Aside from the home of the 16th President of the United States, Abraham Lincoln, Springfield has numerous historical sites to tour, beginning with the Lincoln Museum, the Lincoln Presidential Library, and Lincoln’s tomb. Other designations include a Frank Lloyd Wright house from his Prairie period, intact sections of US Route 66, and the Old State Capitol.
- Lincoln Home Site
- Looking for Lincoln
- Lincoln’s New Salem
- Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum
- Lincoln's Tomb
- Old State Capitol
History & Culture
Springfield has numerous historical sites and cultural experiences. Begin your experience with the Lincoln Museum, the Lincoln Presidential Library, and Lincoln’s tomb. Discover other designations including a Frank Lloyd Wright house from his Prairie period, intact sections of US Route 66, and the Old State Capitol.
Illinois State Capital
Among many other beautiful, historic buildings in the central district of Springfield, the Illinois State Capitol looks monumental and very impressive, both in its design and in its social significance. Built in the architectural styles of the French Renaissance and Italianate, with a total height of 361 ft (110 m), the Illinois capitol is the tallest non-skyscraper capitol, even exceeding the height of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C.
Shopping enthusiasts come from all around central Illinois for adventures in retail, and to the specialty shops in Springfield’s downtown historic district. For students, regular bus service is provided from the UIS campus to the mall, downtown area, and to other points around the city.
The Shopping Shuttle to the White Oaks Mall, Walmart, Barnes and Noble and Target runs on Sundays and Wednesdays. The shuttle runs hourly round trips from the UIS pick-up locations to the shopping locations and back to UIS from noon to 5 PM on Sundays and 6 PM to 10 PM on Wednesdays.
The Springfield community has rich legacy of prolific and original artisans, including Lincoln, poets Vachel Lindsey and Edgar Lee Masters, William Maxwell, Artie Mathews, and Morris Day.
Except for neighborhood bars, Springfield's nightlife is mostly clustered downtown where a number of bars offer live music and late night fun. Springfield Theatre Centre provides Central Illinois with quality theatre, educational opportunities, and a creative outlet for live theatrical arts. The Springfield Area Arts Council is dedicated to developing and sustaining arts and culture initiatives in Springfield and surrounding communities.