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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.
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.
Parke Regency Hotel & Conference Center
The Parke Regency Hotel & Conference Center is the only Luxury Boutique Hotel in Bloomington-Normal. The hotel features 70 elegant sleeping rooms, Mr. Beez Atrium Pub, and an 11,500 square foot conference facility. The Parke Hotel also honors senior citizens by offering a 10% discount in the Atrium Pub.
Few restaurants in history have achieved as much recognition in a few short years as Famous Dave's! Dave’s road to fame began with a strong hankerin’ for fine barbeque and a stronger desire to make the finest slow-smoked barbeque folks had ever tasted. He visited rib shacks, roadside joints, every hole-in-the-wall or fancy pants supper club he could, all in search of the most BBQ succulent meats, savory seasonings and lipsmackin’ sauces around. After 25 years of tastin’ and cookin’, Dave’s barbeque just plain knocked the socks off his family and friends. That’s when Dave decided he had to share. He wanted to give all the folks a chance to dig into the best barbeque ever. And in a place as down-home fun and frolicsome as the BBQ shacks and clubs he went a callin’ on all those years.
Avanti's Italian Restaurant
Avanti’s Italian Restaurant has been serving Normal since 1971. Raising a family business like this is no different than creating a delicious meal; it takes time, along with a heaping side of love and care, and when it’s all said and done you have a flavor that seems suited for a family Italian restaurant experience. Ciao!
Baymont Inn & Suites - Normal
Baymont Inn & Suites offers comfortable accommodations, affordable rates, and a friendly front desk staff to help you feel at home. Enjoy a refreshing swim in our heated indoor pool and step into the privacy of your own guest room with amenities including free wireless high-speed Internet access, coffeemaker, cable TV with ESPN, hairdryer, desk with lamp, clock radio, free local calls, and wake-up service. A microwave and mini-fridge are included in our suites and available upon request in our guest rooms. Children age 18 and younger stay free in their parent's room with existing bedding. Attractions nearby include The Corn Crib, Heartland Community College, Lincoln College-Normal and the Constitution Trail Center.
Starplex Cinemas/Normal Stadium 14
Starplex Cinemas combines the enjoyment of movies with expanded concessions stands and its Star Cafes.
Founded in 1855 by abolitionists, this historic and scenic campus boasts buildings on the historic register, including the Reagan Peace Garden and Museum.
2,400 square ft of crafts, gifts and antiques.
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.
Candlewood Suites Hotel
The Candlewood Suites Hotel provides a convenient location off I-55 near the Central Illinois Regional Airport (BMI). With a meeting room that can accommodate 30 guests, a 24-hour business center and free high-speed Internet access, the Candlewood Suites Hotel is the perfect place to base an extended business stay. The hotel features premium amenities including an outdoor patio with two barbecue grills, a state-of-the-art fitness center and the Candlewood Cupboard convenience store. The Bloomington-Normal Candlewood Suites is a new, "green" hotel designed for the extended stay traveler.
The Patton Cabin was built in June 1829 by John Patton, one of the area's first settlers. The cabin was constructed with the help of Native Americans who lived in the area.
Great place to watch sports! Several TVs, great food and a pool table. Lunch and dinner served.
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.
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.
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.
Super 8 - Chenoa
The Chenoa Super 8 is conveniently located just off I-55 at exit 187, Rt 24. The hotel is just 20 minutes from Bloomington-Normal. The small town hospitality and friendly service is always available to serve your needs after a busy day of travel. The Chenoa Super 8 provides a complimentary SuperStart breakfast, free local calls, free high speed internet and pets are welcome. The rooms feature 27 inch TVs with extended cable and free HBO. Micro-fridges are available in some rooms. Try one of the Jacuzzi Suites for a relaxing stay.
Shockwaves Skateboards started in 1992 as Bloomington-Normal's only skateboard shop. From inception, the goal has always been to provide the finest pro-quality equipment and service. They also stock skateboard clothing, shoes, and other related merchandise. In addition, they only offer the best shoes from companies such as es, DC shoes, and Emerica.
Grady's pizzas are made to order with the freshest ingredients available. Grady's Pizza's meats and cheeses are of the finest quality and never imitation. Try one of the specialty pizzas or pick your favorite toppings and build your own, either way it's sure to be the best pizza you've ever had. So spread the word and tell your friends, come to Grady's for the "World's Most Famous Pizza!"
