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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Unique Dining Along the Illinois River Road

Since driving America's Byways are all about getting off the beaten path and experiencing "Authentic America," there is no better way to truly experience the region than to explore its communities. Immerse yourself in all the region has to offer.

Explore the many unique dining options below that will help make your journey something special.  Many of our communities have a selection of nationally recognized restaurants for you to enjoy.  For a full list of options, please visit our Byway Community pages for information links. 

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107 SW Adams Street, Peoria, IL 61602
Great breakfast or lunch stop for fresh soups, salads and sandwiches....View Details.
Phone: (309) 637-0022
Area: Peoria
GPS: 40.69169, -89.589765 Map It!

815 Park Avenue West, Princeton, IL 61356
We offer the best food and drinks in Princeton - you get special one-on-one attention. We have a lot of fun here, which means our employees are happy. And we cost less than th...View Details.
Phone: (815) 872-9091
Area: Princeton
GPS: 41.368008, -89.474458 Map It!

100 Alexander Street, Peoria, IL 61603
Alexander's Steakhouse is Central Illinois' unique dining experience! We brought the fun of the backyard cookout with friends and family INDOORS! At Alexander's Steakhouse, e...View Details.
Phone: (309) 688-0404
Area: Peoria
GPS: 40.713589, -89.559507 Map It!

1001 North 8th, Pekin, IL 61554
American Diner - breakfast, lunch and dinner. Fried chicken and family meals....View Details.
Phone: (309) 347-3370
Area: Pekin
GPS: 40.575574, -89.641145 Map It!

1301 W. Main Street, Peoria, IL 61602
Welcome to Avanti's, central Illinois' most award-winning Italian restaurant, a customer favorite since 1966, and home of the famous Gondola....View Details.
Phone: (309) 674-4923
Area: Peoria
GPS: 40.69981, -89.613341 Map It!

118 N Plum, Havana, IL 62644
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Phone: (309) 543-9029
Area: Havana
GPS: 40.300457, -90.062251 Map It!

101 East Elm Street, Canton, IL 61520
Written up in Midwest Living magazine, this casual fine dining restaurant is a culinary delight located in an historic, renovated hotel in downtown Canton. Listen to live mus...View Details.
Phone: (309) 647-2233
Area: Canton
GPS: 40.5558452, -90.0333895 Map It!

74 North Main Street, Canton, IL 61520
Nestled in the back of the Orendorrf Emporium, you can enjoy wonderful soups, sandwiches, salads and desserts in the Blessings Café....View Details.
Phone: (309) 649-1010
Area: Canton
GPS: 40.556714, -90.035154 Map It!

111 E. Valley View Drive, Banner Illinois, IL 61520
Boss Hogs BBQ located at the junction of Routes 9 and 24 is conveniently located at the gateway to beautiful Fulton County on the Illinois River Road. If you love great BB...View Details.
Phone: 309-647-7427
Fax: same
Area: Canton
GPS: 40.516856, -89.905361 Map It!

1519 Water St., Peru, IL 61354
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Phone: (815) 220-1744
Area: Ottawa
GPS: 41.324503, -89.122345 Map It!

1401 N Main St., East Peoria, IL 61611
Restaurant & Bar...View Details.
Phone: (309) 694-9191
Area: East Peoria
GPS: 40.683559, -89.553105 Map It!

203 W. Main, Ottawa, IL 61350
Home-cooked foods prepared to order with natural ingredients...View Details.
Phone: (815) 210-1394
Phone 2: 815-617-2362
Area: Ottawa
GPS: 41.345741, -88.842835 Map It!

897 East US Highway 6, Utica , IL 61373
Ron McFarlain started Cajun Connection in 1995. Since then, his restaurant has continued to grow and it now attracts travelers from across the country. Hailing from the swam...View Details.
Phone: 815-667-9855
Area: Utica
GPS: 41.360689, -88.99142 Map It!

148 Mill St. , Utica, IL 61373
Located in the heart of downtown Utica, Canal Port offers fine dining in a casual atmosphere. The restaurant specializes in steak, pork chops, and seafood, but don’t count the...View Details.
Phone: 815-667-3010
Area: Utica
GPS: 41.341082, -89.009748 Map It!

301 E. Chestnut Street, Sheffield, IL 61361
The ultimate bed and breakfast for foodies, the Chestnut Street Inn in Sheffield is an award winning bed and breakfast featuring gourmet Mediterranean cuisine using locally gr...View Details.
Phone: (800) 537-1304
Area: Princeton
GPS: 41.354252, -89.73421 Map It!

