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.



906 N. Main Street, Princeton, IL 61356
Located in a beautifully restored 1880's historic building in Princeton Illinois, Annies Little Pots is a unique gallery featuring beautiful hand-made art from Central Illinoi...View Details.
Phone: (815) 875-2372
Area: Princeton
GPS: 41.383357, -89.465086 Map It!

952 S. Main Street, Princeton, IL 61356
Enter the 1860's once-upon-a-time hardware store & find another state of mind. Submerge yourself in the laid-back, pleasant atmosphere & enjoy the attentive service. Take in t...View Details.
Phone: (815) 879-7777
Area: Princeton
GPS: 41.366035, -89.464996 Map It!

827 W Camp St, East Peoria, IL 61611
Gift Shop...View Details.
Phone: (309) 694-7592
Area: East Peoria
GPS: 40.679296, -89.58648 Map It!

15 White Court, Canton, IL 61520
Fresh flowers, unique gift items, florals and wine baskets are available here....View Details.
Phone: (309) 647 5500
Area: Canton
GPS: 40.555551, -90.034351 Map It!

956 N Main Street, Princeton, IL 61356
Shopping...View Details.
Phone: 815-915-8075
GPS: 41.3838961, -89.4650992 Map It!

110 SW Washington Street, Peoria, IL 61602
It's your day your way at the Caterpillar Visitors Center where you'll enjoy experiencing Caterpillar on a self-guided journey at your own pace. You'll find interactive displa...View Details.
Phone: (309) 675-1000
Area: Peoria
GPS: 40.690662, -89.588756 Map It!

30 West Elm Street, Canton, IL 61520
Delight in the aroma of handmade Black Crow Candles, plus primitive home décor, crafts, florals, quilting fabrics and more....View Details.
Phone: (309) 647-1400
Area: Canton
GPS: 40.555769, -90.035671 Map It!

19195 E. Route 24, Lewistown, IL 61542
Unique gifts and scented soy candles made locally in Canton....View Details.
Phone: 309-547-1093
Area: Lewistown
GPS: 40.394022, -90.084277 Map It!

811 E. Peru Street, Princeton, IL 61356
We are family owned and operated, with a committment to offering only the finest floral arrangements and gifts, backed by service that is friendly and prompt. Because all of o...View Details.
Phone: (815) 875-3819
Area: Princeton
GPS: 41.371508, -89.45023 Map It!

504 Edward St, Henry, IL 61537
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Phone: (309) 364-3450
Area: Henry
GPS: 41.111823, -89.356271 Map It!

326 W Main, Havana, IL 62644
Gift Shop ...View Details.
Phone: (309) 543-2978
Area: Havana
GPS: 40.300198, -90.064158 Map It!

13716 N. Division Ext., Granville, IL 61326
Our hidden paradise, nestled in a peaceful, quiet timber area, includes alpacas, llamas, miniature horses and donkeys, goats, sheep; and a variety of chickens, ducks and guine...View Details.
Phone: (815) 830-5290
Area: Spring Valley
GPS: 41.3065848, -89.2454088 Map It!

513 South Manis Street , Princeton, IL 61356
Discontinued china patterns, flatware, holloware, collectibles, jewelry, crystal and more....View Details.
Phone: (815) 875-1944
Area: Princeton
GPS: 41.381123, -89.457682 Map It!

Highway Route 351, LaSalle, IL 60441
French explorer/cartographer Louis Jolliet first suggested the construction of a canal connecting Lake Michigan with the Mississippi River (via the Illinois River) in 1673, bu...View Details.
Phone: (815) 223-1851
Area: Utica
Site Access: free; fee
GPS: 41.329131,-89.095001 Map It!

203 E St. Paul, Spring Valley, IL 61362
Wall to wall gift collectibles - Hummels, Norman Rockwell, & more....View Details.
Phone: (815) 664-5050
Area: Spring Valley
GPS: 41.324662, -89.197891 Map It!

233 5th Street, Lacon, IL 61540
Serving the best fudge in Central Illinois, with an exquisite wine tasting room, featuring only Illinois Wines from wineries located on the Illinois Scenic Byways. One of the ...View Details.
Phone: (309) 246-2262
Area: Lacon
GPS: 41.024897, -89.411823 Map It!