Michael’s Restaurant gives you a dining experience unlike any other restaurant in Bloomington. Located in the heart of Downtown Bloomington’s Historic Square you’ll be dining in one of Central Illinois most historically significant buildings.
The campground is very clean and quiet. There are many features, such as an in-ground pool, a large pavilion, a play area for children, a small store and a dog walk area. There is plenty of shade in this campground. They provide 30 and 50 AMP service.
Visit the Longhorn Smokehouse for perfect Texas barbecue! This restaurant is family and locally owned since 1998. Dine in, carry out or drive thru!
Super 8 - Normal
The Super 8 in Normal is conveniently located just off I-55. The hotel offers a complimentary SuperStart breakfast, cable TV with HBO and free high speed internet.
Comlara Park Visitor's Center
This enviromental education facility houses permanent audio/visual wildlife displays, artifacts originating from the site and a rotating summer exhibit.
Synergy Flight Center, LLC
Synergy Flight Center offers a number of recreational activities for visitors. They offer introductory flights, flight lessons and a flight simulator that visitors can rent by the hour.
Newly opened in Uptown Normal, Medici offers a wide range of unique menu selections. Lunch and dinner served. Banquet space available.
ISU Galleries consists of three galleries that exhibit nationally known works and the latest projects from ISU students. Call for summer hours.
Pizzas by Marchelloni/Bowling Alley
Restaurant offers pizza and sandwiches and has a large banquet room with separate bar. Eight-lane bowling alley features a game room.
Avanti's Italian Restaurant
Avanti's Italian Restaurant cooks and serves home style pasta, pizza, and sandwiches that are available through dine-in, carry-out, delivery and in the banquet room. Avanti’s trademark is wonderful, fresh Italian bread which is prepared and baked in the restaurant kitchen. Avanti's Italian Restaurant has long been an institution for Illinois State University students and faculty and frequently second generation guests and staff members. The staff and management of Avanti's Italian Restaurant are experienced professionals who understand how to prepare and serve steaming hot, delicious Italian meals and fresh bread in a clean and comfortable atmosphere. Avanti’s Italian Restaurant provides a very rare combination of homelike surroundings and high-quality food.
Comfort Suites East - Normal
The Comfort Suites East is conveniently located off Veterans Parkway with easy access to Interstate 39, Interstate 74 and Interstate 55. Guests of this hotel are invited to enjoy many full-service amenities, including free hot deluxe breakfast, free wireless Internet access, free weekday newspaper, indoor heated pool and hot tub, free afternoon tea or coffee, and a business center located in the lobby. All guest rooms come equipped with refrigerators, microwaves, coffee makers, irons, ironing boards and safes.
Your international bookstore with small-town service for used, rare and collectible books.
Red Roof Inn - Bloomington
Clean, comfortable, efficient and a great value, the Red Roof Inn is conveniently located on I-55 and I-74 at Exit 160 on Bloomington’s west side. The Red Roof Inn features free continental breakfast daily, free wireless internet, and weekly rates. All guest rooms have high speed internet, Cable TV and data ports. Connecting rooms are available. Hair dryers, irons and ironing boards are available at the front desk. One well-behaved family pet per room is welcome.
Unique eatery and bar filled with local sports memorabilia. Full service menu available daily.
Sugar Creek Arts Festival
The streets of Uptown Normal are painted with artists and art lovers alike during this annual festival held each July. The festival only allows original pieces of artwork to be shown, so be ready for a one-of-a-kind experience!
Indian Creek Golf and Country Club
This nine-hole course has challenging water hazards, a driving range, a lounge and a banquet room. The club is open April to November.
Mandarin Garden House
Family Owned and operated the Mandarin Garden House, based in Normal, Illinois is a full service Chinese restaurant offering Mandarin food. Also serving Szechuan and Hunan style dishes.
Hampton Inn & Suites - Normal
The Hampton Inn & Suites hotel in Bloomington-Normal is within walking distance of the Shoppes at College Hills. The Hampton Inn & Suites offers a full range of services and amenities to make your stay with us exceptional. Their promise to guests is a clean, comfortable hotel room.
Motel 6 - Normal
At Motel 6 we welcome our guests 24 hours a day with a comfortable, pet friendly environment at the lowest rates of any national chain. Relax and enjoy Free WiFi throughout the building.
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 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.
Home of Gebby's beerbatter chicken, the king tenderloin & the best buffalo wings In town! Schooners has been locally owned and operated since 1983. With live entertainment in the beer garden and weekly specials, check out Schooner's website for menu and entertainment offerings.
