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Chairs on Parade
Chairs on Parade is an event where Carlinville businesses purchases a chair and decorates it to their liking. The event is all about bringing old fashioned fun, family and shopping together while supporting the local business community. The chairs will be on display outside of the businesses beginning on Saturday, August 6th. Part of the event includes the first ever Carlinville Restaurant Week from Monday, August 22nd through Sunday, August 28th, celebrating local food establishments and retail stores. The highlight of that week will occur on Friday, August 26th with a flotilla parade and afterwards an auction for chairs that are donated back to Shop Local First. The profit from the chairs will go to the local food bank. The night will also include Mid-West Largest Squirt Gun fight, and a street party with Captain Geech & The Shrimp Shack Shooters rock band.
RC Jet Rally
This remote control jet rally gathers some of the best scale model jets in the country. Live stunts and performances will be available to the public.
Route 66 Half Marathon, 5K, Mile Dash
Run down Historic Route 66 in this race down memory lane. On this flat course, you will have the opportunity to set a personal best. Plus, its filled with some of the oldest landmarks on Historic Route 66.
Try your hand at the Litchfield TriathLou at Lake Lou Yaeger. Swimming in Lake Lou Yaeger is the best open water swim you will have in the Midwest. There really is no comparison to this large beach with pristine flat racing water. The bike course is flat and fast with some great curves to keep you entertained the whole ride. Both the 5k and 10k runs see very honest mile paces with plenty of flats, and a couple hills throughout. Sprint and Olympic distances are available.
5K Freedom Fun Run
Celebrate the 4th of July with the 5K Freedom Fun Run through the picturesque scenery of Litchfield’s Lake Lou Yaeger. Show your patriotic side at this festive 5K.
Big Dawg Dare
Are you a Big Dawg? Try this extreme 5K run through mud, mud, and more mud. Don’t forget, there are 30 obstacles too.
West Fork Encampment
This event will take you back in time with a historic re-enactment of military life from 1750-1820. Military and camping demonstrations will be provided daily. Both campers and public are welcome.
Litchfield Pickers Market
This open air market specialized in items prior to 1980 including: antique, vintage, and refurbished items. Hundreds of vendors flood the streets of Downtown Litchfield every second Sunday of the month from April to October from 9 AM to 3 PM, beginning on the corner of Union Avenue (Route 16) and State Street. Food is available and live entertainment happens all day in Library Park.
Local establishment serving breakfast all day & other American comfort fare in a casual space.
Krieger's Sports Grill
Krieger's features great viewing for all your favorite sports action with numerous high-definition screens so you will never miss the action. Krieger's is not only the place for sports fans, but for families as well. We serve up kids eat free every Wednesday.
Florinda's Italian Restaurant & Pizza
Authentic Italian food served with a cozy atmosphere. The food is fresh and the service is fantastic. The stuffed pizza is a local favorite.
Hillsboro Sherwood Forest Campground Montgomery County
Camping, Hiking, Fishing along with many special events. Call ahead for information.
Loft and Home - Litchfield
Housewares and a variety of items.
Country Side Inn
24-room property - two-story interior corridor hotel. Located near Lake Hillsboro, Glenn Shoals Lake and Coffeen Lake.
Cottage Rose Gifts & Crafts
Stop in at the Cottage Rose Gifts & Crafts. We have everything from purses, jewelry, florals, candy, sports fan gifts, Tutu's Baby Clothes and Gifts, hair bows galore, tie dye, gourmet foods, Harry & David , Wind & Willow, Gourmet Village, Amish Popcorn and more.
Dimestore Antique Mall
General antique shop.
Market Street Inn
Lovingly cared for Queen Anne Victorian home of 1892 developed into a bed & breakfast in 1994.
Holiday Inn Express - Litchfield
Conveniently located between Springfield, IL and St. Louis, MO. Near the historic Old Route 66. Litchfield Lake Lou Yeager boasts a beautiful lake, nature trails and picnic areas, 3 mi from the hotel. There are a variety of restaurants nearby.
