Getting Here

Our location in the heart of Illinois at the intersection of Interstates 39, 55 and 74 makes getting here easy: we’re just a few hours from Chicago, St. Louis and Indianapolis.
There are many ways to get to the Bloomington-Normal area and our central location makes it easy to travel by plane, train or automobile.

Airports

The Central Illinois Regional Airport in Bloomington-Normal has everything you need and more in an airport.  In addition to air service to every corner of the globe, the Central Illinois Regional Airport offers free parking, a shuttle service, five car rental agencies inside the terminal (Hertz, Avis, National, Budget and Alamo), and two convenient dining options.

Rail Services

Amtrak services B/N on a daily basis with stops at the Bloomington-Normal (BNL) station located on E. Parkinson Street, just a few steps from Uptown Normal. Travel to and from B/N with ease on either the Illinois or Texas Eagle Service. For time and rate information please check www.amtrak.com.

Bus Services

A third transportation option is to travel to BN by bus. Burlington Trailways, Greyhound Bus Lines, Megabus, and the Peoria Charter Coach all operate daily bus routes through B/N. For times, rates, and to make reservations please check with the individual bus companies.

Hotel Information

Our sponsor hotel is Eastland Suites Hotel & Conference Center. Eastland Suites will be providing guests a courtesy shuttle service to/from the festival. Shuttles will be running at scheduled times throughout the event, so please inquire at the hotel front desk for details.

Eastland Suites’ rates include a hot buffet breakfast, cocktail reception from 5pm–7pm, Mon–Sat (2 drinks per adult guest) and in-room wifi. Other amenities include an indoor pool and beautifully landscaped outdoor courtyard with pergola, seating areas and fire pit.

To make your reservation:

  • Contact Eastland Suites at (309) 662-0000 and identify yourself as guests of the Cogs & Corsets block or reference Group Code 1874 in order to receive the group rate.
  • The Cogs & Corsets group rate will be active through May 11. Reservation requests after May 11 are subject to availability and higher rates.

$89 — Standard Room

  • 1 queen or 2 double beds
  • Microwave & fridge

$99 — Suite

  • King Bed plus Sleeper Sofa
  • Full Kitchen
  • Patio or Balcony

$159 — Family Suite

  • 2 King Beds plus Sleeper Sofa
  • Full Kitchen
  • 2 bathrooms
  • Patio or Balcony

Room rates are per room, per night, and are subject to applicable taxes.

This hotel is pet friendly. Some restrictions apply so please inquire when making your reservation.

Check-in time is 3:00pm. Check out time is 11:00am.

Other Stuff To Do

Jody Baker-Wiley

Art Vortex Studio

101 W Monroe St., Suite 210
Shop Hours: Fri. 5–8pm; Closed Saturday

Guest Artist: Jody Baker-Wiley

www.jodybakerwiley.com

Jody’s Steampunk work reflects a whimsical, romantic look back to the Victorian and Edwardian period, a time before the digital age, when one could look at an object and understand how it worked. She believes art and creativity are available to everyone, if they could just let down their guard and be willing to explore, to fail and to learn. Jody will be demonstrating her Steampunk art during First Friday’s event.

Sara Paige

Angel Ambrose Studios

101 W. Monroe St.
Shop Hours: Fri. 5–8pm

Guest Artist: Morgan Busse

www.morganlbusse.com

Morgan L. Busse is a writer by day and a mother by night. She’s the author of the epic fantasy series Follower of the Word and the new steampunk series The Soul Chronicles. She is both a Christy and Carol Award finalist. During her spare time she enjoys playing games, taking long walks, and dreaming about her next novel.

Guest Artist: Sara Paige

www.SaraPaigeArt.com

Sara Paige (Hoag) specializes in oil painting, but also explores other areas in new media such as installation work, video, and electronics. Sara’s recent work has been examining the relationship between light and dark. She considers herself a huge geek and loves fantasy/science-fiction stories. Sara is creating a special piece specifically for our Cogs and Corsets event.

Salvage Warehouse

Architectural Salvage Warehouse (Old House Society)

214 Douglas St.
Shop Hours: Fri. & Sat. 8am–5pm

www.oldhousesociety.org

The Old House Society’s Salvage Warehouse is a treasure trove of hard-to-find and unique restoration items. Scavenge the shelves for lamps, clocks and parts, vintage tiles, antique furniture items, fittings and hardware, bits and bobs. You truly never know what you’ll uncover here!