Quality Inn & Suites East - Bloomington
Conveniently located in the heart of Bloomington, the Quality Inn & Suites East is perfect for both business and leisure travelers. Guests will appreciate many features and amenities including free deluxe continental breakfast, free wireless high-speed internet access, free coffee, free local calls, free issues of The Wall Street Journal, and in-room desks and access to copy and fax services. All spacious guest rooms come equipped with refrigerators, microwaves, coffee makers, hair dryers, irons and ironing boards. Some rooms also feature whirlpool bathtubs. Non-smoking rooms are offered.
Comfort Suites West - Bloomington
The Comfort Suites West offers free deluxe continental breakfast, free wireless high-speed Internet access, free issues of USA Today, free local calls, an outdoor pool, fitness center, on-site business center, and a meeting room. All of the hotel's oversized guest suites are equipped with microwaves, refrigerators, flat-screen televisions, clock radios with MP3 jacks, coffee makers, curved shower rods, hair dryers, desks, irons, ironing boards, pillow-top mattresses, sofa sleepers, voice mail and cable television. Connecting rooms can be requested. Coin-operated laundry facilities are located on the property and valet cleaning service is offered.
Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites
The Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites is located just off of Veterans Parkway and within minutes of popular restaurants, shopping, business offices, and Illinois State University. Guests of the Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites will enjoy a complimentary breakfast and free wireless Internet access. Relaxing accommodations, convenient amenities and friendly service makes the Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites a great choice.
Beningo's was established in the early 1970s, the tradition goes on four generations, specializing in homemade dishes from scratch for your dining pleasure. Among restaurants in Bloomington, let Beningo's take the worry and stress out of your busy schedule by simply ordering our famous lasagna, or choose from our wide variety of authentic entrees that are sure to make your family dinner or party unique and delicious, but most importantly, enjoyable! Click through our website to view our menu, read about our history, and learn more about one of the most respected and beloved dining establishments and restaurants in Bloomington IL and in Central Illinois. Come by Beningo's today to try our signature "sweet Sicilian" sauce, true to our Sicilian heritage.
The Garlic Press
The Garlic Press strives to provide their customers with the most unique and distinctive products of the highest quality. As the store has grown, so has the variety of products they offer. From the finest imported food products to hand-made clothing, they’ve created a one-of-a-kind store. The Garlic Press Market Café offers a unique and distinctive menu, which features seasonal, locally grown and organic ingredients.
A locally owned Bloomington family favorite since 1972, the Ozark House Restaurant has made a name for ourselves in the Bloomington area with our homemade recipes, succulent BBQ dishes, southern fried chicken, hand-cut steaks, and exceptionally fresh seafood
The Coffee House and Deli
Located just off the campus of Illinois State, The Coffee House is your traditional Mom and Pop establishment, with not so traditional origins offering a unique menu with vegetarian and vegan options. Breakfast is served all day long, with daily lunch and dinner specials on hand. Coffee is available in bulk, by the pound or half pound. There are always fresh-baked pastries, whole-grain breads, cookies, and cakes on hand as well.
Pub with video poker, darts & a menu of creative burgers, sandwiches & their famous wings.
Courtyard by Marriott - Normal
The Courtyard by Marriott is located one block off of Veteran's Parkway, just minutes from fine dining, infinite hours of shopping and indoor and outdoor golf. The newly renovated lobby features The Bistro, a restaurant serving bountiful breakfast options and dinner options that include soups, salads, sandwiches and pizza. The lounge is the perfect place to enjoy wine, beer or signature cocktails. Whether traveling for business or leisure, the Courtyard by Marriott ensures a memorable stay with its great facilities and award-winning staff.
La Gondola Spaghetti House
Experience all of the tantalizing smells and tastes of Italy at La Gondola Spaghetti House, where you’ll be treated to mouthwatering Italian cuisine, including homemade pasta and torpedo sandwiches piled high with all the toppings. In the tradition of true Italian dining, you’re plate will be loaded up with generous portions of freshly prepared pasta, smothered in our family’s special meat sauce. Whether you visit us for a family dinner or you’re interested in our catering service, La Gondola Spaghetti House will prepare you a feast you’ll never forget
Holiday Inn Express West - Bloomington
The Holiday Inn Express West in Bloomington provides several quality hotel amenities including a relaxing whirlpool spa and heated indoor pool, complimentary hot breakfast, and 24 hour fitness and business centers. The Holiday Inn Express West is located off I-55 and I-74, very close to the McLean County Fairgrounds, Downtown Bloomington, Illinois State University and Illinois Wesleyan University.
