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GALESBURG Dear Visitors, Welcome to Knox County, Illinois and Galesburg, the county seat. Our community has long been a regional leader in agriculture and industry. Our leadership has lent itself to a rich history that began in 1837 with the founding of our community and a manual labor college. That community became Galesburg; that college became Knox College. Our history includes Pulitzer Prize winning author Carl Sandburg. He gained fame writing about the stark realities of Chicago in the 19th century and the life and times of Abraham Lincoln. Carl’s birthplace is a State Historic Site and museum that exists as a testament to his humble beginnings and as a legacy to his indelible mark on America. Galesburg was an important stop on the Underground Railroad in Illinois. A “runaway slave was considered as free from capture when within (Galesburg’s) limits as if in Canada,” according to the account of Charles C. Chapman’s History of Knox County, Illinois, published in 1878. Galesburg, due in large part to Knox College, was perhaps the principal station for runaways in Western Illinois. In the years leading up to the Civil War and emancipation, Galesburg evolved and changed. It rose from a sleepy college hamlet to a railroad town. The population exploded from just over 300 in 1850 to almost 5,000 in 1860. The population doubled again by 1870 and grew steadily to become a city of over 30,000 in the early 20th century.

With that boom, came architecture, industry, retail and a growing importance in the railroad industry. Today, Galesburg has one of the largest classification yards with Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad. Over 160 trains a day pass through our community. All of those trains should mean a lot of whistles and rumbles. However, Galesburg is a Quiet Zone community thanks to the addition of major grade separations with the West Main Street “Don Moffitt Overpass” and the Seminary/ Kellogg “Bickerdyke Overpass.” An East Main Street underpass, soon to begin construction, near downtown will silence the train whistles and make Galesburg an easy place to navigate. Galesburg is also a leading stop on Amtrak. With regular daily service to and from Chicago, as well as many points west all the way to San Francisco, Galesburg is just a train ride away. When visiting our community, stop by the Welcome Center on East Main Street. We have all the information you need for history, food, lodging, entertainment, events and much more. We are here to assist you. With exception of a few gift items, everything is free. So, welcome! Enjoy your stay and write your own history in Galesburg, Illinois.

Galesburg is conveniently located between Chicago and St. Louis and Peoria and the Quad Cities.




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CARL SANDBURG STATE HISTORIC SITE 313 East Third Street 309-342-2361 | Call 800-916-3330 for hours of operation

Author-poet Carl Sandburg was born here in a three-room cottage on January 6, 1878. From these humble beginnings, Sandburg went on to achieve international acclaim for his poetry, children’s stories and a six-volume biography of Abraham Lincoln. A Visitors’ Center and gift shop is located next to the birthplace. Be sure to walk through the wooded park and perennial garden where the ashes of Carl Sandburg and his wife lie beneath “Remembrance Rock.” Quotation Walk leads you through the garden with famous quotes from Carl Sandburg’s writings engraved in the stepping stones.

“Nothing happens unless first a dream.”

- Carl Sandburg, Author-poet and Galesburg native

GALESBURG CIVIC ART CENTER 114 East Main Street 309-342-7415 Open: Year-round, except major holidays Hours: Tuesday-Friday 10:30am to 4:30pm Saturday 10:30am to 3:00pm Monthly exhibitions include both local and national artists in each of the Art Center’s two exhibition galleries. Each spring, the Joanne R. Goudie Gallery features a national juried show, GALEX, showcasing a variety of work from around the country. The Art Center hosts several annual events. Art in the Park, a one day art fair, is held each September in Standish Park Arboretum. Each summer, the Art Center invites artists to participate in a residency program. The Black Earth Film Festival is held each year and includes independent films from around the world. In addition, the Art Center organizes several fun-filled events each year to support the Art Center’s operating budget. Unique, artistic and hand-crafted items can be found in One12, the Art Center’s retail shop.



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CENTRAL CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH 309-343-5145 Open: Year-round, except major holidays Call for hours of operation This imposing Richardsonian Romanesque church building, constructed in 1898 of dark red sandstone transported from Michigan, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It has a number of magnificent rose windows, and is located on the site of the “Old First Church” – founded by the original settlers who came here with George Washington Gale to start a religious community and college.

CORPUS CHRISTI CATHOLIC CHURCH 273 South Prairie Street 309-343-8256 Open: Year-round, except major holidays Hours: 9:00am to Noon and 1:00-4:30pm Completed in 1885, the church has a 150’ spire and neo-Gothic architecture. Less than ten Catholic churches in the U.S. have a saint’s body, and Corpus Christi houses the holy relic of St. Crescent. As a child of about nine years of age, St. Crescent suffered martyrdom in the persecution of Christians by the Romans toward the end of the third Century. • 1.800.916.3330



DISCOVERY DEPOT CHILDREN’S MUSEUM 128 South Chambers Street 309-344-8876 Open: Year-round, except major holidays Hours: Tuesday-Saturday 10:00am to 5:00pm (open Mondays in the Summer) Sunday 1:00-5:00pm Discovery Depot provides an environment for fun and educational experiences for children and families. Interactive exhibits, programs and collections provide opportunities for learning, exploration and experimentation. Discovery Depot is a place where play and learning go hand in hand and offers something for all ages.

GALESBURG RAILROAD MUSEUM 211 South Seminary Street 309-342-9400 Open: April through September Hours: April- September: Tuesday-Saturday 10:00am to 4:00pm, Sunday Noon to 4:00pm Group tours of 10 or more by appointment Experience the Heart and Soul of railroading from 1854 to the present. This extensive collection is housed in the new (2004) museum located next to the Amtrak station. See a complete station agents area, a central traffic control console, sit in the engineers seat and be at the controls of a GP30 locomotive. Take a tour of our 1930 Baldwin built 4-6-4 Hudson 3006 locomotive, a fully restored Railway Post Office and Railway Express car as well as a Pullman parlor car and of course a complete 1930 caboose. Several inspection and maintenance of way cars and tools are ready for viewing.

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KNOX COLLEGE OLD MAIN 2 E. South Street 309-341-7337 | Open: September-May, except major holidays Hours: Monday-Friday, 8:00am to 4:30pm, or by appointment


Old Main’s construction in 1857 reflected the prosperity that the new railroad began bringing to Galesburg three years earlier. It is the sole remaining original site of the great Lincoln-Douglas debates in 1858. The debate was staged against the east wall of Old Main, and two large bronze plaques with the likenesses of Abraham Lincoln and Stephen Douglas grace that wall. Registered as a National Landmark, the building itself is a significant example of American Gothic Revival architecture.

