Galesburg, IL

A Culinary Trip Outside of Chicago

Home to a rich history and vibrant arts community, Galesburg, Illinois is your off the beaten path route to a delicious and diverse food scene. Galesburg is a small city with big flavors, but no big city prices.

People often ask if Galesburg is “close to Chicago”. Located in west central Illinois, just 45 minutes northwest of Peoria and 3 hours southwest of Chicago, it is close enough for a worthwhile daytrip or weekend getaway from the city. 

Make the trip and discover an Argentinian café, a creperie, and a brew pub to start. Recently, Galesburg has become known for its ethnic offerings, including: Korean, Indian, sushi and hibachi, and different styles of Mexican cuisine. Also gaining notoriety is its pizza scene, which is worth mentioning alone.  

Start your visit at Buenos Aires Bakery and Café for coffee infused with housemade dulce de leche and fresh pastries. You’ll also want to buy a jar of their signature chimichurri. 

Head downtown to enjoy locally owned shops featuring handmade arts, gourmet food, jewelry, and gifts. Here, you’ll find the Landmark Café and Creperie on Historic Seminary Street. The seasonal courtyard is a beautifully serene brick patio on which to indulge in the café’s renowned Spinach Bisque or savory crepes. Save room for dessert, as the Turtle Crepe is a must.

If indulgences and exploration have you fatigued, stop into a local coffee shop. For a bright, modern atmosphere with in-house roasted coffee, check out Innkeepers. For something more lowkey with a funky vibe, relax in one of the mismatched chairs at The Beanhive.

Spend the evening tasting a flight of local brews at Iron Spike Brewing Company before diving into one of their dishes featuring Sitka Salmon, a Galesburg based Alaskan fishing company. Head upstairs to The Players Lounge for cocktails and games or walk a few steps to another nighttime venue. 

Feeling a little spicy? Check out Koreana, A Taste of India, Osaka, MASA, or one of the four diverse, local Mexican restaurants. 

Pizza lovers have their choice of handcrafted pies. For artisan pizza with unique and local ingredients, baked offers an eclectic atmosphere and vinyl on the turntable. If you enjoy craft beer with your pie, Budde’s Pizza and American Craft Beer Bar is known for pizza with a thick blanket of cheese, their craft beer selection, and live music. Cherry Street Restaurant and Bar offers specialty pies like Italian Beef and Vegetarian Taco with garlic butter brushed, hand-tossed crusts along with a full menu and nighttime entertainment. Pizza House has been serving thin, cracker-style crust pizza for decades along with their popular House Spinach Salad.

Start planning your trip with and the Galesburg Area Convention and Visitors Bureau Facebook page.

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