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Tour de Chocolat'
Held on the First Friday of the month, this recurring local cultural and social event showcases the visual arts and artists for the purpose of art education, visibility and the opportunity to purchase and collect art. February’s theme is the Tour de Chocolat’, where businesses will provide chocolate goodies at their stores. The culinary cook-off will take place in the BCPA Ballroom. Entries will be accepted in the following categories: youth, amateur, and professional. Celebrity judges will be doing sampling and making determinations at the beginning of the event. You vote, too! Take samples and vote with your dollars! People’s Choice and Celebrity Judge nominations are revealed at the end of the evening.
Christmas with the Nelsons at the Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts
Matthew and Gunnar Nelson return to the BCPA in this heart-warming holiday throwback. A genuine blend of Everly Brothers-style harmonies and Smothers Brothers-style comedy, the multi-platinum recording artists remind us that the holidays are best spent with family and friends gathered in cozy living rooms with some hot cocoa and meaningful music.
Illinois Fish & Feather Expo
Outdoor sports enthusiasts from across the state travel to Bloomington-Normal for the Illinois Fish and Feather Expo. 120 vendors covering the entire spectrum of the outdoor recreation industry are exhibited.
Illinois High School Association Competitive Dance State Finals
High school dance teams from all over Illinois descend on Bloomington-Normal to compete for the state championship!
Christmas at the Mansions Tour
Travel back in time to the late 1800s and early 1900s and experience a traditional Victorian and Edwardian Christmas! Tour Ewing Manor, the David Davis Mansion and a Mystery Mansion in Bloomington-Normal and take in the architecture and history of these homes while they are decorated for Christmas. Tours will be at: 2 pm – 5 pm and 5 pm – 8 pm
Palm's Grill Cafe
Blue-plate specials, bingo, and a bus stop! Lovingly restored to its circa 1935 appearance, the café now invites visitors to step back in time and experience the way it used to taste. Groups welcome. Open seven days a week, 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Allerton Mansion Holiday Open House
Get into the holiday spirit at the Allerton Mansion Holiday Open House. The mansion will be festively decorated for all to see! The weekend will include tours of the mansion, live music, horse and carriage rides and decor from preferred business owners. Bring your last minute shopping list!
Anju Above promises to make Farm to Table dining more accessible by offering seasonally sensitive, locally grown cuisine in a fast and casual setting. Anju Above's menu features classic Neapolitan pizzas, sushi specifically created for the Midwestern palate, Asian dumplings, and a modern and interactive bar. Our purpose is to blend internationally inspired small dishes with socially responsible farming techniques to create a fast and fun, farm fresh experience for our guests.
C.H. Moore Homestead
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, this restored mansion and grounds whisk visitors back to the Victorian era. Once home to Clinton attorney Clifton H. Moore, visitors will enjoy tours and stories of the friend and law partner of Abraham Lincoln who one resided there. Home of the DeWitt County Museum.
Cruisin' with Lincoln on 66 Visitors Center
Located in the heart of Downtown Bloomington on Historic Route 66, the Cruisin with Lincoln on 66 Visitor Center exhibits cover stories about dining, lodging and travel, which were experienced by both Abraham Lincoln and Route 66 travelers. These are supplemented by local items, books, cards, maps and more!
Route 66 Arcade Museum
The Rt. 66 Arcade Museum is chock full of vintage pinball and video games from the 1930s-1970s - most of which can be played. It's the perfect place to misspend your youth all over again, one quarter at a time!
Breakfast, lunch, and dinner!
Beningo's was established in the early 1970s, the tradition goes on four generations, specializing in homemade dishes from scratch for your dining pleasure. Among restaurants in Bloomington, let Beningo's take the worry and stress out of your busy schedule by simply ordering our famous lasagna, or choose from our wide variety of authentic entrees that are sure to make your family dinner or party unique and delicious, but most importantly, enjoyable! Click through our website to view our menu, read about our history, and learn more about one of the most respected and beloved dining establishments and restaurants in Bloomington IL and in Central Illinois. Come by Beningo's today to try our signature "sweet Sicilian" sauce, true to our Sicilian heritage.
LaTeaDa Tea Room & Gift Shop
Escape the everyday with an afternoon spent at the LaTeaDa Tea Room & Gift Shop. Experience a leisurely lunch in our Victorian Farmhouse nestled on 3 acres. Our lunch menu changes with the seasons and our desserts change daily. Choose from three iced teas and over 20 loose leaf hot teas daily. LaTeaDa is the perfect setting for parties, showers, business meetings, dress rehearsals and special events. Call for details on booking your groups private party. Reservations are always HIGHLY SUGGESTED for lunch. (Please make reservations via the phone to ensure availability)
Lunch and dinner served. Pizza and a variety of other entrees are available.
