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“Along the Upper Mississippi every hour brings something new. There are crowds of odd islands, bluffs, prairies, hills, woods and villages–everything one could desire …” Mark Twain Can you hear it? The sound of the river calling to you? It’s a siren song urging you to connect to new stories and explore new vistas. The voices of three of the nation’s mightiest rivers come together in song at the Meeting of the Great Rivers, All Around Alton. The Mississippi, Illinois and Missouri Rivers are calling to visitors to experience the magic of historic river towns. To journey along a 33 mile stretch of road, part of The Meeting of the Great Rivers National Scenic Byway, where towering limestone bluffs dwarf the passing vehicles and the Mississippi laps at the road’s edges.
Here in the Meeting of the Great Rivers, raise a glass of locally crafted beer or wine alongside the riverbanks. Soar above the river bluffs on a nine-mile zip line coaxed into the woods above the Mississippi and Illinois Rivers. Meet the people who give life, heart and personality to the region.
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Simply The Greatest TABLE OF CONTENTS 4 NATURE’S MASTERPIECE 6 COME OUT & PLAY 5 THINGS YOU DON’T WANT TO MISS 8 10 CRAFT BEERS 12 WINERIES 14 LOCAL LEGENDS 16 NOW TASTE THIS 17 LANDMARK DINING 18 WEDDINGS 19 ANTIQUES 20 HAUNTINGS 22 FAMILY FUN 26 DIRECTORIES 49 POINTS OF INTEREST 50 TRANSPORTATION
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Nature’s Masterpiece Nature pulled out all the stops when it created the confluence of the Illinois, Mississippi and Missouri Rivers. And area naturalists agree.
Put down your phones. Park the car. Slow down and breathe. There’s no better place to connect with nature than the Meeting of the Great Rivers.
“Lately it seems that people forget about all the natural beauty that is out here with all the hustle and bustle of daily living,” said Amy Curry, Director of Outreach for The Nature Institute in Godfrey. High atop the limestone bluffs overlooking the Mississippi River, The Nature Institute offers miles of trails, natural spring-fed waterfalls, naturalist programming and some of the best views in the region. “Our brains have been trained to care about our phones and other ways to fill our time,” Amy notes. “The beauty we have in the region makes you focus. It’s almost therapeutic and blocks out anything else.” Nature is also on display at the Audubon Center at Riverlands in West Alton. The 10,000 acres of protected land sits directly on the Mississippi River and is home to over 40 percent of the migrating bird populations in the United States. Visitors can spy eagles perched high in the trees with the center’s in-house spotting scopes. Or simply walk to the edge of the waterways to see herons, egrets and Trumpeter Swans gliding along the waters. Near the confluence of the Illinois and Mississippi Rivers, Pere Marquette State Park offers visitors stunning views of the Illinois River. A short ferry ride across the Illinois River, visitors can indulge in the natural wonders of the Two Rivers National Wildlife Refuge. This area is a mosaic of wetlands, open water, bottomland forests and prairies.
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For more information about the region’s natural wonders go to: VisitAlton.com/NaturesMasterpiece.
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Come Out &
pleasure? Rock climbing, zip lining, hiking, golf, canoeing, horseback riding? The list of outdoor adventures in the Meeting of the Great Rivers is simply the greatest and second to none. 6 | Alton Regional Convention & Visitors Bureau
“When people want to get away and travel they search for things to do,” said Jim Scroggins, course manager for Grafton Zipline Adventures, a nine mile course located in the canopy of trees above the confluence of the Illinois and Mississippi Rivers. “When people come to the zip line, they are like, ‘Holy Cow – we didn’t know this kind of stuff was here’. Once they are here, they want to see what else the area has to offer.” From the zip line course to rock climbing the limestone bluffs at Pere Marquette State Park, to hiking and biking trails along the banks of the Mississippi River to teeing up at quality golf courses including an Arnold Palmer designed facility, it’s hard to decide how to spend your time. For a relaxing, family friendly day of water fun, Raging Rivers Water Park is the place to be. Situated along the banks of the Mississippi River, the park offers 28 acres of fun including a wave pool, Endless River, Itty Bitty Surf City and more. The park is open from Memorial Day through Labor Day. If you are looking for a more strenuous adventure, then get out your rock climbing gear and head to Pere Marquette State Park. The state’s largest state park has also become Illinois’ newest rock climbing destination. The park offers highly featured limestone formations which are great for climbing. Twelve rock climbing routes are available from sport climbing which relies on permanent anchors fixed to the rock to top anchors for traditional leads. The park is the first Midwestern crag to be solely equipped with titanium fixed anchors according to the Mountain Project. With the Mississippi River in view, there are four major bike trails which crisscross the Meeting of the Great Rivers. From Hartford to Grafton, a total of 41 miles of trails edge along the river banks. The Missouri Audubon Society has endorsed the Great Rivers Bird and Bike Trail which runs from Hartford to Grafton along the Great Rivers National Scenic Byway. View migrating warblers, herons, egrets and hundreds of other bird species native to the region. The Meeting of the Great Rivers is home to seven challenging and dynamic golf courses. The Spencer T. Olin course is a 7,000 yard 18-hole championship course located in Alton’s Gordon Moore Park. The course was designed by Mr. Olin’s friend Arnold Palmer. Rolling Hills Golf Club in Godfrey, The Woodlands Golf Course in Alton, Belk Park Golf Course in Wood River, Rock Spring Golf Course, Cloverleaf Golf Course and Wolves Crossing in Jerseyville round out the friendly, open courses available in the region. Water recreation is at the top of many lists in the area. Boat rentals are available at Grafton Harbor while both Grafton Harbor and Alton Marina offer first class transient slips and long-term docking. River boat rides are also available on the Mississippi River and provide an incomparable view of the river bluffs and striking scenery which can only be seen by river. Grafton River Adventures offers weekend boating excursions on its 49-passenger Hakuna Matata spring, summer and fall. The Spirit of Peoria, an authentic paddlewheel river boat cruises in the Alton and Grafton region periodically through the summer and fall.
Go to VisitAlton.com/Cruises for more information or to purchase tickets.
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You Won't Want to Miss
Ok, you are ready to begin your trip to the Meeting of the Great Rivers. But where do you start and more importantly, what should make your ‘Simply the Greatest’ must-see list? Don’t worry. We have you covered.
Here is a list of the five places you should visit:
Robert Wadlow Statue
Alton’s Gentle Giant grew to a whopping 8 feet 11.1 inches by the time he was 22 years old. Wadlow was born and raised in Alton and although he died in 1940 he remains an international celebrity. He is still considered the tallest man in the world to this day. A statue in his memory stands at 2810 College Avenue in Alton. See how you measure up to this giant among men. Trip tip: Visit the Alton Museum of History and Art across the street from the statue to see more memorabilia!
Lewis & Clark State Historic Site
Speaking of explorers, do you remember learning about Lewis & Clark in school? Well, the two intrepid explorers and their band of frontiersmen started their historic journey from a camp at the confluence of the Missouri and Mississippi Rivers. That camp has been recreated and is now the Lewis & Clark State Historic Site #1 on the epic Lewis & Clark Trail. The site features a museum with five exhibit rooms, a movie and a 55-foot full scale “cutaway” keelboat. Located at #1 Lewis and Clark Trail in Hartford.
National Great Rivers Museum
This river-themed museum sits at the foot of the Melvin Price Locks and Dam, the newest and largest lock on the upper Mississippi River. This free museum is open seven days a week and is dedicated to telling the story of the Mississippi River including its cultural significance and ecological importance. After touring the museum, take a tour on the lock wall, 80 feet above the Mississippi, and maybe you’ll catch a barge bringing its cargo through the lock gates! Located at #2 Locks and Dam Way, Alton.
piasa Bird More than 340 years ago, French explorers Pere Marquette and Louis Joliet discovered something amazing painted on the limestone bluffs near the confluence of the Illinois and Mississippi Rivers. Members of the Illinois Indian tribe said it was a “Piasa” meaning a bird that devours men. The painting of this mythical creature is a local Alton landmark and currently lives on the limestone bluffs at Piasa Park along Route 100 just west of the city. Pronounced
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Fast Eddie’s Bon Air Kids aren’t allowed in this landmark bar known for its cold beer and cheap food. Fast Eddie’s has been featured on a number of national “foodie” shows for its exuberant and energetic atmosphere. Grilled burgers, brats, boiled shrimp and Big Elwood on a stick are on the menu each day. And did we mention the cold drinks? Some of the best live music in the region is featured each weekend making Fast Eddie’s a classic! Located at 1530 E. 4th St., Alton.
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O l d B a k e ry B e e r C o . 400 Landmarks Blvd., Alton
GRAFTON BREWHAUS 300 W. MAIN ST., GRAFTON
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Good wine leads to good beer in Grafton
Believe it or not, wine isn’t for everyone. That realization prompted Mike and Lori Nikonovich, the owners of Grafton Winery, to add a brewhaus to their highly successful and award winning winery in Grafton. “We were the first winery in Illinois to get a Beer Manufacturing License and at the time, it was very unusual for a winery to offer beer as an option to wine,” Mike Nikonovich said. ”But we wanted to have something to offer the people who don’t like wine. We wanted our own beer.” In August of 2009, the Grafton Brewhaus brewpub opened at the winery. Two tanks made up the newly formed craft brewery and dark wheat and pilsner beers were served. As the brewery caught on with customers at the winery, the choices of beers and number of tanks on site increased. There are now five tanks and the brewery is ready to expand to kegging its beers.
For more on the area's craft beers go to: VisitAlton.com/CraftBeer
Regionally brewed craft beers have taken the area by storm. Now, local restaurants and bars are stocking a full line of them, like these local hangouts - just to name a few.
