Nestled in the bucolic surroundings of west-central Illinois in the middle of McDonough County, Macomb serves as the county seat.
Macomb’s downtown is a historic district that showcases a Second Empire style Courthouse and Victorian Square that date back to the mid-1800s that offers a unique collection of shopping and dining experiences.
With a rich mix of recreation, historical sites, unique retail, higher education, arts, and nightlife including Forgottonia craft brewery, Little Creek Alpaca Farm and the nation’s largest seven circuit Prairie Labyrinth, Forgottonia literally offers something for everyone.
As an Abraham Lincoln National Heritage Area,one of the main attractions is Macomb’s 16-foot tall Living Lincoln Topiary Monument in which the 16th president’s beard consists of real living flowering plants and greenery, making it the only sculpture of its kind in the world!
The Living Lincoln is the centerpiece of a 10 site Looking For Lincoln Self-Guided Tour of places relating to Abraham Lincoln’s visits and his unique and remarkable connection to this Forgottonia community.
Outdoor enthusiasts will find an abundance of recreation and sportsman activities in Forgottonia. Explore miles of rugged foot trails in Argyle Lake State Park, and of course, the 93-acre Argyle Lake, perfect for boating and fishing. Spring Lake Park serves as the freshwater reservoir for the city of Macomb boasts tournament worthy bass fishing opportunities. Try your hand at disc golf with the help of the Everwood Disc Golf Course or contact one of the many local outfitters, such as Oak Tree Outfitters, for a hunting excursion of a lifetime.
Macomb too is the birthplace ofElizabeth J. Magie the inventor of what would become the world’s most popular board game; Monopoly. Incidentally, Macomb’s downtown Square is remarkably similar to the design of the Monopoly game board.
It is also the home of Rock & Roll progenitor “Big” Al Sears, famed bacteriologist Dr. Ruth Tunnicliff, and Civil Rights pioneer C.T. Vivian, of which a 75 foot hand painted mural depicting his life will be unveiled this spring.
McDonough County‘s proximity as one of the mid points between the region’s largest urban populations, Chicago and St. Louis, makes Forgottonia’s Macomb a perfect Road Trip destination for short escapes from the stress and hassle of city life.
But don’t just take our word for it, discover for yourself just how Unforgettable Forgottonia can be.