Jacksonville has an eclectic mix of shops, stores, restaurants and lodging in a variety of venues throughout the city and the region.
Jacksonville continues to remain an important retail trade hub for many counties surrounding Morgan County. Love exploring boutique shops with one-of-a-kind treasures? Or, prefer major shopping centers with everything from lawn ornaments to the latest fashions? Whatever you want, you’ll find it here.
Morton Avenue is the hub for retail/commercial activity in the Jacksonville Region. There are national chains, local and specialty stores, and a wide variety of services. Along Morton Avenue, you will find a Wal-Mart Supercenter, Maurice’s, Applebee’s, Home Depot, Dunham’s Sports, Farm and Home, Ace Hardware, Walgreens, CVS and more!
Lincoln Square Shopping Center, which is also on Morton Avenue, houses J.C. Penney, Glik’s, Sears, Ashley’s Homestore, Famous Footwear and other clothing and retail stores. And, from May to October, a vibrant farmers market sets up every week to offer fresh produce, fruit and treats trucked in from surrounding farms and orchards. People can get everything they need and most of what they want on Morton Avenue.
Jacksonville’s downtown area and historic Central Park Plaza offers a range of shops and services, with unique gifts, crafts and artwork, as well as a nice selection of restaurants. Jacksonville’s historic city center is in the midst of an exciting renaissance to restore historic traffic patterns, improve access, enhance park amenities and landscaping, all making the downtown area even more appealing. As you might expect, the shops trend toward the special and the creative. Downtown, you can find a yoga studio, bookstore, specialty outlets, a variety of eating and drinking establishments – including a new juice bar. Our downtown also offers its own farmers market during the warm weather. Come downtown for a unique mix of gift shops, a fair-trade store, an ice cream shop, restaurants, coffee houses and specialty items. Stroll along the streets of historic downtown, and stop by any of the dozens of specialty shops for that one-of-a-kind treasure you can’t live without. A rare find of a book, a leather-bound classic, the hottest bestseller on the list today, or a gently used paperback – you’ll find your next great read right here. In addition, our Main Street program and local Art Association offer many fine arts events throughout the year. You’ll also find shops offering amazing arts and crafts from local artists. Visit the David Strawn Art Gallery, and take a piece home. When you are done shopping for the day, catch a show in our historical art-deco movie theater that has been screening movies since the 1920s.
Well-known restaurants dot Morton Avenue and local eateries and bars are available in the downtown area and in South Jacksonville, offering a wide range of American, Mexican, Italian, Asian and modern cuisine. Homemade family fair, a comfortable bistro, creative cooking and well-known chains cater to just about every taste. Whether it’s a quick bite at a casual café, a relaxing dinner or an evening of social fun, we have something for everyone. And, for an added adventure and an enjoyable drive, you can have a fabulous evening of great food and frolic at one of our hidden treasures in rural Morgan or Scott Counties!
A range of hotels, motels and bed & breakfasts are available to fit most budgets. Jacksonville has a host of lodging options to welcome you to our community. Hampton Inn, Holiday Inn Express, Comfort Inn, EconoLodge, Best Western, Super 8, Knights Inn, Sleep Inn and Blessings on State Bed & Breakfast provide a variety of hospitable options.
There’s no need to leave town! Fill all of your shopping, eating and lodging needs right here in the Jacksonville Region! From one-of-a-kind antiques to locally owned specialty shops, Jacksonville and our surrounding communities offer something for everyone. That special treasure you’ve been searching for is just waiting for you in one of the shops and stores scattered throughout the region.