The Village of Utica is rich in history and tradition. Built along the Illinois and Michigan (I&M) Canal, the community flourished with diversity. Today, that diversity is reflected in annual festivals and traditions such as the Mardi Gras parade, St. Patrick’s Day parade, and Burgoo Festival, which attracts thousands of visitors to the village each fall. The heritage and diversity of the community can also be experienced at one of the many restaurants in Utica that serve up homemade local favorites and exceptional cuisine from the likes of Ireland to the swamps of Louisiana. From mashed potatoes to alligator, you are sure to find something tasty!
Engage with Utica and LaSalle County’s past at the LaSalle County Historical Society’s Museum Complex. Did you know that “Wild Bill Hickok” was from LaSalle County or that 157 Landing Ship Tanks (LSTs) were built just up the river in Seneca, Illinois to support the war effort during WWII? Uncover this history and more at one of the museum’s sites.