Kewanee

Kewanee – Best of the Road and the Friendliest Small Town

Kewanee was voted Rand McNally’s Friendliest Small Town in America 2013!  

Visitors will encounter friendly people with a welcoming spirit who are ready to share a smile, assist you with a purchase, give directions, and, perhaps, even tell a joke or engaging story. Kewanee is the place that created  the things that made this country great!

Visit and spend a day or two exploring and discovering unexpected surprises around every corner.  You will find a variety of unique shops and local restaurants set along tree-lined streets with beautiful turn-of-the-century architecture to enjoy.

Kewanee history is colorful! Literally! Walk downtown to view the History in the Paint public art tour; watch for hidden treasures in the sixteen hand-painted murals. It’s a treasure hunt! Pick up a local map at one of the local retailers or stop in the Amtrak Station Welcome Center.

To learn more about Kewanee history, visit the Kewanee Historical Society, Robert and Marcella Richards Museum. Visit Ryan’s Round Barn and Woodland Palace, Illinois’ First Green home.  Take respite in our parks!

Take exit 33 off Interstate 80 and head south for eleven miles on IL Hwy 78 or take Amtrak with two daily stops.  Step inside and experience good cheer, genuine courtesy, and community service in one of the friendliest towns in the Midwest!

Visit Kewanee. We’ve thought of everything!

Annual Events

  • Farmers Market
  • Francis Park 4th of July Festival
  • Prairie Chicken Chalk Art Festival
  • Summer Concerts in the Park
  • Hog Days
  • Windmont Park Christmas Light Display
  • Run your Ice Off

Adventure Cyclist Association ~ Northern Tier Bike Trail
IL County Highway 81

Trail meanders through Henry County communities, Orion and Cambridge. You will ride some of the finest rolling prairie country highways dotted with centennial farms. Visit spring to late fall and experience a blossoming spring to spectacular fall colors. Towns are equipped with services and campgrounds available in Orion and Cambridge. Plan ahead and experience Henry County at its finest.

AmericInn Lodge & Suites of Kewanee
925 Tenney Street
61443

Welcome to the AmericInn! Here we offer our guests a hot cup of coffee and a satisfying complimentary Continental breakfast. Choose from 49 rooms and two specialty suites. Guests enjoy our indoor pool, pool-side exercise room and heated spa. Other guest services at our hotel include a business center and guest laundry room. 900 square feet meeting space available. Relax at the end of the day, with us.

  • Business Center
  • Elevator
  • Fitness Center On-Site
  • Free, Hot, Home-Style Breakfast
  • Free, Hotel-Wide, High-Speed Internet
  • Guest Laundry Facilities
  • Indoor Heated Pool & Hot Tub
  • Kids Stay Free (17 and under)
  • Meeting Room
  • Pet Friendly Rooms Available
  • Quieter Rooms Built with SoundGuard
  • Two Room Suites
  • Whirlpool & Fireplace Suites
  • Whirlpool Suites

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Aunt Daisy’s Bed & Breakfast
223 W Central Blvd
61443

Aunt Daisy's Bed & Breakfast welcomes you to an 1890 Victorian Home!

Aunt Daisy's Bed & Breakfast offers the comforts of home. Private baths, king size beds, A/C, wireless Internet, cable TV and a stocked refrigerator in every suite. Enjoy a complimentary full breakfast in our tastefully decorated dining room. Step off at the Kewanee Amtrak Station and walk three blocks south to Aunt Daisy's. Area restaurants, downtown shopping, and a movie theater are only a walk away. Henry County attractions are all within a short driving distance.

 

Arrive a guest, depart as family, Aunt Daisy's will become your favorite aunt.

Bathtime at Aunt Daisy's B&B

 

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Baker Park Disc Golf Course
1095 Cambridge Road
61443
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Baysingar Antiques
1135 Railroad Avenue
61443

Baysingar Antiques is a buzz inside and out with glassware, yard art and up-cycled and re-purposed furniture. That's not all, peruse, pottery, comic books, linens, vintage frames and more. Inventory constantly changes. Traveling a distance? Give 'em a call they'll greet you with a friendly hello! Located on U.S. Highway 34.

 

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Breedlove’s Sporting Goods
123 West Second Street
61443
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9:00 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Broken Chimmney
618 Tenney Street
61443

Broken Chimney is a destination for fast-causal food and ambiance! Inside you will find local lore detailing the walls and oh the food!

