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Lincoln’s Bloomington Festival and Civil War Days
The McLean County Museum of History, David Davis Mansion, and other sites will host Civil War re-enactors, traditional craft demonstrations, children’s activities, musical performances, talks and tours.
David Davis Mansion
The David Davis Mansion was the home of Judge David Davis, the friend, mentor and campaign manager for Abraham Lincoln. The elegant 36-room Victorian home tells the story of the generation that led the United States through the Civil War and early years of Reconstruction. Take a tour of the lavishly decorated mansion, where you’ll learn about the important friendship between Davis and Lincoln, and get a peek at what life was like for a wealthy Victorian-era family.
Grady's Family Fun Center
As Bloomington-Normal's only amusement park, Grady's features an 18-hole mini-golf course, batting cages, bumper boats, go-karts and kiddie rides.
Hardy's Reindeer Ranch
The North Pole has moved to Central Illinois. Try your luck at the 6+ acre corn maze, the Grand Prix style race track, pick a pumpkin or a Christmas tree (depending on season), stop by the fascinating gift shop and, of course, see the reindeer!
McLean County Museum of History
Founded in 1904, the museum is housed in a magnificent courthouse that’s listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Located in downtown Bloomington, the museum reveals the lives of the people who shaped McLean County, including those who encountered and knew Abraham Lincoln.
Illinois Shakespeare Festival
The Illinois Shakespeare Festival exemplifies a long-established tradition of professional theatre devoted to performing the plays of William Shakespeare. The festival has been named one of the ten best theatre festivals anywhere by National Geographic. In addition to the mainstage show, theatre-goers can also enjoy behind the scenes tours, live jazz music, nightly Green Shows, fine art fairs and ice cream socials with the cast and crew. Spend a pleasant summer’s evening on the grassy lawn of the Festival grounds with a picnic basket, bottle of wine and great friends before the show.
Now in its 34th year, the Cultural Festival continues to provide a wide variety of live entertainment and mouth-watering food in a festive family atmosphere. This event draws nearly 15,000 to Bloomington-Normal each August.
Ewing Cultural Center
Located on the wooded Sunset Hill estate of the late Hazle Buck Ewing, the Ewing Cultural Center encompasses the open-air Theatre at Ewing (summer home of the Illinois Shakespeare Festival), the elegant Ewing Manor (which is open for tours) and the beautiful Genevieve Green Gardens.
Spirits of Bloomington Historic Ghost Tours
The Spirits of Bloomington Historic Ghost Tours feature guides dressed as President Abraham Lincoln and Mary Todd Lincoln who reveal fascinating tales, myths and paranormal accounts of McLean County.
The Chocolatier, Inc.
The Chocolatier, Inc. in Downtown Bloomington specializes in fine chocolates and candies. Stop in and pick out the perfect treat!
Third Sunday Market
From May to October, thousands of collectors clear their calendars to shop the 3rd Sunday Market, an event devoted exclusively to the finest in antiques, collectibles, crafts, and garden. A Bloomington tradition since 1988, the indoor/outdoor sale features more than 450 top dealers, representing 17 states. Whether you’re looking for the finest in antique furniture, Americana, folk art, vintage advertising, sport memorabilia, or antique linens & clothing, you’re likely to find it here.
Miller Park Zoo
Miller Park Zoo is the only Illinois zoo to feature the endangered Sumatran tiger. This zoo also features several indoor and outdoor exhibits of exotic animals, special events; and it's open year round.
Illinois Brewing Company
Great brewing company in a beautiful bar! Lunch and dinner served.
Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts
Built in 1922 to house the original American Passion Play, the former Scottish Rite Temple is the centerpiece of downtown Bloomington's Cultural District. The Performing Arts Center has a 1,200-seat theater and 1,000-person ballroom.
Genevieve Green Gardens
The Genevieve Green Gardens offer a relaxing setting for contemplation and the appreciation of nature's beauty. Small gardens are tucked in at various locations; there is also a formal compass garden with a beautiful arbor, a Japanese garden, and a main plaza that is highlighted by a water feature. Walkways, accompanied by tasteful signage, conveniently guide visitors around the property and are in harmony with the landscape's topography. Carefully designed lighting makes it possible to enjoy the gardens during evening hours.
