Art & Entertainment

Music, theater, nightlife and more! Illinois South will entertain you day and night. From the internationally-known Art on the Square to the historic Lincoln Theatre, every culture lover’s taste and budget will be satisfied!

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From the internationally-known Art on the Square to the Heartland’s largest indie show to numerous galleries, every art lover’s taste and budget will be satisfied at these art shows.


Experience the creativity, scope and beauty of our regional and local artists at area galleries. Many of our galleries showcase the work of artists who exhibit at the annual art fairs. This is a great way to find a unique piece for your home or office or for a gift.


Museums that preserve the history of the region can be found in almost every city and village. It is fascinating to see how local history intersects with national and international events. Many of our communities have ties to Hollywood stars, Presidents, politicians and other significant personages.


Attend concerts, dramas, musicals, comedies, movies and live performances in movie houses, theatres and drive-ins. Many of our renovated historic theatres have been here for generations and are the home of community theatre groups as well as movies and special events.


Check out the wide variety of live entertainment venues in Illinois South. There’s something fun to do day and night!

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1020 S 7th St, Belleville, IL, United States St. Clair County

Guests create artwork using a wide variety of materials and techniques. Art classes and parties are offered for all ages.

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221 S. Metter Ave. Columbia IL 62236 Monroe

Following years of experience as an actor and director in Los Angeles, MaryBeth Scherr-Babcock founded a non-profit organization on her commitment to develop strong acting talent in the Monroe County area.

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132 W. Broadway St. Sparta IL Randolph

A large collection of postcards from the 1904 World’s Fair, a drum from the Civil War, old uniforms, school and Native American artifacts anchor the collection. By appointment.

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2041 Delmar Ave., Granite City, IL Madison County

This venue is used by Alfresco Productions and Summerstage for performances during the year. Summerstage also performs at the Granite City High School for Performing Arts.

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I-70 at IL 127 Greenville IL Bond

Farm implements, tools, tractors and other equipment dating back 100 years are featured. Open Saturdays May- October 9a.m.- 3p.m. or by appointment and for special events.

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230 E. Main Olney IL 62450 Richland

This 3-screen theatre features new releases each and every week.

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15469 State Route 127, Carlyle, Clinton County, IL, United States

Held in September at Bretz’s Wildlife Lodge and Winery in Carlyle, this pairing of Illinois wines and local artisans is a great way to spend a weekend.

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Lindendale Park Highland IL 62249 Madison

Celebrate world class art in October at this two-day juried exhibit and sale. This show features original works from 70+ artists in a wide range of art mediums. Enjoy demonstrations, food & drink and the Kids Kreations area.

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Main St. Columbia IL 62236 Monroe

Spend the day with talented artists and musicians. Enjoy food and other activities on the third Saturday in September.

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Downtown Belleville Belleville IL 62220 St. Clair

This juried art show held in May was ranked #1 Art Fair in the Nation. Over 100 artists from all over the world exhibit for nearly 85,000+ visitors who shop for unique items. Art on the Square includes a Children’s Art area, a high school art competition and a Design Stage.

302 N. Main St. Red Bud IL 62278 Randolph

Browse two gallery spaces, a framing shop, furniture and antiques.

301 W. Main St. Vandalia IL 62471 Fayette

The gallery uses exhibit space in the Fayette County Museum. Special exhibits are scheduled all year.

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200 S. Belt East Belleville IL 62220 St. Clair

Midget/sprint and stock car races, demolition derbies and motorcycle races are regular events.

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309 S. Church St. Waterloo IL 62298 Monroe

Originally the home of Captain James Moore, located along the Kaskaskia Trail, this was the first American settlement in the State of Illinois. Visit the birthplace of Enoch Moore, the James Moore Cemetery, Bellefontaine Spring. Saturday and Sunday 1-5 p.m. or by appointment.

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931 N. Sixth St. Mascoutah IL 62258 St. Clair

Get a glimpse into local life in the 1800’s viewing the log house, the Anstedt barn and period garden. By appointment.

Wabash Valley College Mt. Carmel IL 62863 Wabash

Three to four shows are scheduled during the academic year. Local artists are the main focus in photography, painting, sculpture,textiles and quilts, as well as other visual arts.

401 E. Main St. Olney IL 62450 Richland

The collection of books and artifacts of World Famous Ornithologist Robert Ridway and artifacts from the oil, military, education, farming and medical industries are showcased here. Sunday afternoons, April to October from 1:30-4pm or by appointment.

200 Front St., East St. Louis IL 622201 St. Clair

The bright lights of Vegas have nothing on the Casino Queen, home of the loosest slots and the hottest table games in town. Hungry? The Queen has you covered from casual to fine dining. The best view is from the Casino Queen Hotel with available meeting space.

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240 S. Locust St. Centralia IL 62801 Marion

Termed “One of the Hidden Gems of the Midwest”, this 3 story former grocery warehouse features a large model train layout, agriculture and oil memorabilia, 1947 mine disaster display plus local “orphan” sports items and more. Wednesday, Friday and Saturday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

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105 S. Main St. Louisville IL 62858 Clay

The Museum occupies the former Clay County Jail and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It is open to groups or individuals by appointment.

