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Things To Do



Landers House
115 E. Church St, Utica

Bed and breakfast, elegantly appointed rooms with private baths and all the comforts of home. Reservations required. Visa and Mastercard accepted.

Starved Rock Lodge & Conference Center
Rte 71 & 178 (Starved Rock State Park), Utica

Indoor pool, restaurant / lounge, meeting & banquet facilities, hiking trails, nearby stables, golf, bike and canoe rental. Senior Discounts. MC, V, AE, D, DC.

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KOA Campground

125 sites, electricity, firewood, ice, grass & wooded sites, laundry, dump station, LP gas, camping supplies, groceries, swimming pool, playground and kids fishing creek.

White Oak Campground
Rte 178, Utica

200 sites, elect, showers, water, dump station, wooded, primitive tent sites, swimming, fishing and camp store.

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* Within five blocks of the Trail

Country Cupboard Ice Cream Shoppe *
402 N. Clark, Utica

Featuring made to order pizza, sandwiches and lots of ice creme. Open daily 11am - 9pm March thru November.

Duffy's Tavern & Eatery *
Mill & Canal, Utica

American cusine. Reservations required for parties of five of more. Tues - Thurs 10am - 9pm, Fri - Sat 10am - 10pm, Sun 10am - 8pm. V, MC, D.

Joy & Eds Supper Club *
113 Mill St, Utica

Lunch served daily 11am - 1:30pm, dinner 4:40pm - 10pm.

Starved Rock Lodge
Rte 178 (Starved Rock State Park)

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Parking Danny Carey Memorial Park
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LaSalle County Historical Museum
Corner of Mill & Canal, Utica

Dating to 1848, this stone building is one of the few surviving Illinois & Michigan Canal structures. Museum contains as extensive collection of pioneer era memorabilia representing LaSalle County. Hours: April - Dec Wed - Fri 10am - 4pm, Sat - Sun noon to 4pm. Jan 15 thru March 31 Fri - Sun noon - 4pm.

Matthiessen State Park
Box 381, Utica,

Canyons, streams, praire and forest combine to delight visitors to Matthiessen State park. Located in central LaSalle County, approximately three miles south of Utica and tree miles east of Oglesby, Matthiessen is a paradise for those intersted in geology as well as recreation. Visitors can expect to see beautiful rock formations in addition to unusual and abundant vegitation and wildlife. All of this, along with well-maintained park and picnic facilities make Matthiesses State Park a popluar choice for a special outing.

The manu unusual and beautiful rock formations make a trio to Matthiessen State park an educational as well as a fun experience. Exposed sandstone can be seen throughout. The main canyon, consisting of the Upper and Lower Dells, provides an unusual and interesting walking tour. The Upper Dells begins at Deer Park Lake and continues to Cascade Falls where the canyon drops 45 feet and the Lower Dells begins. The water formed by eerosion, is approximately one mile lone, from Deer Park Lake to the Vermillion River. Visitors may observe ground eater seeping out along the sandstone of the canyon walls. As the ground water evaporates along the canyon walls, the minerals that are carried in solution in the water contribute to the beautiful coloring of the rocks.

The park has several mineral springs which were a popular spot for the large deer population who used it as a salt lick.

The park has seven miles of well-marked, well-surfaced hiking trais for a relaxing walk or a vigourous hike. The Dells area of the park provides a perfect setting for picnics and an aafternoon of relaxation. This area has picnic tables, water fountain and playground equipment as well as a large parking lot and toliet facilities. An added attraction is the restored fort and stockade buildings which represent the type of forts built by the French in the midwest during the 1600s and early 1700s. Additonal picnic areas are located to the south at the Vermillion River area. Grills, picnic tables, drinking fountains and shelters provide for a lovely picnic by the river.

For more information contact Starved Rock State Park (815)667-4726.


Blue Heron Antiques
106 Mill St, Utica

Antiques, collectibles, art, glass lamps, cut depressions, carnival and art glass, paintings, pottery, sculptures, furniture etc... Tues - Sat 11am - 5pm, Sun noon - 5pm.

723 S. Clark, Utica

Handpainted & handcrafted arts and gifts, "Treasure candles," dried and silk florals, bird houses, handmade jewelry, blanket throws and dolls. Mon - Sat 11am - 5pm, Sun noon - 5pm, Wed closed.

Clark St Studio & Village Pottery
409 S. Clark

Wheel thrown pottery by resident potter. Sat 10am - 5pm, Sun noon - 5pm; call for weekday schedule.

Four Feathers
120 Mill St, Utica

Quality native american jewelry, pottery, kachinas, story tellers, cards, tapers & CD's, drums, flutes, pipes, sculptures, rugs, wall hangings and much more. Tues - Fri 1pm - 5pm, Sat 10am - 5pm, Sun 11am - 5pm.

Gingham Granny
723 Clark, utica

Items you can't resist taking home to that special person. Friendly shopping atmosphere, browsers welcome. Thurs - Tues 10am - 5pm.

Mill St. Apothecary
143 Mill, Utica

Pharmacy, gifts, Christmas shop, Indian gifts, film, camera batteries, postcards and music boxes. M,W,F,Sat 9am - 3pm, Tues & Thurs 9am - 5pm.

Mix's Trading Post
Rte 178, Utica

Bicycle rental, souvenirs, southwest clothing, accessories, jewelry, indian crafts, artifacts, Minnetonka moccasins, leather goods.

Rolling Thunder Racing Collectables
723 S. Clark, Utica

Nascar racing collectables and drag racing collectables. Complete uniforms for racing teams and racing cloths for children. M, Tues, Thurs 5:45pm - 8:30pm, Sat 10am - 7pm, Sun noon - 5pm.

627 Clark, Utica

Mortorcycle leather and accessories. Greatful Dead and rock memorabilia, gifts and jewelry. Open seven days a week at 10am.

The Country's Edge Mini Mall
723 S. Clark, Utica
Antiques, cappuccino, homemade crafts, gifts, handpainted arts, childrens cloths, furniture and alterations. Open daily 10am - 5pm.

The Golden Needle
723 S. Clark, Utica

Handcrafted gifts, pillows, aprons, doll cloths, draft catchers and goose cloths. Sewing alterations and repairs. Mon 10am - 3pm, Thurs - Sat 10am - 5pm, Sun noon - 3pm.

Towpath Collectables
723 S. Clark, Utica

A unique selection of antiques, Native American artifacts, home furnishings, collectables, pillows, candles, t-shirts, cappuccino, mochas, packaged coffees and hot chocolate. Mon - Sat 10am - 5pm, Sun 11am - 5pm.

Village Oak Haus
124 Mill, Utica

Solid oak furniture by Amish craftsman. Also, decorating accessories. Mon, Thurs, Sat 10am - 5pm, Fri 10am - 8pm, Sun 10am - 4pm.

167 Mill, Utica

Home accessories, fine gifts, gourmet foods and gift baskets. Wed - Sat 10am - 5pm, Sun noon - 4pm.

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Utica Police Dept

Heritage Corridor Visitors Bureau
723 S. Clark, Utica

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