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Area Overview

Galesburg is the county seat of Knox County. It is the largest community in the county.
We are an Amtrak community located on I-74, just 40 minutes from both Peoria to the south and the Quad Cities to the north. Our small airport is home to Jet Air charter service and the home of the National Stearman Fly-in.
Our beautiful tree filled city of 32,000 people has a rich history. Our founders were Presbyterians and Congregationalists from upstate New York that were abolitionists. They founded Knox College, a prestigious Liberal Arts college. Knox College hosted the 5th Lincoln Douglas Debate in 1858. The Whitcomb Center in Alumni hall is a wonderful museum explaining the history of Illinois & the US in the 1850s as it relates to Abraham Lincoln.
Galesburg is the birthplace of 3 time Pulitzer Prize winning author Carl Sandburg. His birthplace is an Illinois State Historic Site. His book Always the Young Stranger has many stories from his childhood in Galesburg.
A rich railroad town in the 19th century, Galesburg has walking tours in neighborhoods filled with Victorian homes.

Includes Cities/Towns: Abingdon, Galesburg, Knoxville.

Things to Do

Recreation & Fitness

Our community has several locally owned restaurants that provide a varied cuisine. From gourmet to farm-to-table. Downtown Galesburg is a great destination for foodies.
Seminary Street Historic Shopping District has gourmet food, antiques, original art, a spa and fresh locally roasted coffee.
There are several excellent antique shops in and around downtown, as well.
If you are planning a Motorcoach visit to our community, our Welcome Center staff can provide itineraries, step-on guides and a wealth of information about our community.

Cultural Activities

Discovery Depot Children's Museum is a wonderful destination for families with young children. It is easily a 3-4 visit that will keep your children engaged and exhausted!
Our Galesburg Civic Art Center has a wonderful gallery space that changes regularly with artists from all over the world. The gift shop is filled with unique one-of-a-kind works of art.
Our 100 year old Orpheum Theatre is always busy with plays, concerts and shows that will make you think you are in Chicago! Our new Prairie Players Civic Theatre is a wonderful box theater with regular live performances. Prairie Players is the oldest active civic theater in Illinois!
Thanks to Knox College, Galesburg has the award winning Knox-Galesburg Symphony. This symphony is world-class with regular performances from fall to late into of Spring.


Galesburg has what you are looking for. From the Iron Spike Brewery to Vintages Wine Tasting Room, we will keep you occupied. Kickapoo Creek Winery is only 20 minutes south on I-74.
Lake Storey has great fishing from pan fish to large & small mouth bass. There are Tiger Muskies that will rival state records. Snake Den Hollow Wildlife Refuge is a State park with trails, several fishing lakes and no snakes to speak of.
There are 4 casinos within an hour of Galesburg.


We have a bus systems that is extremely affordable. It runs Mon-Sat until 6 pm. Taxi service is also available. Enterprise Car rental is by our newly renovated Amtrak Station. The station also includes the Burlington Trailways Bus service


Monthly Temperatures / Rainfall

 Month  Low  Avg  High  Rain
 January  13.5  21.3  29.0  1.4 "
 February  19.2  27.1  35.1  1.6 "
 March  29.4  38.6  47.9  2.8 "
 April  40.2  50.7  61.2  3.8 "
 May  51.4  62.0  72.5  4.0 "
 June  60.8  71.1  81.4  4.2 "
 July  65.3  74.9  84.5  4.4 "
 August  63.2  72.5  81.9  4.1 "
 September  54.7  64.7  74.7  3.5 "
 October  42.9  52.8  62.7  2.5 "
 November  30.8  38.8  46.7  2.7 "
 December  19.2  26.3  33.4  2.3 "

Best Time To Go:

Summer and fall.

June, July, August, September & October have our most popular events.
Check out our website for all the major events in the community.


There are over 650 hotel rooms in our community, quaint B & B's, and great camping.


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