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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!
5th Annual Downhome Music, Beer & Art Festival
The 5th Annual Downhome Music Beer Art Festival will be held on August 7th and 8th 2015 at the corner of 7th and Washington in downtown Springfield, Illinois. The event will feature all local, original live bands with all gate proceeds directly benefiting the artists. There will be local food vendors, 100 different craft beers, as well as a kids area for the little ones. Sponsored by Celtic Mist, Head West and Brewhaus - a festival supporting locally grown and original live music.
A Decade Ago
A reflective look back at the creation of the museum and its dedication. View objects, images and video that tell the story of how this amazing Presidential Museum was created.
A Fiendish Assassination
The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum unveils a breathtaking collection of items related to Lincoln’s murder and funeral in an exhibit called “A Fiendish Assassination.” Opening April 2, the exhibit includes many items that have never been seen by the public before, including two medallions that adorned Lincoln’s hearse.
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.
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.
Big Dawg Dare
I double dawg dare you to try this Extreme 5K run at Litchfield’s Big Dawg Dare. You will run over obstacles that will challenge the biggest of the Dawgs
One of the oldest colleges in Illinois, founded in 1837. Blackburn is also one of only seven colleges in the U.S. where students work in exchange for tuition credit, and the only one whose Work program is student-run. This keeps Blackburn's tuition among the lowest of all private colleges in the United States. Over the years, students have literally built Blackburn, brick by brick; the only college campus in the United States to be largely built by its students.
Boulder Creek Fun Park
Boulder Creek Fun Park is a golf course that also features a driving range.
Trails for bird watchers and nature lovers; 200 acres.
Great bar with a wide variety of beers and music.
Brookhill's Golf Club
This nine-hole, par 31 course includes a driving range.
Apples, peaches, strawberries, jam and a country store. Pick your own pumpkins, apples, peaches and strawberries. Special events in September and August.
Bunn Park Golf Course
This 18-hole course is a par 72.
This festive dining spot in downtown Springfield features Mexican and Caribbean-influenced food, plus great margaritas (try the pomegranate) and brunch on Saturday and Sunday.
A favorite breakfast and lunch spot featuring specialty coffees, a bakery and soups,salads, wraps and sandwiches.
Camp Butler National Cemetery
Camp Butler is one of the 120 national cemeteries that served as a Civil War training camp, as well as a POW camp for Confederate soldiers. Call the cemetery office to schedule a tour.
Candlewood Suites Hotel
Long term hotel with 110 suites, conference facilities, internet access, laundry facilities, cable TV, pets accepted, discounts available, voucher capabilities.
Capital City Celebration
Let's celebrate the birth of our nation! Entertainment provided by local bands. Giant Inflatable’s and other free activities for the children. Food, refreshments (including alcohol), children's pageant and fireworks on the 4th!
Capital City Shopping Center
With Shopko as its anchor store, Capital City offers several shopping and dining opportunities as well as an eight-screen Cineplex.
Cards and lots of miscellaneous.
Carlin Villa Motel
Home style charm in a country setting with high standards of the hotel industry. Located in historic Carlinville. Tanning beds, game room and voicemail are among the many amenities. Indoor pool!
Carlinville Historic District
The Historic District includes the Macoupin County Jail, Million Dollar Courthouse, and the largest collection of Sears & Roebuck mail-order homes in the U.S.
Fishing, boating, and campground.
Carnegie Public Library
This historic 1904 building houses one of the most complete genealogy departments in the area.
Carpenter Street Hotel
Fifty-six rooms all non-smoking, including 3 handicap rooms, 2 rooms with microwave and refrigerator and kitchenette. Guest laundry, free continental breakfast.
Charlie Parker's Diner
When you need a heaping side of Americana you can’t go wrong at this popular locale. Charlie Parker’s Diner located in Springfield has been making mouths water in central Illinois for some time. Known for diner delights like burgers, breakfasts and anything else hearty enough for the long road ahead. Don’t miss this hot spot when you’re in the neighborhood.
Decorate your own china -- classes.
Comfort Suites Springfield
Beautiful all suite hotel. Whirlpool bathtubs, microwaves & refrigerators in every room. Indoor heated swimming pool. Continental breakfast included.
Corkscrew Wine Emporium
Various wines from around the world.
Country Side Inn
24-room property - two-story interior corridor hotel. Located near Lake Hillsboro, Glenn Shoals Lake and Coffeen Lake.
