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General Information

Municipal Services

Utilities Water

Waste Water Treatment


Chillicothe residents receive spiritual guidance and counseling from religious leaders of 11 churches. The community's houses of worship range from simple, rural churches to the most modern of facilities including 1 Catholic and 10 Protestant churches.


The Chillicothe Historical Society Museum located in a 19th century train depot contains historical items of local significance and railroad memorabilia, including an authentic Santa Fe Caboose

Mass Media

Local weekly newspaper: Chillicothe Bulletin

Daily newspaper: Peoria Journal Star

Chillicothe is served by many cable television and radio stations.

Community Facilities

Financial Institutions

Location Chillicothe is located in central Illinois, adjacent to Peoria. The Illinois River borders Chillicothe on the East while many acres of rolling topography border the community on the other boundaries. Because of our close proximity to Peoria (which is just 15 miles away), virtually every amenity imaginable, if not available in Chillicothe, is "right next door"! We are fortunate to have Illinois Route 29 connect our community with Peoria's 474 Loop just 8 miles to the south. Rt. 29 can easily take one to Interstate 80 in approximately 30 minutes. Rail service is provided through the B.N.S.F. and Iowa Interstate. River terminal facilities are accessible in Chillicothe. Close proximity to the Greater Peoria Airport and the Lacon Municipal airport.
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Health Care - Emergency Services

Chillicothe is located only 15 miles from three fine hospitals in nearby Peoria:

Chillicothe is proud of its fine doctors and dentists in the community. Parkhill Medical Complex is an excellent skilled nursing facility with 113 beds available.

Emergency 911 services are offered through the Chillicothe Police Department and is one of four Public Service Answering Point stations in Peoria County.

Ambulance and emergency service is provided to citizens in the Chillicothe area by Rescue 33, a volunteer organization.

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1 Junior High Schools

3 Elementary Schools

2 Parochial Schools Illinois Valley Central High School

We are pleased to highlight some of our school system's recent accomplishments:

15 miles from Bradley University

20 miles from Illinois Central College

15 miles from University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria Library

Chillicothe Public Library located at 822 N. Second Street in downtown Chillicothe, has access to thousands of volumes through the Illinois Valley Library System.

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Chillicothe is surrounded by recreational facilities, parks, and the beautiful Illinois river. In spring and summer, residents enjoy boating, water skiing and fishing; while autumn and winter finds them hunting, ice fishing or snow mobiling.

Chillicothe Recreation Area Ltd


Situated on the Northern edge of the city, Chillicothe Recreational Area Ltd., boasts 82 camper pads with water and electrical hookups and an on-site dump station as well as 'primitive' campsites for outdoor enthusiasts. Four clear lakes offer swimming, scuba and boating areas. Sandy beaches are ideal for picnics, sunbathing, bocci ball and sand volleyball. The adjoining Chillicothe Paintball Pits allow the adventuresome to test their physical and tactical skill in the wooded paintball fields.

Pearce Community Center

Pearce Community Center, located in the heart of the city, provides aerobics, weight and fitness rooms. Banquet facilities are available at Pearce in addition to special programs for senior citizens. Pearce also has a beautiful indoor swimming pool where members may enjoy various aquatic activities.

Boat Access Area

Residents and visitors alike throng to the boat launches in Chillicothe during the summer months. Public docking facilities and boat launches are conveniently located at the foot of Walnut and Pine Streets adjacent to Cutright Park, quenching the thirst of boating enthusiasts through the area.

Three Sisters Park

Three Sisters Park, a 400 acre park in Chillicothe is creating a Living History Theme Park. It is in the process of building a complete 1918 farm village. Already built is an octagonal barn which serves as an exhibition hall with facilities to be added for receptions and parties. A family restaurant is being planned as well as an outdoor amphitheater and more.

Shore Acres Park

Located along the scenic shores of the Illinois River, Shore Acres features a swimming pool, kiddie pool, playground, softball diamond, walking trail and a 19th century era clubhouse for receptions and parties. Beautiful tennis courts are available to satisfy the tennis players in the community.

Public Parks

The various city parks found around the community offer residents countless opportunities to play, relax, and unwind. The parks are all operated and maintained by the City of Chillicothe and serve as the host of many activities and festivities throughout the year.

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Service Organizations and Clubs

Chillicothe is proud of its various service clubs and community organizations. We boast very active and strong groups ranging in scope from the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars to Rotary and Optimist clubs. Please call the Chillicothe Chamber of Commerce or City Hall for a current listing. Important Phone Numbers: City Hall (309) 274-5056 Chamber of Commerce (309) 274-4556 I.V.C. School District (309) 274-5418.

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