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WELCOME To Decatur and Forsyth!

Julie Moore-Wolfe, Decatur Mayor, Teri Hammel, DACVB Executive Director and Marilyn Johnson, Forsyth Mayor.

The middle is what you make it — Decatur and Forsyth make it memorable. For many of us, life in the center of the state means: Teeing off at one of three award-winning golf courses; jogging along the shores of Lake Decatur at sunset; uncovering precious heirlooms at local antique centers; and from the best seat in the house, tapping our toes to the beat of great music. Geographically, our spot on the map is exceptional, too. Located at the epicenter of Illinois' four borders, our acres of farm fields and prairie typify the nation's heartland. Meandering trails follow along the shores of our rivers and lake providing a glimpse of prairie wildlife and the changing seasons. Farmer's markets offer the bounty of the Central Illinois harvest and our fairs and festivals celebrate our welcoming Midwestern hospitality. Lively performance venues and interactive museum exhibits; blocks of downtown specialty shops, art galleries and restaurants; and sports scenes played out on soccer fields, ball diamonds, and bowling alleys — make Decatur and Forsyth the center for fun. Put it all together, and the middle becomes a magnet, one that draws visitors and residents alike with appealing attractions, restful accommodations, and a welcoming spirit synonymous with an abundant quality of life.

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decatur & forsyth Looking for a new place to explore? Or, are you considering a location for your next meeting, sporting event, family reunion or group tour? The Decatur Area Convention & Visitors Bureau is a good place to start. You'll hear from friendly locals about their favorite ways to experience the region. Our resident concierges have free maps, attraction brochures and Visitor Guides. For many groups, complimentary services, including name badges, welcome bags, assistant staff, itineraries for group tours, and more may be offered.

What is a QR code? QR codes can be used on various mobile devices to scan and link directly to websites. Some smartphones have built-in scanners, but if not, you can download a free QR Code Reader from the App Store. You'll find interactive QR codes throughout the visitor guide linking you directly to local websites and digital mapping guides. To practice, scan this code and be directly connected to the visitors bureau website. You can also visit our office at 202 E. North St. in downtown Decatur, call 217-423-7000 or email tourism@decaturcvb.com


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Decatur/Forsyth VISITOR GUIDE 2020 - 2021 2020 - 2021

Decatur Forsyth VISITOR GUIDE

A publication of Decatur Magazine in cooperation with the Decatur Area Convention & Visitor's Bureau

Teri Hammel Executive Director teri@decaturcvb.com


Kelly Bacuita Director of Administrative Services kelly@decaturcvb.com Steve Hamilton Director of Meetings & Events steve@decaturcvb.com

202 E. North Street, Decatur IL 62523 217-423-7000 or Toll Free 800-331-4479 tourism@decaturcvb.com www.decaturcvb.com

The 2020-2021 Official Visitors Guide to Decatur & Forsyth is published by Decatur Magazine Decatur Magazine is published six times each year. Mailing Address: PO Box 498, Decatur IL 62525 Phone: 217-423-0422 www.decaturmagazine.com Copyright© 2020. All rights reserved. Reproduction in whole or in part of the contents of the Official Visitor's Guide to Decatur & Forsyth without expressed written consent is prohibited. 20-21-7K

Attractions 4 Freestyle Tours 6 Art Galleries & Public Art 7 Museums 8 Monuments & Memorials 9 Family Fun 10 Looking for Lincoln 11 Historic Places

12-16 Parks & Recreation 12 Nature & Conservation 13 Sports 6 Golf 18

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Antiques & Collectibles

28-31 Dining Out Guide SPECIAL NOTICE: Due to changing state guidelines for safe public engagement, there may be operational changes to local attractions and facilities. We suggest calling ahead before visiting.

ON THE COVER: Freestyle Touring (cover photo by Downtown Suzi Brown) Explore Decatur & Forsyth safely on your own with self-guided walking and driving tours using print brochures, audio CDs and digital mapping – perfect navigational tools for your vehicle and mobile device. There are currently four Freestyle Tours in Macon County – Public Art Trail, Looking for Lincoln, HASC Walking Tours and Historic Places (pictured on the cover). We can help you get started. Look for the QR codes as you browse the pages of this guide - scan, connect and enjoy!


