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America in Bloom
OTTAWA, Illinois - the County Seat of LaSalle County -
is a National Award-winning Champion AMERICA IN BLOOM community.
A welcoming and vibrant place to live, work, and play, Ottawa benefits from its
tens of thousands of colorful plants and trees. Ottawans enjoy living in a clean environment;
celebrating their heritage; and planting pride through volunteerism.
Ottawa, Illinois ~ PICK US!
This is your guide to
the BEST of OTTAWA!
The BEST of shopping,
working and living –
it’s all right here in heart
of Starved Rock Country.
Come and see for
yourself all that
Ottawa has for
you, your family
and your future!
Pick Us! for the BEST
that life has to offer.
Ottawa in Bloom
A Proud Heritage
Things You’ll Spot!
Ottawa Area Chamber of Commerce & Industry
For more information
about Ottawa, contact:
Ottawa Area Chamber
of Commerce and Industry
633 LaSalle St, Suite 401
Ottawa, IL 61350
(815) 433 0084
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Diane Stelken Associates.
As Mayor of Ottawa since 1999, I have had the pleasure of seeing first-hand the business spirit flourish and the
pride in our beautiful and historic city blossom. Located in the heart of starved Rock Country, Ottawa offers an ideal setting
for business and entrepreneurial ventures, an enviable quality of life for residents, and a delightful get-away experience for
Ottawa recently won the national “America in Bloom” championship award, and when you visit you’ll see
why. Our lush landscaping, historic buildings and larger-than-life murals provide a beautiful backdrop for enjoyable downtown
shopping in one-of-a-kind stores. Shops ranging from shabby chic to the elite boutique offer unique treasures. And, with
exceptional quality dining options, it ALL makes for a truly fantastic experience.
“What an exciting time
it is to be a part of this
~ Mayor Eschbach
parks and recreation
BEST OF BEST OF BEST OF
The sky’s the limit!
The Entrepreneurial Spirit
Let’s Go to Work.
Best of Living
Modern Living. Traditional Values.
Let’s Get Specific.
Educate & Develop
Options for every age!
Something Old. Something New.
Quality care all around
Festivals & Events
What’s Growin’ On
Foodies Love Ottawa
A culinary feast in Ottawa!
Shop the Streets!
A downtown treasure
Worship & Civic
Enriching the lives of Ottawans
Health & Fitness
Get moving in Ottawa!
Run. Jump. Play.
Additionally, future waterfront development is now being planned for more than
twenty acres of riverfront land at the edge of downtown. These plans include an outdoor concert
venue, botanic gardens, and harbor, with opportunities for nearby residential and commercial
We’re proud of the exceptional educational resources here in Ottawa. The public
and parochial schools offer quality and comprehensive curriculum, sports and extra-curricular
programs. Our high school music program has ranked first in the State for 18 years in a row!
And,with a community college center right here in Ottawa, our residents have convenient access
to college and continuing education opportunities.
The city takes economic development seriously, and over the past ten years has
created over 2,000 jobs. The city’s industrial park offers ready- to-build sites featuring utilities
and other amenities including rail. The continued revitalization of our historic downtown and our
economic development incentives offer opportunities for investors and increased job opportunities
for our citizens.
One of my favorite things about Ottawa is its sense of community. We are genuinely
friendly and relaxed. We enjoy sharing our city with visitors and welcome new residents.
But come and see for yourself ~ the very BEST in life is here in Ottawa.
- Robert M. Eschbach, Mayor City of Ottawa
BEST of Ottawa was produced by Diane Stelken Associates, under the creative direction of designer and artist Julie Verona. This guide was printed in four-color process
throughout by Sigma Graphics in Ottawa, featuring their own unique “Strike Through Varnish” technique on the covers. Thank you to Dawn Maffeo Photography for her custom and
brilliant cover shot; to Kelsey for being so pretty and allowing us and Jillianne Renee to paint you; and to my friends, Bridget McGettigan for sales and marketing support, and Gabby
Crivilare for help with copy and content. Thanks to Skip Hupp for use of his amazing landscape photography, as well as works from Red Jasper Artistry, Mark Pentecost and Lori Nicoli
Photography. A very special thanks to The Ottawa Area Chamber of Commerce and Industry, The City of Ottawa, Ottawa Visitor’s Center, The Times and Starved Rock Country, for use of
their photos and assistance with information and content. And lastly, thanks to ALL the advertisers! Look to these business leaders and their resources here in Ottawa. They are the BEST.
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The name ‘Ottawa’ comes from the Algonquin
word ‘Awdawe’ that means trading place.
With landmarks, museums and ties to
Lincoln, Ottawa has a rich historical pride.
History buffs love Ottawa. And, the most famous of Ottawa’s historic sites is
Washington Square Park, where the first Lincoln-Douglas debate took place in
1858. Today you’ll see in the center of the park larger than life bronze replicas of
the two politicians. Among the other landmarks in Ottawa are the John Hossack
House, which was a stop on the Underground Railroad, and the Reddick Mansion.
Also, with great historical significance
to the area, is the Illinois and Michigan
Canal which runs through Ottawa. This
96-mile canal linked the Great Lakes to the
Illinois and Mississippi rivers, more than a
century and a half ago. Today this trail is
one of the area’s most popular paths for
running and biking.
The Ottawa Scouting Museum is a
tribute to William D. Boyce of Ottawa, the
founder of the Boy Scouts of America.
A few miles away on Highway 71
is the Norsk Museum, housed in an old
Norwegian Lutheran Church. Located in
Norway, Illinois, the museum is dedicated
to the settlers who founded the area.
There is also a nearby memorial that commemorates
the site of the first permanent
Norwegian-American settlement in the
Murals are sprinkled throughout the
city. A Brush with History public art program
was developed to help revitalize
Ottawa’s downtown and create a cultural
attraction for tourists and residents of
the community. Subjects of the murals
include the Lincoln-Douglas debate, General
W.H.L. Wallace, a history of communication,
the Peltier Glass Factory, the city’s
history as a canal town, and the American
Indians, who were Ottawa’s first residents.
Ottawa is in the heart of Starved
Rock Country and the gateway to Starved
Rock State Park - the most popular park in
Illinois. The “Rock” itself is on the list of
National Historic Landmarks, and other
sites in the park are on the National
Register of Historic Places. Numerous hiking
trails with stunning views along the
river and through canyons contribute to
the park’s popular reputation. Other nearby
state parks include Illini and Matthiessen
where you’re sure to find the perfect
spot for hiking, camping and cross-country
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The statue of
William D. Boyce,
founder of the
Boys Scouts of
the Illinois River.
The City of Ottawa was incorporated in 1853,
and is governed by a council that consists of a mayor
and four commissioners. Elections are held every four
years. Regular meetings of the Council are held at City
Hall at 7:30pm on the first and third Tuesdays each
The Ottawa Police Department takes great pride
in ensuring that the community maintains its low
crime rate by providing law enforcement services
with integrity and dedication. The department has
established strong community cooperation in crime
prevention and developed educational programs for
young people on resisting drugs,
violence and gangs.
Ottawa is one of the few
communities of its size to have a
full-time, professional fire department.
And, a River Rescue Squad
provides safety and assistance on
the water. Local coalitions promote
Character Counts, Neighborhood Watch
and numerous youth programs.
The City of Ottawa recognizes over
700 volunteers annually.
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”Local, regional and global connections keep things
moving - and that’s great for business!“
Located at the junction of two great
rivers, the Illinois and the Fox, Ottawa is the
county seat of LaSalle County. It is conveniently
located near two important highways
– Interstate 80 which runs east to west along
the city’s northern edge and Interstate 39, a
north-south route that stretches between
Rockford and Bloomington, Illinois. U.S. Highway
6 and Illinois Routes 23 and 71 crisscross
the community, providing links with nearby
cities and towns in the Illinois Valley Area.
Three agribusiness barge terminals in the
Ottawa vicinity serve the area’s burgeoning
farm economy. Forty-five common carriers
meet the transportation needs of the city’s
manufacturers as well as two railroads –
Illinois Railway and CSX.
For air travel, O’Hare International, one
of the world’s busiest airports and Chicago’s
Midway Airport are only 90 minutes from
Ottawa. Additionally, the Illinois Valley
Regional Airport is approximately 15 miles
west of Ottawa with a 6,000 foot lighted,
hard-surface runway and ground transportation
to O’Hare and Midway airports.
Ottawa’s own 5,000 foot long hard surface
airstrip is located at Skydive Chicago, and
is the base for locally owned aircraft. NCAT
is another transportation resource that
will get you where you need to go. North
Central Area Transit provides curb-to-curb
service throughout LaSalle County for low
income or disabled individuals. Ottawa also
has convenient taxi services.
