The city of Chillicothe is beautifully nestled on the west bank of the Illinois River along Route 29, which is the road that President Reagan traveled in order to reach Eureka College from his home. Reagan often stopped in Chillicothe as he had a fraternity brother and football teammate, George Taylor, who resided in Chillicothe. George became one of Chillicothe High School’s most successful football coaches and father to Hollywood actor Josh Taylor.

Founded in 1836, Chillicothe features a historical downtown with a turn of the century look.

Sites to Visit

Attractions and Events

Chillicothe, IL
There's lots going on in Chillicothe. Starting with "Farm Life", a century of change, July 5 through August 20, Annual Heritage Days & National Plowing Contest, August 17-19, Citywide Sidewalk Sale, September 29, Spider Hill Haunted Attraction, October 5, Winterfest, November 17, "Christmas on Sixth Street", December 1 and much more. February 28, 2009: "Bald Eagle Days" at Shore Acres Park. Pancake Breakfast from 7 to 11 am. Live Eagle and Hawks on display at Wildlife Prairie State Park. Go to our website for a complete listing.


Chillicothe Historical Society Museum

723 N. Fourth St., Chillicothe, IL
History of Chillicothe from Native American through Early Settlers.

Christmas on Sixth Street

1023 N. Sixth Street, Chillicothe, IL
Kick off your Christmas season festivities at the Chillicothe First United Methodist Church. Wander through rooms chock full of gifts, cookies, home made pies, jams, jellies and candies galore. Don't miss the Tour of Homes before or after you enjoy a delicious luncheon prepared and served at the church. Be sure to mark your calendar so you don't miss this delightful event. December 4, 2010, 9am to 3pm at the Chillicothe First United Methodist church. Advance tickets at 309-274-5458. Also available at the door.

Rock Island Railroad Museum

Chillicothe, IL - 309-274-4175
A must for train enthusiasts.

Where to Stay

Economy Inn

328 N. Fourth St., Chillicothe, IL
815 274-2177

Super 8 Motel

615 S. Fourth St. (Route 29), Chillicothe, IL
309 274-2568

Trail Events

New Harmonies - Celebrating American Roots Music

December 11 thru January 23, 2011, Chillicothe Public Library, 430 N. Bradley Ave.
December 11 opening event: 10 am to 12 noon: "Cider and Carols"
December 14: 6:30 pm: Mossville Band Concert
January 3: 6 pm: Native American Drum Circle
January 5: 6:30 pm: Remembering the Hub w/Kay Stevens &Lynn Furness.
January 8: 7 pm: Old Time Barn Dance
January 9: 2 Pm: Old Fashioned "Parlor Night"
January 16: 2:30 pm: 800 Pounds of Harmony: Chillicothe's Big Four.
January 23: 4 pm: The Heritage Ensemble