Located near St. Louis in southwest Illinois, Belleville is a bustling city in its own right. This city is home to an airport, two hospitals and three community colleges. The city of more than 40,000 neighbors Scott Air Force Base, which is the headquarters of several major military organizations. Downtown Belleville features Irish pubs, a skate park and a variety of locally owned businesses, as well as a number of festivals throughout the year, including Art on the Square, which was named the Best Small Town Art Fair in America.
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