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Pontiac, Illinois

A small-town region with strong connection to big things

Prime-time living in Livingston County

More than three dozen farming communities and townships make up Livingston County, and Pontiac is the county seat.

U.S. Route 66, the original Mother Road, still runs through the heart of Pontiac, and the Illinois Route 66 Hall of Fame and Museum is located here. But the town also has stretched out to take economic and transportation advantage of Interstate 55, the busy highway that connects Chicago and St. Louis. Pontiac is a 30-minute drive from the college haven of Bloomington-Normal, an hour from Peoria and two hours from Chicago.

With 11,000 residents, Pontiac lines the banks of the Vermilion River, which is a magnet for fishing, swimming, kayaking and the like. Outdoors lovers will also find plenty of places to hike, bicycle or camp in hardwood forests or restored prairie lands.


Pontiac is home to one of the largest collection of murals in Illinois, as well as attractions such as the Pontiac-Oakland Automobile Museum & Resource Center and the Eagle Performing Arts and Conference Center. The town, as well as the rest of Livingston County, is peppered with a wide range of hometown shops and restaurants, serving up an array of ethnic dining options.

More to love about Pontiac and Livingston County:

  • Affordable cost of living and easy commutes
  • Public and private education opportunities for students of all ages
  • Livingston County Special Services Unit, serving students with special needs
  • Amtrak direct connections to Chicago, St. Louis and Dallas
  • World-class health care at OSF HealthCare Saint James-John W. Albrecht Medical Center

Learn more about Pontiac.

Note: Business hours and activities may have changed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Please call ahead or check websites for up-to-date info.

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