1733 N. Bloomington, Streator, IL 61364
Family Restaurant...View Details.
Phone: (815) 673-5411
Area: Streator
GPS: 41.139345, -88.835791 Map It!

310 N. Park, Streator, IL 61364
Chix, established in 2003, has and continues to provide Streator and it's surrounding area with an option for great food and ultra friendly service. Whether it be our clean, s...View Details.
Phone: (815) 672-2300
Area: Streator
GPS: 41.123225, -88.834221 Map It!

404 Court Street, Pekin, IL 61554
Café offering coffee, specialty coffee drinks, breakfast, lunch & catering...View Details.
Phone: (309) 353-2800
Area: Pekin
GPS: 40.569222, -89.646665 Map It!

111 N. Main Steet, Washington, IL 61571
Listed on the federal Register of Historic Places, this newly renovated inn is sure to take you back in time as you enjoy contemporary amenities and small town hospitality. C...View Details.
Phone: (309) 267-1878
Area: East Peoria
GPS: 40.70373, -89.406936 Map It!

402 Clark St. , Utica, IL 61373
While exploring Utica your tummy might start to growl. If that’s the case, maybe an ice cream cone will help you out! Country Cupboard offers a wide selection of hand-dipped i...View Details.
Phone: 815-667-5155
Area: Utica
GPS: 41.33794, -89.010129 Map It!

1400 S. 2nd St, Pekin, IL 61554
Seasonal drive-in root beer stand and food...View Details.
Phone: (309) 346-4666
Area: Pekin
GPS: 40.555049, -89.661204 Map It!

5901 N. Prospect Road, Peoria, IL 61614
Welcome to Cyd's Gourmet Kitchen, Café + Catering, Ltd., Central Illinois' favorite food mecca. Always using the freshest ingredients possible, Cyd's offers the Peoria area a...View Details.
Phone: (309) 685-1100
Area: Peoria
GPS: 40.759255, -89.591964 Map It!

209 S. Adams Street, Manito, IL 61546
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Phone: 309-338-8674
Area: Manito
GPS: 40.4247011, -89.782801 Map It!

1434 N 9th St, Pekin, IL 61554
Ice cream and dole whip (soft serve yogurt)...View Details.
Phone: (309) 353-3322
Area: Pekin
GPS: 40.5805, -89.638841 Map It!

101 Mill St. , Utica, IL 61373
You don’t have to travel to Ireland to experience an authentic Irish pub. Duffy’s Tavern, a staple of downtown Utica, serves up delicious Irish favorites and compliments them...View Details.
Phone: 815-667-4324
Area: Utica
GPS: 41.340647, -89.010082 Map It!

2668 East 873 Road, Oglesby, IL 61348
Elements is located in the heart of Starved Rock Lodge and serves breakfast, lunch and dinner seven days a week. Make Elements your choice for a leisurely lunch, casual dinner...View Details.
Phone: (815) 220-7321
Area: Ottawa
GPS: 41.295109, -89.059448 Map It!

400 E Washington St., East Peoria, IL 61611
Coffee Baristo...View Details.
Phone: (309) 699-2977
Area: East Peoria
GPS: 40.663747, -89.574818 Map It!

1110 N Main St., East Peoria, IL 61611
Stop by for a cold drink and try our delicious Chicago-style menu. We offer the best pizza, sandwiches, chicago dogs and sausages, and gyros in town! ...View Details.
Phone: (309) 713-3436
Area: East Peoria
GPS: 40.677839, -89.560967 Map It!

420 S. Main Street, Princeton, IL 61536
We are a Midwestern Cafe located in the heart of Illinois and dedicated to homemade and the best of locally-sourced foods. Open 7 days a week to serve you Breakfast and Lunch...View Details.
Phone: (815) 875-4200
Area: Princeton
GPS: 41.3713963, -89.4651125 Map It!

127 E. Fourth St., DePue, IL 61322
Mexican/American Food...View Details.
Phone: (815) 447-2414
Area: DePue
GPS: 41.324213, -89.305376 Map It!

117 W Main, Havana, IL 62644
Restaurant with a hometown atmosphere...View Details.
Phone: (309) 543-1122
Area: Havana
GPS: 40.300062, -90.06122 Map It!

