Charleston is downstate Illinois’ biggest secret. It offers world class arts and culture through top-rated Eastern Illinois University. Superior schools, parks and recreation in a friendly historic setting, as well a vibrant downtown and pulsating main street, are available. Charleston gives you the best of rural living in a friendly tight-knit community.


Charleston's downtown square features late 19th century architecture, unique shops and restaurants and sets the backdrop for large-scale murals depicting the city's past. Charleston is home to the Eastern Illinois University Panthers.


Choose from modern art, local specialty shops, Lincoln State Historical Sites and beautiful state parks. Enjoy a lazy day at Lake Charleston or get some exercise hiking at Fox Ridge State Park! Eastern Illinois University provides Charleston with an array of entertainment - from college football games and tailgating to symphony and jazz performances!


From fine dining to fast food, American to Thai, and lounge to pub, Charleston has an array of restaurants to satisfy all palates.


Charleston is a great place to spend the night while visiting Coles County! Day trips to Amish Country in Arcola, the winery in Greenup and Lake Shelbyville are each only 30 minutes away!