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2014 Lincoln Art and Balloon Festival
Come out to the Logan County Airport to experience awesome hot air balloon launches and evening balloon glows. Downtown, enjoy musical entertainment, food, an art and craft show, the Art of Wine, and much more.
8th Judicial Circuit Marker
One of the last remaining markers erected in 1922 marks the 8th Judicial Circuit on which Abraham Lincoln practiced law.
CITY: San Jose
A to Z Antiques and More
Offering you a wonderful experience while you shop. This antique store gives a shoppers a lot to consider.
Abe Lincoln Mural
Located in downtown Mount Pulaski, this mural depicts a young Abraham Lincoln in front of the historic Mount Pulaski House.
CITY: Mount Pulaski
Beautiful arranged gift shop. It has lovely wedding and shower gifts. Huge selection of candies, specialty coffee and other various unique items throughout the store.
Ackerman Farms, celebrating over 100 years as a working family farm, invites everyone to join us from the 3rd week in August through the 3rd week in December. We feature over 150 different varieties of pumpkins and squash in all shapes and sizes, over 25 varieties of beautiful hardy mums, and over 15 varieties of apples from our orchard - everything you need for your fall decorations and for your table. Plan to spend the afternoon with us in our family friendly corn maze, ride a hay rack, browse the gift shop and visit our friendly farm animals. At Christmas, join us for hot cider by a cozy fire and leisurely shop our wonderful Christmas selection of gifts and decor. Don't forget to call us to schedule birthday parties or class field trips.
America's Best Value Inn
Americas Best Value Inn Hotel is located at the intersection of I-74 and I-155 with access to all of the major cities and capital of the state. Morton is located 10 minutes from Peoria and 30 minutes from Bloomington - Normal. Various room types include Single King and Queens Rooms to Double Bed Rooms. We also have an Executive Suite with kitchenette and Honeymoon Suite. We offer various rates from corporate, military, AAA, CDL truck drivers, and weekly Rates. ABVI Morton is the only location in the city that has its own separate truck parking, which makes the in & out convenient for truck drivers. Non-smoking hotel.
Atlanta Heritage Waysides
Located at the Atlanta Museum, these three exhibits and 20 other prints depict a variety of Lincoln and Logan County events. It is located at the site of an early political rally during Abraham Lincoln's campaign for President.
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.
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.
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.
Tazewell County's newest sports complex. 75,900 square feet this versatile facility is unlike any other in all of Illinois. There is literally something for everyone as the Avanti's Dome plays host to soccer, softball and football leagues and tournaments, as well as trade shows, meetings and conventions.
Baymont Inn & Suites - Morton
The Baymont Inn and Suites, located in the Pumpkin Capital of the World, Morton, IL, is pleased to provide our guests with exceptional service and quality amenities at an affordable price. Whether you are here for business or leisure, you can enjoy our heated indoor swimming pool, business center, fitness center and free Internet in all guest rooms, free cable, HBO and much more. After a restful night of sleep, you can look forward to starting your day with a complimentary enhanced breakfast. To make your stay even more rewarding, please join Wyndham Rewards, our guest loyalty program. We are minutes away from Caterpillar, Inc. world headquarters, Par-A-Dice Casino, Bradley University, Illinois State University, Illinois Central College, and several premier golf courses.
Beans & Such
Specialty Coffees and all that goes with it. Golden statuary gifts and lamps. Beautiful wedding and other holiday gifts and decorum spread throughout the store. A very unique and fun place to shop.
Best Western Ashland House Inn & Conference Center
5 minutes from Peoria on I-74. Meeting space for 5 to 500 with free high-speed Internet. Outdoor garden area seating for 200. Free hot breakfast buffet daily. Suites, oversized rooms with refrigerators, wet bar, irons and iron boards, blow dryers in all rooms. Indoor pool, Jacuzzi, Work out room and lounge. 5 minutes from Par-A-Dice Casino, Eastside Sports Complex, Civic Center and Festival of Lights. RV & bus parking.
Best Western Plus Lincoln Inn
This Inn features 58 rooms on two floors. It offers complimentary parking, a bar, air conditioning, and cable television. Pets are allowed. It is also home to the World's Largest Railsplitter Covered Wagon.
