If you’re a visitor to our region, you’ll appreciate the many cultural benefits that come from being a “university town” with Illinois State University, Illinois Wesleyan University and Heartland Community College, all of which routinely offer a broad selection of musical and cultural events. The Twin Cities also feature a number of historical sites, including David Davis Mansion, Ewing Cultural Center, Prairie Aviation Museum, McLean County Museum of History and portions of Historic Route 66.
Constructed in 1926, Route 66 has been designated a National Scenic Byway now with the official name of “Historic Route 66.” Also coined the “Mother Road,” it was the first road that made travel from the Midwest to the West Coast faster and a more realistic possibility than ever before. The Mother Road runs through both the City of Bloomington and the Town of Normal in McLean County.
The Cruisin’ with Lincoln on 66 Visitors Center compares the travels of Abraham Lincoln with those of tourists and automobilists during the golden era of Route 66. As part of the heritage of the Land of Lincoln, the Bloomington-Normal area offers many Lincoln-related sites, artwork and artifacts for visitors to enjoy. The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield, IL is an easy one hour drive south on Interstate 55 or enjoy the drive south to Springfield on Historic Route 66.
If you’re coming to Bloomington-Normal on business, you’ll find a broad assortment of major companies are based here. McLean County serves as corporate headquarters to several national and international businesses, including State Farm, Country Financial, Beer Nuts, and Afni. Rivian Automotive will soon begin producing exciting new electric adventure vehicles at their Normal facility.
Not more than an hour from CIRA to Pontiac, Peoria, Decatur, LaSalle-Peru, Springfield or Champaign-Urbana, there is quick and easy access to Fortune 100 companies and their affiliates, the University of Illinois, and the capital city of the State of Illinois.
For more information about Bloomington-Normal, including hotels, restaurants, and area attractions please visit The Bloomington-Normal Area Convention & Visitors Bureau website.