Service Categories: City Services

07 Mar

Public Library

The Chenoa Public Library in Chenoa, Illinois was made possible by a gift from members of a former Congregational Church. This group being of such small numbers, was unable to maintain a church. In 1912 the church building and grounds were offered to the City of Chenoa to be used as a public library.

211 S Division Street | (815) 945-4253 | Website Facebook

Library News

Solar Eclipse Program and Glasses Giveaway

  • Tuesday, August 15th, the library will be hosting a Solar Eclipse Program at Prairie Central Primary West (formerly Chenoa Elementary School). All are welcome. The program will be lead by an Ambassador to NASA from the Bloomington area. After the program, solar eclipse glasses will be handed out for viewing the solar eclipse safely on August 21st. Following the program there are plans to view planets and other space features from a telescope out on the football field.
    – Posted August 2, 2017 


  • Due to our community’s tremendous support, we currently have over $500,000 that can be directed to a new facility that has an expected cost of approximately $800,000. We are beginning a pledge drive to complete our mission of providing an accessible library to the citizens of Chenoa.
    Pledge Form



  • Monday and Wednesday: 2 – 7 pm
  • Tuesday and Thursday: 10 am – 12 pm | 2 pm – 7 pm
  • Friday: 2 pm – 5 pm
  • Saturday: 9 am – 12 pm
  • Sunday: Closed


Useful Library Links

My Library Account An up-to-the-minute review of your library account.
eBooks and Audiobooks Instructions on how to obtain eBooks and books on audio from this library to your tablet.
Project Gutenberg Project Gutenberg is the first and largest single collection of free electronic books.
Internet Archive The Internet Archive purposes include offering permanent access for researchers, historians, scholars, people with disabilities, and the general public to historical collections that exist in digital format.
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07 Mar


Bring the kids and explore the beautiful Chenoa Swimming Pool. Consider the Chenoa Swimming pool for a private party with all of your friends.

Chenoa Swimming Pool

Monday – Saturday
11:00 – 12:00 Adult Swim
12:00 – 5:00 Open to Public
5:00 – 6:30 Family Swim
6:30 – 8:00 Open to Public*

12:30 – 7:00
*Subject to private party scheduling.

2020 Admission Costs:
Admission: $3 per person/day

Pool Parties: $55 for the first hour, $35 each additional hour.
Pool Parties prior to regular closing hours Monday- Saturday at 6:00 Sunday at 5:00.

Stephanie Smithson, Manager | 205 N Morehead Street | (815) 945-7386

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07 Mar

Fishing and Boating

Silliman Lake Park Amenities include Boat Dock; Fishing; Handicap Accessible; Picnic Pavilions. Boat fishing is allowed sunrise to sunset year round. Bank or dock fishing is allowed sunrise to midnight in the months of May, June, July and August.

Silliman Lake Park

Sunset Drive, Chenoa, Illinois 61726


  • Boat Dock
  • Fishing
  • Handicap Accessible
  • Picnic Pavilions


Boat fishing is allowed sunrise to sunset year round.

Bank or dock fishing is allowed sunrise to midnight in the months of May, June, July and August.

Bank or dock fishing is allowed sunrise to sunset in the remaining months of the year.

To reserve a pavilion at any of the parks, contact the city clerk at (815) 945-7619 or via email at To check for availabilty, go to the pavilion calendar website.

For more information on Fishing Regulations or to obtain a State of Illinois fishing license, go to the
Department of Natural Resources website.

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07 Mar

Picnics and Pavilions

The city has provided several picnic pavilions at parks for residents to enjoy. To see the location of picnic pavilions in Chenoa, visit the parks’ website. To reserve a picnic pavilion, please contact the city clerk at (815) 945-7619 or via email at

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07 Mar

Community Events

Check out the Community Event calendar for the latest events in the community.

Do you have a community event you would like to add to our calendar? If so, please contact the city clerk at (815) 945-7619 or via email at


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07 Mar

Popular Events

Many exciting annual events occur in the City of Chenoa each year.  Be sure to check out our annual events page to see whats happening in Chenoa.   Popular events include Central Illinois largest 4th of July fireworks show.

Annual Events

Chenoa 4th of July Celebration

The 4th of July celebration in Chenoa is the community event of the year! This annual event is known across central Illinois as the place to be on the 4th of July. The Chenoa community fund raises all year in order to host the day long event. You won’t want to miss the parade, flea market, food and most importantly, the fireworks.