200 South Cherry Street 309-343-3121 Open: Year-round, except major holidays Hours: Monday-Friday, 8:30am to 4:30pm


The cornerstone of this sandstone building was laid in 1884 and construction was completed in 1886 at a cost of $150,000. The ornate details are typical of the Romanesque period. On the east lawn, you’ll find the Mother Bickerdyke Memorial. This sculpture is dedicated to a Galesburg woman who served the wounded Union soldiers during the Civil War. To the west of the Courthouse is Standish Park Arboretum with over 170 trees and shrubs.

Located at Lincoln Park The Veterans Memorial was put in place to honor all veterans past and present. In a beautiful location which is easily accessible to all veterans, their families and people interested in visiting and honoring these brave ­and courageous veterans. • 1.800.916.3330


WHAT TO SEE IN ORPHEUM THEATRE 57 South Kellogg Street 309-342-2299 Open: Year-round except major holidays Tours by appointment or during regular ­business hours as staffing permits Box Office Hours: Monday-Friday, 10:00am to 5:00pm and Two (2) hours prior to showtimes The Orpheum Theatre opened in 1916. The facade is French Second Empire style and the interior features classic Corinthian columns. An Italian Renaissance plaster frieze graces the mezzanine hall and French baroque medallions ring the main hall. Originally built as a vaudeville house, the Orpheum hosted many early stars of stage and screen, including Jack Benny, George Burns and Houdini. In addition, to hosting many local performing arts groups including the award-winning Knox-Galesburg Symphony, the Orpheum Theatre features top touring theatrical, musical and comedic talent from around the country.


100 years STOCKDALE SOLDIER CITIZEN MUSEUM 1001 Michigan Avenue 309-342-1181 Open: By appointment only. Year-round, except major holidays, open Memorial Day and Veteran’s Day ­­ Located in the Robert Dunlap Room of the Admiral James Stockdale VFW Building, the museum has artifacts from the War of 1812 through Desert Storm. An M-60 tank is in front of the building.



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CARL SANDBURG STATUE Located on the Public Square, Downtown Galesburg The Galesburg Public Art Commission raised mostly private funds to engage the services of acclaimed artist Lonnie Stewart to create the statue of 2 time Pulitzer Prize winning author Carl Sandburg and Nelly the Goat. Nelly is a representation of the Nubian Goats at Sandburg’s estate, Connemara, in North Carolina. In the Fall of 2015, the statue was placed on the square.

REAGAN TRAIL Galesburg is one of a handful of communities linking the historical landmarks that played a vital role in Ronald Reagan’s life in Illinois. Galesburg is also unique as it is the only place where both the former President and First Lady grew up in the same community. Stop by the Galesburg Welcome Center for a brochure with a self-guided tour of Reagan sites or call 309-343-2485.

LINCOLN STATUE Amtrak Station 225 S. Seminary St. A life-size granite statue of Abraham Lincoln, modeled after the one in the Capitol rotunda in Washington, D.C., greets visitors in front of the Amtrak depot. • 1.800.916.3330




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January 30, 2016

Always the last Saturday in January search International Fair Food, arts, crafts & entertainment from around the world, presented by Knox College students and visiting performers.

Internationally recognized jazz artists, plus regional bands and the award-winning Knox College Jazz Ensemble. 36th Annual KnoxRootabaga Jazz Festival featuring Matuto and Brian Blade and the Fellowship Band.



CHOCOLATE FESTIVAL February 13 & 14, 2016

Annual festival featuring homemade and commercially made chocolate treats. It is an endless buffet of tortes, cakes, pies, cookies, candies, beverages and much more. It’s a chocolate lover’s dream. This year the festival is being held at 156 East, a new addition to Galesburg’s many places for events, meetings, conventions and more. Located at 156 E. Main Street in downtown Galesburg. Event runs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days. $8 per person.



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April CARL SANDBURG DAYS April 25 – 30, 2016\festival 21st annual festival celebrating the life and legacy of Galesburg native, two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning poet and Lincoln biographer--Carl Sandburg. Includes three days of literary, history, sporting, and children’s events.

SEMI TRUCK CRUISE IN June 4, 2016 The Sandburg Mall in Galesburg will host the 2nd Annual Western Illinois Semi Truck Cruise-in on Saturday, June 4 from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Over 50 trucks will be on display outside the Sandburg Mall. There will be a Cruise Parade at 4:00 PM starting at the mall. All trucks, makes and models are welcome. Join this year’s family friendly cruise-in and let the trucks shine.


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RUN GALESBURG RUN June 5, 2016 Half marathon, 5k, and 1 mile options. Starts and ends in downtown Galesburg. • 1.800.916.3330




June 5, 2016

June 17 & 19, 2016

Car cruise held at the Lincoln Park Gazebo on the first Sunday in June which is June 5, 2016 from 9 a.m. to 4p.m.

Always Father’s Day weekend 100+ Miles of Yard Sales through seven counties from Sandwich, Illinois to Galesburg, IL.

JUNETEENTH FESTIVAL June 16-18, 2016 Juneteenth is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States. The celebration began with the freeing of the last set of slaves in Galveston, TX on June 19, 1865. This occasion is remembered with a variety of events throughout the community.

GREAT FUN – entertainment, demonstrations, historic sites. GREAT SALES – bargains, treasures, unique collectibles, antiques. GREAT TIME – food, lodging, attractions, shopping.


Always the 4th full weekend in June Annual event celebrating the city’s railroad heritage with a carnival, exhibits, a street fair, railyard tours, 5 & 10k runs, hobby train show, flea market, rib cook-off and much more. Over 40 events--most of them free.


July KNOX COUNTY FAIR July 6-10, 2016 Come celebrate the 165th Knox County Fair held in the historic Knox County Fairgrounds, which has been in existence since 1851. Enjoy FREE entertainment, beer garden, GREAT FOOD, vendors, carnival, nightly grandstand events, exhibits and much more. Figure 8 racing and of course the ever popular demolition derby.



Always the 4th Thursday in July Sample food from numerous area restaurants; enjoy live entertainment & beer garden


RIVER 2 RIVER CAR CRUISE August 19-20, 2016

Always the third Friday in August. Saturday is a new addition to event.