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Ottawa is the ideal location for companies
and entrepreneurs looking for a new
home. Major interstates, rail, river,
airports and more make Ottawa
a logistical dream come true.
Ottawa Area Chamber of Commerce and Industry
the sky’s the limit
Ottawa is a growing community
and the possibilities are endless for
manufacturing, research and development,
commercial development and so
It’s diverse commerce base
continues to prosper due to Ottawa’s
favorable location, tax incentives and
Ottawa is ideally positioned on
east-west Interstate 80, nine miles
east of north-south Interstate 39
and just 90 miles from Chicago. A
new industrial park is located two
miles from I-80 at highways 71 and 6.
Rail access is on site, and a barge
terminal is nearby on the Illinois River.
Tax advantages and other economic
incentives attract new business and
industry, and encourage expansion with
The city’s Enterprise Zone
provides investment tax credits and a
waiver of sales tax on building materials
and permit fees.
Ottawa’s Tax Increment Financing
(TIF) Districts allow reimbursements
for a variety of eligible expenses –
such as cost of property, site work,
legal expense, engineering and
There are also a number of
attractive TIF sites within a mile or
two of Interstate 80. The City of
Ottawa utilizes a streamlined
permitting process to help meet
tight startup deadlines.
Ottawa also has an established
Foreign Trade Zone (FTZ) and is a
Port Authority District.
The progressive banking in the
community aids Ottawa’s economic
Agriculture is a significant part
of the city’s economy as well, with
650,000 acres in production and approximately
1,700 full-time farmers.
The farm population is twice the
national average, close to 4.5 percent
of LaSalle County’s population. These
statistics support a growing desire
for locally-produced food. In addition
to a seasonal Farmers Market, more
locally grown produce is showing up
in the grocery stores.
In addition to a broad-based
retail establishment, the community
is the source of a wide range of
manufacturers’ products for both
domestic use and export.
Ottawa is proud to be home to
many newer technology and mar
ket-driven companies. Some of them
include: Cristal Metals; Petsmart,
Kohl’s Distribution Center, and Clover
Technologies Group; MBL (USA)
Corporation, Tyson Foods, ITW
Zip-Pak, Seattle Sutton’s Healthy
Eating, Frequency Devices, Inc.,
and B&B Electronics.
Our traditional and long
established companies include:
SABIC Innovative Plastics (formerly
GE Plastics), NSG Pilkington (formerly
Libby Owens Ford), U.S. Silica
Sand Company, Fairmount Santrol,
HR Imaging Partners, and Unimin
With a community college
center in downtown Ottawa, the
specialized training programs of IVCC
assist individuals and businesses –
as well the industry as a whole. The
college customizes courses to meet
specific needs of companies and will
conduct classes and training sessions
either on campus or at plant sites.
As you can see here, Ottawa
boasts a well-balanced economy and
progressive business atmosphere.
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the entrepreneurial work ethic and spirit
The Ottawa entrepreneur is skilled, experience and hard-working.
They are the “go-getters” who organize, manage, and assume the
risks of business and enterprise.
Ottawa is home to headquartered companies that were started
by individuals out of their homes and are now multi-million dollar
companies – Clover Technologies Group, Seattle Sutton’s
Healthy Eating and HR Imaging Partners.
Cristal Metals facility calls Ottawa “home” and was created by three
scientist credited with the revolutionary method to create pure
titanium in just a 2-step process.
All of these companies were created by the visionaries we refer to as
entrepreneurs - bright, self-starters who create new products, new
production methods, new markets and new forms of organization.
Our downtown retail community is also made up of true entrepreneurs.
These are individuals where the terms “entrepreneur” and
“small business owner” are synonymous. They own and operate
restaurants, clothing, book and antique stores, fitness centers and
so much more. Ottawa is fortunate to have talented and innovative
And to assist these entrepreneurs, the Small Business Development
Center at Illinois Valley Community College is located 15 miles west
of Ottawa. In existence since 1986, this office provides a free service
to all entrepreneurs to help them get started and turn their dreams
I admire the spirit and the
success of the entrepreneurs
I’ve come to know here,
Welsh says. “The
business owners and
self-starters are a
passionate and innovative
group. They have a lot
to be proud of in Ottawa.
Tom Welsh, President
MBL (USA), Ottawa, IL
The Right Place
at the Right Time
Tom Welsh is salt-of the earth. He believes in
common sense, and an old-fashioned work ethic.
With those ingredients, and a little luck and good
timing, amazing things can happen.
Fortunately he’s been blessed with that combination
a few times throughout his personal
and professional life.
Welsh joined MBL (USA) Corporation, a
Japanese-owned manufacturer of timing and rib
belts here in Ottawa in 2006. He rose through the
ranks of controller to plant manager, and in 2013
he was named President of the U.S. subsidiary of
Mitsuboshi Belting Ltd of Kobe, Japan.
This Irish military man’s CV features a long
list of accomplishments. He’s been an accountant
in the manufacturing industry most of his
career, becoming one company’s controller at
the tender age of 26, followed by Vice President
of Finance at multiple manufacturing firms
throughout the nation.
One of his most memorable jobs came years
before he came to Ottawa, when in 1983 he was
appointed to President Ronald Reagan’s cabinet
on his Commission on Executive Exchange.
But, this charismatic, yet very humble businessman
makes his accomplishments all sound
so simple, “I listen hard and I do the right thing.”
This self-professed “agent-of-change” has
lived all over the country with his wife and children
– and has made changes and progressive
moves within the industry as well.
“I admire the spirit and the success of the
entrepreneurs here”, Welsh says. “The business
owners and self-starters are a passionate and
innovative group. They have a lot to be proud of
Clover Technologies Group: Printer Cartridges, 350 employees
HR Imaging Partners: Photo Processing/Yearbooks, 300 employees
Kohl’s Distribution Center: Warehouse Distribution, 340 employees
MBL (USA) Corporation: Automotive Belts, 169 employees
NSG: Glass Maker, 198 employees
OSF Saint Elizabeth: Health Services, 635 employees
Ottawa Dental Lab: Denture Manufacturer, 110 employees
Ottawa Elementary School District 141: Education, 332 employees
Ottawa Pavilion: Skilled Nursing & Rehabilitaion Center, 186 employees
Ottawa Township High School: Education, 181 employees
Petsmart: Warehouse Distribution, 450 employees
home to many
Pleasant View: A Lutheran Life Community, Senior Care, 120 employees
SABIC Innovative Plastics: Plastic Processing, 285 employees
Seattle Sutton’s Healthy Eating: Meal Plans, 125 employees
U.S. Silica Company: Sand, 175 employees
Wal-Mart Super Center: Department Store Grocer, 425 employees
On Our RADAR
Located across the street from Washington
Park, the Reddick Mansion
has a long history still important to
this day. Continuing his dedication to
education, William Reddick, upon his
death, willed his home to the public to
be used as a “free reading room.” While
it no longer serves as the city library as
it did from 1888 until 1975, the current
library building continues to bear his
name. The mansion is open for tours
with a gift shop located on the lower
level. The gardens boast a display of
beautiful flowers from spring until fall.
Yet, the mansion is just as stunning
thoughout the winter months.
tification of Ottawa and is the seed
of our downtown development.
With volunteers that include Illinois
Master Gardeners, the Ottawa is
Blooming organization has transformed
the downtown area. Ottawa
has found its place on the map for
natural gardening and botanical arts.
volunteers with 02Dozens
green thumbs leave a lasting impression
downtown in the Ottawa Community
Garden, the Sunrise Rotary
Garden Walk, and in dozens of flower
beds on the city’s sidewalks. Ottawa is
Blooming is dedicated to the beau-
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of the first Lincoln-
Douglas debate, is a designated historic
district comprised of one square
city block. The center of the park is
occupied by a fountain and reflecting
pool with statues of its famous
debaters up high on their pedestal.
The park is always a must-see. During
the holiday season, lights and stars
are hung from tree branches, and in
warmer months a variety of plant life
bursts into bloom. A
bright red popcorn
on the southwest
corner of the park,
is a popular spot to
gather for a treat.
the walls of
buildings in the downtown
area are eight murals, made possible
by the Brush with History public art
program. The first mural was unveiled
in 2002, and a new project is scheduled
for 2015. The colorful murals focus on
figures and events that shaped the
history of Ottawa, including industry,
like the Peltier Glass Factory; prominent
citizens, like Civil War General W.H.L. Wallace
and Bob McGrath of Sesame Street;
and advancements in technology and
society with a mural titled
“The History of Communications”,
located on the front of
the WCMY radio station.
