GETTING TO KNOW 61350
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Our OSF HealthCare family offers a wide variety of primary care and specialty providers to choose from. With the help of our
electronic medical record, you can be sure that you’ll receive coordinated care from each OSF HealthCare office. When it comes
to the health and well-being of your family, trust the care and compassion of our family of caregivers.
We are OSF HealthCare, and we’re proud to support Ottawa and a number of communities.
• Full-service inpatient hospital
• Walk-in urgent care
• Behavioral health services
• Primary care for all ages
Plus: Cardiology, General surgery,
Neurology, OB/GYN, Orthopedics,
Pulmonology and Rheumatology
• 24/7 Emergency Center
• Testing and diagnostics
• Rehab therapy services
• Primary care for all ages
Plus: Behavioral health, Cardiology,
General surgery, OB/GYN,
Orthopedics and Podiatry
• Full-service inpatient hospital
• Skilled nursing facility program
• Community health services
• Primary care for all ages
Plus: Cardiology, ENT, General
surgery, Neurology, Orthopedics
• Primary care for all ages
• Primary care for all ages
• Walk-in urgent care
For a full listing of services and locations,
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BEST WATERFRONT RESORT COMMUNITY
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executive DIRECTOR’S NOTE
As Executive Director of the Ottawa Area Chamber of Commerce since 2005, amazing things
have taken place in our community that I and the Chamber have witnessed and been part of.
From asphalt to asphalt, we have transformed our historic downtown to a streetscape of
“botanical arts and gardens”, thriving retail stores and restaurants. Future waterfront development is
now being planned for more than twenty acres of riverfront property. The plans include a new YMCA
center, an outdoor concert venue, botanic gardens, and harbor with nearby residential and commercial
Ottawa continues to offer the ideal setting for business and entrepreneurial ventures,
an enviable quality of life for residents, and a delightful get-away experience for visitors.
Ottawa is history!
You can see it in our historical buildings, larger-than-life murals, our historical homes
in each district of our town, and our churches.
We’re proud of the exceptional educational resources. 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 20 out of the last 21 years! Illinois Valley Community College’s
off campus facility is located in downtown Ottawa allowing our residents
to have convenient access to college and continuing education opportunities.
Economic Development is a key priority for Ottawa. The city’s industrial park offers
ready-to-build sites including rail. Ottawa is home to companies MBL (USA), NSG Pilkington, SABIC,
ITW Zip-Pak, PetSmart DC, Kohl’s DC, Clover Technology Group, HR Imaging Group, Tyson Foods, Cristal
Metals, Seattle Suttons Healthy Eating, SIKA, Advantech B&B SmartWorx, LMK Technology, and U.S.
Silica, among others.
Ottawa is the gateway to Starved Rock State Park and Starved Rock Country and
we enjoy sharing our city with visitors and welcome new residents.
Come see for yourself! Ottawa truly is AMAZING.
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Special thanks to Ottawa photographers, Annette Barr and Skipp Hupp, for their incredible photography throughout this publication.
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A BRIEF INTRO TO 61350
On February 8, 1910,
William Dickson Boyce, then a
resident of Ottawa, incorporated
the Boy Scouts of America. The
Ottawa Historical and Scouting
Heritage Museum, on Canal
Street, is open to the public. The
museum features the history of
Ottawa and Scouting.
people live in Ottawa!
The John Hossack House was
a “station” on the Underground
Railroad, and Ottawa was a major
stop because of its rail, road,
and river transportation.
The Friendly City
The Town of Two Rivers
The City On Sand
The Town of Stovepipe Hats
Ottawa is in
Ottawa Silica sand was on board
the Columbia space shuttle for
Known as the scenic gateway to
Starved Rock State Park, the
most popular state park
in Illinois, with some
2 million visitors per year
Located at the confluence of the
Illinois River and Fox River.
The Illinois River is a conduit for
river barges and connects
Lake Michigan at Chicago,
to the Mississippi River, and
North America’s 25,000
mile river system.
Ottawa was the site
of the first
Because of numerous
silica sand deposits
Ottawa has been a major
sand and glass center for
more than 100 years.
Illinois Representative District: 76
Illinois Senate District: 38
US Congressional District: 11
The stars are
Local Celebs &
Walt Willey - Actor, All My Children
Guy Hoffman - MLB Pitcher
Maria Kanellis - WWE Wrestler
Kim Howard Johnson - Author,
Monty Python Books
Johnston McCulley - Creator of Zorro
Bob McGrath - Actor, Sesame Street
Stephen L. Brusatte - Palentologist
Tim Finchem - Golf Commissioner
Tom Corcoran - US Congressman
Tribute to William D. Boyce,
founder of the
Boys Scouts of America,
overlooks the Illinois River.
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Unwind, unplug and enjoy the outdoors. Just minutes away from Ottawa are the woods, canyons, and waterfalls of Starved Rock
State Park. It’s where fun is waiting for you. Ottawa is home to hundreds of 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, ball diamonds,
basketball courts, playgrounds, picnic facilities, monuments and art, fishing, a toboggan run, a riverwalk ~ and LOTS more.
In The Air
For those who seek the ultimate adventure - we
invite you to jump and experience a thrill you’ll
never forget. Located just north of Ottawa on
220 acres of private land, Skydive Chicago offers
instruction to first-time jumpers, as well as an
Advanced Freefall Program. They have loads of active
and outdoor amenities for camping, swimming and
so much more.
Skydive Chicago is the home of several World
Records, multiple local and national competitions and
the nation’s largest skydiving festival of the year.
This family run training center has been in business
Enjoy the BEAUTY. Experience the ACTION.
Let’s all go to 61350!
ON THE RIVERS
There’s nothing like being on the water.
From fishing and boating to skiing, tubing
and kayaking, you’ll discover why the Illinois and
Fox Rivers are the place to be from springtime
through the fall. Plenty of access ramps to the
rivers are conveniently located in downtown
parks and nearby marinas. In addition to the
homes and vacation cottages at Heritage
Harbor, just East of Ottawa, a state of the art
marina awaits you with a great restaurant -
plus boating amenities and plenty of rental
options for the active river enthusiast!
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No matter the season, outdoor
activities are always in play in
Ottawa. Minutes away from the
woods, canyons, and waterfront of
Starved Rock State Park, hiking and
even ice climbing are just a few of
the favorite activities of the two
million tourists that visit each year.
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 ice-encrusted
waterfalls on the trails.
Get out and run! A variety of races, from walks
and runs, both big and small are held in Ottawa
throughout the Spring, Summer and Fall months.
Runners and walkers of every age and fitness
level take in the beauty of Ottawa and the
surrounding area as they do what they love.
The Annual Starved Rock Country Half/Full
Marathon is perhaps the highlight of the more
serious runners local summer race. It takes you
from historic Washington Park in downtown
Ottawa, up and through the picturesque hills to
Starved Rock State Park.
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A’Lure Aquarium Bar
ONE CANNOT THINK
WELL, LOVE WELL AND
SLEEP WELL IF ONE HAS
NOT DINED WELL.