Mabery Gelvin Botanical Garden
The gardens boast some of the most beautiful and diverse flora in east-central IL. It also features the award-winning Miriam Davies Memorial Enabling Garden.
Lake of the Woods Forest Preserve
Lake of the Woods County Park is a 900-acre preserve that features an 18-hole regulation golf course, a 9-hole par 3 course and practice range, fishing, boating, hiking, picnicking, cross-country skiing, sledding, the HI-Tower bell carillon and observation area, a 3.3 mile bicycle/pedestrian path, the Museum of the Grand Prairie, Mabery Gelvin Botanical Gardens, a covered bridge, building rentals and various programs.
BlueLine Night Club
There's great bands and sophisticated atmosphere at the BlueLine Night Club in Downtown Bloomington!
Holiday Inn Express - LeRoy
The Holiday Inn Express is the newest hotel in LeRoy. The hotel is situated just off I-74 and only 15 minutes from the Central Illinois Regional Airport (BMI) in Bloomington-Normal. While staying in LeRoy, hotel guests have easy access to I-74, which makes visiting spots such as Moraine View State Park or Clinton Lake a breeze. The hotel offers a 24-hour business center, free high-speed Internet access, complimentary Express Start hot breakfast bar, indoor pool and state-of-the-art fitness center.
CITY: Le Roy
The Loft - Bloomington
Enjoy this newly renovated martini bar with a wonderful atmosphere! No food served.
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!
River Bend Forest Preserve
The 275-acre River Bend Forest Preserve south of Mahomet contains approximately 130 acres of clear water in two lakes, one of which is the largest public lake in Champaign County, and includes 2.5 miles of forest along the Sangamon River.
Featuring food, shopping and entertainment, Eastland Mall is the family friendly center that is sure to please everyone with a wide variety of stores and activities. We know you will find great shopping at stores like Aeropostale, American Eagle, Applebee's, Buckle, Hollister, Justice, Limited, Rogers & Hollands, Talbot's, Victoria's Secret and more.
Community Players Theatre
The Community Players Theatre is committed to presenting quality theater at an affordable price. Call for current performances and tickets.
McLean County Fair
Enjoy a classic Midwest county fair in the heart of Illinois, with carnival rides and games, 4-H animal and agricultural exhibits, crafts and plenty of great food.
Chanute Air Museum
The Chanute Air Museum celebrates the 76 year legacy of the former Chanute Air Force base and the development Illinois aviation. The Museum showcases over 30 aircraft, including a rare P-51H Mustang and XB-47 Stratojet, while exhibits include "Life at Chanute" and "The 99th Pursuit Squadron: From Rantoul to Ramitelli and Beyond." Bus parking and a gift shop are available.
Burr House Bed & Breakfast
The Burr House Bed & Breakfast is located in Bloomington's historic district across from Franklin Park. Six rooms are available, including one suite with a private bath and sitting room, three rooms with private bath and two with a shared bath. The home has four marble fireplaces, ornate plaster ceilings, original black walnut floors and woodwork and a formal dining room where breakfast is served.
Hap Parker Family Aquatic Center
Fun for the whole family! Highlights include two amazing water slides that splash down into 350,000 gallons of crystal clear water. The zero-depth entry pool also features water toys for children, lanes for swimmers, and diving boards. The 14,000 square foot facility also has a full bath house with accessible restrooms and changing rooms, along with a full-service concession stand, shaded and open lounge areas, picnic tables and much more.
Clinton Lake Marina
Services include boat rentals, beverages, bait, propane tank exchange, slip rentals and an on-site boat service department.
The Chateau Hotel & Conference Center
Recreational options are plentiful at the Chateau Hotel & Conference Center. Guests can swim in the indoor pool, relax in the sauna or whirlpool, workout in the exercise room, jog on the twelve mile Constitution Trail that connects to the property, or visit the nearby Shoppes at College Hills outdoor mall. The property offers complimentary wireless high speed internet access, 7am-10pm complimentary transportation service, 24-hour airport shuttles, coffee makers, irons, ironing boards, hair dryers, electronic keyless entry door locks, banquet and conference facilities for up to 500 people and free parking.
