Danville is nestled in the heart of Vermilion River country, home to high quality museums, shops full of rare and unique finds, a unique history including several Abraham Lincoln historic sites, and an abundance of parks and wildlife.
The surrounding area is mostly flat, but boasts six county and state parks and preserves with the county boasting more than 15,000 acres of parkland.Major attractions include the nationally designated Middle Fork Scenic River, Kickapoo State Park, and Lake Vermilion on Danville’s north side. These parks provide a wide range of recreation opportunities including vast hiking trails, camping, fishing, horse riding, boating, mountain biking, canoeing, river tubing, and bird watching. The City of Danville boasts its own collection of parks including the riverside Elsworth Park and historic Lincoln Park.
Historical attractions include many sites associated with Abraham Lincoln. Designated a Gateway City to the National Park Service’s Looking for Lincoln National Heritage Area, Danville is rich in Lincoln History with over 12 sites commemorating his 18 years practicing law here while riding the 8th Judicial Circuit. Sites include the Lamon House, An 1840’s Greek Revival Cottage built by Joseph Lamon, cousin of Ward Hill Lamon, Lincoln’s law partner and bodyguard. Attached the Vermilion County museum sits the Fithian Home formerly owned by Dr. William Fithian, Civil War surgeon and personal friend of Abraham Lincoln, the Fithian Home features the south balcony from which Lincoln gave a speech in 1858 and the bedroom he used on his many visits. Visitors can also visit the Danville National Cemetery serves as the final resting place for veterans from the Civil War to present.and the Vermilion County War Museum which covers every military action our country has been involved in, from the Revolutionary War to today’s conflicts.
Additional history can be found in Danville’s historic downtown district. This tree-lined district includes a number of local restaurants, businesses, and attractions. Notably, the downtown district is home of the historic Fischer Theater which houses a museum of Danville’s famous residents including Dick Van Dyke, Donald O'Connor, Gene Hackman, Bobby Short, and Helen Morgan. Downtown also includes over 18 fabulous murals grace the brick walls of the historic Downtown which were painted in 4 days by 160 Walldog artists from all over the world.
The parks and historic architecture act as a backdrop for many regionally important events including Arts in the Park, The Festival of Trees, Balloons Over Vermilion, Summer Sounds, Symphony Concerts, the Light Opera, and plays.
Danville and the surrounding area are served by Interstate 74 which runs east-west along the south side of the city. I-74 connects Danville to Champaign-Urbana in the west and Indianapolis in the east. Illinois Route 1 serves Danville and the surrounding area, running north-south through the city. It connects Danville to several smaller Vermilion County towns as well as Chicago to the north.
Danville is best seen by car, though it is possible to explore downtown Danville on foot. The county and state parks have trails for hiking in good weather, but the parks can generally be enjoyed by car as well. Danville Mass Transit (DMT) provides bus service around the city as well as to nearby Champaign/Urbana.
- Vermilion County War Museum (former Danville Public Library), 307 N. Vermilion St. (just southwest of the Danville Public Library), ☏ , ✉ firstname.lastname@example.org. T-F Noon-3pm, Sa 10am-4pm. The building itself is a NRHP site $2/adult $1/child.
- 1 Fithian House, 116 N. Gilbert St. President Lincoln gave an impromptu speech from a balcony of the Fithian House. There are historic and memorial signs around the house.
- Danville National Cemetery, 1900 E. Main Street, Danville, IL 61832, ☏ . Open daily during daylight hours.. In 1897, Congress authorized the establishment of the National Home for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers in Danville. The next year, a small plot of land was set aside as a burial site; it was subsequently designated a national cemetery in 1898. In 1901, the present cemetery was plotted and the remains of those buried in the old cemetery were reinterred at the new site.Danville National Cemetery was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1992. The Soldiers Monument at Danville National Cemetery was dedicated on Memorial Day in 1917. Free.