Bethel One Room Schoolhouse
An icon of days past, this one-room schoolhouse has been restored by the Emden Historical Society.
Big Bill's RC Raceway
This authentic dirt racetrack offers minor races from May to mid-September.
A fun family restaurant with a full menu to choose from with a hot and cold salad bar, and a children's menu. Come out and enjoy this family owned restaurant and all of its hospitality.
Books & Crooks
This library is located in the town's old jailhouse, and still features the original cells. Feel free to take a book and curl up in your favorite cell.
CITY: New Holland
Unique floral and craft shop that will inspire the artist within.
CITY: Mount Pulaski
Brandt's Arcade Cafe
A quaint local restuarant serving traditional down-home cooked meals. They also serve some of the best homemade breakfasts in town.
Budget Inn - Lincoln
This motel sets away from all the rest, they also accept all major credit cards, and semi truck parking is available. Checks are not accepted.
Buff's Family Restaurant
This quaint local restaurant is located on the square in downtown Mt. Pulaski, IL. They serve hearty, home-cooked meals at a great price. This restaurant is a great, locally run, place to have a family dinner.
CITY: Mount Pulaski
A fascinating shop full of many different features. This shop has antiques, special glassware, old books, vintage merchandise, hand-poured candles, and many knickknacks.
Chestnut Family Restaurant
A quaint family oriented restaurant located in downtown Chestnut, Illinois. They specialize in home cooked meals at great prices. They make your family feel like their family.
Chop Sticks Chinese Restaurant
A locally owned and operated Chinese buffet. This restaurant offers a wide variety of oriental cuisine at great prices. Stop by and take advantage of their great lunch buffet price! Affordable for dinner too!
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.
Comfort Inn - Lincoln
39 rooms, cable tv with free HBO, small meeting room, semi parking next to Wendy's, all major credit cards are accepted, no checks please.
Comfort Inn - Morton
A unique hotel with clean rooms and a friendly staff. Located just off I-74, we are a quick drive to EastSide Center, downtown Peoria or East Peoria, and the Par-a-Dice Casino.
Concorde Inn & Suites
Concorde Inn & Suites is Pekin's only full service hotel that is locally owned. The Concorde has 119 guest rooms, including two room suites. Amongst our many amenities we offer complimentary continental breakfast, free wi-fi, fitness center, guest laundry, business center, free guest parking with separate lot for larger vehicles. McCritter's restaurant and lounge is accessible through the hotel lobby. Concorde Inn & Suites is the only hotel in Pekin, Illinois that has a large outdoor pool.
Country Hills Golf Course
18-Hole, 6414 yard, par 72 public golf course. Front nine opened July 4, 1993; Back nine added July 4, 2002. Bentgrass greens, bluegrass/rye mix fairways, tees, and rough. Banquet facility to accommodate up to 110 guests and clubhouse seating for up to 200. Full service pro shop fully stocked with golf clubs, balls, equipment, clothing, towels, hats, and shoes.bPractice facilities include drivingvrange with three target greens, chipping and putting green, practice bunker.
Cracker Barrel Old Country Store
Cracker Barrel Resturant is a faorite stop for travelers. It is located right off of the I-55 exit and Illinois travelers are sure to find some great home cooked meals to fill their stomachs.
On west side of Lincoln near many restaurants, includes semi truck parking, accepts all major credit cards, no pool, and no personal checks please only business checks.
Daphne's Family Restaurant
A local favorite, this family restaurant features home cooked meals at a low price. Their menu offers cuisine from across the world. They offer affordable breakfast all day long, as well as hearty dinners and great lunches.
Days Inn Morton
Our Hotel is 100% Smoke Free. Whether for business or pleasure, the Days Inn Morton invites you to come and enjoy our newly renovated rooms. We offer an indoor pool open to midnight. Free wireless high speed internet, complimentary daybreak breakfast and a microwave and fridge in every room. Our spacious guest rooms offer expanded cable with 27 inch tv. Located conveniently off of I-74, just East of Peoria making it the perfect place for a business meeting or group event.