Times Past Inn
Times Past Inn is family owned since June 1983. Serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner. On nice weather days the patio is the perfect place to enjoy the outdoors and unwind, or stop in the bar to watch sports on the big screen.
Jim's Steak House
Fine Dining and entertainment since 1960. This old-school steakhouse showcasing diverse cuts of beef & seafood & a full bar. If you are in the mood to relax and listen to some music, Jim's Steakhouse piano bar is the perfect place to go.
If you want the quickest, freshest, most delicious Chinese food in the Bloomington-Normal, IL area, Great Wall is the place for you. They offer dine-in, delivery, carry-out, and catering for all occasions, all with the highest quality, finest Szechuan and Hunan style Chinese food. Come see why our friendly service and fantastic food, perfected over our 12 years in business, makes us the best take-out restaurant in the area, or stop in for our luncheon special between 10:00am and 3:00pm.
Solid Gold Jewelers
Welcome to Solid Gold Jewelers. Their goal is to offer friendly and professional advice about the choice, purchase, and maintenance of your jewelry items.
Tobin's Pizza located on Historic Route 66, is a Mom & Pop favorite. The Pizzas are made one at a time, no fillers, always fresh, never pre-cooked or frozen! Where quality counts, Tobin's has over 50 years of experience in providing restaurant services which created an awareness of customer expectations - Tobin's Pizza means quality! If your not in the mood for pizza they offer fried chicken, spaghetti, and more!
Fairfield Inn & Suites - Bloomington
The Fairfield Inn & Suites is conveniently located four miles from Illinois State University and three miles from Illinois Wesleyan University. It is a short drive away from all of the Bloomington-Normal State Farm Insurance offices, as well as the Ironwood Golf Course, Highland Park Golf Course, and The Den at Fox Creek Golf Course. Just minutes away from the property in Downtown Bloomington are numerous local restaurants, an exciting nightlife, and countless other attractions including the U.S. Cellular Coliseum and the Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts. The Fairfield Inn & Suites is conveniently accessible off of I-55, I-74, and near I-39.
Biaggi's Ristorante Italiano
At Biaggi’s, we believe your dining experience should be just that… an experience! You’ll find our comfortable atmosphere and casual setting a relaxing place to dine for any occasion. Whether you’re with family, friends or business associates, you can count on our friendly and knowledgeable staff to deliver a memorable experience each and every time you visit. At Biaggi’s, we’re committed to offering freshly prepared Italian cuisine served by an exceptionally knowledgeable staff in a casual environment. In addition to regular menu items, each Biaggi’s location offers a daily selection of featured specials.
Keller's Iron Skillet
Keller's Iron Skillet has been here since 1990, providing you with the hearty American breakfasts and lunches you need to get through your day. We take pride in the quality of our dishes and the fact that our prices are the same today as they were when we opened.
Pick up or delivery, lunch and dinner served.
Frugality NFP is a charitable thrift shop in which most items are 99 cents each and all profits are given to a different local charity every month. Frugality has thousands of items including family clothing, house wares, home decor, books, purses, shoes, and more. We are always replenishing the stock for sale.
McDonald's Family Restaurant
It is the longest running active full service restaurant in the area (over 57 years now) and has long been a favorite for locals and visitors alike. This family-owned and operated haven for comfortable and palate-pleasing dining, features a full menu for breakfast, lunch and dinner with breakfast being available all day. McDonald's is well known for their broasted chicken and broasted catfish, always fresh never frozen, and they make some of the best burgers that you'll find anywhere, all hand formed, char broiled or grilled, in quarter and half pound increments.
Known for their cheeseballs appetizer, the Pub 2 is a hot spot for everyone! Offering numerous TVs, pub grub & a beer garden for sports fans & students since 1974.
Cascade Gardens Poultry & Eggs
This is more than the typical greenhouse with beautiful plants and the array of colors amaze you. This is a farm family raising chickens for eggs and meat, offering the “hands-on” experience to see what it is like to “be with the chickens!” In the fall, this is a fun place to go for mums and pumpkins, and they also have fall decorations. Open April-September. Groups are welcome.
