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Come celebrate 95 years of Smiles Day! Schuyler County’s annual festival, Smiles Day, was first held in September 1919. The celebration began as a way to welcome home the soldiers of World War I. In 1969, Smiles Day on the 19th, is combined with the Rushville High School Homecoming activities on the 20th. Smiles Day has always kept the proud tradition of honoring veterans. The event will feature a grand parade which includes over 100 entries as well as a marching band competition. Food booths and entertainment will be held in the vicinity of downtown Central Park.
Hamilton's "110 N. East"
Elegant Banquet Facility for both large and small events
Jacksonville Main Street’s Bridal Expo
Join them upstairs at Hamilton's for a a viewing of Bridal Expo Booths, yummy tastings and a wonderful fashion show.
Abe’s Trail Trek
Come out for the 3rd year of what may be the toughest one day series of trail races in Illinois. While the 5k is runner, walker and new-to-trails friendly, the 10k and 15k will test the mettle of all but the most seasoned trail runner.
Annual Downtown Celebration
Plan to be part of the Downtown Celebration, a festive day of music, food and fun in the heart of Historic Downtown Jacksonville.
Jacksonville Main Street’s Fine Arts Festival
Arts, food and fun all in downtown Jacksonville. Exhibits for show or sale include oil or acrylic paintings, watercolors, pastels, pencil art, photography, and mixed media.
Fall Festival & Fish Fry at Hill Prairie Winery
The Fall Festival & Fish Fry is the perfect way to kick off fall in the beautiful rolling hills of Hill Prairie Winery. Enjoy the spectacular fall colors while enjoying fresh fried fish along with your favorite wines. Two great bands play each day. Check out their website for a full calendar of festivals and live music on Sundays at Hill Prairie Winery.
Annual Chili Cookoff
The Annual Chili Cook-off is a popular fall event that features area chefs preparing their favorite chilies. The celebration gives patrons the chance to sample some great chilies and vote for their favorite, while enjoying live music and locally produced wines. Enjoy a hot bowl of chili on a colorful fall day at Hill Prairie Winery.
Historic Marbold Farmstead
The Historic Marbold Farmstead is a treasured jewel in Menard County, Illinois. This was the central hub of the Marbold family farmland holdings, which consisted of over 4,000 acres. It was virtually self-sufficient, with several barns, dairy, chicken house, smoke house, ice house, boiler house and pump house. The original house, called Elmwood, was build in 1850 by John Marbold, a German immigrant and prominent Greenview farmer and businessman. Restoration efforts are underway. Located at 21722 State Hwy. 29 near Greenview.
Annual Traditional Music Festival
Early 19th century music and dancing will occur throughout the pioneer village at New Salem State Historic Site in Petersburg. Impromptu demonstrations and performances of music and dancing are featured. The park sets up straw bales for jam sessions, and there is a great deal of bluegrass, old-time, and other music going on. Camping is available and there are evening concerts.
Arenzville Burgoo & 175th Anniversary - Dodranbicentennial
Family oriented two-day celebration that features the famous burgoo, as well as craft market, games, carnival rides, concessions and contests. Entertainment includes Little Miss & Mr. Burgoo, local talent groups and well-known music acts. Featured act is John Michael Montgomery. Souvenirs available for 175th Celebration. Parade at 10am Saturday.
The Annual Rib Festival is a time to wrap up another great summer season and enjoy fresh grilled ribs, along with live entertainment. Add your favorite wines and drinks to the mix and you’ll have a great afternoon of fun in the sun at Hill Prairie Winery.
Don's Place Inc
A great get-together neighborhood tavern. Don't miss the Crab Races every Thursday night.
Family Dining, buffet
Muggsy's FIne Dining
Tasty fine dining, beautiful outdoor dining area, conveniently located downtown.
Deb & Di's Country Junction
Family restaurant with home cooking.
Owned by Kevin Denney, this family name means quality. A large selection of jewelry and jewelry repair is offered in-house. Custom orders are also taken.
Farmers Market On The Square
Southeast area of the Square. Open Wednesday's from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., June through October. Free vendor set-up. Sponsored by Jacksonville Main Street.
Boehms Lawn and Garden
Items for your lawn and garden.
Pizza restaurant with a bar and lounge.
Duncan & Hoots Jewelers
Locally owned jewelry store with a nice selection of gifts and crystal including Waterford.
Gifts and jewelery. Also J.C. Penney catalog.
Great food and great pizza. Friendly bar atmosphere.
Brickhouse BBQ, The
Great family style BBQ. Select your meats in dry or wet BBQ style. Wonderful homemade sides and appetizers to compliment your main course.