Scan the QR code to connect directly to the DACVB website.


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Room Features Ÿ King or Queen-Size Beds with Full-Size Sofa Sleeper, Lounge Chair, Desk and Ergonomic Chair Ÿ Wet bar with Mini Fridge and Microwave or Stove top, Dishwasher and Full-Sized Refrigerator Ÿ All Kitchens are fully-stocked with dishes, Pots and pans and utensils

Amenities Ÿ Complimentary Hot Breakfast Ÿ Social Gatherings on Mon, Tues & Thurs Evenings, Including Beer & Soft Drinks. Wednesday Evening Also Includes Full Dinner Ÿ Business Center Ÿ Sundry items available at the Front Desk Ÿ Snack and Soda Machines on all floors Ÿ Guest Laundry Ÿ Complimentary Hotel Shuttle


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dining Over 70 locally-owned restaurants offer a culinary experience you’re sure to enjoy. Curbside pickup and delivery options may be available. Call ahead to confirm hours and place your order.

WHITE LINEN SERVICE The Beach House Nelson Park Marina. 217-422-7202. M-F lunch/dinner; Sa dinner Gin Mill 124 E. Prairie 217-330-8073 M-Sa Open for lunch & dinner R. Bar & Grill 157 W. Main 217-330-6825 Tu-Sa dinner TapRoot 170 Merchant St. 217-330-6365 M-F lunch/dinner; Sa dinner

CASUAL DINING 4 Star Family Restaurant 1100 N. State Hwy 121, Mt. Zion 217-864-2817 M-Su breakfast, lunch & dinner BC Wings 3790 E. William St. Rd. 217-791-6169 Tu-Sa lunch/dinner


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Benny’s Grill 1770 E. Pershing 217-875-7706 M-Su lunch/dinner Sunday brunch Bistro Five Thirty Seven at RCC 1 College Park 217-875-7211, ext. 537 Tu & Th lunch and dinner Burger Theory 5150 N. Wingate Dr. 217-542-5400 M-Su breakfast/dinner Bourbon Barrel Bar & Grill 1355 N. Rte. 48, Colonial Mall 217-429-7506 M-Su lunch/Dinner Carrol Lou’s Smokehouse 2612 N. MLK Jr. Dr. 217-542-7275 M-Sa lunch/dinner Coney McKane’s 104 E. Prairie St. 217-475-1111 M-Sa breakfast, lunch & dinner

Curly's Sports Bar 2683 N. Water St. 217-875-9800 M-Fr lunch; M-Su dinner

Everyone’s East End Grill 910 Airport Rd. 217-330-8931 M-Su breakfast/lunch

Debbie's Diner 1404 N. 22nd St. 217-423-4130 M-Sa breakfast & lunch; T-Sa breakfast, lunch & dinner

Everyone's Fair Fooderie 2115 E. Nelson Park Rd. 217-330-9221 Seasonal

Diamonds Family Restaurant 2959 N. Oakland Ave. 217-875-6051 M-Su breakfast, lunch & dinner Doherty’s Pub & Pins 242 E. William 217-428-5612 M-Sa lunch/dinner Downtown Café 217 N. Main St. 217-428-1120 M-Sa breakfast & lunch The Draft 5180 Hickory Point Frontage Rd. 217-791-5364 M-Su lunch/dinner

Fall Off the Bone 973 E. Eldorado St. 217-706-5448 Feeling Lucky 3775 N. Woodford St., Woodmound Plaza 217-875-3067 M-Su lunch/dinner Frank’s Chicago Grille 824 W. Eldorado St. 217-422-6060 M-Sa lunch/dinner Garden Family Restaurant 696 E Pershing Road 217-872-7227 Breakfast all day, Lunch/Dinner after 11a.m. daily Kansas CIty BBQ Pit 2645 N. Oakland 217-220-6090 M-Sa lunch/dinner