Encore Thrift Store
Find secondhand items here, including new and gently used clothing of all sizes, housewares, furniture, athletic items, toys, home decor, craft items, purses, shoes and so much more. All proceeds raised by Encore Thrift Store got to support services for adults with disabilities.
Four Paws Salon
Pet supplies and treats for your furry little friends. Stop in at this shop that celebrates our four-pawed friends.
The Loft features all sorts of adorable gifts, whatever the occasion. From their assortment of picture frames, candles, and baby items to gourmet coffee, dips and desserts, you won't want to miss shopping here! Come thirsty! the Loft also features a vast assortment of coffees, smoothies, iced lattes and more.
Great atmosphere and super food.
Red Lobster - Bloomington
Lunch and dinner served. Banquet facilities for 20. Credit cards accepted.
Small town dining at it's finest! Stop off to feel like the olden days visiting with the locals who gather every morning at this fine small town establishment! Located in between Route 47 and Interstate 57 (turn off at Rantoul exit, and drive 10-15 miles into Fisher)
This retail location offers Hallmark cards and products, gifts, office supplies, office equipment and furniture. Stop in to shop their quality merchandise and receive exceptional customer service.
Serving Decatur's furniture needs for over 40 years.
Quilters Delight offers fabrics, batting, sewing notions, needles, threads, books, patterns, heritage lace curtains, classes and much more.
Full service bar with a good atmosphere.
Pick up or delivery, lunch and dinner served.
Noodles & Company - Bloomington
Restaurant chain serving a variety of noodle dishes in a fun, fast-service environment. Beer and wine also available.
Yen Ching Express
Chinese restaurant with a wide variety of dishes.
Steaks, BBQ, seafood dinners. Banquet facilities up to 130. Credit cards accepted. Open seven days.
J.H. Hawes Grain Elevator
Illinois’ only fully restored wooden grain elevator listed on the National Register of Historic Places. An outdoor, self-guided interpretive tour allows visitors to experience the Elevator Museum anytime. Open June, July and August: Sundays 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., call ahead.
Keller's Iron Skillet
Breakfast and lunch served. Catering services available.
Atlanta Public Library
Built in 1908, this National Register Property is one of Illinois’ few octagonal-shaped public libraries. Its gilded rotunda and interior rooms, filled with solid-oak woodwork, reflect its classic architecture. Local volunteers who comprise the “Keepers of the Clock” take turns on a weekly basis hand-winding the 1909 Seth Thomas clock housed in the library’s clock tower.
Biaggi's Ristorante Italiano
At Biaggi’s, we believe your dining experience should be just that… an experience! You’ll find our comfortable atmosphere and casual setting a relaxing place to dine for any occasion. Whether you’re with family, friends or business associates, you can count on our friendly and knowledgeable staff to deliver a memorable experience each and every time you visit. At Biaggi’s, we’re committed to offering freshly prepared Italian cuisine served by an exceptionally knowledgeable staff in a casual environment. In addition to regular menu items, each Biaggi’s location offers a daily selection of featured specials.
Lunch and dinner served. Credit cards accepted.
LaTeaDa Tea Room & Gift Shop
You won't want to miss the ever-changing collection of must-have items offered at LaTeaDa. Their gift shop features gourmet foods, teas, teapots and tea sets, home decor, jewelry, purses and accessories, books, ornaments, and more. Stay for lunch, or just come to shop!
Gunnar Mast Trading Post
Filled with antiques, collectibles, rockabilly art, books, photos, toys and hats, this trading post has something for everyone! Across from the Palms Grill!
Located in Pheasant Lanes bowling alley. A great place to go after a game or to just relax. Lunch and dinner served.
La Gondola Spaghetti House
Lunch and dinner served. Catering available. Check out La Gondola Spaghetti House's website for locations and menu offerings.
Fairfield Inn - Forsyth
62 rooms, restaurants and shopping nearby, small meeting rooms, indoor pool, sauna, and whirlpool.
T.G.I. Friday's - Bloomington
Lunch and dinner served. Banquet facilities for 40. Credit cards accepted. Reservations required for large parties.
Jim's Steak House
CJ's Restaurant and Catering
Serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. Alcohol served. Catering services. Credit cards accepted.