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Two years ago when James Rogalsky and Lauren Pattan opened the doors of their new craft brewery in Alton, they weren’t sure what to expect. Old Bakery Beer Company, the region’s newest craft beer brewery, and its accompanying restaurant has since become a focal point in the regional craft beer landscape. Housed in the former Colonial Bakery Building, the phantom scents of baked bread mingle with the aroma of the restaurant and the brewing beer. And the beer, crafted by Rogalsky, has been embraced by the local community, the region, and visitors. “For us, it’s more than just being fulfilled running a restaurant and brewery,” Pattan explains. “It’s an opportunity to help build a community around it and to help the area. The most rewarding conversations we have had are when people say they moved to Alton because we have a craft brewery here.”
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wineries on the Rivers Nothing beats pairing a great meal with an award-winning wine.
The Meeting of the Great Rivers is the place where Napa Valley meets the Mississippi River Valley. Enjoy fine wines made with luscious fruits grown right along the river bluffs. Raise a glass and sip your wine nice and slow at one of the many wineries in Grafton offering scenic river views. Or head into the country and kick your feet up at the region’s newest winery location: Grafton Winery The Vineyards located next to Eckert’s Orchards Grafton Farm. This family friendly location gives the kids a chance to pick their own fruit at Eckert’s while the grown-ups pick out their favorite award-winning wines!
Aerie's Riverview Winery 600 Timber Ridge Dr., Grafton (618) 786-7477 Floating Winery at Grafton Harbor 215 W. Water St., Grafton (618) 786-7678 Grafton Ice House Winery 120-214 W. Main St., Grafton (618) 786-2737 Grafton Winery & Brewhaus 300 W. Main St., Grafton (618) 786-3001
Grafton Winery The Vineyards 21028 Eckert Orchard Road, Grafton (618) 786-3004 Mary Michelle Winery 13653 Lodge Blvd., Grafton (618) 786-2331 Piasa Pub THE RIVERBEND AREA’S HEALTHCARE 225 W. Main St., Grafton (618) 786-9463 ALTON MEMORIAL HOSPITAL.
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People Need to See the Views On a cold, cold day in February 1989 Ben Allen looked out of a window of a dilapidated building on Grafton’s riverfront and saw the future. “I came to Grafton and visited the old Boatworks building which had been converted to a mechanical shop. It was run down and in disrepair. I looked out one of the windows and saw the bluffs and the river and knew that people had to see that view too,” Allen remembers. That visit heralded the birth of The Loading Dock, a premier regional restaurant/bar and entertainment center perched on the edge of the Mississippi River in Grafton. “I wanted to create a place where people could come and see the view,” Allen said. “Everyone thought I was nuts.” The Loading Dock has evolved into an iconic attraction for Grafton and the region. With its round white tables and bright yellow café umbrellas lining the riverfront, it has become the go-to location for anyone who wants to sip a drink and munch on some dock salsa while watching the river flow by. For more about The Loading Dock and the Allens efforts to create destinations in the region, go to VisitAlton.com/LocalLegends.
A Recipe for Success Famous for her pies and half pound chicken salad sandwiches, Ann Badasch, the force behind My Just Desserts in historic downtown Alton, has developed a recipe for success. And that recipe isn’t just based on the five cases of chickens she and her staff cook and debone by hand on a weekly basis for her sandwiches. It’s also not the dozens of pies created by scratch daily in her kitchen. Or even her famous Tollhouse Brownies. It really started when she re-located her restaurant to the historic Ryder building at 31 E. Broadway in 1989. The building once was used by Abraham Lincoln for trial work, and offers a panoramic window view of the Mississippi River. With a chalkboard menu that changes daily and is based on family recipes for delectable sandwiches, soups and desserts, Badasch has created a warm, inviting atmosphere that men, women and children enjoy on a daily basis. “The food here is important,” Badasch says. “But what is more important is customer service. I want to greet everyone who walks in here and make sure they enjoy themselves. It’s the customer service that brings people back.” To learn more about Ann Badasch and her passion for the region go to VisitAlton.com/LocalLegends.
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Creating an Authentic Alton Behind the region’s revitalized music scene and resurgence of Downtown Alton’s historic business district is the energy and passion of Matt and Sara McGibany. From vendors graduating from a weekend booth at the Alton Farmers’ & Artisans’ Market into brick and mortar storefronts to musicians flocking to the region to experiment with collaborative musical styles, the McGibanys have helped shape the tenor and tone of the area. “The culture of Alton is cooperative and collaborative,” Sara McGibany, the Executive Director of Alton Main Street, noted. “To create a destination, we all need to join forces and promote the wide variety of artistic ventures that are happening. We are all about linking people with others who share a similar vision for the area. Alton is becoming well known for having a broad spectrum of eclectic things to do.” The new artisan and entrepreneurial spirit which has emerged in the region is a shift from the Alton the McGibanys experienced growing up. The two left Alton as young adults but ended up returning 10 years ago. Reconnecting with their hometown also inspired the couple to help shape the community. For more about the McGibanys go to VisitAlton.com/LocalLegends.
Artists First A few blocks from the banks of the Mississippi River, Chad Nelson and Felicia Breen, owners of Mississippi Mud Pottery in Alton, have found their creative and business niche. Their handmade mugs, bowls, plates and platters are highly sought after by people throughout the region. And the ribbons and awards lining the walls of their shop are testament to their artistic talents. “Chad and I work really hard to develop and foster the Mississippi Mud tradition,” Breen pointed out during a short break. Mississippi Mud Pottery was purchased by artists Nelson and Breen 10 years ago when the previous owners Ken and Brenda Barnett retired and moved out of state. Mississippi Mud Pottery has been in operation for a total of 34 years. That hard work has also garnered them an “Illinois Made” designation awarded by the Illinois Office of Tourism honoring the people, and places that create, craft and invent in Illinois. “We wanted to continue the tradition of Mississippi Mud. And here we are 10 years later,” Breen said. “I think people respect our quality, craftsmanship and customer service.” Although the store carries the name Mississippi Mud, the clay used in creating the plates, bowls, mugs and other ceramics doesn’t actually come from the river. But the inspiration for their work does. “The one thing about living and having a store in Alton is every day when I come to work I see the river,” Felicia said. “And every day the river is different. Who would think that it could be a beautiful crystal blue one day, turgid the next, and flat as glass another? The river is always changing.” For more information about the artistry that exists in and around Alton, go to VisitAlton.com/LocalLegends.
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Landmark Dining for 140+ years of tantalizing tastes
My Just Desserts
Imagine creamy Italian pasta dishes paired with garlic butter drenched pepperloin steaks. How about juicy secret recipe fried chicken and puffed pillows of toasted ravioli. With menus like that it’s no surprise that Castelli’s Restaurant at 255 and Tony’s Restaurant have become landmark restaurants in The Meeting of the Great Rivers. For more than 140 years, the two family-owned and operated businesses have served up delectable dining options. And they have kept it a family affair with the grandchildren of the original owners now keeping the legacies going.
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Paul Ventimiglia grew up at Tony’s Restaurant, 312 Piasa St., in downtown Alton. He remembers as a child sitting under the bar eating maraschino cherries while his grandfather and founder of the landmark Italian restaurant served customers. Now, Paul along with his wife Erin, have taken over the reins of the 62-year-old business becoming the third generation to run the family-based restaurant. “This place feels to me like it’s my house. It’s part of my heart,” Paul said, sitting in the Third Street Café taking a break from stocking the restaurant. “I have loved Tony’s my whole life.” Tony Ventimiglia and his wife Edie opened Tony’s Restaurant on Piasa Street in Alton in 1954. Dubbed the original “Pasta House,” the restaurant established a robust menu of pastas and its signature, secret recipe Pepperloin steak which has remained unchanged over the years. The addition of the Third Street Café in 1994, added a second bar and pizza-style sideline to the thriving business. Paul and Erin have also added a whiskey bar to the café area which boasts 30 beers on tap. Tuesday and Wednesdays will feature pizza specials and Thursday and Sundays there will be Pepperloin Kabob specials. They also plan to start a Sunday night pasta special which will include pasta, salad, wine and dessert for an all inclusive price.
Eighty years ago, Alfonso and Teresa Castelli opened the doors to Castelli’s Restaurant. Their restaurant quickly became known as a local landmark thanks, in part, to their secret recipe fried chicken. Over the years, the recipe has become trademarked and draws diners from throughout the region. Other homemade specialties, such as the homemade “Roman” house salad dressing and toasted ravioli have also become diner favorites. But it’s the family atmosphere that the original Castelli’s created in the restaurant and which flows through the restaurant today that keeps people coming back, according to Matt Castelli, the greatgrandson of Alfonso and Teresa. “We have customers who find their way here from out of state and they make a point of returning,” Castelli said. “It’s important to keep the traditions of the restaurant going strong."
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Simply the Greatest: Weddings
You’ve waited for the proposal and spent countless nights dreaming about your wedding day. Now it’s time to start making those dreams come true! Find the perfect location for your bridal shower, rehearsal dinner, wedding ceremony and reception at VisitAlton.com/Weddings and create what you’ve always envisioned as the most memorable day of your life!
Wedding Venues Aerie's Terrace
Hakuna Matata Riverboat
Jacoby Arts Center
Lewis & Clark Confluence Tower
Benjamin Godfrey Memorial Chapel at LCCC
Liberty Bank Alton Amphitheater
Farley Music Hall
Pere Marquette Lodge and State Park
Gordon Moore Park/Nan Elliott Rose Garden
Grafton Winery & Brewhaus
The Loading Dock
Grafton Winery The Vineyards
Wood River Historic Chapel
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If ghosts and hauntings are your thing, then the Meeting of the Rivers is simply the greatest place to be. Whether it’s a visit to the spooky McPike Mansion or a trip to the very haunted Mineral Springs Hotel or a tour through Alton’s haunted streets, there is a reason the city is called the
What would a visit to the Meeting of the Great Rivers be without shopping ‘til you drop in Historic Downtown Alton’s Antique Row and our other inspiring towns and villages?
