in this issue: June-July 2015


On The Cover

ON THE COVER – Musicville – 
Decatur is a mecca of live music this summer, with over 20 free outdoor concerts scheduled during June and July. Check our calendar to find out who’s playing; then load up those lawn chairs for the best seat in the house!

Cover Illustration by Tronnie Goss

Blues Turns 15

Blues Turns 15 
Blues in Central Park celebrates fifteen years of bringing top blues bands to Decatur with a nod to the past.

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Decatur Magazine’s Blues in Central Park 2015 summer concert line-up >

Specialties of the House

Specialties of the House
Find out what Illinois politicians are cooking up now. Contributor Zach Shields discovers some hidden talents that extends beyond the halls of congress.

contents-features4Restaurant Renaissance
Our locally owned restaurants rival neighboring communities in number, and their original menus are on par with anyplace in the country. We boast some award-winners, too!


contents-features5Out Of The Rough
Faced with declining numbers at public golf courses, the Decatur Park District shoots for new revenue streams by adding innovative novelty games at Scovill and Hickory Point courses.

contents-features6Tiny House
Her home measures only 493 square feet, but Decatur resident Paula Marley loves “living large” — thanks to creativity and a crew that rebuilt her house from the inside out.



Here & There: INDY

We travel 170 miles east to find out how Decatur’s cost of living stacks up to the Circle City – Indianapolis, IN.

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Golden Gateway
When a newcomer to Decatur drives down Brush College Road, he sees what many of us don’t: A 3.8-mile stretch literally lined with gold.

Arts & Entertainment
arts & entertainment

Boaters At Play

Its long, lean shape, convenient public boat ramps, multiple basins and appealing coves make Lake Decatur the perfect playground for skippers and their crews this summer.

More varieties pack store shelves, and more drafts pour from local taps. Contributor French MacLean gauges Decatur’s current craft beer popularity.

Literary Sparks
Decatur is home to a growing group of writers and poets whose public readings and published works are inspiring fresh forms of entertainment.


Lady Landowners

To strategically and successfully manage their acres of farmland, members of this local group in Macon County get by with a little help from their friends.

On The Auction Block
Their chanting prompts us to bid on everything from autos to antiques. But beyond the babble, local auctioneers are skilled in managing sales that please both buyers and sellers.


Digging Deep

Described as “working gardeners,” members of the Garden Club of Decatur celebrate ninety years of getting their hands dirty on behalf of our community.

Just Peachy
If you’re slurping its juices, you know you’ve sampled the perfect peach. Contributor Pam Smith shares her favorite local self-pick spots, along with peach paradise destinations.



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