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This photo shows the state of Illinois and all of the towns that surround Macomb. It shows the number of miles between Macomb and other popular citiesMacomb and the Surrounding Area

Macomb is full of that  Midwestern charm  that's hard to find anywhere else. Take a walk around the downtown square to meet up with friends at the coffee shops or restaurants, visit eclectic shops and boutiques or hit up the Farmer's Market on Thursdays and Saturdays for fresh produce or homemade desserts. With a population of approximately 20,000, Macomb has a small-town feel with plenty of amenities. In combination with the community and the university, you will never have a hard time finding something to do, or something to eat. Over the past year, Macomb's economy has grown tremendously. New coffee shops like, The Study, and Dunkin' Donuts have opened up within the past 6 months, and new restaurants, like Mcalister's Deli, will be opening soon. Macomb gives residents a community feel while providing residents with the resources of a big city.

Things to do in and around Macomb:

1. Kayak, hike, canoe, and walk in the laberynth  at Spring Lake, Argyle Lake, or Lakeview Nature Area & Center.
2. Enjoy a movie at the Rialto Theater.
3. Grill out with friends at Glenwood Park.
4. Go disc golfing at one of the two courses in town.
5. Attend a Leatherneck sports game or musical production.
6. Attend a music concert, art fair, or farmer's market held regularly in the downtown square.
7. Visit one of the many apple orchards, lavendar farms, corn mazes, or pumpkin patches around Macomb.
8. Tap into your artistic side at Crafty Coop
9. Enjoy one of the dozens of campus events that are put on every week.
10. Engage in friendly competition at the bowling alley or Ball Fore Family Entertainment Center.

Transportation in and around Macomb:

1. GoWest bus systems -  Free Public transportation around campus and throughout the community
2. Lyft
3. Amtrak - Several trains a day to and from Chicago and other surrounding cities
4. Greyhound Bus Stop - Galesburg (49 miles away)
5. Quad Cities International Airport - Moline, IL (78 miles away)
6. Peoria International Airport - Peoria, IL (68 miles away)
7. Your cohort-mates! Many students in the cohorts do not have cars of their own and can get by easily.

Benefits of living in a small town:

1. Cost of living is much cheaper than in larger cities (Rent in Macomb ~$300-$350)
2. Town revolves around the students (Which means tons of student discounts!)
3. Many more opportunities to get involved in the town 
4. Chance to get closer to cohort members
5. No big city distractions, which leads to a higher GPA
6. It only takes about 7 minutes to get from one side of Macomb to the other
7. Large cities are only a short drive away when you need it
8. Small town hospitality
9. Lower crime rates
10. Strong ties between the university and community

Local restaurants you MUST try in Macomb:

  • Chick's on the Square
  • Chubby's
  • Old Dairy
  • The Whytehouse
  • Los Charros
  • Yummy Chen's
  •  Max & Molly's Bistro
  • Gelsossomo's Pizzeria
  • The Study
And SO many more!