There are about nine cities and a couple of counties named Decatur, but Juvae Jazz Society is only in Decatur, Illinois. Although CIJF is on hiatus for a number of different but compelling reasons, keeping this handy reference for three hour concerts and mini-fests could be quite useful in the future.
Okay; you decided the event flyer you just got e-mail or maybe USPS would be enough of a taste for you to decide whether you just like the sound of things or maybe want to become a fanatical aficionado of ragtime, Dixieland, zydeco, blues, one or more of those genres at a concert event or mini-fest. So, how do you get here? There are several ways: you could follow grain trucks heading into Archer Daniels Midland gynormous plant on the northeast side of town, track a grain train into the Tate & Lyle plant, backtrack a trainload of ethanol as it heads east on Decatur & Eastern, watch for one of those giant yellow off-road mining trucks Caterpillar is building here, or maybe program your destination into your Tom-Tom, Garmin, GPS phone or dash navigation system. Or, you could buy an atlas and keep reading.
On the outside chance you want to fly in (it has happened in the past) one option is the Decatur airport itself, from whence all Juvae venues are easily accessible. The closest reasonably accessible larger airports are Abraham Lincoln in Springfield or the Central Illinois airport in Bloomington. A little father away but equally accessible would be Peoria. There is Lambert Field in the St. Louis area with the usual car rentals and so on. Once in your rental car in St. Louis, hopefully with your luggage aboard, head out on I-70 eastbound, follow the signs to I-170 northbound and very quickly you will see I-270 eastbound before you. On I-270 you will cross the mighty Mississippi into Illinois, then exit I-270 onto I-55 northbound toward Chicago. After about an hour and a half or so of driving, the option of taking I-72 eastbound toward Decatur will appear; take it, and in another about 35 minutes of cruising you will see the option of US 36 east. Follow US 36 eastbound; finding the venue of the day from there should be easy. Another air option is the Decatur airport itself, from whence all Decatur Juvae venues are easily accessible. O’Hare or Midway aren’t all that far away, about three hours road time, or even Indianapolis to the east, closer than the Chicago airports and an even easier drive. But, let’s say you want to drive from…..somewhere.
Another air choice could be O’Hare or Midway, about three hours road time, or even Indianapolis to the east, closer than the Chicago airports and an even easier drive. But, let’s say you want to drive from…..somewhere.
From the north (Wisconsin, Canada, places like that), Decatur is easily accessible on US-51 south. It’s that easy. Follow US-51 into town, bypassing the interstate accesses; the venues are all easily accessible and of most importance, have free parking.
From the south (Kentucky, Florida, Cuba, places like that), just south of Decatur, heading north on US-51, a divided highway, stay to the right as the road divides, passing through Elwin and continuing into Decatur. The venues currently in use are within a few blocks off US-51 as it passes through the business district.
From the west it’s across I-72 and on in on US-36. From the east, it’s across I-72 and on in on US-51 south. Welcome to Decatur, the Soybean Capital of the World. Enjoy the music, and come back to see us again.