- The list below includes 25 free or cheap things to do in or near Ottawa, Illinois, including 72 different types of inexpensive activities like Specialty Museums, National & State Parks, Bowling and Movie Theaters.
- From Buffalo Rock State Park to Lasalle County 4-H Fair Grounds, there are a variety of budget-friendly attractions in Ottawa and in nearby cities within 25 miles like La Salle and Utica.
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Hawthorne Ln & Industrial Drive, West Chicago, IL 60185 MoreLess Info
The 358-acre West Chicago Prairie Forest Preserve is a nature preserve that features 2-miles of hiking trails that can be used for running and walking. The park is the home of 622 different plant and animal species.
Endowed by the bequest of Robert R. McCormick, the Cantigny Gardens & Museums offer a wide array of attractions. There are military and cultural museums, gardens, an educational center, extensive walking trails, and a golf course.
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1 S 151 Winfield Road, Wheaton, IL 60187 MoreLess Info
The First Division Museum at Cantigny is dedicated to the First Infantry Division, and tells a story which dates back to WWI. Uniforms, medals of Honor, weapons, vehicles, and even tanks are included in the permanent collection.
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200 Main Street, West Chicago, IL 60185 MoreLess Info
West Chicago City of Art Gallery offers a main showroom along with other smaller display rooms. They feature an array of works including handy works and paintings by local artists as well as photograph bookmarks.
Featuring artwork in a wide range of mediums, Gallery 200 displays ceramics, watercolors, jewelry, and more from local artists. In addition to rotating exhibits, the gallery hosts group painting events and craft classes.
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527 Main Street, West Chicago, IL 60185 MoreLess Info
Dating back to 1917, the West Chicago Historical Society-Kruse House Museum is a fully furnished historic home with all period furnishings and a variety of exhibits about local and railroad history.
Zanies Comedy Night Club is a smoke-free club that serves a variety of mixed drinks and features stand-up comedy on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights. Patrons must be 21 and they have a two drink minimum.