The 15 Best Small-Town Illinois Festivals You’ve Never Heard Of

For anyone who grew up in a small town, the week of the annual festival was as highly anticipated as Christmas. In Illinois, our typical street festivals celebrate the seasons, our heritage and communities, and, of course, food.

You definitely want to hit up as many of these as possible. Below is a list you can return to throughout the year so you don’t miss thing.

We’re aware that these uncertain times are limiting many aspects of life as we all practice social and physical distancing. While we’re continuing to feature destinations that make our state wonderful, we don’t expect or encourage you to go check them out immediately. We believe that supporting local attractions is important now more than ever and we hope our articles inspire your future adventures! And on that note, please nominate your favorite local business that could use some love right now:

If you like these small-town fairs, be sure to check out 8 more totally unique Illinois festivals.

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