Where is the Illinois River Road?
Traversing both east and west sides of the Illinois River from Ottawa, 150 miles south to Havana, the Illinois River Road has spurs to the communities of Princeton and Canton. The Illinois River Road corridor has over 100 natural and historic sites and numerous unique communities located throughout its 10-county region.

The Scenic Byway is conveniently located between Chicago and St. Louis, but just far enough to get away from it all. So get off the beaten path and see what the Illinois River Road has in store for you!


Peoria Photos
Peoria Kiosk

Peoria PhotosExperience the Peoria Gateway Along the Illinois River Road

Peoria is a community as unique as its name. The area is blessed with a location that shows off Mother Nature's finest and allows us to be easily reached from anywhere in the world. It is the ideal home that blends the coziness of a smaller community with all the amenities of the largest metropolis.

Peoria set the stage for cultural diversity and sophistication. It attracted performers from around the world to its stages from the earliest days and entrepreneurs who sought an enthusiastic and vibrant environment in which they could grow their ideas. Today, Peoria continues to be a richly diverse cultural and artistic community. From community theater and Broadway series productions to riverfront concerts and art fairs, there is always something to choose from during your stay.

If you're looking for sports, you're sure to find it! The Peoria Chiefs, St. Louis Cardinals' minor league affiliate, gives you an opportunity to watch the rising stars in baseball with all the comforts of major league baseball, and you might even catch a fireworks show afterward! The Peoria Civic Center hosts Bradley University basketball and Peoria Rivermen hockey.

Peoria also became the place of choice for a few eager businessmen who planted the roots of what is now known as Caterpillar Inc., the Fortune 500 company first known for making the finest tractors in the world, but now known for its diversity in the global marketplace. Caterpillar's World Headquarters reside in Peoria, with facilities spread throughout the region. World-class healthcare facilities and cutting-edge research and technology businesses are thriving in Peoria as well.

There's so much to do and so much to see. We hope you enjoy your visit - you just may choose to stay!

Begin your journey with a stop at the Illinois River Road informational kiosk, located on the Peoria RiverFront next to the Spirit of Peoria paddlewheeler.

Peoria Itineraries

Below are PDF files containing predefined itineraries for the Peoria Gateway area. Please download and print these helpful guides for your journey. Each itinerary requires the use of the FREE Adobe Acrobat Reader software available here.

Peoria Maps

Below are links to Peoria Gateway PDF maps to assist you in planning your journey. PDF maps require the use of the FREE Adobe Acrobat Reader software available here.

Peoria Resources

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