Located inside the Decatur Airport, 910 S. Airport Rd, Decatur, IL 62521
Monday - Thursday: 10:30 A.M. - 9:00 P.M. ~ Friday: 10:30 A.M. - 10:00 P.M.
Saturday: 7:00 A.M. - 10:00 P.M.
All You Can Eat Sunday Brunch Buffet: 8:00 A.M. - 2:00 P.M.
Phone: 217/421-7452 Fax: 217/424-8813
Decatur and the Main Hangar Restaurant are in the Heart of Illinois and are the ideal hub from which to explore all of central Illinois. The Decatur area offers a wonderful cultural tourism experience with shops and galleries exhibiting all media of art. Several events and festivals take place in our area each year encompassing arts, crafts, music, dance, fun fairs, sports, and just about anything else you can imagine.
The Main Hangar Restaurant features some of the best stand-up comedians from across the nation presented in part by Miller Lite and Cromwell Radio Group. You can make your dinner reservations on-line by clicking here. The comedy show begins at 8:30 PM and is for mature audiences only (ages 21 and up).Tickets are only $10 but will be $12 if purchased at any point during the day of the show. You can purchase tickets at the Main Hangar Restaurant or by calling us at 217/421-7452 and also by clicking here.
Located just 4 minutes and 1.5 miles away from the Main Hangar Restaurant, the Chevrolet Hall of Fame Museum opened in March of 2009, the Museum includes a large collection of some of Detroit's finest American made iron (and Fiberglass) from Chevrolet.
On display is an extensive collection of Chevrolet's hottest cars and memorabilia from the 1920's thru today. Race cars, Indianapolis Pace cars, and Show cars - it's all here!
Museum services include available climate controlled indoor storage and secured outside storage.
Located 4 minutes and 1.7 miles from the Main Hangar Restaurant, the Prairie Years and Victorian Era in Central Illinois come to life in exhibits at the Macon County History Museum. “The Lincoln Connection Exhibit” tells the story of Abraham Lincoln’s connection to Decatur and Macon County, and displays one of only two matching chairs that Lincoln owned and used in his Springfield, IL law office. Extensive Lincoln papers and reference materials can also be found in the Museum’s library. The Prairie Village on the museum grounds is home to such historic buildings a replica of the courthouse where Abraham Lincoln practiced in the 1830′s, an 1850’s log house, an 1860’s one-room school, a smithy and a print shop.
Located just 6 minutes and 2.6 miles away from the Main Hangar Restaurant, the Children’s Museum of Illinois is a hands-on, interactive museum, with exhibits and activities that complement and enhance children’s educational opportunities, particularly in the arts and sciences. The Museum is located on the shores of Lake Decatur in Scovill Park, adjacent to Scovill Zoo. It is ranked as one of the top 25 children’s museums in the United States.
The 20,000 foot castle-like building opened in October 1995. It features two floors of permanent exhibits, including:
In addition to our permanent exhibits, Children’s Museum of Illinois offers educational programs, special events, traveling exhibits, field trips, outreach programs, summer camps, and birthday parties.
Located just 6 minutes and 2.7 miles away from the Main Hangar Restaurant, nestled along the shores of Lake Decatur, Scovill Zoo is home to more than 400 animals spanning six continents. Originally called Scovill Farm, the zoo was built in 1966 and opened to the public in 1967. The original animal collection has evolved over the years to include cheetahs, camels, meerkats, flamingos, zebras, penguins and more!
Scovill Zoo earned accreditation by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums in 2001. The zoo has since passed two more accreditation inspections in 2006 and 2011. Accreditation shows that Scovill Zoo meets the highest standards for animal care, exhibit maintenance, education, conservation, and administration. Scovill Zoo is an educational, family-friendly destination for residents across Central Illinois. Nearly 100,000 individuals visit the zoo each year.
In addition to viewing and learning about the fascinating zoo animals, guests enjoy the Endangered Species Carousel, Z.O. & O. Express Train, and community-built Project Playground. Educational programs are offered year-round, with summer camps, zoo “safaris,” mobile zoos, and winter classroom programs. This community gem truly offers something for everyone!
