Macomb prides itself on small town charm

MACOMB – McDonough County, Illinois seat and home to Western Illinois University, Macomb is proud of its heritage and small-town appeal.

From summer through fall, Downtown Square and Chandler Park host a number of annual and pop-up events, many featuring live music and food.

The 19th Annual Park ‘N’ Cruise takes place in downtown Macomb on the first Friday of every month through September from 6-9pm. The event features classic cars, live music, food and more.

A parade vehicle is seen in Macomb town center square.

The Macomb Farmers Market opened on May 14 this year and is open every Thursday and Saturday morning from 7 a.m. to noon, or later if vendors still have goods. It features produce, baked goods, garden plants, crafts, and more from local vendors, and often features presentations by local organizations on interesting topics, kids’ activities, and music live.

Heritage Days musical show, 2021.

Macomb Heritage Days is a local favorite and one of Macomb’s signature events. Businesses and organizations typically participate in the multi-day event, which includes carnival rides, horse-drawn carriage rides, children’s activities, live music and more.

Wednesday afternoons at Chandler Park feature free live music from noon to 1 p.m. for those who can take a lunch break in the park.

Crowds were treated to horseback rides around the square during a Moon Over Macomb event.

October brings Moon Over Macomb, a fall festival-themed event in downtown that includes a costume parade, petting zoo, farmer’s market, horse-drawn wagon rides and lots of activities for kids. the children.

In December, The Dickens on the Square event features Christmas-themed activities and music. Santa Claus arrives on the Amtrak and visits the children from his little cabin in the square. Decorative lights adorn Chandler Park, the courthouse and many buildings in the area. Singers can be seen walking down the street in Victorian period costumes. Live music performances are a must, as are the tree festival, horse-drawn wagon, cookie walk, and a host of activities for kids. Local businesses have also organized open days in recent years.

For more information on these events, call the Office of Downtown Development at (309) 575-3015 or find Downtown Macomb’s page on Facebook.

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