From reusable and refurbished items to that unique conversation piece, the region’s shopping districts are alive with antiques and collectibles.
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HAUNTED TOUR PROVIDERS Whether it’s an old ice box turned into a dresser or an old farm mail box used for a trash can, Antique Row is sure to have that special item you’ve been looking for. Spend a day strolling through our communities and you might just find something you can’t live without! For more information on shopping options, go to VisitAlton.com/Shopping.
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Alton’s Haunted Odyssey Trolley tours are available through the most haunted areas of Alton. AltonHauntedTours.com (618) 462-3861 Alton Hauntings Entertaining and spine tingling journeys into nationally known paranormal sites throughout the city. AltonHauntings.com (217) 791-7859 Mineral Springs Haunted Tours Walking tours, paranormal investigations into the Mineral Springs Hotel, séances and tarot card readings are offered. MineralSpringsHauntedTours.com (866) 465-3205 McPike Mansion Overnight campouts, cellar tours and dark room session are among the featured events. McPikeMansion.com (618) 830-2179
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Let the kids lead the way during your stay in the Meeting of the Great Rivers. From free kid-friendly attractions, to outdoor adventures and journeys down historical trails, the list of family-friendly activities and events is constantly growing.
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From the hiking trails at Pere Marquette State Park and kayaking at Two Rivers National Wildlife Refuge to giving the kids, and yourself, a peek inside the journey of Merriweather Lewis and William Clark, now is your chance to take a break from the ordinary and and let your inner child shine through. Tip: Visit the Meeting of the Great Rivers at the end of July and take part in Kid’Cation, a 10 day kid-centric extravaganza of activities.
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Go to Visitalton.com/Kidcation for more information.
The Audubon Center welcomes you... Visit the Audubon Center at Riverlands and its 3,700 acres of restored prairie marsh and forest located in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Riverlands Migratory Bird Sanctuary, in the heart of one of the most significant flyways in the world...
the Mississippi River.
Reconnect with nature and catch a glimpse of the everchanging variety of 325 species of songbirds and waterfowl that live in or migrate through this unique habitat, including bald eagles, herons, and egrets.
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2017 Events in Grafton, IL May 20 & 21 June 1−August 3
River Rat Catfish Classic – “Get Hooked on Grafton” Music in the Park – FREE Weekly Concerts Every Thursday · Located in The Grove Memorial Park September 9 & 10 Art in the Park – FREE Art, Entertainment & Family Fun · Showcasing 35+ Artists · Located in The Grove Memorial Park November 4 Towboat Festival December 2 Taste of Chocolate & Holiday Riverwalk At Grafton Winery & Brewhaus Grafton – “Come for a Weekend… Stay for a Lifetime” Visit:
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Join us for our Firework displays and annual September Fly-in! Come visit, you might just want to stay. There are great land and building lease options in our 600-acre business park. Call ahead to schedule a tour.
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Culture & Heritage Lincoln & The Civil War
Travel in the footsteps of Lincoln and Civil War soldiers with stories told at VisitAlton.com/Lincoln. The most popular sites include the following:
Confederate soldiers who died in Alton were laid to rest in a mass burial site, now known as the Confederate Cemetery. All of their names are listed on the base of a monument at this national cemetery. 635 Rozier St., Alton.
In 1862, the Alton Prison, closed for its deplorable conditions a few years earlier, was reopened as a military prison for Confederate soldiers and southern sympathizers. Malnourishment and disease quickly broke out, killing 1354 Confederate and approximately 240 Union soldiers. Those infected with Smallpox were quarantined on Sunflower Island. William St., Alton.
Alton Museum of History & Art
The final and most important Lincoln-Douglas Debate was held in Alton in October 1858. Two bronze statues depicting Lincoln and Douglas pose frozen in time in heated debate. Broadway St. & Landmarks Blvd., Alton. On Nov. 7, 1837, abolitionist and newspaper editor Elijah Lovejoy was murdered as he defended his press which was later thrown in the Mississippi River. Pay tribute to this martyr of the abolitionist movement at the tallest man-made monument in Illinois which symbolizes freedom of the press. Monument & 5th St., Alton.
Lyman Trumbull House
Former Illinois Senator Lyman Trumbull’s house is Alton’s only national landmark. Trumbull, a close friend of Lincoln, co-authored the 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution which abolished slavery. 1105 Henry St., Alton.
Follow Lincoln along Alton’s Lincoln & Civil War Legacy Trail when you download the app. Navigate from site to site and listen to audio tracks of each site’s unique story.
3 Locations in Alton: • The Hayner Library Downtown 326 Belle Street
• Hayner Library at Alton Square Mall 132 Alton Square Mall
Our computers are available to our patrons with a library card. Guests may use a guest account. Free WiFi available.
• Hayner Genealogy & Local History Library 401 State Street
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Alton’s riverfront, located in the free state of Illinois, played a vital role in helping slaves make connections to freedom in the northern U.S. Remnants of this period in history exist throughout Alton. Visit the Black Pioneer Room featuring an Underground Railroad message quilt. 2809 College Ave., Alton.
For More Information: VisitAlton.com/Lincoln Lewis & Clark Community College
Site of the former Monticello Women’s Seminary where students and faculty were purported abolitionists. Tunnels exist beneath campus buildings. 5800 Godfrey Rd., Godfrey
Step on board a shuttle to experience local history, Underground Railroad tours, natural sites and more. Check out VisitAlton.com/Shuttle for a schedule of tours and make reservations.
Rocky Fork Church
The church originated before the Civil War, when free African-Americans and slaves crossed the Mississippi River to begin a new life in Illinois.
Hamilton Primary School
The first integrated school in America was established by the legacy of Dr. Silas Hamilton. Pay tribute to a gravesite where slave and master are buried side by side. 107 E. Main St., Otterville
Bluff City Tours 618.550.9291 J.E. Robinson Underground Railroad Tours 618.462.5590 Riverbend Tours 618.208.7266
It was one of the greatest adventures in American History...
...the exploration of the uncharted and unknown upper Midwest and western United States in search of a water route to the Pacific Ocean. And it began right here where the Missouri River meets the Mississippi. This was the beginning of the adventure which took over two years to complete and catapulted the expedition into the history books. Learn more about the journey, the preparations and read actual excerpts from William Clark’s diary by visiting the Lewis & Clark State Historic Site in Hartford.This is where the true journey into the unknown began!
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Escape to Elsah Est. 1853
Lewis and Clark Community College Campus, Godfrey. Facing west, the bronze vision of Native American explorer Sacajawea is set in the courtyard of this historic college campus.
www.escapetoelsah.com Located off of the Great River Road between Alton and Grafton
2. Miles Davis Statue
Third St., Downtown Alton. Find Davis lost in song with his trumpet in the middle of Miles Davis Plaza.
3. Lovejoy Monument
Monument & 5th St., Alton. Pay tribute to a giant of the abolitionist movement, Elijah P. Lovejoy, who is honored with the tallest man-made monument in Illinois.
The perfect destination for weddings and receptions, family reunions, a romantic getaway, ‘Girls Weekend’, a baby shower, or simply a retreat to find some elusive peace and quiet.
4. Piasa Bird
Piasa Park, Alton. Painted high on the limestone bluffs overlooking the Mississippi River, the mythological bird is a treasured local legend.
5. Robert Wadlow
2810 College Ave., Alton. How do you measure up to Robert Wadlow, the world’s tallest man? Check out this life size statue!
The National Great Rivers Museum at The Melvin Price Locks & Dam
GREEN TREE INN Bed & Breakfast
15 Mill Street Historic Elsah, IL 62028 618-374-2821
YOU NEED TO SEE THIS! Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence Winner 2014 2015 2016
FREE ADMISSION Open 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. 7 days a week Closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Years Eve & New Years Day
#2 Lock and Dam Way, E. Alton, IL 62024 Phone: 618-462-6979
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Enjoy Homemade snacks and Home Cooked Breakfast. MTRF.org
Maple Leaf Cottage Inn
Groceries, ice cream, old fashion candy, vintage bottled soda, books, pottery, cards, gifts, collectibles and the "goodies table"
Should Be Seen By...You!
Take a step back in time
at an old fashion general store in the heart of historic Elsah
Best Overnight Stay
People’s Choice Award St. Louis Post-Dispatch 2016
Elsah General Store
A Best Romantic Getaway Dream Vacation Magazine
22 LaSalle Street www.elsahgeneralstore.com
12 Selma St - Historic Elsah, IL
Wed-Sat 10-7, Sun 12-5 618-556-0709
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Arts & Nightlife EXPLORE LOCAL VIBES
Put the finishing touch on your day by immersing yourself in the musical nightlife pulsing through the Meeting of the Great Rivers. Let the talented guitarists, fantastic fiddlers and dueling pianos of the area transport you with their diverse and eclectic blend of music! From folk to jazz, bluegrass to bossanova and everything in between, the music scene thrives after dark.
