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El Greco is a greasy spoon — said in the BEST way. This delicious joint makes some of the best gyros around. Locally-owned and operated, El Greco has become a staple in downtown Carbondale. Don't forget to try the fried mushrooms!
Mo Wallace BBQ
Located in the heart of Carbondale's Town Square, Mo Wallace is one of the most beloved hole-in-the-wall stops in Southern Illinois. Feast on the mouth-watering selection of soul food and finger-lickin' barbecue, and enjoy the company of the friendly staff. This truly is one of Carbondale's culinary gems!
Blend Tea and Crepe Lounge
Through its delicious crepes, refreshing tea and unique atmosphere, Blend has made a name for itself as Carbondale's favorite hangout. Conveniently located close to the SIU Campus, Blend is the perfect spot for a quick lunch or long study session. With its sweet (or savory crepes) and a large selection of customizable drinks, perfect for everyone!
Cristaudo's Cafe & Bakery
Situated in one of downtown Carbondale's oldest buildings, Cristaudo's Cafe and Bakery is definitely worth a stop! Treat your taste buds to the sweet flavor of their famous sugar cookies, or enjoy a delicious sandwich during lunch. And, if you give them enough notice, Cristaudo's will prepare vegan and gluten-free baked goods to your liking!
The Neighborhood Co-op
If there's one thing the Neighborhood Co-op is known for, it's good food. Between the grocery store and the deli area, this one-stop-shop has everything you need for the perfect meal. Enjoy the fresh taste of locally grown produce, shop the work of Carbondale's thriving art scene, and feast on a hearty sandwich, made with all-organic products.
For more than 50 years Italian Village Pizza & Pasta has been a social gathering place for great food and fun in Carbondale. Thousands of locals, Salukis and area visitors have provided their autographs and notable memories on the walls of their main dining rooms. Enjoy delicious pizza, complimentary ice cream, and a full salad bar, all in the presence of good company!
32nd Annual Doc Spackman Triathlon
Come to southern Illinois and compete in one of the most long-standing triathlons in the world - the 32nd Doc Spackman Triathlon Festival. New this year are two triathlon distances to choose from- the ever popular Doc Spackman “Classic” Triathlon (350m. swim, 5 mile bike, 2 mile run) and the new Spackman Sprint Triathlon (700m. swim, 10 mile bike, and 4 mile run). The event also offers a Kids/Family .5 mi run/walk, followed by a Standup Paddle board timed race — perfect for kids of all ages.
Great Carbondale Pumpkin Race
Folks from all over literally take pumpkins and creatively engineer them into race cars. Participants race their pumpkins down the streets of downtown Carbondale, competing with one another, and hope theirs crosses the finish line first! Pumpkins race in a series of categories (largest, fastest, most creative, etc.), and must travel unassisted on wheels inserted onto axles that penetrate completely through the melon (no caster wheels and no support frame or chassis will be allowed). This family-friendly competition is both challenging and fun.
Grand Rivers Distillery
A locally-owned craft distillery in Southern Illinois, Grand River Spirits creates a selection of spirits that showcase the delicious fruits and grains of Southern Illinois. This national award-winning micro-distillery offers brandy, whiskey, bourbon, rum, seasonal spirits (such as grappa and schnapps), and of course Red Eye Moonshine. Don't let their small size fool you, all of the storage, packaging, distilling and tasting is housed under one roof. See the action for yourself — Grant Rivers Distillery offers free 30-minute distillery tours for up to 10 people by appointment only, available Friday evening, Saturday and Sunday.
Carbondale Rocks Revival
The Carbondale Rocks Revival will celebrate its fourth year by bringing over 40 bands to the Carbondale area. Like the city of Carbondale itself, the musicians and artists who make up the local music scene sometimes can seem like an unassuming entity of creativity and independence. The festival will rotate between several unique venues including the Cellar, Hangar 9, PK’s, The Varsity Center for the Arts, and many more.
