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., 12/21/2014
E.g., 12/21/2014
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.
2014-11-28 00:00:00 -- 2014-12-24 00:00:00
Location: Chatham Community Park
More Lights, More Displays, More Fun! The Chatham Friends of the Parks are proud to present the second annual Light Up the Park. Following an enormously successful inaugural year in 2013, this year is looks to be brighter and more beautiful! Large-scale, hand-bulit display fills the park with over 30,000 lights the set the park a glow. The event runs every Friday and Saturday between Thanksgiving and Christmas
2014-12-03 00:00:00 -- 2015-01-02 00:00:00
Location: Lincoln Home National Historic Site
Where did the Lincoln boys hang their stockings for Santa to fill? What might have been in those stockings? What Christmas goodies were on Lincoln's table? Discover how the Lincoln family celebrated the holidays by taking a tour through the Lincoln Home.
2014-12-05 00:00:00 -- 2014-12-23 00:00:00
Location: Henson Robinson Zoo
Walk around the Zoo and see it in a festive light.
2014-12-06 00:00:00 -- 2014-12-21 00:00:00
Location: Washington Park Botanical Garden
The Conservatory will be filled with poinsettias amongst the tropical collection. Poinsettias, tropical plants, and evergreens will overflow the Exhibit Hall for a stunning display.
2014-12-19 00:00:00 -- 2014-12-22 00:00:00
Location: Hoogland Center for the Arts - LRS Theatre
The Hoogland's 3rd Annual, A Very Hoogland Christmas. A Christmas concert featuring classic holiday tunes, contemporary Christmas music and beautiful sacred music as well.
2014-12-21 00:00:00 -- 2014-12-21 00:00:00
Location: Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum
You are invited to Willie Lincoln's birthday party! Enjoy a birthday treat, play 19th Century games, and hear stories about the second-youngest Lincoln son from historians. Items related to Willie's life, including letters written by him, will be on display. A historian talk will happen at 11 am and 2 pm in the museum plaza.
2014-12-21 00:00:00 -- 2014-12-21 00:00:00
Location: Dana-Thomas House - A Frank Lloyd Wright Design
Visit the Dana-Thomas House-A Frank Lloyd Wright Design as the exterior of the home will be lined with 1,000 candles and guests can take a silent tour of the beautiful interior accompanied by holiday music.
2014-12-27 00:00:00 -- 2014-12-27 00:00:00
Location: Illinois State Museum
Don’t get triple-dog-dared to touch your tongue to a cold metal pole without knowing what would happen! Learn how temperature, ice, and salt work in this winter weather experiment.
2014-12-31 00:00:00 -- 2014-12-31 00:00:00
Location: Downtown Springfield
28th Annual First Night Springfield! This family-friendly, alcohol-free event is a Springfield tradition. Free children's activities from 1pm-4pm at Springfield High School Commons. Fireworks at 6:15pm. From 7pm-11pm, over 30 performances around historic downtown Springfield.
2014-12-31 00:00:00 -- 2014-12-31 00:00:00
Location: Henson Robinson Zoo
Games, crafts and lunch, plus a countdown to the new year at noon.
2015-01-03 00:00:00 -- 2015-01-03 00:00:00
Location: Obed & Isaac's Microbrewery and Eatery
Join us the first Saturday every month for our FREE Beer School 101! Learn about beer making, tour our working brewery, and sample some of our fine craft beers made on site. Classes are limited in size and we require pre-registration on Participants must be 21+ and be aware they are touring a working brewery.
2015-01-08 00:00:00 -- 2015-01-08 00:00:00
Location: Wm. Van's Coffee House
Have you ever wondered where coffee comes from? Or how it's processed? Then you are in for a treat! We host a coffee education seminar on the 2nd Thursday of each month from 5:30-6:30 pm. Our seminars that will take you from tree to cup and each will also feature a coffee tasting. These classes are free and open to anyone interested!
2015-01-08 00:00:00 -- 2015-03-12 00:00:00
Location: Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum
Guests may sign-up for a discussion/tour about the graphic art within Journey I and II of the Museum.
2015-01-10 00:00:00 -- 2015-01-10 00:00:00
Location: Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library
Family Day: Pajama Jam Drive-In. FREE EVENT. Come watch the Cars movie on the big screen at our indoor drive-in theater. Parking spaces available, so make your own box car or bring your favorite picnic blanket. Activities include a story with President Lincoln, crafts, snack and drive-in movie.