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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ChillicotheVisit Chillicothe - An Illinois River Road Community

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 Park is home to a variety of recreational activities, in addition to being a great spot to view bald eagles. Continue your drive from Shore Acres Park onto River Beach Drive to get an up close and personal view of the Illinois River, where you just might spot an American Bald Eagle along the way.

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