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Legendary country singer Kenny Rogers will perform at Liberty Bank Alton Amphitheater this September. He was recently awarded the Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award by the County Music Association in 2013. He has also won awards for album of the year (Water & Bridges), favorite all time country duet (Islands In the Stream), favorite male country artist, male vocalist of the year, single of the year and many more. His first major award was a 1977 Grammy for best male country vocal performance for “Lucille.” He also won the Academy of Country Music Awards in 1977 for top male vocalist, single of the year and song of the year. Rogers has sold over 130 million albums worldwide since he began his musical career in the mid 1950s.
Fall Corn Festival
Come and enjoy a full day of fun at the park that includes an antique tractor and engine exhibit, parade of power, kiddie pedal tractor pull, corn cook-off, the cow train, food, craft vendors, music, corn cook-off and corn-on-the-cob eating contest. Plus, see if you can make it through this year's Great Godfrey Maze.
Built in 1929, this old-fashioned country hotel has every room decorated differently. Enjoy the rich colors of Calhoun County and the Illinois River at this quaint country inn. Reservations are required.
Enjoy a retreat along the Mississippi River in Grafton in this guest house near the public boat ramp and within walking distance of shopping and restaurants. This newly renovated, two-bedroom house has a beautiful view of the river from its 35-foot elevated height. A full kitchen and large wrap-around deck are among the amenities.
Jerseyville Harvest Inn
Whether you are in Jerseyville for business or pleasure, be sure to check out the Jerseyville Harvest Inn. This motel is conveniently located in the middle of the business district and is located on U.S. 67 and near Illinois Route 16. Amenities include in-room microwave, refrigerator, free Wi-fi, and free Continental breakfast.
Anchor's Inn Guest House
Enjoy a beautiful, unobstructed view of the Mississippi River at this cozy 600-square-foot guest house. Accommodations include two queen beds, a kitchenette, a living area, patio with pergola and outside fireplace. It is also within walking distance to Grafton's shops, restaurants, wineries and marina.
Grafton Homestead Retreat
This country home, located in Grafton, Illinois, is nestled on over 70 acres of trees, pasture and farmland. Enjoy hours with your family exploring the outdoors, fishing, roasting marshmallows or taking a ride on the paddle boat. The property features pond fishing, camping, bonfire and BBQ facilities, hiking areas and picnicking. No hunting is allowed on the property but hunters are more than welcome to stay in this region known for its duck and deer hunting. Reservations are required.
29th Annual Wood River Triathlon
Are you physically fit and up for a challenge? Be a part of the 28th annual Wood River Triathlon. The event will begin with a swim at the Aquatic Center, followed by a bike ride and run through the streets of Wood River.
CITY: Wood River
Vintage Voices Living History Tour
Relive the past firsthand as local actors/historians "bring to life" some of Alton's most interesting citizens. Individuals and groups will have a chance to learn about the women and men who shaped the city's rich history, View some beautiful vintage costumes and enjoy the breathtaking beauty of the City and National Cemetery. Tickets are $12 for adults and $6 for students and will be available at the Alton Convention and Visitors Bureau and online at www.altonlittletheater.org, (beginning Sept. 1) and at the front gate of the City Cemetery each Saturday, beginning at 12:45 p.m. More information about touring opportunities can be obtained by calling the ALT office at (618) 462-3205. www.AltonLittleTheater.org.
Challenge of the Bluffs
Beginning in front of the Riverbender.com Community Center, runners will make their way up a scenic and challenging 5-mile route through the Christian Hill and Fairmount neighborhoods and finish on Belle and 4th Street. Walking participants have the option of a 2-mile route to Riverview Park and back on the same course.
19th Annual Airport Open House and Fly In
You won't want to miss the 20th annual Fly-In and car show. On Saturday, take a close look at warbirds, antique aircraft and automobiles on display. On Sunday, free flights will be offered for kids ages 8-17, sponsored by Young Eagles EAA Chapter 864. Free admission and parking.
CITY: East Alton
Picture This & More
Preserve your family memories with the shadow box and memory box designs offered by Picture This & More, a full service custom framing store. Services include photo restoration, photo, negative and slide scanning and decorative framing to museum quality framing. This shop is located in the Piasa Shopping Center in North Alton.
