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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Unique Dining Along the Illinois River Road

Since driving America's Byways are all about getting off the beaten path and experiencing "Authentic America," there is no better way to truly experience the region than to explore its communities. Immerse yourself in all the region has to offer.

Explore the many unique dining options below that will help make your journey something special.  Many of our communities have a selection of nationally recognized restaurants for you to enjoy.  For a full list of options, please visit our Byway Community pages for information links. 

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897 East US Highway 6, Utica , IL 61373
Ron McFarlain started Cajun Connection in 1995. Since then, his restaurant has continued to grow and it now attracts travelers from across the country. Hailing from the swam...View Details.
Phone: 815-667-9855
Area: Utica
GPS: 41.360689, -88.99142 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!

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!

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!

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!

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 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!

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!

325 Clark St. , Utica, IL 61373
Exactly what you are thinking! “Bistro: A small restaurant serving moderately-priced, simple meals in a comfortable setting.” Enjoy breakfast, brunch, or lunch in a cozy and w...View Details.
Phone: 815-667-3400
Area: Utica
GPS: 41.338315, -89.010355 Map It!