Fun Holiday Activities in Ottawa, IL

The holidays are in full swing, but there’s still time to take part in some activities exclusive to the season. Check out these fun holiday activities in Ottawa recommended by us here at Bill Walsh Honda.

Holiday Activities in Ottawa - Bill Walsh Honda - Ottawa, IL

Holiday Arrangements Workshop

Making the holidays a little more festive is easily done with a themed tabletop centerpiece. The Holiday Arrangements Workshop will help you learn how to create your very own festive arrangement. The event takes place on Dec. 7, at the Wasco Nursery & Garden Center. Bring your gardening gloves and pruners to this hands-on activity.

Plainfield Holiday Lights Tour

A scenic tour of Plainfield can only be made better by some holiday lights. The Plainfield Holiday Lights Tour features a tour of Plainfield’s neighborhoods and holiday lights. The tour begins at the Wine and Cheese by TCC. Entry fees will support the Will Country Center for Community Concerns. The holiday lights tour takes place throughout the month.

Warren-Sharpe Center’s Annual Holiday Jazz Soiree

Is there anything that says “Christmas” better than live music and dancing while simultaneously supporting a good cause? The Warren-Sharpe Center’s Annual Holiday Jazz Soiree will feature an evening of live music put on by the Euphony Band. Dance the night away while you enjoy hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar. The event kicks off on Dec. 10 at 2 p.m.

Honda Civic Si Features: An Ideal Sports Car for Any Driver

Honda Civic Si features
2017 Honda Civic Si

The Honda Civic is a high-quality sedan with a reliable build and next-generation technologies. However, with new trims like the Civic Si, this car is quickly becoming one of the top affordable sports cars on the market. If you want added performance behind the wheel without breaking the bank, the Honda Civic Si might be the right car for you.

The Honda Civic Si features include a responsive six-speed transmission that, along with a powerful engine, allows the Civic Si to do zero to 60 mph in just 6.3 seconds. According to the Chicago Tribune writer Robert Duffer, the Civic Si also has a top speed of up to 137 mph, and with its sleek exterior, the Civic Si is one sports car you won’t want to stop driving.

The Civic Si has a contoured exterior and a long hood, as well as a bold grille and alloy wheels. It also has a stiff suspension for better handling on the track with responsive steering and a lightweight design. Inside the cabin, the Civic Si comes with a digital instrument cluster to provide bright, visible displays to provide easy-to-read information when you’re travelling at high speeds. Check out the Civic Si in person at Bill Walsh Honda. This is one sports car you simply must see in person.

Explore the Area: Ottawa Fall Events

Fall is the perfect time of year to explore the outdoors. You can take the whole family on a trip in your new Honda, exploring the many events and activities in your community. In fact, there are multiple Ottawa fall events that you don’t want to miss.Ottawa fall events - Bill Walsh Honda - Ottawa, IL

According to Pick Us Ottawa, one of the top events this year is the Summer Concert Series. Held in Washington Park on Sept. 15 starting at 7 p.m., this concert series will feature music from the band Crash. This is actually the final event for the series, so you definitely don’t want to miss it.

You should also check out the “parkrun” event held at Heritage Harbor on Sept. 16 at 9 a.m. Held every Saturday, this free timed 5K event lets you run, walk, or job along the path. You can register online for the event, which follows the Harbor Wall Trail.

Oktoberfest will be held all-day on Sept. 22 and 23. There will be a wide selection of beers, bratwurst, and other German cuisine. Don’t forget to enjoy some traditional polka music or to participate in the 5k beer run/walk.

Finally, visit the local library to learn Mandarin Chinese or how to knit and crochet. Held at the Reddick Public Library on a Sept. 30 from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., the Loop Group welcomes knitters, whether you’re a beginner or a pro. You can also learn Mandarin Chinese at the library that day at 3 p.m.

There are so many great things to do in the area that we at Bill Walsh Honda were only able to list a few. Be sure to visit at least one of these fun events during the fall.

Tips for Buying a Used Car

Tips for Buying a Used Car

Purchasing a car is one of the most significant financial decisions that you may have to make this year. Since many people decide that buying a brand new car is not for them, they move on to the idea of buying a used car. Here are a few simple steps that you can take before buying a used car to make sure that you get the best deal possible.

Set your budget

Before you even look at a single car, set a budget that you can afford. If you’re going to be making monthly payments, calculate how much you will be paying each month and how many months it will take you to pay off the car.

Get a car in mind

Once you have a budget in mind, think about the car that you want. If you’re looking for a Civic, for example, search only for Civics before moving on to anything else.


You can’t be afraid to negotiate for your car. When someone is selling a used car, they rarely expect to receive the list price. As long as you’re willing to negotiate, you should be able to get a decent chunk of money dropped from the list price.

All of us here at Bill Walsh Honda know how difficult it can be to purchase a used car. If we can help you in any way, please feel free to give us a call.

