By Jessica Milligan 

Step into one big, small town nestled in the heart of Illinois, and prepare yourself for a whirlwind of unforgettable experiences. Decatur is the ultimate destination for fun, boasting over 5,000 acres of parks and nature trails, 36 miles of Lake Decatur shoreline, and sports scenes from ball diamonds, pickleball courts, and golf courses. Conveniently located in the middle of Illinois at the junction of Interstate 72 and Route 51, offering convenient access to anywhere in the state within hours.

Outdoor enthusiasts will find themselves in paradise amongst the landscapes of our town. Enjoy yoga in the enchanting pine forest at Rock Springs Conservation Area, and exhilarating bike rides along the trails that stretch through Decatur and Forsyth. For water lovers, rent standup paddleboards and kayaks at Standing Paddle Co. or witness hydro boat racing on Lake Decatur!  

But Decatur is not just about outdoor escapades; it’s also full of culture and history. Explore our classic downtown area, with captivating music, flavorful eateries, and charming shops. Our nostalgic Transfer House, located in Central Park, recently received a fresh new look and is an ideal spot to host intimate gatherings. Experience live performances at Lincoln Square Theater, a historic venue showcasing a century of artistic performances. Or take a stroll down Merchant Street to indulge in treats at Dels Popcorn Shop, quirky gifts at Giggles, and discover trendy fashion at local boutiques.

Decatur, the original home of the Chicago “Staley” Bears and Abraham Lincoln’s first family residence in Illinois, features building-sized murals all around town commemorating its rich history. Lincoln’s former courthouse still resides in town at the Macon County Historical Museum. 

Embark on the beer trail and visit our three local breweries, dine at one of our 80 locally owned restaurants, and catch a live show at any of our numerous venues. The endless possibilities await you on your next road trip in Decatur, Illinois!