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Galena Local History

This neat little town, in the far northwest corner of Illinois, have changed little since its nineteenth-century heyday. Because of its sheltered location, just a few miles up the Galena River, it was a major port of call for Mississippi River steamboats. These days the only traffic it gets are the day-trippers who come to admire the gentle crescent of Main Street, tucked in behind an immaculate grassy levee. Its impeccable redbrick facades and graceful skyline of spires and crosses place it among the most attractive river towns in the US.

Galena contributed nine generals to the Union army during the Civil War of whom the most significant was Ulysses Simpson Grant. Grant moved to the town in 1860 and worked as a clerk in a leather store owned by his father. His West Point education encouraged the townspeople to appoint him as colonel on the outbreak of war. He returned in August 1865, as the overall commander of the victorious army.

Galena Attractions

Galena Shopping

Shopping in Galena's historic downtown, voted 'Best Main Street' by Midwestern Living Magazine readers, is nothing like shopping in your typical cookie-cutter shopping mall. Here the streets are lined with antiques and collectibles stores. Take tiime to explore the many charming little shops scattered through the nearby villages of Jo Daviess County.

You are sure to find that perfect gift for some one special while perusing the wares of the many shops in Galena and Jo Daviess County. Luscious local produce and handcrafted gifts are on offer on Galena's Old Market Days.

Galena Activities

Alpine Slide at Chestnut Mountain Resort - 8700 W. Chestnut Rd, Galena Tel (815) 777 1320. Promises fun for all ages. Ride your own sled down the 2,050 ft. of terrain-tailored track to the banks of the Mississippi. The scenic chair lift will take you back up, while you enjoy a breathtaking three-state view. It is open from Memorial Day Weekend. During Spring and Fall, it is open only on weekends. Children six and under must ride with an adult. The fee for a single ticket for adults is $5 and children under 12 pay $4.

Miniature Golf at Chestnut Mountain Resort - 8700 W. Chestnut Rd, Galena Tel (815) 777 1320. This miniature golf course, situated eight miles southeast of Galena, overlooks the Mississippi River. Adults pay $3; children 12 and under $2 and 6 years and younger go in for free.

Galena On The Fly, Inc - Tel (800) 690 1287. One of the largest hot air balloons in the country will take you on a scenic balloon flight over the historic Galena countryside. The sky is the limit! Sunrise and sunset flights are available. Please remember that all balloon flights are completely weather dependent, therefore, if your flight is canceled, remember that it is for your safety. Children should be at least four feet tall and are recommended to be at least 6 years old. They must be able to hold themselves in the basket in the event of a rough landing.

Galena Parks & Gardens

Galena Garden Walk - This walk through Historic Galena is the perfect way to pass a summer's day. The gardens on display are diverse and sprinkled all around town. You will be able to view a large variety plants and garden styles.This walk takes place over two days in June. Call (800) 672 3274 ext 201 for more information or for a brochure and map. Please wear comfortable shoes and bring sunscreen and a hat. It gets hot out there!

Wooded Wonderland - 610 S. Devil's Ladder Rd, Galena Tel (815) 777 1223. Pick your own blueberries from 6-ft tall bushes planted in 1965 and grown chemical-free. The season runs from mid July to the end of August.

Linmar Gardens - 504 S. Prospect St, Galena Tel (815) 777 1177. This three and a half acre private garden has water features, a small mine and a sunken garden. Open 10 am to 4 pm daily, by appointment. Suggested donation $4.

Galena Restaurants and Bars

Galena Restaurants

Fried Green Tomatoes - 213 N. Main St, Galena Tel (815) 777 3938. This upscale establishment is situated in a historic downtown location. U. S. Grant came to Galena to work for his father in a leather business which was located at 213 North Main Street. Today this same building is home to Fried Green Tomatoes.
The owners, Fred and Mari-Kristin Bonnet, wanted a building with history and character to support the distinctive dining. The intrigue and history of this old building ads to the charming atmosphere. They are known for their "Black Angus" steaks and fresh fish. Their signature dish of course, is Fried Green Tomatoes. This dish consists of lightly battered sliced green tomatoes, sautéed in olive oil, sprinkled with mozzarella and parmesan, on a bed of tomato sauce. Lunch is served on Fridays and Sundays, dinner is served daily. Reservations suggested.

Woodlands Restaurant & Lounge - 444 Eagle Ridge Dr, Galena Tel (800) 892 2269. Linger over Midwest regional favourites while admiring the spectacular lake views. The restaurant offers fresh pasta, seafood and choice aged steaks. You will find Galena's finest Sunday brunch at this establishment.

Kaladi's .925 Coffee Bar - 309 S. Main St, Galena Tel (815) 776 0723. Kaladi's .925 Coffee Bar is located in the heart of downtown Galena.They pride themselves in serving the finest coffee available. The coffee beans are slow roasted by themselves to ensure maximum quality and freshness. A wide variety of sandwiches, panini and desserts are served. Be sure to try some of their home-made Gelato or the iced and Hot drinks.

Galena Bars & Clubs

Frank O'Dowd's Authentic Irish Pub - 9853 US Hwy 20, Galena Tel (815) 776 0707. Soft Celtic tones and beautiful craftsmanship will greet you on entering this authentic Irish pub & restaurant. The colourful stained glass and the dark oaks are the epitome of a true Irish pub. O'Dowd's is the area's only authentic Irish Pub and it offers traditional Irish Pub fare, imported beers, wines, martinis, specialty drinks and their very own Irish dancers! The pub was named after the owner's grandfather whose life spanned almost a hundred years and three different centuries.

Gold Room Tavern - 249 N. Main St, Galena Tel (815) 777 0319. This friendly local bar and grill is open 7 days a week from 6 am to 1 am. Breakfast is served daily and freshly grilled sandwiches are available until midnight. They have lunch specials from Monday to Friday. Reasonable prices.

Galena children's activities

Alpine Slide at Chestnut Mountain Resort - 8700 W. Chestnut Rd, Galena Tel (815) 777 1320. Promises fun for all ages. Ride your own sled down the 2,050 ft. of terrain-tailored track to the banks of the Mississippi. The scenic chair lift will take you back up, while you enjoy a breathtaking three-state view. It is open from Memorial Day Weekend. During Spring and Fall, it is open only on weekends. Children six and under must ride with an adult. The fee for a single ticket for adults is $5 and children under 12 pay $4.

Miniature Golf at Chestnut Mountain Resort - 8700 W. Chestnut Rd, Galena Tel (815) 777 1320. This miniature golf course, situated eight miles southeast of Galena, overlooks the Mississippi River. Adults pay $3; children 12 and under $2 and 6 years and younger go in for free.

Galena On The Fly, Inc - Tel (800) 690 1287. One of the largest hot air balloons in the country will take you on a scenic balloon flight over the historic Galena countryside. The sky is the limit! Sunrise and sunset flights are available. Please remember that all balloon flights are completely weather dependent, therefore, if your flight is canceled, remember that it is for your safety. Children should be at least four feet tall and are recommended to be at least 6 years old. They must be able to hold themselves in the basket in the event of a rough landing.

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