Ribs, hamburgers and Chicago-style Italian beef are just a few of the ala-carte menu items you can order at the front counter and you will be called once your order is ready for pickup! Enjoy a drink from the full bar while you wait. Banquet space is available for small groups of 10 to larger groups up to 175. Visit soon, and experience Broken Chimney in Kewanee, IL.

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Monday through Saturday, 10:30 am to 9 pm and Sunday, 10:30 am to 8 pm
Casa De Oro
226 North Tremont
61443
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Cerno’s Bar & Grill
213 West Third Street
61443

Cerno's Bar & Grill, an inviting warm atmosphere with a spectacular historical bar and fabulous food.

The menu selection offers great sandwiches, fantastic pizza, and dinner entrees. Dine in 19th-century elegance at the mahogany back bar imported from Belgium by the Pabst Blue Ribbon Brewing Company while enjoying a beer. Over twenty different beers on tap. Bring friends, have a drink, and enjoy the food and atmosphere...there's nothing like it around. Offering dine-in or carry out anytime. Serving lunch and dinner every day. Sunday morning breakfast.

 

 

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Monday through Sunday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Chautauqua Park Disc Golf Course
West Division Street
61443

Chautauqua Park is quiet 12-hole course nestled throughout the park among mature trees and is fun for beginners and a challenge for experts. The course features cement tee boxes and permanent metal chain baskets. Park has shelter and restrooms is equipped with a kid-friendly playground.

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Chief Keokuk Campground
28616 Sauk Trail Road
61443

The Chief Keokuk Campground features 71 pads with electrical hook-ups for trailers (Class A camping), plus 25 tent sites (Class C camping). There is a shower building on site. A sanitary dump station is near the camping area. In addition, "Blackhawk" area on Lakeshore Loop Road is available for youth group camping.

Reservations can be made, for dates between May 1st and October 31st. Chief Keokuk Campground, Johnson Sauk Trail State Park, Kewanee, IL

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Country Morning Coffee Cafe
205 West First Street
61443

No chain store coffee here! Country Morning Coffee is the only artisan coffee roaster in Henry County, offering 30 different premium coffees plus organic coffees from around the globe. Every coffee batch is roasted daily and packaged by hand including personal handwriting on each coffee label. Pick from an assortment of coffee drinks, tea, hot chocolate, and iced drinks. Morning offerings include fresh home-baked pastries, and for lunch, there's homemade bread and soups or Paninis and wraps. Fill your travel mug and grab some freshly blended bags of coffee to take home with you!

 

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Monday through Friday, 6:00am ‰ÛÒ 6:00p.m. Saturday, 6:00am - 3:00pm, Sunday, 9:00am - 3:00pm
Francis Park
29862 North 900 Avenue
61443

Francis Park offers 40 acres of woodlands to explore while camping at one of 60 RV sites with electricity or in the spacious tent area. Water, dump station, free firewood are available. Enjoy the playground equipment, ball diamond, horseshoe court and picnic area. Open and closed area shelters available for rental. Open May through September - no reservations available.

 

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Open May through September - reservations are not available.
Gallery On Second
116 W. Second Street
61443

View beautiful works of art from various exhibiting artists, from oil-painting and watercolor, to metal sculptures and stained-glass.

 

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Wednesday-Friday 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Saturday 10 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. or by appointment
Good’s European Bed and Breakfast Suites
200 North Main Street
61443

Experience the Good Life!

Good’s offers a fun day of shopping, followed by a night of pure relaxation. Each room is tastefully appointed with furniture collections featured in Good’s American Furniture Showplace store

If you’re traveling in Western Illinois, stop in at Good’s, then stay overnight in one of four European Bed & Breakfast Suites! Fully recharge your batteries with a complimentary continental breakfast including homemade pastries, fresh fruit, and our longtime favorite family granola recipe. Free Wi-Fi Internet access.
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Good’s Furniture
200 Main Street North
61443

Start your exploration with a visit to Good's Furniture Showplace. It is one of the oldest and largest family-owned furniture stores in the Midwest and is the centerpiece of Kewanee's downtown. The 250,000 square-foot showroom spans two city blocks and encompasses twelve restored buildings that feature over fifty furniture brands. It's a complete shopping experience: visit Good's Market Square Gift Emporium with unique gifts including upscale clothing and accessories, fine luggage, gourmet food and wine, and much more!  Grab a bite to eat at the Wine Cellar Restaurant on Good's lower level.  For an afternoon pick-me-up, stop by the Coffee & Wine Bar. A sky walk, glass elevators, and a Koi Pond add to the ambiance. Visit for the day and pamper yourself with an overnight stay at the in-store European Bed & Breakfast.