Super 8 Motel - Litchfield
Conveniently located off Interstate 55 at - less than 30 minutes south of Springfield attractions. Enjoy close proximity to shops and dining in downtown Litchfield, historic Route 66 attractions and outdoor recreation on Lake Lou Yaeger. Facility has 61 rooms with 2 suites. Free Wi-Fi and kids 17 and under stay free.
Glenn Shoals Lake
Covering 1200 acres, has picnic areas, marina and public boat slips.
My Sister's Closet
Since 1991, stylish and price-savvy women like you have been raiding My Sister's Closet for your favorite labels. Louis Vuitton, St. John, Prada, Pucci, Chanel, Armani, Gucci, Hermes, Juicy, Vivienne Tam, True Religion, Antik Denim, Milly and Nanette Lepore,
Gas Light Motel
Newly remodeled, 21 rooms. Singles and doubles. Carport parking. Pet friendly.
Red Rooster Inn
Welcome travelers, wayfarers and refined persons. Celebrating 100 years, this historic inn is on the Courthouse Square in Hillsboro. Restaurant and bar at the facility.
Quality Inn & Suites - Litchfield
The Quality Inn & Suites is conveniently located on historic Route 66, only 45 miles from Springfield and several historic points of interest, including the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum.
Raymond Shoal Creek Golf Course
This nine-hole course is par 36.
Hampton Inn - Litchfield
Brand New Hotel offers a variety of rooms from standard double queen rooms to king and whirlpool tub suites. Relax in the hotel indoor heated pool and whirlpool or host your next meeting in our executive conference room.
Mennel Milling Of Illinois
This mill produces everything from animal feed ingredients to cake, biscuit and organic pastry flour.
Bottomley-Ruffing-Schalk Baseball Museum
This small museum honors professional baseball players from the surrounding area, including Cooperstown Hall of Famers Sunny Jim Bottomley, Charlie "Red" Ruffing and Ray "Kraker" Shalk.
Burial Site of "Kay" The Circus Elephant
View the farm grave and marker for Kay, the beloved Carson & Barnes Circus elephant who died on October 21, 1994. Kay is only the second elephant to be buried in Illinois.
Angelo's Pizza has been serving Taylorville and surrounding areas service since 1965. Angelo's has gone through many transitions throughout it's lifetime, including expanding the dining room, kitchen and parking lot in order to meet our customers' expectations. Items include pizza, pasta, sandwiches, soup, salad and more. Banquet room available for large groups or special events. Catering available.
Trails for bird watchers and nature lovers; 200 acres.
Choose and cut your own scotch pine, white pine, Austrian pine and other nursery trees. Shrubs, flowering trees and evergreens are also sold.
Super 8 Motel - Taylorville
32 rooms. King-size beds available. Honeymoon and kitchenette suites or handicap rooms available.
This historic home is furnished with memorabilia from the early days of Montgomery County, and is open by appointment.
Historic Montgomery County Courthouse
This historic courthouse was built circa 1858.
The Double J Campground & RV Park
104 sites and 104 hook-ups.
From My House To Yours
Historic home with five rooms plus a garden area crafts, used furniture, candles, nick knacks, flavored coffees, old plows, wheel barrel and more. "Five rooms to browse".
One of the oldest colleges in Illinois, founded in 1837. Blackburn is also one of only seven colleges in the U.S. where students work in exchange for tuition credit, and the only one whose Work program is student-run. This keeps Blackburn's tuition among the lowest of all private colleges in the United States. Over the years, students have literally built Blackburn, brick by brick; the only college campus in the United States to be largely built by its students.
Carnegie Public Library
This historic 1904 building houses one of the most complete genealogy departments in the area.
Carlin Villa Motel
Home style charm in a country setting with high standards of the hotel industry. Located in historic Carlinville. Tanning beds, game room and voicemail are among the many amenities. Indoor pool!