Breakfast is served all day in this Mexican-style restaurant which boasts some of the hottest hot sauce in the area. Don't miss the Sunday buffet which is popular among locals and visitors alike. Open 7 a.m. - 8 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 7 a.m. - 6 p.m. on Sunday.
Greene County Days
Come out to Greene County this September 6 and 7 and see history come to life! The James J. Eldred House will be open and there will be live period music, food vendors, guest speakers, as well as a Civil War encampment., vendors, and demonstrations and much more! Carrollton will have live music, crafts, baked goods and demonstrations on the courthouse lawn. The Historical Society will have artisan demonstrations along with arts and crafts. Eldred hosts the Baptist Church salad luncheon. Rockbridge, Hillview, Haypress, Roodhouse and White Hall will also be serving up great food and entertainment!
Grafton Art Fair
Beautiful art will be on display at the 7th Annual Grafton Art in the Park. Enjoy live music, food vendors, art activities, demonstrations and artists presenting their handmade art, fine art, paintings, photography, glass, jewelry and much more. Admission is free.
Straight Home Bar and Grill
A bit off the beaten path, Straight Home Bar and Grill is well worth the effort to find it. The daily lunch specials are out of the ordinary and can run the gamut from crab alfredo entrees to chicken and dumplings to barbeque pork steak. There is no breakfast despite the early opening. But steak entrees are featured every Friday and Saturday. Hours: Monday - Thursday, 8:30 a.m. - 1 a.m., Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 2 a.m., Saturday, 9 a.m. - 2 a.m. and Sunday, 10 a.m. - 2 a.m.
For 74 years, Castelli’s has been serving traditional food to the folks of Alton. Known for its Fried Chicken, Castelli’s doesn’t just rest its laurels on the bird because everything from Italian dishes to steaks and sides are prepared especially for you.
Alton Area Landmarks Association Fall Historic House Tour
Take a self-guided tour of the beautiful historic homes, buildings and churches of Alton, some of which are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. There will be 10-12 sites on the tour. Tickets on sale and available at the Alton Regional Convention & Visitors Bureau at 200 Piasa Street. Tickets are $12 for adults and will be sold the day of the tour. For more information, call 618-463-5761.
Ted's Motorcycle World
This is the place where biker's dreams come true. The showroom is packed with new Harley Davidson motorcycles, licensed apparel, jewelry, gifts, and a wide range of motorcycle parts and accessories. There is also a large inventory of used motorcycles and a complete service department on site. This is the region's premier Harley Davidson store!
Calhoun County Quilt & Church Tour
Over 200 quilts, old to new, more hand stitched than machine stitched, are displayed in historic churches across Calhoun County. Visitors can also take part in quilt demonstrations, quilt appraisals, supplies, sales & raffels.
Magnums Bar and Grill
A major list of appetizers highlight the menu at Magnums Bar and Grill. Also on the menu: sandwiches, a variety of steak dinners, ribs, frog legs and a unqiue array of open faced dinner sandwiches. Hours: Monday - Saturday, 11:30 a.m. - 9:45 p.m. and Sunday, Noon - 8:45 p.m.
CITY: East Alton
Midwest Motor Sports
Looking for that perfect adult toy? Midwest Motor Sports has 20,000 square feet of two and four wheel motorcycles and ATVs as well as personal watercraft. In addition to the huge showroom, the store features a test tank for test runs of watercraft. Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, 9 a.m. - 6 p.m., Wednesday and Friday. 9 a.m. - 8 p.m. and Saturday, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Party Magic & Gifts
It's not all about parties at Party Magic & Gifts. Whether you want to host a themed event or just find some new treasure for your home, this store has a great selection of merchandise. Visit their "Oddity Store" for those little odds and ends to give your home just the right look. Hundreds of candles, candle accessories and home decor merchandise available. And if it is a party you want, they have custom balloon decorating, wedding, baby shower, birthday and themed event merchandise. Hours: Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. - 7 p.m., Saturday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. and Sunday, noon - 4 p.m.
Come in and experience our fantastic fish sandwiches, steaks, and many, many more great dishes. Right on the river.
CITY: Golden Eagle
Santa Cruz Imports & Exports
Hand selected artisan pieces from the villages and mountains of Mexico are showcased in this unique shop located in downtown Alton. A wide variety of landscape pottery, ornamental hand crafted patio furniture, outdoor fireplaces, Talavera Pottery, sculptured metal wall lights, bird cages, decorative water fountains, jewelry, blankets and other items from small to large are available.
