Bloomington

We may be surrounded by rolling green farmland, but Bloomington’s location in the heart of Illinois makes it a great place to live, work and play.

Spring signals the opening of 10 local golf courses (Golf Digest ranked Bloomington-Normal as the 5th Best American City for Golf – we’re a great place to swing a few clubs). Summertime brings locally grown produce to the Downtown Farmers’ Market and Artists’ Alley, while fall welcomes Tour de Metro – an exploration of the downtown district from an architectural perspective. Winter in Bloomington means it’s time for Tour de Chocolat’: culinary cook-offs, artwork showcases and chocolate treats.

Year-round, the Pepsi Ice Center indoor ice skating facility offers lessons, public skating, hockey and curling on a 200- by 85-foot sheet of ice. The Upper Limits Indoor Rock Climbing Gym caters to extreme athletes, with 21,000 square feet of climbing space, a wave wall and outdoor bouldering.

Bloomington is experiencing big-time business development as the fastest-growing Illinois metropolitan area. State Farm Insurance and Country Financial are two big employers, along with Illinois State University. Shive-Hattery’s office is minutes from downtown, and a few blocks away from the Bloomington Country Club (in case you want to work on your swing over lunch).

Home to the Illinois Symphony Orchestra, the Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts and the U.S. Cellular Coliseum, we’re not surprised by our competitive standing in Richard Florida’s creative rankings. You’ll enjoy nationally acclaimed touring artists just as much as our local performing arts ensembles.

And while you’re watching Bloomington Edge pro indoor football, Flex pro minor league basketball or Thunder junior hockey, remember: Bloomington is the only town where Beer Nuts are made (they’re great game-day snack!). The Normal Cornbelters are a minor-league baseball team that plays in Normal.
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