Located along Interstate 55 in south central Illinois, the town of Litchfield is home to almost 7,000 residents and is considered part of the St. Louis Metropolitan Area. The city was laid out in 1853 by a county surveyor named Thomas Gray. Shortly after in January 1854, Litchfield welcomed its first inhabitant, Mr. J.M. McWilliams. The fall of 1854 marked a turning point in the life of the city when the first railroad reached the city limits. Litchfield immediately experienced a time of growth due to the railroad’s arrival that lasted for over a decade. The city was officially incorporated in 1896.
Litchfield is most famous for being home to a three-mile section of the iconic Route 66. The most famous landmark in the city, the Ariston Café, is the oldest existing restaurant on Route 66. At the Artisan, patrons can find delicious entrees and desserts served with a hefty side of pop culture history. In addition to the Ariston Café, Litchfield is also the home of the Sky View Drive-In, the only continuously operating drive-in along Route 66.
Outdoor recreation is also a top-notch feature of Litchfield, Illinois. The city offers beautiful nearby Lake Lou Yaeger. The lake is city-owned and spans more than 1,200 acres, with 45 miles of breathtaking shoreline. Fisherman and boaters from both Illinois and its neighboring states are drawn to the lake for its fishing, boating, camping, and hiking.