As you walk down
LaSalle Street, and along its connecting
streets all the way to Columbus,
all you have to do is look up to see
the evidence of the rich history as it is
displayed in the architecture of downtown
The preservation of our local historical
resources and architecture have
provided important cultural, educational
and economic assets for
is home to
talented and passionate
artisans and craftsmen whose
work is on display throughout the
community. You’re likely to spot
intricate mosaics, bold and graphic
creations, murals and sculptures and
one-of a kind “upcycled and repurposed”
art and decor.
For the hands-on folks, enjoy a community
art fair at one of the coffee
shops, a children’s painting class at
Rock Paper Scissors, a grown-up art
class at Avant Garden, and lots more!
Get me to OTTAWA!
According to USA Today, Ottawa is the
central city of the fifth most populous micropolitan
statistical area of the United States.
Located in the heart of LaSalle County,
Ottawa offers business and industry the
quality of life affordable to a small town,
with the necessary physical amenities and
positive attitude that allows them to compete
effectively in the global marketplace.
The best in modern living is combined
with traditional American values, allowing
the residents to enjoy a progressive lifestyle.
I started Quality Care Cleaning in Ottawa in 1996 with my late husband.
After his death in 2003, I had to give in or get moving. With the support of
family and friends I persevered and grew the business far beyond my
From two to over sixty employees in 18 years, our business is still
growing here in Ottawa. I am thankful for my new life and my supportive
husband Greg. And, we’re starting another business!
Ottawa is more than just a place where I live and run
my business. It’s an old friend that has helped me succeed.
~ Tami Thomas-Leonatti,
President, Quality Care Cleaning
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Ottawa Snapshot Demographic Profile
20-mile radius 115,900
30-mile radius 219,000
Elevation: 480 feet
Ottawa is the county seat of
Land Area: 7.3 square miles
Zip Code: 61350
Median Resident Age: 41 years
Type of Government:
Fire Department: 29 Full-Time
City Fire Insurance Class: 3
Police Department: 36 Full-Time
Emergency 911 System:
Yes; Rescue Squad: Yes
Illinois Representative District: 76
Illinois Senate District: 38
US Congressional District: 11
Traffic Counts: 25,000 cars go through
Ottawa every day, based on statistics from
the IDOT. For more detailed maps and
information, go to:
Credit Unions: 2
Elementary Schools: 5
112 Teachers; Enrollment,1855
Junior High Schools: 2
28 Teachers; Enrollment, 470
Senior High Schools: 2
134 Teachers; Enrollment, 1631
Community College: Illinois Valley
Community College with two locations.
Annual enrollment 12,000
Hospitals: 1 (118 beds)
Local Clinic Available: 2
Treatment Center: Yes
Cancer Treatment Center: 1
Tax Structure: Property tax rates per
$100 assessed valuation is 33.3% of real
property and rate varies based on location.
Total Sales Tax Rate: 7.00%
Ottawa has been a blessing; it’s been so
good to us, so it feels only natural to give back. I can’t
imagine us raising our family and building a business anywhere else.
~ Bonnie McGrogan, Handy Foods IGA
Continuing the legacy
For more than 50 years, the McGrogans
of Ottawa have built a family business.
In 1964, Larry and Bonnie decided to
start their own little grocery mart. Fortunately,
they chose Ottawa. Several much larger
stores, and a half-century later they handed
the responsibilities over to their children --
Mike, Karen and Beth. And, just like the early
days, this generation continues to support
the community that admires and respects
They are well-deserving recipients of
countless accolades and business and
community awards, as well as the prestigious
IGA International Retailer of the Year.
Now, as the third generation enters the
family business, this we know; the family’s
commitment to Ottawa and their unparalleled
reputation for customer and community
service will be the McGrogan legacy.
Great options for every age!
Administering the educational needs in Ottawa are exceptional
public and parochial options for families and their children
entering PreK through high school. Additionally for further
development, Ottawa is pleased to have the Ottawa center for
the Illinois Valley Community College.
Ottawa Elementary District 141 is
home to five different schools, varying in
grade levels served - with a total of over
two thousand students enrolled. Curriculum
focuses on math, language arts,
science, and social studies as well as art,
music, and physical education. District
141 also offers a program for gifted and
The Ottawa Township High School
district, established in 1878, stands as
the second oldest township high school
district in the nation. Ottawa Township
High School is comprised of 102 certified
members; 75% with Master’s Degrees
or beyond. The student/faculty ratio is
18.5:1. Students may choose their classes
from more than one hundred academic
courses and fifty career-oriented courses.
The curriculum provides courses for approximately
1,440 students of all abilities,
talents, and interests. Courses designed
specifically to meet the needs of this diverse
student body include extensive
vocational, business, and technology
programs. Honors, dual credit college
courses (Advanced Chemistry, Advanced
Composition, and Speech) and Advanced
Placement courses (Calculus, English Literature/Composition,
History, and 2-D Studio Art) encourage
students to excel in the academic areas.
2014 marked the 19th IHSA State Music
Sweepstakes Championship for the Ottawa
High School Music Department. The
IHSA State Music Championship is won
by excelling in two IHSA competitions: a
Solo & Ensemble Contest where students
compete as a soloist or member of a small
ensemble, and an Organizational Contest,
where students compete as members of
a choir or band. With the current system
of tabulating points, only one school in Illinois
has surpassed the 1000 point mark
- Ottawa High School. They have done it
Marquette Academy is a pre-K
through 12 parochial school situated on
three campuses in town. A Roman Catholic
School under the Diocese of Peoria, the
academy serves as a college preparatory
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Ottawa is not only a great
place to live and raise a family,
but a great place to play! With
two rivers, state parks, and a
easy drive to Chicago and the
burbs, we offer a lot - right here!
Our quality of life is excellent,
with low crime, first rate schools
and a highly regarded Junior
Our restaurants and food
choices are the quality you
would expect in a large city, but
at a fraction of the price!
~ George and Kelly Shanley,
school that integrates eternal truths and values into a strong
academic program. With a goal to stimulate the spiritual, intellectual,
emotional, and physical growth of students, Marquette
develops the whole child in a Christ-like atmosphere
and an educational system like no other in the area.
For their youngest students, Marquette offers a full-day,
full-week “Power Pre school,” or traditional half-day preschool
for three and four year olds. Providing core classes as well as
exploratory classes, children can learn about math and science
as well as art, music, and Spanish.
The grade school also runs before and after care programs.
The elementary campus offers numerous core classes
in addition to accelerated programs, foreign language, and
other exploratory classes for all students. Those students at
the elementary level test well above local, Diocesan, state,
and national levels in all subjects. The school offers many extracurricular
programs such as athletics, robotics, academic
team, and an art club.
At the high school campus, Marquette can boast accelerated
and college level classes. In conjuction with Illinois
Valley Community College, the academy offers the “Running
Start Program” for upperclassmen in which they are afforded
the opportunity to earn both their high school diploma and
an Associate Degree upon graduation. Marquette Academy
currently has one hundred percent graduation and college
Illinois Valley Community College, whose main campus
is located in Oglesby, opened a satellite campus in downtown
Ottawa in 2010. Established in 1967, IVCC is a comprehensive
two-year college awarding associate degrees in arts,
science, and applied science. Additionally, a broad range of
career programs award certificates of completion. Students
who obtain degrees often transfer to a four-year institution
to complete a bachelor’s degree.
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”The residential community of OTTAWA
is not the typical suburban sprawl”
The variety of styles of homes in
Ottawa reflects our tradition of growth
and progress while maintaining the
atmosphere of a family-oriented neighborhood.
Ranging in styles from 19th century
mansions to ranch houses, from
cozy single-family dwellings to Sears
homes, as well as new condominiums
and town homes, the houses of Ottawa
are a veritable gateway to the past.
Elegant 19th century homes, in
Victorian as well as Revival styles are
found east of the Fox River and north
of the Illinois, close to Ottawa High
School and the downtown. Other similar
homes can be found across the river
on the bluffs, overlooking the rivers
and downtown area.
Older adults, as well as their families,
may look to communities such as
the one offered by Pleasant View, located
on the south side of town on the
verdant campus of the former Pleasant
View Luther College. Meeting both
long and short term healthcare needs,
the community additionally provides
dwelling options in the residential villas
of Luther Places and Luther Estates.
Building guidelines limit the number
of houses that may be built per
acre. Consequently, Ottawa is able to
secure the integrity of its residential
community but continue to accommodate
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Heritage Harbor Ottawa, a waterfront marina resort community, offers a variety of homes for sale with
waterfront properties you won’t find anywhere else in Illinois. This quaint marina community is a great
option for a beautiful vacation or second home. Rental opportunities are available as well, along with an
array of waterfront lots for sale where you can build your dream home.
Relocating is an exciting time for any family,
and Ottawa works to make all new families feel
welcome. Information included in this guide
can help make decisions on a realtor, schools,
shopping, healthcare, fitness and fun.
