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Maple Syrup Time
For 4 weekends in February and early March, you're invited to walk with us into the Garden's sugar bush as we tap our maples. Help us collect the sap as it flows from the trees and cook it down to pure maple syrup. A great way to shake the winter blues!
An Historic Christmas Holiday House Walk
Ring in the holidays at six historic sites in one fun-filled day. Step back in time and admire the beautiful decorations of holidays past at Edwards Place, the Lincoln Home, the Governor’s Mansion, Elijah Iles House, the Old State Capitol, and Vachel Lindsay Home. At each home, visitors can listen to 19th century Christmas carols and visit with the Lincolns. There is no charge for admission to any of the houses, and the sites may be visited in any order.
Visit Frank Lloyd Wright's Dana-Thomas House as the exterior of the home will be lined with 1,000 candles and guests can take a silent tour of the beautiful interior accompanied by holiday music.
First Night Springfield
Head on out to the 29th Annual First Night Springfield! This family-friendly, alcohol-free event is a Springfield area tradition. Free children's activities from 1 - 4 PM at Springfield High School Commons. Fireworks at 8 PM. Over 30 performances around Downtown Springfield from 6 PM-11:15 PM.
Christmas with the Lincolns
Discover how the Lincoln family celebrated the holiday by taking a tour through the Lincoln Home, with period decorations.
Palm's Grill Cafe
Blue-plate specials, bingo, and a bus stop! Lovingly restored to its circa 1935 appearance, the café now invites visitors to step back in time and experience the way it used to taste. Groups welcome. Open seven days a week, 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Cooper's Hawk Winery & Restaurant - Springfield
After four years of planning and construction, Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurant opened in 2005 in Orland Park, a south suburb of Chicago. The concept was unique. We would create a signature menu with a selection of dishes designed to pair perfectly with our own Cooper’s Hawk wines, made in our own private winery. With sophisticated food and exceptional wines, our concept was born. The Cooper’s Hawk concept includes four distinct components: an upscale casual dining restaurant, full-service bar, private barrel-aging room, and Napa-style tasting room and retail gift store…all under one roof. Each Cooper’s Hawk location is distinctive in layout and décor, but carries the same warmth and elegance that guests have come to expect.
World famous donuts!
Route 66 Arcade Museum
The Rt. 66 Arcade Museum is chock full of vintage pinball and video games from the 1930s-1970s - most of which can be played. It's the perfect place to misspend your youth all over again, one quarter at a time!
By the Bean
The Barn Restaurant
Memorial’s Festival of Trees
A nine-day holiday event featuring more than 200 trees and wreaths decorated with exquisite creativity. Features an elaborate hand-crafted Gingerbread Village and entertainment featuring dozens of musical performances. Please visit website for prices ~ www.MemorialsFestivalofTrees.com. Event is held at the Orr building in the IL State Fairgrounds.
Lincoln Theater 4
Built in 1922, the theater built by Steve Bennis opened in 1923 showing "John Quincy Adams Sawyer." It was originally a single screen featuring an organ and live stage shows as well. The number of screens was doubled in 1985 and then again in the mid nineties. Downtown Lincoln is a great place to grab dinner and a movie while exploring the Mother Road.
The Award Shop
-trophies -plaques -signs -office accesories
Wild Hare Cafe
Don't be surprised by the Alice-in-Wonderland nature of the Wild Hare Café's décor, which incongruously proves to be a nice complement to its simple but eclectic menu. Serves lunch Tuesday to Saturday and dinner service on Friday and Saturday evenings.
Hudson's Talk of the Town
Lunch & Dinner
Clayville Spring Festival
Pioneer artisan and craftsman demonstration, historic building tours, kids activities, craft vendors, with food and refreshments. Enjoy period music and audience participation entertainment throughout the weekend in an 1820's pioneer village.
Log Cabin Quilt Shop
-quilt fabric -notion patterns -books -gifts
Breakfast, lunch, and dinner!
Phone Booth on Lincoln City Hall
Built in 1895, the red brick for the building came from the Lincoln Coal Company. A unique telephone booth on the roof was added later and was used by weather spotters to phone in sighted storms. Lincoln City Hall anchors the downtown National Historic Registered District and is one of the city's most visible symbols.
Creekside Outdoor Center for Environmental Education
Located along Sugar Creek, about five miles north of Lincoln, Creekside the Outdoor Center for Environmental Education will be an experiential outdoor classroom featuring an outdoor teaching pavilion, insectarium, greenhouse, and a restored prairie. It will include parking space, bioswales, rain gardens, and boardwalks and sidewalks to make the site handicapped-accessible. When complete it will be powered by solar panels and a wind generator.
Blue Dog Inn
Blue Dog Inn has been serving up good food in Lincoln, Illinois since 1979. Aside from their highly acclaimed burgers, Blue Dog Inn also serves up horse shoes, unique sandwiches, specialty drinks, desserts and more.