GREAT BALLOON RACE July 29-31, 2016

Always the 4th week end in July A colored filled weekend of 25 plus hot air balloons flying overhead. Featuring night glows, competition, opportunity to view up close and talk to pilots.

Hundreds of vintage cars, street rods, trucks, antiques, special interest vehicles, with a cruise on Main Street Friday night. Food, entertainment, vendors - celebrity drivers and collectors - fun for the whole family. On Saturday August 20,2016, there will be a car show and swap meet in Galesburg. Information to be announced.


Always the third week end in August Feel the excitement, experience the history of two time periods in America, featuring a Civil War Battle Reenactments and Pre 1840’s Rendezvous. A traveling family circus, period food stands and crafts for sale, fishing contest for children, canoe races on the lake, President Lincoln and Benjamin Franklin, night firing of cannons and a military ball. A great family outing to end summer.




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Always starts Labor Day thru Sunday

Take a leisurely stroll through downtown Galesburg Standish Park Arboretum and view the creations of regional artists working in a variety of media. In addition to the over 50 artists booths attendees will enjoy an assortment of food, family activities and musical entertainment.

Annual event that hosts the largest gathering of Stearman bi-planes in the world and includes fun flying, programs, seminars and fly-outs to various locations. The event also includes numerous contests including: flour bombing; precision aerobatics; formation flying; and short field take off and spot landings. The event concludes with the annual banquet on Saturday evening.

Always the Saturday of Stearman


MONARCH MIGRATION FESTIVAL Saturday, September 10, 2016 10am- 2:30pm Migrate to the Lakeside Nature Center for a day of activities, education and fun events. There will be plenty to do and to learn concerning Monarch butterflies. This event is hosted by the Galesburg Recreation Division. 345-3683.

October KNOX COUNTY SCENIC DRIVE Oct. 1 & 2 and 8 & 9, 2016

Always the first 2 full weekends in Oct. Enjoy historic sites, displays, demonstrations, and country cooking as you take a self-conducted driving tour through some of the most beautiful parts of the historic Spoon River valley.

November THE GREAT CARDBOARD BOAT REGATTA Sept. 11, 2016 Annual regatta, held at Lake Storey Recreational Area, features competition among a wide variety of cardboard boats created to be attractive and unique as well as “seaworthy.” Fun and entertainment for the entire family! The Rubber Duck Race will follow the boat regatta.


Always the week end after Thanksgiving Cherish family traditions! Begin your winter holiday season on Thanksgiving weekend with festive music, simmering foods, friendly greetings and a visit with St. Nicholas. Take home natural Christmas trimming and exquisite one-of-a-kind gifts for family and friends. End your visit with a horse-drawn wagon ride through the walnut grove!




Always the Thursday after Thanksgiving

An annual, enchanted, adult only evening full of festive holiday spirit. Kick off your holidays with food, drinks and friends at this whimsical event. Elegant trees, home décor, unique gifts, trips, jewelry and more for auction and/or purchase. Festivities begin at 5pm.

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It’s no secret that Galesburg is one of the premier historic towns in Illinois. Brick-paved streets, Victorian homes, old cemeteries, impressive historic landmark buildings—Galesburg’s got them all, revealing a surprisingly rich and diverse history. Beginning with its abolitionist founders, Galesburg has been home to many different people: pioneer farmers, fugitive slaves, Civil War heroes and heroines, inventors, railroad bosses, factory workers, muckraking journalists, and even a three-time Pulitzer prize-winning poet and Lincoln biographer. Each of these people added their own story to the greater flow of Galesburg’s history, which is why every year thousands of visitors are drawn to popular sites such as the Underground Railroad Freedom Station at Knox College, Hope Cemetery, the Galesburg Railroad Museum, and the Carl Sandburg State Historic Site. But there’s another Galesburg story that’s only now beginning to spread beyond the Mexican American families whose ancestors lived it and who have proudly celebrated it. A large boulder near the picnic shelter outside the Galesburg Railroad Museum commemorates this story. Its inscription reads: This is dedicated in memory of the Mexican railroad workers who helped build the railroad during the 1900s. The workers and their families lived in three railroad camp

sites: The Davis St. camp, S. West and Sixth St., Santa Fe camp, W. Berrien and Dietrich Ave., West Humps camp, County 10 and S. Henderson St. Donated by the Hispanic Community of Galesburg June 1998.

railroads wherever they were needed— great railroad centers such as Chicago and Kansas City, as well as smaller operations in places like Topeka, Fort Madison, and here in Galesburg.

The story of Galesburg’s Mexican railroad workers is in fact part of a larger epic. They are among the million or so Mexican immigrants who came to the United States in the late 19th century and the first decades of the 20th. Like many European immigrants, they fled harsh conditions in their home country to make a better life in the United States. But unlike European immigrants, the Mexican railroad workers had little choice in where they might make a new home. They were transported by the

As the inscription on the boulder indicates, in Galesburg the Mexican railroad workers and their families lived in three camps, all outside the city limits at that time. Two of the camps, the Davis and the Humps, were for workers for the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy. The Santa Fe was for workers for the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe. The exact year of their arrival is lost to time— descendants of the earliest family to come and stay report that in 1908, when their ancestors arrived, other Mexican families were already in town. But the location of the camps is clear, and thanks to the commemorative boulder, it is preserved forever. And now the memories of what life was like in these camps, where the workers and their families were first housed in boxcars, are preserved forever as well. Beginning in 2010, former residents and neighbors of the railroad camps were approached by writers Will and Luz Schick and Peoria’s PBS station WTVP to share their memories for a documentary. The descendants of Galesburg’s first Mexican immigrants rose to the task, conjuring up vivid memories of the vibrant, loving community that

“This is dedicated in memory of the Mexican railroad workers who helped build the railroad during the 1900s.” Galesburg’s railroad camps existed from the 1920s into the 1950s. Unfortunately, all traces of the Humps and the Davis Camp are now gone. At the Santa Fe Camp, the railroad had replaced their boxcar homes with brick row houses, but these were razed in the 1970s, leaving only the footings of where they had stood. The space is now restricted railroad property.

developed in the camps and surrounding neighborhoods. In February 2013, “Boxcar People” premiered to a full house at Galesburg’s Orpheum Theatre and went on to be nominated for a Midwest Regional Emmy later that year. For many in Galesburg the existence of the railroad camps came as a surprise, as

did the details of day-to-day life there. Through interviews, family photographs, and home movies that are sometimes startlingly poignant, the film presents an intimate look into important aspects of the residents’ lives, such as work, school, daily chores, celebrations, Mexican traditions, military service, and the struggle for equal rights.