D-Boe’s Chicken & Waffles 3777 N. Woodford, Ste. A 217-330-9038 Su-Tu Thur-F lunch/dinner Krekels Custard 2320 E. Main St., 217-423-1719 1355 Rt 48, 217-362-0121 801 E. Wood St., 217-428-1122 3727 N. Woodford, 217-875-4044 1340 N. St. Route 121, Mt. Zion, 217-864-5725 M-Sa lunch/dinner Lock Stock & Barrel 129 S. Oakland Ave. 217-429-7411 M-Sa lunch/dinner New Moon Café 3755 E. William St. 217-428-0129 M-Sa breakfast/lunch/dinner Paul's Confectionary 999 N. Water St. 217-428-6665 M-Sa breakfast/lunch Pop’s Place 4335 W Main St 217-330-6546 M-Su lunch/dinner Port Royal Gastropub 2880 N. Oakland Ave. 217-875-2746 M-Su Breakfast/lunch/dinner

Robbies Bar & Grill 122 Merchant St. 217-423-0448 M-Sa lunch/dinner Robbie’s Outlet 118 Merchant St. 217-423-0448 M-F lunch Shark’s 1154 E. Prairie St. 217-775-0707 M-SA lunch/dinner Sliderz 5995 East Rt. 36 217-864-9227 M-Su lunch/dinner Solsa American Burrito Co. Mt. Zion 217-330-6309 M-Sa lunch/dinner Tasty’s Chicago Grill 1510 E. Pershing Rd. 217-330-8191 M-Sa lunch/dinner Timbuktu 5843 E. US Rt. 36 217-864-2826 M-Su lunch/dinner TKG’S Wing Heaven 760 S. Franklin 217-542-5957 M-Su lunch/dinner University Dogs 1135 W. Wood 217-422-2288 M-Sa lunch/dinner

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The Wagon 3190 N. Woodford St. 217-429-2260 M-Sa lunch/dinner Waterfront Café 799 S. 22nd St. 217-330-7608 M-S lunch/dinner The Wharf 201 W. First Dr. 217-423-5450 M-Su lunch/dinner Whit’s End 3663 E. William St. Rd. 217-423-9163 M-Su lunch & dinner The Winery 1093 W. Main St. 217-422-7718 M-Su lunch/dinner

Sunrise Bakery 2022 S. Mt. Zion Rd., Mt. Zion 217-543-3461 Wildflour Artisan Bakery & Café 256 W. Main St. 217-422-3300 Tu-Sa breakfast/lunch

ETHNIC FARE Aloha 3025 Kandy Lane 217-875-5540 M-Su lunch/dinner Anna Thai 253 N. Main 217-542-5972 Daily lunch/dinner China House 1205 E. Eldorado St. 217-423-8331 M-Sa lunch/dinner

COFFEE SHOPS/BAKERIES Black Iron Coffee Co. 2890 Mt. Zion Rd., Suite B 217-571-0167 M-Sa breakfast/lunch Coffee Connection 2505 N. Main St. 217-330-8065 Decatur Memorial Hospital 217-876-2808 Murmur Coffee Company 651 W. Eldorado St. Tu-Sa Breakfast/lunch River Coffee Co. 101 N. Main St. 217-454-2905 Tu-Sa Breakfast/lunch


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Dos Amigos 2048 Mt. Zion Rd. 217-791-6527 M-Su lunch/dinner El Corral Mexican Restaurant 3655 E. US Route 36 217-233-1714 M-Su lunch/dinner El Rodeo Mexican Restaurant 4204 N. Prospect Dr. 217-877-7547 M-Su lunch/dinner First Wok 1688 W. King St. 217-425-2900 M-Sa lunch/dinner

