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Since 1989, Redbird Arena has served as the home of Illinois State University basketball and volleyball and, as its championship banners and retired jerseys overhead suggest, the epicenter of Illinois State's status as "The Home of Champions."
Heartland Theatre Company is located on the old Soldiers & Sailors campus where Lincoln and Beech Streets intersect in Normal. Besides presenting a season of five plays each year, Heartland hosts an annual 10-Minute Play Festival, a one-act competition and workshop for Midwest playwrights. Heartland also partners with local universities and organizations to offer historical or musical theatre to the community.
Peoria Farmers Market at the Metro Centre
The Peoria Farmers Market at the Metro Centre was founded in 1977 by community leader Marvin L. Goodman. It was his vision to promote healthy eating while bringing together consumers and farmers from all over Central Illinois to a marketplace with a wide variety of fresh, locally-grown produce. Thirty plus years later his vision still holds true. The Peoria Farmers Market is a great place to get fresh produce, flowers, pasta, and much more. If you like to support local farmers and enjoy a relaxed atmosphere this would be your kind of place.
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.
The Shoppes at College Hills
The Shoppes at College Hills is an open-air lifestyle center anchored by Von Maur, Gordman’s, Hobby Lobby and Target. The exciting blend of retailers and restaurants includes more than 25 specialty stores like Coldwater Creek, Chico’s, J. Jill, Ann Taylor Loft, Jos. A. Bank, Flat Top Grill, Coldstone Creamery and much more. The inviting landscaped outdoor environment creates a shopping experience second to none. Our state of the art water feature adds to the ambiance of the center. Other amenities include street lighting, seating areas, children’s play area and outdoor dining.
Relics Modern Gifts and Vintage Fun
Modern gifts and uncommon goods... Peoria's best kept secret. Bohemian antiques, modern jewelry, not your usual shopping experience! Vintage finds and unique items abound.
Super 8 - McLean
The McLean Super 8 is conveniently located just off I-55, 15 miles south of Bloomington-Normal. The hotel provides free high speed wireless internet, complimentary Super Start breakfast, guest laundry facilities, and a heated indoor pool. The rooms feature micro-fridges, 27 inch TVs, hair dryers and AM/FM alarm clock radios. Try one of our Jacuzzi Suites for a relaxing evening away from home.
Newman Golf Course
This 18-hole course provides a great test of golf acumen, with rolling terrain and a superb back nine.
The Peoria Ballet offers a season of spectacular dance performances featuring the Peoria Ballet Company and guest artists from across the globe, while the Peoria Ballet Academy provides excellent dance education in ballet, modern, jazz, tap and hip hop.
Peoria Area Civic Chorale
A volunteer chorale group of around 100 singing members, PACC performs two concert series annually, May and December.
The Bricks Craft and Gift Shop
The Bricks Craft and Gift Shop offers affordable handcrafted gifts for all tastes presented in an 11 room historical house. Country, cottage, salt box, garden, andbBoutique home decor-- and your favorites like jewelry, furniture, quilts, candles, coffee, and cards. Est. 1997
Attic Treasures - The Shoppes at the Red Brick Church
A colletion of shops in a quaint brick church featuring antiques, crafts, and unique gifts.
One of the area's premier marinas, EastPort Marina is located along Illinois Route 116, at mile marker 164.5 on the Illinois River. Rated Four Anchors in the Quimby Cruising Guide, this East Peoria marina is presently lined with 280 slips ranging from 25 to 50 feet in length. Boaters are welcome to stop and spend a few days enjoying the marina and its many amenities, as well as the entertainment opportunities in East Peoria and the the Peoria area.
CITY: East Peoria
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.
Fine Line Studio
Give a gift that will be treasured forever. Beautiful graphite pencil and watercolor portraits created from your favorite photos. Homescapes, portraits and pets. Local watercolor prints and notecards available. Gift certificates available.
Duryea Center & Northwestern Place
Located in Peoria’s most distinguished shopping area, across from the Metro Centre, Duryea Center & Northwestern Place offers upscale shopping. Visit Talbots clothing, Essential Wellness Pharmacy or Miracle Ear at Duryea Center and Natural Concepts Day Spa, Cloud Nine Bridal, and some sparkle from Bremer Jewelry located in Northwestern Place.
