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City of Ottawa

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301 West Madison Street
Ottawa, IL 61350
815-433-0161
Fax: 815-433-2270
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Rich in historic events, steeped in culture, Ottawa is an alluring city with much to offer, both past and present. Ottawa retains its two original town squares. Washington Square showcases beautiful examples of Greek revival, Italianate, gothic revival architecture, and is also the site of the first historically defining Lincoln-Douglas Debate in 1858. In Washington Square Park, you’ll find monumental bronze statues and a reflecting pool paying tribute to the debate. Just three blocks south is Government Square and the historic LaSalle County Courthouse. Downtown Ottawa encourages visitors to come and enjoy seasonal events such as the Scarecrow Festival, Two Rivers Wine and Jazz Festival, Riverfest, and the Ice Odyssey – Ice Sculpting event. The area known as Old Town overlooks where the Fox and Illinois rivers meet and has a charming riverwalk, churches, architecture, and casual to gourmet dining. The best way to get to know Ottawa is through one of several tours available on www.experienceottawa.com. The Ottawa Lincoln Knew tour, Ottawa Heritage Tour, and the Brush with History Cell Phone Tour are just a few ways to explore. Tour the Reddick Mansion, the 22-room Italianate mansion once home to philanthropist and State Senator William Reddick. The Ottawa Scouting Museum showcases traveling exhibits on a variety of topics from major libraries and museums. At the Illinois Waterway Visitor Center, one can learn about the operation of a lock and dam, Illinois & Michigan Canal History, and watch towboats navigating the Starved Rock Locks.

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