Southern Illinois Irish Festival
This Festival began in 1997 and continued to grow and expand with new events and excitement for participants of all ages. A Celtic cultural celebration with special concerts, fairs with music, dance workshops & demonstrations, Celtic arts & crafts, and merchandise, children’s activities. The new events added include ancient athletics highland games, Bags or “Baggs” tournaments, medieval combat society demonstrations, soccer matches, and more.
The House of Busifingers
A gift shop that brings out the kid in you. Specializing in hand crafted gifts, doll clothes and doll accessories, inspirational signs and country decor. Doll clothes to fit the 18 inch and 14-15 inch dolls, like American Girl dolls. You can also stuff your own plush animal. Birthday parties are available.
Big Muddy Monster Brewfest
The Big Muddy Monster Brewfest at Riverside Park in Murphysboro, is a Craft beer lovers dream. Taste from over 25 craft breweries, there’s a sanctioned home brew contest, live music, local food & much much more! Come join us for excellent craft brews, live music, and great food.
Pizza and Pasta Express
We offer an alcohol-free, family environment with speedy service and positive attitudes. Children and adults of all ages enjoy our large-scale model train display that is suspended from above and in full operation while they dine. So come in and enjoy some of the best homemade Pizza and Pasta dishes found in the area. Be sure to try our famous Double Decker Pizza & award-winning Italian beef subs and salads.
Longbranch Coffee House
Known for its urban atmosphere and delicious dining options, Longbranch Coffee House serves as Carbondale's only vegetarian restaurant. Located in the historic Town Square, Longbranch embraces the local art scene by often hosting art shows and exhibits. The food is nothing short of delicious, as all of the ingredients are grown in southern Illinois and served fresh every day. If you're looking for a delightful dining experience - this is your place!
Lenus Turley Park
Beautiful city park with fountain, playground, picnic shelter, butterfly garden and benches to enjoy the summer concerts and community events. Open to the public during daylight hours, includes a large playground and walking paths.
Weller The Florist
Weller florist has all your floral needs for weddings, funerals, or just any occasion. Professional designers are on staff to help you create the perfect piece for your home or occasion in silk or fresh flowers.
Local antique store specializing in American art pottery. Also offers twentieth century glassware, dishes and much more.
The menu includes a variety of salads, sandwiches and entrees like grilled salmon, cashew-crushed chicken and filet of beef served with seasonal vegetables. Music is part of the dining experience.
San's Chinese Restaurant
Family dining, dine in or carryout. Buffet everyday and always different.
Grumpy's Smokehouse BBQ started out with a love for BBQ and cooking which led to the creation of a successful catering business and a restaurant which opened in 2010.
Civil War Weekend
The Shawnee Hills Art Council of Anna Arts Center and P.A.S.T. of Union County are co-sponsoring a Civil War Weekend in Anna, IL. A quick snapshot of the planned events include: Historical bus tour: “Lincoln’s Footsteps and Friends in Anna-Jonesboro”; exhibits which include guns and quilts; re-enactors and encampment; storytelling; and Civil War era food and music. So mark your calendars and plan on coming to Anna Arts Center for a journey back in time.
Nesler's Polar Whip
Family owned for over 75 years. Nesler's Polar Whip offers great cheeseburgers, hamburgers, and fries at an affordable price.
Country Cupboard Restaurant
Family style, dine in, carry out. Home cooked meals, pies made from scratch.
Vibrant, trendy and absolutely delicious are just three ways to describe Carbondale's premiere Thai restaurant. High ceilings, inviting windows and contemporary decor make the restaurant ravishing. Featuring an all-encompassing menu that includes both traditional and unique dishes, all offered at various levels of spiciness, Thai Taste has something for everyone.
Authentic Italian food and excellent pasta. Family oriented, dine in or carry out.
The Old Home Place Restaurant
Famous for generous portions and smoked items such as ribs, ham, and pulled pork. Other specialties include fried fish, mouth-watering steaks, fried chicken on Sundays, and excellent value with our daily specials! Looking for healthy alternatives? Try fresh salads, lemon pepper tilapia, or marinated, grilled chicken strips. The children's menu provides several options for children ages 12 and under. Be sure to try one of our unique appetizers, such as Barbeque Nachos, Fried Green Beans, or Fried Pickles.