But just up the hill at 1256 W. Berrien Street stands the Taco Hideout, a popular restaurant owned by Jack Perez, a descendant of early Mexican immigrants. In addition to feasting on tasty Mexican dishes, visitors to the restaurant can view an exhibit on the railroad camps with vintage photographs. And here’s another tip: Just before you cross the tracks to get to the Hideout, look to your left. The post for the mailbox for the camp’s residents is still there—a precious detail, among so many others, that was shared during the making of “Boxcar People.”


Allen Chapel’s rich history by Semenya McCord

When Galesburg was settled in 1837, it was described as “a west-central Illinois town known for the Swedish immigrants and handful of Negro residents.” Galesburg was also a railroad town--important for two types of railroads--the steam locomotive industry and the under-ground railroad. Less than fifteen years after Galesburg was settled, a Negro woman by the name of Susan Van Allen Richardson, learned of an African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church Conference being held in Chicago. She had come to Galesburg a runaway slave in 1842, was welcomed and protected while collaborating with local abolitionists and Knox College faculty. She held prayer meetings in her home, and then expanded her vision to bringing an AME Church to Galesburg. She sold her only hog to raise the money for a train ticket to Chicago; then organized Allen Chapel AME Church in her home in May 1853. The church is named after the denomination’s

founder and first AME Bishop, Richard Allen (1816, Philadelphia, PA). While Knox College prepared for the 1858 Lincoln-Douglas Debate, the congregation of Allen Chapel purchased property for $400.00 to build the first church building. This wooden structure was destroyed by fire in the 1870s as was the replacement, but the faithfulness of Rev. Charles S. Jacobs rebuilt a church that stood until 1911. Under the leadership of Rev. Timothy Tyler, the church was then remodeled in brick.

Allen Chapel, one of Galesburg’s oldest churches, has a dynamic history, and we are blessed that detailed records covering over 160 years are being held in Seymour Library of Knox College, and the Galesburg Public Library. Allen Chapel’s established interactions with the wider Galesburg community--social welfare, education, politics--consistently follows our AME Mission: to minister to the social, spiritual, and physical development of all people.





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GALESBURG Acapulco Restaurant 1576 N. Henderson Street 309-345-0046

Chez Willy’s 41 S Seminary Street 309-341-4141

Alfano’s Pizzeria 801 E. Main Street, Knoxville 309-289-2222

Dairy Queen 2 Locations 1048 Grand Avenue 309-342-1970

Arby’s 1661 N Henderson Street 309-344-2591

Hammer’s General Feed Store 261 N. Broad Street 309-342-6115 Happy Joe’s Pizza & Ice Cream 1727 N Henderson Street 309-344-3121 Hy-Vee Deli - E. Main St. 2030 E Main Street 309-342-1615 • Facebook

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Best Western Prairie Inn Cafe 300 S. Soangetaha Road 309-343-7151

Delino’s 765 N Kellogg Street 309-342-3372

Big Catz BBQ 221 E. Main Street, Knoxville 309-335-3407

El Rancherito 1824 N Henderson Street 309-341-2233

Budde’s Pizza 421-425 E Main Street 309-343-3502

En Season 2900 W Main Street 309-343-0736

Buffalo Wild Wings 2683 N Seminary Street 309-341-1244

Fig’s Italian Restaurant and Steakhouse 51 N Prairie Street 309-341-3447

Cellar Pizza & Pub 51 N Prairie Street 309-341-3447 www. Cherry St. Restaurant & Bar 57 S Cherry Street 309-344-4480

Grandpa’s Hot Dog Cart Public Square 309-368-2356 Grandview Restaurant 2221 Grand Avenue 309-342-6800


Innkeepers Coffee 80 N Seminary Street 309-344-2625 Iron Spike Brewing Company 150 E Simmons Street 309-297-4718 Java Station Espresso 1426 N Henderson Street 309-343-1800 Jerry’s MoJo Locations vary, please call 309-299-5753 Find us on Facebook Jimmy John’s 235 E Main Street 309-343-0010 Kastle Kreme Ice Cream 1595 W Main Street 309-343-0485


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Marco’s Pizza 1095 E Main Street 309-343-2552

Kensington Catering & Banquet Services 311 E. SImmons Street 309-342-2577 Kentucky Fried Chicken 2 Locations 1612 E Main Street 309-343-5159 1017 N Henderson Street 309-342-3139 Knights of Columbus 1556 E. Fremont Street 309-343-6415 Knoxville Family Restaturant 310 E. Main Street, Knoxville 309-289-8888 Landmark Café 62 S Seminary Street 309-343-5376 Little Caesars Pizza 1526 N Henderson Street 309-344-3633

Shady Hill Saloon 1374 Monmouth Boulevard 309-342-6747 Sidetrax Bar & Grill 441 E Main Street 309-344-8193

McDonalds 1072 N Henderson Street 309-343-8340 1158 E. Main Street Highway County 10, Knoxville

Sirloin Stockade 2200 N Henderson Street 309-344-2011 Find us on Facebook

Packinghouse Restaurant 441 Mulberry Street 309-342-6868

Sitka Salmon Shares 2900 W. Main Street 309-342-3474

Pizza House 132 E Simmons Street 309-343-8376

Sweet Intentions by the Morgans 309-297-9197 • Facebook

Pizza Hut - Fremont St. 2 Locations 896 W Fremont Street 309-342-2717

Soangetaha Country Club 238 N Soangetaha Road 309-342-6104

1555 E Main Street 309-342-2061

Sonya’s Sweetie Pies 404 W South Street, Knoxville 309-337-5975

Rib Shack 1815 N Henderson Street 309-344-1915

Sully’s 1075 N Henderson Street 309-342-9325

Seminary Street Pub 105 S. Seminary Street 309-351-5220

Vintages Tasting Room 215 E Main Street 309-335-2744

Come enjoy some Family Fun at

Northgate Lanes

Galesburg’s Premiere Recreation Center!

Bowling Billiards Darts Video Poker Food & Entertainment

80 N. Seminary Street, Galesburg, 309.344.2625 ? Mon-Fri 6:30am-6:00pm • Sat 7:00am-5:00pm • Sun 8:00am-5:00pm

1576 North Henderson St.

309-344-2311 GA-SPAD1112132044



DOWNTOWN COUNCIL 309-343-9189 Galesburg’s Downtown Council­provides shopping, eating, cultural, and entertainment opportun­ities. The Downtown hosts over 300 businesses—including more than 100 retail stores—and plenty of free parking. From traditional to trendy, you can find it all in Downtown Galesburg.


