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Dining in Downstate Illinois

Dining in Downstate Illinois

Eat your heart out!

Whether you’re eating while you travel, or simply traveling to eat – food is an extremely important part of tourism. The good news about the 21-county region of Discover Downstate Illinois is that we have no shortage of amazing restaurants where you can indulge your taste buds. Our counties include restaurants that
specialize in everything from breakfast and baked goods to tacos and pizza.

Forks up! 

Cafes & Bakeries

Experience our local cafes and bakeries.

Bars & Pubs

Kick back and relax with your friends and family.

Breweries, Wineries, Distilleries

Enjoy the best local craft breweries, wineries and distilleries.

Diners & Burgers

The best diners and burgers throughout our 21 counties.

Food Trucks

Our food truck lineup for Downstate, IL!

Ice Cream Shops

Cool off and enjoy our sweet treats!


Enjoy our international cuisine from all over our 21 counties.

Italian & Pizza

Savor the flavor of our Italian cuisine and pizza pies.

Steaks & Seafood

The best steaks and seafood throughout our 21 counties.

Downstate Illinois Events

Downstate Illinois Events

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Whether you’re looking for a festival, marathon or something family-friendly to bring the kids to, Downstate Illinois has something for everyone. The region hosts over 900 events each year, and we pride ourselves on providing the most accurate event information so that you don’t miss a thing.
Travel Ideas

Travel Ideas

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From outdoor recreation and adventure to foodies and family fun, we have the trip ideas to plan the perfect vacation.
Road Trip Itineraries

Road Trip Itineraries

21 Counties made for Road Trips
Downstate Illinois was made for road trips! With the help of our road trip itineraries, you can discover all that our 21 counties have to offer — from family fun to outdoor adventures and shopping sprees. 
Check out our calendar of events!
Explore Waterloo's Black Friday/Christmas in July

Explore Waterloo's Black Friday/Christmas in July

July 19, 2024 - July 20, 2024 @ 10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Downtown Waterloo | Waterloo, IL
Belleville Flea Market

Belleville Flea Market

July 20, 2024 - July 21, 2024 @ 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Belle-Clair Fairgrounds & Expo Center | Belleville, IL
Uncorked Festival

Uncorked Festival

July 27, 2024 @ 12:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Red Hill State Park - North Side | Sumner, IL

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