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.



815 Park Avenue West, Princeton, IL 61356
We offer the best food and drinks in Princeton - you get special one-on-one attention. We have a lot of fun here, which means our employees are happy. And we cost less than th...View Details.
Phone: (815) 872-9091
Area: Princeton
GPS: 41.368008, -89.474458 Map It!

118 N Plum, Havana, IL 62644
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Phone: (309) 543-9029
Area: Havana
GPS: 40.300457, -90.062251 Map It!

1401 N Main St., East Peoria, IL 61611
Restaurant & Bar...View Details.
Phone: (309) 694-9191
Area: East Peoria
GPS: 40.683559, -89.553105 Map It!

148 Mill St. , Utica, IL 61373
Located in the heart of downtown Utica, Canal Port offers fine dining in a casual atmosphere. The restaurant specializes in steak, pork chops, and seafood, but don’t count the...View Details.
Phone: 815-667-3010
Area: Utica
GPS: 41.341082, -89.009748 Map It!

1733 N. Bloomington, Streator, IL 61364
Family Restaurant...View Details.
Phone: (815) 673-5411
Area: Streator
GPS: 41.139345, -88.835791 Map It!

111 N. Main Steet, Washington, IL 61571
Listed on the federal Register of Historic Places, this newly renovated inn is sure to take you back in time as you enjoy contemporary amenities and small town hospitality. C...View Details.
Phone: (309) 267-1878
Area: East Peoria
GPS: 40.70373, -89.406936 Map It!

101 Mill St. , Utica, IL 61373
You don’t have to travel to Ireland to experience an authentic Irish pub. Duffy’s Tavern, a staple of downtown Utica, serves up delicious Irish favorites and compliments them...View Details.
Phone: 815-667-4324
Area: Utica
GPS: 41.340647, -89.010082 Map It!

1110 N Main St., East Peoria, IL 61611
Stop by for a cold drink and try our delicious Chicago-style menu. We offer the best pizza, sandwiches, chicago dogs and sausages, and gyros in town! ...View Details.
Phone: (309) 713-3436
Area: East Peoria
GPS: 40.677839, -89.560967 Map It!

127 E. Fourth St., DePue, IL 61322
Mexican/American Food...View Details.
Phone: (815) 447-2414
Area: DePue
GPS: 41.324213, -89.305376 Map It!

112 E. Market Street, Manito, IL 61546
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Phone: 309-968-7121
Area: Manito
GPS: 40.4257685, -89.7795208 Map It!

113 Mill St. , Utica, IL 61373
The River Valley is known for its delicious food and Joy & Eds knows how to dish it up. Located in downtown Utica, Joy & Eds is more than just a bar, it’s a family-friendly re...View Details.
Phone: 815-667-4850
Area: Utica
GPS: 41.34106, -89.009931 Map It!

579 Wesley Rd, Creve Coeur, IL 61611
Kuchie's on the Water is just that...a locally owned restaurant on the Illinois River, 10 minutes from downtown Peoria. Our deck seats over 150 people, and we offer an unparal...View Details.
Phone: 309-427-3000
Fax: N/A
Area: East Peoria
GPS: 40.6511495, -89.6071751 Map It!

9828 W. Route 150, Edwards, IL 61828
Great local spot - Can't beat the burgers!...View Details.
Phone: (309) 692-6446
Area: Peoria
GPS: 40.789837, -89.748604 Map It!

110 N. Broadway, Manito, IL 61546
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Phone: 309-968-7036
Area: Manito
GPS: 40.4250733, -89.7803534 Map It!

1620 Summit, Pekin, IL 61554
Full lunch & dinner menu & spirits. Located at Sunset Golf Course...View Details.
Phone: (309) 347-2488
Area: Pekin
GPS: 40.545538, -89.610561 Map It!

1245 W. Main Street, Peoria, IL 61606
One World Cafe, located on the corner of Main and University Streets, has been providing guests with quality, consistency, variety, and old-fashioned hospitality since 1993. W...View Details.
Phone: (309) 672-1522
Area: Peoria
GPS: 40.699776, -89.61242 Map It!

305 SW Water Street, Peoria, IL 61602
I wanted to be part of the revitalization on Peoria's River Front when I opened the Rhythm Kitchen Music Cafe in February 1999. My love of music, good home-cooked food, and a ...View Details.
Phone: (309) 676-6998
Area: Peoria
GPS: 40.688217, -89.590265 Map It!

13637 N. River Beach Drive, Chillicothe, IL 61523
River Beach Pub offers great food, a large selection of the best draft and bottled beers with the best view of the Illinois River. Enjoy the view from our warm knotty pine din...View Details.
Phone: (309) 579-2535
Area: Chillicothe
GPS: 40.853793, -89.530344 Map It!

155 Mill St. , Utica, IL 61373
You can’t leave hungry when you visit Skoog’s Pub & Grill in downtown Utica. Since opening in 2000, Skoog’s has become well-known for their homemade entrees. “Skoog’s was bui...View Details.
Phone: 815-667-5800
Area: Utica
GPS: 41.341114, -89.009887 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!

317 Locust, Delavan, IL
Located in historic downtown Delavan, the Harvest Cafe is a farm-to-table restaurant specializing in modern takes on classic American dishes. We make everything in-house and s...View Details.
Phone: 309-244-7000
Area: Pekin
GPS: 40.372804, -89.547534 Map It!

4614 N. Prospect Road, Peoria Heights, IL 61616
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Phone: (309) 839-2127
Area: Peoria
GPS: 40.743752, -89.574044 Map It!

728 Columbus Street, Ottawa, IL 61350
Martini bar, live music, garden patio,...View Details.
Phone: (815) 434-3171
Area: Ottawa
GPS: 41.347195, -88.841188 Map It!

107 W. St. Paul, Spring Valley, IL 61362
Unique gas pump décor, serving American favorites....View Details.
Phone: (815) 663.2410
Area: Spring Valley
GPS: 41.324659, -89.20008 Map It!

1525 Water St., Peru, IL 61354
Former Prohibition Speakeasy - Tavern and restaurant...View Details.
Phone: (815) 223-0400
Area: Ottawa
GPS: 41.324432, -89.122667 Map It!