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Celebrating summer in Springfield, Illinois

Come one, come all to Springfield, the state capital of Illinois! This city is a heartland favorite. Not only is it the hub of the state’s political on-goings, it’s Lincoln country, a stop on the historic Route 66, and where the state’s fairgrounds reside. Overall, there is an exciting mix of history, culture and fun with the variety of things to do in Springfield, Illinois.

Fireworks over the capitol, Springfield, IL.
Fireworks over the capitol, Springfield, IL.
Illinois State Capitol rotunda

A pioneer settlement that began in 1820, Springfield was settled when John Kelly built the first log cabin at Second and Jefferson Streets. The city’s fertile soil and trading opportunities attracted other settlers from North Carolina, Virginia and Kentucky. Originally called Calhoun, Springfield received its permanent name in 1832, and was designated the state capital in 1837 with the help of a young lawyer named Abraham Lincoln.

Fast fact: Nearly one million visitors come annually to pay respects to Springfield’s most famous resident, Abraham Lincoln.

Some of Springfield’s historic Abraham Lincoln sites include:
• The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum
• Lincoln’s Home and Neighborhood
• Lincoln-Herndon Law Offices
• Old State Capitol
• Lincoln’s Tomb
• Lincoln’s New Salem
• Lincoln Depot

Other major Springfield attractions include:
• The Dana-Thomas House
• The Illinois State Capitol
• Illinois Executive Mansion

For more information on Attractions and Things to do in Springfield:

Fast Facts: Springfield is just 200 miles from Chicago, 100 miles from St. Louis and 195 miles from Indianapolis.


There are approximately 200 restaurants in Springfield, Illinois from which to choose. Whether American fare, steak, seafood, or other cuisine, your taste buds will be pleased. While you’re there, make sure you ask to try the Horseshoe, Springfield’s signature sandwich (Sandwich on thick-sliced toasted bread, usually featuring hamburger patties, or ham, but may feature other meats and poultry). For smaller appetites, just ask for the Ponyshoe.

Featured Establishment: Maldaner’s
Established in 1884, Maldaner's Restaurant and Catering is one of Springfield's finest restaurants. The restaurant features the best of contemporary American fine dining in their historical setting. Chef Higgins features seasonal local and regional ingredients influenced by Mediterranean composition and preparation. Heirloom vegetables, humanely raised meats and Slow Food all which are artistically-prepared and presented. Good food, lovely presentation and refined, cozy setting.

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Whether baseball, golf, or water sports, Springfield has it all. Explore nature in their many parks, gardens, wildlife sanctuaries and hiking or biking trails, or seek to have fun playing miniature golf and bowling. Whatever your taste, the city has numerous recreational options.

Recreation options in Springfield:


From luxury boutique hotels to nationally-known brands, located in historic downtown or near major shopping areas, you’ll find the best place to rest within your budget.

For a listing of accommodations in Springfield:

Upcoming events in Springfield:
Taste of Springfield: July 11 - 12
Paint the Street Fest: July 26
Illinois State Fair: Aug. 7 - 17
Old Capitol Blues & BBQ: Aug. 22 - 23
Springfield Mile Motor Cycle Races: Aug. 29 – 31

Springfield’s special events throughout the year:
May- Old Capitol Art Fair
June- International Carillon Festival
July-Downtown Celebration Fireworks
August- Illinois State Fair
September- International Route 66, Mother Road Festival, and Springfield Mile
December-First Night Springfield on New Year’s Eve

For more information on Springfield's events calendar:

Special thanks to the Springfield Convention & Visitors Bureau, and Alicia Erickson, Sales Manager, for your wonderful hospitality.

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