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All Aboard Exhibit

5/10/2019 - 12/31/2019, Daily: 9 am - 5 pm
Union Station - 1st Floor
500 E. Madison St. Springfield, IL 62701
Celebrating the 150th anniversary of the driving of the Golden Spike, the realization of President Lincoln’s dream of a transcontinental railroad. In partnership with the Springfield Model Railroad Association, working scale models will depict advancements in United States railroad technology and will display the impact of railways throughout America’s history. 

In This Great Struggle: The Greatest Generation Remembers WWII Exhibit

6/5/2019 - 1/20/2020, Daily: 9 am - 5 pm
Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum - Illinois Gallery
212 N. 6th St. Springfield, IL 62701
The second exhibit to be be featured in the Illinois Gallery in 2019 will be, In This Great Struggle: The Greatest Generation Remembers WWII and will feature our treasured audio and video tales from Illinoisans who lived through WWII. To commemorate the 75th anniversary of D-Day, the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum will present this exhibit of war posters, oral histories, and artifacts.  

Springfield Jr. Blues Hockey Game

9/27/2019 - 4/4/2020, Thursdays & Fridays: 7 pm, Saturdays: 6 pm and Sundays: 4pm
Nelson Center
1601 S. 5th St. Springfield, IL 62702

This year the Springfield Jr. Blues are celebrating their 27th year as Springfield’s hockey team. Come out this season for a home game, meet some fans, enjoy the food, and cheer on the home team!


October 18 - 19 vs. Topeka Pilots
October 25 - 26 vs. Minnesota Magicians (Special Events: Oct 25 Pink the Rink Night and Oct 26 Jr Blues Halloween)
November 1 - 2 vs. Janesville Jets
November 22 - 23 vs. Janesville Jets
December 12 - 14 vs. Kenai River Brown Bears
January 3 - 4 vs. Topeka Pilots
January 10 - 11 vs. Minnesota Magicians
January 17 - 18 vs. Chippewa Steel
February 21 - 23 vs. Fairbanks Ice Dogs
March 13 - 14 vs. Janesville Jets
April 3 - 4 vs. Chippewa Steel


Rocked & Rolled Exhibit

10/26/2019 - 3/1/2020, Monday - Saturday: 9 am - 4:30 pm ; Sunday: Noon - 4:30 pm
Illinois State Museum
502 S. Spring St. Springfield, IL 62706
Imagine a museum exhibition inspired by the music that we love from the last fifty years. It would feature painting, photography, sculpture, installation and illustrations. This art could be paired with rocks, minerals, fossils and meteorites from the world-renowned Geology Collection at the Illinois State Museum. This is ROCKED & ROLLED! A celebration of music that has defined the culture combined with timeless geological specimens embodying the structure of the earth from our permanent collection. Rocked & Rolled features the artwork of Daniel McAdam, Judy & Bill Anderson, Yams, Christine Duray, Warren Linn, Larry Brogan, Dylan Fish, Plastic Crimewave, John Spear, Mac Blackout, Princess Etch-A-Sketch, Donna Castellanos, Ian Sherwin, Lee Grantham, Kelly Eddington, Melina Ausikaitis, Matthew Hong, Erika Iri5, and Ian Sherwin. The photography of Patty Ratzel, Doug Carr, Chris Young, and Jim Stark is also featured. The SPIN-IT record installation was organized by Robin Monique-Rios.

Eleanor Spiess - Ferris: Daphne's Sister Exhibit

10/26/2019 - 2/16/2020, Monday - Saturday: 9 am - 4:30 pm, Sunday: Noon - 4:30 pm
Illinois State Museum
502 S. Spring St. Springfield, IL 62706
This exhibition of over 40 years of painting and drawing by Chicago artist Eleanor Spiess-Ferris traces the development of her distinctive figures across her career and compares studies and sketches with final works.  Spiess-Ferris’s figures are narrative bodies, telling stories of personal, spiritual and environmental crises. The exhibition includes studies and large-scale life studies. Spiess-Ferris has been drawing from a live model since the beginning of her career; an essential practice for her experimentation with the narrative figure. Her life studies often transform into their mythic selves in the process of a drawing session, shifting from observation into invention through distorting proportions and imposing natural forms as essential elements of the body. Note about the title: Daphne’s Sister. Daphne is an ancient Greek nymph who is transformed into a tree to save her from the god Apollo’s unwanted advances. That moment of Daphne’s transformation from a woman into a tree has appeared throughout art history. Eleanor Spiess-Ferris’s figures often are depicted as hybrid creature part human and part natural form. Trees and birds especially become attributes of the human figure in her work, an acknowledgement of the reciprocal relationship we have to the natural world as a place of both solace and struggle

Christmas at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum

11/15/2019 - 12/31/2019, Daily: 9 am - 5 pm
Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum
212 N. 6th St Springfield, IL 62701

The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum will be decorated for the holidays starting November 15.  From November 27 to December 31, families can come by the museum in the afternoons and take pictures next to our gorgeously decorated Christmas tree. Brief admission for pictures will be free from 4 pm - 5 pm. 

Civil War Santa (11/29 - 30 & 12/27 - 28) and Tuba Christmas performances will be an enhancement to the visitor's experience throughout the holidays. 

Winter Indoor Farmers Market

11/23/2019 - 4/18/2020, 9 am - Noon
Anvil & Forge Brewing and Distilling
619 E. Washington St. Springfield, IL 62701

Come shop the vendors from the outdoor Old Capitol Farmers Market inside! Enjoy local meats, fresh produce, baked goods, Illinois Wine, and artisan creations.

One Saturday a month:

Nov 23
Dec 21
Jan 18
Feb 15
Mar 21
Apr 18

Winterland Holiday Zoo Lights

11/29/2019 - 12/29/2019, 5 pm - 9 pm
Henson Robinson Zoo
1100 E. Lake Shore Dr Springfield, IL 62640

Take the walking experience and behold the splendor of hundreds of colorful twinkling lights as you stroll through the pathways around the Zoo. Children will love the zany 3D glasses (for purchase) that make the view of the colorful lights come to life with reindeer and candy cane shapes!

Daily details are being planned every day, so check back for weekend activity updates!  

November 29 - December 1, 

December 6 - 8, 13 - 15, 20 - 23 and 27 - 29.

Annual Light Up the Park

11/29/2019 - 12/22/2019, Fridays & Saturdays: 6 pm - 9 pm
Chatham Community Park
731 S. Main St Chatham, IL 62629

More Lights, More Displays, More Fun! The Chatham Friends of the Parks are proud to present the 6th Annual Light Up the Park. Large-scale, hand-built display fills the park with over 100,000 lights that set the park a glow. Enter Chatham Community Park on Park Ave in Chatham

Christmas at the Old State Capitol

11/30/2019 - 12/21/2019, Wednesdays: 5 pm - 8 pm & Saturdays: 1 pm - 5 pm
Old State Capitol
1 Old State Capitol Plaza Springfield IL 62701

During the Old State Capitol Holiday Walks stop by the Old State Capitol and view the beautiful decorations. Children will be able to share their wish list with Santa. While you wait to visit Santa, enjoy a chat with President Grant or enjoy pioneer Christmas stories and songs. 

Various local musical groups will provide entertainment. Children can also make a special greeting card to celebrate the season. 

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