Introduction to La Salle, Illinois

Located in La Salle county, La Salle, Illinois, is 50 miles SW of Aurora, Illinois (center to center) and 83 miles SW of Chicago, Illinois.

La Salle History

La Salle was named after the French explorer, Robert de LaSalle. The city was designated in 1830, and was officially incorporated into the state in 1852. Its development began with the establishment of the Matthiessen and Hegeler Zinc Company, by Frederich W. Matthiessen and Edward C. Hegeler. The company remained one of the largest employers in La Salle until the time of its closure in the year 1960.

La Salle and nearby Attractions

  • Illinois & Michigan Canal State Trail
  • Starved Rock State Park
  • Donnelley State Fish and Wildlife Area
  • Matthiessen State Park
  • Farnsworth House

Things To Do In La Salle

The parks in the area, such as Starved Rock State Park, Matthiessen State Park, and Illini State Park provide many recreational opportunities. The Farnsworth House, built in 1951 by Ludwig Mies Van Der Rohe, is a showcase of modernistic architecture. The Donnelley State Fish and Wildlife Area is close to the city.

La Salle Transportation

The closest airport to the city is the Greater Peoria Regional Airport.

La Salle Higher Education

Higher education is available at Illinois Valley Community College, Northern Illinois University, and Kishwaukee College.

La Salle Almanac

Nearest Medium City 50 miles SW of Aurora, Illinois (center to center)
Nearest Large City83 miles SW of Chicago, Illinois
County LaSalle County
Standard Zip Codes61301
Phone Area Codes779,815
Time ZoneAmerica/Chicago
Daylight SavingsThe city observes Daylight Saving Time.

La Salle Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Distance1.2 miles
Jan Temp12 to 29 F
Apr Temp38 to 61 F
Jul Temp63 to 85 F
Oct Temp41 to 65 F
Annual Precip37.7 inches
Distance19.8 miles
Jan Temp14 to 29 F
Apr Temp40 to 61 F
Jul Temp65 to 85 F
Oct Temp43 to 63 F
Annual Precip37.8 inches
StationPAW PAW 2 NW
Distance26.9 miles
Jan Temp8 to 25 F
Apr Temp36 to 57 F
Jul Temp60 to 82 F
Oct Temp38 to 61 F
Annual Precip36.7 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, La Salle, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Dimmick (61301)

Rockwell (61301)

Tomahawk Bluff (61301)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Cedar Point322$62,500

La Salle Public Libraries

Lasalle Public Library
305 MARQUETTE STREET LA SALLE, IL 61301 (41.330594, -89.095827)
La Salle, Illinois
(815) 223-2341

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La Salle Public Schools

La Salle-peru Area Career Ctr
542 Chartres St
(815) 223-2454
Dimmick Comm Cons School
297 North 33rd Rd
(815) 223-2933
Total Enrollment 111
Lincoln Jr High School
1165 Saint Vincents Ave
(815) 223-0786
Total Enrollment 270
Northwest Elem School
1735 Malcolm Ave
(815) 223-4006
Total Enrollment 585
Jackson School
345 6th St
(815) 223-4629
Total Enrollment 116
La Salle-peru Twp High School
541 Chartres St
(815) 223-1721
Total Enrollment 1245

La Salle Private Schools

Trinity Catholic Academy
650 4th St
Total Enrollment 134
La Salle Peru Christian School
200 24th St
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 78

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Historic La Salle


Deer Park canon i.e. canyon between 1890 and 1901

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Deer Park canon i.e. canyon between 1890 and 1901

Deer Park canon i.e. canyon between 1890 and 1901

Entrance to Deer Park between 1880 and 1901

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