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Mendota, Illinois

A sweet place to live

What makes a town “The World’s Greatest Little City?” Mendota has the answers.

You might start with the 50 tons of delicious, hot, buttered sweet corn (all free!) that get consumed on one weekend at the annual Sweet Corn Festival. But there’s so much more to a place that boasts small-town living, the best of the great outdoors and close proximity to big-city amenities.

With a population of 7,000 people, Mendota is located on Interstate 39, about 15 miles north of Interstate 80, which connects the East and West coasts of the United States. It’s also home to an Amtrak station and less than a 90-minute highway drive to Chicago, Peoria, Rockford and the Quad Cities.

Starved Rock State Park is just a half-hour away. More than 2 million people visit Starved Rock each year, to hike through its 18 canyons, climb its majestic bluffs, camp, fish, hunt, cruise the river or enjoy the fine on-site lodging and dining facilities.


Other nearby state parks and recreation areas in LaSalle County offer ample opportunities to enjoy horseback riding, zip-lining, rafting and Skydive Chicago, the world’s largest skydiving resort.

Mendota and Starved Rock country also offer:

  • High quality of life with a lower cost of living
  • Strong public and private school systems
  • Thriving arts and entertainment communities
  • Easy drives to multiple international airports
  • World-class health care with OSF HealthCare Saint Paul Medical Center in Mendota, OSF HealthCare Saint Elizabeth Medical Center in Ottawa and OSF Center for Health in Streator.

Learn more about Mendota, LaSalle County and Starved Rock Country. Photo credit: Mendota Chamber of Commerce

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