Awards and Accolades - City of Galena

Awards and Accolades

We are proud of the following list of awards and accolades recognizing the City of Galena as one of the top cities in the world to live, work, and visit.

2017 Most Beautiful Main Street in America Architectural Digest
2017 Prettiest Town in Illinois Travel
2017 Best Weekend Get-A-Way Country Living Illinois Magazine
2016 The One Illinois Town That's So Perfectly Midwest Only In Your State
2016 One of Nine Charming Towns to Visit This Spring U.S. News & World Report Travel
2016 One of 40 Charming American Towns House Beautiful on
2016 One of 50 Best Small Towns for Antiques House Beautiful on
2016 Best Shopping Main Street Experience in America Shop on Main (Small Town Big Deal)
2016 Fourth Most Beautiful Town in America Expedia Viewfinder Travel Blog
2016 Everyone From Illinois Should Take These 8 Awesome Vacations
2015 One of Most Architecturally Impressive Small Towns Windows & Siding Online
2015 Third Best Small Town Main Street in America Top Value Reviews
2015 One of 28 Small Towns with Most Beautiful Fall Foliage
2015 One of 20 Amazing Small Towns in America
2015 One of 50 Most Beautiful Small Towns in America 
2015 Best Places to Retire
2015 One of 10 Most Beautiful Towns in the Midwest The Culture Trip
2015 One of the 10 Best Antiquing Towns in the U.S.
2014 Governor's Sustainability Award Office of the Governor/ISTC
2014 Best of the Best: Midwest Weekend Trip Courier Communications
2014 One of America's Best Main Streets
2014 Top Twelve Awesome Midwestern Spots in Summer  The Huffington Post
2014 America's Best Main Streets The Huffington Post 
2013 The Fourth Best Small Town in America Executive Travel Magazine
2013 Ten Towns to Fall in Love with This Autumn Mike's Road Trip
2013 One of "America's Prettiest Towns"   Forbes Magazine
2013 Fourteenth "Friendliest City" in the World Conde Nast 
2013 Second "Friendliest City" in America Conde Nast
Fodor's Travel Website
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Travel and Leisure Magazine
Midwest Living
America Planning Association
Trip Advisor
Midwest Living
Galena - One of "America's Prettiest Towns"
Forbes Magazine
Midwest Living
Galena Main Street - One of the "150 Great Places"
American Institute of Architects
National Trust for Historic Preservation


Read:  The Economist article, "Reinvention in the rust belt"

            The Economist article, "An antidote to blight"

              One Winner's Story: Tiny Galena Seizes a Place in the Sun with Sustainable Planning, Stewardship

            Minneapolis Star Tribune article, "Galena thrives in the modern age"

              Los Angeles Times article, "Galena offers a lovey sense of home and a deep peace"


The City of Galena
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Galena, Il 61036
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About Us
The City of Galena is located in the unglaciated area of Northwest Illinois. Our rolling hills, history, 19th century architecture and opportunities for year round outdoor recreation attract nearly a million visitors a year. Galena is a safe, healthy and vibrant place to raise a family, start a business or enjoy retirement. Click here for a short video about Galena’s unique lifestyle.
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