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The Heart Theatre is located across the street from the Effingham County Courthouse. The theatre is one of the two examples in Effingham of the Art Deco style that was popular from 1920 to 1940.
Lake Sara Pavilions
Two different locations on Lake Sara. The pavilions offer a chance to host a meeting on the lake. The two outdoor facilities are perfect for receptions and parties with plenty of outdoor space. It also features a large open room, kitchen area, boat dock and outdoor decks.
Gardens of Heartland Hall
Located just minutes outside of Effingham. The Gardens of Heartland can fully satisfy your requirements for affordable & elegant receptions & outdoor weddings, or small gatherings.
Thelma Keller Convention Center
Central Illinois' premier meeting destination, the Thelma Keller Convention Center, offers today's meeting/event/wedding planners a relaxed atmosphere, quality service and tempting cuisine designed to make every event impressive and productive. No matter what size event you are planning, they have room for your needs. Deluxe conference facilities. Impeccable service. Dedicated staff. On-site technical and meeting planning resources. The Convention Center offers over 20,000 square feet of space with a grand ballroom measuring 10,500 square feet. Perfect for your next meeting or a beautiful wedding here.
Effingham Farmer's Market
Effingham Farmer’s Market includes tons of fresh and local foods, handmade crafts and live music each Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon. Buy local and help support our community!
It all started when five hard-rockin' kids joined forces in the early 80's to form Night Ranger. Hit songs include "Sister Christian," "When You Close Your Eyes," and the anthemic "(You Can Still) Rock America." The band just released their new studio album, HIGH ROAD and features classic Night Ranger feel-good, high-energy rock'n'roll. The band is very excited to be headed back on the road to share their music with fans and they are headed to Effingham! With 30 plus years and more than 17 million albums sold worldwide, Night Ranger has proven they can still "Rock In America"!! Doors will open at 7 p.m. and the night will be rocked away at 8 p.m.
Effingham Artisan Fair
Downtown is transformed into an art gallery with works from over 40 artists, on display for purchase. Artwork for sale includes oil paintings, pottery, jewelry, and sculptures. Several artists will demonstrate their craft at the event. As part of the event, the Artisan Fair features wine and beer tasting. There will be approximately ten regional wineries and several different craft beers available for tasting. This event will open from 12 – 5 p.m. Other activities include the 5K Run and Walk, Kids Korner, sidewalk chalk art, “Can Do Art,” food fair (including Gabby Goat, IGA, Sausage Haus, Doris Yoder's Kitchen, The Cookie Jar and Tropical Sno) and live musical entertainment at the gazebo. The Historic Court House Museum will be open for tours.
Funfest for Air-Cooled VW
FunFest for Air-Cooled VW's is MidAmerica Motorworks way of saying "Thank You" to all VW enthusiasts. The three day event is the best Air-Cooled enthusiasts party anywhere. Expect to see more than 1,000 VW's and 8, 000 enthusiasts. Enjoy seminars, races, vendors and more! And don't forget about the concert on Saturday night! It's sure to be a fun event! Stop by our Effingham Tourism tent at the MAM grounds for a free souvenir picture!
Moccasin Creek Festival
Moccasin Creek Festival is an annual 3-day music festival, which typically celebrates other arts and crafts as well. It takes place at beautiful Lake Sara in Summit Township, just west of Effingham, Illinois. The founder of Moccasin Creek Festival is Bill (Poss) Passalacqua, an Effingham native who has built his life around writing, performing and promoting music. Folk, bluegrass, alternative country, roots rock, and blues - "Americana" music. This is what MCF is all about - in an outdoor setting, using a venue with great acoustics, at a beautiful time of year.
Kansas City BBQ State Championship
Legacy's Kansas City BBQ Championship is back! Be sure to bring out the family and bring along friends for some good ol' BBQ! For a change of scenery, this event will be held in downtown Effingham on Friday night.
Big Earl's Extreme Race
Big Earl's Extreme Race is a 3+ mile obstacle run in Effingham. There are seven different wave times with over 15 obstacles and all participants will recieve a free hot dog and beer or soda.
Sprint : 1/4 mile swim, 13 mile bike, 3.1 mile run. Out and back on the bike and run. A few rolling hills on the bike, but the run is completely flat. Fast course on Lake Sara! $100 Cash Prize to Overall Male and Female. $75 Cash Prize to 2nd Overall Male and Female. $50 Cash Prize to 3rd Overall Male and Female
What started out as a customer appreciation party in 1994 is now the largest Corvette party in the world! Join more than 14,000 Corvettes at this four-day celebration with expert seminars, awards, burn-out wars, product displays, fashion shows, Corvette Clubs, a Swap Fest, live entertainment and, of course, Corvettes!
Olde Picket Fence
Olde Picket Fence offers a custom line of primitive farmhouse furniture. Each item is handcrafted, one at a time, and every item is unique.