2017 Honda Civic Type R Preview

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2017 Honda Civic Type R

While the new Honda Civic isn’t a lightweight when it comes to performance, the upcoming Civic Type R definitely puts it to shame. The Japanese automaker revamped the entirety of the Civic a few years ago, but left enthusiasts wanting a Type R as well. Now thrill seekers and speed demons are about to get their wish. The 2017 Honda Civic Type R is officially heading to American shores!


Europe and parts of Asia have had their own Honda Civic Type R for years now, but the North American market did not. Instead, we got red-badged Civic Sport models and video game simulations. Now the 2017 Honda Civic Type R is officially arriving on American shores in all of its glory. The standard 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine delivers a heart-pounding 306 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque via 91 octane fuel. That engine comes mated to a six-speed manual engine control unit.


The entire model rolls out on 20-inch aluminum wheels equipped with Brembo front brake calipers, cross-driller rotors, and a suspension tuned for the track. Expect pricing for the 2017 Honda Civic Type R to come closer to the official launch date. Until then, prepare yourself for a hotshot unlike any other.


We here at Bill Walsh Honda can’t wait to get behind the wheel of the new Civic Type R!

A First Look at the Honda Civic Type R Hatchback


2017 Honda Civic Type R HatchbackHonda Civic Hatchback

The Geneva auto show brought with it a variety of new models that auto enthusiasts looked to in anticipation of cool new trends coming soon in the next few years. From the final versions of models that are preparing to head into production to exciting new concepts, there was something for everyone. One of the most anticipated vehicles to make its appearance at the Geneva Motor Show, however, was the upcoming Civic Type R hatchback.

Honda isn’t necessarily known for being a performance-focused brand, though it’s known for its reliability, great safety ratings, and affordable prices – especially when it comes to the popular nameplate the Honda Civic. The sedan variant has been a staple among modern American families for years. However, Honda decided to bring a bit of European-style performance with the new Honda Civic Type R, a sporty hatchback that cranks out 306 horsepower.


There are a number of other features that make the Civic Type R hatchback a more athletic option for drivers who want some sports appeal in their everyday ride – an upgraded suspension, adaptive electrical power steering system, and Brembo brakes. Pricing could put it in the $30,000-range, so keep an eye out for it at Bill Walsh Honda.


How to Develop a Strategy to Handle Road Rage

How to Develop a Strategy to Handle Road Rage | Bill Walsh Honda

Strategy To Handle Road Rage

We’ve all been there – maybe we genuinely made a mistake on the road or someone else is just having a bad day. Either way, when the situation has gotten out of hand, we should all have a strategy to handle road rage.

Don’t Engage Them

First and foremost, don’t do anything to escalate the situation. Just like in other parts of life, if you refuse to engage with an aggressive person, they will usually quit their antics. With that being said, don’t do the following: flash your middle finger at them, cut them off, or brake check them. It’s not worth it. An apologetic wave, even if it wasn’t your fault, can quickly defuse a volatile situation.

Get Out Of The Way

Another method is to simply get out of the way. This is often easier said than done, but as long as you can safely do so, get out of the person’s way by pulling off to the side of the road or get off on the nearest exit. Let them pass you and safely pull off into a populated area like a parking lot if you must. But remember, if they end up following you, do not get out of the car and make sure your doors are locked.

Maintain A Good Distance

If the enraged driver seems likely to get out of their car while in traffic, ensure there is enough room for you to pull into a turn lane or some other escape route. And if it has gotten to be that bad, don’t be afraid to call the authorities.


Here at Bill Walsh Honda we promote and encourage a healthy and smart way of driving.

Honda Cooperative Mobility Ecosystem Unveiled at CES 2017

Honda Cooperative Mobility Ecosystem
More Than Just a Car; An Entire Ecosystem

The Honda Cooperative Mobility Ecosystem, a concept combining robotics, artificial intelligence, and big data, was unveiled early this month at CES 2017, a global tradeshow for consumer electronics and technology.

The Honda Cooperative Mobility Ecosystem concept aims to revolutionize mobility by creating a network of cars that communicate with each other and the infrastructure to control traffic congestion and eliminate traffic accidents.

Honda aims to increase driver productivity and enjoyment by lessening their load and introducing new entertainment features, and the autonomous vehicles will even provide extra services when not in use. Inspired by this concept, Honda developed the NeuV, an autonomous mini-vehicle with an artificial intelligence “emotion engine” and personal assistant.

Honda also introduced Honda Riding Assistant, a motorcycle that uses robotics technology to maintain balance. CES attendees could test out Honda robotics technologies at their exhibit by test-driving the UNI-CUB, Honda’s self-balancing personal mobility device.

Honda is also teaming up with Visa and DreamWorks Animation for future projects, as well as opening up new startups through its Developer Studio and Honda Xcelerator open innovation programs. Honda has also established a website where companies can participate in Honda’s AI and robotics initiatives, accelerating their open innovation philosophy.

Here at Bill Walsh Honda, we’re excited to see all of the exciting new technology the future holds! We can’t wait to see the Honda Technology roaming around Ottawa, IL.