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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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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.

Illinois Products Farmers Market

5/11/2017 - 10/12/2017, Every Thursday: 4 pm - 7 pm
The Commodities Pavilion will come alive with local Illinois vendors, entertainment, and health-related activities. Products range from produce, meat, eggs, plants, specialty products, wine and beer - all produced right here in Illinois. 

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!

Kings & Queens: Pinball, Imagists and Chicago Exhibition

5/25/2017 - 8/11/2017, M - Sa: 9am - 4:30 pm, Su: Noon to 4:30 pm

This interactive exhibition is an examination of the intertwined history of two of Chicago’s greatest exports: pinball and imagist painting. Guests are invited to play pinball on Chicago-built pinball machines alongside paintings, sculptures and prints inspired by them, including works by Roger Brown, Ed Flood, Gladys Nilsson, Ed Paschke, Christina Ramberg, Suellen Rocca, Barbara Rossi, Karl Wirsum and Ray Yoshida. The exhibition also features original works by Constantino Mitchell a long time pinball artist. Pinball was but one inspiration for these artists, along with the city’s many color storefronts, campy product ads, and hand painted and neon commercial signs.

Flag Lowering Ceremony

6/6/2017 - 8/29/2017, Every Tuesday: 7 pm
The 114th Regiment Illinois Volunteer Infantry - Reactivated performs civil war drills, fires their muskets and holds a flag lowering ceremony in front of the Lincoln Tomb.  Each week, one lucky visitor will be presented with the American Flag as a symbol of our gratitude.  

History Comes Alive

6/7/2017 - 8/13/2017,

Step into 19th century America when History Comes Alive this summer in Springfield. Visit our historic sites and interact with 19th century characters enjoy period music. You might even meet Mr. Lincoln himself! 

Many sites and attractions in historic Springfield will be brimming with free live performances and fun activities that will transport you and your family back in time – to the Springfield Abraham Lincoln knew and loved. From storytelling and interaction with costumed interpreters to visits with Mr. Lincoln, himself, this is a trip to the past you won't want to miss! History Comes Alive will run through August.

Hear Civil War period music from the Lincoln Troubadours. Witness a moving flag lowering ceremony at the Lincoln Tomb. Hear "Music Lincoln Loved" weekly at the Thomas Rees Memorial Carillon. Interact with 19th century characters at sites like the Lincoln Home, Old State Capitol and Lincoln Depot. Meet Mr. Lincoln and Mary Todd Lincoln! See demonstrations about life in 19th century Springfield. And much more!


Lincoln Era Demonstration

6/7/2017 - 8/12/2017, Tuesday - Saturday: 9:30 am & 1:30 pm
Play with 1860s reproduction toys, wash clothes the old time way, or learn about the items Civil War soldiers packed to go to war. 

Lincoln Neighborhood Tour

6/7/2017 - 8/12/2017, Every Tuesday - Saturday: 11:30 am
Learn about Abraham Lincoln's relationship with his diverse neighbors that included widows, an army chaplain, and an Underground Railroad conductor. 

Lincoln's Thoughts about Springfield

6/7/2017 - 8/9/2017, Every Wednesday: 4 pm
Listen to Abraham Lincoln reminisce about his experiences in his beloved city of Springfield before he leaves to become the U.S. President.

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