Hope & Therapy
Mads Tolling and the MadsMen
All concerts at Hatheway Cultrual Center on the Godfrey Campus of Lewis & Clark Community College
Portraits of America starring George Bugatti
Check out our current Live Music options at VisitAlton.com/LiveMusic NIGHTLIFE VENUES 300 State St. 300 State St., Alton (618) 463-5555 Aerie's Riverview Winery 600 Timber Ridge Dr., Grafton (618) 786-7477 Bluff City Grill 424 E. Broadway, Alton (618) 433-8288 Chez Marilyn 119 W. Third St., Alton (618) 465-8071 Elijah P’s Burgers and Brews 401 Piasa St., Alton (618) 433-8445 Fast Eddie’s Bon Air 1530 E. 4th St., Alton (618) 462-5532 Grafton Winery & Brewhaus 300 W. Main St., Grafton (618) 786-3001
Jacoby Arts Center 627 E. Broadway, Alton (618) 462-5222 The Loading Dock 401 Front St., Grafton (618) 786-3494 Maeva’s Coffee 1320 Milton Rd., Alton (618) 581-7510 Morrison’s Irish Pub 200 State St., Alton (618) 433-8900 Old Bakery Beer Co. 400 Landmarks Blvd., Alton (618) 463-1470 Piasa Pub 225 W. Main St., Grafton (618) 786-9463 Ragin' Cajun Piano Bar 210 W. Third St., Alton (618) 433-9119
Roper’s Regal Beagle 3043 Godfrey Rd., Godfrey (618) 466-2112 Shakers 554 E. Broadway, Alton (618) 462-4945 State St. Market 208 State St., Alton (618) 462-8800
BARS ALTON: Bubby & Sissy’s, Catdaddy’s, Cellar Room, D & T Wedge, Danny’s Lounge, Firehouse Tavern, Greg’s Place, Kopp’s Korner, Norb’s Tavern, Rise at 300, Ten-Pin Lounge, Ruby’s
YOU CAN SEE YOUR FUTURE FROM HERE
Feb. 12, 2017 - Mads Tolling and the MadsMen Mar. 19, 2017 - Portraits of America starring George Bugatti Apr. 30, 2017 - Sweet Dreams & Honky Tonks- The Music & Lives of Hank Williams, Loretta Lynn, Patsy Cline, & Johnny Cash Sept. 23, 2017 -Let’s Hang On October show
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To Be Announced
Let’s Hang On Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons Tribute
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The arts come alive with performing and visual celebrations in historic galleries and in theaters where distinctive creative talents flourish all along the Meeting of the Great Rivers. The Jacoby Arts Center, a regular host to local art work and photography exhibits, is also home to special live music and theater. At Alton Little Theater, audiences can laugh or even cry with the award-winning talents of the theater group which has been entertaining audiences longer than any other in Illinois. The Greater Alton Concert Association brings musical, magical and magnificent acts to the region at Lewis & Clark Community College.
Performing & Visual Arts Venues Alton Little Theater 2450 N. Henry St., Alton (618) 462-6562 | AltonLittleTheater.org Alton Municipal Band AltonMunyBand.org Alton Stained Glass Works 412 E. Broadway, Alton (618) 462-4145 | AltonArtGlass.com Alton Symphony Orchestra 5800 Godfrey Road, Godfrey (618) 792-4002 | AltonSymphonyOrchestra.org
Great Rivers Choral Society (618) 401-1450 | GRCS-sing.org Greater Alton Concert Association 5800 Godfrey Road, Godfrey (618) 468-4222 | AltonConcerts.org Jacoby Arts Center 627 E. Broadway, Alton (618) 462-5222 | JacobyArtsCenter.org Mississippi Mud Pottery 310 E. Broadway, Alton (618) 462-7573 | MississippiMudPottery.com
The 83rd Season at Alton Little Theater
2450 N. Henry - Alton, IL 62002
Take in the sights along the Meeting of the Great Rivers on the miles of hiking and biking trails that crisscross the region. Or, discover new vistas ziplining through the tree canopy on the river bluffs, cruising river For More Information: level aboard the Hakuna Matata or parasailing high above the Mighty Mississippi.
Nature & Hiking Trails
Take in the sights along the Meeting of the Great Rivers on the miles of hiking and biking trails that crisscross the region. Or, discover new vistas ziplining through the tree canopy on the river bluffs, cruising river level aboard the Hakuna Matata.
Nature & Hiking Trails The Audubon Center at Riverlands The trails here are the perfect place to begin your wildlife viewing within the Riverlands Migratory Bird Sanctuary. Designated as a Globally Important Bird Area, nature-lovers will find an abundant array of waterfowl, shorebirds, raptors and wading birds. Choose between five trails ranging from 1 - 3 miles each. 301 Riverlands Way, West Alton (636) 899-0090 | Riverlands.Audubon.org Gordon Moore Park Cast your line in the 13-acre lake or walk among the trickling streams of the Oriental Garden Trail or Nature Institute Prairie Trail. Stop and smell the roses in the Nan Elliott Memorial Rose Garden. 4550 College Ave., Alton (618) 463-3580 | Alton-IL.com LaVista Park to Clifton Terrace Park On the edge of the LaVista Community Park, this 1 mile trail winds through a beautiful wooded area and alongside a creek to the Mississippi River and Clifton Terrace Park. LaVista Park, 2421 W. Delmar, Godfrey (618) 466-1483 | GodfreyIL.org
McCully Heritage Project With 940 acres of hills and hollows see wildlife frolic throughout the forest and grasslands. The Project offers 15 miles of trails highlighting the landscape. Access to horseback riding trails available with advance arrangements. R.R. #1, Box 130, Kampsville (618) 653-4687 | McCullyHeritage.org Olin Nature Preserve at The Nature Institute Hundreds of native plant species and birds enjoy the 300 acres of preserved land. The landscape includes steep limestone bluffs overlooking the river, small streams and upland forest. 2213 S. Levis Lane, Godfrey (618) 466-9930 | TheNatureInstitute.org Two Rivers National Wildlife Refuge As an important link in the chain of migrating species along the Mississippi Flyway, identify a variety of waterfowl, shorebirds, wading birds and song birds. The Gilbert Lake Trail is perfect for viewing wildlife in the floodplain forests and Swan Lake Visitor Center offers viewing platforms and scopes. HCR 82, Box #107, Brussels (618) 883-2524 | FWS.gov/Midwest/TwoRivers
NANAâ€™S NAUGHTY KNICKERS - Jan. 27th-Feb. 5th BUYING THE MOOSE - Feb. 17th-19th DRIVING MISS DAISY - March 24th-April 2nd MAN OF LA MANCHA (Musical) - May 12th-21st and more to come!!
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Water recreation Boat Tours
Grafton River Adventures 215 W. Water St., Grafton (618) 786-7678 GraftonHarbor.net
Our first-class marinas offer transient slips and long-term docking.
Bluff City Tackle 2813 E. Broadway St., Alton (618) 465-6175 BluffCityTackle.com
Spirit of Peoria (800) 258-6645 VisitAlton.com
Equipment Rental Grafton Harbor 215 W. Water St., Grafton (618) 786-7678 GraftonHarbor.net
Alton Marina 1 Henry St., Alton (618) 462-9860 AltonMarina.com
5 Anchor Marina with Deluxe Amenities! with Deluxe Ameities Amazing Winery, Restaurant, GiftShop Shop Amazing Nautical & Wine &Gift Boat Rental Boat Rental Riverboat Cruises: Coroprate, Corporate, Riverboat Cruises:
Wine, Wine,Sunset, Sunset,Haunted, Haunted,Fall FallColors, Colors, Wedding Ceremonies & more! Wedding Ceremonies & more!
Cassens Bait Shop 1446 W. Main St., Grafton (618) 786-3614
Comecheck checkout outour thefloyster Come oatingbar winery!
Grafton Harbor 215 W. Water St., Grafton (618) 786-7678 GraftonHarbor.net
and our floating winery!
Piasa Harbor 10815 Lockhaven Road, Godfrey
Bike Trails Alton Bike Trail This 0.78-mile bike trail is located in Riverfront Park as a connector between the Confluence and Sam Vadalabene Bike Trails. Cross the Clark Bridge for access to the Riverlands Migratory Bird Sanctuary and Katy Trail in Missouri. (800) 258-6645 | MCTtrails.org Confluence Bike Trail (Alton to Hartford) This 21-mile asphalt trail begins at Russell Commons Park in Alton and extends south to Granite City with stops at the National Great Rivers Museum, Lewis & Clark Confluence Tower and the Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center. (800) 258-6645 | MCTtrails.org
Great Rivers Bird & Bike Trail (Hartford to Grafton) Endorsed by the Missouri Audubon, follow the bike trails along the Meeting of the Great Rivers National Scenic Byway to view migrating warblers, herons, egrets and hundreds of other bird species native to the region. (800) 258-6645 | VisitAlton.com Sam Vadalabene Bike Trail (Alton to Grafton) Beginning at Piasa Park, this 20-mile paved trail runs parallel to the Meeting of the Great Rivers Scenic Byway from Alton to Pere Marquette in Grafton. Towering bluffs and rolling waters of the Mississippi River make this one of the most scenic trails in Illinois. (800) 258-6645 | MCTtrails.org
618-786-7678 | graftonharbor.net | 210 West Water Street | Grafton, IL 62037
Raging Rivers Package
outdoor Adventures Horseback Riding
Pere Marquette Riding Stables Trek down to the Pere Marquette Stables and enjoy horseback riding through the countryside and along the Great River Road. 15780 State Highway 100, Grafton | (618) 786-2156
Winchester Shooting Facilities 600 Powder Mill Road, East Alton | (618) 258-2633 ShootWinchester.com
Be Our Guest!
