in this issue: June-July 2016


ON THE COVER – Summer in the City  
There’s nothing better than kicking back with friends, sipping a cold one and listening to great music while dinner sizzles on the grill. It’s summer…and the livin’ is easy. 

Cover Illustration by Tronnie Goss  

2301 Oyster Bar

2301 Oyster Bar
Shoreline scenery, live music, fresh oysters and a come-as-you-are vibe make The Beach House’s new lakefront deck a hot spot this summer.

Art of the Summer Cocktail

Art of the Summer Cocktail
Simple and refreshing, these drink recipes put new twists on traditional favorites – created by local bartenders, and sampled and shared by Contributor Glenn Tiede.

Firehouse ChefFirehouse Chef
Where there’s smoke . . . there’s often Firehouse Number 3 cook Kory Fenton at work, preparing grill and smoker specialties for fellow firefighters on his shift.

Blues and BrewsBlues & Brews
Blues in Central Park’s “sweet sixteenth” season promises to be better than ever, with top blues bands from Nashville, Chicago and even Israel taking the stage, and featuring domestic and craft beers.

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Easy as Tomato PieEasy as Tomato Pie
Tired of freezing or canning the overflow from a bumper crop of tomatoes? Try pie! Contributor Christie McElwee tests several recipes and shares the delicious results.

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Game Changers
Cameras capture the excitement of local ribbons cuttings, but behind the photos and headlines are teams of hundreds that spend years moving projects from initial pitch to official launch.

Education Pipeline
Decatur Public Schools hope to recruit new teachers – Illinois State University education students. A conduit designed in cooperation with ISU to recruit and retain special education teacher candidates to our inner-city classrooms, the Decatur Teacher Education Pipeline focuses on community “immersion.”


Arts and Entertainment
arts & entertainment


Experience Cuba
Through July, three floors of The Madden Arts Center will feature the culture, contrasts and mystique of Cuba — a captivating exhibit made possible by Decaturites who generously shared their Cuban treasures.

Search for Adventure
Every outing is a journey for members of Adventure Club Decatur, a local group that gets thrills from surprise destinations and opportunities to try new things.




Go for the Green
Take your best shots and support local charities, too. This season’s golf fundraising events combine longtime favorites with debuts, including the Decatur YMCA McElroy Memorial outing.

Teamwork Times Ten
Affectionately dubbed “The Rodney,” the Rodney Miller Triathlon celebrates a decade of teamwork this summer with new events and growing ranks of committed volunteers.


Home and Garden
home & garden


Cottage Life
Relaxation, camaraderie and long histories link Decatur’s trio of cottage neighborhoods – Lake Grove Club, Homewood Fishing Club and South Side Country Club.

Dance of the Firefly
Throughout central Illinois, fireflies do their seasonal mating dance from early June to late July, flickering in backyards and near ponds and marshes. Catch them while you can!




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