Christian County Coal Mine Museum
Featuring historical items pertaining to coal mining in Christian County, this museum includes coal mining equipment, memorabilia and more. Be sure to visit the coal miner monument on the courthouse lawn. Open Thurs-Sat, 10am-2pm.
Macoupin County Courthouse
The Macoupin County Courthouse, built in 1870, used to be the largest county courthouse in the United States, with the possible exception of one in New York City. It was even larger than the Illinois Statehouse. While the courthouse still serves as the seat of county government, it has also become a showplace that attracts tourists, architects and artists from across the country, as well as overseas.
Taylorville Chautauqua Auditorium
This auditorium opened on August 23, 1914, and is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Jubelt’s Bakery in Litchfield offers routine breakfasts and lunches, but this family has been in the bakery business since their German immigrant ancestors arrived a century ago. Stop by for a slice of pie or the whole pie, either way you’re sure to leave with a smile on your face.
The roadside market sells homegrown apples (20 varieties), peaches, nectarines, pears and plums. Choose to "Bag Your Own Apples" and mix varieties, or pick up cider and apple butter.
Americas Best Value Inn - Litchfield
Conveniently located near Antique Mall 66, Litchfield Park District, Lake Lou Yaeger, and within walking distance of the Ariston Cafe and new Route 66 Visitors Center. 65 rooms facility located by many nearby restaurants. Cable TV with HBO provided.
Located in Edinburg, this farm specializes in organically produced and certified pork, chicken and turkey products.
Mother Jones Monument
The Mother Jones Monument, located in the Union Miners Cemetery, honors the crusader for coal miners' rights.
Carlinville Historic District
The Historic District includes the Macoupin County Jail, Million Dollar Courthouse, and the largest collection of Sears & Roebuck mail-order homes in the U.S.
Hot Metal Heaven Museum
This museum features a collection of letterpress printing memorabilia.
29 West Motel
This charming and quiet facility is nestled in between a beautiful garden and trees. It is conveniently located close to shopping areas and restaurants. 24 well-maintained rooms with discounts available for pool and exercise room use.
The Holy Dormition of the Theotokos Catholicon of the Patriarchal Russian Orthodox Catholic Church
Established in 1907 by a group of Russian immigrants who lived and labored in Beneld, the group built homes and raised their families while adding their customs to the area's ever-mixing cultures.
Macoupin County Jail
The historic 1869 Macoupin County Jail was designed by E.E. Meyers. It was built using the "cannon ball" method which prevented jail breaks by making it nearly impossible to remove the blocks. This unique medieval-inspired fortress housed many lawbreakers during its 119 years of use, but only one prisoner escaped. He was soon apprehended a few blocks from the jail.
Terry Park Golf Course
Terry Park offers a nine-hole, par 35 course.
Located on Lake Hillsboro , many camp sites, hiking and horseback trails, picnicking areas, playground and swimming beach
Christian County Genealogical Society
The Genealogical Society is a research resource where you can find history on your family background, microfilm and microfiche, and books. The Society will also research your family for a donation.
Macoupin County Historical Society Museum
The Macoupin County Historical Society Museum is housed in the John Anderson mansion, originally built in 1883. The main house is a museum with exhibits that chronicle the development of Macoupin County and its citizens. In addition to the mansion, several other buildings on the grounds emphasize the county's history: a one-room schoolhouse, blacksmith shop, church, wash house, granary and herb garden.
Carlinville Campground and Lake
Camping & Seasonal spots for outdoor lovers. Carlinville Lake open for fishing and boating. Campground opens April 1st for the season. For more info call the Lake office at 217-854-8931 or City Hall at 217-854-4076.
Historic Wabash Train Depot
This historic train depot features a preserved facade and a renovated interior that houses specialty shops.
Home of the first Litchfield Chautauqua, with speakers such as William Jennings Bryan and Carrie Nation in 1905. Beautiful lake, playground and picnic areas.