Crappie Pro Shop
Looking to catch the big one? The Crappie Pro Shop has bait of all kinds including Bobby Garland baits. Take home a new rod and reel from the Crappie MaXX or Falcon line. This store carries most all your fishing needs including fish finder technology.
Legends at Walker's Bluff
The Bluff's fine dining restaurant, Legends, offers the area's most gourmet cuisine, largest selection of fine wines and spirits, elegant atmosphere, and most spectacular service.
Comfort Inn & Suites
Whether you need accommodations for a business trip or are looking for warm and inviting lodging during a vacation, our new facility is a great place to stay. Relax in our spacious guest rooms that have features like a flat-screen television with cable, in addition to many other amenities. Ask about our rooms that have sofa sleepers and hot tubs. Connecting rooms can be requested. There is also an onsite coin-operated laundry facility.
Global Gourmet is often described as a hospitable slice of the world nestled in downtown Carbondale. An eclectic and soothing atmosphere with a diverse menu that changes every day are just two attributes that make this restaurant so popular. The dining room serves ethnic inspired dishes, the bar is a casual imbibing spot, and the patio is a relaxing oasis.
Burns Hunting Club
Located 1.7 miles west of Illinois Route 148 on Grassy Road just south of the Crab Orchard Wildlife Refuge. Waterfowl hunting on 960 acres. Guides available. One of the top three harvest clubs in the southern Illinois quota zone.
Known for its bottomless coffee, mouth-watering foods, and welcoming atmosphere, Harbaugh's Cafe' is one of Carbondale's most popular breakfast joints. While the menu includes unique dishes such as ranch potatoes, it encompasses all of the classic breakfast dishes too. Salads and sandwiches are also available after 11 a.m. If you're in a rush, no sweat! Harbaugh's will have you in-and-out faster than you can say "ranch potatoes"!
Right in the middle of Energy you will find Bruce Park. A nicely manicured 8 acre park with trees, pavilions, ball diamonds and soccer fields. The park is a great place to take your family on an outing or for your kids to participate in local sports. While you are there, take a look at the military memorial. There is also a monument with the bell from a schoolhouse that stood on the site.
Great Carbondale Pumpkin Race
The Great Carbondale Pumpkin Race is a simple concept---take a carved pumpkin, decorate it and insert two independent axles through it and attach wheels, then race your pumpkin down a hill to victory! This event is great family fun and a safe, enjoyable way to celebrate fall. Plus, if you craft a winning pumpkin you get to advance to the championship where you can win prizes!
Country gifts and primitives store. Large selection of Santas around Christmas time.
Cannon Park Community Market
Cannon Park Community Market is a producer-only market that features many of the Southern Illinois region’s farmers, growers, and artisans. Wednesdays from 3-7pm at the Carterville Community Center in Cannon Park, the market provides the Tri-C area with fresh local foods, artisan crafts, and family-friendly activities.
Pagliai's Pizza & Pasta
This family-owned and operated restaurant has been successfully serving delicious Italian cuisine in Carbondale's downtown for more than 20 years. Known for both thin and thick crust, there's no question that "Pag's" has set the standard high for "Carbondale Style" pizza!
The Wedding Garden & Event Center
Whether you're looking for an event venue or simply wish to be amazed, the Wedding Garden & Event Center is perfect for you! This gorgeous venue has both indoor and outdoor facilities, each carefully constructed to create a sensual atmosphere. While the garden is conveniently located in the commercial district, you would never know it based on the surroundings. It really is one of Carbondale's hidden gems!
Carterville High School Performing Arts Theatre
This 750 seat theatre features a full orchestra pit, large stage, air conditioning and convenient and ample parking for audience members. From a performance standpoint, the auditorium also features a large backstage dressing area and wondrous acoustics.
