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Experience outdoor dining in Starved Rock Country
Table with a view, please -
Experience outdoor dining in Starved Rock Country
Whether the backdrop is the winding Illinois River, a bustling downtown or a cozy courtyard, Starved Rock Country has numerous al fresco dining options.

While there are plenty of choices, we've selected a handful of restaurants that cover a cross-section of Starved Rock Country.

These only represent a sliver of what's available, so we encourage you to seek out your own favorite spots; most towns offer some form of al fresco dining whether it be upscale or casual.
Whether the backdrop is the winding Illinois River, a bustling downtown or a cozy courtyard, Starved Rock Country has numerous al fresco dining options.

While there are plenty of choices, we've selected a handful of restaurants that cover a cross-section of Starved Rock Country.

These only represent a sliver of what's available, so we encourage you to seek out your own favorite spots; most towns offer some form of al fresco dining whether it be upscale or casual.
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Table with a view, please -
Experience outdoor dining in Starved Rock Country
Table with a view, please -
Experience outdoor dining in Starved Rock Country
Whether the backdrop is the winding Illinois River, a bustling downtown or a cozy courtyard, Starved Rock Country has numerous al fresco dining options.

While there are plenty of choices, we've selected a handful of restaurants that cover a cross-section of Starved Rock Country.

These only represent a sliver of what's available, so we encourage you to seek out your own favorite spots; most towns offer some form of al fresco dining whether it be upscale or casual.
Whether the backdrop is the winding Illinois River, a bustling downtown or a cozy courtyard, Starved Rock Country has numerous al fresco dining options.

While there are plenty of choices, we've selected a handful of restaurants that cover a cross-section of Starved Rock Country.

These only represent a sliver of what's available, so we encourage you to seek out your own favorite spots; most towns offer some form of al fresco dining whether it be upscale or casual.
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THE B-LIST: Cocktails and crime: Detectives of the '20s and '30s
THE B-LIST: Cocktails and crime: Detectives of the '20s and '30s
A good crime novel gives you a deliciously vicarious thrill; it's a way to dip your toe into a sordid, exciting underworld without leaving the safety of your overstuffed armchair.

And while the mystery genre runs the gamut from cozy — packed with recipes, knitting patterns and cats who have an inexplicable knack for uncovering clues — to violent psychological chillers (see Jo Nesbo's Harry Hole series, soon to hit the big screen with "The Snowman"), I've always been drawn to the historical outings.
A good crime novel gives you a deliciously vicarious thrill; it's a way to dip your toe into a sordid, exciting underworld without leaving the safety of your overstuffed armchair.

And while the mystery genre runs the gamut from cozy — packed with recipes, knitting patterns and cats who have an inexplicable knack for uncovering clues — to violent psychological chillers (see Jo Nesbo's Harry Hole series, soon to hit the big screen with "The Snowman"), I've always been drawn to the historical outings.
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THE B-LIST: Cocktails and crime: Detectives of the '20s and '30s
THE B-LIST: Cocktails and crime: Detectives of the '20s and '30s
A good crime novel gives you a deliciously vicarious thrill; it's a way to dip your toe into a sordid, exciting underworld without leaving the safety of your overstuffed armchair.

And while the mystery genre runs the gamut from cozy — packed with recipes, knitting patterns and cats who have an inexplicable knack for uncovering clues — to violent psychological chillers (see Jo Nesbo's Harry Hole series, soon to hit the big screen with "The Snowman"), I've always been drawn to the historical outings.
A good crime novel gives you a deliciously vicarious thrill; it's a way to dip your toe into a sordid, exciting underworld without leaving the safety of your overstuffed armchair.

And while the mystery genre runs the gamut from cozy — packed with recipes, knitting patterns and cats who have an inexplicable knack for uncovering clues — to violent psychological chillers (see Jo Nesbo's Harry Hole series, soon to hit the big screen with "The Snowman"), I've always been drawn to the historical outings.
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Remodeled Ottawa home 'a farmer's winter project'
Remodeled Ottawa home 'a farmer's winter project'
Nestled among the tree-lined streets, the neighborhood is a quiet and beautiful place to live. 703 Chapel Street is one of large homes that add to the neighborhood's charm. It's also a home that was gutted and remodeled by Everett and Wilma Olmstead.

No one was living in the home when the Olmsteads purchased the 1,697 square-foot, four bedroom, two-story property in 2001. And they never planned to live in it, either. It was bought specifically for Everett to remodel. It's what he loves to do.
Nestled among the tree-lined streets, the neighborhood is a quiet and beautiful place to live. 703 Chapel Street is one of large homes that add to the neighborhood's charm. It's also a home that was gutted and remodeled by Everett and Wilma Olmstead.

