Decatur is located in Macon County
and is the county seat. It lies about 30 miles east of Springfield
, the state capital, along Interstate 72
on the banks of the Sangamon River
The area was settled about 1830 and immigrants included the family of Abraham Lincoln. The first post of the Grand Army of the Republic was erected in here 1866.
A heavy industrial era was stimulated by the creation of Lake Decatur in the early 1900s. Today the city, population 83,000, is home to several Fortune 500 companies, including two of the world's largest agricultural processors.
Local attractions include the Macon County Museum Complex, Scoville Oriental Gardens and the Mari-Mann Herb Farm. In addition, golfers will want to try out Faries Park Golf Course, Hickory Point Golf Course, Nelson Golf Course and Scovill Golf Club.
Post-high school education can be obtained from Millikin University, Decatur School of Practical Nursing and Richland Community College.
As an historical footnote, the Decatur Staleys, which eventually become the Chicago Bears of the NFL, kicked off here in 1918.
Art Lincoln Square Theater |
Bed and Breakfasts and Country Inns Soy City Motel | Victoriana Bed & Breakfast | Younker House Bed & Breakfast |
Education Decatur School of Practical Nursing | Millikin University |
Restaurants, Cafes, Delis, Bakeries Marcia's Waterfront Restaurant | The Blue Mill |
History Hieronymus Mueller Museum |
Motels, Hotels and Resorts Budgetel Inn - Decatur | Holiday Inn-Decatur | Ramada Ltd Decatur Hickory Pt | Wingate Inn |
Shopping Hooker Glass Company |
Health Resorts and Spas Renaissance Spa of Rejuvenation |
Transportation Decatur Airport |
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08/08 Coming to The area
Peoria Heights Art Fair Peoria Heights IL May11 A great weekend is planned; the show coincides with the Race for the Cure and the Illinois Art League members show at the Village Hall. A hospitality tent will be open throughout the Art Fair with coffee and donuts in the morning and water and fruit during the day .
Belleville Art on the Square Belleville IL May17-19
Springfield Old Capitol Art Fair Springfield IL May18-19 Whether you are a serious art collector or are just developing an appreciation, there is original art here for you, in the form of jewelry, sculpture, photography, glassware, pottery, wood, metalwork, oils, watercolors, and other media.
Summer Camp Music Festival Chillicothe IL May24-26 The first Summer Camp Music Festival was held in 2001 at Three Sisters Park in Chillicothe, IL. About 1,000 attended the festival that year, and enjoyed over 20 bands on 2 stages over the course of 2 days. Since then, Summer Camp Music Festival has grown to more than 15,000 attendees, hosting more than 100 bands on 7 stages over 3 days.
International Horseradish Festival Collinsville IL May31-June2 Admission is always free, parking is always free and musical entertainment is always free at the Horseradish Festival.
Art on Main Fine Arts Festival Canton IL June1-2 This inaugural fine arts festival will feature original art from the best of our Midwest artists. Come to view and to purchase excellent art pieces in a variety of categories: Painting / Drawing, Jewelry, Clay / Ceramic, Photography, Glass, Sculpture, Woven Textiles, and Wood.