Bloomington-Normal Area Convention and Visitors Bureau

Welcome to BN

Bloomington-Normal, a vibrant community in central Illinois, offers a unique blend of cultural, historical, recreational, and culinary experiences that make it a truly special destination.

The cultural scene in Bloomington-Normal is rich and diverse, offering a range of options for art and music enthusiasts. With over 20 art galleries in Downtown Bloomington alone, the region is a treasure trove of artistic gems. Whether you’re enjoying a performance at the Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts, attending a concert at the Castle Theatre, or immersing yourself in live theater, there’s no shortage of cultural experiences to enjoy.

The community’s historical significance is palpable, with various museums and historical sites that cater to history enthusiasts. The Mclean County History Museum, for instance, offers meticulously curated exhibits that unveil the area’s rich history. Additionally, the iconic Route 66 highway passes through the region, providing opportunities to explore landmarks like the preserved home of David Davis Mansion and discover the legacy of Abraham Lincoln.

Bloomington-Normal promises year-round fun with a wide array of attractions and activities suitable for all ages. Whether you’re visiting the enchanting Miller Park Zoo, embarking on an adventure at Rader Family Farms, or planning a memorable family day, the region has something to offer everyone.

For outdoor enthusiasts, the area provides numerous opportunities for exploration. You can opt for a leisurely hike at Sugar Creek Nature Preserve, go kayaking on Lake Evergreen, or take a peaceful stroll along the Constitution Trail. Bloomington-Normal’s sports scene is also vibrant, hosting high school state finals and featuring top-notch sporting venues for a wide range of activities.

Shoppers will find satisfaction in Bloomington-Normal’s vibrant retail scene. Downtown boasts unique boutiques, vintage clothing stores, and artisanal jewelry shops. The area also features bustling shopping centers with name-brand stores, such as the Shoppes at College Hills. Uptown Normal offers a picturesque backdrop with its curated boutiques and lively street festivals. Throughout the year, vendor fairs and markets showcase local artisans, providing opportunities to discover unique, handmade products.

Culinary enthusiasts will be delighted by Bloomington-Normal’s diverse dining scene, with over 200 restaurants to choose from. Whether you’re seeking a one-of-a-kind dining experience with friends or a cozy meal with colleagues, the options are plentiful. Local staples like freshly baked Italian bread at Avanti’s Italian Restaurant and gourmet burgers at The Barrel House are just a taste of the culinary treasures waiting to be explored.

Accommodations in Bloomington-Normal are comfortable and varied, accommodating a range of budgets and styles. Whether you’re in town for business, sports, or leisure, you’ll find the ideal spot for your stay among the 35+ overnight accommodation options.

In conclusion, Bloomington-Normal is a dynamic community that offers a wide spectrum of cultural, historical, recreational, and culinary experiences. With something for everyone, this thriving region invites you to extend your stay and make the most of your visit.

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Our Destination


Tracy Fulcher
Communications Manager

McLean County

Top Attractions

  • David Davis Mansion
  • McLean County History Museum
  • Children’s Discovery Museum
  • Route 66 Monument signs
  • Miller Park Zoo
  • Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts
  • DESTIHL Brewery
  • Rader Family Farms
  • Ewing Manor
  • Ryburn Place


  • The Bloomington-Normal area is host to several Illinois High School Association (IHSA) State Finals with IHSA Football State Finals being the most recent accomplishment.

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Info & Stats

Job Openings
Meeting Sales Coordinator, Vice President of Operations

IL House Legislative District
105, 106, 87, 88, 91

IL Senate Legislative Districts
44, 46, 53

Largest Meeting Facility
Illinois State University

Number of Hotel Rooms

Primary Source of Local Funding
Bloomington-Normal Hotel Sales Tax

Regional Tourism Expenditures
$457 million

Lodging Taxes

Local Sales Taxes