Chester, Illinois - Home of Popeye

Welcome Center

In 2005 the City of Chester was awarded an Illinois Transportation Enhancement Program Grant for $385,620.00 from the Illinois Department of Transportation to construct a new Welcome Center. The center is located in Segar Park next to the Chester Bridge overlooking the Mississippi River. The Welcome Center is staffed with volunteers and contains restrooms, an information center with displays and a large deck overlooking the Mississippie River and Missouri bottoms.

The bronze statue of Popeye the Sailor Man has been overlooking the Mississippi River in Segar Park for more than 30 years (since 1977).  This is the first of numerous Popeye & Friends Character Trail statues of Popeye characters placed in various areas in Chester. See more pictures of the Welcome Center below.

Volunteer Hours:  Monday – Friday 9 AM – 4 PM

Limited access outside these hours (restrooms only)

Address for the Welcome Center is:
10 By-Pass Road

The Chester Chamber of Commerce is located in the Welcome Center.

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