Specializing in musical instruments, sheet music and hard-to-find music accessories.
Sisson's Country Inn
Large bedrooms, most with private baths. 1st floor is wheelchair accessible. Meeting room with kitchen available. On-site catering for groups by reservation.
Located in Havana, this track has been revitalized and become extremely popular for racing all classes of cars.
All Occasions Flowers & Gifts
Fresh flowers, silks, balloons, candy, weddings, delivery.
Super 8 Motel - Beardstown
2-story facility. Indoor pool. Handicap accessible and pet friendly.
Hardee's - Rushville
Hardee's fast food restaurant.
Captain's Quarters Mens Wear
Everything for the well-dressed man. Suits, leisure jackets, ties and all the extras for business and the business casual man.
Ponderosa Steakhouse - Jacksonville
Family style steakhouse with buffet, kids' menu and senior special.
Comfort Inn - Jacksonville
70 room hotel. all rooms are equipped with microwave, refrigerator, iron-board, coffee maker, hair dryers, business center, indoor pool, whirlpool fitness room.
CITY: South Jacksonville
Great food, awesome biscuits and gravy, huge tenderloins, locally owned, good location.
KJB's Pint Haus
Nice atmosphere small bar, with an outside courtyard. Serving sandwiches and appetizers for lunch & dinner.
Jewelry store located in Rushville, IL.
Chandlerville's Annual Burgoo, Fish Fry and Homecoming
Serving traditional burgoo, fried buffalo with all the trimmings on Saturday only. Flea market, carnival, pancake breakfast, other contests. Parade at 10:00 am Saturday; free entertainment and dancing Friday and Saturday evening. Also kids games, softball tournament, and new this year - Burgoo Boogie 5K run/walk on Saturday morning. Held at Elmwood Park.
Beaux Arts Ball - Jacksonville
A proud tradition of the community, this gala brings out the finest in the city's youth for a wonderful ball and coronation of king and queen of the event. Largest annual fundraising event for the David Strawn Art Gallery.
Try these tasty submarine sandwiches! Mmmm.
The grave site of Ann Rutledge, Abraham Lincoln's first sweetheart, is located at Oakland Cemetery. Her tombstone bears an inscription written by poet Edgar Lee Masters, who is burried nearby.
Pizza carry-out and free delivery
Ashley's Petals & Angels
Florist offering unique handmade wreaths, bouquets and arrangements. Also feature boutique items including hard to find gifts and purses.
Budget Inn - Beardstown
Facility is one story with all outside entrances. 20 rooms available. Pet friendly.
Jacksonville's fine dining establishment located inside the renovated train station. Italian food and other luxurious meals.
Petals 'N Krafts
Floral shop and crafts.
A visit to The Farm means many things to many people. Some come to find unique, hand-made, one of a kind items in our Shop. Many enjoy the beautiful Gardens to see hard-to-find plants in a landscape situation or to relax under an arbor. It is a favorite spot for wedding photos, senior pictures and family events. The Greenhouse features a variety of plants that you won’t find at the big box stores. Couples and families can enjoy a relaxing weekend in The Loft B&B, with luxurious amenities, privacy and a great view of our 63 rolling acres. Groups book The Farm for hayrides, group tours, picnics and bonfires throughout the year.
The Plaid Rooster
Nestled on the wooded banks of the Sangamon River at New Salem Historic Site and offering a unique casual dining experience with a variety of Italian and American entrees. Banquet and group sales menu available. Accommodations for up to 200. Really great.
Modern country motel located 4 miles east of Beardstown and 7 miles west of Virginia on Illinois Rte. 125 in scenic Cass County. We welcome hunters, workmen, and the traveling public.
CITY: Bluff Springs
Great Home Cooking - best breakfast in town. Locally owned, convenient location on W. Morton. Weekend buffet.
Franklin Street Inn
In a spacious, beautifully restored historic home, we offer four charming rooms and a suite, all decorated with comfort in mind. We also offer a full apartment upstairs overlooking Rushville's historic town square.
Leo's Pizza & Italian
People think Leo's for Italian in Jacksonville - great pizza and pasta, locally owned, fast delivery.
Papa Murphy's Pizza
Order your pizza, take it home and cook it up fresh in your oven for tasty results!
Locally owned fine Mexican food, fast service, dine in or drive thru.
Christian books, gifts, Christian education books, and supplies.
South Jax Antique Mall
The 24+ dealers invite you to visit the South Jax Antique Mall behind Kottage Kafe on S. Main. Large variety of antiques, including depression glass, furniture, vintage jewelry, pottery, stoneware, clocks, cameras, glassware & collectibles.