Below are some helpful numbers for setting
up new home services when you relocate.
For more information or additional help,
contact the Chamber at 815-433-0084.
Water: City of Ottawa, 815-433-0161
Electric: AmerenIP, 800-755-5000
Gas: Nicor, 888-642-6748
Mediacom, 815-433-5710 or 800-322-0245
AT&T and Dish Network, 866-722-7500
Republic Services, 815-434-5557
Waste Management, 800-796-9696
Daily: The Times, www.mywebtimes.com
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options for the entire family
OSF Saint Elizabeth Medical
Center is a comprehensive medical
center in Ottawa, Illinois, and part of
OSF Healthcare System, founded and
operated by The Sisters of the Third
Order of St. Francis. OSF Saint Elizabeth
offers complete acute inpatient care; a
full range of outpatient and rehabilitative
services; occupational medicine
and health services; wellness, prevention
and diagnostic services; and much
more. Our staff and volunteers are dedicated
to providing superior service
around-the-clock with the greatest
care and love.
The Emergency Department at
OSF Saint Elizabeth Medical Center offers
emergency care for adults and children
24 hours a day, 7 days a week. OSF
Saint Elizabeth is one of few area hospitals
certified and recognized by the
Illinois Department of Public Health as
EDAP/EMSC (Emergency Department
Approved for Pediatrics/Emergency
Medical Services for Children).
The emergency department is
staffed by physicians who are board
certified in emergency medicine. They
are assisted by registered nurses, all of
whom have certifications in Basic and
Advanced Cardiac Life Support (BLS
and ACLS), Pediatric Advance Life Support
(PALS), Emergency Communications
(ECRN) and either the Trauma
Nurse Core Course (TNCC) or the Trauma
Nurse Specialist (TNC) trauma certifications.
St. Mary’s Health Care-Ottawa
is your one-stop facility for non lifethreatening
illnesses and injuries.
Staffed with board certified physicians,
St. Mary’s Healthcare Center - Ottawa
St. Mary’s Health Care-Ottawa offers
diagnostic imaging, medical laboratory
services, occupational health,
physical therapy and an on-site pharmacy
for patients - all at one convenient
Immediate care at St. Mary’s-
Ottawa is conveniently open seven
days a week with extended hours. St.
Mary’s Health Care–Ottawa offers a
staff of highly trained medical profes-
• OSF Saint Elizabeth Medical Center
• Express Care
(Walk-in, no appointment necessary, for treatment of acute, non-life
threatening illnesses or minor injuries. Open daily 8am to 8pm)
• Ottawa Regional Medical Center, Inc.
(Primary Care Physician Practice, including Family Medicine,
Internal Medicine, and Pediatrics)
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Mallorie McCloskey made
the choice to deliver her
baby utilizing a certified
nurse-midwife at OSF
Here, holding newborn son
Augustine, she describes her
care as “amazing.”
sionals, including Dr. Richard DeAngelo and Dr. Ted Patras,
both board certified in emergency medicine and trained to
handle a wide variety of health conditions and situations.
Both Dr. DeAngelo and Dr. Patras are committed to offering
the highest level of quality and compassionate care to their
Morris Hospital & Healthcare Centers - A 30 minute drive
east of Ottawa, this 89-bed Hospital has been improving the
health of area residents since 1906. Morris Hospital & Healthcare
Centers is known for its compassionate and personalized
approach to healthcare. This is attributed to the outstanding
work of 950 employees, 500 Auxilians, and a medical staff of
nearly 200 physicians representing most medical specialties.
Along with the main hospital campus in Morris, board certified
Obstetricians and Gynecologists care for women in Ottawa at
the Morris Hospital Obstetrics and Gynecology Specialists office.
Their laboratory services and Cardiovascular Specialists
are here, in Ottawa, also, located just off Norris Drive.
• St. Mary’s Health Care - Ottawa
• Morris Hospital & Healthcare Centers
Important Phone Numbers
EMERGENCY - 911
AMBULANCE - 815.433.2121
HOSPITAL - 815.433.3100
NON-EMERGENCY POLICE - 815.433.2131
ILLINOIS STATE POLICE - 815.224.1150
SHERIFF - 815.433.2161
FIRE - 815.434.3785
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“I’ve been to
year for Wine
Fest since it
began. It’s a
and some of
the best wine,
food and music
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Revel in the reasons to celebrate!
Host to a myriad of festivals and markets
throughout the year, the variety of
venues and events in Ottawa represent a
diverse interest and appeals to everyone,
no matter what your age.
Every Saturday from June through October,
visit the OLD TOWN FARMERS MAR-
KET. Findings here vary from homegrown
vegetables and preserves to HOME AND
HANDMADE items including paintings
and garden sculptures. In early May, the
MIDWEST MOREL FEST draws mushroom
enthusiasts from over a three state area.
Events offered during the festival include
seminars and guided hunts from Morel
University and a Championship Hunt with
cash prizes. And if hunting down the evasive
‘shroom is not your style, you can enjoy
Illinois’ largest MOREL FARMERS MARKET
and HOMEBREW COMPETITION all under
one tent. June kicks off with the OTTAWA
2 RIVERS WINE FEST featuring wines from
nearly twenty vintners across the state. This
three-day event incorporates live jazz into
the summer celebration with performances
every night. Don’t forget the 1,500 FRESH
LOBSTERS flown in fresh from the coast of
Maine that are cooked to order, right on the
spot for your enjoyment!
July 4th is showtime for one of Illinois
largest fireworks display! And don’t forget
CHRISTMAS IN JULY featuring pizza for $1
a slice before the event…all sponsored by
Ottawa 1st and Bianchi Pizza!
RIVERFEST taking place the first weekend
in August is the last hurrah before
the dog days of summer settle in. Nearly
a week-long, the festival offers attractions
such as a carnival, the Taste of Ottawa, the
Chamber’s Welcomeburger Picnic, along
with a book sale, talent and variety entertainment
and a vintage car show. Among
the craftier presentations are Art in the Park
by the Ottawa Art League, a craft and flea
market and the agricultural street fair. All
ending on Sunday, the RIVERFEST PARADE
rolls through town with miles of floats,
music and displays contributed by organizations,
local businesses, sports teams,
schools, and many more.
In late September, SCARECROW FEST
& OCTOBERFEST comes along to celebrate
autumn. Both family-friendly events, there
are plenty of activities for all ages during
these fall-festivals including a petting zoo,
craft fairs, face painting and giant bouncy
houses. Shop the scarecrow lined streets of
Old Town. Early afternoon into the evening
relax in our beer tent featuring food and
fun with a German theme.
As the season comes to a close, Ottawa
embraces the winter chill with its FESTIVAL
OF LIGHTS & ICE ODYSSEY. Friday night kicks
off with the Thanksgiving Santa Parade as
“you-know-who” comes to town followed
by the lighting of historic Washington Park.
That weekend, see ordinary blocks of ice
transformed by chainsaws into fanciful holiday
scenes and characters while you shop
for that special gift in our downtown “Old
Town”. So when it comes to festivals Pick
Us! for FAMILY FUN all year long.
For more information visit our website
Ottawa is the epitome of ‘off the
beaten path’ with so much to see
and do. Come enjoy Ottawa just
86 miles SW of Chicago. It’s perfect
for a day visit or an overnight stay.
Julie Johnson, Executive Director
Ottawa Visitors Center
Old Town Farmers Market
Saturdays June – October
Midwest Morel Fest
Ottawa 2 Rivers Wine Fest
Ottawa 1st Fireworks!
Festival of Lights &
For more information,
dates and times on these
and other happenings in
and around the Ottawa and
Starved Rock Country area,
Ottawa is “nosh” proud, serving everything
from sandwiches to sushi!
Hungry for more of what Ottawa has to
offer? Look around and you’re sure to find,
on this corner and the next, one of many
delicious places to dine. Most restaurants in
Ottawa have a long tradition and are family
owned and operated. Among their ranks
are traditional supper clubs, sports bars,
and family diners – but also pizza parlors
and martini bars, as well as sushi and tapas
restaurants. The variety of independent establishments,
both fine and casual, make it
simple to satisfy your tastes without leaving
Ottawa’s historic community. Whether your
tastes are cosmopolitan or a bit more down
to earth - Ottawa’s restaurants are the BEST!