B.A.S.H - Burger and Sushi House
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Ottawa Bakery Anyone visiting
Starved Rock Country will want to leave
the trail for this sweet, small batch
bakery. Fresh scones, pastries, quiche
and coffee (hot and iced) - the Ottawa
bakery is sure to satisfy any sweet
tooth. Stop by and say hi to Holli! Enjoy
her creations and the sweet life with
something fresh and delicious while
you take in the beautiful scenery of
downtown Ottawa. Locals love it!
Jeremiah Joe Coffee is the perfect
spot to gather with friends and kick-start
your day. They proudly roast the blends
that make up each and every fresh cup
of coffee and espresso they serve. Enjoy
your very own hand-crafted cup of joe
before you stroll along to all your favorite
A’Lure It takes more than exquisite
cooking to make a memorable meal.
At A’Lure they believe a social atmosphere
in the right location, personal and
attentive service and great company
are what separates a delicious dinner
from an unforgettable experience. A’Lure
Aquarium bar is another one of Ottawa’s
destination spots for great cocktails - like
their ginormous Bloody Mary!
Hi Way Restaurant Voted “Best Place
for Breakfast” time and time (and time)
again. Brothers, Ray and Nick Banushi
have been in the restaurant business in
Ottawa since the mid 1970’s, owning the
Hi Way for more than 20 years since. AND
- they’re a few of the nicest guys you’ll
EVER meet! Top sellers at this favorite
spot include a variety of hearty breakfast
skillets and wraps. They serve LOTS of
pasta and are famous for an incredible
garlic salad dressing. People come
from miles around stop in for their liver
and onions ~ and yes, they even serve
B.A.S.H Burger and Sushi House was
established in 2013 and is a unique and
perfect pairing of quality food, service,
& ambience. The staff ranges from local
friendly faces to a team of sushi chefs
with experience from across the world.
When looking for an option for everyone,
visit B.A.S.H. in downtown Ottawa! It’s
Destination Dining for sure!
JJ’s Sports Pub It’s one of the
favorite spots in Ottawa for locals
and visitors alike - with great food -
including the fan favorite Italian Beef
sandwich, plus ALWAYS your favorite
cold beer. Hang out with old friends or
meet a new one while you catch the
game on one of Jeremy’s big screens!
Try your luck at their video poker and
slots section. Cheers to JJ’s!
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The Carlson Auto Legacy
For more than 93 years, the name
Carlson has been synonymous in the
Ottawa area with automobiles.
Carlson Motor Sales, a Plymouth and
Valiant car dealership, was started
in 1926 by Gary’s grandfather, Hugo
Carlson, who was joined in business
by Gary’s father Wayne in 1952. The
dealership closed due to health issues
Gary Carlson, owner of Carlson
Auto Body, is proud to continue this
successful legacy and continued
investment here in Ottawa for the last
Gary opened his business Carlson
Auto Body in 1978 in the original Carlson
Motor Sales buildings on the south
side of Main Street. He and his wife,
Diana, purchased two more buildings
on the north side of the street in 1989
to expand the business into what it is
He prides himself on treating his
customers the way his family before
him treated theirs.
He has established lasting relationships with his customers by what some might call
the old-fashioned way - by being fair and honest, and doing a great job. That’s the way
we do things in Ottawa, and he wouldn’t have it any other way.
Gary and his team are proud to be able to continue to serve his Ottawa neighbors and
friends with the kind of respect and service that was started almost a century ago by the
elder Carlsons, right here in Ottawa.
BUILDING LEGACYS in Ottawa
TURK FURNITURE LEGACY
In 1885, Joseph Turk founded Turk
Furniture believing that people deserved
well-made furniture at affordable prices.
He opened the first store in Downtown
Joliet. The Ottawa location on LaSalle
Street has been in business since 1988.
Five generations later, although the
merchandise they carry has changed in
terms of its fashion their service hasn’t.
At Turk Furniture, customer
satisfaction remains their #1 goal
as it has throughout their 128 years
as a family-owned furniture store.
Their mission is to exceed customer’s
expectations by providing the best
combination of value, selection and
service along with a low price. They’re
not only committed to creating beautiful
homes but also committed to creating
long-term relationships with their
Find out why others enjoy shopping in
a family owned furniture store.
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Mother, Daughter’s toy & book OBSESSION
Mary Olson and her daughter Gabriella Crivilare have a habit
of saving things. It started out small, with items to be used in
future craft projects, like stage decorations and props for the
theater productions put on by the
former Community House of Arts in
Ottawa. Then they got a cat. After
that, it was The Classroom Store, an
educational supply and toy store,
which Olson—alongside her business
partner, Sue Vandervort—eventually
transformed into Rock Paper
Scissors. Then, in 2016, Olson and
Crivilare bought the Book Mouse, and
reopened it as Prairie Fox Books.
“It seems like our retail endeavors
evolved from our desire to collect
things,” says Crivilare. “I always joke
that we ran out of room in the house
for books, so we had to open a bookstore.”
Because Prairie Fox was bursting at the seams with their
incredible collection - they invested in downtown Ottawa even
more by purchasing and renovating another beautiful building.
In 2018, they relocated in it, across the street, nearly tripling
their space and inventory.
Yet, still, plenty of books, board books, and other tomes for
young readers can be found at Rock Paper Scissors.
“The book room is my favorite thing about the toy
store,” confesses Olson. “Picture books
are an art form all their own, and just as
important to the mental development
of a child as certain types of toys are to
developing fine motor skills.”
But Olson and Crivilare believe that no
book should be limited to a single target
audience, and it’s this belief that has led to
their diverse selection and habit of expertly
recommending books from different age
groups and genres to people who might be
hesitant. “One of the most valuable things
about books is their ability to transport and
provide windows and mirrors for different
life experiences,” says Crivilare. And that’s
exactly what Mary and Gabby provide.
Whether it’s with story times at the toy store, events with
local and literary bents, or simply recommending a book with a
new-to-you point of view – stop by and ask them the titles of
their favorite books; they’ve been saving them just for you.
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Ideally Situated for
Business & Industry
Close to Chicago ~
Just a ninety minute drive will get
you into the metropolitan area of
Chicago and its millions of residents.
Yet this distance allows Ottawa to
remain free of the environmental
issues, congestion, crime, expensive
business regulations, intense
government bureaucracy and more
which commonly plague tour more
Plenty of Transportation Options ~
Ottawa is located on Interstate 80,
the nation’s premier, coast-to-coast/
east-west route. Additionally, it’s just 12
miles East of Interstate 39, one of the
country’s main north-south routes.
Six major airports, including Chicago’s
O’Hare and Midway are within a 90
minute drive from Ottawa. The Illinois
Valley Airport with its strong corporate
aircraft capability, is just 18 miles away.
Rail and Illinois Waterway
transportation are immediately
available. In fact, two thirds of the
United States is within a two day
shipping range of Ottawa.
