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14th Annual International Route 66 Mother Road Festival
Come take part in a celebration of America's Highway, Route 66, at the 14th Annual International Route 66 Mother Road Festival. More than 1,000 cool cars will roll into the heart of Springfield's historic downtown this September. Enjoy music, entertainment, great food and a great time, as well as visit some of the nation's most popular automotive aftermarket vendors. It's a wonderful event for the whole family!
54th Annual International Carillon Festival
The International Carillon Festival, in beautiful Washington Park, features concerts by some of the world's finest carillonneurs. Bring lawn chairs and blankets. Don't miss the Festival fireworks Friday evening. LINCOLN AND THE MUSIC HE LOVED - To kick off this year's 54th International Carillon Festival, Park District carillonneur Robin Austin is joined by soprano Gailyn Draper and tenor Jerry Hicks in a special program of music that Lincoln loved. The program will be narrated by Christian McWhirter, author of the new book, Battle Hymns: The Power and Popularity of Music of the Civil War.
Abe Rail Splitter Statue
This clean-shaven statue of young Mr. Lincoln stands in front of the Illinois Exhibits building at Gate 1 of the State Fair Grounds. He is about 30 feet tall, a thin, gawky pre-grow-a-beard Abe. He holds an ax almost in Muffler Man configuration -- the statue is named "The Rail Splitter" -- and dates from 1968, when he was sculpted by Carl W. Rinnus, a Springfield native.
Abe's Tradin' Post Antique Mall and More
Across from gate four of the State Fairgrounds. Antiques, primitives, oak furniture, depression glass, collectibles, sports cards, fishing items, coins, Nascar racing items.
Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum
This museum is one of the most-visited presidential museums in the nation where visitors can experience the entire Lincoln story under one roof, from Abe's humble beginnings in an Indiana log cabin to his days as president in the White House. Be dazzled by two special effects theaters featuring historical ghosts and a Civil War battlefield, life-like vignettes that depict important moments in the president’s life, and artifacts that range from Lincoln’s stovepipe hat to an original copy of the Gettysburg Address.
Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum Store
Museum quality souvenirs ranging from period furniture to an Abraham Lincoln top hat.
Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum: 10th Anniversary Celebration
April 19, 2015 is the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum's 10-year day of celebration. This day will be filled with inspiring moments and history-making experiences. Free Admission. An ambitious agenda for 2015 that includes an Evening With The Creators Series, Family Days, Civil War Ball and much much more is occurring at the museum this year. For a schedule of events, visit TenYearsLincoln.com.
Adams Wildlife Sanctuary
A green oasis located in the center of town, the sanctuary is open for hiking or strolling the one-mile nature trail from sunrise to sunset.
Air Combat Museum
This museum traces the role of military aviation in protecting and advancing the cause of freedom.
American Harvest Eatery
American Harvest explores the concept of farm-to-table cuisine, using the freshest ingredients sourced from local farmers and complemented with a variety of craft beers
Americas Best Value Inn - Litchfield
Conveniently located near Antique Mall 66, Litchfield Park District, Lake Lou Yaeger, and within walking distance of the Ariston Cafe and new Route 66 Visitors Center. 65 rooms facility located by many nearby restaurants. Cable TV with HBO provided.
Angus Bailey's Restaurant
American cuisine including specialty sandwiches, soups & salads, handcut steaks & chops, seafood, pastas and more! Full bar. Carry out available.
The Artison Cafe in Litchfield, IL is believed to be one of the oldest restaurants on Route 66. With an eclectic menu of dishes from western favorites, south of the border food, and ocean catches; there’s even Baklava –a delicious sweet and gooey Greek dessert. Come for the history, stay for the food.
The Ariston Cafe was founded by Pete Adam, a Greek immigrant, in Carlinville, Illinois in 1924. The original cafe was located on Route 4, the predecessor of Historic Route 66. In 1929, the Cafe was relocated to Litchfield, Illinois and moved into its present location on Route 66 in 1935. Since 1966, Pete’s son Nick and wife, Deme, continue to offer the traditional service expected of a family-owned and operated restaurant. The cafe is believed to be one of the oldest restaurants on Route 66 and has been inducted into the Route 66 Hall of Fame and is placed on the National Registry of Historic Places.
Art Concepts Gallery
Wide variety of glass items, jewelry, lots of miscellaneous, as well as framed art work.
Augie's Front Burner
Eclectic cuisine located in the heart of downtown Springfield.
Backwoods Berry Farm
Pick up fruits of the season from the roadside stand or head to the fields to pick your own strawberries, black raspberries or asparagus.
Battle of Virden Monument
The 1898 Battle of Virden, the tragic result of local coal miners fighting for worker’s rights, is memorialized on the northeast side town square by a large bronze mural created by sculptor David Seagraves of Elizabeth, IL.
Baymont Inn and Suites - Springfield
Double, king, business king, leisure suite, whirlpool suite and executive board room which accommodates up to 25.
Beaver Dam State Park
Camping, fishing, and restaurant. Named for beavers whose dam-building formed the lake more than a century ago, the state park is not home to the industrious rodents today.
Fresh Sushi, salads, curries and other Asian-inspired dishes for lunch in downtown Springfield.
Bergen Park Golf Course
This nine-hole course is a par 35.
Bernie & Betty's Pizza
Casual, family-style pizzeria featuring fresh pastas, sandwiches, horsehoes and pizza, including their famous sour-dough crust.
Best Western Clearlake Plaza
New motel just minutes away from downtown.