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You need one last hurrah before the end of summer, but you want to discover something new. Take a trip to Danville and make some lasting memories with the guys. Here are four suggestions for a great guys’ day in Danville.

Turtle Run Golf Club

Turtle Run has been one of the premier golf courses in Illinois since 1970. Designed by Jim Spears, this par 72 championship golf course provides four sets of tee lengths so that golfers of all skill levels can feel both challenged and competitive. After your round, be sure to stop by Snapper’s Bar and Grill for lunch. Turtle Run also has a public swimming pool and a golf shop with all the latest gear.

The lush, green fairways at Turtle Run Golf Club

The lush, green fairways at Turtle Run Golf Club.

Vermilion County War Museum

Witness the birth and growth of a nation through its military history at the Vermilion County War Museum. Travelers come from around the world to see more than 25,000 artifacts from throughout U.S. history.

Kennekuk County Park

Explore the wilderness on the 15 miles of trails in this 3,000-acre park. Canoe, kayak or fish on one of seven lakes and three rivers as you soak in this peaceful natural setting. An abundance of wildlife also roams the park, such as foxes, hawks, beavers, white-tailed deer and if you’re lucky, you may even catch a glimpse of a bald eagle!

Enjoy the serenity on Lake Mingo in Kennekuk County Park

Instagramer (at) healer84 captured the serenity on Lake Mingo in Kennekuk County Park.

Moon Glo

Cap off your eventful day in Danville at Moon Glo, a community staple that serves up a hardy variety of juicy steaks and massive burgers. Moon Glo even gives you the option to grill your own meat so you can cook that perfectly seasoned, mouth-watering steak.

End your day with a beer and some delicious meet at Moon Glo.

End your day with a beer and some delicious meet at Moon Glo.

For more information on fun places to explore in Illinois this summer, check out

–Illinois Office of Tourism

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This week we asked followers to “find something more” in Illinois! If you identified and found the Cozy Dog Drive In in Springfield, congratulations! Be sure to follow us on Instagram for upcoming weekly challenges.


The challenge photo of the Cozy Dog Drive In

A Route 66 staple since 1949, Cozy Dog Drive In is the home of the one and only Cozy Dog! Similar to a corn dog-on-a-stick, the Cozy Dog is made from a Waldmire family recipe. Guests love Cozy Dog Drive In’s whimsical selection of Route 66 memorabilia.


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-The Illinois Office of Tourism


Nothing says summer like the fast-approaching 4th of July. Mouth-watering, classic American food has always been synonymous with July 4, so check out these four great places to spend your holiday weekend in the Land of Lincoln.

Lil Porgy’s BBQ in Champaign

 What could be more American than pigging out on giant slabs of delicious barbeque? Lil Porgy’s has specialized in savory, hickory-smoked barbeque since 1979. Offering everything from succulent ribs and pulled pork basted in their secret sauce to catfish and authentic Polish sausage, Porgy’s has everything you need for a feast fit for our founding fathers.

Lil Porgy’s is some of the best barbeque in Champaign.

Lil Porgy’s is some of the best barbeque in Champaign.

The Chili Parlor in Springfield

The only thing better than a hot dog on the 4th of July is a hot dog smothered in some of the state’s finest chili. Formerly Joe Rogers’ Chili Parlor, The Chili Parlor has been cooking with its original family recipe for 70 years. There is something for everyone’s taste buds with mild, medium, hot and the famously spicy Firebrand chili.

JoeRogers TheDen Chili by (at) ajwalenga

This spicy bowl from The Chili Parlor will ignite your taste buds.

Lake Shelbyville

Want to grill up your own dinner? Scenic Lake Shelbyville’s picnic areas and campgrounds offer plenty of space for your family to enjoy your own delicious, home-cooked burgers and dogs before a breathtaking fireworks display over the lake. Spend a relaxing weekend in the open air fishing, boating, hiking and much more with Lake Shelbyville’s many outdoor activities and unique attractions that everyone will enjoy.

Lake Shelbyville

Lake Shelbyville’s picnic areas are ideally situated for family barbeques.

Jubelt’s Bakery & Restaurant in Litchfield

This family-owned bakery off Route 66 is a great place to stop in for a classic July 4 delicacy: apple pie. You can enjoy at Jubelt’s for breakfast or lunch, just as long as you don’t leave without dessert. Their pastries and comfort foods have been a community staple since 1922.

Where is your favorite place to spend July 4? Comment and share with us below. For more ideas on things to do in the Land of Lincoln, visit

–Illinois Office of Tourism

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The holidays are a time of indulging in decadent desserts, and there’s no shortage of places to pick up your favorite sweet treats in central Illinois. We’ve listed seven of the top confectionaries around the region. What are some of your favorite places in Illinois to get your sugar fix? Share with us and comment below!

