• Local Makers Shine

    Local Illinois Makers Shine

    They create, craft and invent. They are the artisans … the makers … the do-ers … the inspiration for all things that are uniquely Illinois. From ...

  • Raging Rivers WaterPark

    Raging Rivers & Waterparks

    Want to beat the heat this summer? Splash into the Raging Rivers Waterpark which features eight attractions that are sure to keep guests cool when the heat begins to sizzle. Raging Rivers offers family friendly fun for all ages. Thrill seekers will enjoy rides like the ...

  • Ben and Trudi Allen

    Local Legend: Ben and Trudi Allen

    On a cold, cold day in February 1989 Ben Allen looked out of a window of a dilapidated building on Grafton’s riverfront and saw the future.“I came to Grafton and ...

  • Spirit of Peoria Cruises

    Best Mississippi River Cruises

    Spirit of Peoria Paddlewheel Boat Mississippi and Illinois River ...

  • Wander Through Downtown Grafton

    Wander Down Grafton's Main Street This Summer!

    By Julie Connoyer, Grafton Chamber of Commerce Secretary Enjoy a picnic at Grafton's iconic lighthouse Spring is a unique time of year in ...

  • fish

    Gone Fishin'

    It’s not too difficult to find your Friday fish fix! While we have numerous churches, KC Halls and VFWs that host fish fries, we also have several locally-owned eateries that are known for their delicious seafood. Here is my list of the top restaurants for excellent fish in our ...


  • Pere Marquette State Park

    If you are looking for outdoor recreation, look no further than Grafton. Pere Marquette State Park, the largest state park in Illinois, is located just west of Grafton. There are hiking trails, opportunities to eagle watch and much more.

  • Grafton Ferry

    The Grafton Ferry, which is open spring through late fall, carries cars and passengers across the confluence of the Mississippi and Illinois rivers to St. Charles County, Mo.

  • Grafton, Illinois

    The resilience of the town is evident in the bustling tourist community that Grafton has become. Gift shops, antique stores, wineries, guest houses, "hot fish" sandwich stands line Main Street and the riverfront.

  • Grafton, Illinois

    At the confluence of the Mississippi and Illinois Rivers, experience life in a real river town - Grafton, Illinois. The early settlers of Grafton saw the potential of this plat of land at the confluence of the Mississippi and Illinois rivers.

  • Confluence of Rivers

    The once thriving riverboat industry in Grafton has become a thing of the past, but you can still see the towboats and barges pushing their way along the Mississippi.