Ready for Business and Industry ~
Businesses and entreprenuers alike
have recognized the potential for their
growing companies, here in Ottawa.
We want your business to grow here,
The City of Ottawa owns property
complete with sewer, water, electric,
gas, broadband, environmental signoffs,
rail, barge and more. These lots
are backed by an attractive incentive
package ~ all just two miles from
Interstate 80 are immediately available.
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GREAT THINGS IN BUSINESS ARE NOT DONE
BY ONE PERSON ~ THEY ARE DONE BY A TEAM.
SITES AVAILABLE on Interstate 80
Ottawa’s Interstate corridor is a bustling
commercial area with auto dealerships,
major retail outlets, restaurants,
manufacturers, hotels and more. Despite
significant growth in this area, many
attractive sites near Interstate 80 are still
While a safe, green, uncongested city,
Ottawa also stands out because of
its exceedingly rare combination of
amazing quality of life and great business
OSF Saint Elizabeth:
Health Services, 892 employees
Warehouse Distr., 450 employees
Wal-Mart Super Center:
Department Store, Grocer,
The Results Companies:
Call Center, 400 employees
Ottawa Elementary School District:
Education, 332 employees
SABIC Innovative Plastics:
Plastic Processing, 285 employees
Clover Technologies Group:
Printer Cartridges, 258 employees
Illinois Valley Community College:
Education, 220 employees
MBL (USA) Corporation:
Automotive Belts, 213 employees
NSG: Glass Maker, 198 employees
HR Imaging Partners: Photo
processing/yearbooks, 181 employees
U.S. Silica Company:
Sand, 180 employees
Ottawa Township High School:
Education, 155 employees
Ottawa Dental Lab: Dental Wear
and Appliance manufacturer, 144
Seattle Sutton’s Healthy Eating:
Meal Plans, 125 employees
Senior Care, 120 employees
City of Ottawa:
Government, 115 employees
Tyson Fresh Meat Inc.:
Meat Distribution, 110 employees
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TIME FLIES WHEN YOU’RE HAVING FUN!
Nestled along the Illinois and Fox River, the area creates a peaceful and beautiful
backdrop for residents and visitors. It has become a popular destination for anyone
looking to relax and enjoy some me time without lo sing the comforts of life. The
downtown offers many shops and unique restaurants. It is a place full of activities,
business, lush plantings and many friendly faces. Architecture, large murals, art and
performance shows bring culture to life. It’s a great place to live and invest!
CURT BEDEI, NFPC
Executive Director, Ottawa Visitors Center
Host to a number of festivals and markets throughout the year, the
variety of events in Ottawa appeal to everyone, no matter your age.
Every Saturday morning from June through
October, visit the OLD TOWN FARMERS MARKET.
Findings here vary from homegrown vegetables
and preserves to perennials and pies - PLUS
handmade items including paintings, garden
sculptures and so much more
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. If hunting down the evasive
‘shroom is not your style, 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 on-stage every night and
throughout the event. PLUS FRESH LOBSTERS
flown in fresh from the coast of Maine. They’re
perfectly cooked to order, right on the spot for
July 4th is Show Time for one of Illinois
biggest and best fireworks displays! Lots of
activities happen all day long throughout the
community for children of all ages. This grand
display at dusk is made possible by generous
community donations and funds raised by a
dedicated team of volunteers known as
RIVERFEST - happens the first weekend in
August, and is the last hurrah of the summer.
It runs Wednesday - Sunday, kicking-off
with the Chamber’s annual Welcomeburger
Picnic. Lots of downtown activities and fun
for children of all ages happen everyday thru
Historic Washington park is host to events like
the BIG and ever popular book sale. Plenty
of talent and variety entertainment happens
throughout the fest along with Art in the Park
sponsored by the Ottawa Art League, as well
as the agricultural street fair and a vintage
car show. Then, on Sunday, when things start
winding down the RIVERFEST PARADE rolls
through town with miles of floats, music, candy
and clowns – contributed by organizations, local
businesses, sports teams, schools and many
other community leaders.
In late September, celebrate Fall with
us at OKTOBERFEST & SCARECROW FEST.
Nothing says autumn like a good old-fashioned
German style beer fest. It’s Oktoberfest! Meet
your friends early and stay late celebrating at
this traditional German style festival featuring
great food, and lots of fun and games.
Scarecrow Fest is a family-friendly event,
and provides plenty of activities for all ages
including a petting zoo, craft fair, face painting
and giant bouncy houses. Shop the scarecrow
lined streets of Old Town for some unique items
and incredible deals.
As the season comes to a close, Ottawa
embraces the winter chill with its FESTIVAL
OF LIGHTS. Friday night kicks off with the
Thanksgiving Santa Parade - as you-know-who
comes to town - followed by the lighting of
beautiful and historic Washington Park. All
while you shop for that special gift for someone
in our downtown “Old Town”.
In December, get into the holiday spirit with
the Chris Kringle Market in downtown Ottawa,
featuring artisan gift vendors, tasty holiday
treats, traditional German-style beer, and
memorable activities for the whole family
for these events!
JUNE - OCTOBER
Midwest Morel Fest
Ottawa 2 Rivers
Ottawa 1st Fireworks!
Festival of Lights
Chris Kringle Market
exact dates, visit
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Head over Heals for Ottawa
draw from a very
base with their
from hundreds of
miles away. Here
are a few of our
faves with a rather
Step inside Jobst Monument to find
an unexpected must-have piece.
The Unique ~
JOBST MONUMENTS AND GIFTS
Customers travel from miles and
miles away to shop the unique items
and gifts available at Jobst Monument
This one-of-a-kind gift shop on
the corner of West Main Street and
Canal Streets in Ottawa has often
been referred to as “the BEST kept
secret in Ottawa,” and “that ivy covered
building.” Each description accurately
sets the tone for the rustic selection of
remarkable merchandise inside of the
Available under the ivy decorated
roof is an art gallery of sorts when
it comes to the unique variety of
lawn and garden decor, religious
and bereavement gifts, statuaries,
and more. Such items include kinetic
art, humming bird feeders, gazing
globes, wind chimes, and Isabel Bloom
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The Daring ~
More than 75,000 jumps take
place annually by Skydivers from
all over the world at Skydive Chicago,
just 4 miles north of Ottawa.
Here are just a few of the 200 in air at
the same time attempting to break the
world record vertical formation jump.
Obsessed with Wellness
It’s one of those sweet, one-of-a-kind
spots in Ottawa that you don’t want to
miss. Set back and up the stairs at 310
1/2 West Main in Downtown Ottawa,
SaltTreeYoga has become a vital part of
the area’s movement toward wellness.
SaltTreeYoga’s roots began as
BLOOM! Yoga in 2009, and then
expanded into a Wellness Center in
2015. Diana Carlson, owner and a
Certified Yoga Therapist, has provided
some of the latest natural healing
methods and educational opportunities
that help locals and visitors guide their
bodies back to a functional, balanced,
and healthy state.