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1091 Franklin St. Carlyle IL 62231 Clinton

Built in the late 1800s as a private home, the museum holds many artifacts from the area, including genealogical material, books and periodicals on the history of the county. Every Thursday except the first Thursday of the month from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and by appointment.

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525 N. Second St. Breese IL 62230 Clinton

The Showcase performs at the historic and newly renovated Avon Theatre. The season also includes a children’s play in the summer at North Park. Indoor performances October through April.

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7 Eagle Center SuiteB2, O'Fallon, IL 62269, St. Clair County

Escape the room or escape rooms are physical adventure games in which people are locked in a room with other participants and have to use the elements of the room to solve a series of puzzles, find clues, and escape the room within a set time limit.

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Coulterville IL 62237 Randolph

Fifty to sixty trucks carrying ATVs pull in every weekend to ride through the ten miles of trails, or race go-karts on the track.

408 South Cross Street, Robinson, Crawford County, IL, United States

Crawford County Historical Society maintains this facility which features local ephemera, historical exhibits, James Jones exhibit, archeological displays, memorabilia, vintage clothing, militaria and more pertaining to early life in Crawford County. Open from 2-4 pm Sundays or by appointment by calling 618-544-3087

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1250 E. Rexford St., Centralia, IL. Marion County United States

Several groups including Little Theater Players, Philharmonic Orchestra, Actors in Action and more use this venue for plays, performances, concerts, exhibits, and other events.

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213 W. Cumberland St. Greenup IL 62428 Cumberland

Find exhibits related to the National Road, Abraham Lincoln, county founders and favorite sons, Jerry & Dick VanDyke. There’s also a tribute to veterans in the War Room. Wed. – Sat. 11am – 3:30pm.

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213 S Locust St, Centralia, Clinton County, IL, United States

Store offering board and card games and space for community play. All age and skill level gamers welcome!

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Pull up to the speakers at one of the few drive-in theaters left in the country. Go and enjoy the nostalgic trip.

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212 W. Main St. Albion IL 62806 Edwards

This museum is located at the birthplace of Louis Lincoln Emmerson, who was Governor of Illinois from 1929-1933. Open by appointment.

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602 Fulton St. Belleville IL 62220 St. Clair

Considered to be the oldest Greek Revival-style home in Illinois, the house contains antiques and memorabilia from the 1800s. By appointment only.

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317 Country Rd. Mascoutah IL 62258 St. Clair

Built in 1928, the chapel has recently been renovated. It is now open for concerts and special events.

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Greenville College Greenville IL 62246 Bond

The Theatre is housed in what was originally the Greenville Steam Laundry, the Hygienic Ice Company, the Hygienic Dairy and the Ice Cream Company. Today, plays are performed for almost 3,000 patrons each year with a season of up to six plays. Now the sewing machines in the costume shop create colorful dresses, hats and capes rather than work gloves.

301 W. Main St. Vandalia IL 62471 Fayette

The museum contains Lincoln-era memorabilia and artifacts of the people living in the county. Of special interest is an original paper press from the Capitol and Lincoln’s “froe”.

123 S Main St, Palestine, Crawford County, IL 62451

In 1898, David Fife began the construction of the second story opera house in downtown Palestine. On the street level, Fife operated a hardware store and undertaking business. The modern theater offered electric lights, beautiful murals, and plush seating for the public’s enjoyment. The theater’s opulence is still evident today. Restoration has included the hand-painted murals and rolled curtain, as well as the renovation of the entire second story. Contact the Palestine Preservation Society for more information, tours, and to rent the facility by calling 618-586-9418.

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223 W. Railroad St. Flora IL Clay

The Depot is located right by the tracks and houses not only the Museum, but a conference room and offices. Search the photos and exhibits for the love story remembered here. Also note the George Rogers Clark statue that greets visitors in the parking lot. Open daily.

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516 Archer Ave, Marshall, IL, United States Clark County

Gaslight Art Colony is dedicated to broadening an appreciation of the arts by providing opportunities that promote awareness, participation, and understanding through fine arts exhibitions, classes and workshops. The gallery features individual artists monthly with showings of the artist’s work on the 3rd Saturday of the month from 6 – 9 p.m.

1237 Central Park Dr O'Fallon IL 62269 St. Clair

See everything from Model T’s to Muscle cars and shop the Antique Mall for classic car models and memorabilia.

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700 Raceway Blvd. Madison IL 62060 Madison

Speed thrills at Gateway Motorsports Park! This flexible venue features regular activities on the 1/4 mile drag strip, 1.25 oval track, road racing course, Gateway Karting facility and so much more! A huge event schedule in 2017 includes the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series in June, Indy Car in August and NHRA Midwest Nationals in September.

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105 N. Third St. Greenville IL 62246 Bond

The marquee is patterned after the grand marquees of the 1920s, but the audio-visual equipment is state of the art. Three screens run first-run movies.

2300 Vector Dr. Cahokia IL 62206 St. Clair

Learn about the St. Louis area’s storied history of aviation and see Gus Grissom’s flight suit, a collection of TWA artifacts, and a 1941 bi-plane.