Mouth watering dishes highlight local
fare, and feature ethnic tastes from around
the globe. Treat your taste buds to the fiery
flavors of Asian and Thai cuisine. Make
time to marvel at the robust spices of Mexican
cooking. Or, enjoy the comfort foods of
everyday favorites like burgers, steaks and
Discover local favorites, such as Ottawa’s
own, now-famous Polancic’s pork tenderloin
or the flowerpot salad from The Cheese
Shop. It’s possible to find an array of healthy,
on-trend noshes or long-time favorites in
establishments that have been standing for
dozens of years – or just a few. Whether you
prefer beef in burgers or grilled chicken, the
fruit of the sea or the earth, Ottawa restaurants
will satisfy even the most sophisticated
palette. And don’t forget to follow your meal
with a slice of homemade pie, an ice cream
concoction, or another confection, crafted
with the intent of delighting.
to a lively night
out - quality food
and drink are
with a smile
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For the area’s finest
steak, Brad’s signature
bone-in ribeye is a
must. It’s dry aged for
a richer, more intense
flavor. This choice cut
is cooked to perfection
and makes for a truly
remarkable meal - the
BEST in Ottawa.
Only at Monte’s.
Bianchis - What makes the
Bianchi (World Famous!) Pizza
so special? Who knows. Who
cares! But, it’s Ottawa’s most
famous. It’s a must see, must
eat! For great ambiance, dinein
downtown. Or, carry out
from all three locations.
It’s the most beloved pizza
in Starved Rock Country.
JJ’s Sports Bar and Pub -
a casual spot with great food
and fun is always the best
with a cold beverage! Hang
here with your old friends,
or meet new ones while you
watch your favorite
game on one
of JJ’s big
the Cheese shop’nDeli,
since 1970, is located just
off the banks of the Illinois
& Michigan Canal on Fulton
Street. It’s one of Ottawa’s
BEST! Famous for their
homemade soups, sandwiches,
flower pot salads
- and fried chicken and
homemade spaghetti -
a favorite in Ottawa.
Plus antiques. See LOTS
and lots of antiques!
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of Downtown Ottawa
With HISTORIC buildings and specialty shops
alike, Ottawa’s Old Town is a charming glimpse into
the past, side by side with the present. Downtown
overlooks the spot where the Fox and Illinois Rivers
meet, and a pleasant river walk brings you right to
the banks! Another peaceful alternative is relaxing
on a bench in Washington Park. Shaded by trees,
the quiet town square features historic monuments,
a fountain that sets off statues dedicated to two famous
visitors and debaters, and even a fresh popcorn
A mix of RESTAURANTS to suit every taste
are present in town, featuring menus dedicated
to ethnic selections to pasta aplenty, from familyfriendly
dining to more gourmet options. Whether
it’s a bite for lunch, a romantic dinner, or a late-night
outing, Ottawa serves their best.
Ottawa’s Old Town is an American TREASURE
with its architecture and living history—and it’s no
trouble to find your own treasures in the many shops
of the area. Bell’s Clothing is one such long-standing
shop that sells quality clothing for work and casual.
While Lady Di’s provides the most exquisite women’s
apparel in addition to accessories, shoes, and gifts.
If handcrafted items are what you seek, Avant Garden
showcases vendors that create their products
through upcycling and recycling. DIY methods that
turn out jewelry, clothing, and other SPECIALTY
goods that are unbelievably unique. Ottawa is also
home to several home decorating stores, a multitude
of antique and resale stores—and Rock Paper Scissors,
a toy store that specializes in educational games, projects,
and supplies sure to delight all ages.
Definitely go to Ottawa! It’s minutes from Starved Rock State Park
and home to AVANT GARDEN MARKET, the neatest store full of
items made by local artists. —
~ Allison Craig Hayes
Country Living Magazine
1 Must-Visit Place in Illinois
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As retail toy store owners downtown, we’re very excited about the
riverfront development plans for downtown Ottawa. That, combined
with the already beautiful botanical brand and other one-ofa-kind
stores, the time is right for our community to truly become
a destination shopping experience.
We look forward to our expansion into our own
larger space that will allow for even more of the
most unique toys on the market today, all handpicked
for Rock Paper Scissors!
Mary Olson and Sue Vandervort, Owners
Rock Paper Scissors
For more than 30 years, Van Duzer
Jewelers has supplied the women –
and men in the area with the most
remarkable diamonds, watches and
fine jewelry available in Starved Rock
When women want to look their
absolute best, they shop at Lady Di’s.
It’s where you will find some of the
most exquisite clothing, shoes and
gifts. Because you, your friends, the
woman in your life - all deserve the
High quality, name brand casual
wear, suits and tuxedos are found at
Bell’s clothing in downtown Ottawa.
Shop the finest labels in the industry
including Ralph Lauren, S. Cohen,
Hart Shaffner Marx and Florsheim
shoes, to name a few.
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Civic Clubs &
Religious and Civic leaders in
Ottawa encourage togetherness,
provide guidance, and offer assistance
to those in need.
Home to numerous denominations,
Ottawa residents will find local
worship facilities and organizations
that serve and enrich the lives of all
Churches and places of worship
are dedicated to Catholic and other
Christian denominations, including
Baptist, Methodist, Episcopal, Presbyterian,
and Lutheran. There are also
non-denominational places of worship,
Ottawa also offers many civic
clubs and community organizations
devoted to creating strong ties,
providing leadership, and helping
the needy. There are dozens of active
groups in the area that have charters
and members spanning many
generations, including the Knights of
Columbus, American Legion, Ottawa
Boat Club, Elks Lodge, and the Rotary
to name a few.
Health & Fitness
Ottawa is home to a range of options for the pursuit of
both fitness and relaxation. Stop by at one of the local gyms in
town, or get moving at the YMCA. Flex Gym, home to the Mid-
Illinois Bodybuilding and Figure Championship, has been serving
Ottawa for over twenty five years. For those in search of a
more relaxing experience, they’ll find it in several yoga studios,
like Energyoga with classes that range from beginners levels
to those for the more experienced. A gymnastics, dance and
martial arts studios can also be found in Ottawa. Off The Bench
Ottawa is a large indoor fitness facility catering to softball,
baseball, and soccer players for individual and team practices,
as well as group fitness classes. Many opportunities for outdoor
recreation can be found in Ottawa: check out the public swimming
pool, tennis courts, water play area, and the ball fields.
Additionally, the city offers many summer recreational programs
including softball, baseball, and soccer to name a few.
5Ks are held in Ottawa through the warmer months of the
year, the organizers running from schools, in the instance of Marquette
Academy’s Runner’s Crusade, to the Ottawa Fire Department’s
Run to Remember. And if there’s still life in your legs and
a few more miles left in your shoes after all that, sign up for the
big local run in the spring, the Starved Rock Country Marathon.
This run covers the course from Washington Park in downtown
Ottawa, up to the Starved Rock Area and back to the finish line.
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Lives in Ottawa
Recreation / Parks / Riverwalks
Outdoor activities are always in play in Ottawa.
Minutes away from the woods, canyons,
and waterfront of Starved Rock, hiking is a favorite
of the two million tourists that visit each
year. Another alternative for hiking—or running
and walking—is the I&M Canal trail.
Fishing in the Illinois River, as well as boating
or kayaking, are popular waterfront activities.
There are public access ramps to the river
conveniently located in Allen Park. In addition
to the homes at Heritage Harbor, there is a
marina where people can enjoy boating in a
safe environment. The combination of boating
amenities and waterfront property is convenient
for vacationers, and located far enough
from Chicago to be a relaxing getaway.
Winter sees cross-country skiing, snowmobiling,
and hiking in Starved Rock. Those
who brave the cold are rewarded with breath-
taking views of snow-covered bluffs and iceencrusted
waterfalls on the trails.
For those who seek adventures beyond
the standard fare, Skydive Chicago is located
just north on the outskirts of Ottawa. Offering
instruction to first-time jumpers, as well as an
Advanced Freefall Program, Skydive Chicago
is the world’s largest skydiving resort. Their
facilities include an airport, campground, and
The City of Ottawa is home to over 100
acres of community parkland. City parks offer
a variety of amenities, including boat launches,
docking facilities, a swimming pool, tennis
courts, bike and hiking trails, baseball and softball
diamonds, basketball courts, playgrounds,
picnic facilities, monuments and art, fishing areas,
shelters, concession facilities, a toboggan
run, and a riverwalk, and so much more.
If you love the
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From biking and hiking
to canoeing and boating,
to zip lining and skydiving -
Ottawa is a blast!
These are the members of the Ottawa Area Chamber of Commerce.
These are the members of the Ottawa Area Chamber of Commerce. Because of their support, our Chamber
helps provide a sustainable business community in Ottawa, as well as promotes growth and positive change.
Because of their investment, we continue to fund important community initiatives and lead the way for more
• Roenfeldt & Lockas, P.C.
• William W. Peabody, CPA
• Laura Hipes CPA Ltd.