Relax, meditate and immerse
yourself into all of their services -
ESPECIALLY within the walls of the
serene and softly lit Himalayan Salt
Cave. Inspired by and designed around
the memory of Diana’s father, who was
an avid tree lover and planter, the
business name was changed to
The door to the Salt Cave is custom
built from dead oak trees her dad
harvested and kiln-dried from the local
family home refuge where she grew up.
The salt in the cave is absorbed via
Halotherapy by both the skin and your
air passageways - clearing pollens,
viruses, toxins, and other pollutants
from the body - thereby reducing
inflammation, and improving respiratory
In addition to Dry Salt Therapy
in the Salt Cave, their other state of
the art wellness services include: Dry
Hydrotherapy, Migun Thermal Massage
Bed, Full Spectrum Infrared Sauna, Ionic
Foot Detox, Body Vibration Therapy,
Reflexology & Massage, Yoga, Essential
Oils, and more. All services provide some
combination of pain relief, detoxification,
and relaxation. RELAX your way to
You deserve SaltTreeYoga!
Diana Carlson, owner of SaltTreeYoga,
just inside the door of the area’s only
himalayan salt cave.
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No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.
Ottawa PADS Shelter is a 50-bed
homeless shelter that provides shelter,
meals, and other services to those in
need. IV PADS heavily relies on excellent
volunteers to assist us in our mission
to provide these essentials for the
The Reddick Mansion Association has
been an all-volunteer organization
since its inception in 1975. Their focus
is maintaining and restoring the
Mansion – which is the only current
building around Washington Park that
existed at the time of the Lincoln-
Douglas debate in 1858. In the past
45 years, Association members have
done everything from hosting cocktail
parties and painting walls to acting as
tour guides of the Mansion and pulling
weeds in the Gardens. Volunteerism
is the life blood of the RMA. Each year,
more than 5,000 hours of volunteer
time are donated to the Mansion.
Each December, WCMY 1430 AM, Handy
Foods - IGA and Stevenson Transfer host
Freezin’ for a Reezin’. And, every year,
countless volunteers and generous friends
spend days and dollars not only organizing
this event but ultimately collecting up to
nearly 30 tons of food to be used throughout
the year for people in need through the
the Ottawa Food Pantry, which serves over
2,000 thankful families in the area.
Pet Project is a Non Profit, No Kill Animal
Shelter. They were established in 1993
and have rescued well over 5,000 animals.
Their Mission is to operate a shelter
and provide for the humane treatment
of animals while attempting to secure
permanent homes for them.
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Ottawa is Blooming is a group of
residents that work together to spruce
up a block or area of town that may
need it. That may be anything from
planting flowers to painting fences.
The U of I Extension Master Gardener
Program has over 20 volunteers
contributing nearly 600 volunteer hours
serving the City of Ottawa. Volunteers
assisted with the delivery of over 8,000
pounds of fresh produce to area food
pantries from the Ottawa Community
Gardens for the PAR (Plant a Row)
initiative for the 2018 growing season. A
new and ongoing project is the Butterfly
Garden, located at the corner of Canal and
Madison Streets in downtown Ottawa.
What would ANY community be without its volunteers? In Ottawa, we come together to
participate in our society ~ and contribute to projects that matter to the community. The social
relationships developed from volunteer work are critical to the individuals that help their community.
The spirit of volunteerism is inspired with values such as solidarity, teamwork, mutual trust, belonging
and empowerment, every one of which contribute significantly to the quality of life here in Ottawa.
For some, properly maintaining a
home can be an impossible task - -
many cannot even provide themselves
with the basic necessities we take for
granted. Labor of Love is an annual
one-day blitz to repair and rehabilitate
the homes of the poor, elderly, and
disabled. Generous crews with big
hearts - just like this group from First
National Bank of Ottawa unite with
people of all walks of life to roll up
their sleeves and assist others in need
here in Ottawa.
Twenty volunteers from Chamber
member businesses make up the
Chamber’s public relations team called
the Ambassadors. Ambassadors
are active and visible in the area by
representing the Chamber at ribbon
cutting ceremonies, Business After
Hours, Welcomeburger and other
Chamber events. Ambassadors
represent the Chamber and the
city of Ottawa year-round, and are
an essential part of the Chamber’s
success. They assist and volunteer
for special events and visit new and
potential members as well as current
members. The Chamber Ambassadors
are proud of Ottawa and actively share
that enthusiasm with others.
The Salvation Army’s host of volunteers
have been serving those in need in the
LaSalle County area for over 125 years!
The results of their efforts are put forth to
help meet human need wherever, whenever
and however they can ~ to ensure that the
people in our community get the help they
Ottawa First consists of members
who volunteer throughout the year
spending countless hours raising
funds and gathering donations so
that Ottawa can put on one of the
finest fireworks display in Illinois.
Christmas 4 Kids began in 2005 by
Sheriff’s Deputy, Felecia Rassmussen.
Since then, under her direction, and with
the help of countless holiday helpers,
they have orchestrated the collection of
donated funds and toys so that hundreds
of kids in-need throughout LaSalle County
are able to enjoy a very special Christmas.
Mosaic Artist, Susan Burton, is
the Ottawa Public Arts Community
Chairman (Ottawa PAC) Thousands
and thousands of donated hours while
working with dozens and dozens of
artist volunteers is what it takes to
create these mosaic masterpieces
that are the highlight of our charming
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~ Ottawa schools
that your child will
Marquette Academy is a pre-K through
12 school situated on two campuses
in Ottawa. A Roman Catholic School
under the Diocese of Peoria, the
academy serves as a college preparatory
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 learn about math,
science, 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 who 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
provides 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
Ottawa High School, with an enrollment
of more than 1,600 students, occupies
four buildings that house classrooms,
an auditorium, and three gymnasiums.
Students may choose their classes
from more than one hundred academic
courses and fifty career-oriented
The curriculum includes accelerated
courses, advanced courses in chemistry
and composition, and advanced
placement in U.S. history.
2018 marked the 22th 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
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 13 times.
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 talented
Ottawa Christian Academy,
is a Christ-centered educational center
with a progressive academic curriculum
- exceeding state and national
averages. They encourage the student
to be inspired and to become a lifelong
learner; applying the skills, critical
thinking, and technological advances in
their quest for knowledge.
Illinois Valley Community College,
renowned for high-quality instruction,
low-cost and convenience, opened a
satellite campus at 321 W. Main St.,
in downtown Ottawa in 2010. In fall
2019, the Center will be enhanced as
a Transfer Academy providing courses
students need for university transfer
after two years.