Fairfield Inn & Suites - Bloomington
The Fairfield Inn & Suites is conveniently located four miles from Illinois State University and three miles from Illinois Wesleyan University. It is a short drive away from all of the Bloomington-Normal State Farm Insurance offices, as well as the Ironwood Golf Course, Highland Park Golf Course, and The Den at Fox Creek Golf Course. Just minutes away from the property in Downtown Bloomington are numerous local restaurants, an exciting nightlife, and countless other attractions including the U.S. Cellular Coliseum and the Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts. The Fairfield Inn & Suites is conveniently accessible off of I-55, I-74, and near I-39.
Holiday Inn Express West - Bloomington
The Holiday Inn Express West in Bloomington provides several quality hotel amenities including a relaxing whirlpool spa and heated indoor pool, complimentary hot breakfast, and 24 hour fitness and business centers. The Holiday Inn Express West is located off I-55 and I-74, very close to the McLean County Fairgrounds, Downtown Bloomington, Illinois State University and Illinois Wesleyan University.
Lone Star Steakhouse & Saloon
Steakhouse & saloon.
Newly remodeled; rooms with kitchenettes; others with microwave and refrigerators; cable television, free HBO and free local calls.
Need some true Mexican cuisine while traveling down Interstate 74? Stop by Mahomet at Los Zarapes, and enjoy great tasting Mexican cuisine with a complimentary side of chips & salsa.
Times Past Inn
Serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Catering services.
O'Charley's - Forsyth
This is the corner of good food and good times.
Cheddar's Casual Cafe
Cheddar’s freshly prepared menu favorites include chicken tenders, salads, hamburgers, sandwiches, steaks and delicious desserts.
This family-owned business is located in the residential Hillcrest subdivision. They specialize in extremely scented, hand-poured soy candles, pillars and melts, and handmade bath and body products that incorporate skin nourishing natural oils, butters and extracts.
Lunch and dinner served. Locally owned and operated for 25 years. Check out Schooner's website for menu and entertainment offerings. Beer garden. Dinner specials. Call ahead for carryout.
A quaint cafe located in downtown Latham. They offer reasonable prices on home cooked food. The friendly atmosphere at the Korner Cafe will bring you back for more.
Quality Inn & Suites East - Bloomington
Conveniently located in the heart of Bloomington, the Quality Inn & Suites East is perfect for both business and leisure travelers. Guests will appreciate many features and amenities including free deluxe continental breakfast, free wireless high-speed internet access, free coffee, free local calls, free issues of The Wall Street Journal, and in-room desks and access to copy and fax services. All spacious guest rooms come equipped with refrigerators, microwaves, coffee makers, hair dryers, irons and ironing boards. Some rooms also feature whirlpool bathtubs. Non-smoking rooms are offered.
Homewood Suites by Hilton - Forsyth
The Homewood Suites by Hilton Decatur-Forsyth is located in the heart of Central Illinois. It is a bit north of Decatur and just off I-72 and US Rt. 51. This all-suite hotel features a welcoming lobby area for relaxation and complimentary breakfast, evening dinner and drinks - Monday through Thursday evenings. Additional amenities include complimentary WiFi, a fitness center, pool, outdoor basketball area, 24 hour onsite convenience store, as well as a unique courtyard patio for outdoor gatherings.
Town and Country Motel
28 rooms, 18 rooms completely new. Enjoy a meal at Three Stars Family Restaurant.
30 unit motel with refrigators, microwaves and restaurant discount.
Full service bar located just east off Veterans Parkway. Lunch and dinner served. Credit cards accepted.
Monical's Pizza - Bloomington
Pick-up or delivery, lunch and dinner served.
Established in 1890, this family owned business offers fine jewelry, watches, new & antique clocks, diamonds, colored stone jewelry, watch & jewelry repair and custom designing. Watkin's is an expert clock repair shop, specializing in antiques. They can also rebuild grandfather and mantel clocks.
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.
Comfort Suites West - Bloomington
The Comfort Suites West offers free deluxe continental breakfast, free wireless high-speed Internet access, free issues of USA Today, free local calls, an outdoor pool, fitness center, on-site business center, and a meeting room. All of the hotel's oversized guest suites are equipped with microwaves, refrigerators, flat-screen televisions, clock radios with MP3 jacks, coffee makers, curved shower rods, hair dryers, desks, irons, ironing boards, pillow-top mattresses, sofa sleepers, voice mail and cable television. Connecting rooms can be requested. Coin-operated laundry facilities are located on the property and valet cleaning service is offered.
