Calling Bloomington-Normal home is all about being in a great place to live, work and play.
When you live on the original Mother Road at the crossroads of Illinois – where Interstates 39, 55 and 74 intersect – everything you need or want is at your fingertips:
So, you don’t ever have to leave home, but if you get that big-city itch once in a while … you’re about 2½ hours from Chicago or St. Louis and less than three from Indianapolis.
In addition to two public school districts covering pre-K through high school, nine private schools and two Illinois State University laboratory shools, BM is ranked one of the 10 best college towns in the U.S. These institutions give us definition:
Food and Drink
Eating and drinking local is a growing trend, and BN is right in step with a host of unique, locally owned restaurants and craft breweries. Epiphany Farms is a “farm-to-fork” operation serving original dishes to satisfy diverse tastes at four distinct restaurants.
You also can dine on steak and seafood while serenaded by piano at Rob Dob’s Restaurant & Bar; go Asian with Mama Sue’s cooking at Thai House; try Indian at Signature India; dig the “tacos, amigos and tequila” at Ancho & Agave; or check out the original Biaggi’s Ristorante Italiano.
Exciting Annual Events
BN offers a lot to choose from, but these are truly unique:
Get Out and Do It
Arts and Entertainment
BN has a rich cultural environment that ranges from national touring shows to local companies like Community Players Theatre, artists and up-and-coming musicians. Some of the most popular venues:
To discover more about Bloomington-Normal go to www.visitbn.org.
Or come visit and see for yourself what BN Great is all about!
Note: Business hours and activities may have changed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Please call ahead or check websites for up-to-date info.