Internationally famous as Mr. Lincoln's hometown, Springfield is the location of the only home the 16th President ever owned. I'm confident you'll be equally happy to call Springfield your home.
Additional Lincoln sites include the New Salem Historic site, the restored log cabin village where Lincoln lived and worked as a young man; the Lincoln-Herndon Law Office; the Old State Capitol, where Lincoln gave his famous "House Divided" speech; the train depot, from which Lincoln departed to assume the duties of President of the United States; and the Lincoln Tomb, where the President and family are laid to rest.
The new Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum opened in early 2005 and is devoted to telling the story of the 16th President of the United States.
In Springfield, you'll find our history is just the beginning. As the seat of Illinois government, Springfield is home to the architecturally significant State Capitol, and the State Supreme Court, and the State Library. Fine art, anthropology, and natural history come to life at the Illinois State Museum.
For outdoor enthusiasts, Springfield is home to acres of parks, offering a variety of activities ranging from swimming to ice skating. Lake Springfield, with it's miles of shoreline offers fishing and boating opportunities. Near the lake you'll find both the Lincoln Memorial Garden Nature Center and the Henson Robinson Zoo.
Shopping abounds throughout the city, from the quaint shops lining the streets of downtown Springfield, to White Oaks Mall, which offers more than 115 specialty stores and restaurants, including Abercrombie & Fitch, Bath & Body Works, Gap, GapKids, Gymboree, Hollister Co. and a food court. Antique hunters are sure to find treasures at the many shops that dot the area.
The arts are represented by performances of the renowned Illinois Symphony Orchestra, the Springfield Ballet Company, both of which perform at Sangamon Auditorium on the University of Illinois at Springfield campus. The 2,000 seat auditorium also hosts a variety of concerts and performances as well as national touring companies of Broadway productions.
Theatre enthusiasts will enjoy performances at the Springfield Theatre Centre, as well as spending summer evenings under the stars at The Muni. One of the largest community theatre organizations in the country, the Muni presents four lavish Broadway musicals each summer.
The Hoogland Center for the Arts in downtown Springfield hosts a variety of performances and exhibits.
The visual arts are represented by frequent shows at the Springfield Art Association and the Prairie Art Alliance. You won't want to miss the Old Capitol Art Fair, held each year on the third weekend in May. This juried show attracts nearly 300 artists from across the country. The Fine Crafts Fair signals the arrival of Autumn each September, showcasing pottery, glass, woodworking, and the textile arts at Edwards Place.
Springfield has something for everyone.
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