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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Utica Kiosk
Utica, Illinois
41.346305,-89.0127942
 

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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, 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.

Seeking adventure? Lace up your boots and get out on the trail. Hike the I&M Canal towpath or head to one of three nearby state parks that offer miles of trails. Enjoy breathtaking views, cascading waterfalls, and vast canyons while out hiking. You might even see a bald eagle! Take time to relax after your day's adventure. Whether traveling alone, with someone special, or as a family, Utica has the right accommodations for you including spacious suites and rooms, cozy cabins, and bed and breakfasts. Explore Utica today!

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The Utica Business Association supports the Illinois River Road. The following commercial, industrial, and financial service businesses are not listed on the Illinois River Road, but their support is greatly appreciated.

  • Illinois Valley Fence and Pool, Inc.
  • LaSalle State Bank
  • Pioneer Hi-Bred International
  • PQ Corporation
  • The Hair Company
  • Unimin Corporation
  • Utica Car Wash
  • Village Greenhouse