MaMa Mia's Restaurant
Homemade croutons might not be enough to entice you to Mama Mia's Restaurant, but they will certainly bring you back for more! This small Italian-style diner features great food selection and generous portions. The all-you-can-eat chicken tenders are delicious and it's difficult to make it past the first plate! Breakfast served all day. Hours: Daily 5:30 a.m. - 9 p.m.
CITY: Wood River
Phil's Bar and Grill
The locals call it one of the best kept secrets in Wood River. Phil's Bar and Grill features a steakhouse-quality pepper loin, which is a hit with customers. Sandwiches, barbeque, seafood, cheese steaks, fish and chips and hamburgers are also on the menu. This family-friendly establishment is open Monday - Saturday, 10:30 a.m. - 8 p.m.
CITY: Wood River
S & S Sandwich
Welcome to S & S Sandwich Shop of Alton - North Alton’s only independently owned sandwich shop. Our goal is to provide fresh, quality, seasonal food fare at a great value. Every attempt is made to use only local products in our menu items. We currently serve sandwiches, soups and salads prepared by our chefs. Our daily specials change often to exploit the best of each season.
Doc Holliday's Saloon & Eatery
In the mood for a "Shoot Out" filet mignon? How about a "Cowboy" on your dinner plate? Steaks, fish, ribs and pasta are among the many entrees available at Doc Holliday's Saloon & Eatery located in Cottage Hills (between Alton and Bethalto). This full-service bar and restaurant carries out the western theme with its menu offerings from Doc's Smoked Ribs to the OK Corral Sirloin. For smaller appetites, pizza and sandwiches are also available. Hours: Daily 11 a.m. - 10 p.m. The bar is open until 2 a.m. Su - F and 3 a.m. on Saturday.
CITY: Cottage Hills
Joe's Pizza and Pasta
All-you-can-eat Spaghetti Night, homemade family-style pizzas and daily pasta lunch specials have made Joe's Pizza and Pasta a household name in Wood River. The restaurant is known for its homemade pizzas and pastas featuring a secret Italian family recipe. Dine in or carry out. Hours: Sunday - Thursday 11 a.m. - 9 p.m. and Friday - Saturday 11 a.m. - 10 p.m.
CITY: Wood River
Town Club of Alton, Inc.
Stop by this neighborhood bar & grill. You’ll find friendly folks, good food and cold beer.
Aunt Sam's Uptown Eatery
Aunt Sam's specializes in providing a warm, clean, inviting atmosphere for people to come and get a good meal. Whether you're looking for breakfast, brunch or lunch, we will be able to accommodate. We also make pies, cheesecakes, cakes, muffins and cookies. So if you're looking for a good treat, come on in and try us out, we look forward to having you as our guest.
School House Grill at Senior Services Plus
Senior Services Plus’ School House Grill offers a selection including a daily special, a soup and salad bar, as well as a variety of grill options. The School House Grill is an option for any age and is open to the public. Come join us for breakfast or lunch. Daily lunch specials include our own chef's creations and "GET FIT" meal items.
Eagle's Nest Restaurant
Eagles Nest has a varied menu where you can enjoy breakfast, lunch or dinner. The place is clean, cheerful and features home-cooked fare. Very reasonably priced.
Prime Table Family Restaurant
Homemade soups and desserts, fresh garden salads and a wide array of breakfast, lunch and dinner entrees are featured at this family-oriented restaurant located between Alton and Bethalto. Have country fresh eggs for breakfast, a tenderloin with mashed potatoes for lunch or steak, pasta or center cut pork chops for dinner. Everyone's taste buds will be tempted and delighted. Hours: Daily 6 a.m. - 9 p.m.
CITY: Cottage Hills
Jimmy the Greek's
This family-owned restaurant has become a staple of fine-dining in our community. Our warm, intimate atmosphere, combined with the love and dedication put into every dish we serve, continues to provide us with what brings our family the greatest satisfaction: happy, loyal patrons. Whether it be our delicious selection of Greek dishes which have been handed down from generation to generation, or our selection of both modern and classic fine-dining staples, we strive to ensure that every dish leaving our kitchen is of the absolute highest quality. It is our hope that you may come, eat, and enjoy yourselves to the fullest. OPA!
