The Blog
Southern Illinois has always been a special place to me. My parents met while at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. As a child, my family made fairly regular trips down to the campus and surrounding communities. I have many fond memories of these trips. Southern Illinois was a happy place for my family.

The Student Center, Altgeld, and Thompson Woods were all familiar before I ever even moved down here to attend college. My dad had worked at the SIU Farms as a college student. He loved to drive the entire perimeter to view any changes since his graduation. When I had to collect and preserve multiple species of leaves for sophomore biology, my parents drove me to Thompson Woods. They explained to me that because of the climate in Southern Illinois, there was a great variety of species growing on campus.

Family trips were not limited to SIU. Bald Knob Cross, Blueberry Hill, Giant City State Park, The Natural Bridge at Pomona, and even a little nutrition store on the north end of Carbondale that was one of the first places we encountered frozen yogurt.

I hope to help others discover the things that make Southern Illinois special as I write this blog. For me, it is also a way to honor my parents and the sense of adventure they instilled in me as a child while I hopefully pass this on to my children.

Savings Slices

Links to savings and sales throughout Southern Illinois…roughly, from I-70 south to the Ohio River.


ASOSI is available for free download in the Google Play Store and the Apple App Store.


You are here 😀 The Blog is this website which includes a variety of blog posts. Some a recipes, some events, and others memories tied to Southern Illinois. The content may be a diverse as the people and the land…

Facebook Page

The Facebook page is likely to have more shared items related to Southern Illinois that may not make the website/app.

Info & Misc.–subsections:


You are here. 😀

*Eat & More to Help
There is a section called “Eat & More to Help” under the “Info and Misc” icon on the ASOSI app and the A Slice of Southern Illinois webpage. This is where local (verifiable) fundraisers and benefits, when known, are listed.

*Herrin Rock Café

A Facebook page for foodies…

Slices of Southern Illinois

A peek at some of the greeting cards featuring images from the blog as well as unique gift sets utilizing both repurposed wares and specially selected new items. The themes tend to center around entertaining and quality time between friends and family.

Many items are available at Irons in the Fire, downtown Carterville, between Crown Brew and Live Simple Boutique.


Locally owned restaurants, wineries, breweries, food trucks , food carts, etc.

Sites to See

Places that are worth a road trip to see in Southern Illinois. God certainly blessed us with a lot of beauty down here at this end of the state.


Although it would be impossible to list everything happening south of I-70, an effort is made to try to list some highlights. If you have an even or know of one to submit, please email it to: asliceofsouthernillinois@gmail.com

We cannot guarantee that all submissions will be published.


This is a list of known local farm stands, farmer’s markets, and small food stores in Southern Illinois. If you see that one is missing, please email:



This is a list of known locally owned unique (as in not part of a national chain) lodging opportunities in Southern Illinois. It may include cabins, Bed & Breakfasts, and resorts.

Local Shops

This is a list of known locally owned unique shops, stores, and some artisans that do not have store fronts but are in Southern Illinois.

Family Fun

Water parks, bowling alleys, miniature golf, and similar family fun may be found on this list.