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LaSalle County Historical Society & Museum

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Address: 101 East Canal Street, North Utica, Utica, IL 61373
Phone Number: +1 815-667-4861
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Great place to visit and take out-of-town guests. Wide variety of artifacts. Much local and Illinois history.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 31 August 2016
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Streator, Illinois
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Wheeling, Illinois
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2016

We were staying in the Starved Rock area for several days and took a break in the town of Utica. We saw the museum and decided to stop in. If you have ever visited a small town historical society or other local-type small museum, you know pretty much what to expect. There were exhibits on the Lincoln-Douglas debate, some civil... More 

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Streator, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 August 2016

Great place to visit and take out-of-town guests. Wide variety of artifacts. Much local and Illinois history.

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Northbrook, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 May 2016

There are two buildings - one for early LaSalle County, and then across the canal is the newer building with 20th century artifacts and stories. Wish we'd planned to come earlier. The docents in both buildings never seemed to run out of stories or answers. Even crossing the canal after closing time, one docent was kind enough to answer our... More 

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Naperville, Illinois
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 April 2016

We were pleasantly surprised how much the museum had to offer, and how personable and interesting the docents were. The stone building housed older history through the end of the 1800's while the building just a short stroll over the canal bridge housed 1900's military, coal, clock, glass making history and more. I don't know when we've ever had more... More 

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Chicago, Il
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 April 2016

Interesting museum with a variety of exhibits. Some folklore is interspersed in the guides' presentations, making good stories but not actually factual.

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New Lenox, IL
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2015

Did not expect the museum with all the artifacts from 1900-present to be so interesting. Never knew LaSalle County had so many famous figures and artifacts - liked the Coal Mine.

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LaSalle, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 August 2015

Here is a nice place to take the older kids to see some wonderful local historical artifacts. The staff are very knowledgeable and can keep inquisitive Tweens in awe for awhile. If your downtown Utica to eat or walk this place is right there and worth a walk thru.

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Chicago, IL
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 July 2015

We stayed at Starved Rock Lodge and decided to visit this the next morning. I am glad we did. We paid a minimal amount and ended up getting 2 tours. Both docents were very knowledgeable. If we had just walked thru both places we would really have missed out on good information. There are two museum buildings plus a school... More 

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Peru, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 May 2015 via mobile

This is an area known for two beautiful state parks but many people may overlook that there is a museum here not far from them. Until recently there was only one building with a couple smaller buildings. About a month ago a second building opened inside the former Co-op. First with the heritage center that recently opened. The building has... More 

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Richmond, Virginia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 April 2015

The historical society is small, but it does a nice job of having quite a bit of history packed into this little building. Museum is located along the canal in the small town of Utica and can easily be done in conjunction with Starved Rock State Park and the Lock and Damn located down Dee Bennett Road (even if there... More 

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