This two-screen theater shows new releases every weekend.
BB's Grand Palace & Majestic Grill
Featuring Southern Illinois' largest dance club with live music every Tuesday - Saturday nights. Also featuring the Majestic grill with many lunch and dinner specials.
Clay County Speedway
This speedway features racing on a 1/3-mile clay oval track Saturday evenings from spring through fall.
Best Western Lorson Inn
Each well-appointed room features free high-speed Internet access, microwaves, refrigerators, and cable television with premium movie channels. Other hotel amenities include an exercise room with a sauna and a delicious breakfast bar. The Best Western Lorson Inn offers upgraded whirlpool suites, call direct to book. Discover a combination of small town living and big city amenities at the Best Western Lorson Inn - the ideal hotel in Flora, Illinois. A friendly and professional staff will ensure every guest has a comfortable and memorable stay. Make an online reservation today and save at this hotel in Flora, Illinois
Free Local Calls and Wireless Internet. All rooms at street level and have refrigerator and micowave. Handicap Access, Non-Smoking Rooms, Weekly Rates, Credit Cards.
Red Carpet Inn
Handicapped Accessible, Non Smoking Rooms, Weekly Rates, Credit Cards
Little Toot Railroad
Ride the rails and experience train travel as it was decades ago on a 15-inch-gauge Crown steam locomotive that runs through Charley Brown Park.
Anthony's Wild West Side and Fall Out Saloon
A unique Western dining experience featuring steaks, ribs, pizza, sandwiches, pasta, salads, and our famous BBQ, smoked for over 15 hours. With 3 banquet rooms and catering available, we also make our own fudge and bulk candies.
Serving authentic Chinese cuisine. Dine In, Delivery or Carry Out
Great Italian offerings at reasonable prices. Dine in or carry out.
Offering a wide variety of all American favorites.
East End Cafe'
Featuring Steaks & Chops, Always Fresh Fish, Pasta Dishes, Best Omelets, Great Burgers and more. Open Daily!
Los Tres Caminos
Offering a wide variety of Authentic Mexican Cuisine, also serves beer & margaritas.
American burgers, chili, soups, tacos. Catering and Delivery services too. Friday is seafood night. Call for daily specials.
Family style dining, dine in or carry out available. "Good old country home cooking."
Sit down diner with a wide variety of American favorites.
La Fuente Mexican Restaurant
Offering all of the authentic Mexican food favorites. Also serving Beer & Margaritas.
Great ice cream, sandwiches, fries, drinks and more!
Sanders Bakery & Deli
The best bread in town! Old county bakery, sell homemade deli sandwiches of all kinds. Also offering a Friday and Saturday night all you can eat fish dinner. A place for a connoisseur with a sweet palette.
In 1779 George Rogers Clark led his army from Kaskaskia through this area to Vincennes, Indiana, where they captured Ft. Sackville from the British. At the time, this building was named for being near the midpoint of the Vincennes-St. Louis Trail.
Sam Dale Lake Conservation Area
Multiple-use recreational area with a 194-acre lake. It provides habitat for shore birds and upland game and offers camping, hunting, hiking, fishing and horseback riding.
Ingram's Pioneer Log Cabin Village
Pre-Civil War log structures rescued from destruction by the Ingrams. Many of the 17 homes and other buildings are furnished with authentic pieces and open to the public. Visit Jacob's Well Inn, frequented by Abraham Lincoln.
Stephen A. Forbes State Park
Located among the rolling hills of Southwestern Illinois, this park has a beach and offers boating, camping, fishing, hiking, swimming, and other activities. 140 camp sites open year round for outdoor lovers
Clay County Museum
Housed in the old county jail, this museum is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Lincoln Trail Antiques
Largest privately owned antique shop in Southern Illinois. General line of antiques and collectibles, glassware, primitives, old toys, old tools and lamp parts.
Affordable, clean and comfortable lodging with lounge/bar and restaurant on site. Right off the interstate.
Badollet House Bed & Breakfast
National Register historic home featuring period decor with contemporary conveniences. The Badollet House is not only a bed and breakfast, but also caters to small parties, weddings, business meetings and special occassions.
Spacious, quiet, clean and affordable lodging, with free in-room coffee, free continental breakfast. Enjoy 25" remote color tv-hbo and cable. Just minutes from I-57.
Low daily, weekly rates, located near fast food, stores, and laundry mat.
Comfort Inn - Salem
Newest motel with friendly, clean, and quiet lodging.Good service plus a good nights sleep.
Super 8 Motel - Salem
Clean, neat, quiet and close to I-57 with complimentary continental breakfast in the morning.
William Jennings Bryan Museum
This 160-year old home has three rooms of original furniture, pictures and personal items once owned by politician William Jennings Bryan.