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SEMINARY STREET HISTORY DISTRICT Seminary Street is one of the Midwest’s stunning success stories in downtown restoration. Buildings once nearly abandoned now thrive with restaurants, distinctive specialty shops, a day spa, coffee roastery and a bakery. A warm welcome awaits you under the awnings on Seminary Street. Discover independent, owner-operated shops that offer friendly, personal service. Antiques and collectibles from some of the Midwest’s finest dealers can be found at The Galesburg Antiques Mall Co. Housed in an elegant 1890s three-story building which has been completely restored, this is one of the most beautiful antique malls in the Midwest— on the corner of Main and Seminary. • 1.800.916.3330




Many of Galesburg’s restaurants are located on Henderson Street. You’ll also find retail stores along the street, including a computer store and several shopping areas.

SEMINARY SQUARE Seminary Square is right off U.S. 34 on Seminary Street and is the newest shopping center in Galesburg. There are restaurants and stores to please a variety of tastes.

SANDBURG MALL 309-344-1331

On the north edge of the city, Sandburg Mall is anchored by Bergner’s, JCPenney and Kmart. In addition, you will find over 30 merchants including Bath & Body Works, Christopher & Banks, Hibbett Sports, Antique & Craft Depot, Zales and Depot Hobby Shop plus many one-of-a-kind specialty shops and eateries.


HAWTHORNE CENTRE CRAFT & ANTIQUES MALL 309-344-2818 This unique gift headquarters offers fine arts andcrafts, featuring over 100 exhibitors of handmade items. See our newly opened Antiques Mall.



Many of Galesburg’s specialty shops can be found on Main Street. From a bike shop to a wine shop, clothing and restaurants, our Downtown District is a gem.


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Antiques of Other Times and Clock Repair

Second Time Around Resale Shop

1347 W. Main Street, Galesburg 309-342-0602

2035 Grand Avenue, Galesburg 309-368-7188

Specializing in antiques, clock repair.

Attic Antique Shop 161-175 E. Water Street, Galesburg 309-342-7956 Half block full of furniture, glassware, primitives, clocks and much more.

Galesburg Antiques Mall 349 E. Main Street, Galesburg 309-342-8571 Offering a strong line of quality antiques in all categories, from primitive to Victorian to 50s.

Hawthorne Centre Craft and Antiques Mall 2188 Veterans Drive, Galesburg 309-344-2818 This unique gift headquarters offers fine arts and crafts, featuring over 100 exhibitors of handmade items with a newly opened building filled with antiques for your browsing and shopping pleasure.

Jonesies Antiques & Home Decor 419 E. Main Street, Galesburg 309-368-3159 Specializing in antiques, home décor and collectibles.

Furniture, antiques, art, collectibles, jewelry, gifts, books, home decor, household goods. “Vintage to Modern Treasures”

This Ole’ Rust Bucket on Main Street 341 E. Main Street, Galesburg 309-335-2004

The Rocking Horse 141 N. Side Public Square, Knoxville 309-371-3500 A specialty shop carrying Antiques, Art Work, and Accessories. We also sell Larimar Jewelry, Handmade bracelets and Collectible dolls. Tags Antiques, art, accessories, jewelry, dolls.

The Junk Drawer 147 S. Cherry St. 299-JUNK (309-299-5865) Specializing in primitives, antiques and more!


KNOX COUNTY Knox County has many history rich towns and villages that will inspire and charm your traveling spirit. Nestled between the great Mississippi and Illinois Rivers, these communities were forged in the 1800s by pioneers looking for a better way of life. Each town celebrates its uniqueness with festivals, events, outdoor recreation and local historical treasures that you will not find elsewhere. Take some time to visit these places and enjoy your stay in Knox County, Illinois.


(3 miles east of Galesburg on U.S. Highway 150 or Exit 51 off of I-74) For more information regarding these Knoxville historic sites or to schedule a tour, contact Knoxville City Hall at 309.289.2814 or visit their website kchistory/index.html

The Old Knox County Courthouse and Museum, Public Square

This classic structure was completed in 1839 and was first used in 1840. The second floor is home to the original courtroom and the museum housing old court records, farm machinery, clothing and other memorabilia of the time period.

Sanburn Log Cabin, Public Square

Sundays 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. May – September John Sanburn opened Knoxville’s first general store in this cabin in 1832 the year it was built. It was discovered again in 1963 and preserved as it was in the 1800s.

St. Mary’s School

The Old County Jail

2 blocks north of Main Street on Market Street This jail was built in 1845 and was used until 1873 and is distinguished by the solitary confinement cells on the first floor.

6 blocks north of Main Street on Market Street on the east side The Chapel and attached cloister are all that remain of a once flourishing school for girls that succumbed to The Depression.

Newman School

Wolf Covered Bridge

3.5 blocks north of Main Street on Market Street on the east side The Newman School was moved from its original location on Lake Bracken Road in 1976 and has been authentically restored as it existed from 1876 to its closing in 1948. It represents the 177 rural schools that served children of Knox County for many years.



Located about 8 miles east of Knoxville via County Highway 17 Built in the 1840’s and added to in 1874, the Wolf Covered Bridge was an important historic showpiece in Knox County until it was destroyed by fire in 1994. Construction on a replica bridge began in July 1998 and was completed in September 1999.

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Knox County Historical Museum

The new building for the Knox County Historical Museum was completed in 2009 and the grand opening was Sept. 27, 2009. It was designed and constructed by Knoxville native Gil Hebard and his wife Mary, who donated the building after it was finished to the City of Knoxville with the stipulation that it be used for a museum. It contains over 2,000 artifacts donated by individuals, families and businesses of the area. Native American artifacts represent the county’s first inhabitants. Uniforms, guns and other military items used by county residents represent their participation in national wars and conflicts. Churches, schools and businesses no longer in existence can be remembered through pictures, books and artifacts. Private tours of the buildings and museum may be arranged by calling 309-289-6919 or the Knoxville City Hall, 309-289-2814. There is no admission fee but donations are accepted to help maintain the building and artifacts. Open Tue-Sat 10-2 & Sun 2-4


Located 10 miles south of Galesburg on IL Highway 41 Visit the Abingdon Historical Society Museum at 109 W. Meek Street with local historical displays and information. Abingdon Community Festival occurs in mid-August every year featuring a carnival, pig scramble, animals and agricultural showings. The annual Abingdon Pottery Club Sale is in July every year. For more information and exact dates contact city hall at 309-462-3182.