Holiday Inn Express
Welcome to Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites. This hotel is conveniently located at I-72 and Hwy 267 between Springfield and Quincy.
CITY: South Jacksonville
The land for Scripps Park was donated by the Scripps family. The park was the site of the homestead of the Scripps family, pioneers in journalism. Scripps Park offers a swimming pool, tennis courts, the Virginia community building, playground, picnic area, baseball diamonds, and two guest houses for rent. The golf course is an 18-hole public course built in 1923 with irrigation from tee to green. There are approximately 16 bunkers strategically placed around the course and water hazards are in play.
Motel located in Rushville, IL.
This state-of-the-art playground also boasts a splash and play pad that is accessible to people of all abilities. This free park is open year-round, with the splash pad available from Memorial Day to Labor Day.
CITY: South Jacksonville
The Inn at New Salem
Enjoy the environment of this local Inn. Conveniently located near New Salem State Historic Site. Just a short drive from Springfield, IL.
El Rancherito - Jacksonville
Family dining, authentic Mexican food.
Phoenix Opera House
This restored 1882 opera house, now listed on the National Register of Historic Places, is home to Pandora's Playhouse community theater.
Star Lite Motel
32 units with double-queen size beds. Locally owned. Free complimentary breakfast, HBO-cable
Main Street Trading Co & General Store
Reproduction and antique furniture and accessories. Also a large selection of antique and estate jewelry -- a store with a unique experience.
Not your ordinary youth baseball and softball parks, the fields here are entirely covered in Players Turf, making it virtually rain-out proof and allowing for a variety of different levels of play. Facilities are lighted, and include 20-foot scoreboards, concrete dugouts, concession stands and sound systems.
Country Hearth Inn & Suites
Country Hearth Inn & Suites wants to help you feel at home as much as possible when you're on the road. Experience a warm, inviting, and family-oriented lodging choice at a reasonable price at Country Hearth Inn & Suites hotels, with complimentary "InnCredible" continental breakfast. At Country Hearth Inn- Expect More! Get More!
Green Gables Motel
Motel located in Rushville, IL.
Great neighborhood bar & grill, serving lunch & dinner, famous for their Taco Thursdays!!
Skateland of Jacksonville
Skateland of Jacksonville is the sister rink of Skateland South in Springfield, IL. Whether you are looking for a good way to celebrate a special birthday or if you are just looking to have some fun with the family, come on out to Skateland! Please contact us with any questions you may have, (217) 243-4121.
The Loft B&B
The Loft Bed & Breakfast is a unique and relaxing retreat featuring the finest amenities in a scenic private setting. Located on 63 rolling acres between the many attractions and tourist sites in Springfield and historic Petersburg, Illinois, You’ll see deer, turkey, fox and an occasional eagle from the windows or the deck. Or take a leisurely hike down to the river bluffs. You’ll be surrounded by amazing peace and quiet. Enjoy this brand new and spacious B&B, complete with a large living room with leather sofa, chairs and a cozy fireplace. The kitchenette and dining areas will lend the creature comforts of home with a continental breakfast that is ready when you are. There are two sleeping areas that will accommodate six people. The solid hardwood floors add warmth and the bathroom features a custom tiled walk-in shower with a bench for relaxing. Walk outside on your private deck and enjoy a glass of wine with a spectacular second-story view of the countryside.
Family dining, buffet
Scripps Park Golf Course
Scripps Park Golf Course was originally built as a 9-hole course in 1923. The original 9 has many rolling fairways with bunkered greens and challenging water hazards. In 2002 the course expanded to 18 holes with the back 9 having the open feeling of a "links style" course. The wide fairways and creative hazards complement the demanding greens. All 18 holes are irrigated and provide consistent play from early spring to late fall. The course is long enough to be enjoyably challenging but easily accessible to walkers as well as cart players. You can purchase annual individual or family passes or pay by the round. Cart rental and a well stocked pro shop is available. The course can also accommodate groups and corporate outings.
Anderson Lake Conservation Area
State fish and wildlife area with Class C camping facilities.
This nine- and 18-hole championship golf course features a driving range and practice green.
Northridge Hills Golf Course
This nine-hole, par 32 golf course has three water holes, a driving range and a practice green.
Country Hills Golf Course
18-Hole, 6414 yard, par 72 public golf course. Front nine opened July 4, 1993; Back nine added July 4, 2002. Bentgrass greens, bluegrass/rye mix fairways, tees, and rough. Banquet facility to accommodate up to 110 guests and clubhouse seating for up to 200. Full service pro shop fully stocked with golf clubs, balls, equipment, clothing, towels, hats, and shoes.bPractice facilities include drivingvrange with three target greens, chipping and putting green, practice bunker.