Deskin's Tavern & Postville Well
Abe Lincoln often stayed at Deskin's Tavern when he traveled to Postville. A well where he is said to have quenched his thirst is also located on this site.
Dixie Truckers Home
Established in 1928 at the intersection of U.S. Route 66 and Route 136 in McLean, Illinois, Dixie Truckers Home is the oldest truck stop in America. It is still in operation today and although it has been restored after a fire in 1965 the original signs are still in place.
A locally operated Mexican restaurant, they offer great lunch specials and an expansive menu. Also well known for home made Margaritas and imported beers.
Stop by and pick your own sweet corn.
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
Edward R. Madigan State Park
Enjoy the peaceful walking, biking or running trails with plenty of deer to be seen.
Elkhart Cemetery/John D. Gillette Memorial Arch
The cemetery is the final resting place of several notable figures, including Illinois Governor Richard Oglesby and John D. Gillette (Cattle King of the World). The Memorial Arch replaced the wooden bridge over which Robert Todd Lincoln walked during the Oglesby funeral procession in 1915.
Elkhart Farmer's Market
A variety of locally grown fresh produce, baked goods and handcrafted items will be available every Saturday form 8am to noon, from May to October.
Emden Heritage Wayside
Located at the Emden Community Building, this sign interprets Logan County's proximity to Abraham Lincoln and his travels along the 8th Judicial Circuit
Evening Star Camping Resort
Peaceful country setting on 35 acres with open grassy or wooded sites. Large open and enclosed pavilions available for parties and reunions.
Enjoy this one of a kind Chinese restaurant, with exceptional service, a clean atmosphere, with a wide selection of food to choose from. Meals are served with hot tea, soft drinks, or water. Dine in or carryout.
Four Willows Golf Course
Four Willows features a nine-hole, par 35 course.
CITY: Mason City
From the Field Cooking School and Catering
From the Field Cooking School and Catering, located in Morton, offers a variety of cooking classes and catering services. Classes are hands on; and From the Field is happy to build a class around your needs… just tell them what you’re looking for! There’s something for everyone: from couples’s classes to knife skills, kitchen rentals to corporate outings, and custom baked goods made just to your liking. We are a culinary education center designed for the everyday person. We teach you how to prepare great meals, cooking techniques, the science of cooking, kitchen safety and sanitation, some food history and other useful information presented in clear easy to understand and entertaining manner. We offer hands-on cooking classes, demonstration classes, couple's night, corporate team building, private group cooking classes and offer commercial kitchen rental.
Funk Prairie Home Gem & Mineral Museum
Located at the Funk Prairie Home, this museum houses the largest single-owner display of rare gems, minerals, fossils and lapidary art in the state. Also view the agriculture exhibit, along with several antique sleighs and carriages.
Funks Grove Pure Maple Sirup
Guided tours offered during February and March that show syrup making by the "Boiling Down" process. Gift store stocked with syrup as well as Route 66 memorabilia.
Guzzardo's Italian Villa
Enjoy this upper class Italian Restaurant in downtown Lincoln, serving wine with food. Not handicapped accessible.
Hallie's Lunch Box
Home of the Famous Schnitzel.
64 bedroom newly opened hotel
Good American food featuring chicken, steaks, fish, burgers and cookie chops. Serving breakfast Monday through Saturday.
Heritage In Flight Museum
The Heritage in Flight Museum is dedicated to the preservation of aviation history. The museum displays memorabilia and artifacts from all the military conflicts dating back to WWI. These mementos have been donated by both veterans and their families. The museum also offers tours and hosts flying events at the airport.
Historic Marbold Farmstead
The Historic Marbold Farmstead is a treasured jewel in Menard County, Illinois. This was the central hub of the Marbold family farmland holdings, which consisted of over 4,000 acres. It was virtually self-sufficient, with several barns, dairy, chicken house, smoke house, ice house, boiler house and pump house. The original house, called Elmwood, was build in 1850 by John Marbold, a German immigrant and prominent Greenview farmer and businessman. Restoration efforts are underway. Located at 21722 State Hwy. 29 near Greenview.