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Asahel Gridley Antique Shop

219 E. Front St.
Shop Hours: Fri. & Sat. 10am–5pm. Stop in for coffee and cookies!

Asahel Gridley Antique Shop is the premier antique shop in the Bloomington/Normal area. The shop has been continually growing since 1993 and now consists of three store fronts with sixteen rooms. Each room offers a unique collection of specialized period items. A visit to Asahel Gridley Antique Shop is like traveling through history with stops in different periods of time. Come take a tour through time with us! Jim White & Andy Willits, Proprietors

Bill’s Key and Lock Shop

402 N. Main St.
Shop Hours: Fri. & Sat. 9am–4pm

Enjoy our shop windows full of vintage Erector sets, and browse our sidewalk sale of Steampunk bits and bobs to complete your outfit or invention! Wares will include old keys, gears, tubing, and miscellaneous cool old stuff. If we can wrest it from him, the owner may put out a vintage Erector set and an antique wooden wall phone for sale as well.

Herb Eaton

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Crystal Weer

Kris Segneri

Eaton Studio & Gallery

411 N. Center St.
Shop Hours: Fri. 5–8pm; Sat. 10am–2pm

Herb Eaton

www.eatonstudiogallery.com

Eaton’s work promises something for everyone with his wide range of series and media: Figurative paintings and sculpture in his longstanding He and She series; gorgeous landscapes that explore the many seasons of the Mackinaw river; sculptures in bronze depicting his varied characters and ‘hobby horses for grown ups’. Eaton’s newest Circus series is a vivid exploration of the whimsy, magic, and darkness of the performance. Explore two floors of gallery and Eaton’s studio in an historic building.

Guest Artist: Crystal Weer

Papercrafting, mixed media. Cards, tags, one-of-a-kind paper ephemera.

Guest Artist: Kris Segneri, Acorn Design studio

Steampunk jewelry artist. Kris’ design philosophy for the Steampunk genre is using the “prettiest parts” of technology with a Victorian aesthetic.

Harold Gregor

Harold Gregor Gallery

311 N. Main St.
Shop Hours: Fri. 5pm–8pm; Sat. 9am–2pm

www.hgregor.com

Step into a gallery of color! The Harold Gregor’s landscape paintings energize the gallery walls. The Central Illinois scenes show just how beautiful the landscape is here, both as realistic views and fanciful canvases. The sizes vary from small watercolors to very large acrylic canvases. Harold Gregor paints landscapes of various depictions, from very realistic farm scenes, to colorful aerial farm views, to impressionistic Trailscapes and trees, to high color fanciful Never-land Vibrascapes.

Inside Out Art Co-op

Inside Out Accessible Art Co-op and Gallery

200 W. Monroe St.
Shop Hours: Fri. 10am–8pm; Sat. 8am–4pm

www.insideoutcoop.org

Bloomington’s only art cooperative with nearly 30 artists and a variety of mediums represented will be costumed and ready to play with steampunk-themed art and experiences added to our usual art offerings. We are a not-for-profit with a mission of promoting, teaching, and providing service through the arts.

Specs Around Town

Specs Around Town Optical Boutique

317 N. Center St.
Shop Hours: Fri. 10am–8pm; Sat. 8am–4pm

www.specsaroundtown.com

The Specs Around Town window for Cogs & Corsets will take you back to yesteryear. Well worth the visit to peer into and take a step back in time! Artist, Crystal Weer, will have every inch beautifully decorated with Steampunk embellished hats,  chair, a vintage suitcase and even a beautifully lit tree with her hand crafted steampunk tags hanging from the branches. You’ll find the beautiful tags for sale within Specs and you may even spy a few steampunk-era glasses and goggles!

McLean County Museum of History

McLean County Museum of History

200 N. Main St. (entrance on Washington St.)
Museum Hours: Fri. & Sat. 9am–5pm; Sun. 10am–2pm

www.mchistory.org

Revisit a time when footsteps echoed on mosaic marble floors and the bell tolled for thee. Turn your gaze to turn-of-the-century painted ceilings and original lighting fixtures as you wander the award-winning McLean County Museum of History’s five exhibits, research library, and restored courtroom.

Immerse yourself in the story of the people of McLean County through period artifacts, physical and digital interactives, artful design, and the real experiences of those who faced many challenges, and brought about much change in this county. New exhibits include: Abraham Lincoln in McLean County (May, 2016); Challenges, Choices, and Change: Making a Home (January, 2016) and Farming in the Great Corn Belt (March, 2017).

The Museum and the Route 66 Visitors’ Center will be free to all participants at Cogs and Corsets: A Steampunk Happening.