Cruisin' with Lincoln on 66 Visitors Center
Located in the heart of Downtown Bloomington on Historic Route 66, the Cruisin with Lincoln on 66 Visitor Center exhibits cover stories about dining, lodging and travel, which were experienced by both Abraham Lincoln and Route 66 travelers. These are supplemented by local items, books, cards, maps and more!
Once 'n Again
Save Money and Make Money at Once ‘n Again, a remarkable resale store! Shop an astonishing selection of your favorite brands at amazing prices! Once ‘n Again opened in 2001 and has two locations in Pontiac, IL and Fairbury, IL. Once ‘n Again sells clothing for the family, purses, shoes, jewelry, books, home décor, furniture and more. Store hours are 10am to 7pm, Monday-Saturday.
Anju Above promises to make Farm to Table dining more accessible by offering seasonally sensitive, locally grown cuisine in a fast and casual setting. Anju Above's menu features classic Neapolitan pizzas, sushi specifically created for the Midwestern palate, Asian dumplings, and a modern and interactive bar. Our purpose is to blend internationally inspired small dishes with socially responsible farming techniques to create a fast and fun, farm fresh experience for our guests.
Illinois High School Shrine Game
The 42nd Annual Illinois High School Shrine Game is scheduled for June 18, 2016 at Tucci Stadium on the campus of Illinois Wesleyan University. The goal of the Illinois High School Shrine Game is to have 88 all-star football players play in this annual event to represent the Illinois Coaches Association and to help support the mission Shriners Hospitals for Children.
Cruisin' With Lincoln on 66
The main source for information about McLean County’s historic and modern attractions in the Bloomington-Normal area is the "Cruisin’ with Lincoln on 66" Visitors Center. Located in Downtown Bloomington, the Visitors Center provides information on all of the wonderful attractions, events, dining and lodging available in McLean County. Their exhibits highlight two types of heritage tourism that is integral to Central Illinois: Historic Route 66 and Abraham Lincoln. The gift shop is filled with local products, memorabilia and more!
Grand Illinois Trail and Parks Bike Tour
The 14th annual GITAP bicycle tour provides a fully-supported, bicycle-based vacation for up to 225 registrants. This year’s ride starts and ends at Coal City High School, with overnight stays in Oglesby, Washington, Bloomington-Normal (two nights), and Pontiac. Participants average 50 miles per day on quiet country roads and some off-road trails, while their luggage is transported to the next overnight destination. Riders choose between camping at designated in-town locations or staying in nearby motels. The event is not a race. Individuals ride at their own pace touring the countryside and visiting towns, restaurants, and convenience stores along the way. Breakfasts and dinners are provided. Registration costs $460 (extra for motel option) with no pledge fundraising involved.
Special Olympics Illinois Summer Games
Summer Games is Special Olympics' Illinois premiere sports competition with more than 4,000 athletes and Unified Partners competing in 6 different sports, along with 1,600 coaches, 2,000 volunteers and 3,300 family members. That totals almost 11,000 people who attend Summer Games annually! The Summer Games are held at Illinois State University in Normal and the Illinois Wesleyan University campus in Bloomington. A variety of activities are provided for the participants in addition to the sports competitions.
The Lucca Grill was established in 1936 by brothers Fred and John Baldini and was named for their hometown of Lucca, Italy. Located on Historic Route 66, customers enjoy the delicious thin-crust pizza as much as they appreciate the ornate tin ceiling and antique mahogany bar.
Hyatt Place Bloomington/Normal
Hyatt Place in Normal, IL is adjacent to Uptown Station’s various public transportation services, enabling ease of access in and around Central Illinois. The Illinois State University (ISU) art gallery, the historic Normal Theater and the always fun Children’s Discovery Museum are within a short walking distance. Hyatt Place Bloomington/Normal hotel also provides a gateway between the City of Bloomington and Uptown Normal’s buzzing restaurant, bar and nightlife scene. In addition, an array of specialty boutiques and music shops waiting to be explored.
Stave Wine Bar And Market
Stave Wine Bar & Market offers patrons a truly unique wine experience, right in the heart of Uptown Normal. With a ‘curated’ approach to a global by the glass and bottle list, Stave Wine Bar features 12-15 small production wines by the glass on a list that changes monthly. Rounding out that list is another 60-80 wines available by the bottle, for enjoyment at the wine bar or to take home. Owner/Wine Buyer Greg Rose has been in the wine industry for over 12 years and strives to offer interesting, sometime rarely found varietals with the goal of giving wine drinkers an opportunity to experience lesser known wines from around the world. Craft beers are available on tap and in bottle as well. Stave Wine Bar also serves a fine selection of Charcuterie (smoked and cured meats) and international cheeses to accompany and enhance your wine experience. With a friendly and knowledgeable staff, Stave Wine Bar is the place to experience the wines of the world. Stave Wine Bar & Market- simply a better glass of wine!