The Best 4 Less
We have everything from gift wrap, cards, specialty items, stuff animals, collectibles and seasonal items all 4 less! Located on the south side of Taylorville square.
Coffeen Lake State Fish and Wildlife Area
22 species of fish are found in this lake, including bass, white crappie, channel catfish, bullhead, yellow bass, bluegill, and carp. This 1,100-acre lake is surrounded by native oak and hickory forests. Picnicking, hiking, and limited hunting and trapping.
The Last Stop Abraham Lincoln Statue
The world's only statue of Abe Lincoln and a pig commemorates Lincoln's bemused request for a "writ of quietus" to calm noisy pigs gathered under the courthouse floor. "The Last Stop" refers to the location on the old 8th Judicial Circuit.
Lake Shore Golf Course
Rated 3½ stars by Golf Digest, this challenging scenic course has rolling hills, blind shots on three holes, many mature trees, watered fairways and bent grass greens.
Apples, peaches, strawberries, jam and a country store. Pick your own pumpkins, apples, peaches and strawberries. Special events in September and August. Our goal is to provide top-quality fruit that is freshly picked, along with a family atmosphere. We invite you and your family to come and experience our Festivals and Farm Market where your business is always appreciated!
Christian County Historical Society Museum
See an 1820s log house, the 1839 Christian County courthouse where Lincoln argued cases, an 1854 farmhouse and an 1856 one-room school. Also view military weapons from five wars, a collection of 1800s antiques and much more.
Lake Lou Yaeger
Lake Lou Yaeger, this 1400+ acre lake offers 45 miles of beautiful shoreline and several recreational opportunities. Visitors can enjoy boating, skiing, swimming, fishing, and camping. The 300 acre park has five picnic areas, two playgrounds, pavilions, grills, restrooms, and hiking trails. With miles of horse trails and a new equestrian campground with full hook-ups and shower house, Lake Lou is a great destination for horse enthusiasts. Milnot Beach has two diving platforms, showers, snack bar, and lifeguards on duty.
We raised cattle for 40 years. What would go with steak? A burgeoning industry was right under our noses and we began winemaking, the first and thus oldest winery in Montgomery County. Visits to wineries in Illinois in 2000, helped education, vineyard managers and winemakers giving valuable time and information. We refreshed old memories of chemistry, and planted grapes. Our children, friends and neighbors joined us in picking by hand, and are still with us since 2003. February 2, 2008, we opened. The winery was packed with those feisty individuals who came by the previous summers to see the building going up, only to be dragged, kicking and screaming, into the winery to taste the wines and give us an opinion. We listened. Now visitors walk the vineyards to compare the grapes with the wine in their glass. Wine tastings are offered without charge. We are open year-round Friday through Sunday. Both indoor and outdoor seating is available for over 200. Today, we produce 5000 gallons of wine from grapes, and we encourage wine education from both sides of the tasting room table. Come join us!
Battle of Virden Monument
The 1898 Battle of Virden, the tragic result of local coal miners fighting for worker’s rights, is memorialized on the northeast side town square by a large bronze mural created by sculptor David Seagraves of Elizabeth, IL.
Magnuson Grand Hotel & Conference Center
This Magnuson Hotels affiliate is within driving distance to the University of Illinois at Springfield, Lincoln Land Community College, Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum, golf courses, and shopping areas. Guests will enjoy relaxing in the 10 acres of flowered gardens with gazebo and fish pond, an indoor pool, free wireless internet, local cuisine at the Captain’s Table Restaurant, refreshments at the Yacht Club Lounge, exercise facilities, meeting space is available, pets are welcome with additional charges and some restrictions. Rooms feature either one king bed or two double beds, patio, free wireless internet access, cable TV with extra stations, air conditioning, free local calls, coffeemaker, hairdryer, microwave, mini-fridge, alarm clock, and iron and board. Poolside rooms may be available upon request for an additional charge.
