There is perhaps no better way to enjoy a meal than accompanying it with a view of a lake, the ocean, or…a river. The Illinois River meanders through 273 miles of the eponymous state and restaurant owners throughout central and western Illinois have taken advantage of the river’s natural beauty. Check out three of the best places in the Prairie State to get a great meal while gazing out at the Illinois River.

For many people, Illinois is just Chicago but if you venture out of the Windy City you will see there’s much more to America’s 21st state. The restaurants in the small cities and towns along the Illinois River offer both stunning views and outstanding food to anyone who stops by. Come check out small-town Illinois for yourself! Have you been to any of the restaurants on this list? Let us know about your experience in the comments.

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