Pasta, salads, sandwiches or just the classic thin crust pizzas. Sorry, we don't take reservations. Just come on in.
Slackers CD's & Games
Slackers is a comic book, video game, movie and music haven for devoted fans. Each week new release comic books, video games and movies are featured. Find your favorite Batman, Avengers or Astonishing X-Men titles. Movies, CD's and video games are also traded.
Wild Trak Bikes
Take a ride along the many bicycle trails around Alton with a bike from Wild Trak Bikes. The shop features new and used bicycles including road bikes, mountain bikes, comfort bikes and children's bikes. Service is also available for all bikes makes and models. Hours: M - F 10 a.m. - 6 p.m., S 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Stop by for some great BBQ. The portions are huge and delicious.
Los Tres Amigos
Looking for fresh, hot and substantial Mexican-American food? If you are in Jerseyville, then stop by Los Tres Amigos. Boasting some of the more authentic Mexican food in the area, the fried tacos are a signature offering. Hours: Sunday - Thursday, 11 a.m. - 10 p.m. and Friday - Saturday, 11 a.m. - 10:30 p.m.
Mike's Pizza and Pasta
For some of the best Sicilian-style, thin-crust pizza around, look no further than Mike's Pizza and Pasta in Jerseyville. Known for the Margherita Pizza, a nice veggie-style pie, they also offer thick and deep dish pizza delights. Full menu of pasta selections as well. Open Tuesday through Thursday, 4 p.m. - 9 p.m., Friday - Saturday, 4 p.m. - 10 p.m. and Sunday 4 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Johnson's Corner Restaurant
Home of the "original pork tenderloin," pond raised catfish and homemade onion rings. Alton's most affordable sit-down restaurant. One of Alton's best kept secrets!
Twilight Thursdays at the Tower
Watch the sunset over the confluence of the Mississippi and Missouri rivers from 150 feet in the air at the Lewis & Clark Confluence Tower. Experience the breathtaking view of the landscape during the twilight hours, Thursdays in September from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at “Twilight Thursdays” at the Lewis & Clark Confluence Tower. Admission is $5 per person. For more information, call (618) 251-9101 or go to www.ConfluenceTower.com.
Kampsville Inn Restaurant
Take a drive down the Great River Road and stop at the Kampsville Inn Restaurant for breakfast (served all day during the week) or their famous fried catfish fillets or catfish fritters. Located on the river, customers can watch the Kampsville Ferry cross while they eat. A full bar is also available. Hours: M - Th 11 a.m. - 8 p.m., F 11 a.m. - 9 p.m.S 7 a.m. - 9 p.m. Su 7 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Put a quality used merchandise store and a pet store together and you will have Riverbend Resale in historic downtown Wood River. Store owners find items that can be re-purposed including clothing. There is also a small pet store focusing on fresh and salt water fish and other small critters.
CITY: Wood River
This is a shop dedicated to the preservation of the art of quilting. From its 1800s reproduction quilting fabric available for sale to sharing the craftsmanship of quilting with customers, keeping the spark of this craft alive is the life force behind this cozy, friendly shop. Heirloom quilt patterns also available. Hours: Monday - Thursday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. and Saturday, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
CITY: Wood River
Steve's Lighting and Antiques
Antiques abound at Steve's Lighting and Antiques in historic downtown Alton. Find that special piece or discover something you can't live without in this large antique venue. Hours: Wednesday - Thursday. 11 a.m. - 3 p.m., Friday, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. and Saturday, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Southwestern Farm & Home Museum
This living memorial offers an insight into rural and farming life, with exhibits that include antique farm implements and a number of household items.
Stop by for real homemade Mexican food. You can enjoy us at our Alton, Godfrey or Bethalto locations. Don’t forget the margarita!
Historic Midtown Restaurant
Enjoy food in either the quieter dining room or the lounge, with a long bar, pool table and a 50” TV. Listen to live music and DJs. Special discounts for senior citizens. Check out Taco Tuesdays, wings on Mondays, wine-down Wednesdays or all-you-can eat fish on Fridays or chicken on Sundays.
