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University of Illinois
An atmosphere of innovation at Illinois is based on a history of interdisciplinary exploration. Faculty and students pursue projects with other top scholars from around the world and across disciplines. Campus resources include the world’s largest public university library, outstanding centers for the arts, and many world-class research facilities, including the National Center for Supercomputing Applications. In 2003, Illinois’ faculty members won national and international awards including two Nobel Prizes, the Crafoord Prize in Biosciences, and two Guggenheim Fellowships. Students choose from more than 150 majors and 1100 clubs and organizations.
Pygmalion Music Festival
Celebrating its tenth year, Pygmalion Music Festival returns with a vengeance to Champaign-Urbana taking over multiple venues, SXSW style. You can revel in tunes from CHVRCHES, American Football, Panda Bear, Real Estate, Tycho and dozens more. Coinciding with this unbeatable lineup, you’ve got the Made Fest, a two-day curated marketplace featuring handmade and vintage sellers, and the Literature Fest with authors and poets Peter Orner, Audrey Petty, Jamaal May and more. Sounds like a perfectly indie weekend.
Urbana's Market at the Square
Join thousands of residents and visitors during Market season and connect with growers at Urbana's Market at the Square. Choose locally-raised foods and treasure-hunt among the art and craft vendor booths. Gather information about local non-profits, schools and other community groups on our Community Row. Catch up with friends, take in a set from local performers, and enjoy the public square atmosphere the Market has to offer. Saturday morning at Urbana's Market at the Square is one of our city’s signature institutions. It’s a great way to kick off your weekend! Open May through November.
The University of Illinois Pollinitarium is the first free-standing science center in the nation devoted to flowering plants and their pollinators. Its location in the midst of the Arboretum brings together flowers and pollinators physically and conceptually. Changing exhibits relate to world events and ongoing research on pollinators. Guests can explore beekeeping equipment, see live demonstrations and play interactive games. Because so much depends on pollination, the UI Pollinatarium is dedicated to increasing awareness and appreciation of pollination as a remarkable ecological partnership and an essential ecosystem service.
16th Annual Rattlesnake Master Run for the Prairie
The 5K fun run and walk will traverse Meadowbrook Park one and a half times before returning to the finish line.
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.
21-room motel with pets accepted and restaurants within walking distance.
Vandalia Lake Camping
Vandalia Lake provides high quality camping facilities for overnight camping. The campground includes sites with electric outlets, modern shower with flush toilets, and a dump station for recreational vehicles. Campgrounds are open from Memorial weekend through last weekend in September.
Grand Levee and Harvest Festival
The Grande Levee is a celebration of the grand receptions held during the 1800s to honor government dignitaries and important visitors. Friday evening the event kicks-off with a ham and bean dinner on the Vandalia Statehouse grounds along with musical entertainment. Saturday brings a day full of events at the Statehouse grounds for the Ground Levee. The Harvest Festival, which is held on Gallatin Street, will have vendors, sidewalk sales, bingo, kids' activities, inflatables, RC race car exhibition and more!
Vandalia State House
Step inside the Illinois’ oldest surviving State Capitol building. Vandalia was the fourth statehouse in Illinois, and is best known for the era when Abraham Lincoln served in the Illinois House of Representatives. Visitors can enjoy guided tours of this restored landmark.
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.
Harmony Hill Orchard
Stop by and pick up certified organic apples and peaches.
Cozy Creek Family Farm
Family vacation farm
The Razzano House
Uniquely private, the Razzano House is an architect designed home built by restauranteur and golfing professional Louis Razzano in 1952 to match the elegant period homes in the area. It is now a charming, comfortable guest home.
26 rooms, some with kitchenettes. Handicap rooms, pet friendly.
Super 8 Motel - Watseka
42 rooms, large truck parking available. Nice hotel. Meeting room accommodates 50. Handicap rooms, pet friendly.
Iroquois County Historical Society Museum
This old ourthouse museum houses numerous exhibits, as well as collections of natural and cultural objects that reflect the dinstictive characteristics of the county.
Watseka Union Depot
This historic depot is now home to railroad memorabilia displays.
This nine-ton cannon, used in WW II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War, stands alongside Veterans Parkway in honor of the men and women who have served in the Armed Forces.
A beautiful 1931 art deco 375 seat theatre. Shows are open to all ages and start at 7pm except on special events. The theatre brings the opportunity of a variety of entertainment arts; from concerts, live music & professional dance troupes to dinner theatre, local talent shows, private events such as weddings, and special holiday productions. This building was designed by the famous Louis Skidmore of "Skidmore, Owens and Merrill." The Watseka Theatre is believed to be the only theatre he ever designed. It's definitely a "Diamond in Our Own Backyard."
Watseka Farmers Market
This farmers market is located at the First Trust & Savings bank in downtown Watseka. There are approximately fifteen vendors. Most of the vendors sell homegrown fruits and vegetables. There are also craft vendors on site. Held on Saturdays, 7am-Noon, June through September.
Clinton Lake Marina
Services include boat rentals, beverages, bait, propane tank exchange, slip rentals and an on-site boat service department.
Hickory Holler Campground
Located in West York, Crawford County, the campground features 100 camping sites with many nearby activities.
CITY: West York
This orchard offers in-season peaches, apples, pears and pumpkins.
J & R Antiques
General antiques specialing in toys, timepieces and oil lamps.
D & J Cafe
Homestyle cafe offering full menu.
CITY: Willow Hill
Old School Museum
The now renovated Old School Museum offers visitors a view of the history of Scott County and Winchester. This museum preserves and displays artifacts related to local history, agriculture, transportation, communication and public education. Also included is a collection of interesting/unique artifacts from the businesses and society of early Scott County. The Romanesque style building was Winchester’s public elementary school from 1901 through 1958.
Fox Prairie Golf Course
18-hole golf course set in the countryside of Windsor. The Fox offers a golf experience for everyone from the casual golfer to those looking for a real challenge. The course was built on 160 acres of rolling farmland and woods in 1998. GPS ADDRESS: 1300 N 3050 E
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.
Wolf Creek State Park
Eight miles northwest of Windsor, Wolf Creek State Park encompass 11,100 acres of water, 250 miles of shoreline and large tracts of carefully maintained indigenous woodlands ideal for camping, horseback riding, snowmobiling, boat fishing, water skiing, pontoon boating, windsurfing or just plain bobbing and drifting on the glittering expanse of the lake itself. In addition to visiting the small, friendly wooded campgrounds or taking part in the action on the lake, swimming is available from the beach. You can also take a leisurely stroll through nearby forests. An abundance of deer, pheasant, rabbits, wild turkey and songbirds are almost always visible.