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BEASON

Pumpkin Patches

Gail’s Pumpkin Patch
1709 2000th Avenue
7 miles east of Lincoln
We offer a variety of pumpkins, gourds, ornamental corn, Nate’s honey, crafts, straw bales, popcorn, mums, and Abby’s baked goods.
217-447-3409
www.gailspumpkinpatch.com


BEAVERVILLE

Places of Interest

Fey Orr Memorial Mural
Beaverville Grain and Lumber Company
A 120'x16' mural honoring the late Fey Orr, prominent business and philanthropist. The mural appears on the Beaverville Grain and Lumber Co. and depicts the people and lifestyle of Beaverville.


Historic Sites

"Cathedral of the Country", St. Mary's Church
308 St. Charles St
Completed in 1910, the Bedford limestone cathedral was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in May 1996. French Canadian farmers established residency in Beaverville in the 19th Century and many of the town's residents are descendants.
815-435-2432
www.keynet.net/~stmarys


State Parks

Iroquois County State Wildlife Area
2803 E. 3300 North Rd.
The area features some of the finest and most extensive prairie-marsh and sand dune vegetation remaining in Illinois. Primarily operated as a permit pheasant hunting area, hiking, picnicking, and snowmobiling opportunities are also available.


BENLD

Places of Interest

The Holy Dormition of the Theotokos Catholicon of the Patriarchal Russian Orthodox Catholic Church
300 N Fourth St
Jurisdiction: Patriarchate of Moscow and all Russia. Established in 1907 by a group of Russian immigrants who lived and labored in Benld, built homes and reared their families while adding their customs and ideas to the ever-mixing cultures that we find
217-835-2202

Colliseum Antique Mall
South Main & Central Ave.
Located off I-55, Exit 44, 4 miles to Benld, left on Rt. 4. 13,000 square feet of shopping, 13 acres for outside selling.
217-835-7788


Museums

Hot Metal Heaven Museum
Central and Main St
Collection of letterpress printing memorabilia
217-854-2141


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BEMENT

Historic Sites

Bryant Cottage State Historic Site
146 E. Wilson St.
An 1856 cottage where tradition says Abraham Lincoln and his rival Stephen Douglas discussed their upcoming debates. A visit to the cottage reflects the comfortable but modest lifestyle of an aspiring smalltown businessman of the mid 19th century.
217-678-8184


Abraham Lincoln Sites

Bryant Cottage State Historic Site
146 East Wilson St.
An 1856 cottage where tradition says Abraham Lincoln and his rival Stephen Douglas discussed their upcoming debates.
217-678-8184



BETHANY

State Parks

Shelbyville State Fish and Wildlife Area
RR 1, Box 42A
A 6,400-acre wildlife area on the north end of Lake Shelbyville. Hunting for waterfowl, forest and upland game is popular. Boat access is provided to accommodate anglers and hunters.


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BLOOMINGTON

Places of Interest

State Farm Insurance
1 State Farm Plaza
State Farm is Bloomington-Normal's largest employer and the nation's largest insurance company. Tours are offered at the Corporate Building on State Farm Plaza and the historic Fire Building.
309-766-6320
www.statefarm.com

Miller Park Zoo
1020 S. Morris Ave.
A Bloomington/Normal landmark since 1891, Miller Park Zoo is the only Illinois zoo to feature the endangered Sumatran Tiger. This zoo features indoor and outdoor exhibits.
309-434-2250

Grow Mark Seeds
R.R. #1, Box 165
See the production, bagging and warehouse facilities of a seed production company. Grow Mark also has a greenhouse where it conducts research and bio-technology projects.
309-823-8501

Grady's Family Fun Center
1501 Morrissey Dr.
As Bloomington-Normal's only amusement park, Grady's features an 18-hole mini-golf course, batting cages, bumper boats, go carts and kiddie rides.
309-662-3332

Bloomington OTB
1611 S. Morrissey Ave.
Horse racing from various tracks across the Midwest, including Sportsman's, and
Balmoral. Banquet room available.
309-662-6200


Museums

Presence, Pride & Passion: A History of African Americans in McLean County
200 N. Main Street
The McLean County Museum of History will exhibit the local experiences of African Americans in the McLean County from 1840 to the present. This features over 60 artifacts which will highlight the challenges they faced and reflect the diverse stories.
309-827-0428

Prarie Aviation Museum
2929 East Empire
Highlights the History of Aviation from the Wright Brothers to Illinois Astronauts. View or take a ride in the restored DC-3, The National Historic Registry's only Flying Exhibit!
309-663-7632
www.prairieaviationmuseum.org

Mclean County Museum of History
200 N. Main St.


