Ottawa, IL - The Middle of Everywhere

Ottawa, Illinois is a vibrant tourist destination located 80 miles outside of downtown Chicago. It is often considered to be “In the Middle of Everywhere,” located in the heart of the state, central to several major Illinois cities and drive markets, and within a stone’s throw of many diverse activities–from lush and natural outdoor areas to renowned cultural and historic attractions. We are surrounded by open spaces, rivers, and trails. Without the worry of being in a crowded area our location is a natural setting that allows for people to get outdoors and enjoy some relaxation while away from home. We serve as a hub to 4 state parks and a nature preserve all within 20 mins of our downtown. Those who visit Ottawa, Illinois take note of its friendly and neighborly, hometown feel. Here, everyone is a special guest, and the area businesses provide personal attention to everyone’s needs and expectations. The residents offer a handshake, a warm greeting and an experience made from the heart. The expectation is often that friendly small towns are simultaneously stagnant or stuck in the past. But not Ottawa. This is a place of progress, trend-setters and modern movements, from the innovators of the past to the forward thinkers of today. We offer an alternative to the big city vacation and a more authentic American experience with all of the modern amenities. A diverse culinary scene, large  murals and public art displays, mom and pop shops, historic American figures, and adventure activities. There’s a lot packed into this hidden gem of the Midwest!

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