SPRINGFIELD is the State Capitol. Abraham Lincoln lived and practiced law in Springfield until he became president in 1861. Point of interest: The home of poet Vachel Lindsay, The Illinois State museum, The Springfield Art Assosation museum at Edwards place, constructed in 1833.
Not really a cultural tip but...
Not really a cultural tip but more along the lines of advice. Park Rangers were taking groups of people through the Lincoln home when I was there. Sign up early and find out how long it will be till your group leaves. Then you can look around some till it is time for your tour.
Washington Park is between MacArthur and Chatham Roads, and a pleasant experience year-round. Biking, rollerblading, and running are common activities, because the roads are nice and wide. The park also has a few miles of hiking trails, if asphalt isn't your thing. I love the greenhouse, which is just next to the Thomas Rees carillon(one of the tallest in the world, by the way). It's free, and you can walk around and see all the exotic plants, smell the limes, and watch out for low-flying birds. They have some big birds(parrots, mackaws, I'm bird-ignorant) in the lobby, and they can hold some good conversations. Outside of the greenhouse are some nice landscaped manicured gardens, including a great rose garden. Ooh, when they're in bloom it smells so wonderful! Make sure you feed the ducks when you're there, too.
The MUNI is all volunteer, but...
The MUNI is all volunteer, but it seems very professional. If you are a theater buff and are here during the summer, get a ticket and take in a performance. You won't be sorry! Check out the MUNI's website at www.themuni.org
Springfield Historic Train Station
“I now leave, not knowing when, or whether ever, I may return, with a task before me greater than that which rested upon Washington." Abraham Lincoln left his home of seventeen years to serve as president of a nation on the verge of Civil War. He left town from the city train station and returned on the funeral train to the same station.
Located just 3 blocks to the east of the house.