No one was living in the home when the Olmsteads purchased the 1,697 square-foot, four bedroom, two-story property in 2001. And they never planned to live in it, either. It was bought specifically for Everett to remodel. It's what he loves to do.
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Remodeled Ottawa home 'a farmer's winter project'
Remodeled Ottawa home 'a farmer's winter project'
Nestled among the tree-lined streets, the neighborhood is a quiet and beautiful place to live. 703 Chapel Street is one of large homes that add to the neighborhood's charm. It's also a home that was gutted and remodeled by Everett and Wilma Olmstead.

No one was living in the home when the Olmsteads purchased the 1,697 square-foot, four bedroom, two-story property in 2001. And they never planned to live in it, either. It was bought specifically for Everett to remodel. It's what he loves to do.
Nestled among the tree-lined streets, the neighborhood is a quiet and beautiful place to live. 703 Chapel Street is one of large homes that add to the neighborhood's charm. It's also a home that was gutted and remodeled by Everett and Wilma Olmstead.

No one was living in the home when the Olmsteads purchased the 1,697 square-foot, four bedroom, two-story property in 2001. And they never planned to live in it, either. It was bought specifically for Everett to remodel. It's what he loves to do.
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Adventure awaits in Starved Rock State Park's canyons
Adventure awaits in Starved Rock State Park's canyons
The wide open, 90-foot high St. Louis Canyon is a favorite for families. said Edna Daugherty, activities director at Starved Rock Lodge & Conference Center, as she looked over the crowd taking part in a recent guided hike.

Water rushed over the edge and splashed down onto the canyon floor as families stood nearby in awe and gathered together for group photos.

She recommended guests take the scenic route and travel to the canyon from the Lodge as the trails take visitors past many other canyons and scenic stops.
The wide open, 90-foot high St. Louis Canyon is a favorite for families. said Edna Daugherty, activities director at Starved Rock Lodge & Conference Center, as she looked over the crowd taking part in a recent guided hike.

Water rushed over the edge and splashed down onto the canyon floor as families stood nearby in awe and gathered together for group photos.

She recommended guests take the scenic route and travel to the canyon from the Lodge as the trails take visitors past many other canyons and scenic stops.
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Adventure awaits in Starved Rock State Park's canyons
Adventure awaits in Starved Rock State Park's canyons
The wide open, 90-foot high St. Louis Canyon is a favorite for families. said Edna Daugherty, activities director at Starved Rock Lodge & Conference Center, as she looked over the crowd taking part in a recent guided hike.

Water rushed over the edge and splashed down onto the canyon floor as families stood nearby in awe and gathered together for group photos.

She recommended guests take the scenic route and travel to the canyon from the Lodge as the trails take visitors past many other canyons and scenic stops.
The wide open, 90-foot high St. Louis Canyon is a favorite for families. said Edna Daugherty, activities director at Starved Rock Lodge & Conference Center, as she looked over the crowd taking part in a recent guided hike.

Water rushed over the edge and splashed down onto the canyon floor as families stood nearby in awe and gathered together for group photos.

She recommended guests take the scenic route and travel to the canyon from the Lodge as the trails take visitors past many other canyons and scenic stops.
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A quick look at golf courses
A quick look at golf courses
Whether you're a competitive golfer or prefer hitting the greens as a leisurely activity, Starved Rock Country offers many scenic courses.

Here's a list of some of the area courses.
Whether you're a competitive golfer or prefer hitting the greens as a leisurely activity, Starved Rock Country offers many scenic courses.

Here's a list of some of the area courses.
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A quick look at golf courses
A quick look at golf courses
Whether you're a competitive golfer or prefer hitting the greens as a leisurely activity, Starved Rock Country offers many scenic courses.

Here's a list of some of the area courses.
Whether you're a competitive golfer or prefer hitting the greens as a leisurely activity, Starved Rock Country offers many scenic courses.

Here's a list of some of the area courses.
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A sweet end' with itinerary
A sweet end' with itinerary
Mike and Deb Condon and their adult daughter, Katie Condon, had a plan when they visited Starved Rock Country in January.

The suburban Chicago residents were drawn to Eagle Watch Weekend at Starved Rock State Park, an annual event where bird watchers can spot America's symbol.
Mike and Deb Condon and their adult daughter, Katie Condon, had a plan when they visited Starved Rock Country in January.