Altona is a major stop on the annual More on 34 – 100 plus miles of yard sales. This event occurs Father’s Day weekend every year with flea markets, food and collectibles.

Gilson is known for its proximity to the Wolf Covered bridge located about 6 miles east of the town. It also well known for its annual haunted event. The Gilson Haunted School was started in 1997 and is located in the old Gilson School, an all wooden, three-story building over 100 years old. The scenes inside the school are torn down after Halloween and new scenes are built every summer so the haunt changes every year. Hours are throughout the month of October.

Located 17 miles north east of Galesburg via U.S. Highway 34

EAST GALESBURG Located directly east of Galesburg via E. Main Street

East Galesburg is home to the former Purington Paving Brick Company which manufactured heavy, solid “paving” bricks used all over the United States. It was once the largest brick-maker in the world. Overgrown with weeds and brush, the old brickyards, located just north of milepost 51 on Interstate 74, can be still be seen today.

Located 12 miles east of Galesburg, east off of IL Highway 97


Located 16 miles east of Galesburg, north off of U.S. Highway 150 The Barn Bed & Breakfast, listed in our lodging section, is located in this charming community. The BNSF Railroad runs through this town over the Spoon River on a steel bridge built in 1908. Nearby is Oak Run, a resort community and golf course located on Spoon Lake.




This event occurs Father’s Day weekend every year with flea markets, food and collectibles.

“Only town in the world with that name.” Years ago, folks living in Maquon were able to walk to town across wooden footbridges built in 1898. The bridges are in good repair and still in use today. Maquon is also a major stop on the Knox County Scenic Drive and holds an annual homecoming the second week of August. The historic Fruit Hill School houses a museum containing historical items and Native American artifacts from the area. It is open to visitors during the Knox County Scenic Drive and by appointment. Contact Janet at 309-875-3472 for more community information.

Rio is home to the Galesburg Motorcycle Club located on U.S. Highway 150 that has many motocross and short track cycle events including the Bob Walters Memorial Short Track Race held in August every year, a AMA pro-am sanctioned race.


Located 21 miles south east of Galeburg via IL Highway 97


Located 13 miles north east of Galesburg via U.S. Highway 34 Oneida hosts a Farmer’s Market from early July through the end of September on Saturdays in their downtown district. Oneida Homecoming occurs every July with live entertainment, a 5K run, car show, parade, flea markets and lots of food. It is also a major stop on the annual More on 34 – 100 plus miles of yard sales.



Located 12 miles north of Galesburg via IL Highway 150


Located 18 miles north east of Galesburg via U.S. Highway 34 and IL Highway 167 The Galesburg & Great Eastern Railroad Station is located in Victoria. The G & GE Railroad claimed the title of the shortest railroad in the state and perhaps the world and was used to transport coal from 1898 to 1960. Nearby is also the popular 2,500 acre Snakeden Hollow, a State of Illinois Fish and Wildlife Area for fishing and hunting. landmgt/parks/R1/SNAKE.HTM


Located about 7 miles north east of Galesburg via U.S. Highway 34 Wataga is a major stop on the annual More on 34 – 100 plus miles of yard sales.

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Located 21 miles east of Galesburg via U.S. Highway 150 and north on IL Highway 180 Williamsfield, also known as “Billtown,” is home to several parks including Veterans Park located in the center of downtown. This park is home to several memorials to servicemen and women and serves as location for city festivals and meetings. This community was started at the same time the Santa Fe Railroad built their line from Galesburg to Chicago. http://www.


Located 25 miles south east of Galesburg via IL Highway 97 and IL Highway 8 Yates City sports a local legend of hidden treasure from a foiled stage coach robbery that occurred in the mid 1800s. The nearby Union Town, which is no longer in existence, is the apparent location of this buried treasure that remains undiscovered.

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Explore the Knox heritage As the last surviving site of one of the Lincoln-Douglas debates, Knox College holds a special place in the history books. Abraham Lincoln’s legacy has continued to be very important to the college, reflecting well on the institution’s abolitionist founding. The historic debate site at Old Main now features a newly renovated interior making the perfect host for The Dr. Douglas L. Wilson Gallery. Combined with The Whitcomb Heritage Center right next store at the newly modernized Alumni Hall, these two museumquality exhibits help inform the turbulent political atmosphere and moral dilemmas faced by the nation’s 16th president. The Whitcomb Heritage center, located on both sides of Alumni Hall’s second floor, focuses on the historical context surrounding the Lincoln-Douglas debates. By providing these snapshots into American History, it is the goal of the exhibit to inform visitors of the historical magnitude of the Lincoln-Douglas senatorial debates. Even though Lincoln would go on to lose the Illinois Election that caused the “Great Debates of 1858,” the somewhat radical ideas he pushed would lay the basis for his presidential election. The Center features analysis of the then increasingly contentious debate over slavery, at local, regional and national levels paired with visual representations of media and public sentiment at the time. The second half of the exhibit features insight into the Civil War and its aftermath, detailing the ramifications of the debate from the national level to historic Knox College. By juxtaposing the moral argument against slavery with challenges facing the ever-changing political and economic landscape of a nation in expansion, the exhibit showcases Lincoln’s difficulty in tackling

the issue slavery. As Thomas Jefferson had said of slavery, less than 4 decades prior to the debates, “We have the wolf by the ear, and we can neither hold him, nor safely let him go. Justice is in one scale, and self-preservation in the other.” Thanks to the generous gift from Lowell (Knox College Class of 1965) and Mariclaire Dixon, the Alumni Hall exhibit is augmented by The Dr. Douglas L. Wilson Gallery in Old Main. This exhibit features pioneering scholarship conducted by Dr. Wilson (professor emeritus of English and name-sake for the gallery), along with colleague Rodney Davis, co-directors of the Lincoln Studies Center, paired with photos from all different time periods on the Knox Campus. The goal of the Gallery, in part, is to show the man behind the history books and reflect his legacy at Knox College. Visitors will be treated to a display of influential books read by Lincoln in his formative years at the very site he advocated for a change in America’s slavery laws. A notable feature of the exhibit is a life mask of Lincoln that visitors are encouraged to touch -- a deeply meaningful encounter with one the nation’s most notable presidents. Combined, these two features at Knox make for a jump back in time, providing a look at the man who inspired millions, the challenges he faced, and his legacy that lives on here at Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois. • 1.800.916.3330