Courtyard by Marriott - Springfield
Located 1/2 mile south of White Oaks Mall. A unique courtyard area designed for your relaxation.
Cozy Creek Family Farm
Family vacation farm
Cozy Dog Drive In
Cozy Dog Drive-In is home of the one and only Cozy Dog. Similar to a corn dog-on-a-stick, the Cozy Dog is made from a Waldmire family recipe at Springfield’s Route 66 landmark. Inside the diner, which has been located on Old Route 66 since 1949, visitors will find a whimsical selection of Route 66 memorabilia and souvenirs.
Cracker Barrel Old Country Store
Clothes, furniture, toys, and lots of miscellaneous.
Crowne Plaza Gift Shop
Toys, jewelry and lots of miscellaneous.
Crowne Plaza Springfield
The Crowne Plaza Springfield hotel is the perfect place to stay to enjoy the area's history, culture and quirks. Whether you’re traveling for business or leisure, their goal is to make your experience a memorable one.
Curran Antique Mall
50-plus dealers feature antique furniture, primitives, glassware, etc.
Dana-Thomas House-AFrank Lloyd Wright Design
One of the best-preserved examples of famed architect Frank Lloyd Wright’s Prairie design, this 35-room mansion contains some 100 pieces of original Wright-designed furniture and stunning art glass. Photo copyright Doug Carr, courtesy of the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency.
Made popular by its Horseshoe sandwich, D’Arcy’s Pint in Springfield is like no where else. Dine in a cozy neighborhood style pub while dining on authentic Irish food, traditional American classics and the local favorite, the horseshoe sandwich; you can even relax in their beer garden while trying a variety of delicious ales. Welcome to D’Arcy’s Pint, sit and stay awhile.
Daughters of Union Veterans of the Civil War Museum
This museum features a complete set of the "War of the Rebellion: Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies." The records might aid in your search for a missing link in your family history.
Multitudes of flavors of popcorn and ice cream as a tasty stop on your visit.
Dimestore Antique Mall
General antique shop.
Doc’s Soda Fountain
Located on historic Route 66, this was originally a pharmacy built in the 1880’s. The soda fountain was added to the business in the 1950’s. Stop in for an old-fashioned treat or ice-cream. Doc’s is also open for lunch and dinner.
Donnie B's Comedy Club
Welcome! The NEW, BIGGER AND BETTER Donnie B’s Comedy Club is located in the Route 66 Hotel on South Sixth Street. Come check out the new bar, Donnie B’s Den!
Downtown Bacon Throwdown: Music Fest
Calling all bacon and country music lovers! 20+ downtown restaurants presenting unique bacon items and other cuisine, live music and free children's entertainment. $5 adult admission, 12 and under free.
Stroll downtown Springfield and check out shops that carry everything from Lincoln souvenirs to one-of-a-kind jewelry and fresh-made fudge. Downtown is also host to many events and festivals throughout the year.
Drury Inn and Suites - Springfield
The Drury family has provided travelers like you with squeaky clean rooms, friendly service and good value for over 25 years. Family ownership makes Drury Hotels distinctly different and assures you of quality and consistency everytime you stay.
Traditional pub food, specializing in Horseshoe Sandwiches and Irish fare
Dynasty Asian Cuisine
Featuring a wide variety of Asian specialties including sushi, teriyaki, Thai dishes and a full bar with speedy service and a pleasant dining area
Eastern National Book Store
Books and Lincoln souvenirs.
Edgewood Golf Club
This 18-hole, par 71 course has water on 11 holes, many mature trees and several elevation changes.
Built in 1833 this Italianate mansion entertained prominent solialites and politicians at many lavish dinner parties, summer picnics and political rallies in mid-19th century Springfield, Hold hands with your honey next the the authentic "Lincoln Courting Couch" still present in the home.
Elijah Iles House: Springfield's History Museum
Experience the historic Greek Revial-style house once owned by a founder of Springfield: Elijah Iles. It houses a permanent exhibit, Springfield as Urban Frontier 1818-1836.
Educational supplies for parents and teachers.
Fairfield Inn - Springfield
65 rooms, indoor pool and spa, complimentary deluxe continental breakfast, 24 hr. coffee and tea, elevator, in-room iron/board, copy/fax services.
Fritz's Wagon Wheel
A Springfield classic serving traditional American cuisine including steaks, ribs, chops and seafood with a full bar and elegant dining room.
Glenn Shoals Lake
Covering 1200 acres, has picnic areas, marina and public boat slips.