IVCC’s main campus, established in 1967
in Oglesby, is a comprehensive two-year
college awarding associate degrees in
arts, science, and applied science. In both
Ottawa and Oglesby, the college offers
a full spectrum of educational services
from English as a Second Language,
basic literacy and GED preparation
to nearly 30 one-year certificates, 40
two-year career programs for those
wishing to go straight to work, and 45
program options from which transfer
students may choose before moving
on seamlessly to a four-year college or
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Quality Healthcare resources
Award-winning healthcare for you -
for the entire family
OSF HealthCare Saint Elizabeth Medical
Center is Ottawa’s flagship medical
facility. Offering 97 beds, the acute care
hospital is stroke ready and features the
area’s most comprehensive behavioral
With roots in the community dating back
to 1895, OSF Saint Elizabeth joined the
OSF HealthCare ministry in 2012. OSF
HealthCare is an integrated health system
owned and operated by The Sisters of the
Third Order of St. Francis, headquartered
in Peoria, Illinois.
OSF HealthCare employs nearly 21,000
Mission Partners (employees) in 126
locations, including 13 hospitals - nine
acute care, four critical access - and two
colleges of nursing throughout Illinois and
Thanks to this coordinated network,
residents of Ottawa and surrounding
communities enjoy access to more than
1,200 primary care, specialist physicians,
and advanced practice providers.
Convenient OSF PromptCare and OSF Urgo
clinics are also available locally for walk-in
treatment of minor illnesses or injuries.
Patients in need of more specialized care
for conditions such as heart failure, stroke
or critical injuries can rely upon OSF Life
Flight medical helicopters.
With a base stationed nearby in Peru,
these state-of-the-art air ambulances
transfer patients to OSF HealthCare
trauma centers in Peoria and Rockford
to ensure safe and timely access to
advanced care for you or your loved one.
OSF HealthCare consistently ranks as one
of the country’s top-performing health
systems and was named one of the best
employers by Forbes magazine in 2018,
achieving the highest ranking among
Illinois-based companies listed.
For more information about OSF
HealthCare and its local services,
view our ad on the inside front cover
or visit www.osfhealthcare.org.
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and the entire family.
Morris Hospital & Healthcare Centers has been improving the health of area
residents since 1906. Located 23 miles east of Ottawa in Morris, the 89-bed Morris
Hospital serves residents of Grundy County and parts of LaSalle, Will, Livingston, and
Kendall counties. All together, Morris Hospital offers services in 25 locations.
Morris Hospital & Healthcare Centers is known for its compassionate and
personalized approach to healthcare. This is attributed to the outstanding work of
1,300 employees, 500 Auxilians, and a medical staff of more than 200 physicians and
allied health/advanced practice providers representing most medical specialties.
Morris Hospital’s 3 Ottawa locations include:
• Morris Hospital Ottawa Campus - Services include family medicine, pediatrics
and laboratory services.
• Morris Hospital Obstetrics & Gynecology Specialists - An excellent health care
resources for women at all stages of life.
• Morris Hospital Cardiovascular Specialists - From routine concerns to complex heart
conditions, their board-certified cardiologists put their hearts into making sure you
have a healthy one.
The Morris Hospital Mission: To improve the health of area residents.
Their Vision: Transforming healthcare to support healthier living.
Their Values: Compassion, Accountability, Respect, Excellence
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Whether you need a primary care provider or specialist, our physicians are your connection
to award-winning care at Morris Hospital & Healthcare Centers, an 89-bed hospital just 20 miles east of Ottawa.
In Ottawa, we have:
Morris Hospital Ottawa Campus, where patients of all ages can be seen for
routine check-ups, chronic conditions and illness - as well as lab services.
Find us at 1306 Gemini Circle, Suite 1, Ottawa. Call 815.433.9200.
Morris Hospital Obstetrics & Gynecology Specialists, excellent healthcare
resources for women at all stages of life, including pregnancy, labor, family planning,
birth control and more. We’re at 1300 Starfire Dr., Ottawa. Call 815.324.9700.
Morris Hospital Cardiovascular Specialists, board-certified
cardiologists who specialize in the diagnosis, treatment and
prevention of heart disease. See us at 1404 Aquarius Circle,
Suite A, Ottawa. Call 815.705.1000.
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There’s no place like home.
”Big or small, old or new - Ottawa is filled
with incredible choices that you can call home”
Options for Apartments, Condos, Town
Homes and Duplexes are scattered
throughout the entire Ottawa area.
Whether you’re looking for the
maintenance-free benefit, a close-knit
neighborhood, the added comfort of
security or the affordability factor, Ottawa
has plenty of options perfect for buyers
and renters alike.
Ottawa’s historic neighborhoods and
homes offer plenty of character and
charm. Stepping inside some of the
historic homes in Ottawa is a bit like
stepping back in time. From the ornate
fireplaces and antique door knockers to
the intricate crown molding and vintage
built-ins, Ottawa is home to a myriad of
homes packed with history. By purchasing
a historic home in Ottawa, you are helping
to keep its history alive. You’ll enjoy
breathing new life into a historic treasure.
If help is needed with a brand new home
or renovations to an older home, a host of
qualified union contractors are just a call
away with the Illinois Valley Contractors
Residents in Ottawa’s up and coming
neighborhoods find themselves next door
to like-minded people who care about
the place they call home. Here in Ottawa,
you’ll appreciate our midwest demeanor
and community spirit - with neighbors
who are eager to get to know each other
and ready to pitch-in and help when you
need it. Just one drive through these
developments on a beautiful day will allow
you to see walkers, runners and families
on sidewalks - plus children walking to and
from school and playing in the parks. This
shows you that our residents feel safe in
A variety of Independent, Assisted and
Senior Living Options are available in
Ottawa for our mature residents - no
matter what your age, lifestyle, health
and assistance needs may be. From
independent and assisted living choices,
like those available at Pleasant View
Lutheran Home, to the more hands-on
live-in care that’s provided at Aperion Care,
there is a lot of compassionate care and
plenty of quality resources available to our
seniors here in Ottawa.
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Relocating is an exciting time for any family.
Information included in this guide can help
make decisions on a realtor, schools,
shopping, healthcare and fitness easier.
Heritage Harbor - Ottawa is a waterfront marina and residential resort
community. It’s the perfect port to call home and provides a safe and
beautiful boating environment.
Heritage Harbor offers a variety of charming homes for sale with
waterfront properties that you won’t find anywhere else in Illinois.
This quaint marina community is a great option for a second home or
beautiful vacation with rental opportunities available all year. This up
and coming destination boasts an array of available waterfront lots
where you can build your dream home.
This is a full-service, state of the art marina with over 450 slips - plus
a travel lift, dual access boat ramps, equipment rentals, marine sales,
service and storage. Everything you need for your day on the water is
at the Heritage Harbor ship’s store and the marina’s bar & grill.
Water: City of Ottawa, 815-433-0161
Electric: Ameren IP, 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
Tonegate Sanitation, 815-228-5303
The Times, www.mywebtimes.com
For more information or additional help,
contact the Chamber Ottawa at 815-433-0084. TODAY 3
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These are the members of the Ottawa Area Chamber of Commerce.
Because of their support and investment in our community, the Chamber continues to
fund important community initiatives and lead the way for more business.
These members support, promote and attract business that help build our community.
• Roenfeldt & Lockas, P.C.
