Things To Do


Step back in time as history comes to life, enjoy classic cars and music of a bygone era, or savor the best in bar-b-que and blues. You'll find hundreds of special events happening all year long.

E.g., 04/28/2015
E.g., 04/28/2015
2014-11-22 00:00:00 -- 2016-02-29 00:00:00
Location: Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum
This exhibit focuses on Lincoln's best-known speeches while teaching visitors about Lincoln's transformation, ultimately putting the United States on track to become the first bi-racial democracy in world history. This exhibit is a collaboration with the Chicago History Museum and will be an inspiring and reflective commemoration of Lincoln's death. Roughly ninety to one hundred original objects, including the Lincoln family carriage and the death bed of Abraham Lincoln, will be on display. Museum admission is required
2015-01-31 00:00:00 -- 2015-12-31 00:00:00
Location: Old State Capitol
In a span of one week back in 1865, Illinois lawmakers ratified the constitutional amendment ending slavery and abolished the state’s racist “black laws.” The Old State Capitol State Historic Site will celebrate the 150th anniversary of those accomplishments with an exhibit throughout 2015. Developed with Secretary of State Jesse White’s office, the display explains the constitutional amendment and the change in Illinois laws.
2015-02-01 00:00:00 -- 2015-05-10 00:00:00
Location: Illinois State Museum - 2nd Floor
The iconic image of Abraham Lincoln appears in various forms among the collections of the Illinois State Museum. To commemorate the 150th anniversary of the death of Abraham Lincoln and his funeral in Springfield, this exhibition will feature rarely seen objects that honor the memory of our 16th president. Highlights include a hairwork necklace worn by the wife of Lincoln’s bodyguard on the funeral train from Washington D.C. to Springfield, a life-size sculpture of the president by Lorado Taft, and a mysterious painting of the president bearing a cross on his forehead. Remembering Lincoln will be on display in the Illinois State Museum’s newly renovated temporary | PERMANENT Gallery on the second floor. Located at the corner of Spring and Edwards Streets, the ISM is in the Capitol Complex, just south of the State Capitol. Museum hours are Monday through Saturday, 8:30 am – 5 pm and Sunday noon – 5 pm.
2015-03-08 00:00:00 -- 2015-09-13 00:00:00
Location: Illinois State Museum
Exhibition at the Illinois State Museum Springfield Gallery. Pro-Text: When Words Enter Visual Art explores the various ways artists choose to combine language in their visual art. Works by emerging and mid-career artists from throughout the state are featured alongside works selected from the Illinois State Museum Fine Art Collection. This exhibition showcases art that incorporates words, letters, or text for narrative or graphic impact. It features art by self-taught artists and works by academically trained contemporary artists working in both traditional and new media.
2015-03-26 00:00:00 -- 2015-10-08 00:00:00
Location: SCHEELS, 3801 S. MacArthur Blvd. Springfield, IL 62711
Every Thursday at 5:45pm. All levels of riders, walkers, runners and skaters welcome! Earn rewards as a SCHEELS Club Member! Reminder that all skaters and bikers are required to wear helmets. Event is free and open to the public.
2015-04-01 00:00:00 -- 2015-05-17 00:00:00
Location: Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum - Ghost of the Library Queue
A reflective look back at the creation of the museum and its dedication. View objects, images and video that tell the story of how this amazing Presidential Museum was created.
2015-04-02 00:00:00 -- 2015-07-15 00:00:00
Location: Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum - Treasures Gallery
(Lincoln Funeral Commemoration Event) A special exhibit on Lincoln's death and funerals. Thirty-six items, many never before displayed, take us from the fateful moment in Ford's Theatre, along the train's route, to the final procession and entombment in Springfield. Highlights include the never seen before silver medallion from his hearse (related items in Undying Words exhibit).
2015-04-10 00:00:00 -- 2015-09-15 00:00:00
Location: Illinois State Museum
The elephant in the room is that one day, if we aren’t careful, the elephant will never be in the room again. Extinction is forever – at least for now. A statuesque and imagination-provoking example of this is the mastodon story presented in the new Hot Science exhibit at the Illinois State Museum. Although the ultimate reason for the demise of these animals has been debated for decades, answers to extinction questions are no longer trivial or academic given the rapid pace of climate change and our great concern for threatened and endangered species. What clues are mastodon and mammoth remains giving us about their ultimate downfall? What lessons can we unlock from their stories? Is a major extinction event underway now? Event is free and open to the public.