• Income Tax Etc., Ltd
• Walker Accounting Group, LTD
• MCS Advertising
• SK Graphic Design
• Diane Stelken Associates
• Hauser Design Group
• MarketGuide Magazine
• Starved Rock Country
• Cook Multimedia
• Amanda Hart Design
• LaSalle County Farm Bureau
• Ottawa Barge Terminal
(815) 434-1815 Terminal
• Ottawa Plant Food
• Brothers Country Supply
• Farm & Fleet of Ottawa
• Shanley TV Center
• Sears Authorized Hometown
• Basalay, Cary, & Alstadt,
• The Cantlin Law Firm
• Hupp, Lanuti, Irion & Burton, PC
• White, Marsh, Anderson, Martin,
Vickers, Deobler and Goode
Attorneys at Law
• Armstrong & Surin
• Keely Law Offices
• Pool, Leigh & Kopko, PC
• The Justice Law Firm, PC
• Auditorri Associates
• Bill Walsh Automotive Group
• Duffy’s Auto Sales, Inc.
Car Wash Services
• Route 6 Pro Wash/Pro Dent
• Ziebart/Speedy Auto Glass
• Dolphin Car Wash II
• Ottawa Auto Spa
• O’Reilly Auto Parts
• The Auto Inspector Inc.
• Gay’s Body Shop, Inc.
• Carlson Automotive Body Shop, Inc.
Banks, Banking Assoc.
& Credit Unions
• First Federal Savings Bank
• The First National Bank of Ottawa
• Old Second Bank Ottawa
• Ottawa Savings Bank
• Centrue Bank
• 1st Farm Credit Services
• First State Bank
• Hometown National Bank
• Financial Plus Credit Union
Banquet Facilities/Party Rentals
• Pitstick Pavilion
• Festivities Unlimited
Banquet Facilities/Party Rentals
• Rental Pros, LLC
• Event Specialists &
123 Picture Me Photo Booths
• 807 Conference Center
• Lakeshore Beverage
• Euclid Beverage LTD
Business & Management
• North Central Illinois Council
• Management Professional
• Business Employment Skills
Cellular Equipment and Service
• Illinois Valley Cellular - Wireless
• The Cellular Connection
Child Development & Day Care
• Youth Service Bureau
of Illinois Valley
• Easter Seals of LaSalle
& Bureau Counties
• Daniel Cheatham, DC
• Donald Mammano, DC
• Elliott Chiropractic Office
• Perry Chiropractic Center
• Ottawa Chiropractic
• St. Columba Catholic Church
• Cross Bridge Community Church
of the Nazarene
• Heritage Christian Center
• Vicki’s Cleaning Service, Inc.
• Stanley Steemer
• Quality Care Cleaning
• Rainbow International
Restoration and Cleaning
Coffee Shops/Roasting Companys
• Jeremiah Joe Coffee
• Famous Coffee Roasting Co.
• Johnson Mitchell & Schneider Inc.
• Pro Technologies
• Computer Spa
• Visco Entertainment Inc.
• Roots and Wings Coaching
Contractors - Concrete
• Dean’s Dynamic Concrete Inc.
• Ruiz Construction
• Clegg-Perkins Electric, Inc.
• Halm Electrical Contracting, Inc
• Vissering Construction Company
• Liebhart Construction, Inc.
• D.J. Sickley Construction Co., Inc.
• Prairie State Insulation
• Pfau & Bruenderman
• Yoesle & Eddy Construction, Inc.
• Noah’s Ark Carpentry, Restoration
• Correct Hardwood/
Contractors-Heating & Air
• Mucci & Kirkpatrick Sheet Metal, Inc.
• Marseilles Sheet Metal, Inc.
• Town & Country Services
• IL Valley Labor Management
• Ottawa Masonry Inc.
• Conley Excavating, Inc.
• Stoudt Plumbing, Inc.
• D. H. Mayou Roofing & Supply
• Performance Pipelining, Inc.
• LMK Technologies
• Mary Kay Cosmetics, Tracy Steffen
• Ottawa Children’s Dentistry
• Ottawa Dental Lab
• Mark Benavides, DDS
• William C. Vesely, DDS
• Faber Dental Arts -
Jonathan Faber, DMD
• PetSmart Distribution Center
• Kohl’s Distribution Center
• Blackley Cleaners, Inc.
• Ottawa Friendship House
• Illinois Valley Community College
• Ottawa Elementary School
• Marquette Academy
• Ottawa Township High School
• Lincoln College
• The Stone River Group
• Illinois Department of
• Manpower, Inc.
Structural & Consulting
• McClure Engineering Associates, Inc.
• Vegrzyn, Sarver & Associates, Inc.
Environmental Products &
• Stack Test Group, Inc.
• Advanced Materials Center, Inc.
• Main Street Estate Sales
Farm Equipment-Tire Sales &
• Stoller International
Fitness Centers /Health Clubs
• Flex Gym & Fitness Center
• YMCA of Ottawa
• Bloom! Yoga
• Donovan’s Nautilus
• Etna Oil Co.
Funeral Homes & Memorial Parks
• Gladfelter Funeral Home, LLC
• Mueller Funeral Home
• Oakwood Memorial Park, Inc.
• Ottawa Funeral Home
• Turk Furniture
• Jim Boe’s Mobil
• Conroy’s Amoco
• Casey’s General Store
• Deer Park Country Club, Inc
• Senica’s Oak Ridge Golf Club
• Pine Hills Golf Club
• Housing Authority for LaSalle
• City of Ottawa
• Village of Naplate
• IL Waterway Visitors Ctr/Army
• Sigma Graphics
Grocers & Meat Markets
• Polancic Meat Market
• Handy Foods, Inc.
Health Care-Physical &
Results Physical Therapy and Fitness
Health Care-Physicians &
• Ottawa Regional Medical Center, Inc.
• Jeffrey A. Crowhurst, DPM
• Rezin Orthopedics and Sports
• St. Mary’s Health Care Ottawa
• Seattle Sutton’s Healthy Eating
Home Health Services
• Willow Home Care Ltd.
• Woodhill Cabinetry & Design Inc.
• Terpstra’s Floor Center, Inc.
• Floor to Ceiling
• Illinois Valley PADS
• VITAS Health Care
• OSF Saint Elizabeth
• Morris Hospital &
• Western Sand & Gravel Co., LLC
• US Silica Company
• Unimin Corporation
• Fairmount Minerals Wedron Silica
Insurance & Investments
• The Farms Group
• Edward Jones Investments-
• Edward Jones Investments-
Robert J. Paglis
• Edward Jones Investments-
• LaVerne Dooley State Farm
• Northern Insurance
• IIP Insurance Agency, Inc.
• Don C. Anderson Ins. Agency
• T.J. Lewis & Associates, Inc.
• Ronald Henson State Farm
• Brett W. Dyche State Farm Insurance
• Brian Carnes Country Financial
• RE Hasty Insurance - Farmers
• Family Heritage / Inspire Providers
• AXA Advisors/Michael J. Hughes,
• Caselli Insurance & Real Estate
• Ramza Insurance Group
• Diamond Brothers Insurance
• Northwestern Mutual Financial
Network - Nick Potthoff
• Country Financial - Kevin Berryman
• Country Financial - Bruce Butchko
• Capital Consulting of Illinois
Interior Decorators & Designers
• Your Interior Motives
• T & L Janitorial Service
• VanDuzer Jewelers
• Bartman Design & Landscape, Inc.
• Reddick Public Library District
• Herman’s Package Store
• Security Finance
• Frank’s Lock & Safe, Inc.
• Holiday Inn Express
• Hampton Inn
• Fairfield Inn & Suites
• Starved Rock Lodge
• Super 8 Motel
• Fox River Resort
• Madison Street Living
• SABIC Innovative Plastics
• NSG Group
• MBL (USA) Corporation
• Burns Machine Co.
• Frequency Devices, Inc.
• Clover Technologies Group
• Cristal Metals
• B & B Electronics
• 2 Rivers Imaging
• Johnson Pattern & Machine Works, Inc.
• Starved Rock Marina
• Quest Watersports
• Amanda Wallock, LMT
• Wells Fargo Home Mortgage
Moving & Storage
• Stevenson Transfer, Inc.
• The Times
• News Tribune
Office Supplies, Equipment
• Ottawa Office Supply
• Illinois Office Supply
Optical, Optometrists, Opticians
& Optical Labs
• Gailey Eye Clinic
• Richard Gelbuda, OD
• Eyesite/Drs. Kent & Beth Kunkel
Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon
• Illinois Valley Oral Surgeons
• Angel Bears of Hope
• Habitat for Humanity - LBPC
• United Way of Eastern LaSalle Co.