Sangamon River Forest Preserve
Sangamon River Forest Preserve, a 160-acre gem, offers a variety of natural features and is ideal for low-impact activities such as picnicking, bird-watching, hiking and river fishing. The preserve hosts the Lincoln Ash Tree, one of the largest ash trees in the state.
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.
Crossroads Global Handcrafts
Crossroads Global Handcrafts is a respected outlet for fairly traded handcrafts and food products from around the world including handmade art objects, utilitarian items, textiles, baskets, carvings, jewelry, ceramics, premium coffees, tea and chocolate.
Chicago Style Pizzeria
Chicago Style Pizzeria is a locally owned and operated restaurant that offers pizza as well as appetizers, Black Angus burgers, gourmet sandwiches, salads and pasta dinners. Chicago Style Pizzeria is famous for its daily lunch and dinner buffet, and its Alfredo Pizza. The Pizzeria's pizza offerings include thin crust pizza, deep pan pizza and stuffed pizza. Traditional pizza sauces are available as well as whole peeled tomato, Alfredo, garlic butter, BBQ sauce and Buffalo sauce. Also traditional and gourmet toppings are offered. Finally, a cheeseless pizza is available in both the thin crust and deep pan pizza.
12th Annual Country Youth Classic Golf Tournament
The Country Youth Classic golf tournament, one of the largest youth golf tournaments in the United States, will run June 24-26, 2013 at five Bloomington-Normal courses. The event holds competition in 24 divisions, including 8 special needs divisions. Golfers are offered a practice round and two days of competition along with a Parent-Child Tournament and Country Skills Challenge. Last year’s tournament attracted more than 360 golfers, ranging in age from 3 through 22, including participants from six states and two foreign countries.
Quality Inn & Suites West - Bloomington
The Quality Inn & Suites West is conveniently located off Illinois Highway 9 and Interstate 74. The Quality Inn & Suites West offers free continental breakfast, free local calls, free issues of The Wall Street Journal, fitness center, sauna, indoor pool, hot tub, free high-speed Internet access and banquet and meeting rooms. Suites feature microwaves, refrigerators, coffee makers and cable television with HBO.
Hawthorn Suites & Conference Center
The Hawthorn Suites & Conference Center is an upscale, all suite hotel in Bloomington at the intersection of I-55/74 and Market Street, just off exit 160. The hotel offers convenient access to shopping, dining and Bloomington-Normal area attractions. The Hawthorn Suites & Conference Center's accommodations are designed with the comfort of guests in mind. Spacious suites, 10-foot ceilings, and elegant interior decor are intended to provide hotel guests with an enjoyable experience. Amenities include a complimentary hot breakfast buffet daily and an evening reception every Wednesday. Each hotel suite includes one or more queen size beds, a microwave, a refrigerator, and a wet bar or full kitchen, 25 inch television, hair dryer, iron, ironing board, spacious desk and a separate living area with full-size sofa sleeper. Free high-speed Internet access is available throughout the hotel.
Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites
The Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites in Bloomington features a contemporary setting, a fresh, modern appearance and a convenient location near the Central Illinois Regional Airport (CIRA). The hotel offers the very best in accommodations and guests can enjoy complimentary shuttle services, over 5,000 square feet of flexible meeting space, a 24-hour business center and free high-speed, wired and wireless Internet access, indoor pool and whirlpool, a 24-hour fitness center, convenience store, Baxter's American Grill, game room and on-site laundry.
Eastland Suites Hotel & Conference Center - Bloomington
Eastland Suites is conveniently located one block off of Veteran's Parkway in Bloomington. Guests start their mornings with a hot breakfast and unwind in the evenings with a complimentary cocktail hour Monday thru Saturday. Guests can also enjoy our indoor pool and fitness center, along with discounted passes to nearby Gold’s Gym. Whatever may bring you to Central Illinois, Eastland Suites offers the finest accommodations and service whether you are staying a day, week, month or even longer.
