This smaller city butts against the Illinois River, just minutes North of Peoria. People who enjoy boating, hunting, hiking, and other outdoor activities, may find this community is the perfect place to call home. Surrounded by water, forest, and bluffs, this city provides a quiet respite from the noise of big cities. Residents here can even catch a glimpse of Bald Eagles and pelicans year-round.
Chillicothe is home to just over 6,200 people. The average age is diverse. About 25 percent of all residents are age 25 to 54, 15.3 percent are 65 and older, 15 percent are between 55 to 64, and another 15 percent are aged 25 to 34. About 19 percent of the community has earned a college degree or are currently attending college.
The median income in Chillicothe is $48,325, which is slightly lower than the national median of $55,322. Just under 95 percent of the population is Caucasian. Hispanic and Latino individuals make up about 3.4 percent of the population.
The median house price in Chillicothe is $111,489. Roughly 50 percent of all homes in the city range between $96,001 and $191,000. Just over a third of dwellings value between $48,001 and $96,000. Since 2000, home values have increased about 17.63 percent, an annual average of .89 percent. About 67 percent of all residents own their own home, and 73 percent of all households are single-family dwellings. Most of the houses in Chillicothe (42 percent) were built between 1940 and 1969 and 28.8 percent were built between 1970 and 1999.
Current Real Estate Market for homes in Illinois Valley Central High School District
As of 11/01/2020, there are currently 36 homes on the market. The average asking price is $177,878 and the median asking price is $126,900. The average days on the market for active listings is 79 days and the median is 50 days. Over the past six months, 124 homes have sold with the average sold price of $138,067 and a median sale price of $121,000. The average days on the market for these sold homes was 52 days and the median days on the market was 18 days.
Average Asking Price$177,878
Median Asking Price$126,900
Average Sold Price$138,067
Median Sold Price$121,000
History of town-including celebrities
Founded in July of 1836, Chillicothe was an early leader in grain production, and eventually a significant hub for railway travel. Selected by the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway as a crossing point in the late 1800s, Chillicothe remains a key stop for the rail system.
Notable people from Chillicothe include Josh Taylor (actor of Days of our Lives), Johnston McCulley (creator of Zorro), and Zach McAllister (Major League Baseball pitcher).
Attractions and Traditions
Home to one of the steepest climbs in on the railway system, fans of trains often visit to catch a glimpse of trains traversing the steep incline. Catch up on your railway history at the Rock Island Railroad Museum.
Bald Eagle Days: Bald Eagle Days attracts hundreds of visitors who want to celebrate the nation’s bird. Activities include a photography contest, nature classes, a pancake breakfast, and wood carving. The event is held every February because winter provides the best opportunity to spot the bird. The event is held at Shore Acres Park.
Town Theater: This local movie theater only shows a few movies at a time, but the historical building (constructed in 1927), stands on the spot where the old Opera House stood. There are two theaters in the building. Bonus: if you see a movie here, you’ll be helping a good cause. The theater donates to youth groups who help sell tickets.
Summer Camp Music Festival: The festival launched in 2001 with 1,000 attendees and 15 bands. This year, the festival played host to more than 20,000 attendees and 125 bands. Thousands of people flock to the campground every summer to enjoy artists like Moe, Willie Nelson, The Roots, and Tom Petty. The festival spans three days and brings in plenty of business for local shops.
Parks and Activities
Shore Acres Park/waterpark: This favorite local gathering spot includes playgrounds, picnic areas, a historical clubhouse (which may be rented for events), and a swimming pool. The pool consists of a concession area, two water slides, a diving well, and zero-entry sections with play equipment for kids.
Chillicothe Skate Park: Get out and burn some energy at the Chillicothe Skate Park. Skaters will enjoy the 5-foot super mission, half pyramids with rail and bench, a quarter pipe, grind rail, sloped manual pad, grind rail and grind box. The park is open to all ages and participants may hit the course with inline skates, bicycles, and non-motorized scooters.
Three Sisters Park: Three Sisters Park hosts the annual Summer Camp Music Festival, but there’s more fun to be had here the rest of the year too. The 400-acre park hosts haunted activities on the weekend during the month of October, and guests can take in stunning views of farmland and their Illinois river from the covered pavilions. There’s a farm house, camping areas, and open fields for running around.
Dining, Shopping and Entertainment
Looking for a few fun ways to spend some cash? Chillicothe is home to plenty of restaurants and shopping options.
Grecian Gardens: Grecian Gardens offers a variety of meaty meals including Butterfly Pork Chop (for breakfast!), Buffalo Wings, New York Strip, Filet Mignon, and Prime Rib. The restaurant is closed on Monday but opens early the rest of the week for the breakfast crowd.
Track Inn Restaurant: Serving the community since the May 1977, Track Inn Restaurant is a popular breakfast option for locals. The diner opens at 5:30 a.m. for early-risers and stays open until 8 p.m. Aside from traditional diner fare, they also sell homemade pie.
Happy Thought Coffee: If you can’t live without your morning cup of Joe, you’ll be glad to know this coffee shop opens bright and early (6 a.m. most of the week). Located in a historical building, you can take in some of the town’s charm, while getting your caffeine fix and chowing down a scone or muffin.
If you’re in the mood for something more familiar, Chillicothe also hosts a McDonalds, Subway, Hardees, Pizza Hut, Taco Bell, Monical’s Pizza, LaGondola Spaghetti House, and Dairy Queen.
Chillicothe is serviced by the Illinois Valley Central USD 321 School District.
Chillicothe Elementary Center School: Located at 914 West Truitt Avenue, the school has 175 students with 14 classroom teachers, comprising grades 4 and 5. Illinois School Report Card for Chillicothe Elementary Center School.
Chillicothe Jr. High School: Located at 914 W Truitt Avenue, the school has 274 students with 15 classroom teachers, comprising grades six through eight. Illinois School Report Card for Chillicothe Jr. High School.
Chillicothe is a mix of industries. About 16 percent of the people work in manufacturing, 12 percent in health care, 12 percent in retail and 10 percent in construction. Chillicothe also has an unusually high number of specialized industries like construction, production, and installation. Major companies in Chillicothe include BNSF Railway, Novel Electronic Designs, and Cedar Hollow Construction.