For more information on how to participate, contact:

Andy Whisker: (815) 343-8933
4th of July Commitee | PO Box 84 | Chenoa, IL 61726
4th of July Committee Facebook Page


Illinois Route 66 Red Carpet Corridor Festival


Its that time of year again. The “Garage Sales Red Carpet Corridor Weekend” will begin on Friday, May 6th and again on Saturday, May 7th. Registration fee is $10. Bring your list of items and fee to Carol Johnson at Heartland Bank. The deadline to sign up is May 2.

For more information, contact Carol at (815) 945-2321 or via email at


It is all about family fun on the most famous road in America – Route 66. The Illinois Route 66 Red Carpet Corridor Festival takes place May 7-8.

Sponsored by the twelve communities which make up the 90- mile linear museum from Joliet to Towanda, the festival invites everyone to experience the good life in the slow lane.

For more information on the Illinois Route 66 Red Carpet Corridor Festival in Chenoa, contact:

Dwayne Price
Red Carpet Corridor Committee Chairman
(815) 945-7779 | Gallery | Official Website


Chenoa 4 for the 4th Run

This annual event helps raise funds to assist the 4th of July celebration. The race consist of a 4-mile run / 2-mile walk with 2 water stops and timed by the Lake Run Club. Various prizes go to overall race in male and female competition as well as first, second and third finishers for age groups.

More about this event on the “4th of July Committee” page.

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07 Mar

Historical Sites

Explore the fascinating history of Chenoa. Learn more about our history and explore the city.


Founding of Chenoa

The Town of Chenoa was laid out on 13 May 1856 by Matthew T. Scott. At this time the Chicago and Alton Railroad, had been running trains for almost two years, but the survey for the east-west Toledo, Peoria and Oquawka (soon to be the Toledo, Peoria and Western) had not reached McLean County. Scott anticipated the place where the railroads would cross and platted the town which he called Chenoa. Matthew T. Scott (24 February 1828 – 21 May 1891) was the son of a Kentucky banker and by the time he reached Illinios, was an experienced land developer who led a group of well financed investors.


The Name Chenoa

There has been much discussion about the meaning of the name Chenoa. Mid-nineteenth century histories explain that it was an Indian word for “Kentucky” and could therefore be rendered as “Dark and Bloody Ground.” Callary makes it clear that this is incorrect and that this meaning is unknown in Kentucky. Others explain that Chenoa is a Cherokee word meaning “Dove” or “White Dove.” Again this is not the case. Dove in Cherokee is “waya” and white dove “unega waya.” There is also the often-repeated story that Scott had originally wanted the name to read “Chenowa” but the railroad had mistakenly dropped the letter “w.” This again is not true. The railroad had no say in the naming of Chenoa; the spelling “Chenoa” is exactly how Scott recorded the name when he first laid out the town. However,”Chenoka” or “Chenoa” is one of many Native American names for the Kentucky River and this may explain how Scott got the idea that the word could be translated as Kentucky.


Design of Chenoa

The plan of Chenoa is complex because it is the blending of two rival townsites. Scott’s original town, which lies west of the railroad, was built around a central park, is much more like the plan like central Illinois towns of the 1830s than that of other towns laid out in the 1850s. However, Scott only owned the in Section 2, while his rival, and former business companion, William Marshall had managed to purchase Section 1. Marshall’s land included most of the land east of the railroad; on this land, he laid out a competing town town, East Chenoa. Scott did control a small strip between the two towns which he refused to plat out into streets and lots, so anyone who tried to pass the short distance from one town to the other would be guilty of trespass. Scott would call this strip his “imaginary wall,” although it was never a physical barrier. The duel nature of the platting also explains why Chenoa had two distinct streets named Lincoln. Both Scott’s and Marshall’s towns were orthogonal grids with north-south and east-west streets, but plan became still more complex when a later addition by Scott included Veto Street, which ran parallel to the railroad and at an odd angle to the earlier streets.

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Chenoa IL Parks 07 Mar


Come and visit the many parks and recreation facilities Chenoa Parks has to offer.  The Main City Park is located at the corner of Division Street and Lincoln Street.  Red Bird Park is located at Division Street by the Elementary School

Main City Park
Division Street and Lincoln Street

Zubeck Baseball Field
Lighted Tennis Court
Picnic Pavilions
Large Grassy Area

Go to the baseball schedule website to see what days the baseball diamond is being used. For additional information about Zubeck Field or to schedule a game or practice, contact the city clerk at (815) 945-7619 or via email at

Kelleher Park
Basketball Court
Picnic Pavilions

To reserve a pavilion at any of the parks, contact the city clerk at (815) 945-7619 or via email at To check for availabilty, go to the pavilion calendar website.

Red Bird Park
Division Street by the Elementary School
Football Field
Picnic Pavilion

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