The Central Illinois Area
Taylorville, Illinois is just 29 miles southeast of Springfield, the capitol, known as Lincoln's home where there are various museums and libraries. Located in the heart of Lincolnland, Taylorville was the "last stop" on Abraham Lincoln's circuit as an attorney in Central Illinois. Our 16th President argued cases in a log court house which is preserved, along with other buildings of the period, at our Christian County Historical Museum. During Abe Lincoln's tenure as a circuit attorney, there was a day when court proceedings were repeatedly interrupted by the sound of pigs lounging under the Court House porch. Abraham Lincoln, in a moment of humor, asked the judge to issue a "writ of quietus" to legally quell the interrupting noises from the pigs.
Just 25 minutes away in Springfield you can enjoy various Abraham Lincoln sites including the Lincoln library and former home, as well as numerous museums. Within Taylorville there is a coal miners' museum as well as the Christian Co. Historical Society which offers a village of 6 buildings, including one where Abraham Lincoln practiced law.
If you are Looking for Lincoln, make the Market Street Inn your lodging headquarters.
Activities in the area include: golfing, biking on the Lincoln Prairie trail, hiking, and shopping. Stay in shape at the nearby YMCA or at the fitness club, then relax at a local day spa. There is boating, fishing or swimming at any of several lakes within a 30 mile radius and skydiving at Mid America Sport Parachute Club.
Lakeshore Golf Course at Lake Taylorville
The Dark Horse Riding Center offers horse back riding 7 days per week with advance reservations. Dark Horse has both indoor and outdoor arenas as well as a nearby wooded area for trail rides.
Taylorville is nestled in the "Heart of Lincolnland and Christian County" in Central Illinois. As county seat, Market Street Inn serves the surrounding communities of Kincaid, IL; Morrisonville, IL; Pana, IL; Edinburg, IL; Rosamond, IL; Nokomis, IL; Palmer,IL; Owaneco, IL; Stonington, IL; Blue Mound, IL; Mt. Auburn, IL; Assumption, IL; Macon, IL and numerous smaller communities. People come to our spot on the map from all over the world to visit and conduct business. The Market Street Inn is a not only a great and luxurious getaway but also doubles as a business hotel offering the expected amenities recommended by AAA and sought by the business traveler. Our area has large coal resources, great aquifers and surface water resources, lush farmland, a quieter way of life, and a community of friendly folks awaiting your arrival.
Come visit us whether you are here for business or pleasure.
One East Market is our most upscale restaurant located just 2 blocks from our front door. Enjoy steaks, fish, chicken other specialties. There is a full bar at One East and sometimes live music. Closed Sunday & Monday. oPEN FOR DINNER ONLY View their website by going to www.oneeastmarket.com .
Florinda's is an Italian restaurant located just 2.5 blocks from our front door. Florinda's features pasta, pizza and sandwiches. Wine and beer are offered as well. Florinda and her parents came from Sicily in 2000. Closed Mondays.
Krieger's Sports Bar and Grill has a wide offering of steaks, ribs, pizza, fish and sandwiches. As one would expect at a sports bar, screens surround the room with sporting events. Of course, there is a full bar here. Krieger's is located about 10 blocks from the Market Street Inn.
Round Table Restaurant offers a very wide selection of all of your favorite foods. A several page menu is sometimes mind boggling but good. Steaks, fish, chicken, pork and specialty sandwiches such as Gyros and Greek salad are available. This restaurant has a full bar and is just 6 blocks from us.
Charro serves up some fine Mexican fare for your enjoyment. All of your Mexican favorites and mine (Chiles Poblano/Chiles Rellano) are found here along with the expected fixings and liquid refreshments. Charro has a sister restaurant in Chesterfield, MO called El Charro www.charromexicanrestaurant.com/ which offers the same menu as here. Located less than 2 miles from our inn.
China Pavillion Restaurant is located just 6 blocks from us and will fully satisfy your yen for Chinese food. Many of our guests from the Far East find a real touch of home there. We have watched the owners' children grow from infancy through college graduation. Closed on Mondays.
Angelo's Pizza has been a Taylorville standard for many at least 30 years. Find some of the finest pizza and pasta there along with Italian Beef Sandwiches and more. Wine and beer are served here. Angelo's is located about 10 blocks from the Market Street Inn.
Bill's Toasty Shop is a Taylorville institution and has been around for longer than your innkeepers, but we have only been around since 1943. Open 24/7, Bill's offers one of the world's greatest hamburgers, but unless you have a huge appetite, don't order two. Of course there are fries, shakes and other goodies. Bill's is located just 3.5 blocks from our front door.
Sugardaddy's Tastee Treet offers some food items but is mostly known for their frozen custard and frozen yogurt. If you have never tried lemon flavored frozen custard, well... Sugardaddy's is located about 1.5 miles from the Market Street Inn and worth the drive.
Kentucky Fried Chicken in Taylorville is different than most in that it also has a buffet which features all of the KFC products as well as veggies, cobbler, soft serve and more of the same.
This restaurant listing is far from complete but hits the highlights. Of course we have the normal amount of national fast food and pizza places along with a variety of bars, some of which might serve pizza or a sandwich or two. Just ask your innkeepers for other offerings. If you wish to drive a bit, there are hundreds of restaurants within 30 minutes.
Helpful Area Links
One East Market Restaurant and Jazz Lounge
The Illinois Junior Hereford Association
Black Horse Powwow
Golf at Taylorville Lakeshore Golf
Chamber of Commerce
Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum
Taylorville Main St Inc.
Farm Progress Show
Christian County Farm Bureau
Christian County Historical Museum and Genealogical Society
Dark Horse Riding Center, Inc.
Christian County Courthouse
Illinois Bureau of Tourism
Christian County Fair
Chillifest Clubs & Organizations
llinois State Fair
University of Illinois-Springfield
Illinois Junior Hereford Association
Dana-Thomas House by Frank Lloyd Wright
Abraham Lincoln Home
Abraham Lincoln Tomb
Illinois State Museum
New Salem State Park
Sangchris Lake State Park
Wolf Creek State Park
WTIM Taylorville Times Newspaper
Curvey Real Estate
Taylorville Real Estate
Illinois Bed and Breakfast Assn
B-R-S Baseball Museum
Viddy's Cab & Limo Service
The Wooden Flower
AmericanAero.us Ultralight Aircraft Kit Manufacturing