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Contact address: Dawn Amos, ILYM webservant, (618) 457-8726, webservant(AT)ilym(DOT)org. (Sorry, this is an anti-spam notation; you'll have to type it as a regular email address in your email program.)

About Illinois Yearly Meeting


ILYM is a spiritual community of Quakers, also known as Friends. Though the individuals in this community attend some 21 affiliated local Meetings across four states, each summer the Meeting gathers in a retreat near McNabb, Illinois to worship together and to conduct the business of the community. This business includes issues related to lay ministry, religious education, the practice of faith, volunteer service, public witness, publications, Meetinghouse site improvement, and finances. The ILYM Meetinghouse is also the worship site for Clear Creek Friends, as well as for workshops, retreats and committee meetings.

ILYM includes Blue River Quarterly Meeting (click here for a history) and has an overlay with Metropolitan Chicago General Meeting of Friends.

We would be delighted to provide additional information and help! Please contact us at the email address webservant(AT)ilym(DOT)org. You are also welcome to join our email announcements list — just send us a message and ask that your name be added. Finally, our web site went online in 2002 and is a work in progress. Visit often to see new features.

Finding the ILYM Meetinghouse


Our Meetinghouse is located in the peaceful, fertile midst of corn and soybean fields near McNabb, which is 110 miles southwest of Chicago, 220 miles north-northeast of Saint Louis MO, 60 miles north of Bloomington-Normal, and 90 miles south of Rockford.

The historic meetinghouse is wheelchair accessible, with an accessible restroom. Some of the other buildings at the site are not.

McNabb is about fifteen miles southwest of the intersection of I-39 and I-80.

From the south, northbound on I-39, take exit 41 left/west on Rt. 18 toward Henry. After Magnolia, turn right/north on Rt. 89 and continue as below.

From the north, southbound on I-39, take exit 51 right/west on Rt. 71 toward Hennepin. After Standard, turn left/south on Rt. 89 and continue as below.

The Meetinghouse lane is signposted (see photo below) on Rt. 89, about one mile south of McNabb and two miles north of Magnolia. Turn east on the lane and go ½ mile; parking is on the north side and the large white Meetinghouse is on the south side of the lane.

Click here for a Google Maps view including a satellite image (to see the Meetinghouse and grounds!); zoom out to see the context amid the Interstate system.

The 911 address assignment is 14365 N. 350 Ave., McNabb, IL, 61335 (phone 815-882-2214) — but this may not work in the various mapping web sites, and for postal mail please contact us at the email address above for appropriate addresses.

Capsule History of Illinois Yearly Meeting


In 1834 Friends began to worship in the Clear Creek area at the site of what is now the Friends Cemetery (where Benjamin Lundy is buried). Indeed, the Clear Creek Monthly Meeting of Friends is the oldest continuous monthly meeting in Illinois Yearly Meeting. The current Meetinghouse was built about two miles east of the cemetery in 1875, when Illinois Yearly Meeting was formed.

For more information about the Religious Society of Friends, please consult this link for an excellent collection of internet resources.

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