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Marion Illinois Seniors Are Proud Of Their 3 Time World BBQ Champion Hometown

Located at the southernmost tip of the state of Illinois, the city of Marion is an Interstate boomtown and serves the rural area as one of the region’s largest retail trade centers. Marion’s location, at the crossroads of Rt. 13 and Interstate 57 make it a prime candidate for future growth. In 2006, Marion became the home of one of the country’s largest Walmart Supercenter Stores. It measures a staggering 206,000 square feet and employees 500 workers. According to a special census conducted in 2008, Marion is home to 17,388 residents. The city’s longtime municipal leader, Mayor Robert L.”Bob” Butler has borrowed Boston, Massachusetts’s nickname, stating the city is “Marion: Hub of the Universe.” Marion is a conservative, Midwestern town that puts emphasis on tradition and family values. The city is home to several nursing and assisted living homes that provide options for its aging residents. 33.1% of all households in Marion are made up of individuals and 16.4% of those have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. 20% of Marion’s overall population is 65 years of age or older.

Marion is conveniently located near major cities such as St. Louis, MO to the west and Nashville, TN to the south. There are a number of lodging and dining options for out of town visitors wishing to visit friends or loved ones in assisted living homes. Currently, there are 14 hotels and motels inside the city limits as of July 2010. Overall, there are 1050 rooms inside the city limits. In addition, there are two additional motels and three small specialty lodging facilities outside the city limits but within the Marion zip code.  As of the summer of 2010, a new bed and breakfast was announced in the historic Queen Anne style Aikman mansion on Main Street in midtown. A variety of popular local restaurants in Marion include Walt’s, Bennie’s, 17th Street Bar and Grill (Three Time World Champion in BBQ), La Fiesta and Tequilas, Honeybakers, McAlister’s Deli, Thai-D Classic and Sao Asian Bistro.

Easy access from Interstate 57 has made Marion a market of choice for several popular chain restaurants like Applebee’s, Red Lobster and Cracker Barrel. Marion sits at the edge of the beautiful Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge and the Shawnee National Forest. Major attractions that compliment Marion hotels include Southern Illinois Miners’ games at Rent One Park, events at Southern Illinois University Carbondale, the two dozen wineries within a 45 mile radius of the city including those on the Shawnee Hills Wine Trail and Southern Illinois Wine Trail.

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About The Author: Gloria Ha’o Schneider is an expert in senior citizen and baby boomer issues. Her topics revolve around Senior Living and Healthcare to provide the latest information to this demographic as well as their families and loved ones.

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