618.462.1220 618.462.1220 atriumhotel.net atriumhotel.net College Ave., Alton, IL IL 38003559 Homer Adams Pkwy, Alton,
Centrally Located Indoor Pool & Whirlpool Full Service Restaurant & Lounge
Zipline Grafton Zipline Adventures Looking for a jaw dropping, heart racing experience? Try Grafton’s thrilling attraction – a zip line that gives those brave enough a stunning river view and hours of fun. 600 Timber Ridge Drive, Grafton | (618) 786-9477 GraftonZipline.com
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Bird Watcher’s Value Package
Fall Colors Package
St. Louis Value Package
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Orchards Eckert’s Orchard 20995 Eckert Orchard Rd., Grafton (618) 786-3445 Hagen Family Orchard 2260 E. Illinois River Rd., Brussels (618) 883-2385 Kamp’s Orchard R.R. #1, Box 114 Auer Landing Rd., Golden Eagle (618) 883-2410 Krueger’s Orchard 2914 Airport Rd., Godfrey (618) 466-3576 Odelehr’s Roadside Market Box 112 Brussels Ferry Rd., Brussels (618) 883-2265 Pearson’s Produce 6304 Humbert Rd., Godfrey (618) 401-7286 Joe & Dennis Ringhausen Orchard & Apple House A. Route 67 - 2.5 miles south of Jerseyville (618) 498-6951 B. 24748 Reddish Rd., Fieldon (618) 376-6772 Tom Ringhausen Orchard Route 16 & 100, East end of Joe Page Bridge, Hardin (618) 576-2311
Toppmeyer’s Roadside Market HC82 Box 113, Brussels Ferry Rd., Brussels (618) 883-2383 Uncle Andy’s Country Market Main St., Grafton (618) 786-4856
Stay In Alton
Delightful Detours Consider this your open invitation to indulge in some delightful weekend activities. Let’s go apple pickin’ at one of the region’s many orchards and enjoy festivities at their farms. There are also plenty of roadside stands to stop at and buy award-winning sweet apple cider, jams, fruits and vegetables. And don’t forget the pumpkins! Let’s take a wagon ride out into the patch filled with all shapes and sizes of pumpkins and spend the afternoon searching for that perfect “great pumpkin.”
Hampton Inn & Suites 1904 Homer Adams Parkway (618)433-8999
Best Western Plus 1900 Homer Adams Parkway (618)433-9900
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Comfort Inn 11 Crossroads Ct. (618)465-9999
Super 8 1800 Homer Adams Parkway (618)465-8885
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stay the night B&BS, GUEST HOUSES, & CABINS ALTON | 62002
Alton Cracker Factory - Great Rivers Lodging 205 E. Broadway • (618) 917-4466 BEALL Mansion (B&B) 407 E. 12th St. • (618) 474-9100 George Street Suites 1106 - 1110 George St. • (618) 433-9403 Jackson House (B&B) 1821 Seminary St. • (618) 462-1426 Riverview Suites 206 Market St. • (618) 465-3735 Tiffany Inn (B&B) 410 E. Broadway St. • (618) 462-4145
ELSAH | 62028
Green Tree Inn (B&B) 15 Mill St. • (618) 374-2821 Maple Leaf Cottage Inn (B&B) 12 Selma St. • (618) 374-1684
GOLDEN EAGLE | 62036 The Golden Eagle Inn 89A Cove Rd • (314) 308-2565 Kinder’s No Wake Inn RR 1 Box 50 • (618) 883-2586
GRAFTON | 62037
Aerie’s Cottages 600 Timber Ridge Dr. • (618) 786-8439 Anchors Inn Guest House 10 S. Vine St. • (618) 420-2017 Cassens Guest Rooms 1446 W. Main St. • (618) 786-3614 Count Me Inn 412 E. Main St. • (314) 795-2409 Desherlia Landing 300 Water St. • (618) 410-1767 End of the Trail Inn 105 E. Main St. • (618) 550-8505 Grafton Homestead Retreat Croxford Rd. to the Homestead sign (618) 786-2420 Grafton Inn 22 E. Main St. • (618) 786-2222 Jeni J’s Gifts & Guest Houses 120 - 214 W. Main St. • (618) 786-2737 Lagniappe Place 16260 Otterville Rd. • (618) 570-9387 Loading Dock Guest Houses: • The Fish Market 311 E. Front St. • (618) 786-3494 • The Riverside Cottage 311 E. Water St. • (618) 786-3494 • The Stone Cottage 100 Springfield St. • (618) 786-3494 • Tree Tops 313 E. Front St. • (618) 786-3494
Lucy Mae’s Guest House 312 E. Main St. • (816) 249-3279 Pere Marquette Lodge & Conference Center 13653 Lodge Blvd. • (618) 786-2331 River Port Guest House 706 W. Main St. • (618) 946-3444 River View Guest House 1116 Main St. • (618) 806-8673 Rowling Ridge Guest House 14102 N. Springfield St. • (618) 786-3943 Tara Point Inn & Cottages (B&B) 1 Tara Point Dr. • (618) 786-3555 The LaMarsh House 25 E. Main St. • (618) 946-9130 The Loft at The Whole Scoop 222 E. Main St. • (618) 946-9130 The River House 11 Mulberry St. • (618) 786-3542 The Shanty Vacation Rental 715 W. Main St. • (618) 406-1522
KAMPSVILLE | 62053
Watkins House at McCully Heritage Project RR 1 Box 130 (Crawford Creek Rd.) (618) 653-4687
MICHAEL | 62065
White Tales Lodge Michael Hollow Rd. • (618) 576-8253
Additional Information available at VisitAlton.com/Lodging
HOTELS & MOTELS ALTON | 62002
Atrium Hotel and Conference Center 3559 College Ave. • (618) 462-1220 Best Western Plus Parkway Hotel 1900 Homer Adams Pkwy. • (618) 433-9900 Comfort Inn 11 Crossroads Court • (618) 465-9999 Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton 1904 Homer Adams Pkwy. • (618) 433-8999 Super 8 1800 Homer Adams Pkwy. • (618) 465-8885
GRAFTON | 62037
Aerie’s Lodging & Terrace Conference Center 600 Timber Ridge Dr. • (618) 786-8439 Pere Marquette Lodge & Conference Center 13653 Lodge Blvd. • (618) 786-2331 Ruebel Hotel & Restaurant 217 E. Main St. • (618) 786-2315
Lucy Mae’s Guest House Victorian Charm near the banks of the Mississippi. Adorable two unit guest house for up to six adults.
Reservations: (816) 249-3279
JERSEYVILLE | 62052
Jerseyville Harvest Inn 730 S. State St. • (618) 498-6886 Super 8 1303 State Hwy. 109 • (618) 498-7888
MOZIER | 62070
Baytown Guest House Route 96 • (618) 232-1223
NEBO | 62355
Harpole’s Heartland Lodge Heavenly View Cabin RR 1 Box 39 • (800) 717-4868
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A stay to remember in downtown Grafton. Historic hotel nestled on the bank of the Mississippi River.
Explore the greens Make sure you bring your clubs and tee off on the greens of the Meeting of the Great Rivers. Explore the great golf challenges at seven dynamic courses including the classic Spencer T. Olin, an Arnold Palmer designed course, and the highly ranked Belk Park course.
Golf Courses & Country clubs
217 E. Main St. | Grafton, IL 62037 | (618) 786-2315 RuebelHotel.com
Belk Park Golf Course 6827 yards, 72 par course 880 Belk Park Rd., Wood River (618) 251-3115 BelkPark.com
Rolling Hills Golf Club 5731 yards, 72 par course 5801 Pierce Lane, Godfrey (618) 466-8363 RollingHillsGC.com
Cloverleaf Golf Course 5671 yards, 70 par course 3555 Fosterburg Rd., Alton (618) 462-3022 CloverleafGolfCourse.com
Spencer T. Olin Golf Course 6941 yards, 72 par course 4701 College Ave., Alton (618) 465-3111 SpencerTOlinGolf.com
Rock Spring Golf Course 3015 yards, 35 par course 1 Rock Spring Park, Alton (618) 465-9898 RockSpringGolfCourse.com
Wolves Crossing 6028 yards, 71 par course 23745 N. Centennial Rd., Jerseyville (618) 498-3178 WolvesCrossing.com The Woodlands Golf Course 6401 yards, 72 par course 2839 Harris Lane, Alton (618) 462-1456 PlaytheWoodlands.com
Great Drinks Great People
Join us to watch all the games and for a great view of the river. 1505 West Main St. Grafton, Illinois
11 AM−1 AM 11 AM−2 AM
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eat & drink RESTAURANTS ALTON | 62002
300 State 300 State St. • (618) 463-5555 Alton Sports Tap 3812 College Ave. • (618) 465-2539 Applebee’s 319 Homer Adams Pkwy. • (618) 462-6575 Big Muddy Pub 204 State St. • (618) 463-1095 Bluff City Grill 424 E. Broadway • (618) 433-8288 Bossanova Restaurant & Lounge 112 W. Third St. • (618) 462-1175 Captain’s Table Buffet - Argosy Casino #1 Piasa St. • (800) 711-GAME Castelli’s Restaurant at 255 3400 Fosterburg Rd. • (618) 462-4620 Chez Marilyn 119 W. Third St. • (618) 465-8071 China King 1837 Homer Adams Pkwy. • (618) 465-8818 Chinese Buffet 2610 Homer Adams Pkwy. • (618) 463-4163
