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Virtual Shopping Made Easy in Southwest Illinois

Staying home and practicing social distancing doesn't mean the end to retail therapy. Area specialty shops have become creative when it comes to keeping their doors open ... even if it's just virtually! We have compiled a list of area stores that are providing shopping experiences for customers…

Take a (Virtual) Vacation Throughout Great Rivers & Routes

Ok. Life as we know it has changed. Kids and parents are studying and working from home. All. The. Time. And suddenly, there seem to be a lot of hours to fill as we all practice social distancing and do our part to keep the COVID-19 outbreak to a minimum.While we can’t tell everyone to hop in their…

Lending a Helping Hand

“Even in darkness … there is light.” Elie Wiesel Area businesses are working to bring sparks of sunshine to local communities, residents and their fellow business owners by lending a helping hand. From free coffee, to special shopping hours for those most at risk from the virus, and local…

Celebrate 2020 and The Year of the Woman in Southwest Illinois

2020 marks a milestone in history – it’s been 100 years since women won the right to vote. And that marker hasn’t gone unnoticed by women business owners in the Great Rivers & Routes region of southwest Illinois. “Women won the right to vote 100 years ago but there is a lot left that needs to…

Walk with Lincoln

The rich history of Alton includes debates, duels, murders, railroads and riverboats. Alton's location near the three great western rivers thrust the city into the forefront of the great issues of the early nineteenth century - slavery, commerce, western expansion and war. Alton's unique history…

Underground Railroad Trail Through Godfrey And Alton

Commemorate the heritage and black history of the Alton region with a tour along the "Alton Route" of the Underground Railroad. Located in the free state of Illinois, Alton's riverfront location along the Mighty Mississippi played a vital role in helping slaves make connections to the freedom of the…

Walking Tour: Small-Town Charm in Downtown Edwardsville, IL

Take a stroll through Edwardsville's historic Main Street district. Get your sunshine (and steps!) while you check out historic architecture, grab a coffee or some local Breakfast Rice, hunt for the perfect running shoes and more. • A good starting off point in Edwardsville is the 1820 Colonel…

Benjamin Godfrey Legacy Trail

Captain Benjamin Godfrey (Photo courtesy of Monticello College Foundation.) He was a ship captain, merchant, investor and philanthropist. And he fought hard for the causes he valued. Benjamin Godfrey, who helped plat present day Godfrey, IL in the early 1800’s and left his mark throughout the Alton…

Indulge Your Culinary Curiosity in Southwest Illinois

“People will travel anywhere for good food.” – Rene Redzepi Looking for, and finding, great places to eat is not just a fad. It has become a way of life. Traveling to discover the hidden gem, the unusual diner with the best homemade rolls, or the family-owned restaurant with secret recipe fried…

Experience Collinsville

Ciao! Welcome to Collinsville, Illinois. World famous for its enormous 170-foot Brooks Catsup Bottle water tower and its stature as the horseradish capital of the world, the community is rich in Italian heritage and offers visitors a wide array of delightful, historic and intriguing attractions…