Ronald Reagan Museum and Peace Garden
Housed in the Donald B. Cerf Center at Eureka College, the museum collection numbers over 10,000 items from President Reagan's Eureka College student days, his movie and TV career, his governorship of California and two terms as president of the United States. The Reagan Peace Garden located on the historic campus includes a bust of the 40th president and a section of the Berlin Wall.
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.
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.
The Framer's Gallery
If you are looking for a unique shopping experience stop at The Framer's Gallery and see all the great one-of-kind gifts from over 20 local artists including jewelry, pottery, wood carving, photography and various mediums of art work. The gallery also offers experienced custom framing at competitive prices. This is always a fun place to be. Come and enjoy the day on Washington Square.
Holiday Shop & Stroll at the Forest Park Nature Center
This tradition is a one-of-a-kind experience in central Illinois. Experience an evening stroll on a forest path lit with luminaries; enjoy holiday musicians, storytelling, caroling, hot wassail and homemade goodies; view the artwork in the Nature Store. Plan time to catch your breath and experience an event that will definitely get you in the spirit! For all ages. A $2 per person donation requested.
Smiling Water Tower
This colorful watertower is found in the small town of Atlanta, IL
Traditional tapas and European savoir-faire. Amazing wine, martinis & spirits. Upscale atmosphere with hints of old world Spanish charm mingled with new world mystique. Join Noir nightly for an effervescent culinary experience! Our fresh spring menu debuts May 1! Plan your next private meeting with us (Groups of 20 or more) - You can reserve "The Boardroom" for meetings up to 15, "The Loft" for up to 60, or "The Balcony" for seating from 10-20. Call for details!
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.
Comfort Inn & Suites of Peoria
66 suites minutes from downtown, close to Northwoods Mall, restaurants and more. All the comforts of home.
Didley's is a '50s outdoor restaurant with carhops on rollerblades, a playground, an outdoor movie theater, a miniature golf course and a concession stand.
J.H. Hawes Elevator
In the heart of our nation's cornbelt, just a block off Historic Rt. 66, you can discover your connection to Illinois' rich grain producing, storing, and shipping history by visiting the J. H. Hawes Grain Elevator Museum.
The Constitution Trail is a 36.4 mile asphalt and crushed stone trail of moderate difficulty. It begins at Atwood Wayside trailhead in Bloomington. Lined with trees where a variety of birds call home, you'll also find a fishing pond as well as an expanse of native prairie grassland.
Famous for Long Island Iced Teas! Always a packed crowd in Downtown Bloomington!
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.
Golf Learning Center and Academy
All-weather heated and lighted driving range that recreates golf course hole layouts. Indoor and outdoor practice greens, indoor hitting stations and a 9-hole pitch and putt course.
Detweiller Golf Course
9-hole executive course with beautiful views of the Illinois River. Great for beginners and seniors.
A Peoria City Beautiful Award winner, Sterling Plaza is conveniently located just South of I-74 at the Sterling Avenue interchange. Sterling Plaza shoppers will find a complete selection of retail and professional venues, including pizza and lounge, fitness, beauty salons, leather crafts and uniforms. Ample free parking and ease of egress. Hotels at Westlake close by.
Sprague’s Super Service in Normal
A Tudor revival building constructed in 1931 by William Sprague to house a service station, restaurant and garage, it is the largest of three remaining two-story fuel station buildings on US 66, originally housing a café and service station on the main floor plus two second-floor apartments for the owner and the station attendant.
Located in the center of Peoria, Metro Centre is Peoria's premier shopping destination, where the possibilities are endless - whether you are looking for fashions, footwear, crafts, sporting goods, musical instruments, unique gifts, children's clothing or art work. Or maybe you just want to pamper yourself with a manicure or a new hair style. If it's dining, we feature mochas to pizzas, ethnic cuisine to 24-hour dining. It's all here at Metro Centre.
Atlanta's Abraham Lincoln Interpretation Site
The site of an early political rally during Abraham Lincoln's campaign for President, now showcasing an interpretive sign explaining the historic significance.