Festival of Trees
The annual Festival of Trees welcomes visitors to enjoy the sights and sounds of the Holidays! The spectacular Christmas décor, entertainment, and special events will entertain all ages. Come and enjoy a wide variety of custom-designed trees, including a selection of celebrity trees, a gingerbread village, unique centerpieces and festive wreaths. All items are available for bid in a silent auction. The Festival of Trees is in its 20th year as a family-centered community event. Proceeds from the festival benefit The Baby Fold, a local organization serving children and families. For more information, please call 309-454-1770 or visit www.festoftrees.org.
Famous for Long Island Iced Teas! Always a packed crowd in Downtown Bloomington!
Baymont Inn & Suites - Bloomington
The Baymont Inn and Suites is pleased to provide guests with exceptional service and quality amenities at an affordable price. Whether you are in Bloomington-Normal for business or leisure you can enjoy their heated outdoor swimming pool, free high speed internet in all guest rooms, free cable, fitness center, meeting room and much more. After a restful night of sleep, you can look forward to starting your day with a complimentary enhanced continental breakfast. The Baymont Inn and Suites is just minutes from the Central Illinois Regional Airport, Normal AMTRAK station, Uptown Normal and Downtown Bloomington.
Red Roof Inn - LeRoy
The Red Roof Inn in LeRoy is conveniently located just off I-74 and offers small town hospitality, yet is close to all the conveniences of the major cities. Guests will enjoy free WiFi internet, complimentary daily breakfast, coin laundry, alarm clocks with MP3 jacks, cable television with HBO, hairdryers, in-room coffeemakers, microwaves and refrigerators. A jacuzzi suite is also available.
CITY: Le Roy
9th Annual Midwest Nationals Wrestling Tournament
The Midwest Nationals is organized by the Bloomington-Normal Area Sports Commission, Illinois Wrestling Coaches and Officials Association, Wrestling Aids and Illinois Coaches Association. Competitors will be matched by weight class in 7 different age divisions. Weight classes will be determined at the weigh-in on Friday, July 12. Competition will begin Saturday at 9:00 am. Those who are interested in participating have until weigh-in on Friday, July 12, from 5-8 pm to register.
Days Inn - Bloomington
The Days Inn is a Chairman's Award Winning Property and is conveniently located off of Interstate I-55/I-74 /I-39. The hotel offers an indoor heated pool and spa, free deluxe daybreak breakfast, free wireless hi-speed internet, in-room coffee and tea, expanded cable and suites are available with a micro fridge.
The McLean County Courthouse, capped by a stately dome, serves as a landmark to identify the historic core of the city. Turn-of-the century buildings, many with interesting historical pasts, flank the courthouse square. A visitor can find museums, banks, a legal and governmental center, residential living, a large artists' community, plus an assortment of specialty retail businesses and supportive services in Downtown Bloomington. There is an abundance of restaurants and a lively night scene. Discover all that downtown Bloomington has to offer by shopping, dining, working and playing in this great historical district!
Market Street General Store
Craft store, country crafts and gourmet foods.
Grand Prarie Families and Farm
The farm offers organic chicken, beef, pork, milk, cheese, bread and herbs.
Country Inn and Suites West - Bloomington
The Country Inn & Suites West provides guests with comfortable accommodations in a convenient location near Interstates 55, 74 and 39. Hotel guests enjoy free wireless Internet access, complimentary breakfast, fitness center and an indoor pool. Be our guest at the Country Inn & Suites West.
State Farm Holiday Classic
Witness America's largest co-ed high school basketball tournament at four venues across Bloomington-Normal: Illinois Wesleyan University’s Shirk Center, the U.S. Cellular Coliseum, Normal Community High School and Normal West High School.
Antique Automobile Exhibit
This outdoor exhibit of vintage automobiles showcases the early history of the car in America and features everything from Model Ts to SmartCars. Held on the grounds of the historic David Davis Mansion in Bloomington.
One of the oldest gay clubs in Central Illinois, The Bistro features friendly bartenders, dancing, drag shows and DJs in downtown Bloomington.