- Historic Fischer Theatre Arts and Entertainment Museum, 160 N. Vermilion Street, Danville, IL 61832, toll-free: . Thursday - Saturday: 10:00am - 3:00pm. Historic 19th century theater with live entertainment and museum of many famous Danville residents including Dick Van Dyke, Gene Hackman, Donald O'Connor, Bobby Short, and Helen Morgan. The theater also contains a gift shop of unique and often local items. Free - donations appreciated.
- Walldog Mural Collection. In 2010 Walldogs artists from around the world came to Danville where they, with the help of dozens of Danville area artists, painted murals on our downtown walls depicting important events in our area’s history.
- Lake Vermilion. 1,000 acre lake open year round. Open to power boating (unlimited HP), jet skiing, and water skiing. Excellent wildlife viewing (including bald eagles) and fishing.
- 2 Kickapoo State Park, 10906 Kickapoo Park Road, Oakwood, IL 61858, ☏ . Where in Illinois can you go running or hiking, canoeing, fishing for trout, camping, hunting or scuba diving -- all against a backdrop of breathtaking natural beauty? Kickapoo State Recreation Area near Danville in Vermilion County - easily accessible via I-74.
- Heron County Park Wetlands Boardwalk, W. Newell Road, Danville, IL 61834. Featuring the Kennekuk Marshes Wetland with a 950 foot handicapped accessible floating boardwalk. Songbirds, season migratory birds, and waterfowl such as Canadian geese, mallards, wood ducks, kingfishers, green herons, sandhill cranes, American egrets and bald eagles all flock to the area. Climb the 30 foot observation tower to take in the “wide-angle” view.
- Middle Fork State Fish and Wildlife Area, 10906 Kickapoo Park Rd, Oakwood, IL 61858. 2700 acre area with 35 miles of marked scenic equestrian, cross-country skiing, and snowmobiling trails Provides access to the Middle Fork National Scenic River for hunting, canoeing, and picnicking. Campground and equestrian campground rentals are available
- Danville Dashers Hockey, 100 W. Main Street, ☏ . Members of the Federal Hockey League and 2017 FHL Commissioner's Cup Champions
- Danville Dans Baseball, 610 Highland Blvd, ☏ . The Danville Dans are affiliated with the Prospect League, a charter member of the National Association of Summer Collegiate Baseball (NASCB)
- Harrison Park Golf Course, 1300 W. Voorhees Street, ☏ . An 18-hole course open to the public seven days a week. The North Fork of the Vermilion River winds through the course and the picturesque hills create a backdrop unlike any other in Central Illinois. Our grounds total 235 acres of land, offering several amenities (bird watching, fishing and hiking).
- Danville Art League, 320 N. Franklin Street, ☏ . Local art group stimulating creativity and art appreciation through classes and/or informal sessions at the studio or in the field. Provide artists with places to exhibit their work and to act as a resource center for members and the public.
- Danville Symphony Orchestra, 715 W. Fairchild Street, Danville, IL 61832, ☏ . Founded in 1967 and comprised of over 60 talented musicians this has a rotating schedule of performances throughout the year.
- Danville Light Opera, Location changes per performance, ☏ . DLO Musical Theatre began as Danville Light Opera in 1956, making it the oldest musical theatre group in the area. Each year, DLO presents three regular season musicals, two mainstage productions and a dinner theatre production.
Danville offers a number of shopping opportunities including locally owned boutiques in the downtown district to well-known chain stores.
- Stage Presents The Fischer Theatre Gift Shop, 158 N. Vermilion Street, ☏ . Thurs – Sat 10AM – 3PM. Attached the the historic Fischer Theater stocks items from Danville's famous (and not famous) residents. Shopping opportunities include vintage bottled soda, jewelry, regional honey, decor, books, and many other unique gifts!
- Sweet Repeats, 101 N. Vermilion Street, Danville, IL 61832, ☏ . Boutique feel with painted furniture, home decor, and antiques. Annie Sloan Chalk Paint® stockist offering classes and custom work in our paint studio.
- Rabbittown Antiques & Artisans, 419 E. Main Street, Danville, IL 61832, ☏ . Hand picked and unique items for your home from today and yesterday.