Avanti's Italian Restaurant
Avanti's Italian Restaurant cooks and serves home style pasta, pizza, and sandwiches that are available through dine-in, carry-out, delivery and in the banquet room. Avanti’s trademark is wonderful, fresh Italian bread which is prepared and baked in the restaurant kitchen. Avanti's Italian Restaurant has long been an institution for Illinois State University students and faculty and frequently second generation guests and staff members. The staff and management of Avanti's Italian Restaurant are experienced professionals who understand how to prepare and serve steaming hot, delicious Italian meals and fresh bread in a clean and comfortable atmosphere. Avanti’s Italian Restaurant provides a very rare combination of homelike surroundings and high-quality food.
DoubleTree by Hilton - Bloomington
The DoubleTree by Hilton, convenient to I-55, I-74 and I-39, is just minutes away from area corporations and some of the best golf in Illinois. The 185 warmly furnished guest rooms and 12 luxuriously appointed whirlpool suites feature exceptional comforts like Sweet Dreams beds, Wolfgang Puck Coffee, as well as modern must-haves like complimentary wireless high-speed Internet access throughout. For family fun, vacation, or a historical outing, this hotel is a great place to be.
Synergy Flight Center, LLC
Synergy Flight Center offers a number of recreational activities for visitors. They offer introductory flights, flight lessons and a flight simulator that visitors can rent by the hour.
Forsyth Bike and Walking Path
The path begins at Forsyth Village Hall and winds around Forsyth Pkwy.
Brown Bag Deli-Restaurant
The Brown Bag boasts a large selection of homemade soups, salads, sandwiches, pies and cookies. All pies are homemade at "Pies by Inge". Informal atmosphere and no reservations required. Gourmet food shop and card/gift shop all under one roof.
Exhibits focused on Abraham Lincoln, Route 66, and other aspects of Atlanta’s history are featured. The Museum’s Local History Resource Center provides extensive genealogy materials accessible to the public. Housed in a beautifully restored 1867 building, the Atlanta Museum presents both permanent and new, rotating exhibits. Open Monday through Saturday 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Closed Sundays.
Hen House Family Restaurant
Small town dining at it's finest with breakfast, lunch, and dinner served all day. One of very few Hen House Restaurants remaining in the United States, so stop by this convenient location off of I-74 in Mahomet to say you've been to a Hen House.
Little Galilee Christian Assembly
Little Galilee's 228 acres of land provide lots of room for kids to eat, sleep, learn, play and pray with dedicated Christian adults. There are a variety of camps and programs that for youth and adults which may include: Fine Arts or Sports camp, Equestrian Camp, Family Camp, Main Camp, Day Camp, Wilderness Camp and many more.
Quality Inn - Decatur
This Forsyth location has 56 rooms with restaurants within walking distance. Amenities include indoor pool, sauna/whirlpool, free movie channel, free breakfast, kitchen facilities, and handicapped accessibility.
Main Street Antiques
Antique glassware, pottery, and furniture - Collectibles, Chinaware from England.
Red Roof Inn - Bloomington
Clean, comfortable, efficient and a great value, the Red Roof Inn is conveniently located on I-55 and I-74 at Exit 160 on Bloomington’s west side. The Red Roof Inn features free continental breakfast daily, free wireless internet, and weekly rates. All guest rooms have high speed internet, Cable TV and data ports. Connecting rooms are available. Hair dryers, irons and ironing boards are available at the front desk. One well-behaved family pet per room is welcome.
The Original American Passion Play
Now in its 93rd season, the American Passion Play is one of the oldest, continuously-performed, passion plays in the United States. This Biblically accurate performance takes the audience on a spiritual journey to Palestine, 30 AD where they travel with the living Christ, meet his Apostles and follow his ministry from the Sermon on the Mount to His resurrection and ascension. The play features beautiful scenery, live pipe organ music, live voices and even live animals.
Barn Quilts of Dewitt County
Barn quilts of DeWitt County is a project designed to celebrate Clinton and DeWitt County’s rich agricultural history, showcase our rural areas, promote agritourism, the arts, and create a sense of community pride. Throughout the county, vibrant, hand-painted 8’X8’ quilt blocks on ‘wooden canvases’ adorn numerous barns, making a drive through the countryside all the more enjoyable. Barn quilts are on display June through August.
Route 66 Memories Museum
Stop by this eclectic museum to explore the history of Route 66, car culture and local history. There is even a Rolls-Royce on display! The collection was brought together by a local historian with great stories to share. Located just a few doors from the Palm's Grill this museum is a must see.