Eagle watch in style with binoculars from Piasa Photo. This full service camera shop offers binoculars for rent for the avid bird watcher as well as a complete line of camera equipment for the amateur and professional photographer. Hours: M-F 9 a.m. - 5:30 p.m., S 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Home of the bottomless cup of coffee with a nice blend of breakfast and lunch menu options, Kumar's offers a homey, friendly coffee-shop atmosphere for locals and visitors alike. Famous for their omelets and hashed browns. Open Tuesday through Thursday, 6 a.m. - 3 p.m., Friday, 6 a.m. - 8 p.m. and Saturday through Sunday, 6 a.m. - 3 p.m.
CITY: Wood River
Old Glory Antiques
There is something for everyone at Old Glory Antiques. Antiques, furniture, collectibles, vintage items, crafts, die cast cars and beer mugs are among the many items available. There are also re-purposed and recycle items available. Hours: Wednesday - Friday. 10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
CITY: Wood River
Biker Brother Leather Company
Whether you are just getting started in the motorcycle scene with a sport bike or an experienced rider with a chopper, Biker Brother Leather Company offers high quality road clothes and customized leather motorcycle gear. From wallets to chaps, bike seats to touring bags, there is something for everyone who desires fine quality leather items. Hours: Tuesday - Saturday, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
McPike Mansion Haunted Tours
Learn the history of the McPike Mansion and take a look at the documented photos of the mansion and paranormal activity. Then, take a tour of the surrounding grounds and the crypt. Talking with the spirits with Dowsing rods and join us for a dark session in the cellar with our experienced medium. Tour lasts approximately 90 minutes. All proceeds go toward the restoration of the mansion. For more information, contact Sharon at (618) 830-2179.
Take a step back in time with a visit to this diner which was opened in the 1940's in Jerseyville. Customers come from throughout the bi-state region just for the huge servings of onion rings, which are hand-breaded and fried to perfection. The regulars are friendly and sure to recommend the best menu items for those who don't know what to order. Don't leave before trying one of their homemade pies! Hours: T - S 6 a.m. - 8 p.m. Su 7 a.m. - 2 p.m.
My Antique Store
One of the premiere glassware antique shops in the area, My Antique Store features high quality items for the serious glass collector. Depression glass, Fostoria, milk glass, amethyst glass, crackle glass, carnival glass and stoneware are among the many pieces found as you explore room after room of glassware filled shelves. Costume jewelry and silverplate flatware is also available. Open Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Try the "Big Mac" pizza at JR's Place in Hartford and you'll be hooked. This signature pizza tastes just like it's famous namesake burger, but in pizza form. The menu is for those adventurous diners who like to step outside the box when they eat. The kitchen closes early on Saturdays and is not open on Sundays.
Stop by this old-fashioned diner featuring American and Greek dishes. Family owned restaurant serving breakfast and lunch. You’ll find tasty meals that are reasonably priced.
Enjoy Mexican food at its finest. You’ll enjoy free chips and salsa and speedy service. Great food with great value.
Local bar where the beer is cheap, the jukebox is loud, and three flat-screen TVs proudly display the evening's most crucial sporting event.
Dora's Spinning Wheel
Quilting supplies, customized embroidery and everything in between can all be found at Dora's Spinning Wheel. This shop also offers gifts from salt lamps to soy candles and jewelry. Hours: Monday - Sunday, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Garden Gate Tea Room
Set in a cozy, eclectic atmosphere, the Garden Gate Tea Room has delicious food and great service, and is perfect for parties and events.
CITY: Granite City
Hardin Drive In
If it's a burger and fries you want as you eagle watch or relax by the Illinois River, then this is the place to go. It's not a drive in but a sit down restaurant in spite of the name. Enjoy a homemade dessert or ice cream at the end of your meal and relax in this restaurant by the river. Hours: S - Th 7:30 a.m. - 9 p.m. F - S 7:30 a.m. - 10 p.m.
Kampsville Landing offers two things at once: great homestyle cooking for those who want to eat out and a convenience store for those who just want to grab a snack. This family-style restaurant is located on the Illinois River. Hours: M - Th 6 a.m. - 8 p.m., F-S 6 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Walgreen's - Alton
Pharmacy and convenience store.
New Frontiers Home Furnishings
See what sets New Frontiers Home Furnishings apart from its competition. High quality solid wood furniture grace the showroom floors. Plus, New Frontiers features a wide variety of unfinished wood furniture with finishing options available. It also offers locally made redwood garden furniture and will build the western red cedar frame greenhouse of your dreams.