Fabulous foods of the Pacific, including Chinese, Japanese, and Thai in a pleasant atmosphere with wonderful service.
Locally owned tour bus that can seat up to 12 people. Services available include wine trail tours, scenic tours, as well as sporting and special events.
Shawnee Trails Wilderness Outfitters
Outdoor equipment store, features climbing and rappel gear, packs, tents, sleeping bags, books, boots, outdoor and ski clothing, canoes and kayaks.
This 32 lane facility offers bowling and a bar. There is a Pro-shop with ball drilling on site. Offers Highway 66 bowling for children on four mini lanes. There is a game room with three billiards tables, air hockey, arcade, and more. There is a bar and lounge on the premesis. They have youth programs, tournaments, leagues, and parties. Offers cosmic bowling. Also, four sand volleyball courts with seating for approximately 100 people.
Remodel and Renovations in 2000, convenient location in the heart of the city. Close to the SIU-C campus.
Quality collectible furniture from the 1940's through the 1970's is the specialty. Also, a variety of items, including glassware, china and collectible appliances.
This 34-acre park located next to the Big Muddy River includes a public boat ramp, picnic areas, ball fields, hiking trails, a pavilion, historic band shell and playground areas.
Crab Orchard Golf Club
Located between Marion and Carbondale, this 18-hole, semi-private par 70 course features lush zoysia fairways and a practice area with target greens. Crab Orchard made Golf Digest's 2008/09 "Best Places to Play" list.
Specializing in Cannondale, Schwinn and Giant bicycles, also accessories and repairs to all makes.
Carterville Veterans Memorial
The memorial is located next to the Heritage Museum downtown. It features plaques citing the names of WWI and WWII Veterans on one side and other wars featured on the opposite side. In a fitting tribute, the Veterans Memorial in downtown Carterville was dedicated on 11-11-11, Veterans Day.
The origin of Memorial Day can be traced to this cemetery, where in 1866 General John A. Logan organized the first post-Civil War service. More than 60 graves of Civil War soldiers are found here.
Eccentrics is an accessories boutique featuring women's clothing, jewelry, belts, hair pieces, handbags, and unique gifts. They are located in Carterville and online, offering a variety of women's clothing, fashion accessories and gift items. We cater to all price points. We carry many of the latest trends found in the fashion magazines.
Carterville Heritage Museum
Opened in June 2011, the Carterville Heritage Museum is a beautifully renovated building showcasing architectural detail of the former 1924 area high school, hundreds of photo and memorabilia. It also serves as a gift shop, offering nostalgic custom-designed t-shirts, retro candy, gift baskets, a few antiques and popular hand-made cards made by community volunteers. It features books on the Tri-C community for sale, covering Cartervile, Cambria, & Crainville.
White Crane Canoe and Pirogue Rentals
White Crane Canoe and Pirogue Rentals offers guided services and watercraft rentals for use on the Cache River. Spend an afternoon gazing upon the mysteries of the swamp including 500 to 1,200 year old cypress & tupelo trees and get lost in another time as you paddle through Illinois’s hidden bayou. Set out in cypress pirogues or canoes and spend time about learning about the river’s history, geology and ecology. Guides will emphasize and share knowledge of local plants and animals and how they were utilized from local Native Americans past and present. Canoe instruction, life jackets and paddles included in price.
John A. Logan College O'Neil Auditorium
Located within the John A. Logan Community College, this 316 seat theater is host to many collegiate and community performances.
Family-owned and operated featuring daily specials, homemade rolls, desserts and Thursday night steak specials.
The present church is the original structure, built in 1860. Dedicated in 1861 as Evangelical Lutheran St. Paul's Church, it features a 50-ft.-tall steeple, pews made of native yellow poplar, and balconies that span the full length of the building on both sides of the stairway.
America's Best Value Inn - Cheekwood Inn
Located at exit #18 off I-57, offering 40 modern rooms with inside corridors and an indoor swimming pool.
Pinch Penny Pub
Live jazz bands on Sunday; Thursday and Saturday live local bands; DJ on Friday.
