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.



106 Mill St., Utica, IL 61373
Enjoy the taste of locally-produced wine in August Hill Winery’s Tasting Room. Beautifully decorated in modern décor, the tasting room has a welcoming environment and is the...View Details.
Phone: 815-667-5211
Area: Utica
GPS: 41.34067, -89.00976 Map It!

723 S. Clark St., Utica, IL 61373
Sip on locally-produced wine at the Illinois River Winery tasting room located on Illinois Route 178 in Utica. Creating an “old world casual” atmosphere with bistro seating a...View Details.
Phone: 815-667-4012
Area: Utica
GPS: 41.336007, -89.010152 Map It!

106 Mill St., Utica, IL 61373
Illinois Sparkling Wine Co. is an independently-owned craft winery that specializes in making exceptional wines that aren’t stuffy or intimidating using the traditional method...View Details.
Phone: 815-667-5211
Area: Utica
GPS: 41.340677, -89.009764 Map It!

6605 N. Smith Road, Edwards, IL 61528
Kickapoo Creek Winery is a great place in central Illinois to sample and purchase fine local wines, and to learn about how wine is made. Walk or hike along trails beside lakes...View Details.
Phone: (309) 495-9463
Area: Peoria
GPS: 40.769483, -89.755703 Map It!

33633 IL Route 9, Mackinaw, IL 61755
What started as a dream in the spring of 1997 has developed into a perfect getaway from the hustle and bustle of today's hectic world. Mackinaw Valley Vineyard, owned and run ...View Details.
Phone: (309) 359-9463
Area: Pekin
GPS: 40.528628, -89.293218 Map It!

105 E. Market Street, Manito, IL 61546
Willett’s Winery & Cellar in Manito, Illinois was established at 105 East Market Street in downtown Manito in 2005 by Dan & Cris Willett, five years after the planting of a 5-...View Details.
Phone: 309-968-7070
Area: Manito
GPS: 40.425881, -89.779525 Map It!