Mama Mia's Italian Restaurant
Mama Mia's offers delicious Italian food in friendly, homey environment.
CITY: Granite City
Fran and Marilyn's
Fran and Marilyn's is a small town diner with a big menu and even larger portions. Famous for their tasty, yet simple home cooked meals. The homemade pies are their signature dessert and customers often purchase a whole pie as they leave. Hours: Monday - Saturday, 5 a.m. - 8 p.m. and Sunday, 6 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Relax Inn Motel
38 rooms, credit cards accepted, cable television available, restaurant within walking distance.
CITY: Granite City
Ravanelli's is a family restaurant known for their pressure fried chicken and great Italian food. They have a huge menu with generous portions, and their food is made with only the freshest ingredients.
CITY: Granite City
A unique gift shop that blends a boutique atmosphere with a kitchen store, specialty store and gift shop all rolled into one. There are garden items, stationary, gourmet foods, timed candles, purses, dinnerware, pictures and more. Hours: Tuesday - Friday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. and Saturday, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Medford Bicycle & Sporting Goods
Need a bicycle tune-up before you hit the local bike trails? Medford Bicycle & Sporting Goods in Jerseyville is the place to go. All types of bicycle repairs and accessories are available at this one-stop shop. New and used bicycles can be purchased. There is also a wide selection of sporting goods needs from helmets to ball bats, knee pads to practice jerseys. Hours: Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. and Saturday 8 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Sixth Street Diner
Nice, casual, family-oriented diner with the great food you expect from smaller restaurants. Known for their chicken and dumplings, cabbage rolls and burgers as well as their juicy, large chicken wings. Open daily from 5:30 a.m. - 8 p.m.
CITY: Wood River
Along the Way Bed & Breakfast
During your stay in the area come and lose your everyday stresses at Along the Way guesthouse. It offers alternative accommodations for travelers. It is your home away from home where you will experience gracious mid-western hospitality. Three suites available.
Pump House Bar and Grill
Combine gourmet burgers with a sharp bar atmosphere and you will have the Pump House Bar and Grill. The signature Pumpjack Burger is a great "go-to" burger with pepper jack cheese, onion jam, tomato jam and banana peppers. Sides are as fresh as the burgers and sandwiches. Hours: Daily 11 a.m. - 10 a.m. Bar is open until 2 a.m.
CITY: Wood River
The Cultured Table
A friendly village bistro serving delicious soups, salads, sandwiches and baked goods based on a variety of ethnic cuisines, including Thai and Cuban. The menu changes weekly to offer fresh choices to the discerning diner. The Cultured Table is located in historic Elsah.
Beyond the Backyard Gate
There is something for everyone at this whimsical antique/craft store. Primitive and country home decorations, hard-to-find vintage items and antiques are among the merchandise. A country store is also incorporated and features Amish honey among other items. Hours: Monday - Friday, 10:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. and Saturday, 10:30 - 4:30.
Golden Eagle Music Hall
Located inside one of America’s oldest country stores, the Golden Eagle Music Hall or "The Eagle" is a perfect setting to enjoy "the very best" in entertainment. Just a short drive from Alton, IL along "The Great River Road."
CITY: Golden Eagle
For a quick bite or a full meal, Mulligan's West in Jerseyville has a wide range of menu options. Appetizers feature "rattlers", "zingers" and "pig tails" with homemade sauces. Salads, sandwiches, steaks, seafood and pasta are also featured menu items. Hours: Open daily 11 a.m. - 10 p.m. Full bar which stays open until 1 a.m. Free live music once a month on Saturdays.
Second Reading Book Shop
A book-lover's paradise, Second Reading Book Shop in historic downtown Alton, features rare, unique and first-edition books in all genres. Lightly used modern novels are also available. Local author and store proprietor John Dunphey offers writing workshops in addition to hosting occasional special guests including area authors, musicians and speakers. Hours: Monday - Saturday 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Illinois Riverdock Restaurant
If you have a craving for sweet potato chips, fried chicken, brisket, and fritters in generous portions, then this riverside restaurant is where you need to go. This is the place all the locals go when they want a great meal at a reasonable price. Order a whole fresh pie to take home for a late night snack. You'll be glad you did! Hours: Su - Th 7:30 a.m. - 9 p.m. F -S 7:30 a.m. - 10 p.m.
