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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Come and experience all the nature, beauty and adventure the Illinois River Valley has to offer. Explore over 100 nature-related sites throughout the Illinois River Valley between Ottawa and Havana. Visit our gateway communities and points in-between, along the Byway and enjoy unique dining, comfortable lodging and eclectic shopping. Whether your destination lies along the Illinois River Road or the route is part of your journey, you'll love the trip!

Select a Community OR Interest below to view related points of interest along the Byway.



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!

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!

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!

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!

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!

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!

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!

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!