The Theatre in the Park
Located within Lincoln's New Salem State Historic Site, this 500-seat outdoor theater presents summer productions.
Times Square Sewing Complex
Enjoy the inspiring surroundings of Jacksonville's sewing complex. A beautiful and bright 2500 sq ft showroom is packed with all types of sewing needs, including JANOME sewing machines to try before you buy! Wonderful cabinets fill the room to give you the feel of home! The store's friendly staff will make you feel welcome. The store offers in-house sewing machine repair for most makes and models and classes for all levels of sewers in all types of sewing interest. There are always changes going on at Times Square. After looking at all the variety of things in the showroom, check out the 1250sq ft classroom, where there are several quilts from previous classes on display.
Clayville Fall Festival
Pioneer artisan and craftsman demonstrations, historic building tours, kids activities, craft vendors, food and refreshments. The 10th Illinois Volunteer Calvary Regiment demonstrations and musical entertainment.
CITY: Pleasant Plains
Annabelle Lee's Boutique
An ecclectic boutique featuring hard-to-find posh gifts for everyone in the family. Clothing and accessories. Located in the Transfer Company Shops.
Governor Duncan Home
Amidst the untamed beauty of the Illinois prairie sprang the elegance and grace of the Duncan Mansion: The home of Governor Joseph Duncan is the only existing structure that served as the Governor's Mansion outside of Springfield. Open Memorial Day to Labor Day, Wednesday & Saturday 1-4pm. Suggested donation: $3, Students 6-12 $2, children under 7 free
Pharmacy with Old Fashioned Ice Cream Shop. Kick back at this pharmacy/soda fountain and enjoy Green Rivers and other treats. Fountain includes old fashioned counter, stools and small ice cream tables. Closed Sundays
Brushy Ridge Motosports
Brushy Ridge Motosports has over 20 miles of trails just for motorcycles and quads. Some hills at our site will test even the most skilled riders. We also have a nice riding area for novice and young riders. We offer riders two different tracks as well. Riders like our trails as we offer rock, sand and mud surfaces. Overnight camping is allowed. We ask that everyone sign in at the gate. Please see our website for fees.
Crane Creek Golf Course
This beautiful 18-hole course is situated on rolling elevations, with fast and true greens. Crane Creek also has a clubhouse, driving range, food service and a bar.
River Park Bed & Breakfast
Home features an outside balcony overlooking the Illinois River.
Shambolee Golf Course
This beautiful, well-maintained 18-hole course has a long front nine with mature trees, and a short tricky back nine with water, bent grass, trees and greens.
Schuyler Jail Museum and Genealogical Center
Visit the Schuyler Jail Museum to view a fascinating showcase of pioneer life on the Illinois frontier. A special section displays memorabilia from the Scripps family, early Rushville citizens who became nationally known in the worlds of newspapers and philanthropy, and who in 1926 donated their family farm to the city for use as a park. Displays showcase soldier's uniforms of many wars, Native American relics, pioneer furniture, farming implements, an early barber shop, and much more!
Sycamore Motor Lodge
2-story facility. Upper level is three efficiency units equipped with microwave, refrigerator, and stove. Monthly and nightly rates available.
Red Lion Motor Lodge
Rooms equipped with queen sized beds, cable TV, and free local calls. Ground floor building.
Unique locally owned shop featuring gifts, crafts, holiday decor -- and during the warmer months plants and flowers for your outdoor gardens.
South Side Antiques and Decor
Antiques and decor. Located in Rushville, IL.
Small family-owned motel.
Crazy Horse Campground
Crazy Horse is a 55-acre campground blanketed with rolling hills, hiking trails through wooded land, and two large ponds for fishing, boating, and a swimming beach. A lodge for rest and relaxation and a playground for the little ones makes this campground a great place to get away for the season or the weekend! Check out our wide, level sites with full hook-ups as well as our primitive camping area. Call 217-886-2089 or stop by and see us. We're located 8 miles north of Jacksonville and 25 miles west of Springfield, and we're happy to show you around!!
Emma Mae Leonard Wildlife Sanctuary
Watch Birds, waterfowl and other life in their natural habitat. Recently refurbished wooden docks and trails are a nice addition.
Rammelkamp Chapel - Illinois College
Rammelkamp Chapel is the home of religious life on campus as well as the site for various events ranging from weekly chapel services, mass, convocations, concerts and ceremonies.