From theatergoers to campers to shoppers, Sullivan caters to tourists.
The Little Theatre on the Square is the marquee attraction, but there area is burgeoning with additional options. Read on for things to do and places to go. ( For more info, go to Sullivan-chamber.com . )
The Great Pumpkin Patch and the Homestead Bakery: 1749A CR 1900 North, Arthur Illinois ( See website for directions. FYI: Your GPS will not work here. Don't use it. You will get lost. )
Pumpkins from the family-owned farm have festooned the White House and the Martha Stewart Show, but there is far more than pie and jack-o'-lantern supplies here. Bluegrass and folk bands perform regularly; come fall, there are corn mazes and a "haunted" barn. Year-round, people can visit the restored schoolhouse museum; get artisanal seeds among a selection of more than 100 varieties of squash, gourds and pumpkins; and visit with ( live ) llamas, pot-bellied pigs and sheep. And who wouldn't want to check out the massive Wall O'Squash and the ( arguably ) World's Tallest Corn Shock? For fuel, stop at the property's Homestead Bakery ( 217/543-3700 ) and stock up on a mouthwatering array of cookies, pies and 18 varieties of angel food cake.
There are 172 miles of shoreline to explore, as well as 50 miles of hiking/biking trails surrounding the deep blue lake that spans Moultrie and Shelbyville counties. Boating, fishing and camping are all popular hereor, people can just bake on the beach. For lakeside dining, check out the North End Grill, just across from Sullivan Beach. Nearby Wolf Creek State Park offers equestrian trails. Not into camping? There are cabins and luxe B&Bs dotting the area.
Shopping, history and Amish goods
Downtown Sullivan and the surrounding towns of Arthur and Arcola are home to vintage shops, antique emporiums and Amish cottage businesses where you can buy locally made soap, furniture and foodstuffs. History lovers can visit the Moultrie County Courthouse and Moultrie County Historical and Genealogical Society ( 117 E. Harrison St., Sullivan, 217-728-4085 ) The neo-classical courthouse is listed on the National Historic Registry and has some amazing murals inside the rotunda. Abraham Lincoln worked this court circuit when he was an attorney, spending much time in Moultrie County.
More about Sullivan, Illinois, is at www.windycitymediagroup.com/lgbt/THEATER-Sullivan-Illinois-a-theater-and-a-thruple-thrive/63292.html .
Also see www.windycitymediagroup.com/lgbt/MORE-ON-SULLIVAN-Reminiscing-about-Sullivans-theater/63294.html .