Family atmosphere with home cooked meals. Full menu. Two banquet rooms.
Five Brothers Cafe
American diner with Greek offerings.
El Rancherito - Salem
Mexican hospitality with fine Mexican food. Bien venidos, amigos.
Denny's - Salem
American family-style dinners served 24 hours a day. Senior menu. Also full bar and lounge.
Produce Plus Farm Market
Old-fashioned farm market specializing in fresh vegetables, fruits, deli and meat counter, candy, honey, nuts, Amish jams and jellies, and much more.
Strong's Gifts and Collectibles
Gifts for all occasions, name brand collectibles, greeting cards for all holidays.
Salem Country Club
This 18-hole course has lots of character, and is open to the public from 9am-12pm Monday through Friday. Golf carts are available.
Comfort Inn & Suites
Conveniently located off Interstate 57 on U.S. Route 50 the hotel is less than 3 miles from Bryan Memorial Park. Carlyle Lake and Forbes Lake are minutes away and offer swimming, hiking, boating, hunting and fishing. Stephen A. Forbes State Park is about 20 minutes from the hotel. The birthplace of Miracle Whip and the GI Bill of Rights, Salem is also the birthplace of William Jennings Bryan, one of the greatest politicians in United States history. This hotel offers many amenities including free breakfast, wifi, 24hour coffee & juice and free local calls. Enjoy the relaxing in the indoor heated pool. Travelers appreciate conveniences like computer hook-ups and copy/fax services. All guest rooms have coffee makers, hair dryers, irons, ironing boards & cable tv. For families, the hotel has special family rooms with three queen beds and separate rooms with a television for mom and dad. Smoking and non-smoking rooms are also offered.
Marion County Fairgrounds
20 sites, big rigs welcome.
The Rusty Nail has a large selection of great antiques.
Steve's has a big selection of antiques and collectibles.
Badollet House Bed & Breakfast
This 4 room bed and breakfast is located in downtown Salem just minutes from the Mariona County Fairgrounds.
25 rooms, pets allowed
A Comfortable and Affordable Lodging Experience The Guesthouse Inn & Suites Salem IL hotel offers the convenience of a Denny's Restaurant and Cocktail lounge on site. Our Salem Hotel offers a 24 hour front desk service, free local calls, parking, USA Today Newspaper, coffee, hot chocolate, tea, and complimentary popcorn. We are a pet friendly Salem Inn, pet fee apply.
Super 8 Salem
The winning Pride of Super 8 Salem, IL is conveniently located at I-57 and US Why 50 in beautiful Southern IL. We are centrally located between Stephen A. Forbes State Park, Carlyle Lake and Rend Lake. Enjoy our many festivals and small town hospitality, such as the annual Bluegrass Festival, Antique Power Days, Centralia Balloon Festival and Salem Super Car Cruise. The Super 8 Salem is within minutes of the William Jennings Bryan Home and Museum. The Salem area offers swimming, hiking, fishing and golf.
Chico's Mexican Restaurant
Chico's menu is full of delicious south of the border favorites.
Craig-O's Pizza, Pasta & Hot Oven Subs
Craig-O's offers an assortment pizza, pasta, sub-sandwiches and more.
This fresh water shrimp (prawn) farm offers agricultural tours and harvest festivals in the fall. Prawn, catfish and hushpuppies are available for purchase.
Colonial Golf Course
This public 18-hole, par 70 course is open year round, with rental clubs and carts, plus a snack bar.
Bail's Timberline Lake Camp Ground
140 sites, electricity, water, dump station, showers, reservations.
Driftstone Pueblo carries many craft supplies including sinew, heshi, findings and cords. Also, kid's toys, beads, jewelry, canes, soapstone, metaphysical items, artifacts, crystal cubes, knives, swords, and much more.
Welcome to the Days Inn - Vandalia. A Chairman's Award winning hotel with Robbi's Restaurant and Lounge on premises, just off I-70 at Exit 63, and just minutes from Lincoln Historic Sites, the Oldest standing state capitol building, the Fayette County Museum, the National Road Interpretive Center, Archway Skydiving, Keck's Marsh, Buckstop Archery, Antique Shops, and restaurants. Minutes from Carlyle Lake, & Cahokia Mounds.
44 room hotel, handicap accessible, cable television, outdoor pool, pets accepted, restaurant witnin walking distance, complimentary breakfast.
Carlyle Lake State Fish and Wildlife Area
As a major stopping point for migrating ducks and geese, this 9,486-acre area offers excellent public waterfowl hunting opportunities.
Vandalia Golf & Country Club
Opened in 1916, this nine-hole course features 2,782 yards of golf from the longest tees, for a par of 35.
Skin Deep Day Spa and Salon
Skin Deep offers facials, microdermabrasion, make-up application, waxing, massage therapy, and reflexology. Skin Deep also carries the most up-to-date beauty products.
