Meet Springfield’s best-known resident and revered icon

 Two centuries after his birth, Springfield’s best-known resident remains a revered icon, a leader who bore the weight of destiny to his untimely demise. Born in dire poverty and self-educated,...

Get off the tourist track and relax

 Haven’t you seen enough sights? How about some fun? Take it from the locals – here are 17 ways to have a good time in the capital city that don’t involve learning anything at all. Just enj...

Visit the oldest house in Springfield

 Stepping through the front door of Edwards Place is like stepping back in time. Recently restored to the grandeur of its 1850s appearance, this gracious Italianate mansion evokes an era when hoo...

Take in the sights and sounds of the seat of Illinois government

Illinois State Capitol Construction began on the sixth and current Illinois Capitol in 1868 after officials determined that more space was needed for government business. The building took 20 years to...

Springfield’s museums and historic sites

Vachel Lindsay Home State Historic Site “Prairie troubadour” Vachel Lindsay captured the attention of audiences around the world during the early 1900s. He was born on Nov. 10, 1879, and died on D...

Where to find theater, dance and other cultural outlets

Hoogland Center for the Arts The city’s premier arts venue, the Hoogland Center for the Arts, is a magnet for practitioners and supporters of the arts. Named after the family that nurtured Family Vi...

Where to browse and buy

 DEMO Project – This alternative gallery is actually a small cottage on the grounds of the Springfield Art Association which took its name from the fact that it was originally slated for demoli...

Historical day-tripping in the Land of Lincoln

 Want to hit the road? Look no further for a great one-tank trip! These destinations are just a hop, skip and jump away – within three to four hours of Springfield. Head out to find the amazing...

Springfield offers great parks, nature spots, gardens and prairie wilderness

 You’ve been doing a lot of walking, mostly from one historic site to the next. It’s not really the legwork that wears you out – you’ve simply taken in all the details a mind can absorb....

Come get your kicks on Route 66

 Freeways may offer easier and faster ways to travel from A to Z, but The Mother Road provides an historic and charming weekend getaway or a fun day trip. As a thoroughfare for Dust Bowl immigran...

Where to find live entertainment in the capital city

 The nightlife of Springfield and surrounding communities is diverse and robust. Blues, folk, jazz, rock, country, hip-hop, dance music, open mics and karaoke are all well represented on any give...

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