Travel to Bloomington, Illinois

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

Vrooman Mansion Bed & Breakfast

Bloomington own historic Vrooman Mansion Bed & Breakfast located at 701 E Taylor St, Bloomington

To make your reservation at the Vrooman Mansion:

  • Mention you are here for Cogs & Corsets and get 10% off a two night stay!
  • Call the Vrooman at (309) 828-8816 or email them at information@vroomanmansion.com

Eastland Suites

Enjoy the Eastland Suites Hotel & Conference Center located at 1801 Eastland Dr, Bloomington. They are offering two double beds or a single queen for only $99 +tax. Offer ends Friday, May 11, 2021. 

To make your reservation at Eastland Suites:

  • Contact Eastland Suites at (309) 662-0000
  • Identify yourself as a guest of Cogs & Corsets or refer to Group Code 4302 to receive the special group rate.

Best Western Plus

Best Western Plus is located at 604 1/2 IAA Dr, Bloomington

To make your reservations at Best Western Plus:

Vrooman Mansion

Vrooman Mansion

Eastland Suites

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Shops and Galleries in Downtown

The Hanger Art Co.

The Hanger Art Co.

The Hangar Art Co.

105 W. Jefferson 
Shop Hours: Fri. 10am–8pm; Sat. 10am–6pm

thehangarartco.com

A place to hang and showcase the work of local & regional artist, creators, and collaborators

The Little Art School

The Little Art School

415 N. Main Street, Suites 3 & 4
Shop Hours: 

thelittleartschool.net

The Little Art School offers a variety of classes for all ages and abilities. Private lessons may be arranged on an individual basis. Now we have The Little Art Store downstairs, where you will find Fabulous Art Boxes with all sorts of themes and mediums.

Jody Baker-Wiley

La La Boutique featuring the work of Vintage Pipe Dreams

314 N Main Street

Shop Hours: Mon-Fri 11AM-6PM, Sat 9AM-4PM

La La Boutique is a mother/daughter owned boutique located in historic Downtown Bloomington. The boutique was started by Melanie Rust & Erika Zilm in June of 2020. They wanted to offer a shopping experience for women of all ages and sizes at moderate prices. In addition to carrying clothing ranging from XS-3X, they carry a few gift items as well as accessories.

Vintage Pipe Dreams , LLC was started in 2020 by Darrell Rust. He is a semi-retired physician and has had an interest in steampunk lamps and furniture for several years. He has made several lamps for family and friends. Last year he began building items for other people with similar interests and has been selling the lamps quite regularly on Etsy and through La La Boutique (owned by his wife and daughter, Melanie Rust and Erika Zilm). He has taken several custom orders as well as developed several pieces with themes (Chevrolet/Ford/Star Wars, etc.) Newest are furniture pieces with a steampunk theme. All items are on-of-a-kind as most parts are vintage/antique and are re-purpsosed in a new way.

Jody Baker-Wiley

Joann Goetzinger Studio and Gallery

313 N Main St, Bloomington
Shop Hours: Friday 5–8; Saturday 9–4; Sunday 9–2

Jody Baker-Wiley

Art Vortex Studio

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

Angel Ambrose

Angel Ambrose Studios

101 W. Monroe St.
Shop Hours: Fri. 5–8pm; Sat. 9–2pm

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

Herb Eaton

Eaton Studio & Gallery

411 N. Center St.
Shop Hours: Fri. 4–9pm; Sat. 9am–2pm; Sun: 12–2pm or by appointment

Herb Eaton

www.eatonstudiogallery.com

Welcome to the Circus of “Fear-Folly-Finesse” at Eaton Gallery. Bronze and stainless side show sculptures of horses, performers, drawings, and panel paintings of “He & She” performers; trapeze, clowns, jugglers, tightrope walkers and more. Exhibits on two floors of gallery and Eaton’s studio in an historic building.

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

Main Gallery 404

404 N. Main St.
Shop Hours: Fri. Noon–8pm; Sat. 10am–4pm

www.404maingallery.com

Our gallery represents over 40 local artists working in a wide variety of mediums: painting, ceramics, photography, mixed media, glass, jewelry. Stop in to view the amazing array of talent from right here in the Bloomington-Normal area.

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 beautifully restored courtroom (the Tea Room location during Cogs & Corsets).

New exhibits include: Abraham Lincoln in McLean County (May, 2016); Pedal Power! (March 2018); Challenges, Choices, and Change: Making a Home (January, 2016); Farming in the Great Corn Belt (March, 2017); Working for a Living (September, 2018).

The Museum and Cruisin’ with Lincoln on 66 Visitors Center will be free to all participants at Cogs and Corsets: A Steampunk Happening.

McLean County Museum of History

McLean County Arts Center

601 N. East St.
Gallery Hours: Fri. 10am–5pm; Sat. 12pm–4pm

Pure Color: Illinois Prairie Pastel Society Juried Member Exhibition

In 2006, six Springfield, Illinois pastel artists joined together to form the Springfield Area Pastelists. By 2009 the group had grown to 20 members and formally organized as the Illinois Prairie Pastel Society, establishing By-Laws to guide the organization, and affiliating with the International Association of Pastel Societies. The Illinois Prairie Pastel Society celebrated its 10th anniversary in 2016 with over 40 members and seeks to expand public understanding of the medium. Works from the members will be juried and hung in half of the Brandt Gallery with a coordinating duo of oil paintings and pencil drawings in the other half of the gallery by Deana Moore Schoolcraft and David Stratton.

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!

Illinois Tattoo Co.

Illinois Tattoo Co

Illinois Tattoo Co.

102 W. Market St
Shop Hours: Fri. Noon-8pm, Sat. Noon-8pm

www.illinoistattooco.com

Providing the community with the highest quality tattoos in Central Illinois. At this time we encourage appointments as walk-in times are very limited.