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!

  
  

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Our calendar of events is an up-to-the-minute guide on everything happening along the Illinois River Road. If you're looking to enjoy everything from seasonal festivals, to outdoor recreation specials, you'll find it listed here. Be sure and also check out the event calendar links under the Gateway and Portal Community pages.  Help us continue to build our events calendar - Submit Your Event!

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Oct. 1, 2017 - Oct. 1, 2017, 7;00am - 4:pm
Ottawa YMCA, 201 East Jackson Street, Ottawa, IL 61350
• The 28th Pumpkin Pie Bicycle Ride, is organized by the Starved Rock Cycling Association. The Ride takes place in scenic North Central Illinois. • Pre-Registration: $23.00 by September 15, 2017 by 11:59 pm • OPTIONAL: Additional $16.00 - Short Sleeved T-Shirts guaranteed when ordered prior to the close of pre-registration on 9-15-17 at 11:59 pm. Please specify quantity and sizes on registration form T-Shirts the day of the ride - $20.00 Supply will be limited • $30.00 if Received After 11:59 pm September 15, 2017 (no T shirt option available with late registration). Late online registration closes September 28, 11:59 p.m. Individuals who do not make this deadline can register day of the ride for $30.00, pre registration strongly encouraged save yourself $7.00 • Children 12 and under $5.00 • SORRY NO REFUNDS • Registration includes: Pumpkin Pie after the ride, rest stops with fresh baked cookies and other food items, hydration, maps and cue sheets. Routes are color coded with Dan Henry markings, showers available at the YMCA (bring towel) Please note: The YMCA closes at 5:00 pm, please be finished by then. • Routes include but are not limited to Road Rides 25, 45, 63, 100 mile routes, with light traffic and rolling hills. SRCA Reserves the unconditional right to modify the route and itinerary, without prior notice, due to weather, river, road, or other unpredictable conditions. Registration Opens at 7 AM (100 milers encouraged to begin at 7:15) Shorter routes can leave later, please try to leave by 10 am. • All rest stops close at 3:00 PM, SAG ends for all riders at 3:30 PM. Please be back to the YMCA prior to close at 5pm. (getting back late, may negate pumpkin pie, don't let that happen to you!) • ALL riders must pick up numbers day of registration and wear. This also helps to track you in case of emergencies. • NO Headphones, all riders must obey the rules of the road. HELMETS REQUIRED. Additional Parking in City of Ottawa Lot on Columbus between Jefferson and Jackson Street, or Marquette High School, part in please do not the Sr high rise lot next to Y, or in church parking lot. (please car pool with friends if you can) ...See event description. Event Type: Sports
Phone: (999) 999-9999
Area: Ottawa

Now - Sep. 4, 2017, Wednesday-Sunday and summer holidays noon to 5pm0
Wheels O' Time Museum, 1710 W. Woodside Dr. (Rt. 40 & W. Woodside Dr.), Dunlap, IL 61525
Museum has 30,000 sq ft of exhibits in 4 buildings.Something for all ages. Many interactive displays of manufacturing the past 50-100 years in Peoria area. Cars, Steam locomotive, Cat tractors, model trains, toys, dolls, WMBD radio station and so much more to see;...Free for ACTIVE Military others $7 adults, $3.50 ages 3-11. Event Type: Family
Phone: 309-243-9020
Area: Peoria

Now - Aug. 31, 2017, Wednesday-Sunday Noon-5PM
Wheels O' Time Museum , 1710 W. Woodside Dr. (Rt. 40 and W. Woodside Dr. ), Dunlap, IL 61525
New exhibit in the Early V8 Ford area. August is Model T month and 3 vehicles from the 1920's will be featured. *1926 Tin Lizzy, called the Silver Streak, has just returned from re- creating a tour in Canada that the Gypsy Coeds from Bradford did in 1939. (The owner used a trailer to take to several appearances at places the car visited on its own in 1939) *1925 Model TT Flat Bed delivery truck *1925 Model TT tanker used to deliver heating oil. ...$7 Adults. $3.50 Ages 3-11. Event Type: Educational
Phone: (309) 243-9020
Area: Peoria

Aug. 20, 2017 - Aug. 20, 2017, 1:30pm
Forest Park Nature Center, 5809 N Forest Park Dr, Peoria Heights, IL 61616
Think you’ve seen it all? Come for an ‘I Spy’ hike through the park and find out what’s hidden along the trails. A great hike for those who want to train their eyes to see more of what’s wild at Forest Park....donations appreciated. Event Type: Outdoor
Phone: 309-686-3360
Area: Peoria

Aug. 20, 2017 - Aug. 20, 2017, 11am-2pm
Peoria Zoo, 2320 N Prospect Rd, Peoria, IL 61603
Come and celebrate our world! This day is a celebration of cultures and the people who make our world special. Explore different cultures from around the world and even the role animals play in their lives!...regular zoo admission. Event Type: Family
Phone: 309-686-3365
Area: Peoria

Aug. 26, 2017 - Aug. 26, 2017, 1-3pm
Forest Park Nature Center, 5809 N Forest Park Dr, Peoria Heights, IL 61616
Learn about butterfly life cycles and ways to identify common Illinois species. Then, get up close with butterflies on a short hike following the presentation....donations appreciated. Event Type: Educational
Phone: 309-686-3360
Area: Peoria

Aug. 26, 2017 - Aug. 26, 2017, 9am-4pm
Tawny Oaks, 715 W Singing Woods Rd, Edelstein, IL 61526
Late summer is an excellent time to plant native wildflowers. It gives time for roots to grow before winter, and all rain means you don’t need to water the plants as often. Pleasant Prairie Nursery will be at Tawny Oaks with a wonderful variety of native species to help you start your prairie garden. Get a jump-start on next year’s garden by fall planting....free. Event Type: Seasonal
Phone: 309-418-7051
Area: Peoria

Aug. 26, 2017 - Aug. 26, 2017, 10-11am
Tawny Oaks, 715 W Singing Woods Rd, Edelstein, IL 61526
Learn to identify what plants are blooming in the prairie, and learn about prairie birds, insects, and prairie ecology. These leisurely hikes are along a smooth level path and are about an hour. For ages 10+. ...donations appreciated. Event Type: Outdoor
Phone: 309-418-7051
Area: Peoria