Extended Stay America - Bloomington
The Extended Stay America hotel is designed especially for longer stays with studios featuring fully-equipped kitchens and plenty of work space. Each room features a kitchen with refrigerator, microwave, and stove top, convenient work space, free local phone calls, personalized voice mail, iron and full size ironing board, on-site guest laundry, provided dining and cooking utensils and wireless internet. Pet friendly rooms and Signature Suites are available.
La Quinta Inn - Bloomington
The La Quinta Inn is conveniently located off I-55/74 at Exit 160. All rooms include free high-speed wireless internet access, a coffee maker, hair dryer, and iron with ironing board. Rooms with a micro-fridge are available upon request based on availability. The Grand Jacuzzi suites, nearly twice as large as the standard rooms, features a hot tub, microwave, refrigerator, sink and sitting sofa in addition to all the amenities of regular rooms. There is ample parking space for all guests.
Octave Chanute Aerospace Museum
Largest aerospace museum in Illinois. Occupying more than 126,000 square feet plus outdoor air park.
Hampton Inn West - Bloomington
Clean room? Absolutely. Comfy bed? You bet. Hot shower? Of course. Naturally, you should expect the basics. And at the Hampton Inn West, we're delighted to offer the more personal touches-those little "extras" you may not expect. These include baggage storage, complimentary beverage area, complimentary breakfast area, elevators, laundry/valet service, local area transportation, room service and a safety deposit box.
Beautifully organized, clean antique shop in downtown Paxton. Specializing in antiques, collectibles and good old-fashioned hospitality. New items daily. Located in the basement, it is a not for profit thrift store where all items are 50 cents.
Econo Lodge - Bloomington
Welcome to the Econo Lodge, conveniently located with easy access to Highway 9, Interstate 74 and Interstate 55. Guests of this Bloomington hotel are invited to enjoy full-service amenities like free continental breakfast, free coffee, free pastries and free local calls. Business travelers will appreciate the banquet and meeting rooms available. The spacious guest rooms allow every guest to relax in comfort. Truck and bus parking are available. Selected rooms feature in-room whirlpool bathtubs. In-room safes are offered. Non-smoking and handicap accessible rooms are also available. Pets are welcome with a nightly fee.
Mug Shots Bar
Located across the street from the Law and Justice Center. This is a great place to visit after work or party late into the night.
Super 8 - Bloomington
The Super 8 in Bloomington is located just off Veterans Parkway in the center of restaurants, malls and dozens of retail locations all within walking distance. The hotel offers free high speed wireless internet, business center, complimentary SuperStart breakfast, complimentary weekday newspaper and guest laundry facilities. The rooms feature 25 inch televisions with 76 cable channels including HBO, AM/FM alarm clock radios and hair dryers. Many rooms also have micro-fridges.
Country Inn & Suites Airport
Conveniently located near the Central Illinois Regional Airport (BMI), the Country Inn & Suites Airport features charming décor and comfortable amenities that are certain to please business and leisure travelers alike. The hotel offers free high-speed, wireless Internet access, comfortable guest rooms and a recently-renovated dining area, where guests can enjoy a complimentary hot buffet breakfast as well as evening appetizers. This hotel is also near many major corporate offices and universities. The 24-hour Country Market is stocked with many convenient snacks and sundries.
Ramada Limited & Suites - Bloomington
The Ramada Limited & Suites is located just off I-55/74/39, Business 51 and Route 9. Guests can enjoy an indoor heated swimming pool, business center, fitness center, free wireless internet, over 65 cable channels plus HBO and much more. After a restful night of sleep, guests can look forward to the express check-out and complimentary continental hot breakfast.
Lancaster's Restaurant, located in historic Downtown Bloomington, serves a fusion-style cuisine in a casually sophisticated setting.
Galaxy 14 Cinema
The Galaxy movie theater features 14 screens, stadium seating, digital surround sound, full-service concessions and a mega screen.
Illinois Central Railroad Historical Society Headquarters
The Illinois Central Railroad Historical Society is dedicated to preserving historical and educational information about the Illinois Central Railroad and the many predecessor railroads that have been part of the IC system. This headquarters feature a depot, museum and library.
