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.


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

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

Eastland Suites

Our sponsor hotel is the Eastland Suites Hotel & Conference Center and we’re working on adding additional hotels to this list for 2019’s event.

To make your reservation at Eastland Suites:

  • Contact Eastland Suites at (309) 662-0000 and identify yourself as attendees of the Cogs & Corsets block or book online with Group Code 3270 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.

Best Western Plus

An additional block of rooms for Cogs & Corsets has been secured at the Best Western Plus. The link for booking a room in the block is here. Rooms in the block are being held only until May 25.

Eastland Suites

Queen Double

Shops and Galleries in Downtown

Jody Baker-Wiley

Joann Goetzinger Studio and Gallery

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

Guest Artist: Uncaged Arts and Practicals

Joann Goetzinger Studio and Gallery showcases the artist’s abstract art paintings on wood, and a range of jewelry. The gallery will be open all weekend for the Steampunk Festival, and will be hosting industrial-inspired art crafted from found materials by visiting local artist, Uncaged Arts and Practicals.

Jody Baker-Wiley

Art Vortex Studio

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

Guest Artist: Jody Baker-Wiley

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.

Angel Ambrose Studios

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

Guest Artist: Morgan Busse

Morgan L. Busse is a writer by day and a mother by night. Morgan will be available for book sales and signing of her award-winning steampunk series, The Soul Chronicles, Tainted, and AwakenedTainted was available at last year’s Cogs & Corsets event and this year the sequel, Awakened is available as well! Morgan will be available from 5–8 pm on Friday and 9:30 to 11:30 on Saturday to sign books. 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.

Salvage Warehouse

Architectural Salvage Warehouse (Old House Society)

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

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!


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

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

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

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

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

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.

McLean County Museum of History

Strings and Hollows: Paul Klee Permanent Collection Prints, also featuring Sculptures by Nisa Blackmon

Every three years we take the opportunity to highlight our permanent collection. We are delighted to feature seven original prints from Paul Klee, a Swiss-German artist. His iconic style was influenced by movements in art that included Expressionism, Cubism, and Surrealism.

Blackmon is a small metals and jewelry artist. She will be building sculptures and brooches inspired by Klee’s works.
Generously sponsored by Anne and Steve Matter.

McLean County Museum of History

McLean County Museum of History

Amble: Deana Moore Schoolcraft and David Stratton

Deanna Moore Schoolcraft starts many of her paintings “en plein air”, which is a French term meaning “in the open air.” She works to develop paintings that speak of the beauty that exists here on the prairie inspired by the Midwestern sky and quiet streams that meander through rolling fields of green and gold.

David Stratton makes landscapes based in gestural ink line or mixed media paint applications, experimenting within each composition by varying visual depth from flat to photographic. The work is based on photographs taken while hiking. The duo will exhibit in half of the Brandt Gallery alongside the Illinois Prairie Pastel Society.

Generously sponsored by Mike and Alexis Kalish.

Specs Around Town

Specs Around Town Optical Boutique

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

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!

Specs Around Town

The Stashe

514 N. Main St.
Shop Hours: Fri. 10am–6pm; Sat. 8am–2pm

At The Stashe, we strive for nothing less than perfection and providing you services that are tailored to your personal style.  Set in the historic downtown Bloomington, our salon surrounds you with an ambiance that harkens to the past but embraces the contemporary. Our professional stylists are experienced in salon services for both Gentleman and Ladies of all ages.
We are proud to be sponsors of this year’s Cogs & Corsets Beard and Mustache Competition at our shop on Saturday, June 2.