Chubby’s Bar & Grill 1022 E. Broadway • (618) 462-8005 Don & Penny’s 306 State St. • (618) 465-9823 Elijah P.’s Burgers and Brews 401 Piasa St. • (618) 433-8445 Fast Eddie’s Bon Air 1530 E. 4th St. • (618) 462-5532 Fast Eddie’s Fried Chicken 701 Central Ave. • (618) 465-3876 Great Rivers Tap & Grill 3559-B College Ave. • (618) 462-1220 G-B Grill 1858 E. Broadway • (618) 465-9896 Gentelin’s on Broadway 122 E. Broadway • (618) 465-6080 Golden Corral 350 Homer Adams Pkwy. • (618) 465-1802 Hong Kong House 1720 Washington Ave. • (618) 465-8638 Hops House-Argosy Casino Alton 1 Piasa St. • (800) 711-GAME International House of Pancakes 181 Homer Adams Pkwy. • (618) 433-9940
J's Market & Grill 1808 Washington Ave. • (618) 374-6038 Jimmy the Greek’s 1856 E. Broadway • (618) 462-6600 Joe K’s Family Restaurant 2530 State St. • (618) 466-9796 Johnson’s Corner Restaurant 2000 State St. • (618) 465-5640 Journey - Argosy Casino Alton #1 Piasa St. • (800) 711-GAME La Mia Cucina 2510 B State St. • (618) 466-6449 Lovett’s Restaurant 2512 College Ave. • (618) 581-0997 Mac’s Time-Out Lounge/Off Track Betting 315 Belle St. • (618) 465-1006 Morrison’s Irish Pub 200 State St. • (618) 433-8900 My Just Desserts 31 E. Broadway • (618) 462-5881 New D.J.’s Bar & Grill 2526 College Ave. • (618) 465-0362 Nicky G’s Italian Eats 1801 State St. • (618) 406-9730
Stop by and taste of one of our famous homemade pies, a 1/2 lb. chicken salad sandwich or both – you’ll be glad you did! We also serve a variety of delicious soups, salads and sandwiches. Our menu changes daily based upon what the kitchen is craving at that particular moment so you’ll never have the same thing two days in a row around our place. We’re located downtown in historic Alton Illinois just a few blocks from the river. 31 E Broadway, Alton, IL 62002 618-462-5881 (phone) 618-462-4412 (fax)
My Just Desserts
For more information go to VisitAlton.com/Restaurants Old Bakery Beer Company 400 Landmarks Blvd. • (618) 463-1470 Olga’s Kitchen 206 Alton Square Mall Dr. • (618) 462-0642 Princivalli’s Cafe 602 E. 3rd St. • (618) 465-3255 Ragin Cajun Piano Bar 210 W. Third St. • (618) 433-9119 Red Lobster 170 Homer Adams Pkwy. • (618) 465-6554 Rib City 201 E. Center Dr. • (618) 462-4600 Riverbend Billiards & Grill 909 E. Broadway • (618) 462-4435
Riviera Maya 2704 Corner Court • (618) 465-5000 S & S Sandwich 2505 State St. • (618) 570-0115 Samm’s Grill at Woodstock 638 E. Broadway • (618) 465-9618 School House Grill at Senior Services Plus 2603 N. Rodgers • (618) 465-3298 Shogun 2723 Corner Court • (618) 468-1111 Spectators Bar & Grill 3003 Washington Ave. • (618) 465-2695 St. Louis Bread Company 1837 B Homer Adams Pkwy. • (618) 474-0100
State Street Market 208 State St. • (618) 462-8800 Tony’s Restaurant & Third Street Cafe 312 Piasa St. • (618) 462-8384 Town Club of Alton, Inc. 2400 E. Broadway • (618) 462-5431 Village Inn Pancake House 2611 College Ave. • (618) 462-8750
BATCHTOWN | 62006
Cedar Hill Resort Route 1 Box 89 • (618) 883-4455 Old Fill-Inn Station 208 Main St. • (618) 396-0466
Chez Marilyn Fine Dining Cocktails Live Music
119 W 3rd St Alton, Illinois (618) 465-8071
Mon.–Thu. 11 AM–2 AM Fri.–Sat. 11 AM–3 AM Sunday 4 PM–2 AM
424 East Broadway Alton, IL 62002 (618) 433-8288
Open 7 Days a Week Dining Room: Sunday-Thursday 11-9 Friday & Saturday 11-10 Bar: 11-1 AM Everyday
Soups, Salads, Sandwiches, Homemade Pies!
Open 7 days a week 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Home of the famous pork tenderloin sandwich! 2000 State St. Alton, IL 62002 (618) 465-5640
www.MyJustDesserts.org Search for JustDesserts in your smartphone app store!
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BETHALTO | 62010
DQ Grill & Chill Restaurant 444 W. Bethalto Dr. • (618) 377-2253 Eagle’s Nest Restaurant 117 E. Bethalto Dr. • (618) 377-0697 El Mezcal 705 Texas Blvd. • (618) 377-8902 Geno’s 140 Club 120 W. Bethalto Blvd. Hwy 140 • (618) 377-9394 Laux Brickhouse Grille 212 S. Prairie St. • (618) 377-4800 New China Buffet 133 E. Bethalto Dr. • (618) 377-3333 Roma’s Pizza 121 E. Bethalto Dr. • (618) 377-5800 Weeping Willow Tea Room 128 W Central St. • (618) 377-0500
BRUSSELS | 62013
Growler’s Bar & Grill 124 W. Main St. • (618) 883-2233 Wittmond’s Restaurant 108 Main St. • (618) 883-2345
COTTAGE HILLS | 62018
Doc Holliday’s Saloon & Eatery 308 W. MacArthur • (618) 258-7575 Frank’s 132 MacArthur Blvd. • (618) 258-8440 Polly’s Restaurant 15 S. Stanley Rd. • (618) 258-8730 The Pork Barrel 435 W. MacArthur • (618) 258-7650
DOW | 62022
Do Drop Inn 15281 State Highway 109 • (618) 885-5931
EAST ALTON | 62024
Airliner Bar & Grill 573 E. Airline Dr. • (618) 259-9781 Casa Romero Mexican Restaurant & Cantina 521 E. Airline Dr. • (618) 258-8204 China Star 624 Bershire Blvd. • (618) 259-9888 Gwig’s Family Restaurant 505 Berkshire Blvd. • (618) 216-3878 High Flyers Grille 16 Terminal Dr. • (618) 251-8500
Magnum’s Bar & Grill 407 E. Main St. • (618) 259-3794
GODFREY | 62035
Alton Wood River Sportsmens Club 3109 Godfrey Rd. • (618) 466-3042 Carver’s Southern-Style BBQ 2716 Grovelin St. • (618) 467-9999 China Wok 2702 Godfrey Rd. • (618) 466-8050 Clifton Country Inn & Bake Shop 3015 W. Delmar Ave. • (618) 466-1020 El Mezcal 3034 Godfrey Rd. • (618) 466-1604 Godfrey Meat Market 6017 Godfrey Rd. • (618) 466-6111 Josephine’s Gift Shop & Tea Room 6109 Godfrey Rd. • (618) 466-7792 Roper’s Regal Beagle 3043 Godfrey Rd. • (618) 466-2112 Round Table 5407B Godfrey Rd. • (618) 466-6618 Shanghai House Chinese Food 5741 Godfrey Rd. • (618) 467-0121 Sunset Bar & Grill 2807 W. Delmar Ave. • (618) 467-8232 Tony’s Ranch House Restaurant & Bar 3330 Godfrey Rd. • (618) 466-9734
GOLDEN EAGLE | 62036
Kinder’s Restaurant 50 Golden Eagle Ferry Rd. • (618) 883-2586 Point Pleasant RR 1 Box 10A • (618) 883-2600
GRAFTON | 62037
3rd Chute Bar & Grill 220 W. Main St. • (618) 786-8888 3rd Chute Substation 211 W. Main St. • (618) 320-9392 Aerie’s Riverview Winery 600 Timber Ridge Dr. • (618) 786-7477 Fin Inn 1500 W. Main St. • (618) 786-2030 Game On Bar & Grill 1505 W. Main St. • (618) 786-3500 Grafton Oyster Bar 215 Water St. • (618) 786-3000 Grafton Winery & Brewhaus 300 W. Main St. • (618) 786-3001
Hawg Pit BBQ Barn 821 W. Main St. • (618) 786-7675 Peace of Quiche 111 E. Main St. • (618) 786-2233 Pere Marquette Lodge & Conference Center 13653 Lodge Blvd. • (618) 786-2331 Piasa Pub 225 W. Main St. • (618) 786-9463 Ruebel Hotel & Restaurant 217 E. Main St. • (618) 786-2315 The Loading Dock 400 Front St. • (618) 786-3494
HARDIN | 62047
Barefoot Restaurant RR 2 Box 118 • (618) 576-9012 Hardin Drive-In 207 N. Park St. • (618) 576-9311 Illinois Riverdock Restaurant 501 S. Park St. • (618) 576-2362 Straight Home Bar & Grill Route 100 North • (618) 576-2766
HARTFORD | 62048
RJ’s Place 418 N. Delmar Ave. • (618) 254-4639
JERSEYVILLE | 62052
401 Tea Room & Gifts 401 E. Fairgrounds • (618) 639-4010 Canton Restaurant 925 S. State St. • (618) 498-6661 El Mezcalito Mexican Restaurant 208 S.State St. • (618) 639-7657 Fran & Marilyn’s 113 S. State St. • (618) 498-4912 Los Tres Amigos 929 S. State St. • (618) 639-8226 Mike’s Pizza & Pasta 101 S. State St. • (618) 498-3298 Nick’s Pancake House 891 S. State St. • (618) 498-1122 Olive Branch Cafe 1668 S. State St. • (618) 639-5555 QQ Buffet 1404 Windy Lane, Suite A • (618) 639-8838 Redbird Deli & Ice Cream Parlor 109 S. State St. • (618) 639-0952