1104 N Main St., East Peoria, IL 61611
Brownies, candies, pastries, pies, breads, biscuits and more! Home of the baker's dozen: Twelve to go and one so they won't know!...View Details.
Phone: (309) 620-0778
Area: East Peoria
GPS: 40.677786, -89.561056 Map It!

953 N. 2nd St, Chillicothe, IL 61523
Happy Thought Coffee has earned a reputation for quality in the Peoria area and has received rave reviees from newspaper and television reviewers. If you are traveling throug...View Details.
Phone: 309-274-6623
Area: Chillicothe
GPS: 40.916713, -89.485536 Map It!

112 E. Market Street, Manito, IL 61546
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Phone: 309-968-7121
Area: Manito
GPS: 40.4257685, -89.7795208 Map It!

807 LaSalle Street, Ottawa, IL 61350
Jeremiah Joe Coffee opened on November 2nd, 2002 with the hope and dreams to bring great coffee to our customers. While on your journey stop in and get the popular Jeremiah J...View Details.
Phone: (815) 252-9124
Area: Ottawa
GPS: 41.3480832, -88.8427294 Map It!

110 SW Jefferson Street, Peoria, IL 61602
Jim's Steakhouse since 1960, is a fine dining restaurant known for its delicious dry aged steaks. In addition to steaks we also offer fresh seafood, veal, prime rib, chicken,...View Details.
Phone: (309) 673-5300
Area: Peoria
GPS: 40.692642, -89.590836 Map It!

1007 N 8th St, Pekin, IL 61554
Italian Beef sandwiches and pizza...View Details.
Phone: (309) 353-9757
Area: Pekin
GPS: 40.575612, -89.641144 Map It!

2601 N. Main St., East Peoria, IL 61611
Locally owned since 1986. Our fish is flown in and received fresh each day!...View Details.
Phone: (309) 694-0946
Area: East Peoria
GPS: 40.697182, -89.540515 Map It!

113 Mill St. , Utica, IL 61373
The River Valley is known for its delicious food and Joy & Eds knows how to dish it up. Located in downtown Utica, Joy & Eds is more than just a bar, it’s a family-friendly re...View Details.
Phone: 815-667-4850
Area: Utica
GPS: 41.34106, -89.009931 Map It!

619 SW Water Street, Peoria, IL 61602
From all of us at Kelleher's we would like to welcome you to our restaurant. Kelleher's is located on Peoria's historic downtown riverfront and is situated in one of its olde...View Details.
Phone: (309) 673-6000
Area: Peoria
GPS: 40.685834, -89.594167 Map It!

Route 17 E, Lacon, IL 61540
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Phone: (309) 246-3663
Area: Lacon
GPS: 41.02351, -89.395559 Map It!

421 S. Main Street, Princeton, IL 61356
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Phone: (815) 872-2715
Area: Princeton
GPS: 41.37139, -89.465043 Map It!

579 Wesley Rd, Creve Coeur, IL 61611
Kuchie's on the Water is just that...a locally owned restaurant on the Illinois River, 10 minutes from downtown Peoria. Our deck seats over 150 people, and we offer an unparal...View Details.
Phone: 309-427-3000
Fax: N/A
Area: East Peoria
GPS: 40.6511495, -89.6071751 Map It!

2232 W. Glen Avenue, Peoria, IL 61614
At the Lariat Steakhouse, steaks are hand-cut in-house and soups are home-made on a daily basis. We are known for our prime sizzling steaks and our after-dinner ice cream drin...View Details.
Phone: (309) 691-4731
Area: Peoria
GPS: 40.747099, -89.628215 Map It!

807 LaSalle St., Ottawa, IL 61350
Fresh coffee roasts, speciality coffee drinks and snacks...View Details.
Phone: (815) 434-3735
Area: Ottawa
GPS: 41.348059, -88.842677 Map It!

745 First Street, LaSalle, IL 61301
Board the LaSalle Canal Boat, and enjoy the scenery, history and relaxation of a mule pulled ride on the waterway that changed the face of the nation – the historic Illinois &...View Details.
Phone: (815) 223-1851
Area: Utica
GPS: 41.328183, -89.094752 Map It!

9828 W. Route 150, Edwards, IL 61828
Great local spot - Can't beat the burgers!...View Details.
Phone: (309) 692-6446
Area: Peoria
GPS: 40.789837, -89.748604 Map It!