The suburban Chicago residents were drawn to Eagle Watch Weekend at Starved Rock State Park, an annual event where bird watchers can spot America's symbol.
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A sweet end' with itinerary
A sweet end' with itinerary
Mike and Deb Condon and their adult daughter, Katie Condon, had a plan when they visited Starved Rock Country in January.

The suburban Chicago residents were drawn to Eagle Watch Weekend at Starved Rock State Park, an annual event where bird watchers can spot America's symbol.
Mike and Deb Condon and their adult daughter, Katie Condon, had a plan when they visited Starved Rock Country in January.

The suburban Chicago residents were drawn to Eagle Watch Weekend at Starved Rock State Park, an annual event where bird watchers can spot America's symbol.
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Starved Rock Lodge named 'must-see' building
Starved Rock Lodge named 'must-see' building
The American Institute of Architects worked with USA Today to showcase great architecture in each state, with Starved Rock Lodge near Utica named one of 25 must-see buildings in Illinois.
The American Institute of Architects worked with USA Today to showcase great architecture in each state, with Starved Rock Lodge near Utica named one of 25 must-see buildings in Illinois.
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Starved Rock Lodge named 'must-see' building
Starved Rock Lodge named 'must-see' building
The American Institute of Architects worked with USA Today to showcase great architecture in each state, with Starved Rock Lodge near Utica named one of 25 must-see buildings in Illinois.
The American Institute of Architects worked with USA Today to showcase great architecture in each state, with Starved Rock Lodge near Utica named one of 25 must-see buildings in Illinois.
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GARDEN MAIDEN: There's a magic to herbal teas
GARDEN MAIDEN: There's a magic to herbal teas
I am sharing this article on how to grow and make a few of my favorite herbal teas at a "‘Healing with Tea from Your Garden" playshop attendee’s request who had several wonderful wild plants on their property and simply did not know how to use them. And even though plant medicinal properties have been applied since before Christ was born, I am letting you know that I am not a doctor and the following is provided for educational purposes only.
I am sharing this article on how to grow and make a few of my favorite herbal teas at a "‘Healing with Tea from Your Garden" playshop attendee’s request who had several wonderful wild plants on their property and simply did not know how to use them. And even though plant medicinal properties have been applied since before Christ was born, I am letting you know that I am not a doctor and the following is provided for educational purposes only.
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GARDEN MAIDEN: There's a magic to herbal teas
GARDEN MAIDEN: There's a magic to herbal teas
I am sharing this article on how to grow and make a few of my favorite herbal teas at a "‘Healing with Tea from Your Garden" playshop attendee’s request who had several wonderful wild plants on their property and simply did not know how to use them. And even though plant medicinal properties have been applied since before Christ was born, I am letting you know that I am not a doctor and the following is provided for educational purposes only.
I am sharing this article on how to grow and make a few of my favorite herbal teas at a "‘Healing with Tea from Your Garden" playshop attendee’s request who had several wonderful wild plants on their property and simply did not know how to use them. And even though plant medicinal properties have been applied since before Christ was born, I am letting you know that I am not a doctor and the following is provided for educational purposes only.
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'Once in a lifetime honor': 15 veterans honored at Ottawa ceremony
'Once in a lifetime honor': 15 veterans honored at Ottawa ceremony
"This is a once-in-a-lifetime honor," Lochbaum said. "I appreciate it so much. I was surprised when I first heard I was to get it. I never knew such an honor existed. (Congressman) Adam (Kinzinger) helped me get me some of my medals last year and so, it was extra special to get the commendation (Thursday) from him."

Presented by Kinzinger, a Channahon Republican, the Congressional commendations are awarded annually to recognize outstanding veterans throughout the district.
"This is a once-in-a-lifetime honor," Lochbaum said. "I appreciate it so much. I was surprised when I first heard I was to get it. I never knew such an honor existed. (Congressman) Adam (Kinzinger) helped me get me some of my medals last year and so, it was extra special to get the commendation (Thursday) from him."

Presented by Kinzinger, a Channahon Republican, the Congressional commendations are awarded annually to recognize outstanding veterans throughout the district.
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'Once in a lifetime honor': 15 veterans honored at Ottawa ceremony
'Once in a lifetime honor': 15 veterans honored at Ottawa ceremony
"This is a once-in-a-lifetime honor," Lochbaum said. "I appreciate it so much. I was surprised when I first heard I was to get it. I never knew such an honor existed. (Congressman) Adam (Kinzinger) helped me get me some of my medals last year and so, it was extra special to get the commendation (Thursday) from him."