• North Central Behavioral Health
• LaSalle County CASA
• Zonta Club of Ottawa
• Ottawa Downtown Merchants
• Ottawa Sunrise Rotary
• Community House of Arts in
• March of Dimes
• Ottawa Noon Rotary
• Ottawa Port District
• Kiwanis Club of Ottawa
• The Salvation Army
• LaSalle County Historical Society
Outdoor Power Equipment
• Mike’s Outdoor Power Equipment Repair
Pet Care & Services
• Norway Kennels
• Judy’s Dog/Cat Grooming
• The Pharmacy Stop
• Medi-Rx Pharmacy, Inc.
• Robert Kuhn Studio of Photography
• HR Imaging Partners
• WCMY1430/95.3 SaM FM
Real Estate Appraisers
• Ganiere Appraisal Service
Real Estate Developers
• Kaszynski Breipohl Realtors-
• Century 21 Grieves Real Estate
• Southtowne Mall
• Heritage Harbor Ottawa Resort
Real Estate Management
• Ottawa Realty Trust
• Colonial Place Apartments
• Mark Alan - DZ
• Century 21 Windsor Realty
• Re-Max 1st Choice
• Coldwell Banker Honig-Bell
• Washington Square Realtors, Inc.
• CIMCO Recycling Ottawa, Inc.
• Buckman Iron & Metal Co., Inc.
• Tracy’s Row House
• JJ’s Pub
• Zeller Inc, LLC
• Cheese Shop & Deli
• Bee Hive Restaurant
• Hank’s Inc
• McDonalds of Ottawa
• Monte’s Riverside Inn
• The New Chalet Restaurant
• Pizza Hut
• Bianchi’s Pizza
• Hi-Way Restaurant
• Hacienda Los Jardines Restaurant LLC
• Woody’s Steak House
• R. Grotto Ristorante
• Culver’s of Ottawa
• Sunfield Restaurant
• Corner 230
• Jimmy Johns
• B.A.S.H. LLC
• The Bears Den
• Hardee’s Restaurant
• The Bistro
• Avant Garden
• Lady Di’s/Lady Di’s Royal Chamber
• Bell’s Clothing
• Wal-Mart Supercenter
• Goodwill Industries
of Northern Illinois
• Bone Collector / Hard Core Decoys
• Rock Paper Scissors
Salons & Spas
• D’Antonio Hair Designing for Men
• Republic Services
• Thrush Sanitation Service
• Ottawa Pavilion, Skilled Nursing &
• Pleasant View, A Lutheran Life
• LaSalle County Nursing Home
• Bridges Community Center
• Rivershores Healthcare and
Rehabilitation Center LLC
• Heritage Woods of Ottawa
• Epworth Village, Inc.
• The Stough Group
• Tino’s Shoe & Boot Repair
• Designs & Signs by Anderson
Steel-Fabricators & Sales
• Marquette Steel Supply
& Fabrication, Inc.
• Mediacom Business Services
• Callaway Satellite & Video
• Buchner & O’Toole Title Co.
• LaSalle County Title
• Reddick Mansion Association
• Hegeler Carus Foundation
• Ottawa Visitor’s Center
• S & S Travel of Ottawa
• All In One Travel Inc./Ottawa
Travel & Cruises
•All Points Travel of Ottawa, Inc.
• Ameren IP
• Nicor Gas
• Exelon Generation - LaSalle Station
• Royal Vending
• Fox Valley Veterinary Hospital, P.C.
• Novak-Brainard Veterinary Clinic
• Culligan of Ottawa
• August Hill Winery
the BEST of OTTAWA
A very special THANK YOU to the individuals and companies featured on the following
pages. Your support for this guide helps promote and attract business for the advancement
of our community. You are the BEST of Ottawa!
110 W. Jefferson St.
Ottawa, IL 61350
115 Oak St.
Streator, IL 61364
Family Owned and Operated Since 1908
Logistics and Relocation
300 W. Stevenson Rd. PO Box 399 | Ottawa IL 61350
P 815.433.0970 F 815.433.1179
Start, Stop, Move.
Did you know that you can start, stop, or move service
all from your computer? Customers can update their
account information anywhere and anytime. Visit
MBL(USA) in Ottawa manufactures V-Belts, V-Ribbed belts and Timing
Belts for both original equipment and service parts in the automotive and industrial
markets. MBL(USA) supplies the North America Market and exports worldwide.
The recipient of numerous quality and service awards from the world-class
companies it supplies, MBL(USA) is world class in all areas - technology, equipment,
automation, process control, quality control, and more.
Mitsuboshi maintains the most strict quality standards with ISO 9001 or
ISO/TS 16949 quality certifications as well as ISO 14000 environmental certification.
Proudly made in Ottawa, Illinois!
www.mblusa.com 601 Dayton Road, Ottawa, IL 61350
Local: 815- 434-1282 | Fax: 815- 434-2897 | Toll Free: 877- 625-7832
LOCALLY OWNED AND OPERATED - Open Everyday 6am-9pm
Vintage Goods Jewelry Fair Trade Fashion Home Decor
Handmade Items Repurposed Goods Garden Center
800 LaSalle Street
Ottawa, IL 61350
803 Stagecoach Trail
Yorkville, IL 60560
for more than
210 W. Norris Drive • Ottawa IL • 815-431-9431
Mastercard • Visa • Discover • American Express
www.stelken.com | 815.942.4470 | 815.228.2429
Love at First Bite!
For an exceptional dining experience in an elegant atmosphere -
everything’s delicious at Monte’s. Choose from a wide variety of exceptional
food, from incredible steaks and fabulous pasta, to his pewter crock of
cheesey french onion soup, and so much more, ALL cooked to perfection.
Featuring a kids menu and off-site catering for large gatherings and small.
903 East Norris Drive (Route 6 East) Ottawa
Serving 4-9, Tuesday - Sunday .
Closed to the public on Mondays, with private parties
available. Perfect for your special event and party.
Expert Restoration & Cleaning Services
It’s In Your Best Image!
• 24-hour emergency response
• Certified service professionals
• Rapid structural drying
• We work directly with your
LaSalle / Peru 815-224-4880
Independently owned & operated franchise
Carpet Cleaning Services
• Expert spot, stain & odor removal
• Tile, grout & hard surface cleaning
• Professional carpet care
• Pet stain removal
• Upholstery cleaning
Health care on
One location. Many services.
• Family Care
• Immediate Care
• Physical Therapy
• Occupational Health
• On-site pharmacy for patients
Staffed with board certified physicians, HSHS St. Mary’s
Health Care — Ottawa is your one-stop facility for non
life-threatening illnesses and injuries.
Open seven days a week with convenient
hours and in-house services, HSHS St. Mary’s
Health Care–Ottawa can provide you with
the health care you deserve without any
delays. Appointments are available, but
walk-ins are always welcome.
Monday - Friday: 8 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday: 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
1640 First Avenue (RT 23) Ottawa 815.431.9208 www.stmaryshospital.org
321 W. Main St.
Ottawa, IL 61350
We have so much to offer:
• university transfer courses
• morning, afternoon and evening classes
• quality, experienced instructors
• family-like atmosphere
• personal interest courses
Spring 2015 begins January 12
So many students have made
Ottawa Center their choice.
WHY NOT YOU?
24 hour light, medium and heavy duty towing.
Lockout Service • Flat Bed Service
1615 W. Norris Drive | Ottawa
P: 815-434-1215 F: 815-433-0661
Do You Know Your Property Lines?
Orthodontics for Children & Adults
Vegrzyn, Sarver and Assoc., Inc.
Engineering • Surveying • Planners
Tushar Shah, DDS
Curtis R. Imel DDS PC
1704 Polaris Circle • Ottawa, IL 61350
Land, Farm, Lot Surveys
Elevation & Loma Certs.
Mine Safety Certificates
GIS Surveying & Mapping
Rural Topo Maps
As Built Surveys
218 Lafayette St. | Ottawa, IL 61350
1402 Columbus St. | Ottawa, IL 61350
Bus: (815) 433-5501
Fax: (815) 433-2028
Each Office is independently Owned and Operated.
Over 40 years of quality service.
& TRUCK BODY
for the big game, great food and
always a refreshing beverage!
We proudly serve more than 16 ICE COLD specialty
beers and imports on tap. We’ll see YOU at JJ’s!
ASE Certified • I-Car Trained • PPG Color Lab
1601 Poplar St • Ottawa, IL 61350
104 W. Main Downtown Ottawa! 815-431-1816
Enrichment of the mind, nourishment of the soul, a place to
learn, share & grow, a place for nurturing the human condition.
Whether it’s financing an addition to your
home or funding a personal venture, we’ll
help you find a way to put your good credit
to use with a loan from Old Second Bank.
A New Dimension in Yoga and Pilates
225 W Madison St, Ottawa, IL 61350 • (815) 228-3262
323 E. Norris Drive, Ottawa
28 area locations! 1-877-866-0202 oldsecond.com/loans
No better friend. No warmer memory.