The Great Outdoors Company, Inc.
Unique gifts, art, home décor and apparel, with the largest selection of crocs in the Southern Illinois Area. Great shopping for the sporting, outdoor enthusiast and anyone looking for something unique. All this and their friendly staff make for a wonderful shopping experience. Also located at the World Shooting and Recreational Complex in Sparta.
Tom's Place Restaurant
Established in 1921 Tom's offers an enchanting blend of fine dining with a reich, fascinating history. Crisp linen, fresh flowers & soft candelight create an atmosphere of comfortable elegance while enjoying any of the wonderful gourmet dishes.
CITY: De Soto
Harrison/Bruce Historical Village
The Robert L. Mees Village Centre serves as the hub of the Harrison/Bruce Historical Village by providing a venue for College and community events. Historical buildings include: The Purdy School, a one-room public school in Perry County, IL from 1860-1951. The Julia Harrison Bruce House, a replica of the house the house that was built in 1868 by David Ruffin Harrison. The Harrison Storefront, this "double dog trot" style log cabin is a replica of the cabin the David Ruffin Harrison family occupied prior to the construction of the brick, "Harrison House". And The Hunter Cabin, Emmanuel Hunter built the Hunter Log Cabin in 1818; the year Illinois became a state.
Horseshoe Lake Conservation Area
Located in Alexander County, this area is known for its large stands of tupelo, swamp cottonwood and cypress trees. Also known for its Canadian goose and bald eagle observation vantage point during the fall and winter.
CITY: Miller City
Charlotte West Stadium
Charlotte West is a Stadium built for champions. During its eight years of existance, the stadium has played host to three MVC Softball Championship and one NCAA Regional Championship. The SIU Softball Team alone is nationally ranked and an overall treat to watch. Not to mention the Stadium itself is recognized as being the best collegiate Softball Stadium in the Missouri Valley Conference.
A collection of everything that sparkles - such as, Blenko, Cambridge, Carnival Glass, Fenton, Heisey & Fostoria Glass. Pottery - Hull, McCoy, & Roseville. Crockery,furniture, primitives and much more.
Allen Christmas Tree Farm
Choose and cut your own Christmas tree. Handmade wreaths and other seasonal gifts are also available.
The Apple Tree
Locally owned shop features collectibles, decorating and household items, greeting cards, gift items and extensive Christmas and holiday items.
Devil's Backbone/ Devil's Bake Oven
A ridge that runs parallel to the Mississippi River. Offers spectacular views, but with a steep ascent and descent (not an easy hike).
CITY: Grand Tower
Southern Illinois University McLeod Theatre
See an affordably priced play at this 500-seat theater that's the home base for the Southern Illinois University Carbondale Department of Theatre.
Super 8 Worldwide - Carbondale
We guarantee the cleanest rooms in town. 25" TV with cable, including HBO and pay per view movies. Our beds are either Queen or King size and many rooms include a recliner. Life is great at Super 8 !
Rosebud Antique Mall
With over 50 vendor spaces, Rosebud Antique Mall offers high quality antiques and collectibles for all budgets. Primitives, fine antique furniture, quilts, china and glassware, pottery, jewelry, toys, framed art, comics, stained glass and many other unique items fill our clean and well-lit space.
Golden Goodies A to Z Resale
Antique and craft shop featuring primitives, gifts, collectibles, coins, and more with 50-plus vendors.
Prehistoric dwellers left their marks on the rock walls. Petroglyphs depict animals, humans, geometric figures, and crosses.
Riverside Park Band Shell
Riverside Park Band Shell, built in 1938 by the WPA, is one of the largest of its kind in the nation. The scenic location accommodates up to 15,000 visitors for concerts and special events.
Quality Inn of Carbondale
Located near a variety of shopping and eating establishments, including the University Mall. Also offers meeting space and staff with foreign language ability.
Southern Illinois University Animal Science & Nutritional Department
Southern Illinois University Carbondale offers guided field trips of its farms, conducted by student agri-ambassadors.
