Multicultural Center / Gwendolyn Brooks Cultural Center

WIU Multicultural Center exterior

The Multicultural Center, home of the Gwendolyn Brooks Cultural Center, Casa Latina Cultural Center, the Women’s Center, and the LGBT*QA Resource Center, aims to advance the goals of educational, social, and cultural awareness. Together, the MCC provides resources to enhance the campus community’s understanding and appreciation of all identities. During the spring of 1969, a…

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Center For The Performing Arts

Architectural rendering of the future Center For The Performing Arts exterior 2

With construction planned to begin mid-Fall 2020, the $8.9M Center for the Performing Arts (formerly known as the Performing Arts Center), will support the academic mission and programs in Western Illinois University‘s College of Fine Arts and Communication and is the first Macomb campus building constructed with public funds in nearly 40 years. The 130,000-square foot Center…

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Living Lincoln Topiary Monument

Abe with Macomb's Living Lincoln Topiary Monument

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 consist of real living flowering plants and greenery, making it the only sculpture of…

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University Art Gallery at W.I.U.

The University Art Gallery on the campus of Western Illinois University provides quality visual art experiences to enhance the cultural life of the university and the McDonough County region. The gallery provides a permanent collection of art for study, and a schedule of changing exhibitions that complement university curricula and initiatives. The University Art Gallery’s…

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Leslie F. Malpass Library at WIU

The Leslie F. Malpass Library on the campus of Western Illinois University was opened on Sept. 5, 1978 as the main branch of the WIU Libraries. The facility provides instructional and research support to the University and community and houses more than 1 million cataloged volumes. Boasting six levels and enclosing over 200,000 square feet,…

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Museum of Geology

Founded in 1975, Museum of Geology in Tillman Hall on the campus of Westen Illinois University, is open to the public and houses more than forty displays and exhibits covering Earth History and processes as well as Earth materials and resources. Touring the Museum you will be introduced to the fascinating world of rocks, minerals and…

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Camels of Avon

Avon, IL‘s Bill Maloney owns Neff Co., which sells John Deere products in the village. He originally brought camels to town as a promotion for John Deere Day, after seeing some on a farm during a business trip to Missouri. Bill fell in love with the animals, and soon after decided to buy some camels of his…

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Little Creek Alpacas Farm

Little Creek Alpacas is a small family farm located in Forgottonia‘s Plymouth, IL,  less than 30 minutes southwest of Macomb, IL. They raise Suri and Huacaya alpacas, breeding mostly for appaloosa, pattern, light fawn, white, grey, and black fleece. Little Creek currently sell breeding stock, and fiber & pet Suri and Huacaya alpacas, as well as…

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Smiley’s Family Farm & Pumpkin Patch

Smiley’s Family Farm & Pumpkin Patch, located just outside of McDonough County‘s lovely village of Industry, IL, have 15 varieties of pumpkins, gourds, and squashes. They plant over 7-thousand pumpkin seeds, so there’s A LOT of pumpkins for sale; A LOT! They also have pie pumpkins for baking, tractor pulled hay-rack rides, fresh eggs from their…

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