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9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Seven days a week. Closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter
Good’s Furniture Showplace Wine Cellar Restaurant
200 Main Street North
61443

The Wine Cellar Restaurant located on the lower level of Good's Furniture Showplace features a delicious and delightful detour while shopping. The Wine Cellar Restaurant has a cozy ambiance and offers the perfect place to enjoy a glass of wine or a pint of Prairie Chicken beer. An array of soups, salads and sandwiches are available. A favorite to try is the chicken pot pie and gruner salad. Made fresh daily, desserts and cookies for the sweet tooth.

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Open Daily 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Great Wall
544 Tenney Street
61443
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Happy Joe’s Pizza Parlor
515 Tenney Street
61443
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Heartfelt
224 North Main Street
61443

A delightful shopping experience awaits you! Choose from home decor - home scents - crystal - gourmet foods and coffee- jewelry and much more. Heartfelt also offers custom floral creation, framing and gift baskets.

 

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10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Daily
Jessie’s Closet
103 South Main Street
61443
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Johnson Sauk Trail State Park
28616 Sauk Trail Road
61443

Johnson-Sauk Trail State Park is for all seasons and offers exploration of fields of wildflowers, an opportunity for a lazy summer picnic amidst the giant oaks, fall colors with cool night, or fun in the snow with cross-country skiing. It is a recreational destination offering untouched natural beauty.

The recreation area is located on a Trail that Sauk Indians used in their treks between Lake Michigan and the confluence of the Mississippi and Rock Rivers. The recreation area's centerpiece is the 58-acre lake with two and a half miles of shoreline with boating and fishing opportunities.  A hidden secret fisherman's paradise the lake is stocked with large mouth bass, crappie, bluegill, channel catfish, bullhead, muskie, and northern pike.

You will experience a rolling prairie, pine plantation, and inside bottom land forests. Hike the trails and find an array of woodland and prairie wildflowers. Early spring brings skunk cabbage, a rare prairie find that sometimes blossoms in the snow. White-tailed deer, raccoons, squirrel, opossum, and rabbits are among the myriad of wildlife found in the park. Birders have ample opportunities to catch sight of chickadees, nuthatches, goldfinches, and hundreds of other avian visitors.

Johnson Park is one of the DNR's most popular hunting sites. Pheasants are released daily during the season. Pursue a deer with your bow and arrow or shoot your shotgun for dove and squirrel. Reservations and fees are required.

Gather the troops, pack the picnic basket (nine picnic areas are available to choose from with tables and cooking stoves) and head to Johnson Sauk Trail State Recreation Area. The park is located six miles south of Interstate 80 and five miles north of Kewanee on Illinois Route 78. Travel the back roads to 1,365 acres of recreational opportunities. Johnson Sauk Trail State Recreation Area Map, Johnson Sauk Trail State Park, Lake Info

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Johnson’s Hub Clothing & Formal Wear
220 North Main Street
61443

Find a great selection of fashionable men's and women's clothing, including brand names like Levi's, Docker, Karen Kane, Tribal and more!

If you're looking for formal wear, Johnson's Hub has you covered!  Rent a tux, or buy a beautiful prom gown!

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Kewanee Amtrak Station
224 West Third Street
61443
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Daily; 7 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.
Kewanee Dunes
3536 Midland Road
61443

Kewanee Dunes has been going strong for over 85 years. If you're looking for a great day of golf in Henry County, look no further than the Dunes. This 18-hole championship course features beautiful mature trees, fast greens, and great fairways. All skill levels will enjoy the 6,832 yard, 72-par course. Warm up or improve your game on putting greens, driving range and sand traps. You can even enjoy a delicious meal in the clubhouse, Greenside Grill or Roy's Place to celebrate. We offer plenty of space for any size group to relax and socialize.

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Kewanee Historical Society
211 North Chestnut
61443

The Kewanee Historical Society showcases displays on the industries that built Kewanee (Kewanee Boiler, Walworth, and Boss). It also showcases Kewanee memorabilia from the U. S. military from the Civil War to the present. The additional collections of the Cornhuskers Hall of Fame and the "Lincoln lantern" that helped Abraham Lincoln find his way in 1858 from Toulon to Kewanee are housed in the Robert & Marcella Richards Museum, located in the historic 1868 Butterwick Building. Tours by appointment.