Station Two Twenty
Station Two Twenty, cultivated by Epiphany Farms Enterprise Inc., believes in creating a new food system that provides exceptional cuisine with a sustainable future. Epiphany Farms combines products from its land with those of local producers to supply Station Two Twenty's ever-changing, always seasonal menu. Our mission is to blend socially conscious farming techniques with comfortable fine dining, to produce something that customers not only enjoy, but also believe in.
J.T. and E.J. Crumbaugh Museum
This museum is located in the lower level of the Crumbaugh Library in Le Roy.The major displays include an 1890s re-creation of a child's room and a communications exhibit.
CITY: Le Roy
Museum of the Grand Prairie
The Museum of the Grand Prairie has an extensive collection interpreting 19th and early 20th century life in east-central Illinois. Two floors of exhibits present architecture, trades and occupations, decorative arts, and childhood and domestic life of the time. The Discovery Rom offers hands-on opportunities for children to interact and learn about the residents of the Grand Prairie. Educational programs are offered for all ages throughout the year.
Travis Wood Products
Museum-quality, historic Shaker reproduction furniture and accessories handcrafted by local artist. Showroom by appointment. Listed as one of the top 200 craftspeople in the United States by Early American Magazine.
American Legion Speedway
Offering some of the best dirt track racing in the Midwest, see UMP late models and street stock car racing at American Legion Speedway every Saturday from mid-May through Labor Day weekend.
Flood Plain Forge Blacksmith
Blacksmithing, as well as artistic and functional iron work, is performed in this smithy that was erected in 1928.
CITY: Farmer City
Third Sunday Market
From May to October, thousands of collectors clear their calendars to shop the 3rd Sunday Market, an event devoted exclusively to the finest in antiques, collectibles, crafts, and garden. A Bloomington tradition since 1988, the indoor/outdoor sale features more than 450 top dealers, representing 17 states. Whether you’re looking for the finest in antique furniture, Americana, folk art, vintage advertising, sport memorabilia, or antique linens & clothing you’re likely to find it here.
Evergreen Cemetery Discovery Walk
The Evergreen Cemetery Discovery Walk brings history to life through costumed actors assuming the intriguing characters of McLean County’s ancestors in the beautiful grounds of Evergreen Memorial Cemetery. Both individuals and families can attend this fascinating, award-winning outdoor history theater program. This event is a collaboration between the McLean County Museum of History, Illinois Voices Theatre and Evergreen Memorial Cemetery. For more information, please call 309-827-0428 or visit www.mchistory.org.
Illinois Wesleyan University Merwin Galleries
The galleries display rotating exhibits created by Illinois Wesleyan University students throughout the school year.
Dominy Memorial Library
A resource to encourage education and to promote research, the library acts as a cultural center, housing 18,709 books. It is also home to large print books, audio books, newspapers, magazines, music cassettes, videos, bifocal kits, and art prints. Patrons have access to a fax machine, copy machine, microfilm printer-reader, genealogy materials, and the internet through two computers. The library offers a meeting room, outreach programs, children's programs, and a children's library.
Heart's Desire Antiques & Accents
We offer a large selection of antiques, beautifully refinished Oak antique furniture, Amish-made furniture, and many other specially made goods.
Days Inn - Farmer City
Make yourself at home at the Farmer City Days Inn. Business or pleasure you will be treated to all the standard Days Inn extra that make your stay more enjoyable, like our free Day Break Breakfast, refreshing SolTerre shower experience, free Wi-Fi in everyroom! Conveniently located between Champaign and Bloomington.
CITY: Farmer City
Illinois Wesleyan University Homecoming
Homecoming includes a variety of activities, sporting events, parades and receptions for alumni of Illinois Wesleyan University.
Third Sunday Market
Thousands of collectors clear their calendars to shop the Third Sunday Market, an event devoted exclusively to the finest in antiques, collectibles, crafts, and garden. A Bloomington tradition since 1988, the indoor/outdoor sale features more than 450 top dealers, representing 17 states. Whether you’re looking for the finest in antique furniture, Americana, folk art, vintage advertising, sport memorabilia, or antique linens & clothing you’re likely to find it here.
