Thursday, December 18, 2014

Destination of the Week: LaSalle County, IL-Streator

Destination of the Week: LaSalle County, IL-Streator 

Streator is a metropolis when compared to the small towns that surround it.  Also off by itself, for some it may not be worth the drive to visit.  If you do, check in advance for hours, etc. since the attractions are somewhat difficult to visit.  Drive east to see a sizable wind farm.

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Streatorland Historical Society Museum – local history museum
306 South Vermillion Street, Streator, IL 61364
http://streatorlandmuseum.com/

Weber House & Garden – if it feels like you touring someone’s home, you are!  Call ahead and just enjoy the enthusiasm
1503 Baker Street, Streator, IL 61364
http://www.weberhouseandgarden.com/


Engle Lane Theatre – local theater troupe
1012 Columbus Road, Streator, IL 61364
http://www.englelane.org/


Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Destination of the Week: LaSalle County, IL-Mendota

Destination of the Week: LaSalle County, IL-Mendota

The only LaSalle County town with Amtrak service, Mendota sits quietly off by itself in the northwest corner of the county.  Unfortunately I have not toured the museums myself, so please feel free to submit your photos!

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Hume-Carnegie Museum – local history museum
901 Washington St., Mendota, IL 61342
http://www.mendotamuseums.org/HCMUS.htm

Union Depot Railroad Museum - small railroad museum
783 Main St., Mendota, IL  61342
http://www.mendotamuseums.org/UDRR.htm


Breaking the Prairie Farm Museum – a very small farm museum
684 8th St., Mendota, IL 61342
http://www.mendotamuseums.org/BPM.htm


Destination of the Week: LaSalle County, IL-Ottawa

Destination of the Week: LaSalle County, IL-Ottawa

Ottawa is just one of those little, very walkable, small towns.  Located near the center of LaSalle County the city probably has one of the largest downtowns of the entire county.  Currently the county seat the town was so important at one time that Lincoln debated in a nearby town square.  Nearby expressway access supports a number of economy hotels and restaurants.

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Ottawa Historical and Scouting Heritage Museum – learn about the beginnings of scouting in America
1100 Canal St., Ottawa, IL 61350
https://www.facebook.com/OttawaHistoricalAndScoutingHeritageMuseum











Reddick Mansion Museum - a home tour worth the money, and then some!
100 West Lafayette Street, Ottawa, IL 61350
http://www.reddickmansion.org/














A Brush with History Public Art Murals – While shopping and touring downtown, look up to see some great public art pieces
Downtown Ottawa
http://pickusottawail.com/murals/


Buffalo Rock State Park – Includes an overlook high above the Illinois River
1300 North 27th Road, Ottawa, IL 61350
http://dnr.state.il.us/lands/landmgt/parks/i&m/east/buffalo/home.htm






Monday, December 15, 2014

Destination of the Week: LaSalle County, IL-LaSalle & Peru

Destination of the Week: LaSalle County, IL-LaSalle & Peru

LaSalle and Peru sit on a bluff, safely removed from the Illinois River.  Located near the intersection of two major expressways, a fan of chain restaurants or hotels will be right at home.  While the downtown areas do not scream “tourist friendly”, LaSalle does offer some nice time killers.  Elsewhere in LaSalle one can find the remains of its very wealthy past.  Check in advance tour and cruise hours since they are somewhat limited.

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Hegeler Carus Mansion – tour a grand Second Empire mansion.
1307 7th Street, LaSalle, IL 61301
http://hegelercarus.org/


Stage 212/Robert D Manahan Center for the Performing Arts – year-around community theatre
700 First Street LaSalle, IL 61301
http://www.stage212.org/

LaSalle County Canal Boat & Lock 16 Visitors Center – Learn about the I&M Canal and its people.
754 First Street, LaSalle, IL 61301
http://www.lasallecanalboat.org/

LaSalle Canal Boat – Travel like the first US settlers to LaSalle County
754 First Street, LaSalle, IL 61301 (tickets sold at the visitor center.  Boats depart nearby)
http://www.lasallecanalboat.org/


LaSalle Speedway – Summer racing action
578 U.S. 6, LaSalle, IL 61301
http://lasallespeedway.com/