 

 

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May 1 to October 1 Thursday and Saturday, 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Open Everyday Labor Day Weekend
Kewanee Motor Lodge
400 South Main Street
61443

Kewanee Motor Lodge is for travelers on the go who are looking for affordable, comfortable and clean accommodations. A bicycle-friendly hotel where you can park your bicycle in the room. Friendly service with a no frills location is within walking distance of restaurants and entertainment. All 29 rooms feature a refrigerator and microwave.

The Kewanee Motor Lodge is the prime resting spot for travelers on their way to Kewanee's beautiful Illinois sceneries and activities.

 

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LaGondola Spaghetti House
425 Tenney Street
61443

One review said the LaGolanda food is “amazing.” Spaghetti and the salads are refreshing. Sandwiches include scrumptious meatball and gondolas on fresh bread. Try one of the large portions of their pasta dishes with a cheesy pizza.

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Leather Coat and Factory Outlet
1700 Burlington Avenue
61443
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Los Ranchitos – Kewanee
600 Tenney Street
61443
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Mosaic Art Market & Studio
112 West 2nd Street
61443

Funky, Fun, and Unique, Mosaic Art Market & Studio

Mosaic Art Market & Studio blends art and handmade items to create one artful space - a mosaic of art! Funky, fun, and unique local, national, and international artists featured throughout the tin ceiling, hardwood floor colorful studio.

Wall art originals and prints, sculpture, glass and metal art, ceramics and pottery, pillows and throws, bags and scarves, handmade jewelry and children's items adorn the walls and studio displays for your home décor decorating.

Mosaic also has a fully stocked studio area. Visitors are welcomed and may walk in during business hours and choose the item they'd like to create - canvases, ceramics, wood items, and paper mache items. No appointment is necessary! Group classes are available and taught by regional expert artists in their respective mediums. Mosaic will work with the group planner to accommodate an appropriate art project for the time allowed.

Make a visit to Mosaic and experience a fun environment to shop and find some cool art to take home, or spend time creating your art in Mosaic’s studio.

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Tuesday through Saturday, 12 pm to 5 pm, Sunday, Noon to 4 pm
Motel 6 Kewanee
901 South Tenney Street
61443

Motel 6 in Kewanee IL, welcomes you to be a guest during your next visit. Whether it's business or pleasure we offer friendly service and 41 rooms at affordable prices. Our facility offers high-speed internet and a gym/exercise facility. Pets are allowed and we have ample room for truck and bus parking.

 

 

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Nature’s Creations
21229 North 500th Avenue
61443
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New China
735 Tenney
61443
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Northeast Park – Oasis Swimming Pool
1000 North Main Street
61443

The legion-sized ball diamond, known as Pizza Hut Field, is located at the front entrance of the park.  Two softball diamonds and 2 pee-wee sized diamonds are found further into the park.  The soccer fields are in the same area as the pee-wee diamonds.  A large playground area can be found near the south softball diamond.  At the heart of the park is the Oasis Family Aquatic Center.  Surrounding the swimming pool area are the tennis courts and the 2 half court basketball areas.  A snack bar is available for swimmers and park attendees alike during the late spring and summer season.

 

 

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Monday through Sunday, 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. weather permitting
PL Damron’s Bakery & Cafe
206 North Tremont
61443

PL Damron's Bakery Cafe - Homemade Goodness!

Follow the crowd to PL Damron's Bakery Cafe and dine in a beautifully preserved historic building where everything is homemade from the soups to the entrees. PL Damron's Cafe is known for its fresh baked bread, bakery treats (try the cinnamon and caramel rolls!), and pies. Barbecue is a house specialty with pulled pork, pulled rib, beef, and chicken served in a special barbecue sauce.

Wednesday through Saturday breakfasts are served featuring homemade sweet rolls, jams, breads, and quiche. Tuesday and Thursday evening specials just like grandma made. Friday call you can eat chicken buffet.

"The Scoop" Ice Cream hand scooped ice cream vanilla bean, chocolate, strawberry, chocolate chip cookie dough, rainbow sherbert, salted caramel, mint chocolate chip and cookies & cream.

PL Damron's Cafe also offers some of the finest catering and banquet services in Henry County.

Kewanee
Tuesday, Thursday, Friday: 7 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., Wednesday 7 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, 8 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Closed Sunday and Monday
Quilt Box
109 East Third Street
61443

Celebrate the art of quilting and visit the store to become inspired.

