Know Before You Go
Get out of the car, walk around, and talk to visitors, neighbors, and shopkeepers. But save a few minutes for quiet time to absorb the park’s kiosk content and the memorial grotto. If you're lucky, handmade tamales might be available at Tony's Groceries across the street in the freezer. The store features their own tortillas that are made on site in their tortilla factory, along with other jars of savory salsas and various sundries not found in large chain stores.
If you are hungry for non-Mexican cuisine, a traditional Italian Napolitano pizzeria (Frank’s Pizza) is just around the corner (family owned and operated, it’s been there for 60+ years). A local deli is also nearby (The Hungry Hobo). Other small, mom-and-pops restaurants dot the local Streets.
Directions: Off of I-80, take the last exit before the Mississippi River (4A). Merge onto IL-5/IL-92 West (4 miles). Keep heading west. Merge onto IL-84 N/IL-92 W/1st Avenue via the ramp to Silvis. Turn left onto Hero Street.