Stinson Memorial Library
The library was named for Civil War veteran Robert B. Stinson, who left his estate for the establishment of a library. The building was the work of Walter B. Griffin, who designed it in a Frank Lloyd Wright style.
Boondock's Seafood Co.
Known for its delicious dishes and vibrant atmosphere, Boondock's is Carbondale's first seafood restaurant and cocktail lounge. Their menu encompasses a wide range of foods, all prepared with the freshest ingredients, and the bar offers a selection of cocktails, wine, and beer, including several craft brews.
Carbondale Cycle Shop
Since 1971, Carbondale's largest dealer of bicycles, apparel, parts and repairs on all makes.
Barton House B&B
A brand new in a "fancy farm setting", offering soothing decor & pampering So IL style. 3 special gardens – butterfly (featuring a stunning bronze butterfly seating area), heirloom plantings, & seasonal. Close to SIU, shopping, & many area attractions.
"The best American and Mexican cuisine in southern Illinois" serving steaks, ribs, quail, bbq, tacos and enchiladas.
Olmsted Lock and Dam
View the last and largest locks and dam that was constructed on the Ohio River.
Southern Illinois' largest general interest used bookstore, with more than 50,000 titles. If you having trouble finding a long out-of-print or an obscure subject, chances are The Bookworm has it or can locate it. Located in the East Gate Shopping Center.
The legendary Heritage Motel offers clean and quiet rooms at reasonable rates. The rooms are equipped with a fridge, microwave, free WiFi internet, and 75 channels of cable TV (with HBO) in every room, as well as an on-site laundry room. Deluxe rooms with kitchenettes and apartment suites are also available. Conveniently located just one block from a 24 hour grocery store, gas station, numerous restaurants, and one mile from the SIUC campus.
Tropicana Vintage Clothing
The largest vintage clothing store in Southern Illinois providing men’s and women’s clothing from the 1940’s, 50’s, 60’s, 70’sand 80’s. The clothing is for sale or rent. The entrance to the store is located behind the Longbranch Coffee House (100 E. Jackson St.) parking lot.
HalloWine at StarView Vineyards
Live music by local artist Eli Tellor, wine tasting, nacho & chili bar & other goodies. Come dressed to impress in your best costume for a chance to win prizes. We'll be judging individual, couple & group costumes. Pets & children are invited too!
Deep pan pizza, thin crust pizza, pasta, sandwiches and salads.
Serving fine Mexican cuisine.
Crossroads coffee is a locally owned coffee shop that offers a variety of coffee and specialty drinks. Offering a fine selection of Novus and Stash teas available hot or “on the rocks” and served with a variety of fresh bakery items, smoothies, hot chocolates, Italian sodas and Granitas. Breakfast items include Sausage Egg Croissants, Bagels and Cream Cheese, Scones, Muffins and Fresh Fruit. Lunch includes a signature chicken salad served on a croissant, our freshly grilled Paninis or a hearty bowl of our homemade soup. Hours are Mon-Sat 6am-8pm, Sun 8am-2pm. Local Delivery Available.
Weaver's Country Market
Country market, with a specialty in handmade wooden lawn furniture.
Small family business specializing in real pit BBQ for dine in or carry out.
Train Inn B&B
The Train Inn features 4 rooms, they are called "Chicago, Memphis, New Orleans and Carbondale". The house is an Arts & Crafts Bungalow with a masterfully refinished interior and many antiques including a Mission Oak staircase.
Cummare's Italian Ristorante
Authentic Italian family recipes for pizza and past dishes, salads, panini, lunch & dinner buffet.
Creek Side Grill
Fine dining facility at the clubhouse located on the site of the beautiful Stone Creek Golf Course.
Oversize lobby with fireplace, beautiful, quiet location, expanded continental breakfast, pay per view movies. Free local calls, 800# access calls. 100% satisfaction guaranteed. Hilton Honors Bonus Program.
Mary Lou's Grill
Renowned family restaurant, local favorite for breakfast, lunch specials and homemade pies.