Fairbury Echoes Museum
This local museum features a Fairbury Room and exhibits that change periodically. Open Wednesday and Fridays, or by appointment.
Christmas at Clover Lawn
The David Davis Mansion's annual holiday celebration, Christmas at Clover Lawn, runs from November 28 through December 29th. Tours are offered Wednesday through Sunday from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. Tours are free, but donations are welcome. Create holiday memories with your family by visiting the David Davis Mansion, all decked out for the holidays. Antique dolls and toys, spectacular evergreens, more than 15 decorated trees, and hundreds of 19th-century paper and glass ornaments turn the house and grounds into a Yuletide wonderland.
Trees and Trim
Cut your own scotch, white and red pine, douglas fir, Norway and blue spruce Christmas trees here.
2,400 square ft of crafts, gifts and antiques.
Baxter's American Grille
Baxter’s American Grille is the number one spot for modern atmosphere, exquisite food, fine wine, and in-house specialty drinks in the Bloomington area. Located at the Holiday Inn and Suites and across for Central Illinois Regional Airport, Baxter's American Grills brings big-city feel to the heart of the Midwest. Baxter’s American Grille now offers seasonal menus that boast a variety of signature dishes that you can't get find anywhere else. The new concept provides a delicious variety of steaks, seafood and chops accompanied with a Management & Chef team that are dedicated to a unique culinary experience. Whether you stop in for one of their new signature martinis or dine in the upscale open kitchen concept, Baxter’s American Grille is the destination for your evening out!
Christmas at the Courthouse
Visit the McLean County Museum of History's annual holiday event! The Christmas at the Courthouse celebration includes musical performances, crafts, homemade goodies and much more! Don't forget to check out all of the exciting exhibits at the museum while you're here!
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.
Clinton Lake State Recreation Area
Enjoy 9,300 acres of great outdoor picnicking, hiking, camping, hunting, fishing, swimming, boating, water skiing. Fall foliage, winter offers ice fishing, snowmobiling on frozen lake. 308 campsites, Private marina.
Fairbury Downtown District
Fairbury's renovated downtown area features eateries, specialty shops, and consignment and antiques stores. There is also a vintage-style gazebo in the central park.
Rike House Museum
Built in 1853, the restored house of blacksmith Robert Ingle has undergone extensive restoration, and features antiques, a family bible and the town's first piano. Reservations required.
CITY: Le Roy
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.
Cheer on your favorite team at Elroy’s! Featuring 24 TV sets, including 7 big screens! We offer a full menu and beer garden, with delicious food served by the best staff in town.
30 unit motel with refrigators, microwaves and restaurant discount.
Early American Museum
The Early American Museum has an extensive collection interpreting 19th and early 20th century life in east-central Illinois. Two floors of exhibits present architecture, trades and occupations, decorative arts, and childhood and domestic life of the time.
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.
DoubleTree by Hilton - Bloomington
The DoubleTree by Hilton, convenient to I-55, I-74 and I-39, is just minutes away from area corporations and some of the best golf in Illinois. The 185 warmly furnished guest rooms and 12 luxuriously appointed whirlpool suites feature exceptional comforts like our Sweet Dreams beds, Wolfgang Puck Coffee, as well as modern must-haves like complimentary wireless high-speed Internet access throughout. For family fun, vacation, or a historical outing, this hotel is a great place to be.
Christmas at the Mansions Tour
Christmas at the Mansions is a community-wide tour of the David Davis Mansion and two Mystery Houses in Bloomington-Normal. You'll see these gorgeous homes decorated in period Christmas finery. Take in the architecture, history, postcard scenes of decorated evergreen trees and Christmas wreaths, poinsettia plants, and even hosts dressed in period costumes, as you walk back in time to the late 1800's and early 1900's. Music and other surprises will complement your tour! Three hour tours are scheduled for Saturday at 2:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. Central parking and shuttle service is available at the David Davis Mansion or Second Presbyterian Church (313 N. East Street, Bloomington, Illinois).