State Farm Insurance Tour
State Farm is Bloomington-Normal's largest employer and the nation's largest insurance company. Tours are offered at the Corporate Building on State Farm Plaza and the historic Fire Building.
Peoria Marriott Pere Marquette
At Peoria Marriott Pere' Marquette, it's our mission to make every business trip a pleasure and every vacation the trip of a lifetime. Enjoy amenity-filled guest rooms complete with custom bedding, spacious workspaces and high-speed Internet. Experience our superb on-site dining, exemplary meeting facilities and our time-honored 'spirit to serve®'. Close to the best Peoria attractions, our location puts you minutes from it all. Newly renovated and completely redesigned, our historic hotel is a landmark boasting unique elements preserved from the original 1927 Hotel Pere Marquette. Peoria Marriott Pere' Marquette is truly a choice destination among Peoria, IL hotels.
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.
Kellogg Golf Course
Challenging 27 holes of golf and driving range in a country setting with rolling terrain, water and bunkers.
Fon du Lac Golf Course
This nine-hole course is challenging for the experienced golfer, but also beginner-friendly for the novice. Great for a quick round and easy on your pocketbook.
CITY: East Peoria
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.
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.
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.
A regional community theatre presenting 4 main stage musicals a year.
CITY: East Peoria
Leo Donovan Golf Course
Established in 1929, the Leo Donovan Golf Course is an oasis in the city. Beautiful rolling, irrigated terrain combines with water and bunkers to make a 6,168 yard, 18 hole course preferred by golfers with diverse handicaps. Donovan Golf Course is part of the Peoria Park District Golf system.
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.
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.
Contemporary Art Center of Peoria
Peoria's cultural hub featuring art exhibitions, artist studios, art instruction, comedy improv, poetry nights, yoga and tai chi classes, and jazz and blues performances. The Contemporary Art Center exhibits the work of living artists at the forefront of their fields. About 20 resident artists are constantly creating art on-site, and prolific artist and co-founder Preston Jackson continues to maintain his sculpture and painting studio. The Contemporary Arts Center is also a great choice for your next event from club meetings to wedding receptions. The beautiful facility offers a meeting space of nearly 3,000 square feet, tables, chairs, a full kitchen, a stage with lighting and sound system, restroom facilities, plenty of parking space and lots more. The wheelchair accessible facility is located on Peoria’s RiverFront on the 2nd floor of the building in an old warehouse with original exposed red brick and wood floors. Your guests can enjoy the art exhibit during your event as well. You may use any caterer you wish or cater the event yourself.
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.
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.
Clocktower in Atlanta
Located next to the Atlanta Public Library and Museum the clock tower was added in the 70s. The clock itself is the original 1909 hand-would clock from the Atlanta High School.
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.
Christie's Collection Antiques
Antiques, crafts and collectibles. Approximately 8,500 square feet of shopping space with over 50 vendors. Something for everyone. Soda, coffee and popcorn available.
Atlanta Public Library and Museum
Located across from Route 66 Park in historic downtown Atlanta, Illinois, the Atlanta Public Library is a hub of community activity and an attraction for tourists who are making the Route 66 pilgrimage. Throughout the year, the Library offers a wide range of programs for children, teens and adults. From reading, arts, and crafts activities for children to outdoor family programming, adult book clubs, writing workshops, programs for seniors, informational programs, and special events, the Library has something for everyone. Built in 1908, this octagon-shaped building is one of the few of its kind in the state. The museum in the basement of the library houses pieces of local history. The library and museum are both on the National Register of Historic Places.
Carl Spindler Marina
Part of the Riverfront Greenway, Spindler Marina is a public gateway to the Illinois River, offering reasonable rates, parking and storage. Make Spindler Marina your launch today. Available for public boat launch, slip rental and dry dock storage. Pick up your ice, boating or camping supplies at the Marina office. With a picnic and shelter area, rest rooms available seasonally, and the beautiful views from the River Trail Boardwalk, make Spindler Marina your next Illinois adventure.
CITY: East Peoria
Rizzi's on State
Fine dining featuring traditional Northern and Southern Italian cuisine cooked to order. Extensive wine list and full bar. Private party room available. Patio dining.
