in this issue: August / September 2023
Across the State
From the beautiful skyline of the Windy City and college gameday at Grange Grove, to the “Superbowl of Agriculture” and the best places for fried chicken right here at home, we discovered that life in Illinois can be downright delightful.
Cover Illustration by Shani Goss.
Beans in His Pocket
Following the historic thread from A. E. Staley to present-day visionaries connects us to Decatur’s staggering impact on innovative agriculture.
Biggest Show In Town
Experience field demos first-hand and tour the expanded Varied Industries booth to learn about new ag technologies, including the return of “Big Bud.” Known as the “Super Bowl of Agriculture,” the Farm Progress Show returns to Decatur on August 29 – 31.
An Unquenchable Thirst
Born and raised in Shelbyville, Jack Kiley moved to Decatur in 2007 and is now a partner at the law firm of Kiley Klein. He jumped into the world of retail in the newly opened gK9 Wine & Spirits with his wife, Sarah, and shares his experiences with a new column.
Only in Decatur
Located in Historic Nelson Park on the shores of Lake Decatur, the 9-11 Memorial pays tribute to those who lost their lives.
arts & entertainment
Photos capture the special moments during the Centennial Lake Fest that celebrated Lake Decatur with three days of festivities including a lighted boat parade, sailing regatta, SUP yoga, live music, art fair and great food.
Plan ahead, dress up, show up, watch, listen. Rich in musical culture, Decatur offers abundant choices for lovers of live performances during the 2023–2024 season. Christina Shields gives you a sneak peek.
travel & leisure
The Cobbs Do Chicago
Tosha and Lavelle Cobb enjoy exploring nightlife in big cities across the country, but their favorite place is Chicago for the incredible number of local restaurants offering delicious, and culturally diverse food.
Gameday at Grange Grove
Now entering its eighth season, tailgating on the University of Illinois campus has officially become a scene shot straight from ESPN College Gameday.
Meet the writers, photographers and artists who bring you the best of Decatur in each issue.
From opening night at Kirkland and First Friday Gallery Walks to Moonlight Yoga and charity fundraising events, the Decatur area is packed with fun stuff to do during August and September.
Your table is waiting at over 80 local restaurants that are ready to serve you – some with patio seating available. Search our guide for the culinary experience you’ve been craving.