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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.
Stone Coal Log Cabin Village
Original log buildings in this educational village are from Illinois' early prairie years.
The National at Eagle Creek Golf Course
The National Golf Course at Eagle Creek is a premier public golf course located in Eagle Creek State Park in Findlay, Illinois. Nestled in the heart of over 34,000 acres of woods and prairie on the banks of Lake Shelbyville, The National is a challenging yet fair test for the golfer of any ability. Now with five sets of tees!
Joe Sippers Cafe
Need a nice place to relax? Come out to Joe Sippers Café for breakfast, lunch, dinner or just to enjoy a cup of coffee.
Quality Inn - Effingham
Indoor pool, sauna, whirlpool, exercise room, free continental breakfast, pet friendly, smoking and non smoking rooms, free internet.
Oak Terrace Golf Course
Home of the Shotmaker's Mile, Oak Terrace is a championship 18-hole course complete with a driving range, putting and chipping green, and a fully stocked pro shop.
La Petite Boutique & Fine Decor
Specializes in petite items with affordable rates. They have shoes, apparel, jewelry, antiques and more.
Country School Market
Housed in a closed school, this historic brick school building has found a new purpose. It now houses the Country School Market with consignment rooms with antiques, crafts, collectibles, jewelry, books, furniture, railroad items, farm toys, and much more.
The Inn at Oak Terrace
New rooms, each with 2 queen size beds. The Inn is adjacent to the pro shop & 18-hole golf course and a restaurant/ lounge. Conference and reception facilities available.
Country Pride - Effingham
Country Pride is a full service restaurant with home-style food. There is a non-smoking section and it is handicap accessible. It is located in a 24 hour truckstop.
Yen Ching Chinese Restaurant
Family owned and operated restaurant. Dine In, carryout, or enjoy the buffet.
The National at Eagle Creek
This 18-hole pro golf course has been refurbished with new sand traps, and water features and has great views of Lake Shelbyville. There is a driving range and paved cart paths.
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!
"The Best Motel by a Dam Site" located across from the Lake Shelbyville Dam, on the Kaskaskia River. Twenty-One 2-3 bed units with Wi-Fi, microwave, refrigerator, TV, hair dryer, Jacuzzi suite available. All rooms are ground floor. Free electric hook-ups for over 30 boats. Excellent location for fisherman, boaters, water skiers, sunbathers, picnickers and passers by. Bait Shop.
Super 8 - Mattoon
This 61 room facility is located just off I-57 and Illinois Route 16, and has a variety of restaurants within walking distance. Attractions nearby include the Lincoln Log Cabin State Historic Site and the Lincoln-Douglas Debate Museum. Free Wi-Fi, business center, free breakfast bonanza, and pet-friendly. Kids 17 and under stay free with an adult.
This Steakhouse sits in Downtown Findlay, "the Heart of Lake Shelbyville". Serving American style foods from chicken, steaks, and fish to homestyle lunch specials.
The Iron Keg
Recently opened after doing extensive construction and renovation in the historic downtown Shelbyville, The Iron Keg is a friendly spot to relax and enjoy a frosty beverage Check out the daily specials and try Butch's Pizza and Burgers.
Main Street Antiques & Collectibles
Main Street Antiques & Collectibles offers a wide variety of antiques and unique collectible items from the past and present.
North Entrance To Lake Shelby
This 15-mile-long lake has 250 miles of shoreline, offering camping, fishing, boating, marinas and more.
Timberlake Golf Club
This nine-hole, par 35 course features a campground on premises, along with golfing/camping packages.
The Farmhouse Family Restaurant
The Farmhouse seats 92 people and has a reputation in the area for "down-home" cooking. There are lunch buffets daily and Friday and Saturday breakfast and dinner buffets.
Kitchell Park and Chautauqua Auditorium
This 40-acre park, donated to the City of Pana by Civil War Captain Kitchell, features the round Chautauqua Auditorium, Schuyler Bridge, a playground and picnic area.
A baker's delight, this small cafe offers different flavors every day of the week. With unique cupcakes such as banana split, orange dreamsicle, margarita, along with everyday flavors. There are also unique cookie bars, cookies, cakes, and more along with coffees and teas. They will design unique creations for your party or get together or they can host your party right there in the shop.
Burgers, tacos, and more. Special soft serve flavors of the week.
Eagle Creek Golf Course
This newly renovated 18-hole golf course is designed as a pro course.
Visit the museum's beautiful grounds and see a collection of over 10,000 items that include sea shells, primitive furniture and antique glassware.
