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  • Utica

    The Utica Business Association welcomes you to Utica! Nestled on the north shore of the Illinois River, the village offers unique shopping, comfortable lodging, delicious dining, cultural festivals, and numerous recreational opportunities. The Village of Utica is rich in history and tradition. Built along the Illinois and Michigan (I&M) Canal, Read more [...]

  • Streator

    Located just south of the Ottawa Gateway, you’re invited to come explore this “Quiet Surprise on the Prairie,” that promises to show you the charm of small town America.  Whether you take in the natural sandstone waterfall at Spring Lake Park or launch your canoe into the Vermilion River from Read more [...]

  • Spring Valley

    Spring Valley is located on the banks of the Illinois River. It features Barto Landing, a deep lagoon for launching from the ramps and is the only calm-water public access to the Illinois River for forty miles. For more than 30 years it has been the first stop on the Read more [...]

  • Princeton

    Come say hello to Princeton sometime. Whether you’re visiting for a day, a week or a lifetime, Princeton welcomes you. But, we’re much more than just friendly; we’ve got a flare for the arts. Every summer, Princeton plays host to Illinois’ largest summer festival, Festival 56. Each season brings a Read more [...]

  • Peoria

    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 Read more [...]

  • Pekin

    The time of year doesn’t matter – you’ll find it’s a great time to visit the City of Pekin. Whether it’s a weekend getaway or you’re just passing through, there are endless opportunities to enjoy. The Pekin area is close enough to the big cities to be convenient, but far Read more [...]

  • Ottawa

    Welcome to Ottawa! From the historic buildings to the specialty shops, Ottawa is as charming as they come! Ottawa overlooks the spot where the Fox River meets the Illinois, and we have a pleasant river walk that brings you right to the river’s edge! Or relax on a shady bench Read more [...]

  • Marseilles

    Just east of the Ottawa Gateway lies the town of Marseilles.  Located across the river bank from Illini State Park, and a stop along the I&M Canal, Marseilles is also home to the only memorial dedicated to those service people who have lost their lives fighting in Middle East wars.  Read more [...]

  • Manito

    A progressive, agricultural community located south of Pekin, Manito still has its original “Main Street” (called Market Street), where you’ll find all sorts of local businesses that make the town a worthwhile stop. Be sure and visit Willett’s Winery and Cellar to sample locally produced wines, and enjoy Manito’s many Read more [...]

  • Lewistown

    This quaint, small town situated between the Canton and Havana Gateways is home to Dickson Mounds Museum and the TNC Emiquon Preserve.   Lewistown was once also home to author Edgar Lee Masters, and was the inspiration for his Spoon River Anthology. The town continues to be a major stop along Read more [...]

  • Lacon

    Originally called Columbia, Lacon was given its current name in 1836 after a philosophical writing by C.C. Colton. With a bridge connecting the east and west river byway routes, you’ll be welcomed with friendly, small town charm and plenty to see and do in this community. Dine in one of Read more [...]

  • Henry

    Situated along the river between the, Henry is home to many events attracting visitors throughout the year. The riverfront remains a popular tourist attraction today drawing boating, water skiing, fishing and hunting enthusiasts from throughout the Midwest.  In addition to being the site of Illinois’ first lock and dam, built in Read more [...]

  • Havana

    Known for its rich history, red brick streets and beautiful Riverfront Park, Havana has much to offer.  Once a town known for its cigar manufacturing businesses and notorious gambling nightlife, where Al Capone would visit to hunt, fish and gamble, Havana has grown into a charming, classic All-American small town Read more [...]

  • East Peoria

    Beautiful scenery, an award-winning athletic complex, amazing nighttime holiday festival, fine hotels and dining, healthy business climate – the City of East Peoria offers a wealth of opportunities! Scenic bluffs on our western boundary overlook the Illinois River, providing a marvelous view of the Central Illinois skyline, particularly at sunset Read more [...]

  • DePue

    Follow the scenic Illinois River Road into the small town of Depue – Home to Lake DePue, the site for the annual Lake DePue Pro National Championship Boat Races, and nearby Donnelly-DePue State Fish & Wildlife Area. DePue lies in the heart of some of the Byway’s best wildlife watching, Read more [...]

  • Chillicothe

    This bustling Illinois River town, located just north of Peoria, has a historic downtown with a nice selection of antique stores, quaint restaurants and two museums. Visitors can enjoy the Historical Society Museum and the Rock Island Railroad Museum, with its caboose and historic artifacts and railroad memorabilia. Shore Acres Read more [...]

  • Canton

    Come enjoy Canton! Vibrant, rich in history, and home to citizens of great character and ambition, including Charles Duryea, inventor of the first practical automobile, Elizabeth Magie, one of several credited with helping to develop the game of Monopoly, and William Parlin and William Orendorff, agricultural equipment innovators during the Read more [...]