The Greater St. Louis Air and Space Museum was founded in 1982 and was originally located at Creve Coeur Airport in St. Louis. Today the museum offers educational programs to foster the spirit of flight in today’s youth and in future generations.

The museum is open 10:00 am until 4:00 pm on Friday through Sunday.
For group information, please call.

213 W. Cumberland St. Greenup IL 62428 Cumberland

Who doesn’t love trains? Static displays, trains running through model layouts and even a train circling the room inches from the ceiling will grab your attention. Thurs. – Sun. 11:30am – 4pm

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Hamel School Park, 400 W. State Rt. 140, Hamel, IL 62046 Madison

Built between 1820 and 1852, the building contains artifacts from that period. By appointment.

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118 South Washington Street, McLeansboro, IL, United States Hamilton County

The museum houses photos and other artifacts detailing the history of the area. Open Monday through Friday 1 – 4 p.m. Second Floor of the McCoy Memorial Library.

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First St. and Center St. Fairfield IL 62837 Wayne

The Museum showcases relics from the 1920s to the present. Featuring several special exhibits including military items from WWII and the Vietnam War, country schools, the Shelton Gang, the Oil Boom, medicine, sports,schools, country store and farming items. Open Saturdays, 10am-2pm, April – October

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P.O. Box 68 Highland IL 62249 Madison

Audiences delight in quality performances by the community theatre group. They schedule four shows a year, including a children’s performance.

125 South Court Street, Robinson, Crawford County, IL

This museum is located on the West Side of the Square in Robinson. Enjoy ice cream and sodas from an old-fashioned soda fountain while listening to your favorite oldies on a vintage jukebox. Also available are bulk bags of Heath bars and other Hershey candies. There is a large collection of Heath pictures and other memorabilia displayed for viewing. The museum is open Monday thru Saturday. Visit website for details at

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122 E. Elm St. Olney IL 62450 Richland

This Victorian Home built in 1874, features complete turn-of-the-century furniture and artifacts. Sunday afternoons April to the Sunday before Christmas, 1:30-4pm or by appointment.

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Okawville Tourism Okawville IL Washington

The complex includes three properties; Dr. Poos Home & Medical Museum (202 N. Front St); the Frank Schlosser Home (114 W. Walnut), a turn- of-the-century house, barn, harness shop and commercial laundry; and the Joseph Schlosser Home.

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McKendree University, 701 College Rd., Lebanon IL 62254 St. Clair

The Hett brings distinguished speakers, concerts and drama for the enjoyment of people throughout the Metro area.

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5225 N. Illinois St., Fairview Heights, IL

This live comedy venue draws local and national performers. Open Mic Night every Thursday. Open Wednesday – Saturday.

212 W. Main St. Albion IL Edwards

In 2004, the Historical Society began the restoration of the former County Jail to house the society’s library and genealogical collection. Nearby, the Gov. Emmerson Home contains most of their museum collection.

724 Elaine Dr. Waterloo IL 62298 Monroe

Anchored by Col. Edd Kueker’s extensive collection of Western memorabilia including a stagecoach, wagons, bridles, saddles and so much more. The collection also features antiques and historical artifacts donated by county residents.

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318 W. Winter Ave. Greenville IL Bond

Formerly a private residence, this is now home to an extensive collection of Civil War and WWI memorabilia, Indian artifacts, domestic arts and items from local manufacturers.

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116 Church St. Cahokia IL 62206 St. Clair

This museum is located by the oldest church west of the Alleghenies. It holds the most cherished artifacts, including chalices, missals, vestments and photos of the Parish and school. Visitors are welcome to tour the museum and gift shop on days when the Log Church is open for tours or by appointment.

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Fairview Park, Casey, IL Clark County

In 2010, the IASA selected Casey as the permanent home for its Hall of Fame. The museum became a part of the current Casey Softball Hall of Honor. It is home to years of local, state, and Casey-Westfield Lady Warrior’s softball and baseball memorabilia. Open daily 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

101 N. Mill St. Greenup IL 62428 Cumberland

The Carnegie Library has cleverly converted bookshelves into displays of medals, photos, weapons and other memorabilia. Mannequins are outfitted in soldiers’ uniforms from as far back as the Civil War. Open by appointment.

10570 N 150th St, Oblong, Crawford, IL, United States

This museum is located at the west edge of Oblong and is one of only 7 such facilities in the nation. Featured are displays, tools, books, and a full library of petrology related literature, working models and photos unique to oil production in the area. A grouping of oilfield equipment which dates from early 1900, during the boom days of oil discovery in Crawford County, is displayed outside the museum. For more information, call 618-562-4663 or 618-592-3431 or visit

187 Fairgrounds Rd. Pinckneyville IL Perry

Visitors enjoy exhibits depicting life in rural areas complete with authentic items from the period. The highlight of the the museum will be the machinery and equipment displays that will depict the evolution of farm equipment. Call for time and days the Museum is open.

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310 Sycamore St. Kinmundy IL 62854 Marion

16 pre-Civil War furnished cabins are open for self-guided tours. Open April 15-Nov 15.

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