110 N. Broadway, Manito, IL 61546
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Phone: 309-968-7036
Area: Manito
GPS: 40.4250733, -89.7803534 Map It!

1402 Peoria St., Peru, IL 61354
Come join us and enjoy a unique dining experience. Express yourself with the vibrant, interactive art that is displayed throughout. The food is delicious, and the menu changes...View Details.
Phone: (815) 220-0642
Area: Ottawa
GPS: 41.333195, -89.129217 Map It!

225 NE Adams Street, Peoria, IL 61602
Peoria's Premier Boutique Hotel! This former Howard Johnson's Hotel was renovated in 1990 into what is now Peoria's only 100% locally owned and operated boutique hotel. We...View Details.
Phone: 309-676-3600
Fax: 309-363-6118
Area: Peoria
GPS: 40.692988, -89.587775 Map It!

1620 Summit, Pekin, IL 61554
Full lunch & dinner menu & spirits. Located at Sunset Golf Course...View Details.
Phone: (309) 347-2488
Area: Pekin
GPS: 40.545538, -89.610561 Map It!

522 Court St, Pekin, IL 61554
Specialty candy, cards, magazines and gift items...View Details.
Phone: (309) 346-5174
Area: Pekin
GPS: 40.568567, -89.645012 Map It!

208 N. Main , Morton, IL
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Phone: 309-263-6667
Area: East Peoria
GPS: 40.611423, -89.460523 Map It!

522 Clark St. , Utica, IL
Nonie’s Bakery & Café is open daily and serves breakfast, brunch, and lunch. Relax in the Norman Rockwell/Grandma’s Dining Room or outside under the gazeebo. Sandwiches, ice...View Details.
Phone: 815-691-5002
Area: Utica
GPS: 41.336896, -89.00932 Map It!

1245 W. Main Street, Peoria, IL 61606
One World Cafe, located on the corner of Main and University Streets, has been providing guests with quality, consistency, variety, and old-fashioned hospitality since 1993. W...View Details.
Phone: (309) 672-1522
Area: Peoria
GPS: 40.699776, -89.61242 Map It!

1901 Willow St, Pekin, IL 61554
Tenderloins and ice cream...View Details.
Phone: (309) 347-7777
Area: Pekin
GPS: 40.575105, -89.6236 Map It!

402 S. Main Street, Princeton, IL 61356
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Phone: (815) 879-7671
Area: Princeton
GPS: 41.371589, -89.465063 Map It!

340 5th Street, Lacon, IL 61540
Specializes in amazing pizza and sandwiches in the area. Located in the lower level of a historic building in Lacon. The Pizza Peel sports an open kitchne wher you can watch y...View Details.
Phone: (309) 246-7400
Area: Lacon
GPS: 41.024728, -89.410509 Map It!

710 LaSalle St., Ottawa, IL 61350
Salads, pasta, deserts, sandwiches - specializes in deep dish pizza...View Details.
Phone: (815) 431-1100
Area: Ottawa
GPS: 41.347039, -88.842653 Map It!

305 SW Water Street, Peoria, IL 61602
I wanted to be part of the revitalization on Peoria's River Front when I opened the Rhythm Kitchen Music Cafe in February 1999. My love of music, good home-cooked food, and a ...View Details.
Phone: (309) 676-6998
Area: Peoria
GPS: 40.688217, -89.590265 Map It!

13637 N. River Beach Drive, Chillicothe, IL 61523
River Beach Pub offers great food, a large selection of the best draft and bottled beers with the best view of the Illinois River. Enjoy the view from our warm knotty pine din...View Details.
Phone: (309) 579-2535
Area: Chillicothe
GPS: 40.853793, -89.530344 Map It!

112 State Street, Peoria, IL 61602
Truly the Best Osso Bucco in the Peoria area....View Details.
Phone: (309) 673-2500
Area: Peoria
GPS: 40.685525, -89.595356 Map It!

155 Mill St. , Utica, IL 61373
You can’t leave hungry when you visit Skoog’s Pub & Grill in downtown Utica. Since opening in 2000, Skoog’s has become well-known for their homemade entrees. “Skoog’s was bui...View Details.
Phone: 815-667-5800
Area: Utica
GPS: 41.341114, -89.009887 Map It!

