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Missing Decatur
A few years after their move from Soy City to the Windy City, a group of Tate & Lyle transferees say there's (still) no place like their Decatur home.

Big City Fads
Will it “play” in Decatur? Former residents who now live in some of America's biggest cities give us suggestions for stores, restaurants, special events, and other urban trends they think we'd enjoy.

Urban Dwellers
Whether you hail from a small town or a large metropolis, each brings its own collection of unique elements to our lives. In this issue, find out what sets Decatur apart from the rest, and why living here could offer the best of both worlds.

cover illustration by Shani Goss

State Of The City
Mayor Mike McElroy and City Manager Ryan McCrady reflect on the teamwork, community pride, and farsighted investments that are generating positive buzz in 2014.

Civic Charm
Energized by the potential of Decatur's downtown venue, Civic Center General Manager Chris Brodnicki works enthusiastically to bring affordable, crowd-pleasing acts to town.

The Lincoln Re-Born
Founder Angelo Chiligiris would smile on today's renovated Lincoln Square Lounge — an historic, colorful city treasure that stands on family tradition and still serves his famous gyros.




Arts and Entertainment
Travel and Leisure
Home and Garden


Global Gateway
A key interchange for railroads and interstates, Archer Daniels Midland's Midwest Inland Port promises growth in many directions and elevates Decatur to a top national ranking among global distribution centers.

arts & entertainment

Mural, Mural, On the Wall
Sponsored by The Decatur Area Arts Council, the Decatur Mural Project is working toward the second design that will use the outside wall of a downtown building as a creative canvas to display the work of a local artist.

travel & leisure

Mini Golf
on a Grand Scale

There's nothing small about Nelson Park's new Overlook Adventure Mini Golf facility, where two 18-hole courses, interactive features, and friendly zoo characters take the game to exciting new levels.

home & garden

Chefs Table
What do Decatur's top chefs prepare when they're off the clock and in their own kitchens? Contributor French MacLean dishes out some of their surprising answers.

Spit And Polish
Designed to promote business growth and boost community pride, this spring's Let's Keep Decatur Bee-utiful Contest has businesses citywide sprucing up their facades and streetscapes.

Blues 2014
Some of the country's top blues artists bring their unique sounds to Decatur this summer, as the 14th annual Blues in Central Park kicks off June 19.

For the complete Decatur Magazine Blues in Central Park 2014 Summer Concert Series line-up, click here.

My Little Free Library
Barn-shaped and barely bigger than her mailbox, Contributor Pam Smith's neighborhood lending library shares a treasure trove of titles for book lovers of all ages.

Growing Up
There's a creative twist in container gardening this season — elevated planting options that are easy on gardeners and give flowers, vegetables, and herbs a boost, too.









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