Located just 11 minutes and 5.3 miles from the Main Hangar Restaurant, each August, hundreds of thousands of people flock to Central Illinois to experience Decatur Celebration, the Midwest’s most exciting family street festival. The massive 3-day event blankets the downtown business district with:
Decatur Celebration’s 29 year-and-counting legacy includes much more than entertainment for the whole family; the Celebration is all about community. Each year the event generates over $100,000 for a number of local service organizations, provides opportunities for volunteerism, and means millions to the local business community
Located just 11 minutes and 5.3 miles from the Main Hangar Restaurant, Blues in Central Park is a free outdoor Blues concerts on the Central Park Stage in downtown Decatur, Illinois! Bring your lawn chairs everything opens at 6:00 p.m. and bands play from 7-10 p.m. Third Thursdays in June, July and August.
Located 11 minutes and 5.4 miles from the Main Hangar Restaurant, Progress City, U.S.A. adjacent to Richland Community College in Decatur, Illinois is the epicenter of farm technology during the last week of August biennially in odd-numbered years. More than 500 exhibitors bring their best new tools and technology to show visitors from all over the world. During the 54-year history of the Farm Progress Show, the event has grown to become the top spot for unveiling new products for the fall selling season. Whether you’re talking new “hardware” in the form of farm machines and implements or the “software” of seeds and technology, the show offers plenty to see.
Located 12 minutes and 6.5 miles from the Main Hangar Restaurant, near Mt. Zion in southeastern Macon County, Illinois, Fort Daniel Conservation Area is a 200-acre site that is rich in history as well as recreational opportunity. The conservation area includes oak-hickory forests, a sugar maple grove, open grasslands, and floodplain forests. Many unusual plants can be seen here including chinquapin oak, paw paw trees, wafer ash, and the Kentucky coffee tree. There are trails for hiking and cross-country skiing, a pavilion and an open play area with a playground.
Fort Daniel Conservation Area’s background includes tales of Southern sympathizers during the Civil War, and an old stagecoach route. The site takes its name from the legacy of Reverend Daniel Traughber, who between the years of 1838 and 1861 became one of the most influential and beloved men of this part of Macon County .
There are approximately 4.5 miles of trails available for hiking and cross-country skiing. The site abounds with beautiful wildflowers in the spring, provides shaded woods in the summer and fall and allows for animal tracking in the snows of winter.
Located 12 minutes and 5.4 miles from the Main Hangar Restaurant, the Mueller Museum celebrates the life and legacy of Hieronymus Mueller, a pioneer entrepreneur who emigrated from Germany to Decatur, Illinois, and founded several business concerns, including Mueller Co., which still exists today and produces many of the original signature Mueller products, namely water pressure valves and the iconic fire hydrants that we see in nearly every American town and city.
The Hieronymus Mueller Museum was founded in 1995 by the Hieronymus Mueller Family Foundation to house and curate the vast collection of Mueller Family and Mueller Co physical artifacts, memorabilia and library materials. The museum moved to its present home in 2005, a state-of-the-art facility to preserve and display the historically-significant collection.
Located 13 minutes and 5.5 miles from the Main Hangar Restaurant, the Lincoln Square theatre is located in the heart of Decatur’s Downtown Historic District and was built by Clarence Wait in 1916. The architectural firm in charge of the project was Aschauer and Waggoner of Decatur. When built, the building was considered one of the finest facilities of it’s kind.
Seating over 1300, the Lincoln Square Theatre, the “Fire Proof” theatre, hosted plays, musicals, opera, silent films, vaudeville, early “talkies”, feature films and concerts, Many famous stars of stage and screen appeared at the Lincoln. Such well known personalities as Al Jolson, Ethyl Barrymore, Anna Pavlova, John Phillip Sousa, Ed Wynn and Bob Hope took the stage at the Lincoln.
Located just 14 minutes and 5.9 miles from the Main Hangar Restaurant, the James Millikin Homestead, located in Decatur, Illinois, is the former residence of James and Anna Millikin, founders of Millikin University, Millikin Bank, and Millikin Estate Trust. In June 1974, the Millikin Homestead was added to the National Register of Historic places.
Through regularly scheduled open houses, educational events, custom tours and rentals, fundraisers on location, and off-site sponsored events, the Homestead makes an effort to reach many different age and interest groups. One popular event is the "Mr. and Mrs. Millikin Days" program, where hundreds of local 3rd grade students are in attendance.
