"An hour and a half west of O'Hare, but 25 years away"

Pecatonica is located at the "top" of Illinois, in the middle, about halfway between Chicago (regional map) and Galena. The traditional business district (local map) is 1 mile north of US 20 (the Galena Trail). Several restaurants, retailing shops, antiques, gift stores, gas stations and other commerce in a traditional "turn of the century" Main Street setting, make it a comfortable stop for those on the highway to Galena. Historic Victorian homes and buildings compliment the traditional values of the community. Pecatonica is home to the regions State Police Post.

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Pecatonica (pop. 2000) is an active mid-western town. Local leisure and recreation attractions focus on traditional family activities. 2 miles east of town is Westlake Village, a golf course / lake community. The Winnebago County Fairgrounds are on the west side of town, adjacent to Sumner Park. Sumner Park is a linear park access along the Pecatonica River and is a common meeting and excursion point for adventures on the "Pecatonica Prairie / Bike Path" . A real piece of America's historic tradition lives on with Pecatonica's Annual Memorial Day Parade. The second largest in the state of Illinois. They come from 3 states to participate in a long standing small town tradition!

Sumner Park with it's Ball fields, Tennis courts, Horseshoe pits, Children's playgrounds and a traditional grandstand with track, connects with the recently acquired Pecatonica Wetlands Forest Preserve, both to the west and across the river to the south. Pecatonica Wetlands is made up of 1047 acres of flood plain forest, oxbow pond marshes and upland forest along the Pecatonica River. The site has outstanding spring flora and birdlife. Site development is still in progress but when complete will include fishing access, hiking and equestrian trails, picnic areas and wildlife areas. Also, The Seward Bluffs Forest Preserve is located nearby. The combined Public Parks and the Recreation Bike and Prairie Path offer a wide variety of recreation. It is a favored fishing spot along the Pecatonica River.

Special events at the Fairgrounds fill 3 seasons. The regionally renown "Day in the Country" Arts & Craft Fair, sponsored by the Pecatonica Women's Club, focuses on autumn. The "PEC THING" in the spring and again in late summer is one of the "hottest" junktique markets in the tri-state area. The Annual Main Street "Memorial Day Parade" is one of Illinois largest, lasting an hour and a half. Pecatonica also boasts their local Youth Sports Program.

Historic Business District

Pecatonica's historic business district is a lively area with several antique stores, gift shops and artist galleries. Esnarf.com, an "online" collectibles and antiques and gift store operates out of a historic Main Street building with their VintageVille Town. Noted Pen & Ink artist Bob Facklam prints are available at The Frame Shop, on the Main Block. The lower section of Main Street is where the old train tracks first went west in 1853. The block includes Pecatonica Heritage Museum  located in the century old Historic Grainery on Main Street. The "Pec Playhouse Group" performs theater there as well. Across the street is the new location of Sandell Family Chiropractic. The Florist shop has a wonderful selection of floral arrangements "made to order". Also, the gift shop HomeElements of Pecatonica operates a quaint gift store.

The Main block is home to Hack's Auction business offices. Side by side, Two renowned eateries compete for breakfast and lunch crowds. Crooked River Cafe is known for their breakfasts and is most likely where the locals are hanging out. Stonewall Cafe offers a quaint "Smoke Free" atmosphere, along with homemade breads and pies, and friendly service. Down on the corner you will find Best Realty. Specializing in the residential areas of Pecatonica. The Pecatonica Village Hall is in the middle of the Main Block. From the corner ice cream parlor, the Third Street Station to Cimino's Pizza just off the main block, and Subway Sandwich located at Mikes One Stop convenience store, or a choice of 3 wet establishments, Pecatonica has a lot to offer for the hungry or thirsty. The Main Block also is home to the Pecatonica Chiropractic Center.  Pecatonica's American Legion Post #197 is on the corner.

Pecatonica Pharmacy and the Pecatonica Hardware round out Main Street along with Binning's Appliance, A great antique shop, 2 Banks and many other retailers and services. Long established Ferguson Financial Group Incorporated is located in a landmark, historical building. Esnarf.com restored one of the oldest buildings on Main Street, the little red brick house, and run an internet antique and gift store from the location. Main Street is rounded out by Poggioli's Floor Covering showroom and warehouse and a computer store called 3-Cubed Inc.  A software development company called Unique Solutions Software, Inc. and the quaint Country Gate Quilting are located in the old opera house building.


Pecatonica is the Midwest's center of regional estate and farm auctions, large and small. One premier local auction house has regular gallery antique auctions as well as region wide estate auctions. Pecatonica is proud to be home town to Hack's Auction. Pecatonica has two banks, Firstar, downtown and German American State Bank at the edge of town. Pecatonica is also home to J&J Dance, Tumbling and Trampoline. Pecatonica is where Dean Foods started. They operate a plant on the sight of the old Nestle's factory. We are also home to Ipsen Ceramics and a large Laidlaw Safety Clean facility. Just off Main St. a 24-hour Laundromat is located on 4th St. in a restored carriage factory. Nothstar Graphics a prominent Graphics and silk screening company is located in the heart of the business district. Pecatonica is serviced by high tech communications, including a high speed wireless and dial-up Voice and Internet service run by Aero Internet, a full service computer company and the Local Internet Provider for Pecatonica. Just east of town, on US 20 is Ghost Town corners, home to the Harvest Restaurant and NITE Equipment We are now the home of Noahs Ark Waterproofing, a basement waterproofing company.

The Community

The people make the community. We boast 7 denominations of active churches. Our schools are among the best. A successful preschool program and a large library offer many programs for the youth. Several volunteer service clubs and organizations are proactive in the community. The Pecatonica Women's Club is an active community club. The "Pec Playhouse Group" is a group that performs theater on a regular basis in the community. The Pecatonica Heritage Museum Board is restoring the Granary on Main Street for a museum/welcome center along with the support and cooperation of the Historical Society.

Pecatonica is rich in Victorian Architecture. Many restored "painted ladies" are located throughout town. Cyber visitors can take several virtual tours of Pecatonica including the Virtual Victorian Home Tour. However, seeing the beautiful century old churches, and the "gingerbread' on the Queen Anne Victorian homes in person is well worth a mile walk through the neighborhoods surrounding the business district.

Our multi-faceted Fire and Safety District has modern equipment and facilities, and a well trained Crew. The Pecatonica Police Department is always available.

Local Professional Services

Pecatonica has a well rounded professional business community. The Pecatonica Health Associates operate a well staffed clinic at the south entrance to town. We have 2 Chiropractors, the Pecatonica Chiropractic Center, and the Sandell Family Chiropractic. Our dentist Dr. Janecke is located on the upper block of Main Street. Two Attorneys have law offices on Main Street in the business district, as well as two insurance agents and three Real Estate offices. Ferguson Financial Group operates a multifaceted financial, insurance, and investment office. And the infamous Hacks Auction Main Office is in the middle of the Main block. The upper block has A Bookkeeper and Tax Service , Curves exercise and two auto repair shops and a collision repair center are also located in the business district. Pecatonica is western Winnebago County's Center of Commerce.

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This Year the Memorial Day Parade will feature the official U.S. Navy Marching Band!

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The Pecatonica Memorial Day Parade Committee has placed donation containers in local businesses---Please contribute to help make this years parade a success!!

Our donations is; PO Box 204, mailing address for Pecatonica, IL 61063

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