Farm towns are what make America great, and Illinois is full of them. Quaint and charming, these 10 perfect little towns are the best places to go if you’re looking for a little peace and relaxation.
Enjoy scenic drives, local history, and other simple delights when you take a trip to these wonderful places. Scroll on to learn all about them.
This McHenry County town is home to about 25,085 residents and is located about 50 miles northwest of Chicago, which is far enough away to be in true farm country. It features a charming downtown with theatres, restaurants, and museums, and it is a great place to go to enjoy nature.
This is the most historic of all farm towns in Illinois as it is one of the oldest communities in the state. It is located in Bond County, which is 50 miles east of St. Louis. About 6,758 residents live there, and the town is known for its agricultural contributions to the Land of Lincoln. It is best known for being home to the American Farm Heritage Museum as well as several parks and landmarks, a university, and a cute downtown.
Home to just 200 Illinoisans, this Henry County town is as fun to say as it is to visit. You know you're a farm town if your festivals feature a tractor parade. This little town is known for its annual Hooppole Fun Day, which locals wouldn't miss for the world.
One of Illinois' Amish towns in Douglas County, this place is home to 4,391 people. It has a vintage downtown for shopping, dining, and festivals, but outside of that, it's pretty calm and quiet. Don't be surprised to see buggies along the road.
5. Farmer City
This DeWitt County town is home to 2,000 residents and is located in Central Illinois between Bloomington and Champaign. Surrounded by fields, it is a residential community of schools, churches, and small businesses as well as family-friendly parks and other simple attractions.
You may know it for its charming downtown and luxury resorts, but this tiny town of 3,255 residents is actually home to expanses of unbelievably gorgeous farmland. You'll be blown away just driving around this scenic place. Area attractions include old-fashioned shops, unforgettable restaurants, and many other things for nature lovers to enjoy.
This village, which is in Calhoun County, sits between the Mississippi and Illinois rivers, north of their convergence, and houses about 205 people. It is host to a couple wildlife refuges, several shops and restaurants, as well as many events throughout the year. It is totally worth the scenic country drive to get to this little paradise.
Probably Illinois' most well-known Amish village, this relaxing oasis sits in both Douglas and Moultrie counties and is home to about 2,268 residents. Locals and visitors alike enjoy the area parks, seasonal farms, general stores, and country diners found here, and if you're willing to drive through miles of corn fields, you will too.
With a population of 18,289, this quiet town sits at the confluence of the Fox and Illinois rivers in LaSalle County. It is known for its parks, gardens, and wind farms and is near popular state parks like Starved Rock.
10. Arlington Heights
You wouldn't expect to find farm towns in Cook County, yet this 75,525-resident village is just one of them. It is home to a modernized downtown complete with historical museums, unique shops and restaurants, and gorgeous outdoor spaces. The best time to stop by is during the annual Frontier Days Festival.
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