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What's Happening in Chillicothe, Illinois

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What’s Happening in Chillicothe
June 11, 2024 

The City and businesses are recovering from the storm that left the community without power. Even with the storm the Chamber’s Chillicothe Days carnival was a success. A lot of planning goes into this Chamber event that includes business, organizations and volunteers. There were plenty of activities from Wednesday through Saturday to experience and make lifetime memories.

The City has approved an ordinance for Short Term Rentals. This ordinance requires persons with homes used for short-term rentals to register with the city, hold a special use designation and be subject to hotel and motel taxes. For more information contact city hall at 309-274-2020.

For those heading to the river this season…the City is working diligently on the Boat Dock Repairs. At this time the city docks are closed. For the safety of all, please stay off the docks and exercise caution in that area.

At the June 10th City Council meeting the Council approved:

  • The $75,520 bid from Stark Excavating for Benedict Bridge Project
  • Special Event Request for Gilmore’s Sports Bar for Block Party on June 22, 2024 from 7pm-11pm
  • Special Event Request from Chamber for HLC Canoe/Kayak Jaunt from 1-4pm
  • Special Event Request from IVC for Homecoming Parade on October 4 from 1:30pm-4pm
  • Live Entertainment at American Legion on June 29th from 4pm-10pm
  • Special Event Request at VFW for Cruise In on June 22nd from 11am-6pm
  • Ordinance Amending Competitive Bidding Limit to $25,000 limit
  • Ordinance Short Term Rentals
  • Ordinance Rezoning 717 N. First – R-2 Two Family Residential District


  • Refer to Attorney to Draft Ordinance Amending Derelict Vehicle Definition
  • Refer to Attorney to Draft Ordinance amending the city code Traffic Schedule by restricting four parking spaces on Walnut Street for City Hall parking only Monday-Friday from 6am-4pm


  • Waiving of Grave Opening Fees- Laura A, Billie D., Edward E, Hughes

Chillicothe has some great activities coming up in the rest of this month, i.e.  Downtown Thursday and the Pet Parade, Shrek-the Musical, the Cruise-In and Silent Auction at the VFW and many more…

June Events

17 2nd Annual Freedom "FORE" A Cause Golf Outing - Arrowhead Country Club, 9am
18 Bingo - Pearce Community Center, 11:15am
20 Downtown Thursday 2nd Street Market - Pet Parade & Pet Contest, LIVE Music Chilli Dogz, 5-8pm
20-22 Shrek The Musical Jr. - Illinois Valley Central High School, 6:30pm
21 Annual Chillicothe Community Fire Assoc, Chillicothe Days Fish Fry - 5pm
21 LIVE MUSIC - Dexter O'Neal and Funkyard - American Legion, 8pm-midnight
22 Cruise In - Silent Auction, DJ, food and prizes - VFW, 11am
22 Golf Cart/ATV Pub Crawl - 4th of July Fireworks fundraiser - Sign up 10:00 at VFW - $10 per person
22 LIVE MUSIC - Still Shine - The Mill, Noon - Midnight
22 LIVE MUSIC - Mixtape Mayhem - American Legion, 8pm-midnight
23 Sunrise Yoga - Pearce Community Center & Shore Acres Park, 8:00-8:45am
23 LIVE MUSIC - Blue Stew - MoonTower Bar & Grill, 2pm

There is a lot happening in Chillicothe! Come on out and join us!

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