These are the city's and...
These are the city's and village's we drove through and by.Cicero & Berwyn, Lyons, Joliet, Elwood, Wilmington, Braidwood, Godley, Braceville, Gardner, Dwight, Odell, Pontiac, Chenoa, Lexington, Towanda, Bloomington - Normal, Shirley, Funk's Grove, McLean, Atlanta, Lincoln, Broadwell, Elkhart and Williamsville
BLOOMINGTON - NORMAL. A pair...
BLOOMINGTON - NORMAL. A pair of cities that share a common Main Street, only one like it in the country.They are located in a rich corn and soybean farming area.Illinois Wesleyan University is here. Bloomington-Normal is a large city with hotels, motels and shopping centers.
The Sangamon Auditorium at the...
The Sangamon Auditorium at the University of Illinois at Springfield is a cultural center bringing in broadway musicals, cultural exchange activities, ballet, orchestra, and big band music. Check out the Sangamon Auditorium website for more information on shows in the area www.sangamonauditorium.org
Unique Homemade Soups, Sandwiches, Salads
THE FEED STORE is a lunch restaurant located downtown Springfield on the Old Capitol Plaza. It offers homemade Soups, Sandwiches, Salads, & Desserts. In addition to being a fine restaurant, all the menu items are available for Carry-Out. This restaurant has been open since 1977, but in 1989, they moved to their present location in a circa 1865 building just 5 doors west of the original site. This rehabbed Lincoln-era building is listed on the National Historic Register (See Photo #3).
You stand in line along the right side of the interior, and a friendly employee will take your order...and the only problem is making up your mind from the 6 or 7 varieties of soup per day...they change continuously. Everthing is made with FRESH ingredients. They make Broth, Cream, Seafood, or [during the summer months] chilled fruit & vegetable soups.
Sandwiches are served on one of 8 different choices of breads: Wheat, Sourdough, Bagel, Light Rye, Pumpernickel, Croissant, Baguette, or Herb Focaccia. Cheese may be added to any sandwich [60 cents extra] from Natural Swiss, Colby, Cheddar, Smoked Gouda, or Cream Cheese. It's interesting to note that they offer a wide range of VEGETARIAN SANDWICHES, my favorite being Nuts to Olive You that has lots of Pecans, olives, pimentos, and cream cheese spread thickly on pumpernickel and topped with sprouts and tomato!
In addition, they are offer 5 different SALADS such as the Chicken or Tuna Salad Plate, Macaroni Salad, Fresh Garden Salad, The Plaza [Boston leaf lettuce, shredded Parmesan, dried cherries, sliced red onion and croutons], or The Heartland as a Vegetarian or with either Ham and/or Turkey.
Although we did not partake of DESSERT, we checked them out! All desserts are baked "from scratch" on the premises:
Carrot Cake, Apple Cake, Black & White Cake [dark chocolate cake topped with a superb Grand Marnier butter icing], Betsy's Vanilla Cheesecake, Chocolate Raspberry Cheesecake, or the Cheesecake of the Month. Photo #2 shows the soups that Mickey and I ate. What we both wanted was Tomato Bisque; however, they had sold out for the day! Thus, Mickey chose the Cream Spinach Soup with Mushrooms, and I, luckily chose one of their most popular soups called Wisconsin Cheese Soup (DON'T EVEN ASK THE # OF CALORIES WITH THE REAL CREAM, CHEESE, AND BUTTER!) It was worth every calorie.
The atmosphere is wonderful with light pouring into the ancient building through the lovely large front windows; with the delicious smells wafting the air; and with the laughter and smiles apparant on the faces of contented customers.
Abraham Lincoln Historical Sites Bus
Use the Lincoln Historical Sites bus to easily get from location to location. My mother and I were a bit pressed for time during our afternoon in Springfield so after touring the Presidential Library & Museum we went to the Chamber of Commerce Office adjacent to the Old Capital Building and picked up information on the Historical Bus. It was very easy and took us from the Library to the cemetary to see Lincoln's Tomb and then to Lincoln's house. We opted to skip the other locations since we had to drive back to St.Louis. The buses run every 30 minutes, which is perfect timing. As our bus driver said, every 30 minutes, perhaps a little late but never early." I highly recommend purchasing a ticket, which was only a few dollars, and taking advantage of a good thing!