Presented by Kinzinger, a Channahon Republican, the Congressional commendations are awarded annually to recognize outstanding veterans throughout the district.
"This is a once-in-a-lifetime honor," Lochbaum said. "I appreciate it so much. I was surprised when I first heard I was to get it. I never knew such an honor existed. (Congressman) Adam (Kinzinger) helped me get me some of my medals last year and so, it was extra special to get the commendation (Thursday) from him."

Presented by Kinzinger, a Channahon Republican, the Congressional commendations are awarded annually to recognize outstanding veterans throughout the district.
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Parks for picnics, hiking and exploring in all directions
Parks for picnics, hiking and exploring in all directions
There are many recreational parks and natural areas in Starved Rock Country worth exploring. Here are some of the more popular sites, and a few lesser-known gems.
There are many recreational parks and natural areas in Starved Rock Country worth exploring. Here are some of the more popular sites, and a few lesser-known gems.
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Parks for picnics, hiking and exploring in all directions
Parks for picnics, hiking and exploring in all directions
There are many recreational parks and natural areas in Starved Rock Country worth exploring. Here are some of the more popular sites, and a few lesser-known gems.
There are many recreational parks and natural areas in Starved Rock Country worth exploring. Here are some of the more popular sites, and a few lesser-known gems.
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Ag program pays farmers to plant flowers
Ag program pays farmers to plant flowers
The department has a program in which farmers are paid to let some of their land be used to plant wild flowers to support bees, butterflies, hummingbirds and other pollinating creatures. A dozen different flowers are planted that bloom throughout the season.

One such plot of ground is in front of the La Salle County Farm Bureau office in Ottawa.

About 60 farmers in La Salle County participate in the program, according to Department of Agriculture representative John Garrity, who works with the La Salle County Soil and Water Conservation District.
The department has a program in which farmers are paid to let some of their land be used to plant wild flowers to support bees, butterflies, hummingbirds and other pollinating creatures. A dozen different flowers are planted that bloom throughout the season.

One such plot of ground is in front of the La Salle County Farm Bureau office in Ottawa.

About 60 farmers in La Salle County participate in the program, according to Department of Agriculture representative John Garrity, who works with the La Salle County Soil and Water Conservation District.
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Ag program pays farmers to plant flowers
Ag program pays farmers to plant flowers
The department has a program in which farmers are paid to let some of their land be used to plant wild flowers to support bees, butterflies, hummingbirds and other pollinating creatures. A dozen different flowers are planted that bloom throughout the season.

One such plot of ground is in front of the La Salle County Farm Bureau office in Ottawa.

About 60 farmers in La Salle County participate in the program, according to Department of Agriculture representative John Garrity, who works with the La Salle County Soil and Water Conservation District.
The department has a program in which farmers are paid to let some of their land be used to plant wild flowers to support bees, butterflies, hummingbirds and other pollinating creatures. A dozen different flowers are planted that bloom throughout the season.

One such plot of ground is in front of the La Salle County Farm Bureau office in Ottawa.

About 60 farmers in La Salle County participate in the program, according to Department of Agriculture representative John Garrity, who works with the La Salle County Soil and Water Conservation District.
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SENIORS CAN SIMPLIFY EVERYDAY TASKS
SENIORS CAN SIMPLIFY EVERYDAY TASKS
The ability to perform everyday tasks is something many people take for granted. But as men and women approach or exceed retirement age, many may start to struggle with chores and tasks they have performed for decades.

Physical limitations are a common side effect of aging. But such limitations do not have to prove too big a hurdle for seniors to clear. In fact, there are many ways for seniors to simplify everyday tasks while maintaining their independence.
The ability to perform everyday tasks is something many people take for granted. But as men and women approach or exceed retirement age, many may start to struggle with chores and tasks they have performed for decades.

Physical limitations are a common side effect of aging. But such limitations do not have to prove too big a hurdle for seniors to clear. In fact, there are many ways for seniors to simplify everyday tasks while maintaining their independence.
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SENIORS CAN SIMPLIFY EVERYDAY TASKS
SENIORS CAN SIMPLIFY EVERYDAY TASKS
The ability to perform everyday tasks is something many people take for granted. But as men and women approach or exceed retirement age, many may start to struggle with chores and tasks they have performed for decades.

Physical limitations are a common side effect of aging. But such limitations do not have to prove too big a hurdle for seniors to clear. In fact, there are many ways for seniors to simplify everyday tasks while maintaining their independence.
The ability to perform everyday tasks is something many people take for granted. But as men and women approach or exceed retirement age, many may start to struggle with chores and tasks they have performed for decades.

