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Your Guide to Downtown Galena and Main Street

Ramada Galena is Just 2 Miles Away

Galena’s Main Street is the heart of the downtown area, home to antique shops, acclaimed restaurants and bars and celebrated tourist attractions. Just two miles from this historic area, Ramada Galena Hotel & Day Spa makes the perfect home base from which to explore Downtown Galena. Where rolling hills meet the Galena River, the region is naturally romantic and imbued with warmth, while the locals are some of the friendliest around. Browse our guide to some of the best things to do in Downtown Galena and Main Street from the most charming hotel near it all.

Shopping in Downtown Galena

Antiques
Shop an eclectic mix of antiques and vintage clothing and collectibles at shops like All That’s Vintage, Common Cents Resale and Grammy’s Attic. From jewelry to furniture and everything in between, you’re bound to find something unique and unforgettable here.

Fashion
Downtown Galena is home to a variety of fashion boutiques like Carlotta’s Studio with its art and jewelry, and Eureka! with its fun collection of embellished tops an accessories. Head to For Bare Feet for the largest selection of novelty and licensed sports socks and LuLu’s, a modern boutique with a vintage flair.

Confections
You can’t visit downtown Galena without picking up something sweet. Treat yourself with a trip to Chocolat’, Galena’s Kandy Kitchen or the Great American Popcorn Company.

Gifts
Why buy something cookie-cutter, when you can browse a ton of specialty shops and gift stores to find that perfect treasure? Must-visit shops include The Blueberry Cottage, selling enamelware, metal plate displays and more, Book World with its giant selection of books, Dream Catcher for handicrafts by local designers and the Galena Artisan Center.

Art Galleries
Explore the works of local artists in many downtown galleries and studios and see how the area’s rivers valleys and scenic views have inspired many works. From Affordable Fine Art of Galena to Galena Clay Works and Hello Galena!, you’re bound to find the perfect sculpture, painting, photograph or other unique item to take home with you. There are also a number of hands-on experiences if you’re finding yourself inspired too. 

Downtown Galena Entertainment

Frank O’Dowd’s Irish Pub & Grill
(866) 284-7474
9853 US Hwy 20 West
Galena, IL 61036
Enjoy live entertainment and Irish dancing along with delicious Keltic Kocktails, specialty martinis an extensive wine selection and great food.

Galena Trolley Depot Theater
(815) 777-1248
314 South Main Street
Galena, IL 61036
Watch live performances in this historic 135-seat theater.

Noreen’s Old Tyme Photo
(815) 777-1250
220 Diagonal Street
Galena, IL 61036
Travel back in time and take a photo to prove it. Choose from costumes spanning the Victorian era, the Civil War, bar/jail scenes and more. Free photos with sitting fee.

Downtown Galena Nightlife

Galena Brewing Company
(815) 776-9917
227 North Main Street
Galena, IL 61036
This brewery/restaurant offers beer tastings, zesty tapas, hearty soups, delicious sandwiches, informative brewery tours, entertaining live music and good times with friends.

The Corner Stone
(815) 281-1102
125 North Main Street
Galena, IL 61036
On Wednesdays through Sundays, The Corner Stone features live music throughout the year. Enjoy a drink from their full bar with over 60 different beers, plus wine, martinis and cocktails.

The Grape Escape
(779) 214-0003
242 North Main Street
Galena, IL 61036
If wine is more your thing, you’ll love The Grape Escape, a sleek wine/martini lounge, which also features craft beers. There’s live music on Friday, Saturday, and a Quiz Show on Sunday.


Make a reservation today to experience this convenient alternative to hotels in downtown Galena, Illinois.

Ramada Galena | 11383 Hwy 20 West | Galena, IL 61036
Phone: 815-777-2043 | Fax: 815-777-2625

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