off: Artists take over botanical garden this Saturday

Hornbaker Garden, located in western Starved Rock Country, is the ideal backdrop for an end of Summer arts festival. In addition to their sprawling lawn, meticulously maintained botanical gardens and beautiful raised plant beds, this horticultural hot spot will host more than thr…