Visit Effingham

A Midwestern Getaway

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

Our mission at Visit Effingham is, above all else, is to provide a welcoming environment for all individuals planning to visit our city. Our city has a warm, kind and homey feel that we uplift and embrace. It’s truly a home away from home, where visitors can relax into vacation mode while being embraced by our local community.

We invite you to take the day off – or better yet – take the whole weekend and discover what makes our Midwestern getaway so irresistible to travelers from all walks of life. With local makers, like Firefly Grill and Joe Sippers Café, iconic landmarks, like the Cross at the Crossroads, beloved music festivals, a bustling Downtown, Lake Sara’s laidback oasis… you’re sure to encounter a community rich in talent and diversity. Explore our Midwestern roots, local art scene, hometown feel, bars and restaurants, unique lodging and exciting event calendar! Whether you’re looking for a place to rest, a place to play or a place to get to work, Effingham’s hospitable environment caters to individual preference.

Find just what you need at Let us be your guide! Visit Effingham strives to take the stress out of vacation planning and be a cohesive one-stop resource – both online and off – for lodging, restaurants, attractions and all other amenities that our city has to offer. We have a passion for connecting travelers to experiences that will create lasting memories, whether you’re a first-time visitor, a seasoned traveler or a local seeking out the hidden gems in our community.

Our Destination


Jodi Thoele
Director of Tourism

City of Effingham

Top Attractions

  • Firefly Grill
  • Tuscan Hills Winery
  • Effingham Performance Center
  • The Cross at the Crossroads
  • John Boos & Co. Factory Showroom & Outlet
  • Mid America Motorworks My Garage Museum


In the last few years, Visit Effingham has experienced major growth as a brand and a destination. From a complete rebranding in 2022 to building a new website (coming Fall 2023), being named a top holiday destination and being recognized for our charming and historic Downtown, we have been thrilled with our progress in the last few years and are looking forward to what’s next.

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Info & Stats

IL House Legislative District

IL Senate Legislative Districts

Largest Meeting Facility
Thelma Keller Convention Center at 25,000 square feet

Number of Hotel Rooms

Primary Source of Local Funding
City of Effingham Hotel-Motel Tax

Total Tourism Jobs Supported

Lodging Taxes
5% city tax

Local Sales Taxes