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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Zoo
“Nice zoo for kids. The park has playground equipment and picnic areas. Fishing is popular here.”
  • 2 locals recommend
New American Restaurant
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“Popular with locals. Lots of attorney's and business professionals hang out here....”
  • 4 locals recommend
Asian Restaurant
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“Farm to plate restaurant with awesome atmosphere and food! Best sushi in town!”
  • 5 locals recommend
Bar
“Organic, locally grown proteins. Farm to table. A little pricey, but well worth it.”
  • 9 locals recommend
Music Venue
“Live music shows weekly. Checkout their website for current shows and times. ”
  • 4 locals recommend
Historic Site
“Tour the home of a man influential in Lincoln’s decision to run for president”
  • 7 locals recommend
Bar
“Located in the downtown area of Bloomington. This is one of the most popular spots for college students, but you will find a pretty mixed crowd during the weekends. This place gets very busy after 11p.”
  • 3 locals recommend
Concert Hall
“Live performances of plays, musicals, music, stand-up comedy, and dance. National touring productions of well-known talent and acts. ”
  • 7 locals recommend
Bakery
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“Get there early—the best pastries are gone by 8am! It's the best coffee shop in town. ”
  • 4 locals recommend
Trail
“Constitution Trail is one of the finest assets to living in Bloomington-Normal. There are miles and miles of asphalt walking/biking trails. No matter the season, these tree lined paths offer serenity and beauty to those going solo or to couples on a romantic walk or to families enjoying time together. The surrounding trees offer plenty of cover for a variety of animals and birds. There are also stopping off places, e.g., way stations, parks, playgrounds, soccer fields, and an outdoor theater. A true gem.”
  • 5 locals recommend
Point of Interest
“It's our old courthouse in the middle of our downtown. It's now a museum, it's a great visit with several food options nearby. Park in one place and enjoy the museum/local restaurant!”
  • 4 locals recommend
Gym
“People come from around the country to climb these rock walls. Many climbs are 65 feet tall and range in difficulty from 5.6 to 5.11”
  • 5 locals recommend
Stadium
“Great place to see concert or sporting events. Pepsi Ice Center is a place to skate on Ice. ”
  • 3 locals recommend
Bar
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“Great bar food! And if you like breaded pork tenderloins, you'll be hard-pressed to find one as big as they have here - it takes 4 buns to cover it!”
  • 4 locals recommend
Bar
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“This is a bar but also a great restaurant with a limited menu but everything is outstanding. They are known for their tapas which you can make an awesome meal or appetizer. Personally, If you are with a crowd, its best to buy a variety and share them. Pork tacos and Risotto are my favorites! ”
  • 3 locals recommend

Top restaurants

New American Restaurant
“Popular with locals. Lots of attorney's and business professionals hang out here....”
  • 4 locals recommend
Asian Restaurant
“Farm to plate restaurant with awesome atmosphere and food! Best sushi in town!”
  • 5 locals recommend
Bar
“Organic, locally grown proteins. Farm to table. A little pricey, but well worth it.”
  • 9 locals recommend
Bar
“Great bar food! And if you like breaded pork tenderloins, you'll be hard-pressed to find one as big as they have here - it takes 4 buns to cover it!”
  • 4 locals recommend
Bar
“This is a bar but also a great restaurant with a limited menu but everything is outstanding. They are known for their tapas which you can make an awesome meal or appetizer. Personally, If you are with a crowd, its best to buy a variety and share them. Pork tacos and Risotto are my favorites! ”
  • 3 locals recommend
Meal Delivery
“Great pizza and really cool environment in downtown Bloomington. Lots to see in this area”
  • 2 locals recommend
Bar
“One of my favorites. It sits by itself, but has some really good food, and is just a nice chill bar. ”
  • 2 locals recommend

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