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Visit Effingham – Define Your Getaway

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Located in Central Illinois, where Interstates 57 and 70 meet, Effingham offers the perfect centralized location to connect with yourself and the people you love. With 16 hotels to unwind at, more than 65 restaurants to indulge in, and countless things to see and do… you’ll be hard-pressed to find a reason to leave.

We invite you take the day off – or better yet, take the whole weekend – and discover what makes this Midwestern getaway so irresistible to travelers from all walks of life. Our community is a haven for those looking to ‘fill their cup’ – both in the metaphorical sense and the literal.

Relax into vacation mode with a steamy hot yoga session at Lotus Room Yoga in Downtown Effingham, followed by a short stroll over to our Farmer’s Market. Here, you’ll encounter local makers, singer-songwriters, farmers, coffee roasters, carpenters, storytellers, and a community rich in talent and diversity. Take a freshly-brewed coffee to-go from the folks at Joe Sippers Café; then, get ready to kick it up a notch.

As businesses all across town flip their signs to ‘Welcome’ and restaurateurs fire up their grills, Effingham hums with the hustle and bustle of small-town life. Enjoy shopping at a few of the chicly- curated clothing and home goods boutiques in the Downtown area, then head north…

A woodsy, warm scent greets you at the door of the John Boos & Co. Outlet and Showroom. This iconic foodie brand has a historic reputation in Effingham as our oldest manufacturer, dating back to 1887. Browse handcrafted Boos Block wood cutting boards, butcher blocks, carts and other factory seconds.

John Boos & Co. Outlet and Showroom

Continue your culinary experience with lunch – just down the road at Firefly Grill. This modern roadhouse restaurant sits on the shores of Lake Kristie, and is nestled in a meadow of Black-eyed Susans and vegetable gardens. It’s a farm-to-table oasis for those looking to be nourished with the very best, sustainably sourced ingredients. Homegrown hospitality abounds here.

Enjoy farm-to-table fare at Firefly Grill

Recharge in a space that feels like home – whether that’s the opulent and romantic Holiday Inn on the northside of town… or the industrial, airy loft at the XCHNG, in Downtown Effingham. Sink into the deep comfort and cozy familiarity of the Heartland.

Rested and ready to explore, step into a dreamy old-world setting at Tuscan Hills Winery. Peruse their wine list filled with whimsical names like Starry Night and Sweet Sicilian. Find your guilty pleasure and order a few bottles of it to take home… or to enjoy on their heated patio. Go ahead – ‘fill your cup’ and let it ‘runneth over’.

Tuscan Hills Winery

However you decide to experience Effingham, we encourage you to soak up the people, the places and the experiences that set us apart. For more information, or to view our Calendar of Events, visit or call 1-800-772-0750 to request a free Visitors Guide.