Holiday Inn Express & Suites - Morton
Be yourself at Holiday Inn Express & Suites Morton. Just off I-74 and I-155, Holiday Inn Express & Suites is conveniently located among Morton’s business district. This all new property features 67 stylish rooms, 24-hour business center, well-equipped fitness center, indoor pool and spa. All-inclusive amenities including high-speed Internet access throughout the hotel helps you stay connected while on the go, & the hot expanded breakfast buffet let’s you start your day off right. Complimentary shuttle service to and from the Peoria Airport and a Monday through Thursday evening reception complete with spirits and appetizers makes traveling even more enjoyable. Each room includes a 32” LCD flat-screen TV, coffee maker, iron & ironing board and phone with free local calls; all suites include microwave and refrigerator. A spacious boardroom with comfortable seating for 12, audio visual equipment for presentations and a 50” LCD flat-screen TV is perfect for all meeting types.
Holiday Inn Express - Lincoln
Very nice up-to-date motel, close to everything, semi truck parking lot across the street behind steak'n'shake, all major credit cards are accepted, and checks are also accepted, but only if you have a credit card present
Holiday Inn Express - Pekin
The Holiday Inn Express® Pekin (Peoria Area) hotel's location between downtown and I-155 makes it the perfect place to stay. Guests are mere minutes from both Avanti's Dome and Mineral Springs park, while Peoria is 20 miles from this hotel's accommodations in vibrant Pekin, Illinois. Business guests are well equipped to work away from the office thanks to free high-speed, wireless Internet access throughout the hotel and a business center that's open 24 hours. They're also one mile from meetings at the Avanti's Dome Banquet Center, or they can host a board meeting or gathering of up to 100 in the hotel's facilities. Pekin Insurance, Excel Foundry, Continental Carbonics and PAL Health Technologies are located within 10 miles. Lick Creek Golf Course is nearby, too. You can enjoy a tasting at Willett's Winery or head to nearby Peoria for Par-A-Dice Casino and Riverfront Park. Use your downtime from meetings and sightseeing to get energized in the fitness center or relax in the pool and spa.
Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites - Pekin
Seventy-room property with indoor pool, jacuzzi, exercise room, business center and continental breakfast, suites, jacuzzi rooms and meeting facilities.
This is The Home of the Gyros, along with an assortment of other foods to choose from, like cheesburgers, hot dogs, and hot ham and cheese. They have appetizers such as cheese balls, fried mushrooms, and onion rings. Top it off with a drink of choice.
This family-run dairy is located on the edge of Logan County. Call to set up an appointment to visit.
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.
Kickapoo Creek Park
Kickapoo State Recreation Area in Oakwood, IL has 22 deep-water ponds, ranging in size from 0.2 to 57 acres, providing a total of 221 acres of water for boaters, canoeists and anglers. Lushly forested uplands and bottomlands along the Middle Fork of the Vermilion River is habitat for enough birds, wildlife and wildflowers to please any nature lover, while nature trails and running trails provide pathways to inspiration and physical fitness. If you want a less demanding excursion in the outdoors, there are facilities for camping and picnicking. With 22 lakes and access to the Middle Fork River, Kickapoo is known for the opportunities it provides for water-based outdoor activities. Anglers find excellent fishing for largemouth and smallmouth bass, channel catfish, bluegill, crappie and redear sunfish. Especially popular are the annual fall and spring stockings of rainbow trout, which provide an unusual opportunity for central Illinois anglers to fish for catch-able size trout. There are 12 launching ramps on nine of Kickapoo's lakes. Boat and canoe rental is available for Clear Pond.
Opened in 1994, our Pekin location bar and grill is open until 1:00 AM seven days a week, with the kitchen serving food until 12 midnight. Conveniently located, Pekin Kouri’s is full of Pekin memorabilia, including signed photos of various celebrities and sports stars. Equipped with 22 televisions, seating 125 inside and 80 in our outdoor patio, this is the place for all your sports bar needs. Luxuriate in the resort-like atmosphere of our patio, with a hooded crackling fire pit that adds that extra special touch. Burgers, steak, ribs, and chicken are popular menu items, with catfish served on Fridays. Buffalo wings, boneless wings, and oven-seared wings, in 12 different sauces, from Kamikaze super hot to delicious honey BBQ. An added dining bonus: our Pekin location serves pizza with 5 different sauce selections — and we also offer our own genuine, made fresh daily, Lebanese hummus (served with baked pita dipping bread), that is way better than anything you could buy at a grocery store. We also feature a kids menu, so bring the whole family. Daily food specials, with catfish every Friday.