World Cowboy Gunspinning Hall of Fame and Museum
This museum was established in 2003 to honor those individuals who have made significant contributions to the sport of gunspinning, made famous on the silver screen and television.
Edgewood Golf Club
This 18-hole, par 71 course has water on 11 holes, many mature trees and several elevation changes.
Backwoods Berry Farm
Pick up fruits of the season from the roadside stand or head to the fields to pick your own strawberries, black raspberries or asparagus.
Oak Leaf Country Club
Oak Leaf offers a nine-hole, par 32 course.
Plainview Vineyard & Winery
Plainview Vineyard grows 17 varieties of grapes as well as blackberries, pears, raspberries, and apples. It is an estate winery meaning the fruit that they grow goes into each bottle of wine. All products are hand crafted. Each process from fruit growth, harvest, fermentation, bottling and sale occurs at the vineyard. A commercial vineyard established in 1998, Plainview is located in a rural location between Carlinville, Il and Gillespie, Il in Macoupin County. Plainview Vineyard first commercial vineyard and winery established in Macoupin County. Our secluded locations give the visitor a quiet, relaxed, atmosphere. Amtrak trains arrive and depart Carlinville daily. Macoupin County Transit offers rides to and from Plainview Vineyard from Carlinville for just $5. Three free samples are offered at their winery. Plainview Vineyard has a State of Illinois shipper and distributor license.
Sky View Drive In - Litchfield
The Sky View Drive-In Theatre in Litchfield opened in the Spring of 1950 and has been in operation each season since then. We are a seasonal operation and run from the first or second weekend in April until the end of September. Open on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays only.
Beaver Dam State Park
Camping, fishing, and restaurant. Named for beavers whose dam-building formed the lake more than a century ago, the state park is not home to the industrious rodents today.
Indian Grove Campground
Overnight tent camping, overnight pull through spots and permanent camper sites. Call ahead -- space limited for overnight trailer sites.
Shoal Creek Nature Preserve
This 260-acre site offers nature trails for visitors to explore wetlands, prairie openings, and sandstone bluffs and ledges. The preserve is home to more than 700 plants and 70 bird species, including bald eagles during the winter months.
Soulsby’s Service Station in Mount Olive
The Soulsby Service Station is a historic service station in Mount Olive, Illinois. The station is located along historic U.S. Route 66 and is the oldest usable service station on the highway in Illinois. It serves as an example of the house and canopy gas station design.
Litchfield Museum and Route 66 Welcome Center
Designed to reflect the Route 66 era, the museum houses exhibits which focus on the roles the railroads, Route 66, businesses, agriculture, and the military have played in Litchfield's history.
Cozy Creek Family Farm
Family vacation farm
The Ariston Cafe was founded by Pete Adam, a Greek immigrant, in Carlinville, Illinois in 1924. The original cafe was located on Route 4, the predecessor of Historic Route 66. In 1929, the Cafe was relocated to Litchfield, Illinois and moved into its present location on Route 66 in 1935. Since 1966, Pete’s son Nick and wife, Deme, continue to offer the traditional service expected of a family-owned and operated restaurant. The cafe is believed to be one of the oldest restaurants on Route 66 and has been inducted into the Route 66 Hall of Fame and is placed on the National Registry of Historic Places.
Approximately 25 weekend sites and 200 permanent sites on the east side of Litchfield's Lake Lou Yaeger. Site offers trail hikes, lake frontage, 30 amp RV service, city water and convenience store.
Doc’s Soda Fountain
Located on historic Route 66, this was originally a pharmacy built in the 1880’s. The soda fountain was added to the business in the 1950’s. Stop in for an old-fashioned treat or ice-cream. Doc’s is also open for lunch and dinner.
Original Brick Road
This beautiful 1.4 mile long piece of restored hand-laid brick road is a segment of 66 done in 1931 and placed over a concrete roadbed. Route 66 at its best.