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Take Me Out to the Ball Game In Southwest Illinois

Take me out to the ballgame, but don’t take me out to the crowd! While America’s favorite pastime is watching baseball, America’s least favorite pastime is probably sitting in the traffic to actually get to the ballpark. If you want to avoid the crowds, catch your favorite teams taking the field at…

Best Places to Find Great Seafood

There's something about biting in to a fresh fish sandwich. Or enjoying a plate of scallops, salmon or other seafood delights at a local restaurant. It's that time of year again when we all want to enjoy a healthy fish meal and, at the same time, honor the Lenten season. The tradition of Lent…

Fast Eddie's Bon Air in Alton, Illinois

Fast Eddie’s is perhaps one of the hottest bars in the Midwest. It has been noted as one of the best bars in the St. Louis area. SIGNATURE DISH: ½ pound Fat Eddie Burger & Big Elwood on a Stick Hours (Please Note: Due to COVID-19, hours may vary. Please call ahead for updated hours.) Monday -…

Illinois Road Trip Round Up: Best Pizzas

We’ve been “All In for Illinois” during the pandemic, but now that we're in Phase 4, we’re ready to enjoy our state safely. Check-in every Tuesday for an Illinois Road Trip Round-Up on themed topics showcasing eighteen destinations across Illinois. This week, we’re touring some of the state's best…

Farm Fresh Fun: Take Your Pick at Orchards & Roadside Stands

There's no better way to get outside with the family and practice social distancing than by visiting local orchards and roadside stands where there is plenty of room to roam. And the orchards themselves are ensuring everyone enjoys a healthy visits with COVID-19 safeguards in place. Take your…

Illinois Road Trip Round Up: Best Fish Sandwiches

We’ve been “All In for Illinois” during the pandemic, but now that we're in Phase 4, we’re ready to enjoy our state safely. Check-in every Tuesday for an Illinois Road Trip Round-Up on themed topics showcasing eighteen destinations across Illinois. This week, we’re touring some of the state's best…

Outdoor Dining Delights in Southwest Illinois

Outdoor dining has come to life in the last few months in the Great Rivers & Routes region. Many restaurants throughout the area are offering outdoor seating for guests who want to drink in the fresh air and enjoy a sandwich, steak, or their favorite pasta. From great views of the Mississippi and…

Illinois Road Trip Round Up: Top Ice Cream Stops

We’ve been “All In for Illinois” during the pandemic, but now that we're in Phase 4, we’re ready to enjoy our state safely. Check-in every Tuesday for an Illinois Road Trip Round-Up on themed topics showcasing eighteen destinations across Illinois. This week, we’re touring some of the state's best…

Get Peachy! Calhoun County Peaches Are Ready

Peach cobbler, peach tart, peach tea, peach ice cream, peach jam whatever the craving, the juiciest peaches to eat are Calhoun County’s. Calhoun County is famous for its tree-ripened peaches and once you take a nice juicy bite you will understand. Odelehr’s Peaches Calhoun County is situated between…