Paradise Inn - Effingham
Paradise Inn is a clean, well-maintained hotel. The hotel allows small pets, has cable and bus parking, and is adjacent to restaurants.
Late Bloomer on Main
Full-service florist with unique gift items.
Legacy Harley Davidson
Legacy Harley-Davidson is not only a great place to stock up on the latest Harley-Davidson gear, but it is an attraction that brings thousands of visitors to the area. The Harley Barn houses new and pre-owned motorcycles, along with clothing, merchandise, parts, and much more. The folks at the Harley Barn also invite travelers to visit their one-of-a-kind events that they hold throughout the year at the barn.
Abigails on the Lake
Abigail's is a full-service marina with a restaurant located right on Lake Sara and has a boat ramp, gas, and boat rental slips. They offer hot dogs, BBQ and other great American traditional food.
Moweaqua Coal Mine Museum
Houses a number of coal minig artifacts - Pictures, newspaper clippings, coal mining tools, and other mine related materials on display. Most famous for the explosion that happened on December 24, 1932 which killed 54 workers.
Fine Dining at It's Best. Serving appetizers, soups, & salads, steaks, pork, chicken, seafood, pasta, desserts, sandwiches.
Downtown, outdoor, shopping at several diversified stores.
Super 8 Motel - Altamont
2-story, 25 rooms
Jake's Antiques & Amish Warehouse
Antiques & Oak reproductions. Mattresses, Amish made furniture, Bicycles, Yard Decorations and furniture.
Joe's Pizza and Italian Foods
Family friendly atmosphere with homestyle pizza and italian foods.
Gateway Inn Sullivan
Located nearby various attractions, including Eagle Creek and Wolf Creek State Parks and Lake Shelbyville, this facility is cozy and comfortable and is also pet friendly. Centrally located in the heart of fishing country.
Mattoon Welcome Center & Historic Railroad Depot
Mattoon Tourism & Arts Welcome Center is located in the historic Illinois Central Railroad Train Depot, which also still serves as the Amtrak Station for the Community. The original Railroad Depot was constructed in 1918 by the Illinois Central Railroad, and it was then remodeled in 2011. The Depot is still an active Amtrak Station with 3,000 passengers boarding and un-boarding per month. The welcome center offers a host of information: state-of-the-art schools & colleges, a growing economy, beautiful parks, lakes and sports amenities round out the more favorable quality of life found in Mattoon.
Shelby County Historical and Genealogical Society
Historical items are displayed throughout this former jail and previous sheriff's residence. Tour the basement where the old jails cells are located, or trace your family tree.
W. S. Broom & Co.
W. S. Broom & Co. has the furniture and flooring to fit in any house and budget!
Offers a little bit of everything & also has a pharmacy.
Hampton Inn & Suites - Effingham
Offers free breakfast, indoor pool & spa, free internet and parking, meeting rooms and suites are also available.
Built in 1903, the auditorium is the largest building of its kind anywhere in the world, and is included on the National Register of Historic Places. Above the stage are Grecian statues designed by Robert Root.
Niemerg’s Steakhouse in Effingham opened September 1, 1978 and is locally owned and operated with food that’s made grandmother style; from scratch and with care.
Abe Lincoln Motel
American family owned and operated for over 20 years. AM coffee and local calls free. Some kitchenettes available.
Comfort Suites - Effingham
Comfort Suites offers suites with kitchenettes, handicap accessible rooms, free internet and breakfast. They have a very nice lounge where you can play a family card game, enjoy some television or just enjoy a warm fire.
The Shaker Loft Bed & Breakfast
Contemporary B&B. Shaker loft with king-size bed, Amish room with queen bed, quilt room with full bed. Wooded lakeside serenity, 18-hole golf course, driving range, boating and fishing available, reservations required.
Charming restaurant in a restored turn of century building located on the south side of monument square in a historical section of downtown with unique storefront columns. Serving breakfast all day long. Salad Bar, Senior Discount everyday.
America's Best Value Inn - Effingham
Meeting facilities, handicap access, free breakfast, small pets allowed, indoor pool, bus parking, meeting services available, free movie rental.
Best Wedding Chapel
This chapel, once a Catholic church, was purchased by the Best family who now offers it for weddings. Built in the 1870s, the chapel has its original 14-foot stained glass windows that complement the 33-foot cathedral ceiling.
Effingham Park District
Effingham has four community parks. All offer baseball diamonds, play grounds, basketball courts and great areas for family picnics.
Ramsey Lake State Park
A one-mile walking trail winds through the park, and a 13-mile horse trail is located at the north end alongside a campground for horses.
