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The home of the late President Abraham Lincoln and the capital of Illinois – Springfield is a place like no other in the world. With more Lincoln attractions and sites than any other place in the world, it is clear to see that Lincoln had a huge impact on this city, so much so that their motto is “Home of President Abraham Lincoln.” Springfield is currently home to more than 117,000 people. With 59.5 square miles of land and 6.3 square miles of water, Springfield offers a good bit of nature and outdoor recreation for everyone.
Springfield was founded as Calhoun in 1821 and incorporated as a town by the name of Springfield in 1832. Lincoln moved to the town in 1837. In 1839 he and eight associates made many efforts which ultimately lead to the moving of the state capital to Springfield from Vandalia. Until he became President in 1861, Lincoln spent 24 years in Springfield as a lawyer and politician.
The Civil War took place from 1861 to 1865 and Springfield was a major part of the action. Just seven miles out of town was Camp Butler – a training camp and Confederate prison camp. From 1865 to 1900, coal mining joined politics and farming as a major industry for the city. 1908 brought about some horrible actions in a three-day event known as the Springfield Race Riot. Almost a century later, President Barack Obama announced his presidential candidacy at the Old State Capitol in Springfield.
Things to Do in Springfield:
When you move to the home of one of the most famous men of our country’s history, you can’t just ignore that fact. You have to get out and visit every place he stepped, ate, and slept. Okay maybe not, but you should explore some of those things as well as all the other things to do in Springfield. Visit all the intriguing attractions, the great museums and the exquisite eateries, and stick around for all the exciting events and entertainment.
With such a prominent historic figure as the focal point of the city it should come as no surprise that the attractions in Springfield are centered around history, such as the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum. The library is home to carefully preserved documents and artifacts of President Lincoln while the museum has galleries, theaters, and interactive displays that take you through his life. Take a tour of Lincoln’s home of 17 years, just as it was in 1860, at the Lincoln Home National Historic Site.
For attractions unrelated to Lincoln, spend some time with various animals from all around the world at the Henson Robinson Zoo. Have all the fun you could possibly pack into one day at Knight’s Action Park as you enjoy their amusement park, waterpark, and other forms of outdoor entertainment.
When it comes to museums in Springfield, you’ll definitely see Lincoln, but aside from him, there are plenty of other amazing things to see as well. See the collection of historic aircraft and aviation memorabilia at the Air Combat Museum. Learn about the history of firefighting in Illinois at the Illinois Fire Museum. A trip to the Springfield & Central Illinois African American History Museum will enlighten you on the lives of African Americans living in the area during the 19th and 20th centuries. The Korean War National Museum will take you back to the time before the war and let you travel through the war and into the years after, all through artifacts and storyboards.
There are more than 200 different eateries and restaurants in Springfield, and regardless of what type of cuisine you’re looking for, you’ll be satisfied. If want a palette-pleasing adventure then dining at Café Brio is a good idea as you’ll get a menu of Latin, Caribbean, Mediterranean, and Mexican inspired dishes. Chesapeake Seafood House has made a name for itself as the city’s go-to place for fresh seafood meals. Order up some traditional Irish cuisine and a good ole pint of ale at D’Arcy’s Pint. For all your sweet tooth cravings, Sugar Jar Bakery can whip up any dessert you desire, or you can get some artistic chocolate creations from Cocoa Blue Chocolates.
The modern day city comes to life all year long as the various celebrations and annual events in Springfield take place. Events such as the Illinois State Fair bring lots of fun and festivities to the city each August. Huge crowds of music lovers will love festivals like the Old Capital Blues & BBQ and the Greater Downstate Indoor Bluegrass Music Festival. Foodies will have a blast trying the culinary creations of different downtown restaurants at the Taste of Downtown event. The Edwards Place Fine Art Fair and the Old Capital Art Fair focus on the arts, obviously, and are too a great deal of fun for all that partake. There are even some awesome sporting events such as the International Route 66 Mother Road Festival, the HOT ROD Magazine Power Tour, and the Capital City Century Bike Ride.
What to Consider When Moving to Springfield:
For whatever reason, you will be moving to Springfield soon. Whether it be for a job, family, or just a change of scenery, you’re about to move to a city you aren’t extremely familiar with. Before making this move, it’s important that you consider a few key things about the city. Things such as the neighborhood you want to live in, the economy, what school system the kids will be in, any other facts that could play a major part in your move and your life after the move.
There are at least 20 designated neighborhoods in Springfield, many of which are incorporated with neighborhood associations, like Bunn Park, Downtown, Harvard Park, Historic Westside and many others. One of these neighborhoods, Lincoln Park, is located near Lincoln’s Tomb.
When it comes to education in Springfield, there are institutions available for students of all ages. Those in grades pre-K to 12 will be attending a District 186 Springfield Public School. District 186 has 24 elementary schools, five middle schools and three high schools. There are also three private, religiously affiliated high schools in the city as well – Sacred Heart-Griffin High School, Calvary Academy, and Lutheran High School.
For higher education, there are three universities that make their campuses in Springfield. The University of Illinois at Springfield [UIS] is a public, liberal arts college on the southeast side of Springfield. UIS has 23 undergraduate programs, 20 graduate programs, and offers one doctorate program in Public Administration. Benedict University at Springfield is a private, progressive, liberal arts institution which offers associate, undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral level programs. Robert Morris University-Illinois is a private, non-profit university with locations all around Chicago and Central Illinois, offering associate and bachelor degrees in various fields of study.
Why Springfield Apartments Are Hot:
One of the greatest things about living in one of the listed Springfield apartments is knowing that the 16th President of the United States might have walked on the very ground that your building stands on. Even if Lincoln never walked across that particular patch of land, he certainly left many footprints around the city, figuratively and literally. The history of Springfield is centered on this man and it is evident everywhere you go. That rich history has been blended perfectly with modern-day amenities and luxuries to give you the wonderful, present-day city of Springfield.
- The Lincoln Home National Historic Site allows visitors to tour the Lincoln Home and explore a Lincoln-era neighborhood.
- The Lincoln Memorial Garden and Nature Center is a 100-acre site featuring six miles of trails.
- The Prairie Capital Convention Center (PCCC) hosts concerts, rodeos, wrestling, tradeshows, and other events.
- Beautiful Lake Springfield features 57 miles of shoreline, boat docks and launches, and eight parks.
- The Illinois State Fairgrounds is home to Adventure Village, a park with thrill rides and ferris wheels.
- Springfield is home to three universities, including the University of Illinois at Springfield.
- Springfield College in Illinois
- St. John's College
- Lincoln Land Community College
- University of Illinois at Springfield
- Lincoln Christian College