Located 55 miles south of Rockford and 90 miles west of Chicago, Mendota, Illinois, is a rural community with a population of nearly 7,300. Mendota area residents enjoy the quiet atmosphere of a small-town community yet are within driving distance to major metropolitan areas.
Mendota is part of LaSalle County, known as one of the most desirable cities in the Illinois Valley to live and raise a family. Mendota is committed to its small town values yet continually grows economically.
Mendota provides a number of public and private educational opportunities for students of all ages. Mendota Elementary District 289 operates three schools and has an enrollment of nearly 1,200 students. For secondary education, students attend Mendota High School.
Mendota is also home to Holy Cross School, a Catholic learning community offering education from Pre-K to eighth grade.
Opportunities for higher education are also available through Illinois Valley Community College in neighboring Oglesby, Illinois. Mendota 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.
Mendota is the perfect place to spend time outdoors. The city has over 300 acres of parkland, 71 of which are lakeside, offering activities such as fishing, biking, hiking, sports fields and much more.
For those who enjoy shopping, Mendota has a wide variety of shops that sell clothing, furniture, sports gear, groceries and more.
The Sweet Corn Festival is held annually in Mendota, attracting thousands of people. The event features free sweet corn that is cooked with a vintage steam engine, a crafters market place, musical entertainment and food booths featuring a multitude of ethnic and regional foods.
Residents and visitors can discover the history of Mendota at The Hume-Carnegie Museum. The museum collects and preserves the area’s significant historic, cultural and artistic heritage.
The Union Depot Railroad Museum preserves and shares Mendota’s rich railroad history. The museum has locomotive cars on display as well as many interactive displays and educational programs.
Visitors can take a ride on the Gandy Dancer Express – an open air, motorized inspection car that travels on the former Illinois Central tracks.
Mendota is home to 14 churches with 12 different denominations.
Located a short distance from Chicago, Rockford, Peoria and Bloomington, Mendota is the perfect place to live and raise a family for those looking for small town living near big city amenities.