(309) 266-5361 Village Hall - 120 North Main Street Morton, Illinois 61550

Tourism & Visitor Information for Morton, IL


Director of Tourism

Susan Pyles
200 S. First Avenue
Morton, IL  61550
Phone: 309-266-5135
Fax: 309-266-5508
Email: spyles@morton-il.gov

Situated in the heart of the Illinois River Valley, Morton offers the best in Illinois living. With lower housing and commodities costs, plus a higher standard of living than other communities its size, Morton is one of the best living values in the nation. Morton is located in Tazewell County and has a population of 17,000. In 2013 Morton was chosen as “One of the Top 10 Places to Raise a Family” by Family Circle Magazine.

The median age is 40 years, and there are a large percentage of family households. With a property tax rate of 6.8207 percent and no public debt, Morton puts its resources where they will best benefit its citizens. The result is quality living in a safe and well ran community.

Pumpkin Capital of the World

As the ideal place for Autumn tourism and visitors, Morton is known as the Pumpkin Capital of the World because 85% of the world’s canned pumpkin is packed in the Nestles/Libby’s plant located in the center of our Village.

Location

Morton is located at the intersection of Interstates 74 and I-155, with easy access to major cities and the Illinois state capital. This prime location — just 10 minutes from Peoria, 30 minutes from Bloomington-Normal, 50 minutes from Springfield and three hours from Chicago and St. Louis — gives Morton the benefits of city living without the inconveniences.

Peoria, a city of 100,000, offers major shopping centers, specialized medical care, and access to fine arts presentations, professional sports events and higher education opportunities.

Two airports serve Morton. Just 12 miles away is the Wayne H. Downing Peoria International Airport, with flights daily to faraway places, with jet and turboprop commuter service, and car rental services. In nearby Bloomington-Normal are the Central Illinois Regional Airport and the Amtrak Railroad Station.

Television

Morton offers cable and satellite television services as well as broadband, high-speed, and wireless Internet service and a variety of mobile phone service providers. Bringing the news to Morton residents are three daily newspapers — the Peoria Journal Star, the Pekin Daily Times and the Bloomington Pantagraph — and two weekly newspapers—Morton Times-News and Morton Courier.

History