8320 N. Jackson Street, Kickapoo, IL 61528
Find antiques, gifts, home accessories, lamps and custom repurposed furniture. Holiday splendor starts Oct 1st! With the largest Christmas Shop in Central Illinois with over 6...View Details.
Phone: (309) 589-0820
Area: Peoria
GPS: 40.78895, -89.749641 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!

602 Clark Street, Utica, IL 61373
With over 10,000 items for sale, you are sure to find something unique at Mix’s Trading Post. Leather goods, jackets, Red Wing Boots, Minnetonka Moccasins, and Army Surplus it...View Details.
Phone: 815-667-4120
Area: Utica
GPS: 41.336678, -89.01021 Map It!

74 North Main Street, Canton, IL 61520
This adorable shop is filled with primitive home décor, crafts, jewelry and more....View Details.
Phone: (309) 649-1010
Area: Canton
GPS: 40.556714, -90.035154 Map It!

71 East Elm Street, Canton, IL 61520
Shabby chic, vinatge collectibles, crafts and primitives will delight you....View Details.
Phone: (309) 712-2551
Area: Canton
GPS: 40.555808, -90.034015 Map It!

310 N. Fourth Street, Chillicothe, IL 61523
Garden center, gifts and more....View Details.
Phone: (877) 274-5414
Area: Chillicothe
GPS: 40.910792, -89.491194 Map It!

23. Relics
1219 W. Glen Avenue, Peoria, IL 61614
Welcome to Relics, the Cutest Little Shop in Peoria. Fun gifts, jewelry and historical surprises all mixed together. Deb Opyd & Ben Faramarzi met in a laundromat in Paris b...View Details.
Phone: (309) 681-9588
Area: Peoria
GPS: 40.7469989, -89.6110767 Map It!

807 LaSalle St., Ottawa, IL 61350
Educational materials for teachers and children - games, books, toys, puppets...View Details.
Phone: (815) 509-6461
Area: Ottawa
GPS: 41.348059, -88.842677 Map It!

629 First Street, LaSalle, IL 61301
Jewelry and gifts...View Details.
Phone: (815) 223-0022
Area: Ottawa
GPS: 41.328048, -89.096309 Map It!

124 Mill Street, Utica, IL 61373
Candles, home accents, candles, & gifts...View Details.
Phone: (815) 667-4321
Area: Utica
GPS: 41.340799, -89.009899 Map It!

35 South Main Street, Canton, IL 61520
Discover stunning original fine art, ceramics, unique gifts, jewelry and more....View Details.
Phone: (309) 647-0569
Area: Canton
GPS: 40.555371, -90.035181 Map It!

2668 East 873 Road, Oglesby, IL 61348
Relax in the rustic beauty and comfort of Starved Rock Lodge, Cabins, and Starved Rock Inn. The historic lodge has 70 guest rooms, which include three bay-window rooms. Firepl...View Details.
Phone: (800) 868-7625
Area: Utica
GPS: 41.341412, -89.009716 Map It!

134 Marquette, LaSalle, IL 61301
Floral, home design, & gifts...View Details.
Phone: (815) 223-7738
Area: Ottawa
GPS: 41.328557, -89.095432 Map It!

316 W Main, Havana, IL 62644
Restaurant & Gift Shop...View Details.
Phone: (309) 543-1225
Area: Havana
GPS: 40.300198, -90.064044 Map It!

123 West St. Paul Street, Spring Valley, IL 61362
Buy-Sell-Loan on lots of different items such as Jewelry, Coins & Currency, Electronics, Musical Instruments AND The Unusual! Buy it!, Sell it! or if you just need some qui...View Details.
Phone: (815) 663-2313
Area: Spring Valley
GPS: 41.3246193, -89.2002947 Map It!

130 E. Dakota, Spring Valley, IL 61362
Floral designs for the home or special occasion. Full line of gifts & jewelry....View Details.
Phone: (815) 664-5364
Area: Spring Valley
GPS: 41.32764, -89.198963 Map It!

122 W. St. Paul, Spring Valley, IL 61362
Model train collectibles. Specializing in HO....View Details.
Phone: (815) 663-3411
Area: Spring Valley
GPS: 41.324672, -89.200293 Map It!