All great change in America begins at the dinner table.
Reagan's parents Jack and Nelle, moved to Dixon in 1920, when Reagan was 9 years old. Dixon is a beautiful old river town with a population of 15,000 and is the Petunia Capital of Illinois. The annual Petunia Festival is one of the premier festivals in the state and is held over the 4th of July holiday. The Victory Arch Memorial has greeted travelers on Galena Avenue since 1919.
Dixon Historic Center
5th St. & Hennepin Ave. (Reagan Way), Dixon, IL 61021 - 815-288-5508, fax 815-288-5749
Dixon Public Library
221 S. Hennepin Ave. (Reagan Way), Dixon, IL
Dixon Welcome Center
106 W. River Street, Dixon, IL 61021
First Christian Church
123 S. Hennepin Ave. (Reagan Way), Dixon, IL 61021
Loveland Community Building
513 W. Second St.
The Loveland Community Building houses a museum featuring many artifacts of farm and community life from years past. A Reagan Wing with images and posters of Reagan's life as movie actor and Dixon citizen includes a plaque presented to him for services as life guard at Lowell Park, where he served from 9th grade through part of his college years. Museum hours: Wed. 1 to 4 PM, Fri. and Sat. 9 AM to 12 noon, 1st Sat. each month 9 AM to 3 PM.
2114 Lowell Park Rd., Dixon, IL 61021
Ronald Reagan Boyhood Home
816 S. Hennepin Ave. (Reagan Way), Dixon, IL 61021
N. East Corner of Galena Ave. and 2nd St., Dixon, IL 61021
Nick Tanev, an imigrant to America from Bulgaria, presented the City of Dixon with the "Wings of Peace and Freedom" sculpture as an expression of Mr. Tanev's gratitude to President Reagan for his part in ending the Cold War, and to the city for producing such a strong and courageous leader.
136 Plaza Drive, Dixon, IL 61021
48 rooms, suites offering whirlpool tubs and fireplaces; complimentary deluxe continental breakfast. Two indoor pools with whirlpool and water play features. Fitness room with multi-station exercise machine.
204 E. 3rd St., Dixon, IL 61021
Italianate-style mansion bed & breakfast. Three rooms with two shared baths, Jacuzzi, fireplace, TV and VCR. Full breakfast included.
1800 S. Galena Ave., Dixon, IL 61021
815-284-1800 or 800-800-8000
41 rooms, hot tub suites, exercise facility with whirlpool and sauna. Free deluxe continental breakfast.
154 Plaza Drive, Dixon, IL 61021
815-288-2001 or 800-424-6423
Golf themed hotel featuring two indoor pools with whirlpool and water play feature. 52 rooms, some suites with fireplaces and whirlpool tubs. Free full hot breakfast served daily. Fitness room with multi-station exercise machine.
Dixon's annual Petunia Festival is one of the state's premier events. Every year over the July 4th week. Various events in and around the city include a carnival, pancake breakfasts, Taste Trail and over 30 entertainment events for all ages. Parade, fireworks, Carnival admission: Children 12 and under, Free. www.petuniafestival.org
Annual event, August: A week filled with events honoring our hometown President, Ronald Wilson Reagan, including a wine tasting at the Reagan Boyhood Home , ice cream social on the Riverfront), free Pontoon rides on the Rock River from Lowell Park where Reagan served as lifeguard , Taste of Dixon, all day on the Riverfront with music, beer garden, Ronald Reagan Heritage Bike Ride www.rrvbc.net or www.reagantraildays.net
October 13, 2013. Dixon Tourism in partnership with Lee County Genealogical Society is presenting their fifth annual cemetery walk. The history of Dixon and some of its ancestors will be reenacted at grave sites by local actors dressed in period costume. This event, celebrating the many tragedies and triumphs of persons that make up the rich history of Dixon, will be held at Oakwood Cemetery. Tour groups of 10 to 15 will assemble from 1 to 4 PM. near the cemetery entrance. Guided walking tours last approximately one hour. Golf carts are available for those needing assistance. Suggested donation of $5 for adults, children under 12 free. Proceeds will be used for headstone restoration and mausoleum improvements. Oakwood Cemetery is located on S. Dement Ave in Dixon between Il Rt. 2 (2nd St.) and Rt. 38.