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Steeples & Saloons Walking Tour

808 LaSalle Street Ottawa, Il 61350
815-343-4940
Dates: Sep. 15, 2024
times: Every Sunday at 10 AM
admission: $35
Location: The Lone Buffalo by Tangled Roots Brewery, 808 LaSalle Street, Ottawa, Il 61350


Steeples & Saloons Walking Tour

Embark on a journey through time with our Steeples & Saloons walking tour, a captivating exploration of Ottawa, Illinois' rich history and architectural marvels. This engaging tour is perfect for history buffs, architecture enthusiasts, and anyone looking to immerse themselves in the vibrant past of a town that has witnessed pivotal events and personalities in American history.

Highlights:

The Lincoln-Douglas Debate: The very site where Abraham Lincoln and Stephen A. Douglas held their famous debate in 1858. Delve into the stories of the raucous crowd and the pivotal moments of this historic event that shaped the future of the nation.

Historic Churches: Stroll along the picturesque streets lined with diverse churches, each with its unique architectural style and intriguing history. Learn about the intricacies of these sacred spaces, from stunning stained glass windows to tales of the congregations that have called these buildings home.

Murals and Memories: Discover the artistic side of Ottawa with a look at the town's vibrant murals. Each painting tells a story, depicting notable figures and moments in Ottawa's history. Hear about the artists, their inspirations, and the people immortalized in these colorful artworks.

Tangled Roots and Refreshments: The tour concludes at the renowned Lone Buffalo Restaurant by Tangled Roots Brewery, where you can enjoy a specially discounted brunch (not included in tour price). Savor delicious food and drinks in a setting that blends modern culinary craft with a nod to the local heritage.

Experience Ottawa Like Never Before:

This tour isn't just a walk; it's a journey through time. From the reverent halls of historic churches to the lively debates that shaped the nation, from the artistry of murals to the flavors of locally crafted cuisine, Steeples & Saloons offers a comprehensive and enjoyable exploration of Ottawa's past and present. Perfect for tourists and locals alike, this tour promises a deeper understanding and appreciation of the city's unique charm and historical significance.

Join us on the Steeples & Saloons walking tour and discover the hidden gems and celebrated landmarks of Ottawa, Illinois. Book your spot today and step into a world where history and hospitality meet!

This walking tour covers approximately 1 mile of flat city sidewalks. The tour lasts 1.5 hours. Brunch is not included but you will receive a 20% discount from The Lone Buffalo on food and drinks.

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