Land of Lincoln Goodwill
Stop into this great thrift store where you can find many bargains and new merchandise as well.
Lavender Creek Farm
Lavender Creek Farm grows fields of organic lavender plants. Walk the lavender fields, pick bouquets and browse the plants for sale. Lavender soaps, oils, lotions, candles and more are made at the farmhouse - the old fashioned way!
Lick Creek Golf Course
Lick Creek Golf Course is located at 2210 N. Parkway Drive in Pekin, Illinois. During it's recent renovation, all of the tees and fairways were converted to bentgrass and the greens were re-planted with a newer generation to allow for faster, truer ball roll on greens. All of the bunkers were rebuilt and the golf car paths were re-paved with new asphalt. Lick Creek offers a driving range, pro shop and concession area for all golfers needs. We have expanded our dates for weekdays and weekends for these events no matter how big or small your event may be. Considered one of the best golf course in Central Illinois, you will be impressed at our low cost to play. Daily fees and season pass fees listed on this website. Lick Creek was rated 4 stars by Golf Digest in 2007.
Lincoln Christening Site/Watermelon Statue
A life-size statue of a watermelon commemorates the day the City of Lincoln was christened by Abraham Lincoln on August 27, 1853. The town's founders, John D. Gillett, Virgil HIckox and Robert B. Latham, were all personal friends of Lincoln.
Lincoln Christian University Theatre
Come and enjoy the sights and sounds of stage productions at the Lincoln Christian University & Seminary Theater. The productions vary depending on the year and the season. Offers a fall play, Christmas Production, and a spring musical.
Lincoln Heritage Museum
The museum houses many rare Abraham Lincoln artifacts, including an 1860 campaign poster, a lock of his hair, Mary Lincoln's jewelry and Tad Lincoln's rocking chair. Also includes 9/11exhibit and other presidential artifacts.
Lincoln House Hotel Marker
The Lincoln House Hotel, one of the grandest hotels between St. Louis and Chicago, stood in Lincoln from 1854-1870. Political luminaries who crossed its threshold included Abraham Lincoln, Stephen Douglas, David Davis and Richard Oglesby.
Lincoln Lot Site
The site marker describes how Abraham Lincoln once owned this lot, after it was deeded to him in recompense for a large debt.
Lincoln Park District
The Lincoln Park District has been providing Central Illinois with quality programs and activities since 1961. The park District offers an Olympic-size swimming pool, tennis courts, golf driving range, sports complex with a weight room, basketball courts, volleyball courts, an area for walking, and vending machines for food and drink.
Lincoln Park District Recreation Center
Public swimming pool, tennis courts, and soccer fields offer an area for your family to come play.
Lincoln Public Library
A Carnegie library, built in 1902, the Lincoln Public Library is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Lincoln Speedway Auto Racing
Lincoln Speedway's quarter-mile track is located on the Logan County Fairgrounds in Lincoln. The dirt track opened in 2004. Races are scheduled from April through September.
Lincoln's Farmer's Market
This open-air market provides a great opportunity to buy local produce, baked goods, flowers and more. The market runs from May 1 to the end of October on Saturdays and Wednesdays at Scully Park Downtown Lincoln.
Logan County Courthouse
This 1905 Neo-Classical building features a stained glass dome, the longest-serving courtroom in Illinois, a mosaic of the state seal, a statue of Abraham Lincoln and murals of Logan County.
Logan County Fair
Daily activities include 4-H shows, a queen pageant, live entertainment and a carnival full of food, games and Logan County displays.