Shelby County 4H & Jr. Fair
One of only a few fairs that still highlight their 4H and Juniors. The fair includes dog care and obedience, judging in livestock, poultry, rabbits, lambs, produce, flowers, plants, and many other subjects. The Food Shack serves plenty of great food each day of the fair manned by the various 4H Clubs in Shelby County. The fair wraps up with the popular livestock auction and team penning.
Bagelfest is a 29 year old festival in Mattoon that began on the idea of hospitality. When the Lender’s Bagel Factory moved to Mattoon, not everyone in town knew about bagels. So Murray Lender introduced his product to the community with a free bagel breakfast held in downtown Mattoon. And then a festival was born. Through many changes and additions now the festival is more than three days of activities including three nights of nationally known musicians, carnival, food and craft vendors, dog show and baby contest and of course there is still a free bagel breakfast to celebrate the hospitality and generosity of Murray Lender.
Olivier's Country Creations & Gifts
Fabric, craft supplies, beads, finished crafts, gifts, handmade quilts, birdhouses, collectibles, books, videos, furniture, and much more.
Super 8 - Effingham
Suites available, small pets allowed, cable/movies, kitchenettes aveniable, in-room safe, free super start breakfast from 6:00 am - 10:00 am.
Effingham County Courthouse
The courthouse was built in 1871 after Effingham was named the county seat. The courhouse retains a pristine exterior and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It also features a museum inside. The museum displays two rooms devoted to the military, which gets changed throughout the year. It also has a room dedicated to the railroads in Effingham County. The Effingham County Courthouse is open Tuesday and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Village Square Mall
Indoor shopping mall with several stores such as Bath & Body Works, Bon Worth, Christopher & Banks, CJ Banks, Claire's, JC Penny, Maurices and many more.
The Stage at Lake Sara
After being on the lake all day, why not check out an outdoor concert from local and regional bands. Also be sure to remember that the stage is available to rent.
The Marina at Lake Sara
If you want to spend a day on Lake Sara but don't have a boat, don't worry The Marina at Lake Sara offers boat rentals, tackle, gas, food and drinks.
Super 8 Altamont
Playgrounds, movie channels, located near interstate
Okaw Valley Orchard
Check out the store and bakery, where you can buy apples, peaches, cider, jams, jellies and apple butter. A playground and picnic area is available. An apple festival is held over Columbus Day weekend.
Stroll through four acres and view 1,200 varieties of fragrant, uniquely landscaped herb, perennial and ornamental gardens. Alwerdt's offers a gift shop and garden center.
16 rental units, 7 including kitchenettes
Cross at the Crossroads
Soaring nearly 200 feet into the Midwestern sky, the Cross is a landmark for the more than 19 million travelers who pass through Effingham each year along Interstates 57 and 70. Other features of the site include a visitor center, chapel and a 10 Commandments display.
Rosamond Grove Cemetery
Located on a high mound overlooking the prairie, this cemetery is home of the famous Lincoln the Orator statue by artist J. Mulligan and the Lincoln-commissioned cannon called Mary Lincoln.
Martin Ranch Bed & Breakfast
Newly constructed French Country style home located on 100 acres featuring equine hotel, nature trails, and fishing pond. The outdoors is as enchanting and as lively as it is indisde. Each of the 4 guest rooms is tastefully decorated.
Assumption Historical Society/Museum
This museum displays old school pictures and artifacts from the town of Assumption. Open by appointment.
The Shelby Inn
Charming lodging with Victorian and modern-styled rooms. Registration and office in a turn-of-the-century, restored National Registry Home. Standard, Deluxe, and King accommodations. 45 rooms; Free Wi-Fi, expanded boat parking with electricity; 24 hour voice mail; flat screen TVs w/cable; comfortable and charming setting; convenient to golf, boat ramps, recreational areas, attractions & events. AAA rated. Open all year.
Firefly Grill & Restaurant
Ranked the second most eco-friendly restaurant in the nation by Bon Appétit, Firefly’s striking building is constructed from reclaimed barn wood, and its menu of American dishes incorporates ingredients from Firefly’s own gardens and local producers.
Not only do they offer a huge variety of shoes, but they also offer a variety of sporting equipment at great prices.
Stop at this roadside spot and pick your own strawberries.
The historic Peterson House is a part of Peterson Park in Mattoon, and houses the Mattoon Chamber of Commerce. This beautiful building is rich in architectural history and is an key part of Mattoon's cultural story.