Guadalajara 351 W. 1st Dr. 217-423-9724 M-Su lunch/dinner La Gondola Spaghetti House 2825 N. Water St. 217-875-4888 2034 Mt. Zion Rd. 217-864-4333 Tu-Sa lunch/dinner La Hacienda 1475 Village Pkwy, Mt. Zion 217-864-1943 M-Su lunch/dinner Lincoln Square Lounge 121 N. Main St. 217-423-2180 M-Su lunch/dinner Mi Pueblito 1603 W. King 217-428-7610 M-Su lunch/dinner Taco’s & Tequila 285 E. Ash Ave. 217-330-9912 Taqueria la Perlita 495 N. 22nd 217-330-8008 M-Sa lunch/dinner Toki Hibatchi & Sushi 4292 Prospect Dr. 217-330-9100 M-Su lunch/dinner Tuscany Steak & Pasta 3010 N. Martin Luther King Dr. 217-876-9900 M-Su lunch/dinner

PIZZA PLACES Coz’s Pizza & Pub 1405 Village Parkway, Mt. Zion 217-864-1311 M-Su lunch/dinner Crawford’s Pizza & Pub 170 Debbie Dr., Mt. Zion 217-864-1691 Daily lunch/dinner Del Carmen’s Pizza 2855 N. Water 217-330-7485 Tu-F lunch/dinner, Sa dinner Donnie's Homespun PIzza 126 S. Oakland Ave. 217-424-4344 M-Su lunch/dinner Filippo's Pizza 435 N. State Rt. 121, Mt. Zion 217-864-4467 W-Su dinner Garcia's Pizza 701 W. Eldorado St. 217-424-1800 M-Sa lunch/dinner Maustell’s Pizza 2245 E. Wood 217-421-9666 M-Sa lunch/dinner Su dinner Pizza Factory 397 W. 1st Dr. 217-428-4400 M-Su lunch/dinner Sloan’s Calzones 190 Merchant St. 217-422-4940 M-Sa lunch/dinner

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Brass Horn Too Women’s Clothier 112 E. Prairie Street

Linenwood Boutique Womenswear & accessories 117 N Main Street

Dali Bliss Salon & Boutique 160 W. Wood

Madden Arts Center First Friday Entertainment 125 N. Water

TapRoot American Cuisine 170 Merchant Street

Decatur Coin & Jewelry Coin Collections and Vintage Jewelry 104 N. Main

Novel Ideas Bookstore & Gifts 480 E. Main

Wildflour Bakery & Coffee Shop 256 W. Main

Del’s Popcorn, Popcorn & Sweets 142 Merchant Street


Flora Gems Custom Designs & Estate Jewelry 101 N. Water

Anna Thai Exotic cuisine 253 N. Main

Robbies Grille Unique relaxed atmosphere 122 Merchant St

Coney McKanes All-American Eatery 104 E. Prairie

Sloan’s Calzones Pizza, subs & more 190 Merchant Street

August & September

Doherty's Pub & Pins Irish Food & Spirits 242 E. William

Christmas Walk

Downtown Café Down home delicious 217 N. Main

Game of Cups

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Lighted Christmas Parade December 5

The Gin Mill Prime steaks & cocktails 124 E. Prairie Jimmy John's Freaky Fast 154 Merchant Street Lincoln Lounge It’s All Greek 121 N. Main R. Bar & Grille Good food & good music 157 W. Main Street

All Things Beautiful Collectibles & Gifts 225 N. Main The ArtFarm Handmade Gifts & Home Goods 252 N. Park Blue Connection Art Gallery & Gift Shop 125 N. Water Brass Horn Men’s Clothier 108 E. Prairie

Gallery 510 Art gallery/frame shop 160 E. Main Giggles Fun and games card shop 112 Merchant Street

Penelope Boutique Women's Clothing 135 E. Prairie Raupp's Shoes Men, Women & Children 139 N. Water Shop on Main Women’s Clothier 407 N. Main Tournesol Gifts inspired by nature 134 Merchant St Zips Flowers By The Gates Custom floral designs 518 E. Prairie

River Coffee Company Coffeehouse & Café 101 N. Main Street

For more info, call 217-423-7000 or go to decaturcvb.com.

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