Visit the Quilt Box showroom offering over 2,000 bolts of fabric, quilt, embroidery and notion supplies. Join in the sit 'n sews, pick up a block of the month or shop for locally handmade gifts.

 

 

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Tuesday through Friday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Red Apple
607 North Main Street
61443
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Red Earth Cafe at Johnson Sauk Trail State Park
12480 Tecumseh Road
61443

The best view in Henry County overlooking the lake, enjoy an omelet or pancakes while watching the early morning wildlife.  Dinner is available in season. Serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner while overlooking the 56-acre lake. Featuring buffalo burgers, vegetarian choices, homemade pie and daily features. Breakfast and lunch served Tuesday through Sunday 8 am to 2 pm. Dinner served Thursday through Saturday, 5 pm to 8 pm.

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May through October 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday 8 a.m to 6 p.m.
Reiman’s Harley Davidson
623 North Main Street
61443

If motorcycles are your thing, check out Reiman's Harley Davidson.  Roger Reiman, the original proprietor, is a 1998 inductee into the American Motorcycle Association's Hall of Fame and a three-time winner of the Daytona 200. A top competitor in the AMA's Grand National Circuit during the 1960s, Reiman cut back on his racing schedule to manage the family Harley Davidson dealership in Kewanee during the 1970s. It was during this time that he became famous as motorcycle stuntman Evel Knievel's head mechanic. Since Reiman's death in a racing accident in 1997, the Packee family has owned and operated the dealership. One of the top Harley Davidson dealerships in the Midwest, Reiman's can meet every motorcycle enthusiast's needs and desires. Stop by and visit the Racing Museum and check out the history of Roger Reiman and Evel Knievel.

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9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Sunday
Ryan’s Round Barn
28616 Sauk Trail Rd.
61443

Ryan's Round Barn . . . See What's 'Round the Bend!

This is a must-see site at the entrance to the Johnson-Sauk Trail Park, located on Route 78, near Kewanee. Ryan's Round Barn, one of the nation's largest round barns, measuring eighty feet high and eighty-five feet in diameter, and one of forty-two remaining in the State of Illinois, is an architectural marvel. One outstanding feature of Ryan's barn is its sixteen-feet-wide silo with a moisture-resistant plastered interior located directly in the building's center. Modern efficiencies from the past include centrally located waste drains and a dual track and trolley system used for delivering feed and for removing waste. The barn's main floor houses an extensive collection of agricultural antiques.

 

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Tours are available May through October, the first and third Saturday of each month. 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Group Tours of 10 or More by Appointment.
Station House Restaurant
300 West 3rd Street
61443

Station House is right on track to be your favorite foodie destination. Railroad enthusiasts may stop while visiting the Amtrak Station. Listen to the whistle blow, view railroad history, and enjoy a warm, home-cooked breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Indoor and outdoor dining available.

 

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Monday through Sunday, 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.
The Barnhouse Restaurant
420 South Main Street
61443
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The Boiler Room
206 North Chestnut Street
61443

The Boiler Room's industrial interior provides the backdrop for food and brew!

A clean and airy vibe, historical Kewanee, IL ambiance makes this a must stop on your back road travels. Specialties include pizza, especially the Dirty Bird; tenderloins, smokehouse burger, and the hand-cut seasoned fries. What would a restaurant be without daily lunch and dinner specials? Offered for brew are local seasonal beer selections and drinks at the full-service bar. A summertime visit? We invite you to dine alfresco on the patio. Weekends it is the place to be with regional musicians taking the stage for evening entertainment. See you soon!

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Monday through Sunday, 10 am to 2 pm
Wanee Cinemas
106 South Main Street
61443
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Woodland Palace, Francis Park
29862 North 900 Avenue
61443

Woodland Palace is an incredible find off the beaten path. You will find this unusual home was built way ahead of its time and filled with engineering wonders. Learn about the man who built and lived in the home, Fred Francis, a Leonardo da Vinci-like man, was an artist, poet, inventor, builder, mathematician, engineer, and a nudist. Fred started to build the home in 1890 and worked on it for the next 36 years. It features hand carved molding, a water purification system, and is the first house in the state of Illinois to have to air-condition without the aid of electricity. View the sophisticated achievements of disappearing windows, doors, and more. Visit a home where everything seems to work in harmony. Admission is $2 for adults and $1 for kids 12 and under. Open for tours and to the public end of April through September.

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Open seven days a week from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. beginning the end of April through end of September.