1321 N. Park Road, West Peoria, IL 61604
It's Midwestern Steak House Fare at its finest. Comfortable, casual dining with emphasis on quality and service. The menu features succulent, savory Midwestern beef, served ...View Details.
Phone: (309) 674-5532
Area: Peoria
GPS: 40.703705, -89.625512 Map It!

2668 East 873 Road, Oglesby, IL 61348
Relax in the rustic beauty and comfort of Starved Rock Lodge, Cabins, and Starved Rock Inn. The historic lodge has 70 guest rooms, which include three bay-window rooms. Firepl...View Details.
Phone: (800) 868-7625
Area: Utica
GPS: 41.341412, -89.009716 Map It!

2000 Eastwood Afe, Streator, IL 61364
Country Club with Fine Dining...View Details.
Phone: (815) 673-5551
Area: Streator
GPS: 41.146605, -88.850117 Map It!

325 Clark St. , Utica, IL 61373
Exactly what you are thinking! “Bistro: A small restaurant serving moderately-priced, simple meals in a comfortable setting.” Enjoy breakfast, brunch, or lunch in a cozy and w...View Details.
Phone: 815-667-3400
Area: Utica
GPS: 41.338315, -89.010355 Map It!

318 5th Street, Lacon, IL 61540
Visit one the trendiest coffee shops in North Central Illinois! The Coffee Hub is located in Lacon, Illinois on the main floor floor of a building that is 100 years old. Re...View Details.
Phone: 309-554-9057
Fax: 309-554-9058
Area: Lacon
GPS: 41.024758, -89.411201 Map It!

317 Locust, Delavan, IL
Located in historic downtown Delavan, the Harvest Cafe is a farm-to-table restaurant specializing in modern takes on classic American dishes. We make everything in-house and s...View Details.
Phone: 309-244-7000
Area: Pekin
GPS: 40.372804, -89.547534 Map It!

4614 N. Prospect Road, Peoria Heights, IL 61616
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Phone: (309) 839-2127
Area: Peoria
GPS: 40.743752, -89.574044 Map It!

718 W. Glen Avenue, Peoria, IL 61614
Great food and ice cream...View Details.
Phone: (309) 691-1910
Area: Peoria
GPS: 40.746764, -89.603302 Map It!

8 South Main Street, Canton, IL 61520
Take a step back in time to and order a shake made form homemade ice cream at this fully restored historic soda fountain, delight in handmade candy confections or caramel cor...View Details.
Phone: (309) 647-7320
Area: Canton
GPS: 40.555634, -90.035189 Map It!

734 Main Street, Peoria, IL 61602
thirty-thirty Coffee Co. is an independent, locally-owned coffee shop in Peoria, Illinois. We are singularly focused on providing perfectly roasted and brewed coffee with the ...View Details.
Phone: (309) 713-2983
Area: Peoria
GPS: 40.696278, -89.594296 Map It!

74. Toni's
427 W Dearborn, Havana, IL 62644
Restaurants...View Details.
Phone: (309) 543-3663
Area: Havana
GPS: 40.294042, -90.065492 Map It!

116 W Market, Havana, IL 62644
Restaurants ...View Details.
Phone: (309) 543-5000
Area: Havana
GPS: 40.301258, -90.061095 Map It!

728 Columbus Street, Ottawa, IL 61350
Martini bar, live music, garden patio,...View Details.
Phone: (815) 434-3171
Area: Ottawa
GPS: 41.347195, -88.841188 Map It!

316 W Main, Havana, IL 62644
Restaurant & Gift Shop...View Details.
Phone: (309) 543-1225
Area: Havana
GPS: 40.300198, -90.064044 Map It!

601 First Street, LaSalle, IL 61301
Polished casual dining at its best....View Details.
Phone: (815) 224-4545
Area: Ottawa
GPS: 41.328021, -89.096618 Map It!

107 W. St. Paul, Spring Valley, IL 61362
Unique gas pump décor, serving American favorites....View Details.
Phone: (815) 663.2410
Area: Spring Valley
GPS: 41.324659, -89.20008 Map It!

600 N. Greenwood , Spring Valley, IL 61362
Fine dining - Italian specialities & American dishes. ...View Details.
Phone: (815) 663-6431
Area: Spring Valley
GPS: 41.32971, -89.198208 Map It!

1525 Water St., Peru, IL 61354
Former Prohibition Speakeasy - Tavern and restaurant...View Details.
Phone: (815) 223-0400
Area: Ottawa
GPS: 41.324432, -89.122667 Map It!