Collinsville is a city in Southern Illinois in the Saint Louis Metro East area. It is the "Horseradish Capital of the World": 85 percent of the world's horseradish is grown in Collinsville and the surrounding area. It is also the home of Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site, a UNESCO World Heritage.
Collinsville is a small city and is a suburb of St. Louis in the Metro East. It is roughly in the middle of a string of towns extending from Edwardsville to Belleville. The city consists mainly of the original town on the river bluff and an expansion built up around I-70 at the base of the river bluffs. This part has all/most of the major restaurant chains, hotels, and several "big box" stores. You will also find the Gateway Conference Center in this area.
Up on the bluff you will find the older part of the city. It is largely a white, blue-collar midwestern town. It has more of a small-town feel than a suburban feel. The original downtown is called "uptown" to differentiate it from the newer commercial area by I-70. Although it was run-down for the past few decades, "uptown" is being revitalized.
Collinsville is located at longitude 90W, making it one quarter of the way around the world from Greenwich.
The Mississippi River makes this area humid, though temperatures are generally moderate. Storms can occur at any time of the year. July and August are hottest and most humid, and January and February are cold, with occasional snow. Average temperatures range from 21°F in the winter to 90°F in the summer (-6°C to 32°C), but summer highs of 100°F and winter lows of 0°F are not uncommon (38°C and -18°C).
phone: +1 618-344-8775address: 800 S Morrison AveCollinsville is home to the world's largest catsup bottle. At 170 ft (50 m) tall, it would hold 100,000 gallons (over 375,000 L) of catsup, or water. Souvenirs available downtown at Ashmann's Pharmacy, 209 East Main, Collinsville and online at catsupbottle.com.
phone: +1 618 345-4300address: 9301 Collinsville Rd.Horse race track. Live racing several days a week during season, usually late April through August. Simulcast racing from other tracks year round.
Horseradish FestivalHeld in early June each year. Events include a root toss, a horseradish-eating contest, horseradish recipe contest, Bloody Mary contest, and Little Miss Horseradish.
- Italian Festival
address: 800 South Morrison AveHeld annually in July. Events include catsup taste test, hotdog eating contest, Little Miss Tomato and Sir Catsup.
address: 4 Commerce DrBBQ.
Bob Evansaddress: 600 N Bluff RdAmerican cuisine. Friendly staff, plenty of light, lots of ice tea: a good place to relax and recover after touring Cahkia Mounds.
Ramon's Eldorado Restaurantaddress: 1711 Saint Louis RoadTraditional Mexican. Visiting archeologists eat here.
Smoke Pit Bar-B-Que
Most major chain restaurants and fast food franchises are represented in Collinsville, primarily in "downtown" around I-70.
Some of the better establishments are:
- The Fifth Quarter - a sports-themed bar & grill.
- Friday's South - a bar & grill.
- Johnny's Sidebar - a wine bar.
Doubletree Hoteladdress: 1000 Eastport Plaza DrFormerly Holiday Inn.
Drury Innaddress: 602 N Bluff Rd