• William W. Peabody, CPA
•Walker Accounting Group, LTD
• Income Tax Etc., Ltd
• Holtzman’s RSR & Company
• Advertising Specialties
• MCS Advertising
• Diane Stelken Associates
• Starved Rock Country
• The Hauser Design Group
• Cook Multimedia
• Ottawa Barge Terminal
(815) 434-1815 Terminal
• Ottawa Plant Food
• Windy Acrez Farm
• CL Hop Farms, LLC
• 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
• Johnson Law
• Strow Law, LLC
• The Justice Law Firm, PC
• Bill Walsh Automotive Group
• Duffy’s Auto Sales, Inc.
• Route 6 Pro Wash/Pro Dent
• Carlson Automotive Body Shop, Inc.
• Ziebart/Speedy Auto Glass
• Ottawa Auto Spa
• Dolphin Car Wash II
• The Auto Inspector Inc.
• Jim Boe’s Mobil
• Conroy’s Inc.
• Leipold Motor Sales, Inc.
• Starved Rock Harley
• The Ottawa Bakery
Banks, Banking Assoc.
& Credit Unions
• First Federal Savings Bank
• The First National Bank of Ottawa
• Old Second Bank Ottawa
• Ottawa Savings Bank
• First State Bank
• Hometown National Bank
• Compeer Financial
• Eureka Savings Bank
• Midland States Bank
• Financial Plus Credit Union
• 807 Conference Center
• Pitstick Pavilion
• Festivities Unlimited
• Columbus Building Association
• Rental Pros, LLC
• Event Specialists & 123 Picture
Me Photo Booths
•Western Sand & Gravel Co., LLC
• Golden Rule
• Leading Edge Business Brokers
• North Central Illinois Council
• Management Professional
• Alliance SBDC
• Capital Consulting of Illinois
• Business Employment Skills
• Personal & Professional Women’s
• Kane Consultants LLC
• The Results Companies
• Illinois Valley Cellular - Wireless
• Sprint by Aircorp
Child Development & Family
• Youth Service Bureau
of Illinois Valley
• Starved Rock Regional Center for
Therapy and Child Development
• Gretencord Acupuncture
• Perry Chiropractic Center
• Ottawa Chiropractic
• Ottawa Catholic Community
• Cross Bridge Community Church
of the Nazarene
• Illinois Valley Clean Team, Inc.
• Stanley Steemer
• Quality Care Cleaning
• Servpro of Morris/Ottawa
• Maxon Professional
• Jeremiah Joe Coffee
• Connecting Point
• Computer Spa
Contractors - Concrete
• Dean’s Dynamic Concrete Inc.
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• Clegg-Perkins Electric, Inc.
• Halm Electrical Contracting, Inc
• All Type Fence Inc
• Vissering Construction Company
• Liebhart Construction, Inc.
• Prairie State Insulation
• Cornerstone Contracting &
Development, Inc. and Painting
• Correct Hardwood/
Contractors-Heating & Air
• Marseilles Sheet Metal, Inc.
• Ottawa Masonry Inc.
• Conley Excavating, Inc.
• D. H. Mayou Roofing & Supply
• Window World of Joliet
Family, Mental Health/
• Crossroads Counseling
• Illinois Valley Counseling
• North Central Behavioral Health
• Ottawa Children’s Dentistry
• Ottawa Dental Lab
• William C. Vesely, DDS
• Faber Dental Arts - Jonathan
• Mark Benavides DDS
• Farm & Fleet of Ottawa
• Wal-Mart Supercenter
• PetSmart Distribution Center
• Tyson Fresh Meat, Inc.
• Blackley Cleaners, Inc.
• Ottawa Friendship House
• Illinois Valley Community College
• Ottawa Elementary School
• Marquette Academy
• Ottawa Township High School
• Lincoln College
• Ottawa Christian Academy
• The Stone River Group
• Express Employment
• Kelly Services
• The Reserves Network
Environmental, Structural &
• Etscheid, Duttlinger &
• Chamlin & Associates
• Pinheadz Entertainment Center
Environmental Products &
• Stack Test Group, Inc.
Equipment - Sales/Leasing
• Alta Equipment Company
• MH Equipment
• Matthew Bullock Auctioneers
Farm Equipment-Tire Sales &
• Stoller International
• AXA Advisors/Michael J. Hughes,
• Northwestern Mutual Financial
Network - Nick Potthoff
• Edward Jones - Financial Advisor
• Edward Jones - Financial Advisor
• Edward Jones - Financial Advisor
• Edward Jones - Finanical Advisor
• Edward Jones - Financial Advisor
Robert J. Paglis
• Edward Jones - Financial Advisor
Fitness Centers /Health Clubs
• Rep by Rep Fitness Center
• YMCA of Ottawa
• Etna Oil Co.
Funeral Homes & Memorial
• Gladfelter-Roetker Funeral Home
• Mueller Funeral Home
• Oakwood Memorial Park
• Ottawa Funeral Home &
• Turk Furniture
• Casey’s General Store
•Senica’s Deer Park Golf Club
•Senica’s Oak Ridge Golf Club
• Pine Hills Golf Club Bar &
• Prairie Lakes Country
Club and Golf
• Housing Authority for LaSalle
• City of Ottawa
• Ottawa Port District
• Sigma Graphics
• Illinois Office Supply
Grocers & Meat Markets
• Polancic Meat Market
• Handy Foods, Inc.
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Health Care-Physicians &
• Jeffrey A. Crowhurst, DPM
• Pinnacle Dermatology
• Rezin Orthopedics and Sports
• Seattle Sutton’s Healthy Eating
• Floor to Ceiling
• Home Hardware
• Illinois Valley PADS
• VITAS Innovative Hospice Care
• OSF HealthCare Saint
Elizabeth Medical Center
• Morris Hospital &
Indoor Water Parks
• Pirate’s Cay Water Park
• US Silica Company
• Unimin Corporation
• Fairmount Santrol
Insurance & Investments
• LaVerne Dooley State Farm
• Northern Insurance
• IIP Insurance Agency, Inc.
• T.J. Lewis & Associates, Inc.
• Ronald Henson State Farm
• Brett W. Dyche State Farm Insurance
• Brian Carnes Country Financial
• Farmers Insurance - Robert
• Caselli Insurance & Real Estate
• Ramza Insurance Group
• Diamond Brothers Insurance
• Country Financial - Kevin Berryman
• Country Financial - Bruce Butchko
• Willand-Barton Agency
• First Fed Insurance Agency
Interior Decorators &
• Your Interior Motives
•Woodhill Cabinetry & Design Inc.
• T & L Janitorial Supplies Co.
• VanDuzer Jewelers
• IL Valley Labor Management
• Stohr’s Lawn Service, Inc.
• Bartman Design & Landscape,
• Pavers & More, Inc.
• Reddick Public Library District
• Herman’s Package Store
• Cash Store
• Frank’s Lock & Safe, Inc.