Galaxy 14 Cinema
The Galaxy movie theater features 14 screens, stadium seating, digital surround sound, full-service concessions and a mega screen.
Upper Limits Rock Climbing Gym
Upper Limits has more than 20,000 square feet of climbing, including routes up to 110 feet tall. Other features include a wave-wall, bi-level cave, and a unique outdoor bouldering area. Upper Limits accommodates all ages and skill levels, offering introductory and advanced classes, parties, group rates, scout programs, and team building exercises. Come visit Upper Limits, one of the largest and tallest gyms in the world!
ISU Bowling and Billiards Center
The Bowling and Billiard Center (BBC) is located north of the ISU Quad, next to the Bone Student Center, and Milner Library. The BBC provides entertainment for students, faculty/staff, & the general public including: bowling, billiards, video games, etc.
Twin Groves Wind Farm
Located on the wind-swept Bloomington Moraine in eastern McLean County, Twin Groves Wind Farm offers 396 megawatts of affordable, pollution-free wind energy, enough to meet the annual energy needs of about 118,000 homes. Learn more about this exciting new facility with a farm tour.
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.
Peoria Push Derby Dames
Peoria Push is an all female flat track roller derby league that was founded March 2010. The mission of the Peoria Push Derby Dames (the “Push”) is to create a charitable organization to benefit the public interest and provide an opportunity to build a positive relationship with women in the community through the sport of roller derby. We intend to empower women by continuing to demonstrate that women of all walks of life can be strong and independent, while managing career and personal lives. We are a not-for-profit charitable organization using roller derby as a vehicle to strengthen the community. No part of the organization’s net earnings will inure to the benefit of private shareholders or individuals. The Push is not organized for or operating for the benefit of private interests. It is a skater owned and operated roller derby league, in compliance with the WFTDA requirements.
Lancaster's Restaurant, located in historic Downtown Bloomington, serves a fusion-style cuisine in a casually sophisticated setting.
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.
Joe's Crab Shack
Affordable seafood in a casual, upbeat, energetic waterfront setting.
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.
Quail Meadows Golf Course
Exceptional conditioning makes this championship par 72 course a must for golfers of all abilities in the Peoria area. The front nine is open with water coming into play on three of the holes. After making the turn, more trees come into play as well as the ravine that affects four of the nine holes. Several acres of this course have been converted to naturalized areas that a variety of birds now call home. Both challenging and aesthetic, put golfing Quail Meadows on your list of things to do this year. Located off of Centennial Drive next to the Illinois Central College Campus.
DragonLand Water Park
DragonLand has something for everyone, all on three-plus acres of immaculately kept park land with ample room to stretch out and soak up the rays! DragonLand is handicapped accessible and has an award winning lifeguard staff ready to make your visit a safe one. Zero depth, play / entry area and two water slides that twist and turn you "Dude" the dragon slide with mushroom waterfall geyser play features Sand beach play area with water equipment and extended deck / patio with lounge chairs "Adults only" patio with large turf for sunbathing Reasonably priced cafeteria style concessions Sand beach volleyball courts with changing, shower and locker facilities Heated pool with lighting for night activities Fully handicapped accessible
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
Visit our enchanting store and each time you visit you will discover a whole new array of gifts and home accessories. We not only specialize in unique gift ware, but we also create custom floral arrangements and can come to your home to help accessorize.
Ecology Action Center
This walk-in information and environmental education center offers workshops on recycling, composting and energy saving.
This acoustically perfect performing arts center has played host to such shows as Sheryl Crow, Phil Collins, A Chorus Line, Chris Rock, Cats and children's concerts. Call for the current lineup of performances.
Fairview Family Aquatic Center
Fun for the whole family! Zero depth activity pool, six lap swim lanes, separate pool for drop slides and diving boards, as well as a sand/water play area for children and two competition sand volleyball courts.
Outlaw Outfitters - Le Roy
One-hour guided horseback rides, hayrack and carriage rides for private rental, and barn dances are available. Open through March and October.
CITY: Le Roy
Relive your childhood memories or visit and make new ones at Central Illinois' original old fashioned candy store and soda fountain. Featuring a huge selection of bulk, individual, and many hard to find candies, gourmet chocolates, and a full service soda fountain. Hollands also recently added a full line of unique toys, including Klutz, Melissa and Doug, Manhattan Toy, Schliech, learning resources, and many, many hard to find toys from your childhood.