Performing Arts

Community Concert Band
PO Box 5081
The Community Concert Band performs at several venues throughout Bloomington/Normal.
309-663-4882
www.bn-communityband.org

McLean County Dance Center
510 E. Washington
The McLean County Dance Center offers classes in a variety of dance styles. Three performance companies are affiliated with the dance center.
309-829-7070
www.mcleancountydance.org

Miller Park Outdoor Summer Theater
Miller Park, 1020 S. Morris Ave.
Two theater productions are performed in the outdoor theater in Miller Park by the Bloomington-Normal Area Theatrical Community.
309-434-2260

Twin City Ballet
510 E. Washington St., Ste 320
Twin Cities Ballet is a civic ballet company and school of dance which attracts guest dancers throughout the year. The Nutcracker is a local tradition each December.
309-829-9333

Illinois Symphony Orchestra
904 S. Eldorado Rd.
Illinois Symphony Orchestra consists of musicians from Central Illinois performing - classical concerts and three pops performances each year.
309-661-2662
www.ilsymphony.org

McLean County Arts Center
601 North east Street
Rotating exhibits form national and local artisits. Severl Performance Exhibits Annually. Classes & Gift Shop.
309-829-0011

Community Players Theatre
201 Robinhood Ln.
The Community Players Theatre is committed to bringing good quality theatre at an affordable price. Call for current performances, times and tickets.
309-663-2121
www.communityplayers.org

Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts
110 East Mulberry Street
Built in 1922 to house the original American Passion Play, the landmark former Scottish Rite Temple is the centerpiece of downtown Bloomington’s new Cultural District. The Performing Arts Center, with a 1200 seat theatre and 1000 person ballroom.
309-434-2787
www.artsblooming.org

Illinois Shakespeare Festival
Ewing Manor, 48 Sunset Rd.
Bloomington-Normal's nationally renowned Illinois Shakespeare Festival. Extra measures have been taken to enhance the comfort of the patrons and the performers.
309-438-2535
www.thefestival.org

Listed in the Register of Historic Sites. The nationally accredited museum is housed in a magnificent old courthouse located in downtown Bloomington.
309-827-0428
www.mchistory.org

Illinois Coaches Association Golf Hall of Fame
502 Sale Barn Rd.
Located at Prairie Vista Golf Course, the Golf Hall of Fame honors Illinois high school golf coaches and others for their efforts on behalf of junoir golfers and high school golf.
309-434-2217


Historic Sites

David Davis Mansion
1000 E. Monroe St.
This 19th Century mansion was the home of United States Supreme Court Justice David Davis, mentor to Abraham Lincoln.The mansion was built in 1872. Several annual Festivals including the Glorious Garden Walk & Mr. Lincoln's Birhtday.
309-828-1084
daviddavismansion.org

Funks Grove Pure Maple Sirup
5257 Old Route 66
Guided tours offered during February and March show syrup making by the "Boiling Down" process. Gift store stocked with syrup as well as Route 66 memorabilia.
309-874-3360

Miller Park Pavilion
1020 S. Morris Ave.
This unique landmark was restored in 1977. The Korean/Vietnam War Memorial was dedicated in May of 1988.
309-434-2260

Site of Major's Hall
Corner of Front & East Sts.
A plaque commemorates the building where, on May 29, 1856, at a convention of the Republican Party of Illinois, Abraham Lincoln gave a speech which became known as his "lost speech."
309-829-1641 or 800-433-8226

Stevenson Graves
Evergreen Cemetery, 302 E. Miller St.
Graves of Adlai Stevenson I and Adlai Stevenson II. Also buried here are Letita Green Stevenson and her sister Julia Green Scott.
309-827-6950


Golf Courses

Highland Park Golf Course
1613 S. Main St.
18 holes over 5,725 yards with a par of 70.
www.highlandparkgc.com