Connie Link Amphitheatre
This beautiful and unique amphitheatre is easily accessible from the Constitution Trail. Some of the current programs include: High School Summer Theatre productions, Dress-Up Movie Nights and the outstanding concert series known as the Sounds of the Amphitheatre, which highlights local talent from the Bloomington/Normal area. Programming begins in May and runs through October, weather permitting.
Residence Inn By Marriott
The Residence Inn by Marriott, Bloomington is the newest and brightest extended stay hotel to the Bloomington-Normal market. Located off Veterans Parkway, minutes from State Farm Insurance Headquarters and Central Illinois Regional Airport. Our residential-style hotel offers boutique inspired elegance in the heart of Bloomington-Normal. The spacious suites feature separate sleeping and living areas, a fully-equipped kitchen with refrigerator, and 39-inch HD flat panel televisions with in-room DVR players. Our luxury bedding includes crisp linens, comfy mattresses, custom comforters, and fluffy pillows, guaranteeing a blissful nights rest. Upon waking, join us for a complimentary, full-American breakfast buffet offering hot and cold favorites. Check-out our outdoor patio, fire up the BBQ grill to cook your favorite meal or unwind and socialize around the fire pit. Pack your bathing suit and dive in our saltwater indoor swimming pool and spa, it's a refreshing experience.
Area Artist Showcase
The annual Area Artist Showcase will feature over 100 artists on view in various formats at dozens of Downtown Bloomington venues. The Area Artist Showcase debuted in 2010 and has grown each year. Special entertainment with visual art, musical performances, demonstrations, hands on activities and much more!
Maggie Miley's is committed to providing you great food, a perfect pour, and outstanding service. They strive to offer a fun, warm and friendly environment. On behalf of Maggie Miley, they welcome you to their pub. Relax and enjoy the taste of Ireland!
Danvers Days is fun filled family festivities featuring entertainment, food, raffles, kids games, Bingo and Tug of War. Attendees also enjoy a carnival, craft show, community auction, and one of the biggest parade in Central Illinois. For more details on the schedule of events please visit their website.
25th Annual Champagne British Car Festival
Each summer the Annual British Car Festival presentation by the well-known, highly respected Flatlanders British Car Club takes place on the lawn of the Historic David Davis Mansion. This popular event features all vehicles of British make, displayed in all their unique and varied glory. Tours will be given of the mansion and during the lunch hour a special Bag pipe concert performed by the Prairie Thistle Pipes and Drums group.
Rader Family Farms
Attractions inside the farm include: The Pumpkin Blossom Café and Gift Shoppe, Harvest Brew coffee shop, picnic area and a variety of produce. Activity admission includes access to a jumping pillow, school house education barn, little toddler village, giant mountain slide, climbing straw castle, corny bins, cattle chute jump, rodeo roundup, big digger sandbox, family hayrack rides, train rides for kids, farm animals and live music. A key part of our mission at Rader Family Farms is to educate while we entertain. Field trips and tours are available.
Behind the Curtain Tour - Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts
The fascinating history of the Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts comes to life in the Behind the Curtain historic tour program. Led by a group of specially trained docents, you'll not only see the beautiful neo-Classical interior design of the BCPA, but also learn all about the many technical and patron service updates achieved in the building's significant renovation. You won't want to miss this surprising, fascinating, and fun-filled look at one of Bloomington's historic and most thriving buildings. Bring your stories, your questions, and, above all, your curiosity. Behind the Curtain tours are one hour in length and can accommodate a wide variety of group sizes.
Carmike Ovation 10 Cinema
The Ovation concept is an innovative full-service cinematic dining experience that brings the convenience of dinner and a movie to every oversized luxury seat. The Ovations feature an extensive menu with over 100 premium food and beverage selections providing valued guests to enjoy the biggest Hollywood blockbusters like never before. Ovation also includes amenities such as a cocktail lounge with a full service bar and food service available for guests to enjoy the comfort of community-style dining.
