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Things to do in Galena

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Italian Restaurant
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“Fried Green Tomatoes is a local and tourist favorite. Their hours are somewhat limited: Tuesday - Sunday opens at 4:00pm for dinner only, Saturday opens for lunch 12 - 3:00 and dinner begins at 3:00. ”
  • 11 locals recommend
Steakhouse
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“A local gem - greek infused steak house. Get the saganaki, grab one of the amazing wines from the huge international list and enjoy their free parking.”
  • 10 locals recommend
Distillery
“Blaum Bros. Is a family owned and operated craft distillery in Galena, IL. Blaum Bros. Uses local grain from Jo Daviess County and produces handcrafted spirits including bourbon, rye whiskey, vodka, gin...And many others. Blaum Bros. Offers daily tours and tastings and has a gift shop and craft cocktail bar. Located in Galena on Highway 20 on the East side of town. ”
  • 5 locals recommend
Point of Interest
“If you enjoy history, this home tour is worthwhile. All of the furnishing are original and the tours guides are great. The tours can be self-guided, so you can spend as little or as much time as you'd like. ”
  • 5 locals recommend
Night Club
“Started as a wine bar 20 years and evolved to be better ambiance, specialty cocktails, and excellent live music. ”
  • 5 locals recommend
Sports Bar
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“This is a fun place to eat. Generally a younger crowd. Gobbie’s also features some of the best live local entertainment such as Karaoke on weekends til 1 a.m.”
  • 8 locals recommend
Bar
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“Galena's only chef-owned restaurant for the foodiest foodies out there. Romantic, relaxing, amazing soups, deserts to just pop in for... amazing place. Professional yet relaxed service.”
  • 7 locals recommend
American Restaurant
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“Otto's place is a great place to go for breakfast. It is not on main street. You may want to call ahead to see what the wait times are, as they can be quite busy.”
  • 7 locals recommend
Bicycle Store
“Customized guided and unguided canoe and kayak trips on the Galena River and backwaters of the Mississippi as well as guided bicycle trips. Fever River Outfitters rents canoes, kayaks, stand-up paddle boards, e-bicycles, snowshoes, cross-country skis and sells boats, sports gear and apparel.”
  • 7 locals recommend
Italian Restaurant
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“Sabina and I love walking up the steps to this wonderful Italian restaurant.”
  • 6 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“This is our favorite Asian restaurant in Galena. They have great sushi and we always look forward to meals at Little Tokyo!”
  • 5 locals recommend
Bar
“A tasting room of Galena Cellars in downtown Galena! Carries all their wines and is a fun atmosphere for tastings while you're shopping downtown. ”
  • 5 locals recommend
Park
“Oldest operating fountain in Illinois. Open container law - meaning you can have your own alcohol in the park. Let us help you pack a cheese n'meat board with some wine to go for a picnic in the park!”
  • 4 locals recommend
Point of Interest
“Enjoy the mysteries of an ancient art as presented by Galena's master magician, P.T. Murphy. The setting is Murphy's private 24-seat theatre located in the heart of historic downtown Galena, IL. P.T. Murphy believes in magic. It's his job. He will entertain, mystify and inspire you to believe! P.T. is known for his personable style, mischievous sense of humor and sophisticated sleight of hand. Approved for ages 13 and up. Run Time: 65 minutes.”
  • 4 locals recommend
Lounge
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“Embe (em-be) features homemade natural deli style food, a fully stocked bar with an enormous selection of beers, cocktails, martinis and wines and LIVE music and other events EVERY WEEKEND.”
  • 4 locals recommend
Bar
“The Galena Brewing Company offers good food, a relaxed environment and a great scene for live music. If you are a beer fan, try their beer flight. It's a great way to sample their local brews. Even our kids enjoy a meal at the Galena Brewing Co.”
  • 4 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Italian Restaurant
“Fried Green Tomatoes is a local and tourist favorite. Their hours are somewhat limited: Tuesday - Sunday opens at 4:00pm for dinner only, Saturday opens for lunch 12 - 3:00 and dinner begins at 3:00. ”
  • 11 locals recommend
Steakhouse
“A local gem - greek infused steak house. Get the saganaki, grab one of the amazing wines from the huge international list and enjoy their free parking.”
  • 10 locals recommend
Sports Bar
“This is a fun place to eat. Generally a younger crowd. Gobbie’s also features some of the best live local entertainment such as Karaoke on weekends til 1 a.m.”
  • 8 locals recommend
Bar
“Galena's only chef-owned restaurant for the foodiest foodies out there. Romantic, relaxing, amazing soups, deserts to just pop in for... amazing place. Professional yet relaxed service.”
  • 7 locals recommend
American Restaurant
“Otto's place is a great place to go for breakfast. It is not on main street. You may want to call ahead to see what the wait times are, as they can be quite busy.”
  • 7 locals recommend
Restaurant
“This is our favorite Asian restaurant in Galena. They have great sushi and we always look forward to meals at Little Tokyo!”
  • 5 locals recommend
Italian Restaurant
“Sabina and I love walking up the steps to this wonderful Italian restaurant.”
  • 6 locals recommend
Bar
“The Galena Brewing Company offers good food, a relaxed environment and a great scene for live music. If you are a beer fan, try their beer flight. It's a great way to sample their local brews. Even our kids enjoy a meal at the Galena Brewing Co.”
  • 4 locals recommend

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