The Homestead, Inc., a not for profit corporation, was created in 1979 and is responsible for the maintenance and restoration of the interior of the homestead. Homestead, Inc., also strives to preserve this Decatur landmark by promoting community awareness of historical heritage and promoting preservation for the future generations.
Located just 15 minutes and 6.5 miles from the Main Hangar Restaurant, Kirkland Fine Arts Center is located on the Millikin University campus just off of Hwy 48 in Decatur, Illinois. Since its grand opening in 1969, Kirkland Fine Arts Center has played an integral part in continuing the arts in Decatur and central Illinois. The Center is home to a 1,903 seat auditorium and houses several music and choral facilities, lecture halls, art galleries, and other multipurpose rooms.
Kirkland Fine Arts Center has brought in many nationally acclaimed musical tours including Rent, 42nd Street, Grease, Godspell, Side by Side, Jesus Christ Superstar, Evita, Cats, and many others. World renowned entertainers such as Trace Adkins, Duke Ellington, Ray Charles, Little Richard, Vicki Lawrence, and others have also performed at the Center.
Located 16 minutes and 8.9 miles from the Main Hangar Restaurant the Central Illinois Jazz Festival is put on by Decatur’s Juvae Jazz Society, this celebration of all types of jazz happens in early February each year and is held at the Decatur Conference Center & Hotel. Hundreds of folks come from all around the Midwest to spend the weekend partying, dancing, parading and listening to professional jazz musicians with their friends.
Located just 23 minutes and 9.9 miles from the Main Hangar Restaurant, Rock Springs Conservation Area and Rock Springs Nature Center are located at 3939 Nearing Lane in Decatur, Illinois.
Visit us during our expanded Thursday hours and weekend hours throughout the year. These expanded hours allow you to visit the nature center after school and work during the week.
The Ecocenter is a fascinating and fun museum located inside the Rock Springs Nature Center. The exhibits are designed to help you explore the natural history of Macon County. You’ll hear the sounds of native wildlife and learn how animals cope with surviving in an ever-changing environment. The nature center at Rock Springs provides hands-on learning for the whole family. Classes, demonstrations, and workshops are scheduled throughout the year.
Rock Springs Nature Center provides an educational outlet, thanks to Prairie, Forest, River: The Natural Treasures of Macon County, an interactive exhibit that explores the world of plants and animals. Children and adults alike enjoy learning about native plants and animals of Macon County through seeing, feeling, crayon-rubbing, door-opening, and button-pressing in the hands-on exhibits of this fun, interactive museum.
Forested areas include a wide variety of plants and animals. Oaks, hickories, and many species of shrubs and wildflowers filter pollutants from the air and provide food and shelter for the birds, mammals, reptiles, and insects. With the aid of prairies and grasslands that control erosion, and the streams and rivers that provide drainage channels, a forest is critical to the success of many plants and animals.
Most of the forests in Macon County occur along the streams and rivers. Mature upland forests primarily contain oaks and hickories, but walnuts, maple, wild black cherry, and other trees are also found.
Wildflowers including trillium, bloodroot, spring beauties, and Dutchmen’s breeches survive in the woodland. This diversity of plants provides habitat for wildlife and a great place for hiking, photography, birding, and nature study.
The Lincoln Trail Homestead is the location of the first Lincoln family settlement in Illinois. Thomas Lincoln, his wife, step-son, two step-daughters and their husbands and children, along with young Abraham, lived in that location approximately twelve months. After an arduous winter of 1830-31, and illness in the family, Thomas Lincoln moved his family to Coles County, to the area now known as the Lincoln Log Cabin State Historic Site. Abraham did not accompany them, but remained in central Illinois to make his own way, and the rest, as they say, is history. The family’s coming to settle in central Illinois happened this way.
The Decatur/Forsyth Classic is the longest running tournament, and the only major championship, on the LPGA FUTURES Tour. The tournament features one of the largest purses on the tour at $125,000 and showcase a four day, all caddied, 72-hole stroke play professional tournament.
For almost 31 years, the Decatur/Forsyth Classic has been a fixture on the Decatur summer calendar. Fans throughout Central Illinois travel to Decatur to watch as 156 players from the United States, and around the world, compete to earn their spot on the LPGA Tour. Past champions have included two-time winner Tammie Green, Marilyn Lovander, Vicky Hurst, and four-time Rolex LPGA Player of the Year Award winner Lorena Ochoa.
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