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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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Several groups including Little Theater Players, Philharmonic Orchestra, Actors in Action and more use this venue for plays, performances, concerts, exhibits, and other events.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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 http://www.heathmuseum.org
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 http://www.theonlyoblong.com/oil_field.
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.