S & S Sandwich 807 State Highway 16 • (618) 639-3354 State Street Bar and Grill 118 S. State St. • (618) 639-3663 The Diner Bar & Grill 111 S. Dorothy St. • (618) 639-1106 White Spot 403 N. State St. • (618) 498-9081
KAMPSVILLE | 62053
Kampsville Inn Restaurant & Bar 2nd St. & Joliet St. • (618) 653-4413
ROXANA | 62084
Dee-Lux Diner 700 S. Central Ave. • (618) 254-7115
WOOD RIVER | 62095
Applebee’s 1921 Vaughn Rd. • (618) 258-1051 Best Buffet Inc. 615 Wesley Dr. • (618) 258-1888 Big John’s Cuban Cafe 144 E. Ferguson Ave. • (618) 251-8515 Chico’s Bar & Grill 575 S. 6th St. • (618) 254-1310 China King 1134 Vaughn Rd. • (618) 259-8886 Fiona’s Family Restaurant 595 E. Edwardsville Rd. • (618) 259-2410 Franchise Sports Bar & Grill 601 E. Edwardsville Rd. • (618) 259-2413 Garcia’s Family Restaurant 29 S. 6th St. • (618) 255-9168 Hing Wah Chop Suey 860 N. Wood Riiver Ave. • (618)251-5012
International House of Pancakes 1201 E. Edwardsville Rd. • (618) 258-0236 Kumar’s Kafe 53 E. Ferguson Ave. • (618) 251-4772 Los Alamos Bar & Grill 57 W. Edwardsville Rd. • (618) 216-3444 Los Tres Amigos 1822 Vaughn Rd. • (618) 259-9730 Madison’s Tea Room 144 E. Ferguson Ave. • (618) 251-8474 Mama Mia’s Italian Restaurant 48 W. Edwardsville Rd. • (618) 251-6262 Pump House Bar & Grill 1523 E. Edwardsville Rd. • (618) 216-2404 Sixth Street Diner 300 N. 6th St. • (618) 251-8286 Sukey’s Chinese Restaurant 730 E. Edwardsville Rd. • (618) 251-4052
BAKERIES ALTON | 62002
BETHALTO | 62010
Donut Express 113 E. Bethalto Dr. • (618) 377-5700
EAST ALTON | 62035
First Stop Bake Shop 611 E. Airline Dr. • (618) 251-8024 Glazy Squares 14 W. Airline Dr. • (618) 259-2920
GODFREY | 62035
Clifton Country Inn & Bake Shop 3015 W. Delmar Ave. • (618) 466-1020 Mister Donut 2720 Grovelin St., #A • (618) 466-6327
WOOD RIVER | 62095
Good Knight Cupcakes and Cookies 1490B E. Edwardsville Rd. • (618) 255-9078
Ruby’s 891 E Edwardsville Rd. • (618) 251-8012 Wood River Donut Shop 102 W. Edwardsville Rd. • (618) 251-5331
Chocolate Air 2835 Homer Adams Pkwy • (618) 593-6649 Cookie Factory Bakery 202 Alton Square Mall Dr. • (618) 462-5731 Duke Bakery 819 Henry St. • (618) 462-2922 Frost Bakery 4 E. Broadway • (618) 225-9263 LuciAnna’s Pastries 212 State St. • (618) 433-9395 My Just Desserts 31 E. Broadway • (618) 462-5881
Steaks | Seafood | Pasta | Pizza 5 private dining rooms | Reservations accepted Open 4 p.m. Tuesday - Sunday Home Of Tony’s Famous Signature Pepperloin “OFTEN IMITATED, NEVER DUPLICATED” ESTABLISHED 1954 Live Music Every Weekend • Seafood and Cajun Creole
215 Water St. Grafton, IL 62037 (618) 786-3000
Tuesday–Friday 11AM–1AM Saturday 11AM–2AM Sunday 11AM–1AM
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COFFEE & ICE CREAM ALTON | 62002
Chill Out Frozen Creations 2833 Homer Adams Pkwy. • (618) 462-5000 Ketchum’s Corner Kreem 33 E. Elm St. • (618) 946-8309 Lucy’s Place 2807 Homer Adams Pkwy. (618) 433-9677 Maeva’s Coffee 1320 Milton Rd. • (618) 581-7510
BETHALTO | 62010
Frigid Frog Shaved Ice Co. Airport Plaza Weather Vane Ice Cream 103 W. Bethalto Dr. • (618) 377-8412
GODFREY | 62035
Shiver’s Frozen Custard 3318 Godfrey Rd. • (618) 466-6915 Coffee Cabana 6133 Humbert Rd. • (618) 466-1187
GRAFTON | 62037
Grafton Fudge & Ice Cream 321 E. Main St. • (618) 786-3700 Ruebel Deli & Ice Cream Parlor 217 E. Main St. • (618) 786-2315 The Whole Scoop 222 E. Main St. • (618) 786-2663 Aerie’s Grounds & Gifts 800 Timber Ridge Dr. • (618) 786-8438
JERSEYVILLE | 62052
McCarry’s Dairyland 400 W. Carpenter St. #B • (618) 498-6113 Redbird Deli & Ice Cream Parlor 109 S. State St. • (618) 639-0952
ROXANA | 62084 Cone Barn 323 N. Central Ave.
WOOD RIVER | 62095
Lucy’s Place 1808 Vaughn Rd. • (618) 258-7299
QUICK BITES ALTON: Burger King, Captain D’s Seafood, Fazoli’s Restaurant, Firehouse Subs, Jack In The Box, Jimmy John’s, Kentucky Fried Chicken, Little Caesars Pizza, McDonald’s, Papa John’s Pizza, Pizza Hut, Popeye’s Fried Chicken, Rally’s, Ruby’s, Steak’N Shake, Subway, Wendy’s, White Castle BETHALTO: Arby’s, Burger King, Domino’s Pizza, Kentucky Fried Chicken, Imo’s McDonald’s, Pizza Hut, Rally’s, Subway, Taco Bell EAST ALTON: Domino’s Pizza, McDonald’s, Subway, Taco Bell, The Salad Shop
GODFREY: Arby’s, Domino’s Pizza, DQ Grill & Chill, Hardee’s, Imo’s, Little Caesars Pizza, McDonald’s, Pizza Hut, Subway HARDIN: Subway JERSEYVILLE: Arby’s, Burger King, Domino’s Pizza, DQ Grill & Chill, Hardee’s, McDonald’s, Pizza Hut, Subway, Taco Bell WOOD RIVER: Charlie’s Drive-In, DQ Grill & Chill, Goldy’s ChickN-Mex Express, Hardee’s, Jack In The Box, Jimmy John’s, Little Caesars Pizza, Long John Silver’s,McDonald’s, Papa John’s Pizza, Pizza Hut, Steak’N Shake, Subway, Taco Bell, Wendy’s
ALTON | 62002
Alton Antique Center 401 E. Broadway, Lower Level (618) 463-0888 Alton Exchange Mall 2990 E. Homer Adams Pkwy. (618) 463-1273 Aunt Sha’s Cottage Furniture 307 E. Broadway • (618) 420-1882 Corky’s Emporium 4754 Humbert Rd. • (618) 623-5650 Country Meadows 401 E. Broadway St. • (618) 465-1965 George Street Antique Mall 108 George St. • (618) 396-2231 J & K Trash to Treasures 301 E. Broadway St. • (618) 558-1834 J & P’s Edelweiss 435 E. Broadway St. • (618) 741-8749 Prairie Peddler Antiques 413 E. Broadway St. • (618) 465-6114 Steve’s Antiques & Reproductions 323 E. Broadway St. • (618) 465-7407 Tinner’s Anvil 211 Langdon St. • (618) 433-1718 Upstairs Antiques 323 E. Broadway St. Wild Hare Emporium 2 W. Broadway St. • (618) 465-3735 Wilson’s Antiques 217 E. Broadway St. • (618) 465-3798
BETHALTO | 62010
Craft & Antique Mall 60 Airport Plaza • (618) 377-9307
GODFREY | 62035
Craft & Antique Mall #2 5707 Godfrey Rd. • (618) 466-9997 My Antique Store 1007 W. Delmar Ave. • (618) 466-1616 Reflections Antiques 8502 Montclaire Ave. • (618) 466-2012
GRAFTON | 62037
Celebrating 80 years! Famous Fried Chicken Full Bar & Wine List Steaks & Seafood Dine in, Take out, Delivery Roman House Salad Large Groups & Private Parties
Castelli’s Restaurant at 255
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Golden Eagle Antiques 300 E. Main St. • (618) 786-3333 Harrison’s Gifts 224 E. Main St. • (618) 786-3370 Treasures Past & Present Resale Shop 1504 W. Main St. • (618) 786-3797
JERSEYVILLE | 62052
State Street Antiques & Jim’s Attic 115 N. State St. • (618) 498-1440
SPECIALTY SHOPS ALTON | 62002
1904 General Store 322 E. Broadway • (618) 433-8195 Alton Stained Glass 412 E. Broadway St. • (618) 462-4145
Baxters Distributing Company, Inc. 912 E. Broadway • (618) 465-9347 Biker Brother Leather Co 556 E. Broadway St. • (618) 465-7330 By Design 136 Front St. • (618) 433-1400 Caravan Resale Shop 114 Broadway • (618) 462-6434 Chocolate Air 2835 Homer Adams Pkwy • (618) 593-6649 Christian Science Reading Room 237 Alton Square Mall Dr. • (618) 462-0964 Dance Things & More 11 E. Broadway St. • (618) 462-3656 Dora’s Spinning Wheel 96 Northport Dr. • (618) 466-1900 Frew’s Bridal 305 Piasa St. • (618) 466-8820 Grapevine 10 E. Broadway • (618) 462-6502 Hazel2Blue, inc. 2521 State St. • (618) 433-8300 It’s Raining Zen 301 Broadway (618) 717-0546 JMC Design Gallery Co-op 726 Belle St. • (618) 463-0566 Mississippi Mud Pottery 310 E. Broadway St. • (618) 462-7573 New Frontiers Home Furnishings 101 W. 3rd St. • (618) 465-8868 Olive Oil Marketplace 108 W. 3rd St. • (618) 304-3769 Piasa Photo 215 Piasa St. • (618) 462-3337 Picture This & More 520A W. Delmar Ave. • (618) 466-0940 Real Deals on Home Decor 237 East Delmar • (618) 433-9960 Second Reading Book Shop 16 E. Broadway St. • (618) 462-2830 Slacker’s CD’s & Games 317 Homer Adams Pkwy. • (618) 462-2005 Something Different 822 E. Broadway St. • (618) 463-4306 Tangled Tinsel Christmas Tree Farm & Gift Shoppe 5 Christmas Tree Lane • (618) 465-7036 Ted’s Motorcycle World 4103 Humbert Rd. • (618) 462-3030 The Gift Box 300 E. Broadway Three Charming Chicks 219 Williams St. White Birch 701 W. Delmar Ave. • (618) 466-9100 Wild Trak Bikes 3100 Homer Adams Pkwy. • (618) 462-2574 WOW Furnishings 513 E. Third St. • (618) 444-7969