Tinner's Anvil Antiques
Take a step back in time at Tinner's Anvil Antiques. Primitive antiques are among the thousands of items housed in this warehouse located in historic downtown Alton. From furniture to antique gardening tools, maps to quilts, there is something for every antique hunter around. Fresh baked pies are also available on Saturdays. Hours: Friday - Saturday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. and Sunday, noon - 5 p.m.
Primitive antiques and collectibles are everywhere in this antique mall in Alton. Over 60 booths are in this 6,800-square-foot antique mall. Hours: Tuesday - Saturday, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m., Sunday, Noon - 6 p.m.
Wild Goose Saloon and Grill
There's always a site to see at the Wild Goose Saloon and Grill in Grafton. Whether it is the migrating geese in late fall and winter or the sparkling Mississippi River year round, enjoy a bowl of chili, a drink and the view either indoors or on the outdoor deck. Great home cooked meals that just hit the spot! Hours: 7 a.m. - 1 p.m. daily.
Fun, unique and stylish children's clothing is featured at Grapevine located in Alton's historic downtown district. From christening gowns for infants to adorable seasonal outfits for girls up to size 8 and boys up to 4T, the store's experienced sales staff is committed to finding that perfect outfit for that special occasion.
Econo Lodge & Suites
47 room hotel, handicapp accessible, credit cards accepted, cable tv, restaurant within walking distance. lounge/bar
CITY: Granite City
J & P Edelweiss
Collectibles abound at J & P Edelweiss located in Alton's historic downtown district. Shelves are packed with dishes, silverware, copper pots, teapots, pottery and china. Looking for an old iron or child's toy? Check out this place. Hours: Monday - Friday, Noon - 4 p.m., Saturday, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sunday, Noon - 5 p.m.
Geno's 140 Club
Geno's 140 Club in Bethalto is a great place to have lunch or dinner. The original owners began Geno's in 1942. The same traditions of excellent food and friendly service were begun on their opening day and have continued. Famous for our steaks, stromboli and salads, Geno's 140 Club has a wide menu that has something for everyone. Pasta and sandwiches are offered alongside steak and chicken entrees, with generous portions to satisfy the appetite. Venture out to Bethalto for your next meal at Geno's 140 Club. We'll be happy to see you and you'll be glad you came.
Casa Romero Mexican Restaurant & Cantina
Craving a little south of the border sizzle? Casa Romero Mexican Restaurant & Cantina boasts some of the most authentic Mexican dishes in the area. Casa has the standard Mexican tacos, enchiladas, burritos and chimichangas. But step out a little with the Fiesta Seafood Nachos or the Tequila Fiesta Shrimp. Also known for their margaritas. Hours: Monday - Thursday, 11 a.m. - 9:30 p.m., Friday, 11 a.m. - 10:30 p.m. and Saturday, Noon - 10:30 p.m.
CITY: East Alton
Carver's Southern Style BBQ
Get ready for pulled pork, kabobs and Southern style ribs that will have you coming back for more! Try your favorite meat with one of the homemade sauces at Carver's, or served up with a side of homemade slaw, potato salad or baked beans. Hours: Monday - Friday, 11 a.m. - 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, 10:30 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Catfish fritters and fried chicken are the specialties for this riverside restaurant. In the winter, view the eagles flying over the Illinois River as you enjoy some of the best fried fish and homecooked meals in Calhoun County. The Barefoot Restaurant is also famous for its ample food portions. Hours: T - Su 10:30 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Fiona's Family Restaurant
Awesome homemade soups made daily at this little family-style diner which offers a larger, more varied menu than many bigger restaurants. One-of-a-kiind sandwiches include gyros, corned beef, and breaded tenderloin. Breakfast is also served. Billed as a "must" stop for anyone in the Wood River area. Hours: Daily 6 a.m. - 9 p.m.
CITY: Wood River
The Little Shoppe of Auras
The smells are amazing in this New Age metaphysical store. Special oils are available for purchase that can mellow you out or just make you smile. Services also include massage therapy, detox body wraps, ear candling, foot massage, paraffin dip and hand massage, body waxing, shamanic healing energy work, chakra cleanses, past life regression and even a monthly drum circle.
CITY: Wood River
Take your time as you browse through Wilson's Antiques in historic Downtown Alton. A wide selection of antiques and collectibles are showcased. Hours: Wednesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.