Grady's pizzas are made to order with the freshest ingredients available. Grady's Pizza's meats and cheeses are of the finest quality and never imitation. Try one of the specialty pizzas or pick your favorite toppings and build your own, either way it's sure to be the best pizza you've ever had. So spread the word and tell your friends, come to Grady's for the "World's Most Famous Pizza!"
Sunset Inn & Suites
Hotel suites have five fantasy theme rooms including the Hearts Delight, Space Odyssey, Rain Forest, the Arabian, and the Roman Retreat. Indoor pool and fitness center are part of the Inn amenities.
Woodlawn Country Club
This nine-hole walking course features plenty of trees, and water that comes into play on seven of the nine holes. A snack bar is available.
Visit the Longhorn Smokehouse for perfect Texas barbecue! This restaurant is family and locally owned since 1998. Dine in, carry out or drive thru!
Friends Creek Conservation Area
18 miles north of Decatur on Route 48 near Argenta. The park feature three nature trails - the quarter-mile Friends Creek Trail, the 2-mile Woodland Trail, and the 2.5-mile Sun Trail. Each varies in difficulty and meanders through topographies ranging from open meadows and floodplains, to towering oak-hickory forests and undulating hillsides.
Hickory Point Golf Course
Hickory Point is truly a course for both beginning and competitive golfers. The flat, wide fairways are perfect for learning, while long distances and the ever-present wind provide challenge for more experienced golfers. Hickory Point hosts the Tat $ Lyle Players Championship, the developmental tour of the LPGA. Designed by Roger Packard, the course opened in 1999, and is designed specifically for beginning and youth golfers. Hickory Point features a lighted driving range and special six-hole short course for beginning and youth golfers.
Green Acres Baitshop and Campground
Full line bait shop, with 50-site campground. Full hook-up, showers and toilets.
Lunch and dinner served. Limited delivery service. Take-out available. Live Jazz on the patio. Best desserts in town.
Hampton Inn - Forsyth
Surrounded by restaurants, shopping and theaters, the Hampton Inn Decatur/Forsyth is a central Illinois hotel 8 miles away from Millikin University and within five miles of major corporations. Start your day with Hampton's free hot breakfast or if you have some place to be, grab one of our Hampton On the Run® Breakfast Bags, available Monday to Friday. Also enjoy free WiFi, on site fitness center, and indoor pool.
Great place to watch sports! Several TVs, great food and a pool table. Lunch and dinner served.
Epiphany Farms Enterprise (EFE) is a “Farm to Fork” concept that practices sustainable, beyond organic, environmentally friendly techniques. EFE harnesses ideas from a wide range of agricultural theories, such as permaculture and intensive pasture rotation, to cultivate a multitude of fruits, vegetables, herbs, and animals. Pioneering a new food system frontier, they blend their farm and restaurants to create one self-sustaining organism. Tours of the farm are available.
Bean Scene Cafe
Coffees, scones, breakfasts, imported teas, homemade pastries.
Vespasian Warner Public Library
Research materials of the DeWitt County Genealogical Society are housed here, as well as revolving exhibits of the Lincoln Heritage committee of DeWitt County. Historical programs and presentations occur throughout the year.
Flower Corner & Country Church Craft Mall
A full-service florist specializing in weddings. The Flower Corner invites you to call and set up an appointment to speak with one of their designers for your special day! They also carry a large assortment of crafts, candles, quilts, pictures, wooden signs, and furniture.
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.
Iron Horse Restaurant
Steaks, some seafood, pasta, sandwiches and salads. Seating capacity 130, banquet capabilities, Sunday brunch, full bar.
Grimsley's Flower Store
A tradition in Clinton since 1918, it remains today as a symbol of the way things used to be -- tin ceiling and walls, wood floor, quality service.
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.
The Colaw Rooming House
Return to Rt. 66, circa 1947, when you overnight at The Colaw Rooming House. Where you'll experience travel on the Mother Road before Interstates and motel chains were the norm. Located just 2 blocks from Rt. 66 in quaint Atlanta, Illinois, The Colaw Rooming House offers three bedrooms, two full baths, a charming living room with fireplace, dinning room, curved front porch, and delightful yellow and red 1940's kitchen. To further enhance your step back in time, your stay includes a complimentary breakfast at The Palms Grill Cafe-Atlanta's fully restored, circa 1935 small town diner. For more information please visit our website www.thecolawhouse.com