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Springfield, the state capital, is located in central Illinois in Sangamon County and serves as the county seat. It lies south of Peoria along Interstate 72 and historic Route 66, on the banks of the Sangamon River near Lake Springfield.

The city became the capital in 1837 with the assistance of a young lawyer and politician named Abraham Lincoln. He lived in Springfield until he left to become the 16th President of the United States in 1861.

Springfield enjoys a diversified economic base. The city is headquarters for 12 nationally known insurance companies and more than 165 state, regional, and national associations. More than one million visitors a year come to see historic Lincoln sites.

The Susan Lawrence Dana home, built in 1904, is an example of Frank Lloyd Wright architecture.

The city is home to Robert Morris College, University of Illinois at Springfield, Lincoln Land Community College and Springfield College in Illinois among the several instituions of higher learning here.

Golfers have a choice of several courses including Piper Glen Golf Club, The Rail Golf Club and Lincoln Greens Golf Course.

Undergraduate School of Cosmetology |
Education Lincoln Land Community College | Springfield College in Illinois | St John's Hospital School of END Tecnolo | St. John's Hospital School of Dietetics |
Golf Super 8 Springfield South Il | Andrew McFarland Mental Health Center | Doctors Hospital |
History Lincoln Tomb State Historic Site | Vachel Lindsay Home |
Motels, Hotels and Resorts Best Inns of America - Springfield |
Museum Springfield Children's Museum | Illinois State Parks |
Shopping Tracker's Lodge |
Wildlife Viewing Bucks BeWare Outfitters | Henson Robinson Zoo |

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10/03 Coming to The area
Peoria Heights Art Fair Peoria Heights IL May11 A great weekend is planned; the show coincides with the Race for the Cure and the Illinois Art League members show at the Village Hall. A hospitality tent will be open throughout the Art Fair with coffee and donuts in the morning and water and fruit during the day .
Belleville Art on the Square Belleville IL May17-19
Springfield Old Capitol Art Fair Springfield IL May18-19 Whether you are a serious art collector or are just developing an appreciation, there is original art here for you, in the form of jewelry, sculpture, photography, glassware, pottery, wood, metalwork, oils, watercolors, and other media.
Summer Camp Music Festival Chillicothe IL May24-26 The first Summer Camp Music Festival was held in 2001 at Three Sisters Park in Chillicothe, IL. About 1,000 attended the festival that year, and enjoyed over 20 bands on 2 stages over the course of 2 days. Since then, Summer Camp Music Festival has grown to more than 15,000 attendees, hosting more than 100 bands on 7 stages over 3 days.
International Horseradish Festival Collinsville IL May31-June2 Admission is always free, parking is always free and musical entertainment is always free at the Horseradish Festival.
Art on Main Fine Arts Festival Canton IL June1-2 This inaugural fine arts festival will feature original art from the best of our Midwest artists. Come to view and to purchase excellent art pieces in a variety of categories: Painting / Drawing, Jewelry, Clay / Ceramic, Photography, Glass, Sculpture, Woven Textiles, and Wood.