A guide to get you started living in the capital city

 Springfield and Sangamon County aren’t just ideal places to visit; they’re also great places to live. The capital city of Illinois and the two dozen smaller villages and townships around it...

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...

Where to go in Springfield when it’s time to eat Winners of Illinois Times 2016 Best of Springfield

Telephone area code is 217 unless otherwise specified. BEST BURGERKrekel’s Custard and Hamburgers2121 North Grand Avenue, 525-4952Not sure where to find Krekel’s – just look for the chicken. But...
All phone numbers are area code 217 Alamo115 N. Fifth St. (523-1455)Alamo II 310 N. Main St., Chatham (483-6699) Always After Five2741 S. Sixth St. (528-0970)American Legion Post 32 1120 Sangamon Ave....

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...

Day-tripping in the Land of Lincoln

Want to hit the road? These destinations are just a hop, skip and jump away. Head out to find the amazing sites in the corners and edges of Illinois on the roads less traveled. Discover more about Ill...

Come get your kicks on Route 66

 From John Steinbeck, who coined the term “Mother Road,” to Paul McCartney, who answered nature’s call at a Springfield gas station back in 2008 while road-tripping incognito in a Ford Bron...

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...

Washington Park and other great parks, nature spots and gardens

Washington Park Washington Park is a popular spot for locals. Located just a couple miles from downtown Springfield, it is also a great place to go for a break from being a tourist. Designed by Ossian...

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 both practitioners and supporters of the arts. Named after the family that nurtured Famil...

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

Illinois State Capitol Illinois boasts a stunning State Capitol, and recently the legislative chambers and multifloor west wing were magnificently restored. It is well worth visiting this National His...


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