Gramma Ginna's Deli & Fudge Shop
Located in Scheels at Legacy Pointe Town Center, a super-sized sporting goods and outdoor store, this restaurant features gourmet soups and sandwiches, coffee,fudge and gelato.
Grand Army of The Republic Memorial Museum
A cornucopia of Civil War memorabilia, the museum features "Tinytype" by Civil War photographer Matthew Brandy. It was donated to the National Woman's Relief Corps in tribute to the Union Veterans of the war between the states.
Hamilton's Catering Service Inc.
Offering a variety of menus and services, and specializing in buffet style meals, but can also offer elegant plated meals. Since 1913.
Hampton Inn - Litchfield
Brand New Hotel offers a variety of rooms from standard double queen rooms to king and whirlpool tub suites. Relax in the hotel indoor heated pool and whirlpool or host your next meeting in our executive conference room.
Hampton Inn - Springfield
Located just off I-55, approximately 10 min. downtown, adjacent to a shopping plaza and many resturaunts; complimentary breakfast bar; indoor pool, whirlpool and work-out facility; all rooms include in-room coffee-makers, hair dryers and iron with board.
Hampton Inn & Suites
Featuring deluxe comp. hot breakfast bar, indoor pool and whirlpool, fitness center, suite shop, business center. Refrigerator/microwaves, cable TV/HBO, coffeemakers, hairdryers, irons, Free local phone calls. No pets. Internet connection available.
This historic home is furnished with memorabilia from the early days of Montgomery County, and is open by appointment.
Henson Robinson Zoo
The Henson Robinson Zoo is home to animals native to Australia, Africa, Asia and North and South America. Over 90 species of native and exotic animals are housed here among naturalistic exhibits. Special events are held throughout the year and provide many hands-on experiences for children and adults alike. Also, take a "Zooper Edventure" with the zoo’s education programs for children ages 2 to 17. Facilities include a gift shop, concessions and a petting area.
Here I Have Lived Exhibits
View over 40 outdoor interpretive exhibits placed throughout the downtown area to experience Springfield as Abraham Lincoln knew it. Each exhibit is intended to capture a moment in time for Lincoln and how he was affected by the people, places and events he encountered in his hometown. Each story is accompanied by graphics or photographs and a medallion that is symbolic of that particular story. Visitors are encouraged to collect rubbings of each medallion.
Hibachi Grill & Supreme Buffet
Chinese, Thai, Japanese and American food with over a dozen hot and cold food stations, including a sushi bar.
Hillsboro Sherwood Forest Campground Montgomery County
Camping, Hiking, Fishing along with many special events. Call ahead for information.
Hilton Garden Inn
Hotel is just 5 miles from the State Capitol, Convention Center and Lincoln Attractions. Shopping, over 20 restaurants and movie theater within 4 blocks. Lake Springfield with parks, fishing and boat ramps within 1 mile. Whether you're traveling for leisure or business, Hilton Garden Inn can accommodate you. And, for your family's comfort and convenience the hotel offers cribs, high chairs, playpens and a kid-friendly menu.
Explore Springfield from the contemporary Hilton Springfield hotel, located in the heart of downtown Springfield and just minutes from many popular attractions. The excellent downtown location of the hotel allows guests to enjoy the many historical attractions, quaint shops and cozy bistros that downtown Springfield offers.
Historic Montgomery County Courthouse
This historic courthouse was built circa 1858.
Historic Wabash Train Depot
This historic train depot features a preserved facade and a renovated interior that houses specialty shops.
History Comes Alive
Every day for 12 weeks this summer, you’ll be able to take a step back in time as you participate in a whole array of living history performances and programs that will both delight and educate about the Springfield Abraham Lincoln knew and loved for most of his life. From Civil War encampments to White House kitchen chats with Mr. Lincoln himself, there’s something for everyone. Some events may have a fee.
History Comes Alive
Daily Living History Programs at the Lincoln historic sites and throughout downtown Springfield. Most programs are free. For a complete schedule, go to visitspringfieldillinois.com
Holiday Inn Express - Litchfield
Conveniently located between Springfield, IL and St. Louis, MO. Near the historic Old Route 66. Litchfield Lake Lou Yeager boasts a beautiful lake, nature trails and picnic areas, 3 mi from the hotel. There are a variety of restaurants nearby.
Holy Land Diner
Greek, Lebanese and Middle Eastern Buffet featuring falafel, gyros, hummus and a variety of other specialties. Vegetarian-friendly.