WildCountry opened its doors over 36 years ago. We are family owned and operated. We take pride in the gear we stock, and the services we offer. At WildCountry, our motto is: "If we don't have it, we'll do everything we can to get it." Stop by and you'll find a great selection from many of our key vendors such as The North Face, Mountain Hardwear,Patagonia, Columbia, Keen, Garmont, Merrell, K2, Volkl, Burton, Woolrich, Aqua Lung and Aeris, just to name a few. Our staff is well versed and factory trained in the gear we promote.
Founded in 1999, ArtsPartners of Central Illinois, Inc. is a not-for-profit organization that is dedicated to building awareness and economic viability of the arts by facilitating collaborative initiatives among arts organizations and other entities; expanding audiences; acting as a liaison and coordinator of arts information and resources; expanding educational opportunities; and encouraging public participation in the arts.
Challenger Learning Center
The Challenger Learning Center at Heartland Community College offers interactive, simulated space and science experiences through scheduled team missions for students and the public.
Marriott Hotel & Conference Center
Located in the heart of central Illinois, the Marriott Hotel & Conference Center is the area’s newest hotel. It’s conveniently located just moments from Illinois State University, numerous corporate offices and the area’s finest shopping, dining and entertainment. Experience the nearby Children’s Discovery Museum, the historic Normal Theater and the revitalized Uptown Normal area.
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.
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.
Atlanta Inn is the only hotel located in Atlanta, Illinois. You can explore the historic town of Atlanta in central Illinois with the last great frontier of the modern world through exit No 140 off I-55 and save the memories for life. Pass through Logan County and see the rise of Abraham Lincoln from surveyor to legendary lawyer by traveling through historic Route 66 which crosses 8 states and 3 time zones.
Illinois State University Planetarium
The night sky is recreated in this 100-seat celestial theater-in-the-round operated by ISU's Physics Department.
When looking for the perfect personal gift, adding to someone's collection or decorating your home. Sentimental Journey should be the place to shop. They carry a large selection of Vera Bradley, Isabel Bloom, Crabtree & Evelyn, Jewery, New Baby, Inspirtational and Specialty Occasion gifts, along with Wee Forest Folk, Dept 56 and Byers' Choice Carolers. Sentimental Journey also offers a large selection of pictures, decorating and home accessories to help you make your house a home!
Miller Park Pavilion
This unique landmark was restored in 1977, with its Korean/Vietnam War Memorial dedicated in May of 1988.
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.
Peoria Journal Star Tours
Peoria's largest newspaper offers hour-long group tours of their printing facility. The tour includes mechanical, business and editorial aspects of the newspaper, and gives a basic overview of publishing a newspaper from news gathering to finished product.
Biaggi's Ristorante Italiano
Biaggi's is a casual Italian restaurant offering an extensive selection of house-made and imported pastas, soups & salads, pizza, seafood, steaks and desserts. Large portions of affordably priced menu selections are prepared with the freshest ingredients available and served in a comfortable, relaxing atmosphere. We offer an extensive list of affordably priced wines from around the world, including Italy and the United States.
Twin Cities Ballet
Twin Cities Ballet is a civic ballet company and school of dance which attracts guest dancers throughout the year. The Nutcracker is a local tradition each December.
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!
Trefzger’s Bakery has been treating the neighborhood in which it’s located in Peoria with the scent of baked goodness since 1861; creating delicious pies through a process that hasn’t changed much from its humble beginnings. Trefzger's also offers a variety of breakfast pastries and cookies and specializing in cakes for all occasions from luncheons to weddings. Stop in and see how a Peoria original can keep residents and visitors happy for over 150 years.
U.S. Cellular Coliseum
This multi-purpose recreation and entertainment facility presents major concerts, trade shows, conventions and sporting events.
Illinois Mennonite Heritage Center
Mennonite museum, archives, historical and genealogical library, farm museum, restored barn, and grandfather house. Surrounded by native Illinois trees, prairie grasses, and flowers. Please call for a guided tour.