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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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Old Capitol Farmers Market

5/17/2017 - 10/28/2017, W & Sa: 8 am - 12:30 pm
The Old Capitol Farmers Market can be found in the heart of Downtown Springfield. At the market, you’ll find local farm and artisan vendors selling fresh produce, artisanal baked goods and cheeses, flowers and more. The market is just steps from the Old State Capitol historic site and you’ll find other sites like the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum, Lincoln Home and Dana-Thomas House a Frank Lloyd Wright Design nearby!

The Big Picture: Large-Scale Paintings from the 70's, 80's and 90's

9/28/2017 - 11/12/2017, Mon-Sat: 9am-4:30pm, Sun: Noon-4:30pm


When paintings are larger than life size, as opposed to the domestic intimacy generally found in small-scale works, they can dominate a space; they can be awe-inspiring, epic, imposing, and heroic or even evoke a sense of grandeur. These paintings are especially well-suited to the blank backdrops of large gallery walls. Drawn primarily from the ISM Illinois Legacy Collection, this exhibition is a look back at the variety of creative and innovative ways some of Illinois’ finest painters employed large-scale painting during the last quarter of the 20th century.


Concert at the Carillon

10/1/2017 - 4/29/2018, Every Sunday: 2 pm & 4 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.

Concert at the Carillon

10/4/2017 - 4/25/2018, Every Wednesday: Noon
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.

Brown Bag Lecture: Sourcing Lightning Whelk Shell Artifacts

10/18/2017, Noon - 1 pm

Dr. Kozuch will discuss her study of exotic marine artifacts from Mississippian sites, through which she seeks to more fully understand trade and shell-working technology. Currently, she is analyzing lightning whelk artifacts, shark teeth, and bead crafting from Cahokia and East St. Louis sites, as well as replicating beads made from lightning whelk shells. They are the preferred shell for making artifacts since Archaic times in the eastern half of the U.S. Kozuch has devised a method of sourcing lightning whelk shells using shell spire angles. Moreover, natural history information tells us they are from the Florida coast, based on abundance alone. These shells were not simply found on the beach, but were harvested alive by Florida coastal peoples, then bartered for Midwestern trade goods.



Local Flavors Dinner - Maldaner's Restaurant

10/19/2017, 4 pm - 10 pm
Dine out for Local Flavors and experience the true flavors of Illinois. Each participating restaurant will create a "Local Flavors Special" featuring almost entirely seasonal ingredients grown by local farmers. Good for you. Good for your community. Good for the earth. Now that's a bite we can all get behind.

Zoolie Ghoulie

10/20/2017 - 10/22/2017, F: 4 pm - 8 pm; Sa -Su: 1 pm - 5 pm
During Zoolie Ghoulie, the Zoo is transformed into a haunting Halloween haven, complete with these not too scary, family-friendly activities. 

The Lincoln Home Employee's Assn Trick or Treat Event

10/20/2017, 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
This event is completely free and open to children 12 years of age and younger and will begin in the Lincoln Home National Historic Site Visitor Center. Featuring candy stops at several historic houses throughout the festively decorated Lincoln era neighborhood (the houses will not be open for tours), volunteers in period clothing, games, and much more.

Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular

10/20/2017 - 10/21/2017, 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
More than 2,000 illuminated hand-carved jack-o-lanterns are displayed around the Carillon and the Washington Park Botanical Garden - showcasing carving talents of area residents, artists and District 186 students.  The event features special Carillon music, lighting, sound effects, a unique Tree of Lights and food vendors. Adults $7; Children 4-11 $5; Children 3 & under Free.

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