Prairie Vista Golf Course
502 W. Hamilton Rd.
18 holes over 6,745 yards with a par of 72.
www.prairievistagc.com

The Den at Fox Creek
3002 Fox Creek Rd.
18 holes over 6,926 yards with a par of 72.
www.thedengc.com

The Links at Ireland Grove, The Links Course
3807 Ballybunion Rd.
9 holes over 1,590 yards with a par of 30.
www.thelinksatirelandgrove.com


Farmers Markets

Downtown Bloomington Farmers’ Market
On the Square at Main & Jefferson
Producer-only market offering locally grown vegetables, fruits, meats, eggs, cheeses, fresh flowers, plants, herbs, and baked goods.
309-829-9599


Abraham Lincoln Sites

David Davis Mansion State Historic Site
1000 E. Monroe St.
Judge David Davis’s estate offers a glimpse into the lives of the wealthy and powerful of its day. Davis helped Abraham Lincoln win the 1860 Presidential nomination; Lincoln appointed Davis to the U.S. Supreme Court. Explore the mansion’s Victorian furnishings and the most modern conveniences of the late 1800s.
309-828-1084
www.daviddavismansion.org


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BLOOMINGTON/NORMAL

Places of Interest

Pepsi Ice Center
201 S. Roosevelt
An indoor public ice skating facility offering skate rental, lessons, a hockey program, and public ice skating sessions.
309-434-2737
www.cityblm.org/pepsi/

Timber Point Outdoor Center
20 Timber Point Lane
Along the shores of Lake Bloomington, this center offers meeting facilities, catering and group activities including camping, boating, fishing, swimming, hiking and a team building challenge course. Let your group experience the adventure of working together 40 feet in the air and then descending on a 300-foot zip line.
309-365-8021

Stevenson Memorial Room
Stevenson Hall, Beufort and School Streets
Memorabilia of Adlai E. Stevenson II, former governor of Illinois, ambassador to the United Nations, and two time presidential candidate.
309-438-5669

U.S. Cellular Coliseum
101 S. Madison St.
This premier entertainment center hosts the Bloomington Extreme and the Bloomington Prairie Thunder, the professional football and hockey league teams. Holds 8,000 seats for concerts and conferences year round.
309-434-2843
www.uscellularcoliseum.com

Anderson Family Aquatic Center
100 S. Maple
Check out the two waterslides in the training pool and areas for relaxing. The kiddy water play area is a zero depth area complete with a small waterslide, water cannons, a submarine play/slide structure and lots of spray toys. Seasonal hours.
309-454-9540
www.normal.org

Shoppes at College Hills
Veterans Parkway
An open-air lifestyle center and Bloomington/Normal’s newest and most unique retail destination. The exciting blend of retailers and restaurants includes more than 25 specialty stores.
www.theshoppesatcollegehills.com

Upper Limits Rock Gym
1304 W. Washington St.
With over 20,000 square feet, it is one of the largest climbing gyms in North America. Perfect for both the advanced climber or the beginner. Enjoy climbing one of the 65 foot tall indoor silos, or rappel 120 feet off the top of the building.
309-829-TALL

Illinois Wesleyan University
This academically acclaimed private university covers 60 acres. Special features include the Evelyn Chapel, which has won international acclaim for architecture and interior design. The chapel has a Casavant Freres organ with more than 1,650 pipes.
309-556-3031

Illinois State University
Founded in 1857 with much of the original legal work completed by Abraham Lincoln, Illinois State University was the first public university in the State and the tenth oldest state teacher’s school in the nation. Call for tours.
309-438-INFO
www.ilstu.edu

Fairview Family Aquatic Center
800 N. Main St.
There are several exciting amenities for children, adults and families to enjoy including a zero depth pool, four waterslides (two that drop 42 feet), water spray toys, sand volleyball and full service concessions.
309-454-9540
www.normal.org

Ecology and Action Center
202 W. College Ave.
This is a walk-in information and environment education center for individuals and groups providing practical workshops and exhibits. Nature walks, special events and educational field trips are also available.
309-454-3169
www.ecologyactioncenter.org

Beer Nuts, Inc.
103 North Robinson St.
The only place in the world where Beer Nuts are manufactured.
309-827-8580

