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Streator, Illinois

Streator Community

Streator, Illinois, is located in north central Illinois within LaSalle and Livingston counties. Streator proudly prides itself as a "Quiet Surprise on the Prairie.”

With a population of more than 13,000, the city is rich in history, architecture and charm. Streator is located approximately 80 miles southwest of Chicago, where residents can enjoy the relaxed atmosphere of this peaceful community yet be close to many big city amenities.

Streator is a very diverse small town with a historic library, an outstanding school district, beautiful parks, retails shops and much more. LaSalle County has many rivers, canyons, prairies and forests, providing opportunities for hiking, fishing, boating, camping and canoeing.


Streator provides a number of public and private educational opportunities for students of all ages. Streator has three school districts: Streator Elementary School District has three elementary schools and one junior high school.

Streator Township High School District has one high school. The Woodland Community Unit School District #5 serves the Livingston County portion of Streator, with one high school and one combined elementary and junior high school. Streator also has one parochial elementary school - St. Michael the Archangel.

Higher education opportunities are also available through Illinois Valley Community College in neighboring Oglesby, Illinois. Streator is also a short drive away from Northern Illinois University, located in DeKalb, Illinois, as well as the University of St. Francis and Lewis University, both located in Joliet.

Arts and Culture

Multiple buildings in Streator have been added to the National Register of Historic Places, including the Streator Public Library, a two-story library featuring ionic columns and oak staircases; The Ruffin Drew Fletcher House, which features stick style architecture; and the Silas Williams House, built in 1893.

Streator hosts the Pipe Dreams – a pipe organ festival and church tour. Visitors can listen to the sounds of several pipe organs as they attend concerts at Streator’s most beautiful buildings.

Streatorland Historical Society Museum has some extraordinary memorabilia from some of the most famous citizens and other items representing Streator’s history.

Visitors can also attend a live production at the Engle Lane Theater. Established in 1960, the community theater has 247 seats. It hosts six plays annually with a wide variety of genres, including comedy, dramas and musicals.

Shopping and Recreation

Streator offers a variety of places to go and things to see. The city is home to eight parks and one public golf course. Streator’s city parks offer hiking, horseback riding, and much more. City Park, the main park in downtown Streator, is home to Veterans Plaza, a memorial of names, who gave their lives in service.

City Park holds a number of community events throughout the year including the Art in the Park festival, Streator Park Fest and the annual Light up Streator celebration. 

Don’t miss Streator’s annual Roamer Cruise Night held in downtown Streator. Over 600 restored and antique cars are featured during the celebration. It is the largest automotive event in downstate Illinois that attracts nearly 15,000 people.


Whether you are Presbyterian, Methodist, Catholic, Lutheran, Baptist or of other faiths, Streator and its surrounding communities offer a wide range of churches and houses of worship.

Real Estate

Ottawa Times (Newspaper)

Streator contains a variety of real estate opportunities. For those looking for small town living with easy access to big city amenities, Streator is a wonderful place to live and raise a family.