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ABC’s 190 North Show previews yet another reason to escape to Starved Rock Country…

ABC’s 190 North Show previews yet another reason to escape to Starved Rock Country…

Looking for a Chicago area hidden gem? In mid-July, look no further than Starved Rock Country in Ottawa, Ill. – the area will be featured on ABC-TV’s award-winning “190 North,” a program showcasing the Chicagoland area’s trendy lifestyles and travel.
ABC chose Ottawa and Starved Rock Country because it is an ideal locale for Chicagoans and those looking to leave behind the busy suburbs to escape for a getaway on one tank of gas.

The area will be featured in a segment with other one-tank summer getaways.
The “190 North” segment will air at 11 p.m. Sunday, July 8, on ABC and 11 p.m. Saturday, July 14. As part of the segment, resort community Heritage Harbor Ottawa will be featured – it was what drew the show’s producer to the area. Show producer, Samantha Zackowitz, has been to Starved Rock Country and vacationed in the area since
her fiance owns a home at Heritage Harbor Ottawa.

The “190 North” program is right on track with recent U.S. vacation trends. According to MSNBC, one trend that will thrive during summer 2012 is the one-tank getaway, also dubbed the “staycation.”

Allison Linn writes that roughly 24 percent of American workers are considering a staycation this year due to economic reasons and another 11 percent will definitely take one, according to a quarterly survey conducted by Principal Financial Group.
The increased popularity of staycations is due largely to high fuel prices and the rising cost of airfare. People want the same vacation feel, but to stay close to home because in the end, it’s better for their wallet.

In addition to featuring Heritage Harbor, the July “190 North” segment will also focus on various other hot spots of Starved Rock Country. Filmed in mid-June, local restaurants, such as Cajun Connection of Utica and Corner 230 of Ottawa will be highlighted. Viewers will also get to learn about Skydive Chicago and Ottawa’s historic downtown.

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