The Wishing Well
Unique Antiques & Home Decor. Come in a see the antiques, quilts, inspirational signs, framed prints, candles, Pipberry Accents, Jim Shore, primitives.
Douglas-Hart Nature Center
Explore 70 acres of prairie, wetlands and forest habitat.The Visitor Center features interpretive exhibits, sensory displays and live critters, including a bird observation area.
Three Story, six bedroom log home on 30 acres with fireplace, large deck, kitchen, central air, spa, large meeting room, trail rides, continental breakfast, TV, VCR, 5-person spa, gas grill and 2 charcoal grills. Next to Hidden Springs State Forest.
Coon Creek Lodge
Seven clean and comfortable kitchenette rooms with living room, kitchen, bedroom and bath within walking distance of Coon Creek Beach and Boat Ramp. Rooms are equipped with pots and pans, table settings, coffee maker & toaster, towels, and bed linens. Only 1/2 mile from Lake Shelbyville. Open April - November.
Prairie Hill Farm
Stop by for pick-your-own blueberries in season.
Arches Antique Marketplace
Antiques of all sizes and descriptions, from books and clothing to kitchen utensils and baby items.
Lincoln Prairie Trail
This paved hiking and biking trail follows a historic rail bed for 15 miles across the Illinois prairie.
Effingham County Antique Mall
Offers a wide variety of old school clothes, furniture, house décor items, pictures, jewelry and more. They also offer items in todays time.
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.
Dr. Charles Wright House
Built in 1889 by Dr. C.M. Wright, this stately Renaissance Revival home holds three generations of Wright family furnishings, and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Boarman Chevy BelAir Museum
This museum openin in 2005 with Bob's private collection. The building is decorated in 50's sock hop style with black and white checkered floors. The walls are lined with 50's memorabilia, chevy clocks and neon signs. A jukbox takes you back to that popular era. The museum has eight vintage cars as well as a 1993 Indy Pace Car with only 28 miles. Mr. Boarman restored most of the cars himself and has been collecting over 25 years.
Ben Winter Museum
This museum's fascinating collection of memorabilia includes scale model locomotives and stationary industrial engines. Take a trip on the miniature train that travels through the surrounding orchards.
Country Charm Bed and Breakfast
The delightful, historic colonial was built in 1858 and sits on a 1/2 acre parcel that boast beautiful views of a mini orchard. There are 4 nostalgic rooms on the 2nd floor. There is boat and RV parking. Open all year and has Wi-Fi. No pets allowed.
Located on a serene wooded hilltop, gently slopes into a full-service marina and restaurant situated on Lake Shelbyville.
Stang Arts Studio & Gallery
Stang Arts Studio & Gallery features art classes for both children and adults, along with holding various events throughout the year. The artist, Jamie Stang, also specializes in "paint parties." These parties are great for a group, as they feature great food, drinks, music and art. Jamie helps visitors discover their inner-artist while relaxing in a chic studio-style atmosphere. Check out her gallery while you're there too.
Altamont Living Museum
Used today as a theater for live music and dance performances, as well as fine art exhibits, this 1912 church gives you a taste of "old-time religion" with its luminous stained-glass windows, curved oak pews and great acoustics.
The Tower of Baa-Goat
The one and only goat tower in the U.S. It is modeled after a tower that Dave and Marcia Johnson saw in a wine magazine from S. Africa. The original goat tower was in Portugal. The Johnston's tower is 31 foot tall and has 5,000 bricks with 276 spiral steps that encompass the tower.
This 25-acre wildlife park, featuring remnants of the original tallgrass Illinois prairie, features a butterfly house.
Eagle Creek State Park
A favorite of walkers and hikers, this park offers year-round camping and scenic hiking trails, many of them hugging Lake Shelbyville, Eagle Creek has 163 vehicular campsites, with 148 of those being Class A sites with electricity, picnic tables, and showers. There are 56 sites available by reservations made at least 2 weeks in advance by mail.
Kohl's is stocked with a variety of items, including apparel, shoes, accessories, home products, small electronics, bedding, luggage and much more.
Oak Terrace Lodge
Four guest bedrooms, three baths, two fireplaces, patio, deck, private loft master suite with whirlpool and suana. Beautiful A-frame nestled in rustic timber overlooking pond.
Pick your own strawberries in season, and buy fall apples, Indian corn, pumpkins and gourds.
The Little Theatre On The Square
A Professional Actor Equity Association-affiliated theatre performing Broadway musicals and comedy. Produces five mainstage shows from mid-June to mid-August. Three theatres for young audiences, shows, in addition to a fall, Christmas, & spring show.