Bloomington Cultural District
107 E. Chesnut St.
A three block art, education and entertainment complex currently being developed in downtown Bloomington. Centered around the Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts, the Cultural District will also include a new Festival Park and a Creativity Center for arts education.
309-494-2787


Museums

Challenger Learning Center at Prairie Aviation Museum
2901 East Empire Rd.
Through scheduled team missions, the Challenger Learning Center promotes leadership, communication, problem-solving and critical thinking skills while supporting our country’s goals of improving science, math and technology education.
309-661-1621
www.challengercentralillinois.org


Performing Arts

The Castle Theater
209 E Washington St.
The area’s only independently owned and operated movie theater. The Castle Theater has recaptured some of that old time magic while adding some modern perks.
309-829-4647

Normal Theater
209 North St.
Completely restored to its original condition when it opened in 1937. It was the first theater in Bloomington-Normal specifically designed for sound films. Today it shows classic movies, art films and also hosts live theatre and music.
309-454-9720 or 309-454-9722


Golf Courses

Constitution Trail
Enjoy outdoor recreational activities on this 24 mile multi-use trail throughout Bloomington and Normal. New developments are continually being added due to the trail’s popularity.
www.normal.org


Hotels/Motels

Baymont Inn - Bloomington
309-662-2800

Best Inns of America - Bloomington
309-827-5333 or 800-237-8466

Best Western - University Inn - Normal
309-454-4070 or 800-528-1234

The Chateau Hotel & Conference Center - Bloomington
309-662-2020 or 866-690-4006

Clarion Hotel D Bloomington
309-662-5311

Comfort Inn - Bloomington
309-828-6000 or 800-424-6423

Comfort Suites - Normal
309-452-8588 or 800-228-5150

Country Inn & Suites - Airport
309-662-3100 or 800-456-4000

Country Inn & Suites - West
309-828-7177 or 800-456-4000

Courtyard by Marriott - Normal
309-862-1166 or 800-321-2211

Days Inn - Normal
309-454-6600 or 800-329-7466

Days Inn West - Bloomington
309-829-6292 or 800-DAYS-INN

Doubletree Hotel & Conference Center
309-664-6446 or 800-222-TREE

Eastland Suites Hotel & Conference Center - Bloomington
309-662-0000 or 800-53-SUITE

Econolodge - Bloomington
309-829-3100 or 800-4-CHOICE

Extended Stay America - Bloomington
309-662-8533 or 800-EXT-STAY

Hampton Inn - West - Bloomington
800-HAMPTON or 309-829-3700

Hawthorn Suites - Bloomington
309-829-8111 or 800-527-1133

Holiday Inn Express & Suites - Normal
309-862-1600 or 800-HOLIDAY

Howard Johnson Hotel - Bloomington
309-828-1505 or 800-IGOHOJO

Motel 6 - Normal
309-452-0422 or 800-4-MOTEL-6

Quality Inn & Suites - Bloomington
309-829-7602 or 800-424-6423

Ramada Limited & Suites - Bloomington
309-828-0900 or 888-771-7171

Signature Inn - Normal
309-454-4044 or 800-822-5252

Super 8 Motel - Bloomington
309-663-2388 or 800-800-8000

Super 8 Motel - Normal
309-454-5858 or 800-800-8000

Wingate Inn - Bloomington
309-820-9990 or 800-228-1000
Bed & Breakfasts

Burr House Bed & Breakfast
309-828-7686
800-449-4182
www.burrhouse.net

Davis Rose Inn
309-829-6854
www.davisroseinn.com

Vrooman Mansion
309-828-8816
www.vroomanmansion.com


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BROWNSTONE

Bed & Breakfasts

Brazle Haus Bed & Breakfast
618-347-2207



BUFFALO

Pumpkin Patches

The Berry Patch
11471 Lynn Road
(CR 8N-Lynn Rd. off Rt. 54, Buffalo Hart, 3rd house on left; Farm location is in Buffalo Hart)
Indian corn, asparagus, strawberries, blackberries, red raspberries, pumpkins, and gourds.
217-364-5606.
www.the-berry-patch.com



BUFFALO HART

U-Picks/Orchards

The Berry Patch
11471 Lynn Road
Upick asparagus, strawberries, blackberries, red berries, pumpkins, gourds
217-364-5606


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