Logan County Genealogical & Historical Society
The genealogical and historical society encourages the preservation of Logan County's history and maintains a research center that treasures and collects Logan County family histories. They're the only research center that includes ALL of Logan County. Their research resources include historical books, maps, obituaries, cemetery records, marriages, births, family surname genealogy and more! Stop by for a visit to see the artifacts, old photographs, museum pieces, veteran's exhibit, as well as the new "Abraham Lincoln Room."
Bowling alley, pool tables, and video games. Open grill for food and drinks. Bar- for adults 21 and over.
Logan Lanes Bowling Alley
Come and bowl with your family or a group of friends at Lincoln's bowling center.
LuLu's on Main
Lulu's On Main is the premier boutique in Central Illinois for unique jewelry, accessories, and home decor. Our unusual and art-inspired inventory is always changing, bringing in new styles and colors from artisans across the country. Seeing is believing, so stop in today and find something for yourself or your home!
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.
Mackinaw River State Fish and Wildlife Area
This site offers a diversity of landscape covering 1,448 acres over timbered hills, open meadows, and river bottoms. Canoe access enables visitors to float the scenic Mackinaw River. Other activities include fishing, hunting, hiking, and picnicking.
Mackinaw Valley Vineyard
Experience a bit of Napa Valley in Central Illinois. Visit the winery, tasting room and gift shop. Enjoy the panoramic view available for weddings, receptions and meetings.
Madigan State Park
Hiking, picnicking, canoeing, fishing, birdwatching and limited hunting are available at this 750-acre park along Salt Creek.
Magic Dragon Golf & Games
This state of the art, beautifully landscaped miniature golf course features 18 holes of choice, chance, and challenge, including six holes that are handicapped accessible. With a stream running through the course, it's bound to add some unexpected challenges to your game. Walk through the caboose which serves as hole No. 4. Enjoy the beautiful landscaped eclectic theme of the history of Pekin.
Mary Todd's Hallmark Gifts and More
A great place to pick up gifts and souvenirs. They offer a wide selection of gift cards, figurines, books and more. Stop by today to take a look at what Mary Todd's has to offer, on the square in Downtown Lincoln.
A quaint home town cafe located in Downtown Lincoln. They offer a great selection, and a wonderfully fast lunch menu. Check out this local restaurant for a great meal.
Mason City Motel
Family owned facility all on one level with outside entrances. Weekly and monthly rates available.
CITY: Mason City
Mission Mart of Lincoln
This local thrift store, conveniently located on the square in Downtown Lincoln, offers a wide selection of items. They have anything and everything you might need, including books, clothing, furniture, toys, and glassware.
MKS Jewelers Ltd.
A locally owned business specialized in fine jewelry. Conveniently located in Downtown Lincoln, just off the courthouse square. Affordable prices and great pieces.
Morton Pumpkin Festival
"Home of the Nestlé Libby's Pumpkin Canning Operations, Morton is proud to say that over 80% of the world's canned pumpkin is processed right here. Each September, in celebration of the pumpkin canning season, Morton hosts the Morton Pumpkin Festival. This year's event will be the festival's 48th year. Our theme is Pumpkins of the West. From our opening day Balloon Release to the Pumpkin Festival Parade, the Morton Pumpkin Festival is a Central Illinois attraction. In fact, the festival draws over 70,000 people each year to downtown Morton. The Morton Pumpkin Festival includes daily live entertainment, a carnival with over 30 rides, the Pumpkin Craft Faire, Pumpkin Expo, Pumpkin Grille, Pumpkin Sweet Shoppe, Pumpkin Classic Run/Walk and over 20 special events and activities that range from pageants to sporting events. Many of our visitors come to taste our homemade foods. You will find a wide variety of high-quality and homemade items to sample at the Pumpkin Grille including our famous butterfly pork chops, ribeye sandwiches, brats, hot dogs, pumpkin baked beans, and pumpkin chili. Our Pumpkin Sweet Shoppe is a popular location to try homemade pumpkin pie, pumpkin ice cream, pumpkin fudge, pumpkin cheesecake, pumpkin cookies, and pumpkin donuts. The lines are always worth the wait! You won't want to miss this year's Morton Pumpkin Festival, the premier hometown festival of Central Illinois! You will enjoy every minute...and every mouthful!" This year's theme is "Pumpkins of the West".