North Utica, Illinois

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North Utica, Illinois
North Utica
Looking north through Utica
Looking north through Utica
"Historical Past Promising Future"
Location of North Utica in LaSalle County, Illinois.
Location of North Utica in LaSalle County, Illinois.
Location of Illinois in the United States
Location of Illinois in the United States
Coordinates: 41°20′32″N 89°0′51″W / 41.34222°N 89.01417°W / 41.34222; -89.01417Coordinates: 41°20′32″N 89°0′51″W / 41.34222°N 89.01417°W / 41.34222; -89.01417
CountryUnited States
 • Total3.47 sq mi (8.98 km2)
 • Land3.46 sq mi (8.95 km2)
 • Water0.01 sq mi (0.03 km2)
476 ft (145 m)
 • Total1,323
 • Density382.92/sq mi (147.84/km2)
Time zoneUTC-6 (CST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP Code(s)
Area codes815 and 779
FIPS code17-54222
Wikimedia CommonsNorth Utica, Illinois

North Utica, often known as Utica, is a village in Utica Township, LaSalle County, Illinois. The population was 1352 at the 2010 United States Census. It is part of the Ottawa Micropolitan Statistical Area.

While North Utica is the proper name for the city, advertising on nearby Interstates 80 and 39 refers to the village by its original name, Utica. In addition, people who live in the area, official Interstate signage, and signs indicating the city limits all refer to the town as Utica.[citation needed]


The town of Utica had previously been established on the banks of the Illinois River near the Indian village of Kaskaskia during the 1830s, but flooding and the construction of the Illinois and Michigan Canal a few miles north encouraged redevelopment of the village there as North Utica.[3]

Utica Tornado of 2004[edit]

There were 9 fatalities during an F3 tornado on April 20, 2004, which heavily damaged the downtown business district.

Fire at Grand Bear Resort[edit]

A 2022 Memorial Day fire damaged twenty eight privately owned cabins near the entrance to Starved Rock State Park. The Grand Bear lodge, waterpark and a majority of the cabins and villas on site were not affected.


North Utica is located at 41°20′32″N 89°0′51″W / 41.34222°N 89.01417°W / 41.34222; -89.01417 (41.3422775, -89.0142070).[2]

According to the 2010 census, North Utica has a total area of 3.471 square miles (8.99 km2), of which 3.46 square miles (8.96 km2) (or 99.68%) is land and 0.011 square miles (0.03 km2) (or 0.32%) is water.[4]


Historical population
Census Pop.
U.S. Decennial Census[5]

As of the census[6] of 2010, there were 1352 people living in the village. The population density was 389.6 people per square mile (249.8/km2). There were 598 housing units at an average density of 172.3 per square mile (114.6/km2). The racial makeup of the village was 98.52% White, 0.36% African American, 0.14% Native American, 0.14% Asian, 0.61% from other races, and 0.73% from two or more races.

There were 598 households, out of which 26.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them. The average household size was 2.48 and the average family size was 2.93.

In the village, the population was spread out, with 23.0% under the age of 18, 6.9% from 18 to 24, 9.5% from 25 to 34, 23.1% from 35 to 49, 44.1% from 50 to 64, and 15.5 who were 65 years of age or older, 47.5% Male, 52.5% Female

The median income for a household in the village was $43,182, and the median income for a family was $54,107. Males had a median income of $37,614 versus $20,074 for females. The per capita income for the village was $23,061. About 3.7% of families and 7.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 13.1% of those under age 18 and 4.7% of those age 65 or over.


Local attractions include Grizzly Jack's Grand Bear Resort, Starved Rock Entertainment and Starved Rock State Park.

Utica is the location of the annual Burgoo Festival on Columbus Day weekend in October. The Burgoo Festival is a fundraising event hosted by the LaSalle County Historical Society.

Notable people[edit]


  1. ^ "2020 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved March 15, 2022.
  2. ^ a b U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Village of North Utica, Illinois
  3. ^ Welcome to North Utica, Illinois-History
  4. ^ "G001 - Geographic Identifiers - 2010 Census Summary File 1". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2020-02-13. Retrieved 2015-12-25.
  5. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  6. ^ "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.

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