Welcome to Unforgettable
The perfect escape from urban life, Unforgettable Forgottonia is nestled comfortably in the rustic surroundings of west-central Illinois’ Lamoine River Valley. Ensconced at the very center of McDonough County, serving as the county seat is the city of Macomb featuring an Historic Downtown Square and the home to two institutes of higher learning, Spoon River College and Western Illinois University. Giving reason to Realtor.com picking Macomb #1 on their list of America's 10 Most Affordable College Towns.
It also serves as Unforgettable Forgottonia's regional hub. Here you’ll find state parks, novel retail, outdoor adventuring, exciting recreation, awesome amusements and uncommon historic landmarks, all of which lends further credence to Macomb also being tapped as both one of the Most Affordable Small Towns in the U.S. and rating #4 on the list of Top 10 Most Affordable Small Towns Where You Actually Want To Live.
As a tourist destination, Unforgettable Forgottonia is hard to beat. Just a trouble-free Amtrak train ride or an easy scenic drive from Chicago, St. Louis or other surrounding urban areas. You’ll arrive to find a vibrant mix of unique shopping, arts & entertainment, casual & fine dining, events & attractions, sports & leisure, and a Micro-Brewery rated #11 on the list of Favorite Breweries In The U.S. All that is neatly wrapped in a simple small-town charm that’s set against a backdrop of rural splendor and panoramic beauty. In short it’s an ideal place to Relax, Refresh & Recharge.
If you're considering a family trip, planning an event, or just looking for that perfect weekend getaway, we're the place to Explore, Experience and Enjoy. And that's what makes Forgottonia so Unforgettable.
But please, don’t just take our word for it, see for yourself why Chicago's WGN named Unforgettable Forgottonia as Best In The Midwest.
McDonough County • Macomb • Bushnell • Colchester • Blandinsville • Adair • Bardolph • Colmar • Fandon • Good Hope • Industry • New Philadelphia • Plymouth • Prairie City • Sciota • Tennessee • Walnut Grove • And Beyond
The Living Lincoln Topiary Monument is a 15 feet high and 8 feet wide bust of our 16th President, Abraham Lincoln. It’s mixed media construction of durable cast stone and steel features a unique topiary aspect in which the 16th president’s beard consists of real living flowering plants and greenery, making it the only sculpture of its kind in the world! The monument was designed as the centerpiece of Unforgettable Forgottonia‘s Looking For Lincoln Self-Guided Tour, which illustrates Abraham Lincoln‘s long and significant connection to Macomb and McDonough County. Siting majestically on Macomb’s City Hall lawn this incredible bust of “Honest Abe” was the concept of artist and WIU professor Duke Oursler. The sculpture was created and constructed by Oursler with the assistance of artist Marc Moulton.