Something Special Florist
Something Special Florist offers floral bouquets, silk and fresh floral arrangements, a large variety of gifts and collectibles including Crosley Reproductions, 1800s antique furniture and Abe Lincoln memorabilia. Also, on on-site, all-year Christmas room and wine room with a variety of outstanding wines from California to Illinois.
Words, Wicks, and Wood
Come explore our wide variety of books or just simply find the book you've been looking for, as you discover the numerous titles available at this fine bookstore.
Gaby's Gift Gallery
Gaby's Gift Gallery offers art and craft supplies, acrylic paints, artists brushes, modeling mediums, paper mache polymer, clay, tin shapes, wood cut-outs, and more. Also, gift wrap, greeting cards, and stationary.
Gloria's Christian Supply
Gloria's has an array of Christian books, materials, and inspiring gifts.
Country Folk has a great selection of gifts and collectibles.
Madonna of the Trail Statue
The Madonna is one of 12 statues in the U.S. that honors the pioneer women who traveled along the National Road.
Vandalia, Illinois is where Abraham Lincoln began his historical political career and his life and achievements are commemorated on the marker.
Glen Carbon Heritage Museum
This museum is located in a beautiful brick building that is a renovated 1914 school located in the "Old Town" section of the Village. The museum has old dolls, weapons, pictures, and much more.
Old State Cemetery
Bronze markers give biographical information about prominent citizens from the earliest history of the community. Every fall, volunteers in period dress "resurrect" their ancestors and tell their stories during an annual cemetery walk.
The Farmers Monument
This impressive black granite piece located on the grounds of Vandalia's Tourist Information Center is a tribute to prairie farmers.
Fayette County Museum
Located behind the Statehouse in a century-old church, this museum is full of Lincoln-era memorabilia, including his letter cabinet and an axe carved with his initials.
Little Brick House
Listed on the National Register, it has six restored rooms with china, furniture, engravings, and books that belonged to the settlers when Lincoln attended the legislature.
Veterans Educational Museum
Items on display are from the Civil War, WWI, WWII, Korea, Vietnam, and Desert Storm along with flags from 45 countries.
Vandalia Artworks Gallery
The gallery uses exhibit space in the Fayette County Museum. Special exhibits are scheduled through the year.
Archway Skydiving Center
Averaging over 10,000 skydives annually, more than 1,200 students make their first jump each year with high quality, USPA-rated instructors.
Located across from the Statehouse in Vandalia, the park features a life-size, bronze statue of Abraham Lincoln. This is a favorite spot for photos with the 16th president.
China Gate Buffet
China Gate is a large buffet filled with delicious Chinese dishes.
El Rancho Nubo
El Rancho Nubo has a large variety of delicious authentic Mexican dishes.
Family Cafe offers delicious cafe style cuisine in a casual, family friendly environment.
The Gallatin Street Grille
Gallatin Street Grille has a diverse selection, seafood, ribs, steak, and more, all served by Gallatin's friendly staff.
The Chuckwagon offers a wide variety of fabulous dishes and desserts for the whole family.
Historic National Road Scenic Byway
The National Road is called the "road that built the nation" because it was the first highway in American history. Today the National Road in Illinois covers 164 miles, from Marshall and the Wabash Valley to East St. Louis and the Mississippi River.
National Road Interpretive Center
The National Road Interpretive Center in Vandalia, Illinois tells the story of the surveyors, laborers and travelers of the National Road, sometimes called the Cumberland Road or National Pike. The Interpretive Center is a museum with hands-on activities for children including a Conestoga wagon that the youngsters can load for its journey. Abraham Lincoln’s connection to Illinois National Road towns is also spotlighted. One of the largest artifacts is an original National Road timber dating to the 1830s. Visitors will develop a better understanding of the importance of this road to Illinois and American history as well as an appreciation for the people that were involved in its construction.
Holiday Inn Express & Suites
Conveniently located off I-70, our pet-friendly hotel in Vandalia offers an ideal location near the Old State Capitol Building along with premium amenities to ensure you have a comfortable stay. Our hotel provides quick access to area attractions such as the Fayette County Museum, Lakes Carlyle & Vandalia & the Madonna of the Trail Monument. Golfers can enjoy a stay at our choice accommodations since our location is near top-notch courses, like Indian Springs Golf Course, Vandalia Country Club & Ramsey Lake Golf Course. Our hotel offers premium business services, which include a 24-hour business center, free high-speed, wireless Internet access & a large meeting room with A/V equipment & catering options. While lodging at our smoke-free hotel enjoy the first-class facilities, which include a state-of-the-art fitness center, a heated indoor pool & a relaxing whirlpool spa. Every morning, help yourself to a cinnamon roll from our hotel's complimentary hot breakfast bar.