Historic Normal Theater
Located in Uptown Normal, the Normal Theater originally opened in 1937 and was the first movie theater in Bloomington-Normal built specifically for sound films. An Art Deco showplace built with streamline design, the Normal Theater has been completely restored to its original condition. It now operates as a film center, showing classic films on the big screen as well as independent and world cinema titles. In addition, the theater is used for a wide variety of non-film events and is available for rentals where assembly seating is required.
American taphouse serving flatbreads, burgers & pasta. Located in Downtown Bloomington in Abraham Lincoln's former law office.
David Foster Wallace Tour
A self guided tour of places in Bloomington-Normal was developed with a map and description of the sites to explore the life of David Foster Wallace who was an American author of novels, short stories and essays, as well as a professor of English and creative writing. Wallace is widely known for his 1996 novel Infinite Jest, which was cited by Time magazine as one of the 100 best English-language novels from 1923 to 2005. Infinite Jest was completed while Wallace was living in Bloomington and employed in the Illinois State University English Department. In 2013, Illinois State created an annual David Foster Wallace Conference to celebrate his life and review his works.
Artful Designs is Bloomington's original and only 'paint your own' pottery studio. It offers the area's largest selection of ready-to-paint pottery. Personal attention and design expertise are available to customers who wish to paint their own pieces. Custom pottery, painted by Artful Designs’ talented, experienced staff is also available.
Looking for Lincoln Audio Tour
This CD-based audio tour presents President Lincoln as a returning visitor, talking about the places he visited and their meaning to him. Whether you drive the route or enjoy the tour from your favorite armchair, the audio tour is a special and novel way to learn about the history of Lincoln and the role Bloomington-Normal played in his life. The CD can be purchased at the McLean County Museum of History
Barn Quilt Heritage Trail
Visitors are invited to explore Bloomington-Normal and join in the celebration of McLean County's agricultural heritage, quilting, local history and the arts. The Barn Quilt Heritage Trail features over a dozen area barns or other farm buildings, each decorated with an 8' x 8' painted quilt square. A complete list of all participating locations is available on the Barn Quilt website. Step-on tour guides are available upon request for bus tour groups.
Eaton Studio and Gallery
Eaton Studio & Gallery exhibits and sells the work of local artist Herb Eaton in a 1902 historic building in downtown Bloomington. The paintings, sculptures and drawings reflect the artist's interest in the local rivers, cornfields, gardens, circus, and music scenes. The Gallery hosts art salons, jazz and acoustic musical and theatrical events and sponsors cultural discussions focused on local community interests. Open most Saturdays 10am-2pm, by appointment, special events, and during 1st Fridays 5-8pm.
Brüegala is an annual charity beer and wine festival run by the Bloomington-Normal Jaycees. The festival has multiple food vendors, over 500 beers, 50+ wines, glasses of draft beer and wine slushies. They also will have entertainment with live music throughout the two-day event.
IWU Westbrook Auditorium
Approximately 200 music majors and several hundred additional IWU students participate in music activities at Westbrook Auditorium throughout the school year. Several musical performances of all style periods are featured each semester, and most concerts are free with general seating. Call or visit the website for more information on performances.
Beer Nuts Company Store - Plant
Bloomington, Illinois is the only city in the world where beer nuts are made! A video presentation on the making of beer nuts can be viewed in the gift shop, and nuts are available to sample in the Company Store.
Angel Ambrose Fine Art Studio and Creative Space
You will find a large selection of paintings, gift items, prints, and cards that feature Angel's unique ability to capture unseen concepts and make them visually consumable. She often paints lyrical landscapes using evocative color to allude to idyllic beauty. Writing and speaking developed out of her deep desire to communicate. Speaking is a natural overflow of Angel's passion to communicate, utilizing both her visual vocabulary and words.
Main Gallery 404
Established in April of 2008, Main Gallery 404 provides downtown location for many local artists to display and sell fine artwork and gifts. The Bloomington-Normal area is rich with talented artists. MG 404 gives these artists the much needed opportunity to make his or her work visible
Prairie Fire Theatre
Since incorporating in 1998, the Prairie Fire Theatre has provided the residents of Central Illinois with a unique musical experience. The Prairie Fire Theatre is a not-for-profit organization whose aim is to bring a high-quality, intimate musical theatre, chamber opera and educational resource to the Bloomington-Normal community. All events are performed and directed by local talent, drawing from a largely untapped but highly skilled pool of professional artists. Call or visit the website for performance and ticket information.