Welcome to historic Dixon, Illinois.
Located on the Rock River over 100 miles due west of downtown Chicago, Dixon offers travelers a quaint, relaxing get away from the rush of modern life.
Whether you are a history buff, fishing and boating enthusiast, a lover of the arts and books, a foodie or wine connoisseur, Dixon is where you will find it all in a quaint small town setting.
American history happened here.
Dixon has shaped the character of two American presidents, Abraham Lincoln and Ronald Reagan. It was a major trade route before and after the Civil War. One of it’s parks was designed by the Olmsted brothers who helped designed Chicago’s Columbian Exposition and New York’s Central Park, and 6 miles down the road the first modern day plow was invented by a gentleman named John Deere. In Dixon, history is as close as a walk down the street.
When hunger pangs hit, our restaurants will satisfy all kinds of appetites. Whether your family leans towards fried chicken, steaks, sushi, ice cream, or fast food, our hospitality will surely please.
Stroll through our quaint downtown and browse a fine arts gallery, charming bookstore, quality retail shops, bakeries, wine shop, and our brand new Heritage Crossing on the Riverfront.
Speaking of riverfront, our location on the beautiful Rock River provides our community and visitors alike with boating, paddling, and fishing activities. During the Dixon Petunia festival, held every 4th of July week, events are held all along the river or within blocks of the river. The fireworks are a sight to behold as they explode over the river.
If the great outdoors is calling your name then Dixon’s 25 parks has you covered with abundant hiking and biking opportunities and another 5 state parks and forest preserves are within a 15 minute drive. Siting majestically on the Rock River, Lowell Park offers 200 acres of refuge from the clamor of modern day life. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Lowell park is where Ronald Reagan served as lifeguard for seven summers saving some 77 lives during his charge.
Take some time to go through our online Visitor’s Guide to plan your next trip to Dixon and make sure you stop by our riverside Visitor Center to say hello. We invite you to Discover Dixon and learn why we call it “a place to come home to.