Cover is by Lynn Snyder-Hinds of Springfield, winner of this year’s Capital City Visitor cover art contest, which drew more than 40 entries. Synder-Hinds and others who competed were honored at a re...

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,...

Springfield’s museums and historic sites

 DOWNTOWN AREADana-Thomas House - A Frank Lloyd Wright design301 E. Lawrence Ave.217-782-6776dana-thomas.org AdmissionA visit to Springfield is not complete without touring the magnificent Frank...

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

 Illinois State Capitol 101 S. Second St.217-782-2099Illinois boasts a stunning State Capitol, and in recent years the legislative chambers and multifloor west wing were magnificently restored. I...

Historic Edwards Place, art galleries and family events

 The Springfield Art Association is at the heart of Springfield’s thriving arts and culture scene. Boasting two art galleries, an art school, a Lincoln-era historic house museum and a calendar...

Where to find theater, dance and other cultural outlets

 Performing artsHoogland Center for the Arts 420 S. Sixth St.217-523-2787hcfta.orgThe Hoogland Center for the Arts is a magnet for both practitioners and supporters of the arts, housing 18 differ...

2019 Visit Springfield Highlights

 Are you ready to discover your legendary couple’s getaway, family vacation or weekend with your best girlfriends? Check inside to uncover what’s new in Springfield for 2019. Learn about Hist...

Get your kicks (and your kitsch!) on the most famous highway in the U.S.

 Historic Route 66 goes right through the heart of Springfield. For a complete listing of Route 66 stops in the area visit IllinoisRoute66.org.International Route 66 Mother Road FestivalSeptember...

History comes alive celebrates 10 years June 1 – August 10, 2019

 Come celebrate 10 years of History Comes Alive this summer. Step into 19th Century America with live performances, storytelling and moving ceremonies from Abraham Lincoln and a huge cast of hist...

TIPS and TRICKS for an EASY TRIP

Looking for assistance while you’re here? Stop by our new visitors center and let one of our travel experts help you. Be sure to ask how you can park free!Springfield Visitors Center at Lincoln-Hern...

STAY CENTRAL TO SITES & ATTRACTIONS

PLACES TO STAY DOWNTOWNHotelsCarpenter Street Hotel525 N. 6th St.217-789-9100carpenterstreethotel.comMansion View Inn & Suites529 S. 4th St.217-544-7411mansionview.comPresident Abraham Lincoln Spr...

Getting to and AROUND Springfield

GETTING HERE BY PLANEAbraham Lincoln Capital AIRPORT1200 Capital Airport Dr.217-788-1060flyspi.comUnited Airlinesunited.comAmerican Airlinesaa.comAllegiant Airlinesallegiantair.comBY TRAINAMTRAKWashin...

make your gathering legendary

 Springfield hosts hundreds of gatherings each year of all sizes and interests. With nearly 4,000 hotel rooms and state of the art facilities, we have the flexibility to create unique events your...

Get off the tourist track and relax

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

Washington Park and Springfield’s other great green spaces

 Boating and fishingLake Springfield217-757-8660 x1011cwlp.comPublic boat launches are available from a variety of locations. Try your hand at fishing from the shoreline or from your boat in a pr...

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 mic events and karaoke nights are well represented on...
Cozy Dog Drive-InAn icon in Springfield is the Cozy Dog Drive-in, home of the original batter-covered hot dog on a stick. This landmark, located on historic Route 66, features a great collection of Ro...

Where to go in Springfield when it’s time to eat

 American3Sixteen Wine Bar316 N. Main St.,Chatham217-697-85693sixteenwinebar.comAbe’s Hideout2301 S. Dirksen Pkwy.217-679-2044abeshideouts.comAlexander’s Steak House620 Bruns Ln.217-793-0440a...

Microbreweries and wineries in Springfield

 MicrobreweriesAnvil & Forge Brewing and Distilling619 E. Washington St. (downtown)217-679-1195anvilandforge.comThe newest edition to a burgeoning number of craft breweries in the capital cit...

Where to go in Springfield when it’s time to shop

 Antiques and Flea MarketsAbe’s Old Hat Antiques & Country Store111 N. Sixth St. 217-414-3320Abe’s Tradin’ Post2704 Peoria Rd.217-753-2237Barrel Antique Mall5850 S. Sixth St. Rd.217-585...

Noteworthy happenings in and around the capital city

 MARCHMcKinney, Hennessy and O’Hare (Irish Song Fest)March 14, 7pm Thu. Join McKinney, Hennessy and O’Hare as they perform Irish folk songs including songs by the Clancy Brothers, traditional...

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