• Hampton Inn
• Fairfield Inn & Suites
• Comfort Inn
• Starved Rock Lodge
• Super 8 Motel
• Fox River Resort - Holiday Inn
• Heritage Harbor
• Mansion Rentals
• SABIC Innovative Plastics
• NSG Group
• MBL (USA) Corporation
• Burns Machine Co.
• Johnson Pattern & Machine
• Clover Technologies Group
• Cristal Metals
• Advantech B&B SmartWorx
• Sigan America
• Starved Rock Marina
• Quest Watersports
• Essential Massage Inc.
Facebook - Essential Massage, Inc.
• Wells Fargo Home Mortgage
• Two Rivers Mortgage Company
Moving & Storage
• Stevenson Transfer, Inc.
• The Times
• News Tribune
Office Supplies, Equipment
• Ottawa Office Supply
• 2 Rivers Imaging
Opticians & Optical Labs
• Gailey Eye Clinic
• Eyesite/Drs. Kent & Beth Kunkel
• Wendy Sanders-Maubach OD, PC
Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon
• Illinois Valley Oral Surgeons
• Habitat for Humanity - LBPC
• United Way of Eastern LaSalle Co.
• The Salvation Army
• LaSalle County CASA
• Zonta Club of Ottawa
• Ottawa Downtown Merchants
• Ottawa Sunrise Rotary
• Ottawa Noon Rotary
• Starved Rock Country Community
• Bridges Community Center
• W. D. Boyce Council Boy Scouts
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Pet Care & Services
• Norway Kennels
• Play and Stay Dog Lounge
• Pet Heaven
• Pet Project
• The Pharmacy Stop
• HR Imaging Partners
• Robert Kuhn Studio of
• The Chrysalis Group Management
and Realty, Inc.
• WCMY1430/95.3 JACK FM
• WRWO 94.5 FM/LP
• Studstill Media
• Illinois Valley Radon Mitigation
Real Estate Appraisers
• Ganiere Appraisal Service
• Southtowne Mall
• Breipohl Realtor & Developer
• Heritage Harbor
• Century 21 Windsor Realty
• Re-Max 1st Choice
• Coldwell Banker
The Real Estate Group
• Washington Square Realtors, Inc.
• Simply Modern Homes
Real Estate Management
• Ottawa Realty Trust
• Mark Alan - DZ
• CIMCO Recycling Ottawa, Inc.
• Buckman Iron & Metal Co., Inc.
• Tangled Roots Brewing Company
• The Red Dog Grill
• Cheese Shop & Deli
• Hank’s Inc
• McDonalds of Ottawa
• The New Chalet Restaurant
• Pizza Hut
• Bianchi’s Pizza
• Hi-Way Restaurant
• Woody’s Steak House
• R. Grotto Ristorante
• Culver’s of Ottawa
• Sunfield Restaurant
• Corner 230
• Jimmy Johns
• B.A.S.H. Burger and Sushi House
• The Pink Chihuahua
• Rosati’s Sports Pub
Salons & Spas
• D’Antonio Hair Designing for Men
• Carribean Tan
• The Beaute Bar
• Ottawa Pavilion, Skilled Nursing &
• Pleasant View, A Lutheran Life
• LaSalle County Nursing Home
• Aperion Care Marseilles
• Heritage Woods of Ottawa
• Epworth Village, Inc.
• The Stough Group
• Tino’s Shoe & Boot Repair
• Designs & Signs by Anderson
• Correct Digital Displays
• Bell’s Clothing
• Brothers Country Supply
• Lady Di’s/Lady Di’s
• Rock Paper Scissors
• Mary Kay Sales Director -
• Goodwill Industries of Northern
Steel-Fabricators & Sales
• Marquette Steel Supply
& Fabrication, Inc.
• JTS Pools
Technology & IT Services
• Drop Tank
• Mediacom Business Services
• Chicago Title
• Wheatland Title Company
• Reddick Mansion Association
• Hegeler Carus Foundation
• LaSalle County Historical Society
• S & S Travel of Ottawa
• All In One Travel Inc./Ottawa
Travel & Cruises
• All Points Travel of Ottawa, Inc.
Tree Service, Spraying
• The Tree Guy
• Ameren IP
• Nicor Gas
(800) 231-1571 x 244
• Exelon Generation - LaSalle Station
• Fox Valley Veterinary Hospital, P.C.
• Novak Rinker Veterinary Clinic
• Lattner Entertainment Group
• Visco Entertainment Inc.
• Thrush Sanitation Service
• Republic Services
Water Conditioning Sales &
• Culligan of Ottawa
• August Hill Winery
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A very special thank you to the individuals and companies featured
here, and on the following pages. We encourage you to shop and
conduct business with them - they are leaders in our community.
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The Public Housing and Section 8 programs
provide affordable housing to over 1600
families in our community.
• We have rents as low as $50 a month, based
on income, and deposits starting at $100.
• Small pets are permitted in most locations.
Applications for the Public Housing and
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Whether you are moving around the block or around the world,
Stevenson Transfer has the experience, resources, and dedication to move
your personal belongings or commercial equipment safely and securely.
Has your home tested positive for radon?
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Relax, meditate and immerse
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at Oakwood Memorial Park
We offer many choices to honor memories, and are committed to
providing our clients with the peace of knowing they have
done their best to commemorate the life of someone they loved.
We are a locally owned and operated
small batch bakery. Stop in or
give us a call - we offer a variety
of baked goods not found anywhere
else in the Illinois valley!
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We believe in the best, celebrate the best and most of all -
see the healing that comes from us doing our best.
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First Federal Savings Bank is a community bank committed to identifying and understanding the
needs of our customers and the communities we serve. Our diverse product lineup, investment
in technology, and superior service allow us to provide a unique banking experience for every
stage of life. We invite you to visit our website, connect with us on social media, or stop in to
find out more about the exciting things happening at First Federal Savings Bank!
• Checking Accounts
• Savings Accounts
• Business Accounts
• Certificate of Deposits
• Insurance & Investment
• Personal Loan Products
• Mortgage Loan Products
• Commercial Loan Products
Insurance Products offered by First Fed Insurance Agency, Inc. – Not FDIC Insured – Not deposits of or guaranteed by First Federal Savings Bank – Investment may lose value.
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CIMCO makes our world a little more beautiful.
Scrap Management &
We provide comprehensive scrap management solutions
allowing for our corporate clients to maximize the
revenue they receive for their scrap sales.
Maintenance-Free Villa Homes
Assisted Living Apartments • Short-term Rehabilitation
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Caring is what we do.
Aperion Care offers a serene setting
for both short and long-term care.
Some of our services include:
• Physical Therapy
• Occupational Therapy
• Speech Therapy
• Cardiac Rehab
• Post-Stroke Rehab
• Hospice/Palliate Care
• Feeding Tubes
• Medication Management
• In-House Hemodialysis
• Wound Care
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Stay within minutes of the area’s premier attractions, such as Starved Rock and other state parks, historic museums, and a variety of fine restaurants.
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c o m m u n i t y e v e n t s ~ a n d so m u c h m o r e .”