Physical limitations are a common side effect of aging. But such limitations do not have to prove too big a hurdle for seniors to clear. In fact, there are many ways for seniors to simplify everyday tasks while maintaining their independence.
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Rentals on the River: Heritage Harbor packed with adventure
Rentals on the River: Heritage Harbor packed with adventure
There are a dozen rental units to select from, with different decors and sizes. The units sleep from four to 11 people. Prices range from $169 to $350 a night. They come fully equipped with everything from linens to pots and pans. Pets are not allowed. There are multiple views of each of the units at heritageharborottawa.com under the “stay” tab.
There are a dozen rental units to select from, with different decors and sizes. The units sleep from four to 11 people. Prices range from $169 to $350 a night. They come fully equipped with everything from linens to pots and pans. Pets are not allowed. There are multiple views of each of the units at heritageharborottawa.com under the “stay” tab.
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Rentals on the River: Heritage Harbor packed with adventure
Rentals on the River: Heritage Harbor packed with adventure
There are a dozen rental units to select from, with different decors and sizes. The units sleep from four to 11 people. Prices range from $169 to $350 a night. They come fully equipped with everything from linens to pots and pans. Pets are not allowed. There are multiple views of each of the units at heritageharborottawa.com under the “stay” tab.
There are a dozen rental units to select from, with different decors and sizes. The units sleep from four to 11 people. Prices range from $169 to $350 a night. They come fully equipped with everything from linens to pots and pans. Pets are not allowed. There are multiple views of each of the units at heritageharborottawa.com under the “stay” tab.
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Old-Time Charm & Sweet Treats
Old-Time Charm & Sweet Treats
“I had a guy in here yesterday from Hong Kong and a couple a few days ago from Paris, France,” said Clark. “We get tons of people from Starved Rock on a Saturday. There aren’t a lot of little bakeries anymore. I wanted that oldtime feeling. A lot of the older generation say, ‘I haven’t been in one since I was a kid.’ It is quaint, cute, unique. You can go anywhere and get a doughnut. You can’t go everywhere and get a slice of cake or cheesecake.”
“I had a guy in here yesterday from Hong Kong and a couple a few days ago from Paris, France,” said Clark. “We get tons of people from Starved Rock on a Saturday. There aren’t a lot of little bakeries anymore. I wanted that oldtime feeling. A lot of the older generation say, ‘I haven’t been in one since I was a kid.’ It is quaint, cute, unique. You can go anywhere and get a doughnut. You can’t go everywhere and get a slice of cake or cheesecake.”
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Encanto y golosinas dulces
Encanto y golosinas dulces
De un paseo por el palacio de justicia histórico en el centro de Ottawa y podrá conocer a turistas de Australia, Suiza, Hong Kong y más allá. Todos ellos han hecho la parada especial para probar algo de fama mundial, receta de la familia antigua de la panadería de Ottawa, realizado a partir de
De un paseo por el palacio de justicia histórico en el centro de Ottawa y podrá conocer a turistas de Australia, Suiza, Hong Kong y más allá. Todos ellos han hecho la parada especial para probar algo de fama mundial, receta de la familia antigua de la panadería de Ottawa, realizado a partir de
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Princeton Art District offers crafts, gifts and wine
Princeton Art District offers crafts, gifts and wine
The Princeton Art District is a place of striped awnings, old-style lamp posts and vibe — lots of vintage vibe.

The district is situated in the 900 block of North Main Street at Princeton's northern end, made up of about a dozen businesses where treasures lay hidden for the unwary visitor.
The Princeton Art District is a place of striped awnings, old-style lamp posts and vibe — lots of vintage vibe.

The district is situated in the 900 block of North Main Street at Princeton's northern end, made up of about a dozen businesses where treasures lay hidden for the unwary visitor.
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Princeton Art District offers crafts, gifts and wine
Princeton Art District offers crafts, gifts and wine
The Princeton Art District is a place of striped awnings, old-style lamp posts and vibe — lots of vintage vibe.

The district is situated in the 900 block of North Main Street at Princeton's northern end, made up of about a dozen businesses where treasures lay hidden for the unwary visitor.
The Princeton Art District is a place of striped awnings, old-style lamp posts and vibe — lots of vintage vibe.

The district is situated in the 900 block of North Main Street at Princeton's northern end, made up of about a dozen businesses where treasures lay hidden for the unwary visitor.
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