Get to Know Mt. Vernon, IL


Located at the crossroads of I-57 and I-64, Mt. Vernon is the perfect location for many industries, retail businesses, regional medical services and tourism. Over one billion public and private dollars have been spent on development during the last six years.

Under the guidance of a citizen/city generated Comprehensive Plan, Mt. Vernon has made great strides in infrastructure improvements: roads, water and sewer lines, growth in economic development: new retail, expansion/renovation of existing businesses, the attraction of new businesses, growth in recreational facilities and community events and the revitalization of our historic downtown area.

Rend Lake, just to the South of Mt. Vernon,  offers 19,000 acres of fun and recreation. And Shawnee National Forest is just a little further south. From our state parks, historical attractions to unique shops, local restaurants and wineries, Southern Illinois provides its residents with a hometown feel with all the amenities you would expect from a big city.

The region offers quick access to several metropolitan areas including St. Louis, Indianapolis, and Nashville.

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Cedarhurst Center for the Arts

Cedarhurst, an 85-acre estate, located in Mt. Vernon, features the Mitchell Museum, outdoor sculpture park, and art center. Cedarhurst presents changing exhibitions in its galleries, performing arts programs including chamber music, concerts, and dinner theatre, and the Cedarhurst craft fair each September. The Cedarhurst Art Center provides year round classes and workshops for adults and children.

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