Jacksonville Area Convention & Visitors Bureau
Conveniently located between Springfield, Illinois and St. Louis, Missouri, Jacksonville is a thriving community, rich in historical treasures, unparalleled educational institutions, growing businesses and infused with a hospitality all its own. A recipient of the Governor’s Hometown Award and a winner of the Great American Mainstreet Award, the Jacksonville area has much to offer.
Become a historian in Jacksonville. Follow in the steps of Abraham Lincoln by taking the “Voices of Jacksonville” audio tour. This is a part of “Looking for Lincoln” – a tour experience that allows groups to hear real stories about Lincoln, as his friends and associates knew him, and see the actual places Lincoln frequented.
Unearth more history with self-guided walking tours through Jacksonville homes and Underground Railroad sites. These entertain while providing knowledge about the city’s monumental and historic past. As Jacksonville was a major hub of the Underground Railroad, groups may tour parts of the Underground Railroad with stops such as Woodlawn Farm. Other historic sites include Governor Duncan’s Mansion, one of only two governor’s mansions still standing in Illinois. Overall, Jacksonville was the home of three governors. The political and historical significance of this great area reveals itself around every corner.
Finding what groups need is simple in Jacksonville. National brand hotels as well as locally owned properties are sure to provide a good night’s sleep. Staying during the week? Book a stay through the Jacksonville CVB for a free wine and cheese reception. Mealtime and meetings are easy with a variety of banquet facilities eager to provide space for small to large groups, all moderately priced. Jacksonville restaurants offer everything from home-style country cooking to delights such as Italian, Mexican and Chinese cuisine.
Jacksonville also has several shopping centers and many locally owned one-of-a-kind stores, antique malls and gift shops. Round things off with arts and entertainment, including monthly exhibits at the historic Strawn Art Gallery. Check out sporting and outdoor recreation events such as fishing at Lake Jacksonville or catching the races on a Friday night at the Jacksonville Speedway. Enjoy the community’s many annual events with a well-timed visit. From free outdoor concert series to steam shows, from car shows to music and art festivals – Jacksonville has it all.
Further information is available by phoning the Jacksonville Area Convention & Visitors Bureau at (800) 593-5678 or by visiting jacksonvilleil.org.