2015-04-15 00:00:00 -- 2015-05-04 00:00:00
Location: The Grand Army of the Republic Memorial Museum, 629 S. 7th St.
(Lincoln Funeral Commemoration Event)The National Woman’s Relief Corps / The Grand Army of the Republic Memorial Museum will have on exhibit a special display on Corporal Alex Rhodes, Co G, 121st. Ohio Volunteers. ... On Sunday, May 3, 2015, ladies of The National Woman’s Relief Corps will assemble outside of the museum dressed in their traditional whites and wearing a traditional black “In Memoriam” ribbon to pay their respects as the procession passes Cook South 7th. Street on its way to Oak Ridge Cemetery. ... To ensure greater opportunity to browse the exhibit, the museum will be open and have extended hours during the 2015 re-enactment commemoration. Extended hours: Friday, May 1, 2015 to Monday, May 4, 2015 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. ... The Civil War Roundtable will join the Woman's Relief Corps at their National Headquarters (G.A.R. Museum) to greet visitors on Friday, May 1st and Saturday, May 2nd from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
2015-04-29 00:00:00 -- 2015-04-29 00:00:00
Location: Thomas Rees Memorial Carillon-Washington Park
(Lincoln Funeral Commemoration Event) The Springfield Park District Carillonneur performs a concert on the historic Thomas Rees Memorial Carillon. Bring a lawn chair or blanket and enjoy this tribute to Lincoln. Event is free and open to the public
2015-04-29 00:00:00 -- 2015-06-18 00:00:00
Location: Prairie Art Alliance
(Lincoln Funeral Commemoration Event) This exhibit displays art created by local juried artists of the Prairie Art Alliance. Discover the varied ways in which the artist interpreted the events, ideas, and experiences of Lincoln's time. The exhibit will boast a wide range of media and styles, offering personal tributes to the life of our 16th president and his impact today. Exhibit is free and open to the public
2015-04-29 00:00:00 -- 2015-04-29 00:00:00
Location: Prairie Art Alliance
(Lincoln Funeral Commemoration Event) It was a simpler time. Live music was arguably the most commonly embraced performing art. There was no recorded sound, so families and friends regularly sang and played their favorite music together. As the Civil War began, musicians and their songs quickly found a place near and on the battlefields. Christian McWhirter tells stories of the importance of music and the fondness people felt for tunes that seemed to express their feelings amidst the dramatic events of the day. This event is held in conjunction with the gallery exhibit listed above. SPEAKER: Christian McWhirter, historian and documentary editor for the Papers of Abraham Lincoln; author of Battle Hymns: The Power and Popularity of Music and the Civil War. Event is free and open to the public
2015-04-30 00:00:00 -- 2015-04-30 00:00:00
Location: University of Illinois Springfield - Brookens Auditorium
(Lincoln Funeral Commemoratio Event) This scholarly symposium is being presented in collaboration with the 2015 Lincoln Funeral Coalition and will feature three noted Lincoln scholars. Dr. Michael Burlingame of UIS will describe “Lincoln as Father Figure.” Dr. Louis Masur of Rutgers will discuss “Lincoln’s Last Speech and the Problem of Reconstruction.” Dr. Martha Hodes of NYU will share her research on “Personal Responses to Lincoln’s Assassination.” Free and open to the public. No reservations required. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. Overflow seating provided.
2015-05-01 00:00:00 -- 2015-05-03 00:00:00
Location: Multiple Springfield Locations
150th Anniversary Commemoration. Join us as we re-create history in Springfield, IL. Friday May 1: Encampment open to public. Abraham Lincoln Through the Arts presented by Benedictine University at Springfield Saturday May 2: Funeral Train arrives at 3rd St. Amtrak Station. Hearse Procession to Washington and 6th Streets. Opening Ceremony, candlelight vigil, Illinois Symphony Concert. Sunday May 3: Procession to Oak Ridge Cemetery with re-enactment of eulogy, speeches and salutes.
2015-05-01 00:00:00 -- 2015-05-02 00:00:00
Location: Springfield Art Association - Edwards Place
(Lincoln Funeral Commemoration Event) In May of 1865, Lincoln's funeral train passed by historic Edwards Place on its way to Oak Ridge cemetery. The Edwards family threw open their doors and offered refreshments to travelers. Now, 150 years later, you can have tea in the very same parlors that Lincoln once visited, newly restored to the glory of their 19th century apperance. Tea includes hot tea, sandwiches, sweets, and a presentation on 19th century mourning customs by The Tea Ladies. Tickets: $30