One of the oldest towns in Illinois

The Mini-Park downtown!

landmark inn
Architecture on a grand scale.


The town of Lebanon, Illinois is located just 23 miles east of St. Louis, Missouri.  St. Louis Street, also known as "The Brick Street", takes you through the historic shopping district where you’ll find a mix of antique stores, quaint shops, restaurants, The Mermaid House Inn, and other business.  In the heart of the shopping district is The Visitors Center where guests can view historic images of the town and pick up information on the many community events that take place throughout the year. 

Recreation is easy to find at Lebanon's wooded and rolling 58-acre Horner Park which includes a large fishing lake, baseball and softball fields, tennis courts, basketball courts, horseshoe courts, pavilions and The Trillium Trail walking path. Since its dedication in 1947, the park continues to host events including the annual Independence Day fireworks display. Built in 1933, Locust Hills Golf Course on West Belleville Street includes 18 holes of rolling wooded terrain to challenge any golfer.

Lebanon is also rich in education and fine arts.  It is the proud home of McKendree University, which is the oldest Methodist College in the state of Illinois. Enjoy a concert, play, or listen to contemporary speakers from around the globe at The Russel E. and Fern M. Hettenhausen Center for the Arts. Don't forget our community theater, the Looking Glass Playhouse, providing some of the best local theatre you will find anywhere.

What To Do

Horner Park (one mile north of the historic downtown) is a 58-acre park and recreation facility with old growth trees, a five acre fishing lake, tennis courts, soccer field, two baseball diamonds and a short nature walk.
Phone (618) 979-6420

Looking Glass Playhouse
301 West St. Louis Street
Phone (618) 537-4962

A community theater located in beautiful, historic downtown Lebanon.

Mermaid House
114 East St. Louis Street,
Phone 618-537-8420

The Mermaid Inn, built in 1830, hosted Charles Dickens during his visit to the Looking Glass Prairie in 1842. This old "hotel" is owned by the Lebanon Historical Society and has now been partially restored and is available for tours.

The Russel E. and Fern M. Hettenhausen
Center for the Arts

701 College Road
Phone (618) 537-6570 

McKendree University's Russel E. and Fern M. Hettenhausen Center for the Arts, the Hett, is southern Illinois premiere venue for the performing arts.

Where to Stay

Dr. Jazz Luxury Suite
230 West St. Louis Street
Phone: (618) 537-2200