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!


Explore the Illinois River Road Nature Sites Select a Site below . . .

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.



402 Clark St. , Utica, IL 61373
While exploring Utica your tummy might start to growl. If that’s the case, maybe an ice cream cone will help you out! Country Cupboard offers a wide selection of hand-dipped i...View Details.
Phone: 815-667-5155
Area: Utica
GPS: 41.33794, -89.010129 Map It!

209 S. Adams Street, Manito, IL 61546
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Phone: 309-338-8674
Area: Manito
GPS: 40.4247011, -89.782801 Map It!

1434 N 9th St, Pekin, IL 61554
Ice cream and dole whip (soft serve yogurt)...View Details.
Phone: (309) 353-3322
Area: Pekin
GPS: 40.5805, -89.638841 Map It!

400 E Washington St., East Peoria, IL 61611
Coffee Baristo...View Details.
Phone: (309) 699-2977
Area: East Peoria
GPS: 40.663747, -89.574818 Map It!

1104 N Main St., East Peoria, IL 61611
Brownies, candies, pastries, pies, breads, biscuits and more! Home of the baker's dozen: Twelve to go and one so they won't know!...View Details.
Phone: (309) 620-0778
Area: East Peoria
GPS: 40.677786, -89.561056 Map It!

807 LaSalle Street, Ottawa, IL 61350
Jeremiah Joe Coffee opened on November 2nd, 2002 with the hope and dreams to bring great coffee to our customers. While on your journey stop in and get the popular Jeremiah J...View Details.
Phone: (815) 252-9124
Area: Ottawa
GPS: 41.3480832, -88.8427294 Map It!

807 LaSalle St., Ottawa, IL 61350
Fresh coffee roasts, speciality coffee drinks and snacks...View Details.
Phone: (815) 434-3735
Area: Ottawa
GPS: 41.348059, -88.842677 Map It!

745 First Street, LaSalle, IL 61301
Board the LaSalle Canal Boat, and enjoy the scenery, history and relaxation of a mule pulled ride on the waterway that changed the face of the nation – the historic Illinois &...View Details.
Phone: (815) 223-1851
Area: Utica
GPS: 41.328183, -89.094752 Map It!

522 Court St, Pekin, IL 61554
Specialty candy, cards, magazines and gift items...View Details.
Phone: (309) 346-5174
Area: Pekin
GPS: 40.568567, -89.645012 Map It!

318 5th Street, Lacon, IL 61540
Visit one the trendiest coffee shops in North Central Illinois! The Coffee Hub is located in Lacon, Illinois on the main floor floor of a building that is 100 years old. Re...View Details.
Phone: 309-554-9057
Fax: 309-554-9058
Area: Lacon
GPS: 41.024758, -89.411201 Map It!

718 W. Glen Avenue, Peoria, IL 61614
Great food and ice cream...View Details.
Phone: (309) 691-1910
Area: Peoria
GPS: 40.746764, -89.603302 Map It!

8 South Main Street, Canton, IL 61520
Take a step back in time to and order a shake made form homemade ice cream at this fully restored historic soda fountain, delight in handmade candy confections or caramel cor...View Details.
Phone: (309) 647-7320
Area: Canton
GPS: 40.555634, -90.035189 Map It!

734 Main Street, Peoria, IL 61602
thirty-thirty Coffee Co. is an independent, locally-owned coffee shop in Peoria, Illinois. We are singularly focused on providing perfectly roasted and brewed coffee with the ...View Details.
Phone: (309) 713-2983
Area: Peoria
GPS: 40.696278, -89.594296 Map It!