Doc’s Soda Fountain

Originally a pharmacy built in the1880s, this old fashioned soda fountain in Girard is one of many stops along historic Route 66 where you can get a taste of the Mother Road. Stop in for lunch and warm up with a slice of fresh-from-the-oven pie!


Get a taste of the Mother Road at this old fashion soda fountain

The Chocolatier, Inc.

The name says it all for this Bloomington favorite. This local confectionary serves homemade chocolates, candies and treats, including specialties like chocolate covered Oreos, Rice Krispie balls and the nut butter cookies. Put together an assortment as a gift to for family and friends, or pick out a selection to savor yourself!

The Homestead Bakery

At The Homestead Bakery in Arthur, you can purchase a number of made-from-scratch Amish baked goods, like caramel iced cinnamon rolls, honey yeast breads and angel food cakes. Decorated cut-out cookies, savory dinner rolls and cinnamon swirl bread are just a few of the top items on the menu during the holiday and winter season.

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Taste one of the traditional Amish baked goods at The Homestead Bakery

Pekara Bakery & Bistro

Pekara Bakery & Bistro is a favorite to the Champaign community, specializing in traditional European breads and treats with no preservatives or artificial additives. Named “Best Bakery in CU” each year since 2008, this local gem is sure to please. Offering a full restaurant menu, stop in to Pekara for lunch and a decadent dessert to follow.

Flesor’s Candy Kitchen

Milk shakes, malts, sundaes, splits – you name it, and Flesor’s has it! There’s no end to the decadent treats available at the Candy Kitchen in Tuscola. Pick out an assortment of hand-dipped chocolates, candies, cookies and other mouth-watering morsels. For a little extra zing, don’t forget to try the infamous Buzz Bark, chocolate coffee bark.


Sample an old fashioned, homemade cookie at Flesor’s Candy Kitchen

Jubelt’s Bakery

Family owned and operated Jubelt’s Bakery has been serving its traditional European baked goods to the Litchfield area since 1922. While planning your next holiday gathering, stop in to Jubelt’s to order classic holiday desserts for Thanksgiving, Christmas and more.

Pease’s Fine Candies & Salted Nuts

Pease’s is in its fifth generation of the candy making business, selling candies and treats for more than 80 years in Springfield. Choose from a variety of caramels, nuts, toffees and popcorns to satisfy your sweet tooth!

For more tasty Illinois trip ideas, visit

-The Illinois Office of Tourism

Mancation Blog Feature

Sports. Food. Beer. That’s it!

If you and the guys are looking to get away for a long weekend, look no further than Champaign, Illinois – home of the University of Illinois. With plenty of exciting sports games, craft beer and delicious food, there will be no shortage of fun on your Mancation.

The “Fighting Illini” men’s football and basketball teams have a handful of great home games this fall, providing guys with many opportunities to plan a trip surrounding one of the matchups. Illinois football hosts fellow Big Ten Conference opponents Iowa on Saturday, November 15 and Penn State November 22. The men’s basketball team faces off at home against Austin Peay November 16 and American December 6.


  • Illinois football vs. Iowa on November 15 (get tickets)
  • Illinois football vs. Penn State on November 22 (get tickets)


  • Illinois basketball vs. Austin Peay on November 16 (get tickets)
  • Illinois basketball vs. American on December 6 (get tickets)

The Fighting Illini football team will face off Big 10 rivals at home this season. Click the photo to see more destinations in Champaign!

Where to Eat and Drink

If the sports alone didn’t convince you, then surely craft beer and great food will. The Blind Pig Brewery is the place to go for classic pub fare and incredible craft beer. Named as one of the top 50 places to drink beer in the U.S., be sure to stop by and sample their seasonal brews on tap. Big Grove Tavern is another local option that serves classic Midwest recipes with a farm-to-table twist. And you won’t want to miss the beer-infused dishes at Destihl Restaurant and Brew Works, including beer-battered bacon, three cheese & ale soup, and the brewmaster’s pizza.

The Blind Pig Brewery is the place to go for craft beer and classic pub fare. Click on the photo to learn about Blind Pig.

The Blind Pig Brewery is the place to go for craft beer and classic pub fare. Click on the photo to learn about Blind Pig.

Where to Stay

Hyatt Place is the newest hotel option in Champaign and is conveniently located a few short blocks from the train station. It’s also walking distance from all the best restaurants and bars. Hilton Garden Inn and Residence Inn by Marriott are also great hotel options.

How to Get There

Getting to Champaign is easy. Being in Central Illinois, driving is an easy option, but if you’re coming from Chicago consider taking Amtrak. This short train ride will get you there and drop you right downtown so you can spend more time bonding with the guys.

Did we cover the top things to do and see in Champaign? Comment below and tell us what your favorite Champaign activities are! For more information, check out Champaign, Illinois and

-The Illinois Office of Tourism