Choosing Galesburg as a weekend getaway or change of pace can be an adventure. There are plenty of wonderful restaurants to try and diverse entertainment options. To complete the visit, you’ll find wonderful shops filled with unique and original gift ideas. Whether you arrive by car via I-74 or by train via Amtrak, you’ll find Galesburg easy to find. We are only a short 45 minute drive from both the Quad Cities and Peoria on I-74. Both metro areas have international Airports. Galesburg has an airport with Jet Air Charter service and plenty of room for private aircraft. We are about 2.5 hours from Chicago as well. With daily service to and from Chicago, Amtrak is an easy way to travel to Galesburg. Our Depot in downtown Galesburg has an Enterprise Car Rental location right next to train station. The newly renovated train station is now a transportation center with the addition of Burlington Trailways Bus service. Improvements to the building include new bathrooms and expanded seating for passengers waiting to board trains and busses. If you have a layover for a few hours, you can check your baggage with the station agent and wander the shops and restaurants of Seminary Street. If you decide to take the Illinois Zephyr, Carl Sandburg, California Zephyr or the Southwest Chief (trains that service Galesburg), you will arrive in the heart of our bustling downtown. Seminary Street Historic Shopping District is only a few steps from the train station. You’ll find information on hotels and bed and breakfasts in this guidebook. There are several options to choose within 2-3 miles from downtown. Once you have settled in and found transportation, you can plan your evening. Galesburg has an excellent selection of locally owned restaurants. Chez



Willy’s, Landmark Café, Packinghouse and Innkeepers are all excellent foodie destinations right on Seminary Street. You’ll find them in this guide. We have a nice selection from farm to table to gourmet and home cooking, too. If you want simple or elegant, Galesburg is an epicurean destination with variety. Our nightlife is diverse. On any given night of the week you can find jazz, blues, classic rock, contemporary rock, hard rock, bluegrass, classical, choral, country and a few open mic nights. Turn the page to learn a little about our local night life. The jewel of them all is the Orpheum Theatre, there is more information about this 100 year old Vaudeville palace in the guide. They have a red carpet series as well as many other shows all year long. If you like live music, Fat Fish Pub has become a legendary stop for world class blues and rock musicians. With names like Devon Allman’s Honeytribe, The Royal Southern Brotherhood, Mike Zito, Anthony Gomes, Coco Montoya, Paul Thorn and many more. Fat Fish is a local favorite and an intimate venue that bleeds the blues!

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Fat Fish also has a spirited open mic night on most Mondays and live Jazz featuring musicians from Knox College on Thursday evenings. Our newest location for night life is The Iron Spike Brew Pub. As the name suggests, they brew several premium beers. This beautiful brew pub is located in our old Central Fire Station. Many of the features of the old firehouse are incorporated into the bar. This place is one of a kind and worth a stop. Our downtown is peppered with pubs. Budde’s Pizza and Pub offers a diverse selection of music as well as one of the best pizzas you’ll ever eat. Cherry Street Restaurant and Bar has three floors of possibilities from Karaoke to rock and roll. On weekends you’ll find a DJ and dancing. Sidetrax is our sports bar with a lot of action on the many TVs as well as wonderful food. If more information is needed stop by or contact the Welcome Center at 2163 E. Main St. Visit our website at visitgalesburg. com for a comprehensive look at attractions, lodging, events, dining and history. Call us at 800-916-3330 or email us at


Fat Fish Pub

Cherry Street Restaurant & Bar


158 N. Broad Street, Galesburg 309-343-1200

57 S. Cherry Street, Galesburg 309-344-4480

441 E. Main Street, Galesburg 309-344-8193

Fat Fish provides a variety of music for you to enjoy. They regularly provide live music Wednesday, Friday & Saturday nights without a cover charge. They also host world class blues and rock throughout the year that require tickets. Check their website for upcoming shows. Their delicious menu includes appetizers, burgers and more.

Stan and Louella Devlin invite you to join them and experience the best food, entertainment and friendly service you’ll find! Also you might just come across our resident ghost of Cherry Street who has been named Roxy. It is alleged that Roxy was found dead in her bathtub which is still upstairs in her old room.

Galesburg’s busiest sports bar. Opened in April 2011, Sidetrax is locally owned and operated by brothers Matt and Brad Bernardi. Located just a mile off the Interstate 74 in beautiful downtown Galesburg, Sidetrax is a great place for family, friend or foe alike to eat, drink and socialize. They have a newly remodeled party room that is very spacious to accommodate any size gathering available by reservation only.

Mon-Thu: 3:30 pm-1am Fri: 3:30 pm-2am, Sat: Noon-2am Sun: Noon-11pm

Mon-Thu: 11am to 1am Fri and Sat: 11am to 2am Closed Sundays Kitchen hours 11am to 9pm weekdays 11 am to 10pm weekends

Vintages Tasting Room

Iron Spike Brew Pub

Budde’s Pizza

215 E. Street, Galesburg 309-335-2744

150 E. Simmons St. Galesburg 309-297-4718,

425 E. Main Street, Galesburg 309-343-3502

Over 200 selections of fine wines and craft beer! We have now added premium spirits. All alcohol to-go, take 20% off the marked price. Enjoy live music Friday nights from 5-7 pm. Mon-Thu: 12:30pm to 7:30pm Fri: 12:30pm to 8:00pm Sat: 12:30pm to 5pm

Located in the heart of beautiful Galesburg, Illinois, Iron Spike Brewpub features delightful craft brews. Iron Spike prides itself on original beer, great food, and local entertainment while supporting the Galesburg community. M-Th & Sun: 11am to 10pm Fri & Sat: 11am to 2am

Sun-Thu: 11am to 1am Fri and Sat: 11am to 2am

Founded in 2007. Small batch hand mixed Pizza Dough. Over 100 different Beers, specializing in American Craft Breweries. Tu-Thur: 4:30pm to 1am Sat: 4:30pm to 2am Sun: 4 pm to 1 am, Closed Mondays



LAKE STOREY RECREATIONAL AREA The 600 acres at Lake Storey Recreational Area offer year-round outdoor adventure. In the summer, rent a row boat, canoe or paddle boat to tour the lake, enjoy the waterslide, swim in the lake or relax on the beach, use the playground and picnic shelters, play a game of horseshoes at any of the 24 courts in Lincoln Park, or camp at the extensive camp­grounds. Bunker Links Golf Course is part of the Recreational Area as well as Lakeside Waterpark. There are a number of hiking trails to be used year-round. Winter adventurers can try out the snowmobile trail and warming shelter! Call 309-345-3683.