BETHALTO | 62010
Bethalto Party World 60 Airport Plaza • (618) 377-4743
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Homestead Flea Market 5205 State Rte. 140 • (618) 377-0452 Sweet Ashley’s Cottage 130 W. Central • (618) 791-7048
BRUSSELS | 62013
French Hollow Gifts & Home Decor 145 Main St. • (314) 640-3760 Village Consignment 144 E. Main St. • (618) 771-9827
EAST ALTON | 62024
Community Seed & Feed 300 N. Shamrock St. • (618) 259-8270 Crafty Paradise 410 Grand Ave. • (618) 251-8085
ELSAH | 62028
Crocker & Springer Pottery, Ltd. 25337 Beltrees Rd. • (618) 466-8624 Elsah General Store 22 La Salle St. • (618) 556-0709
GODFREY | 62035
Cleta’s Nutrition 3004 Godfrey Rd. • (618) 466-1659 Godfrey Meat Market 6017 Godfrey Rd. • (618) 466-6111 Josephine’s Ltd. Gift Shop & Tea Room 6109 Godfrey Rd. • (618) 466-7792 Shops at Beverly Farm 6133 Humbert Rd. • (618) 466-1187
GOLDEN EAGLE | 62036 J.L. Krafts & Flowers RR 1 Box 234 • (618) 883-2490
GRAFTON | 62037
Aerie’s Grounds & Gifts 600 Timber Ridge Dr. • (618) 786-8438 Amish Shoppe by Foiles Customs 225 E. Main St. • (217) 685-9417 Buena Vista Jewelry 600 Timber Ridge Dr. • (618) 581-8586 Grafton Fudge & Ice Cream 321 E. Main St. • (618) 786-3700 Grafton Harbor 215 W. Water St. • (618) 786-7678 Grafton Winery & Brewhaus 300 W. Main St. • (618) 786-3001 Iron Decor & More 1406 W. Main St. • (618) 786-2343 Jeni J’s Gifts & Guest Houses 120 - 214 W. Main St. • (618) 786-2737 New to You 315 E. Main St. • (618) 786-2907 Knotty By Nature 15 E. Main St. • (618) 556-7020 Pajarito 316 E. Main St. • (618) 786-3490 The Wood Artisan 22 E. Main • (618) 786-3699 Walker’s This and That Shop 128 E. Main St. • (618) 709-3804 Wild N Crazzy Biker Apparel 301 E. Main St. • (618) 920-5054
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PHARMACIES ALTON | 62002
CVS/Pharmacy 2422 College Ave. • (618) 463-7711 CVS/Pharmacy 2701 Godfrey Rd. • (618) 466-1211 Shields Family Pharmacy 2526 State St. • (618) 462-7003 Walgreens 1650 Washington Ave. • (618) 462-5386 Walgreens 2610 State St. • (618) 466-8179
BETHALTO | 62010
Walgreens 172 E. MacArthur Dr. • (618) 258-0822
EAST ALTON | 62024
Walgreens 550 W. St. Louis Ave. • (618) 258-0350
HARDIN | 62047
Fox Family Pharmacy 110 N. County Rd. • (618) 576-2619
Ross Dress for Less 101 Alton Square • (618) 463-1413 Target 300 Homer Adams Pkwy. • (618) 465-4950
Rosa Linn’s Creations 114 S. State St. • (618) 498-3302 Walmart Super Center 1316 S. State St. • (618) 498-7744
GODFREY | 62035
MICHAEL | 62065
Factory Connection 5735 Godfrey Rd. • (618) 433-8245 Walmart Super Center 6660 Godfrey Rd. • (618) 433-3008
JERSEYVILLE | 62052
2nd Time Around 905 S. State • (618) 639-7253 Cato Fashions 1404 Windy Lane • (618) 498-4280 Beyond the Backyard Gate 203 N. Jefferson • (618) 498-7800 Lula Bells 519 S. State St. • (618) 639-1200 Nature Kist Nutrition Center 110 E. Exchange St. • (618) 498-6060 Outrageous Outdoors 902 South State St. • (618) 639-4867
Stone Bridge Valley Art Center Route 100 • (618) 576-9235
WOOD RIVER | 62095
Fabric Plus 22 W. Ferguson Ave. • (618) 251-0083 JMP Cycle 1490 E. Edwardsville Rd. • (618) 255-6116 Memory Lane 34 W. Ferguson Ave. • (618) 251-5886 Patchwork Plus 62 E. Ferguson Ave. • (618) 251-9788 Walmart Super Center 610 Wesley Dr. • (618) 259-0290
Meeting of the Great Rivers
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JERSEYVILLE | 62052
CVS/Pharmacy 303 S. State St • (618) 498-1144 Walgreens 705 S. State St. • (618) 498-4989
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WOOD RIVER | 62095
CVS/Pharmacy 1 W. Edwardsville Rd. • (618) 254-3610 Walgreens 1122 Vaughn Rd. • (618) 259-2013
RETAIL STORES ALTON | 62002
Old Bakery Beer Company 400 Landmarks Blvd. Alton, IL 62002 (618) 975-6153
Sun : 10 am–7 pm Mon–Thu: 11:30 am–10 pm Fri–Sat: 11:30 am–12 am
The Fin Inn Restaurant has 8,000 gallons of aquariums for you to enjoy! The aquariums feature many types of fish found in the Mississippi River, as well as turtles over 100 years old and well over 100 pounds each!
Full Menu: Steak Chicken Seafood ̃ Soup & Desserts! ̃ Homemade Turtle
Sun. & Mon. Noon–4pm • Tues.-Closed • Wed.-Sat. 10am-5pm 310 E Broadway Alton, IL 62002 • 618.462.7573 48 | Alton Regional Convention & Visitors Bureau
Lewis & Clark Confluence Tower National Great Rivers Research & Education Center Riverlands Migratory Bird Sanctuary
Great Rivers Park
Two Rivers National Wildlife Refuge Pere Marquette State Park
Lewis & Clark State Historic Site Wood River Museum & Visitors Center National Great Rivers Museum Pere Marquette Cross
Alton St. Louis
A q u A r i u m r e s tA u r A n t
Alton Square Mall 200 Alton Square Mall Dr. • (618) 465-5500 Cato Fashions 1837 Homer Adams Pkwy. • (618) 465-9280 J.C. Penney’s 150 Homer Adams Pkway • (618) 463-9595 K Mart 2851 Homer Adams Pkwy. • (618) 462-8720 KOHL’S 1770 Homer Adams Pkwy. • (618) 462-2649 Macy’s 100 Alton Square Mall Dr. • (618) 463-4100
Alton Visitor Center
Elsah and the Principia
Meeting of the Great Rivers Scenic Byway Vadalabene Trail MCT Confluence Trail
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transportation NEARBY CITIES
Branson: 274 miles Chicago: 286 miles Indianapolis: 245 miles Kansas City: 258 miles Memphis: 307 miles Milwaukee: 386 miles Nashville: 325 miles
Alton Marina 1 Henry St., Alton | (618) 462-9860 Grafton Harbor 215 W. Water St., Grafton | (618) 786-7678 Brussels Free Ferry Route 100, Grafton | (618) 786-3636 Golden Eagle Ferry Ferry Road, Golden Eagle | (618) 535-5759 Grafton Ferry Route 100, Grafton | (800) 258-6645 Kampsville Free Ferry River Front Drive, Kampsville | (618) 653-4518
GEtting around town
Alton's Best Cabs 1102 Milton Road, Alton | (618) 578-3344 Dave Mungenast Toyota & Dodge 850 Homer Adams Pkwy., Alton | (618) 208-2643 Champagne Limousines 3406 W. Delmar Ave., Godfrey | (618) 466-7001 Enterprise Rent-A-Car 3000 Washington Ave., Alton | (618) 462-0001 Enterprise Rent-A-Car 1200 S. State Rd., Jerseyville | (618) 498-8546 Excel Transportation 351 E. Ferguson Ave., Wood River | (618) 251-9410 Hertz Rental Cars 263 S. 6th St., Wood River | (618) 251-9587
St. Louis Regional Airport 8 Terminal Drive, East Alton | (618) 259-2531 Lambert International Airport 10701 Lambert International Blvd., St. Louis, Mo. | (314) 426-8000 Amtrak Rail Service 3400 College Ave., Alton | (618) 462-1879
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If youâ€™re driving an electric car, you can get a FREE CHARGE at Alton City Hall (101 E. 3rd St.)
MAGNIFICENT MARINA FEATURES INCLUDE: Floating Docks Luxury Bathrooms Full Service Fuel Satellite TV & Wi-Fi Swimming Pool & Hot Tub Laundry Convenience Store & Deli Much More!
From the day after Thanksgiving through Dec. 27 Walk through 1st Monday after Thanksgiving Monday - Friday: 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. Saturday - Sunday: 5 p.m. - 9 p.m. Suggested donation: Autos: $7, Buses and Trolleys: $1 per person
Great Transient Rates Available | Reservations Encouraged 50 | Alton Regional Convention & Visitors Bureau
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