- Glory Daze Antiques & Uniques, 142 N. Vermilion Street. Collectible items and antiques from friendly knowledgeable staff
- Vintage Villains, 126 N Vermilion St, ☏ . A wide variety of items withing the realms of comics, horror, sci-fi, fantasy, super heroes & video games.
- Chart Records, 131 N Vermilion St, ☏ . An old school record store with any and all kinds of music
- Fancy That Bridal and Special Occasions, 138 Vermilion Street, ☏ . Special occasion dress or tuxedo with many price ranges, sizes, and styles. Fancy that offers free steaming, free storage, and free lay-a-way.
- Rothery Jewelers, 147 N Vermilion St, fax: . A downtown Danville establishment since 1971 selling quality jewelry.
Historic Downtown District
- Cafe 13, 13 N. Vermilion Street. Coffee, from scratch pastries, crepes, sandwiches, and salads.Open for breakfast and lunch.
- The Heron Restaurant, 34 N. Vermilion St. Upscale restaurant and bar with rotating menu. Limted hours so best to call ahead or check the website.
- Rich's Deluxe, 21 W. North Street. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner with a large menu of fresh items, homemade soups, and more.
- The Dog House, 143 N. Vermilion Street. Locally owned hot-dog and nacho restaurant.
- Green Island Chinese, 11 N. Vermilion Street. Offering dine in, take out, and delivery.
- Lovin' Cup Food Truck, Gourmet grilled cheese, crab cakes, and soup usually found downtown.
- Charlotte’s Coffee & Tea, 402 N. Gilbert Street, (217) 442-2839. Coffee, tea, breakfast, lunch and baked goods.
- Jocko's, 305 W. Williams Street, railroad inspired restaurant serving award winning pizza since 1972. Also features a salad bar and range of other dinners, including pastas and sandwiches.
- Stony's Restaurant, 720 E. Voorhees Street, Homemade daily specials, Huge 20" pizzas, oven subs, and grilled items.
- Tacos y Nieves Calvillo, popular Mexican restaurant serving lunch and dinner.
- Mad Goat Coffee, 2601 N. Vermilion Street. Coffee, pastries, smoothies, tea, evening hours, a friendly staff, and a comfortable environment.
- Custard Cup, 2507 N Vermilion St, A Danville Tradition since 1949! Frozen treats made daily. Open seasonally.
- Royal Donut, 911 N. Vermilion Street. A landmark destination since 1973, Royal Donut has been serving award winning coffee paired with an awesome variety of donuts, pastries, and muffins
- Fatman's Warehouse, 138 1/2 N Vermilion St (in alley behind). Popular downtown alley bar with karaoke and live music.
- Comfort Inn Danville Hotel, 383 Lynch Dr, ☏ . Located conveniently off Interstate 74 with high quality, safe and newly renovated guest rooms.
- Sleep Inn Inn & Suites, 361 Lynch Dr, ☏ . Located at the junction of I-74 and Lynch Rd (Exit 220), approximately 1 mile west of the Indiana State Line.
- Yorkshire Bed and Breakfast, 1664 N. Vermilion Street, Danville, IL 61832, ☏ . Historic bed and breakfast built in 1917.
- Hampton Inn & Suites, 370 Eastgate Drive, Danville, IL 61832, ☏ .
- Holiday Inn Express & Suites, 310 Eastgate Drive, Danville, IL 61832, ☏ .
- Days Hotel & Conference Center, 77 N. Gilbert Street, Danville, IL 61832, ☏ . Downtown area hotel and conference center. Also home of the After Hours Bar & Grill.
- Danville is the county seat of Vermilion County.
- Fithian - A village west of town.
- Forest Glen Preserve - great RV, tent, and back-country camping by the Vermilion River; has one 11-mile backpacking trail along the river's ridge through woods and wetlands
- Champaign-Urbana, and the University of Illinois there, is a bus ride away.
|Routes through Danville|
|Urbana ← Fithian ←||W E||→ Covington → Indianapolis|
|McLean ← Rantoul ←||W E||→ Covington → Indianapolis|
|Urbana ← Fithian ←||W E||→ Terre Haute → Vincennes|