Belleville, Illinois is named after a French term meaning "beautiful city." Indeed, this town manages to live up to expectations, as one of the most desirable suburban areas in the St. Louis metropolitan area. Many of the homes here are a bit older, built in the 1950's or 60's, which gives each of them a well-preserved charm. However, there are also several homes with have been built within the past ten years, which can be had for a reasonable price for anyone who prefers the modern amenities that recent constructions have to offer.
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Though Belleville is in Illinois, it is much closer to Missouri's city of St. Louis than to any major urban centers of its own state. At only 17 miles from the capital of Missouri, Belleville, Illinois has easy access to all of the amenities and attractions that the sprawling city has to display. However, the town has much to offer residents in the way of enjoyment without them ever having to leave the city limits. This town is home to the second-oldest orchestra in the country, and astoundingly large blues, jazz and rock scenes that are very much alive and active on any given night of the week, making Belleville the perfect home for music enthusiasts of any genre.
Having been founded in 1814, Belleville, Illinois has had ample opportunity to build a rich history of tradition. This past may be observed by anyone who visits the area by simply stepping foot into one of the many attractions that heave preserved this cultural history for present and future generations to observe and appreciate. Eckert's Country Store and Farms provides a personal look at what life once was in the area, before industrialization or the growth of the nearby city. The Labor and Industry Museum documents the growth of the city, and the gradual transformation into what it is today. Alongside these strong historical ties exist several annual events that draw the people of this quaint area together, such as the St. Patrick's Day Parade, Ale Fest, Art on the Square and the Chili Cook-off, offering residents of all skill type and interest the ability to become involved in their community. This sense of togetherness and interest in the town as a whole is a driving force that makes Belleville a perfect home for anyone looking to settle down and become involved in a place where they may make a difference not just in their own lives, but in the lives of those around them as well.