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Just Good Art: The Chuck Thurow Gift

2/4/2017 - 5/7/2017, Monday - Saturday: 9 am - 4:30 pm, Sunday: Noon - 4:30 pm
The Illinois State Museum invites visitors to a new exhibition that highlights a major gift of more than 100 contemporary artworks given to the museum in 2016 by Chicago collector and arts advocate Chuck Thurow. ""Just Good Art: The Chuck Thurow Gift"" exhibition will be on display from February 4 through May 7, 2017. 

Cubs vs. Cardinals: The Rivalry

3/24/2017 - 12/31/2017, Daily: 9 am - 5 pm

Visitors will see rare artifacts and photographs. They’ll learn about legendary players like Mordecai Brown and Rogers Hornsby and newer stars like Jake Arrieta and Yadier Molina. They’ll also be able to interact with the exhibit by sharing their own Cards-Cubs memories, answering trivia questions and playing a home run derby as their favorite team. “The Rivalry” was developed in conjunction with the National Baseball Hall of Fame, the Chicago Cubs and the St. Louis Cardinals, an unprecedented partnership from all three organizations for an exhibit of this type. 

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Michiko Itatani: Celestial Visions

4/20/2017 - 6/5/2017, Monday-Saturday 9 am to 4:30 pm, Sunday Noon to 4:30 pm

Michiko Itatani is one of Chicago's most well-respected contemporary artists. This exhibition features new acquisitions of drawings and prints alongside installation-based and heroically scaled figurative paintings from the Museum’s Fine Art Collection. Exhibition will be on display at the Illinois State Museum through June 5, 2017. For more information contact Robert Sill at or 217-524-5744.

Museum Admission: Adults ages 19-64: $5. Members, youth, seniors, military, veterans: Free


Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Remembrance)

4/27/2017, Noon - 2 pm

Illinois' annual Holocaust Remembrance ceremony, Yom HaShoah, will take place at the Old State Capitol State Historic Site. The public is invited to join us as we remember and reflect on this time in history.

Native Plant Sale

4/29/2017, 9 am - 2 pm
This annual sale of native plants, most grown locally by members, is conducted by the Central Chapter of the Illinois Native Plant Society. A diverse selection of native herbaceous plants, trees, and shrubs will be available. Prairie plants and woodland plants, some extremely rare, will be available. Nine species of milkweed will be available this year. Funds received from the sale are used to provide grants to other nonprofit organizations interested in developing or expanding landscapes using native plants. 

SCHEELS Safe Family Saturday

4/29/2017, 10 am - 1 pm
Join SCHEELS along with HSHS St. John's Children's Hospital, Farmers Insurance - Practice of Jacob Hainsfurther, and Capitol Radio Group for Safe Family Saturday! 

*FREE Kids Bike Hemlets to the first 500 kids, FREE Lunch for the first 750 people sponsored by Hy-Vee and Subway,Safe, Secure Strider Adventure Zone for the little ones.Register to WIN a $500 SCHEELS Gift Card and his/hers Strider Bikes sponsored by Strider Bikes

Lots of games and FUN for the whole family! FREE balloon art by Hot Air Creations, Meet & Greet with MOWA Sprint Car Driver, Justin Standridge, Meet & Greet with Mr. Subman and the Subway Race Car, Springfield K-9 demos & much more!


Civil War Saturday: Guns and Swords-Weapons of Warfare

4/29/2017, 10 am - 4 pm
The French army officer Claude Minié invented the bullet in 1849 that would bear his name. This bullet was extremely accurate and proved lethal over relatively long distances. Both Union and Confederate soldiers used the “minnie” ball (as they called it) in their muzzle-loading rifles. The Minie ball alone is estimated to have caused 100,000 deaths in the Civil War. The Civil War was considered the first modern war due to the use of many complex and modern weapons. The war was fought with old strategies, and new weapons. See a display of a variety of original guns and swords that have their origins and use during the Civil War era.

Out of the Blue – Dunbar, Bedford, 5th House

4/29/2017, 8 pm
Michael Dunbar, Ben Bedford, and the Fifth House Ensemble in a visual and musical celebration of the creative process

PREMIERE EVENT!  In a collaborative event conceived by Sangamon Auditorium Director Bob Vaughn, Springfield resident Michael Dunbar’s powerful sculptures, singer-songwriter Ben Bedford’s music and lyrics and Chicago’s Fifth House Ensemble’s chamber music arrangements come together in a celebration of the creative process.  The multi-media performance will include new musical works by Bedford inspired by and set to a backdrop of images and footage of Dunbar’s body of work.

About the artists: With major works commissioned and installed throughout the country, sculptor Michael Dunbar’s works manifest a combination of mathematical relationships with mechanical exactness while still embracing imagination, animation and aesthetics.  Fifth House Ensemble is a versatile and dynamic chamber ensemble praised by the New York Times for its “conviction, authority and finesse” and defined by its limitless imagination, energy and insatiable desire to bring chamber music to audiences of all types.  A stalwart on the local scene while playing folk music on regional, national and international levels, Springfield-based Ben Bedford was named to a list of “50 most significant folk singer-songwriters of the past 50 years” by venerable folk DJ Rich Warren of Chicago’s WFMT.

Collecting Lincoln

5/3/2017, May 3 from 6 PM to 8 PM

For almost 50 years, Daniel Weinberg, owner and operator of the Abraham Lincoln Book Shop, Inc. has been a collector and dealer of historical artifacts in the field of Lincoln and the Civil War. In this discussion, Mr. Weinberg will show images and tell the stories behind some of the treasures that have passed through his hands, in order to place meaning in the broader culture. He also will speak to the symbiotic roles of collectors, museums and libraries, museum-goers, and dealers.

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Concert at the Carillon

5/3/2017 - 9/27/2017, Every Wednesday: 6:30 pm
A half an hour, outdoor, live concert with a great variety of music, played by the resident carillonist on the 67-bell Thomas Rees Memorial Carillon.

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