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LEISURE TIME get outside and


Galesburg and Knox County has a plethora of areas for you to release some energy and play golf, fish, play tennis, skateboard and much more!

SNAKEDEN HOLLOW This 2,470 acre State Fish and Wildlife Area east of Galesburg is a great place for enjoying wildlife and offers seasonal fishing and hunting. For more information, call 309-879-2607.

SKATE PARKS Kiwanis Park

Michigan Ave., Galesburg

James Knox Park Hebard St., Knoxville

TENNIS COURTS Tennis courts are available at Lakeside Tennis Center, Galesburg High School, Knox College, West Losey Street, and Fifth & Pearl Street.


A ROUND Bunker Links

Lincoln Park, Galesburg 12-Hole Publi Course 309-344-1818

Laurel Greens Golfers Club

Route 150, Knoxville 36-Hole Public Course 309-289-4146

Oak Run Golf Club RR#1, Dahinda 18-Hole Public Course 309-289-6481


The history of the railroad in Galesburg is as old as the rail industry in America. It was by some bold maneuvering that Galesburg would benefit from railroad expansion. Being in the right place at the right time helped make it all happen. It all started with Chauncey Colton. He was in Boston buying goods for his store in Galesburg. He met two men, J. W. Grimes, a lawyer from Burlington, Iowa. Grimes would later become governor of Iowa. The other man is

A RAILFAN’S DELIGHT only remembered as Wadsworth. He was in Boston to buy goods for HIS store in Aurora. All three men were very much interested in railroad endeavors. Each had their own vision of what they needed for success. Colton made the statement that would transform western Illinois. “Here we are representing three different projects, each having the same end in view; each road by

itself is worth nothing. Combined in a single line the roads will prove a great venture.” (From Earnest Elmo Caulkins’ book – They Broke the Prairie, 1937) The newly formed group would meet with James F. Joy, a famed railroad builder. We would set a goal amount of $300,000 for construction, and a deadline that he would not waiver from. Stock subscriptions would raise only $250,000 for the railroad project, $50,000 short of the goal. When it seemed the $50,000 would not be raised, Colton proclaimed he would put up $25,000 if Silas Willard would cover the remaining $25,000. Willard agreed and the Central Military Tract Railroad would become a reality. In 1854 the “Reindeer” was the first steam locomotive to arrive in Galesburg. By comparison, the first steam engine to arrive in Pittsburgh, PA was in 1851. Today, over 160 trains a day travel through Galesburg.



KNOXVILLE MERCANTILE HAS SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE The Knoxville Mercantile is a destination in Knox County you won’t want to miss. It’s only a couple miles down the road on I-74 in Knoxville from the Galesburg Welcome Center. The Mercantile is a throwback to shops from the 19th & early 20th century something for everyone. “It was initially built as a gas station in the 1940s,” said Keith Vaughn, who with his wife Erin and mother-in-law Pam Fritz make up Knoxville Mercantile LLC, a hardware and old-fashioned candy and ice-cream shop housed in the revitalized Knoxville Hardware building. It is still maintained as a full service hardware store with a large selection of used appliances as well. “There’s actually an old car-hoist in the back that we use as a table,” Vaughn joked. But a fusion of the structure’s vintage details — complete with exposed duct work and wooden beams — and a modern, airy vibe is exactly what Vaughn and company were going for when they purchased the space in February of 2014 with an eye to inject life back into the faltering business.

Satisfy your sweet tooth The Kande Shoppe was named for that exact reason, it’s a candy shop! You can choose from a huge variety of wonderful candies when you shop. Get some of the best salt water taffy you’ve ever had when you choose from our over 35 flavors. Don’t like taffy? You are sure to find candy you’ll love when you choose from our over 300 types of specialty candy. Stop for a snack Get a delicious snack for you and your family, and avoid overloading on too many sweets. Our Kande Shoppe isn’t just for candy, but we also offer a variety of yummy snacks. Stop in for a hotdog or maybe some nice cheesy nachos. You’ll also find vintage specialty soda pop and hand dipped ice cream with a wide variety of flavors. Gift ideas Enjoy your ice cream while browsing outside Knoxville Mercantile. Wonderful original pieces of lawn art adorn the storefront. Visitors are sure to find what they are looking for with a wide from which to choose.

Even more to offer While visiting Knoxville be sure to explore the quaint downtown area. Features include the old Knox County Courthouse, a Public Library, the Knox County Museum, Big Cats BBQ & the Knoxville Bar and Restaurant. The Knox County Scenic Drive occurs the first two weekends in October of each year. Check out the information in this guide about all of wonderful events in Galesburg, Knoxville and Knox County.


• Wedding Receptions • Family Reunions • Rehearsal Dinners • Corporate Meetings • Birthday Parties


• Anniversary Parties • Holiday Parties • Bridal/Baby Showers • Special Events

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$350 per day: Friday - Sunday $150 per day: Monday - Thursday $50 per hour (minimum 2 hours)

$500 per day: Friday - Sunday

Additional fees may apply. Appointments must be scheduled in advance.


Hours: Tues-Sat 10-5 Sun 12:30-5 128 S. Chambers St., Galesburg, IL | 309-344-8876

Call 309-345-3683


Security Deposit Fee of $300


$350 per day: Monday - Thursday


JUNE 23-26, 2016

• Children’s Activities & Crafts • Car Show • Food • Street Fair • Model Train & Toy Show

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• Rail Displays & Tours • Lincoln Experience • Historical Attractions • Live Musical Performances • Carnival

•Largest selection of loose diamonds, designer engagement ring, & Men’s & Ladies wedding bands in the area •New Silver & Gold Coin Department - we buy & sell gold & silver •Designer Jewelry •Engraveable Gifts •Watches

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BIG BLUE CHAIR Our Welcome Center has a BIG attraction; it’s the Big Blue Chair. People from all over the world can’t resist having their picture taken in this oversized Adirondack chair. Take a picture, share it on our Facebook page and send it to us at #bigbluechair • 1.800.916.3330


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