719 LaSalle Street | Ottawa, IL 61350 | (815) 433-7323
Monday-Friday 10am-5:30pm Saturday 10am-3pm
Fairmount Santrol and Unimin have come together as Covia.
A new company with a rich legacy. Built through the merging of two leading
organizations, Covia is a leading provider of minerals and material solutions for the
Industrial and Energy markets. Covia offers a broad array of high-quality mineral
and material products and the industry’s most comprehensive and accessible
distribution network. We believe in the power of long-term partnerships – built on
integrity, reliability and an innovative solutions mindset – to deliver shared success.
Corporate HQ - 3 Summit Park Dr., Ste 700 Independence, OH 44131 | (440) 214-3200
The Beautiful & Historic
anchors Ottawa’s Washington
Square, the site of the first
Built before the Civil War,
this ornate 22-room mansion
is open for tours Friday
thru Monday, 11am-3pm.
Winter hours may vary.
For other times and group
tours, call 815.433.6100.
100 W. Lafayette St. Ottawa, IL 61350 reddickmansion.org
LaSalle County Station
Exelon supports organizations and initiatives that enhance biodiversity and protect
and improve the environment. Our efforts focus on promoting environmental
education, conservation and preservation, developing cleaner sources of energy,
protecting endangered species and beautifying neighborhoods.
Clean Energy Now and in the Future
40 Ottawa TODAY!
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 build,
develop and GROW Ottawa and its surrounding communities since 1948.
For a quality contractor visit ivlm.org, call IVCA at 815.223.0561 or contact one of these premier members.
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Hupp, Lanuti, Irion & Burton, P.C.
Attorneys at Law
• Estate Planning
• Real Estate
George C. Hupp, III | Richard L. Burton | Michael W. Fuller
Serving the community for over 60 years
• Civil Litigation
227 W. Madison St., Ottawa | hupplaw.com | firstname.lastname@example.org
Meet your friends
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OTTAWA, IL 61350
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Ottawa's Full Service, Hometown Body Shop
What to do if you’re in an Accident!
1. Call the police 2. Call us! We’ll guide you thru step-by-step!
3. Call your insurance agent
• Lifetime Guarantee on ALL collision repairs
• Coordinate all arrangements with all insurance companies
• One quote is all you need for a claim • Restoration work
• Rental Cars available on-site • FREE pick-up & delivery
It’s your choice who does your repairs!
Home Loans, Car Loans, Personal Loans,
and more! Call, click, or visit us today!
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25+ area locations! 1-815-366-4555 oldsecond.com/loans
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THERE’S NO PLACE LIKE A
Excellent Rates • Quick Local Decisions
Personalized Service • Individual Attention
1212 LaSalle St., Ottawa, IL 61350
p: 815.539.1565 • f: 815.433.0948
Established in 1995, Diane Stelken Associates has a
proven track record of delivering creative and innovative
advertising, marketing and graphic design solutions.
Highly talented, driven and flexible with a
proven ability to develop projects from original concept –
through final production and delivery, we ensure all work is of
superior quality, and delivered on time and within budget.
We coordinate all aspects of your marketing projects by leading
our team of copywriters, photographers, graphic designers,
illustrators, web developers, printers and productions facilities.
We are a National Award-winning Group.
in Ottawa and Morris 815-228-2429 www.stelken.com
ENGINEERS g SURVEYORS g PLANNERS
Providing services to developers, municipalities,
industry, state agencies and others ~ for over 60 years.
g Land Planning, Site Design
g Lot & Farm Surveys
g Topographic Surveys
g Drone Surveys
g Municipal Engineering
g Water & Wastewater
g Floodplain Studies
g Elevation Certs & LOMA’S
g Construction Staking
g Construction Observation
Crea t e your s t yle for les s!
Your home is your own, make it reflect who you are!
We have pieces to fit every room and every style. At Turk Furniture,
you can create your style and your perfect home...for less!
218 W. Lafayette Street Ottawa, IL 61350 815-434-7225
FORMERLY VEGRZYN, SARVER & ASSOC., INC.
OTTAWA g PERU g MORRIS
801 LaSalle Street, Ottawa, IL • 815.433.8875
online @ turkfurniture.com
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TOYS FOR A
We practice every aspect of residential real estate
transactions and estate planning along with:
Wills & Trusts
A Versatile Law Firm
with Attention to Detail
712 La Salle St | Ottawa, Illinois | 815.433.4233
511 East Etna Road | Ottawa, IL | 61350
201 South Ottawa St. | Earlville, IL | 60518
Buckman Iron and Metal is a full service processing
facility that provides scrap management services to
individuals as well as all types of industrial accounts.
Family owned business for more than 116 years.
We provide roll-off boxes or semi trailers for
industrial and retail customers. When full, the bins
and containers are transported to our facility for
Buckman accepts ferrous and nonferrous materials.
Including all aluminum, brass, copper, stainless steel,
etc. Open six days a week at three locations.
We’ll take your
1520 Warehouse Dr. Ottawa
153 Canal St. La Salle
705 5th St. Mendota
44 Ottawa TODAY!
golden rule lumber
Your Member Owned
diane stelken associates
Membership Open to the Community
Ottawa Business and Chamber Member for 125 years!
Ottawa | Peru | Mendota | Morris | Diamond
Federally Insured by NCUA
Manufacturer of quality component parts and special machinery
4000 Burmac Drive, Ottawa, IL 61350 • (815) 434-3131
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Come see how we roll.
- FOR A
201 East Jackson St.
1012 N. LaSalle St., Ottawa | 815-434-BASH | burgerandsushihouse.com
Tuesday-Thursday 4-10pm | Friday-Saturday 11am-10pm
for the big game, great food,
video slots and poker, 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!
The Premier Silica Sand Provider for Today and Tomorrow
701 Boyce Memorial Drive | Ottawa, IL 61350 | (815) 434 -0188
Ottawa Christian Academy
is Ottawa's best kept secret!
We are a Christ-based educational center with a progressive
academic curriculum - exceeding state and national averages.
We encourage critical thinking for tomorrow’s generation.
104 W. Main Downtown Ottawa! 815-431-1816
900 Hitt St. Ottawa, IL 61350 | (815) 434-0507
46 Ottawa TODAY!
Welcome to Ottawa
The Ottawa Catholic Community consists of three parishes which have been
serving the Catholics of Ottawa and the surrounding area since 1838.
We invite you to learn more about the many ministries, groups, and stewardship
opportunities that the churches of St. Columba, St. Patrick and St. Francis have to offer.
As a parish, we are united by our common faith
and strive to make our parish a faith-filled community.
We invite you to become part of our family. Please join us at Mass.
For mass times, please call 815-433-0700.
726 W. Jefferson Street
122 W. Washington Street
820 Sanger Street
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To schedule a visit and be part of
the Marquette family, contact us today!
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Early Education Campus
1110 LaSalle Street
Ottawa, IL 61350
High School Campus
1000 Paul Street
Ottawa, IL 61350