Welcome to Carlinville

Carlinville, Illinois is a small, rural community with a population of around 6,000 nestled in the Heart of the Midwest. It sits in central Illinois just 45 minutes south of the state capitol, Springfield. As you get a sense of Carlinville, you will soon realize the quaint, comfortable nature it offers. Whether seeing the town square from the gazebo in the middle to shopping at the Mom and Pop shops, the Square is a focal point of Carlinville.

Small Town Charm

Storybook Victorian neighborhoods, brick streets around a town square, parks and historical buildings make Carlinville one of the “Best Small Towns in America” (Norman Crampton, author of The 100 Best Small Towns in America)

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Centrally Located

While there is plenty to enjoy about small-town American living, if you’re need to feel some big-city vibes, we’re only an hour away from St. Louis, or take the Amtrak for a weekend visit to Chicago.

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Enjoy Nature

Boating, fishing, hiking trails, campgrounds and more! Get outside and be one with nature at Beaver Dam State Park, just 7 miles southwest of Carlinville.

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Local Eats and Shops

Take a break at the local coffee shop or enjoy a bowl of chili from the famous Taylor’s Chili Parlor. Dine and feast at many local restaurants, then take some time to visit the local shops to find unique treasures and gifts!

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Come See for Yourself

Get to know us and learn first-hand why Blackburn is a place where students rise together. Explore our beautiful and welcoming campus, learn about our engaging academics and student life, and most importantly, find out how you can pursue your passions and get a four year head start on your future.

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