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Uptown Normal has undergone a renaissance, with a recent overhaul of the area that included new streets and sidewalks, plus the addition of the Bloomington-Normal Marriott Hotel & Conference Center. Charming restaurants and shops populate Uptown Normal, including Babbitt’s Books, which offers hard-to-find rare antique books.
U.S. Cellular Coliseum
This multi-purpose recreation and entertainment facility presents major concerts, trade shows, conventions and sporting events.
Twin Groves Wind Farm
Located on the wind-swept Bloomington Moraine in eastern McLean County, Twin Groves Wind Farm offers 396 megawatts of affordable, pollution-free wind energy, enough to meet the annual energy needs of about 118,000 homes. Learn more about this exciting new facility with a farm tour.
Twin Cities Ballet
Twin Cities Ballet is a civic ballet company and school of dance which attracts guest dancers throughout the year. The Nutcracker is a local tradition each December.
The Framer's Gallery
If you are looking for a unique shopping experience stop at The Framer's Gallery and see all the great one-of-kind gifts from over 20 local artists including jewelry, pottery, wood carving, photography and various mediums of art work. The gallery also offers experienced custom framing at competitive prices. This is always a fun place to be. Come and enjoy the day on Washington Square.
Starplex Cinemas/Normal Stadium 14
Starplex Cinemas combines the enjoyment of movies with expanded concessions stands and its Star Cafes.
Simpkins Military History Museum
The personal collection of Gary Simpkins includes artifacts from the Civil War, Spanish-American War, World War I and II, Korean War, Vietnam War, Cold War and Desert Storm.
Ronald Reagan Museum and Peace Garden
Housed in the Donald B. Cerf Center at Eureka College, the museum collection numbers over 10,000 items from President Reagan's Eureka College student days, his movie and TV career, his governorship of California and two terms as president of the United States. The Reagan Peace Garden located on the historic campus includes a bust of the 40th president and a section of the Berlin Wall.
Pumpkin Glass Gallery and Studio
Welcome to Pumpkin Glass -- featuring exquisite lampwork glass beads, crystal, handmade jewelry, fused pendants, sterling silver jewelry, natural stone, and bead / jewelry making supplies and classes.
Prairie Aviation Museum
Highlights the history of Aviation from the Wright Brothers to Illinois astronauts. View or take a ride in the restored DC-3, The National Historic Registry's only flying exhibit!
Paul Bunyon Hotdog Statue
Standing 19 feet tall and clutching a giant hot dog, this Paul Bunyon statue, not “bunyan” purposely spelled with an “o”, is one of Route 66’s mythic Muffler Man Statues. A few of these giants still proudly grace the roadsides of historic Route 66. This one is located in Atlanta, Illinois, just across the street from the Palms Grill Café, which features fine fare from The Mother Road’s golden age.
Famous for Long Island Iced Teas! Always a packed crowd in Downtown Bloomington!
Miller Park Outdoor Summer Theater
Two summer theater productions are performed by the Bloomington-Normal Area Theatrical Community in this outdoor theater in Miller Park .
McLean County Arts Center
The McLean County Arts Center presents approximately twelve exhibitions yearly, including the annual Holiday Treasures exhibition and the annual Amateur Competition and Exhibition which for over 85 years has showcased the best amateur artists from the region. The Center also offers art classes, artist lectures, art workshops for children and adults and associated performing and literary arts presentations. Visitors can purchase or rent artwork through the Center's Sales & Rental Gift Gallery.
Matthew T. Scott Home
The traditional Victorian home belonged to Matthew T. Scott, a well-known agriculturalist, and his wife Julia Green, one of the founders of the Daughters of the American Revolution.
Laugh Comedy Club
Some of the nations best comedians grace the stage every week at Bloomington's ONLY Comedy Club! We offer low ticket prices, great food and drinks and under 21 is permitted to enter. Join us every Thursday for College Night! Shows are Thursday, Friday, Saturday!
ISU Galleries consists of three galleries that exhibit nationally known works and the latest projects from ISU students. Call for summer hours.
Illinois Wesleyan University Merwin Galleries
The galleries display rotating exhibits created by Illinois Wesleyan University students throughout the school year.
Illinois Symphony Orchestra
The Illinois Symphony Orchestra performs diverse concerts for the communities of Springfield and Bloomington-Normal. Single tickets or affordable subscription packages are available.
Illinois State University Planetarium
The night sky is recreated in this 100-seat celestial theater-in-the-round operated by ISU's Physics Department.
Illinois Mennonite Heritage Center
Mennonite museum, archives, historical and genealogical library, farm museum, restored barn, and grandfather house. Surrounded by native Illinois trees, prairie grasses, and flowers. Please call for a guided tour.
Heartland Theatre Company is located on the old Soldiers & Sailors campus where Lincoln and Beech Streets intersect in Normal. Besides presenting a season of five plays each year, Heartland hosts an annual 10-Minute Play Festival, a one-act competition and workshop for Midwest playwrights. Heartland also partners with local universities and organizations to offer historical or musical theatre to the community.
Galaxy 14 Cinema
The Galaxy movie theater features 14 screens, stadium seating, digital surround sound, full-service concessions and a mega screen.
Funk Prairie Home Gem & Mineral Museum
Located at the Funk Prairie Home, this museum houses the largest single-owner display of rare gems, minerals, fossils and lapidary art in the state. Also view the agriculture exhibit, along with several antique sleighs and carriages.