Things to do in Springfield, Illinois (IL): The Best Sights & Landmarks

August 4, 2021 Major Galusha

The spirit of the "Land of Lincoln" is nowhere else so alive as it is in Springfield, one time home to old Honest Abe himself and present home of the Lincoln Home National Historic Site, the Lincoln-Herndon Law Offices State Historic Site, the Old State Capitol State Historic Site, the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum and the Lincoln Tomb State Historic Site. The NAACP also holds Springfield at its roots, having formed after a particularly bloody race riot here in 1908.
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1. Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception

524 E Lawrence Ave, Springfield, IL 62703-2319 +1 217-522-3342 http://spicathedral.org/
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Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception

2. Dana-Thomas House

300 E Lawrence Ave, Springfield, IL 62703-2233 +1 217-782-6776 http://www.dana-thomas.org/
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Dana-Thomas House

Reviewed By RetiredTravelerTN - Nashville, United States

The introductory video presented the history of the Dana-Thomas House, and the guide gave an informative tour of the beautiful FLW house which has been wonderfully preserved with original furnishings. We appreciated the attention to details that were highlighted during the tour. Photos are not allowed inside, but we were able to take photos from the street and inside the courtyard. We arrived early for the first tour of the day and had no problem parking in the free lot next door accessed from E Cook St. Railroad tracks run between the parking lot and the carriage house where tours begin. A $10 per adult donation was certainly reasonable.

3. Elijah Iles House

628 S 7th St, Springfield, IL 62703-1637 +1 217-492-5929
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Elijah Iles House

4. Edwards Place Historic Home

700 N 4th St, Springfield, IL 62702-5232 +1 217-523-2631 http://www.edwardsplace.org
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Edwards Place Historic Home

Reviewed By 659judyl - Berea, United States

A wonderful guided tour of the Edwards home. They were best friends of the Lincoln.s. Beautiful furnishings and memorbilia of the times. An art gallery where lessons are given is next door.

5. Rees Memorial Carillon

1740 W Fayette Ave Washington Park - 1740 W. Fayette Avenue, Springfield, IL 62704-2356 +1 217-546-3853 http://www.carillon-rees.org
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Rees Memorial Carillon

Reviewed By interceptpubs - Columbus, United States

Washington Park is home to a Dutch-cast 67 bell carillon, one of the world's largest, with a 5-1/2 octave range. It was a gift of local newspaper publisher and one-term state senator, Thomas Rees, who fell in love with Carillons while in Europe during World War I. Housed in a bell tower near the botanical gardens in the park, the Carillon is used for concerts throughout the year. We happened to be in Springfield at the start of the week-long international festival so decided to attend the first evening's concert. This consisted of alternating carillon and live band performances on a pleasant evening with the park and gardens as a backdrop. The band started with a selection of marches which was followed by the Dutch-born director of the Rees Carillon, Carlo Van Ulft, performing a series of classical selections. The band then returned for another short session and then Lisa Lonie, the resident carillonneur at Princeton University and two Philadelphia area churches, performed. If you happen to be in the area when they have a concert, be sure to take it in - it is great music and a lot of fun.

6. Old State Capitol State Historic Site

5th & Adams Streets, Springfield, IL 62701 +1 217-785-7960 http://www.illinois.gov/ihpa/Experience/Sites/Central/Pages/Old-Capitol.aspx
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Old State Capitol State Historic Site

Painstakingly rebuilt after being disassembled in the 1960s, this Greek Revival masterpiece saw Lincoln serve as a lawyer and legislator. In 1858, Lincoln delivered his landmark "House Divided" speech in the Capitol's Representatives Hall.

Reviewed By 866TaylorB - Chicago, United States

For historians and curious tourists like, a trip to Springfield, Illinois, to visit the many sites associated with the life of Abraham Lincoln wouldn't be complete with a tour of the Old State Capitol State Historic Site. Located at 5th and Adams Streets in downtown Springfield, not far from Lincoln's home and the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, it was constructed in the Green Revival style in 1937-1840 and served as Illinois' fifth capitol building from 1840 to 1876. It is easily recognizable for its large domed cupola and four massive columns at the front entrance. The building was designated as a National Historic Landmark in 1961, primarily for Lincoln's association with political rival Stephen Douglas, and added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1966. Walking through the halls, from chamber to chamber, from floor to floor, a visitor is struck by the historic events associated with the building...where Lincoln announced his candidacy for the U.S. Senate in 1858 and for the presidency in 1860, where Barack Obama announced his candidacy for the presidency in 2007 and introduced Joe Biden as his vice-presidential running mate in 2008, where Lincoln served his final term as a state lawmaker in 1840-1841, where he pleaded cases as a lawyer before the State Supreme Court in 1841-1860, where he made his memorable House Divided speech in 1858 and where his body lay in state in 1865 prior to final burial in Springfield's Oak Ridge Cemetery. In fact, our knowledgeable tour guide informed us that Lincoln was one of nine Illinois lawmakers who led the effort to move the state capital from Vandalia to Springfield in 1837. In Springfield, Lincoln's foot prints are everywhere.

7. Lincoln Home National Historic Site

413 S 8th St, Springfield, IL 62701-1905 +1 217-492-4241 http://www.nps.gov/liho/index.htm
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Lincoln Home National Historic Site

The only house Abraham Lincoln ever owned is the centerpiece of this four-block historic neighborhood. Lincoln and his family lived in the two-story house from 1844 until 1861, when their address changed to the White House.

Reviewed By X7472TVtomk

This site, run by the National Park Service is well maintained and restored, with a visitor's center, a free guided tour of Lincoln's home, and several other restored homes. We spent two hours which included a 20 minute tour of the home. The book store in the visitor's center is very comprehensive.

8. Illinois State Capitol

401 S 2nd St, Springfield, IL 62701-1727 +1 217-782-2099 http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/publications/pdf_publications/com18.pdf
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Illinois State Capitol

Historic Greek Revival building that serves as Illinois' State Capitol and was the site of many cases tried by Abraham Lincoln.

Reviewed By BHH1103 - Springfield, United States

I go to the Capitol often because I have family that works there. This building is one of the prettiest in our city. It’s open daily for tours. Just tell the security guard and they’ll direct you in the right direction. You have to stop in the center and look up at the dome. The stained glass is beautiful. My daughter and I stop and look up literally every time we go in. On the second floor look down from the rail. Sit in the gallery and view the house or the senate. The chandeliers in the House chamber are to die for. Also, it’s caused quite a controversy, but the west doors are also an architectural site to see. So many historical things have happened under this dome. It’s definitely a place to check out!

9. Illinois Korean War Memorial

Springfield, IL
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Illinois Korean War Memorial

10. Lincoln Family Statue

South Old State Capitol Plaza, Adam St E, Springfield, IL 62701
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Lincoln Family Statue

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