Nestled snuggly along the rapids of the Illinois River sits the quaint city of Marseilles, Illinois. Marseilles may be small, with just over 5,000 residents, but what the city lacks in size in makes up exponentially with spirit. A sense of community pervades this small Illinois city, and those lucky enough to experience it are sure to stick around. It is this communal atmosphere that makes Marseilles among the safest cities in all of Illinois—and a sturdy foundation keeps it that way. Marseilles is also home to the Illinois National Guard Marseilles Training Center. There is a strong patriotic backbone to the already tightknit community here.
City Life Within Reach, or Not!
Marseilles is just an hour and a half from Chicago. It is close enough to reach effortlessly for weekend trips to the city, but also far enough to enjoy the tranquility and departure from urban, metropolitan life.
For the Outdoor Enthusiast
Illini State Park is the perfect summer destination for picnics or barbecues with family and friends. Expect impromptu games of baseball and horseshoes! For the outdoor enthusiast with a hankering for hiking, look no further than the Illinois & Michigan Canal State Trail.
• 61.5+ miles of trails
• Runs right through Marseilles
• Camping + fishing
• Perfect for bikers, joggers, and snowmobilers in the winter
The Cliffs Insane Terrain Park
For those looking for even more outdoor excitement, the Cliffs Insane Terrain Off Road Park is there to satisfy any adrenaline junkie. Tear up dirt and fling mud in every direction on bikes, trucks, or ATVs. And test your grit on a series of obstacles during specialty races! Many would unknowingly overlook the small city of Marseilles, Illinois. In doing so, they would miss out on a vibrant community and an outdoorsman’s paradise. Like the French city that shares its name, this industrious gem is more than meets the eye.