Toys for a cherished life.
Robert E. Hasty
Robert E. Hasty Insurance Agency
600 Columbus St.
Ottawa, IL 61350
1802 Division St
Morris, IL 60450
712 Lasalle Street, Ottawa, IL
Residential & Commercial
• Furniture & Accessories
• Space Planning & Consultations
• Hardwood, Carpet, & Tile
• Window Treatments
• Kitchen & Bath Design
222 West Madison Street
Ottawa, Illinois 61350
Ph: (815) 434-4006
Fax: (815) 434-4046
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Unimin Corporation is a leading producer of non-metallic industrial minerals.
Learn about our company and dedication to sustainable business
practices that facilitate the pursuit of economic prosperity,
environmental stewardship and social commitment at:
Unimin Corporation - Illinois Regional Office
4000 Baker Road - Ottawa, Illinois • 815-434-4178
Zip-Pak is the world’s premier provider
of resealable packaging solutions.
Zip-Pak of Ottawa has grown from
a green-field site to over 50 employees
since the year 2000 and is now
the largest Zip-Pak facility in the ITW
Company (Illinois Tool Works). This
site was developed to be the most
efficient zipper manufacturer facility
and to prepare for competition from
other parts of the world. Anything in a
flexible package can benefit from our
resealable zipper closure. The most
popular markets we serve are meat,
cheese, and pet food.
1510 Warehouse Drive
Ottawa, Illinois 61350 USA
888-840-0045 | 815-431-0300
Serving our communities since 1889, First Federal
Savings Bank is here for you. From mortgage
loans to checking accounts, we have a wide
range of products and services to meet your
needs. Please accept our invitation to call or stop
in one of our 12 convenient locations.
We are ready to serve you!
Commercial Loan Officer
Main St Office
First Federal Savings Bank — Ottawa Locations
633 La Salle St
433 West Main St
Ottawa Savings Bank
925 LaSalle St, Ottawa, IL 61350 | 815-433-2525
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221 West Etna Rd. Ottawa ● 815-431-8034
201 E Jackson St, Ottawa, IL 61350 (815) 433-2395
127 E. Norris Dr., Ottawa, IL 61350
4041 Veterans Dr., Ottawa, IL 61350
3020 E. 8th Rd., Utica, IL 61373
• Active Resident Community
• Independent Maintenance Free Living
• Beautiful Gardens
Beautiful homes from the $100’s to the $500’s!
Openings Available - Call Today 815-672-1513
• Maintenance Free
• Healthy Delicious Meals Offered Daily
• All Rents Based on Income
• An Independent Apartment Community
All rents based on income
All Rents Based Upon Income
606 E. Morrell • Streator
400 E. Washington
400 E. Washington, Ottawa 815-434-6758
Illinois’ Premier Marina Resort Community
Home Port To Starved Rock Country.
Call us today! 815-433-5000
A Marina Resort Community
Experience Grace-Filled Living at its Finest!
Since 1937, Pleasant View
has faithfully served older adults
and their families in Ottawa.
Located on a beautiful tree-lined campus
Pleasant View has established its reputation
for excellence by exceeding the expectations
as a Continuing Care Retirement Community.
At Pleasant View, life enrichment programs
enhance the spiritual, social, emotional,
and physical well-being of all.
Our Services & Programs
• Independent Living
• Assisted Living
• Fitness for Seniors
• Short Term Rehabilitation
• Memory Support
• Pastoral Care
• Companions & Move Management
A New Perspective on Grace-filled Living
505 College Avenue Ottawa, Illinois 61350 (815) 434-1130
Pleasant View is a Lutheran Life Community, empowering
vibrant, grace-filled living across all generations.
Daniel J. Miller DC Chiropractic Clinic
Cost effective care for
the entire family
Affordable Assisted Lifestyle Community
for Adults 65 & Older of All Incomes
1201 W. Main Ottawa IL 815-431-9870
Property for Lease
Mike Godfrey - General Manager
Retail ~ Office Space ~ Apartments
Pilkington North America
Pilkington Ottawa manufactures one of the broadest ranges of glass
products available in the world today.
We are more than a school...
“WE ARE MARQUETTE”
Marquette is a Christ-centered
educational experience focused
on preparing children for a
High School Campus
100 Paul St Ottawa
Elementary School Campus
1110 LaSalle St Ottawa
Early Education Campus
727 W Jefferson St Ottawa
50 Years in
Open Daily -
5 am - 10 pm!
Everything you need - the freshest and BEST
Everything meat, produce, you need deli - fresh and baked meat, goods. produce,
deli, bakery, Liquor liquor, and lottery lottery....AND also available. WINE!
604 West Main, Ottawa 815-434-2300 handyfoodsiga.com
• Historic Attraction
• Elements Restaurant (open Daily)
• Lodge Rooms & Cabins
• Outdoor Dining (weather permitting)
• Weddings, Trolley Tours & more!
Starved Rock Lodge | (800) 868-7625 | www.starvedrocklodge.com
Community Support is More than Good Business
Our communities provide the human talent, natural resources, and infrastructure
that create prosperity for all. That’s why Fairmount Minerals gives back through
public service, education, and more. Our employees donate time and talent to
make our communities better places to live and work. Working together creates
a brighter future for us all. It’s the Business of Building Tomorrow.
Building a Strong Future for Ottawa
You’ll see it here in Ottawa and throughout the entire
Illinois Valley area ~ the quality work and value they bring
to homes and businesses is on display, everyday.
They are the Illinois Valley Contractors Association.
Look to their members - the area’s top contractors - for unparalleled
expertise and a commitment to safety. They’ve been helping to build,
develop and GROW Ottawa and it’s surrounding communities since 1948.
For a quality contractor visit ivlm.org, call IVCA at 815.23.0561 or contact one of these premier members.
Better Service. Less Wait. Same Co-Pay
• Convenient Southide Location
• Delivery Available
• Drive Thru
• Free Medication Flavoring
• Order Refills Online
• Insurance Accepted
Open Mon-Fri 9am - 6pm • Sat 9am - 1pm
900 1st Avenue | Ottawa IL 61350
827 COLUMBUS ST
OTTAWA, IL 61350
(815) 434-3630 Office
(815) 228-2058 Mobile
(888) 305-3630 Toll Free
You’ll love our
lawn and garden decor!
402 W. Main Ottawa
of wine and
spirits in the area.
504 W. Main Ottawa (815)434-0075
909 Clinton St.
Ottawa, IL 61350
807 LaSalle Street
Ottawa IL, 61350
3215 E 1969th Rd, Ottawa, IL 61350
(815) 433-0000 www.skydivechicago.com
Proud to be a part of the Ottawa
community for over 45 years.
i n d e p e n d e n c e
for a hand thereby
touching a heart.”
- Author Unknown
1550 First Avenue
Ottawa, IL 61350
www.best-inc.org or www.nciworks.org
What does friendship mean to you?
Ottawa Friendship House enhances the lives
of adults with intellectual and developmental
disabilities. We offer a variety of services that
help individuals gain the skills they need to live
independently. Some of our services include:
• DEVELOPMENTAL TRAINING
• SHELTERED EMPLOYMENT
• COMMUNITY EMPLOYMENT
• RESIDENTIAL PROGRAM
1718 N. 2525th Road
Ottawa, IL 61350
Mentoring, Work Experience, Career Exploration,
Leadership, and many more programs.
Adult/Dislocated Worker Programs
College Assistance, On-the-Job Training, Job Search
Workshops, and many more programs.
Soft Skills Training, Recruitment & Referral Services,
Training Reimbursement for qualified hires and tax
For more information on employer services, contact the local NCI Works One Stop Center at 815-433-4550
Equal Opportunity Employer/Program. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities.
Old Fashioned Service at
• Great Prices & Location
• Fast, Friendly Service
Locally owned and
operated for more
than 40 years
John McLachlan, R. Ph.
• Free Delivery in Ottawa Area
• Convenient Parking
411 W. Main Street • Ottawa • 815-433-2255
Morris Hospital Cardiovascular Specialists
Dr. Syed Ahmed, & Dr. M. Tarek Alahdab Board Certified Cardiologists
827 E. Norris Dr., Ottawa 815-705-1000
Morris Hospital Obstetrics & Gynecology Specialists
Dr. Victoria Ochoa & Dr. Douglas Toussaint
Board Certified Obstetrician/Gynecologists
Megan Lotesto, N.P.-C Family Nurse Practitioner
1300 Starfire Dr., Ottawa 815-324-9700
Morris Hospital Laboratory Services
827 E. Norris Dr., Ottawa Walk-ins welcome. 815-434-0811
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