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The Illinois State Capitol, located in Springfield, Illinois, houses the legislative and executive branches of the government of the U.S. state of Illinois. The current building is the sixth to serve as the capitol building since Illinois was admitted to the United States in 1818. Built in the architectural styles of the French Renaissance and Italianate, it was designed by Cochrane and Garnsey, an architecture and design firm based in Chicago. Ground was broken for the new capitol on March 11, 1868, and the building was completed twenty years later for a total cost of $4.5 million. Source: Wikipedia
Illinois State Capitol Building
401 S 2nd St
The Illinois State Capitol, located in Springfield, Illinois, houses the legislative and executive branches of the government of the U.S. state of Illinois. The current building is the sixth to serve as the capitol building since Illinois was admitted to the United States in 1818. Built in the architectural styles of the French Renaissance and Italianate, it was designed by Cochrane and Garnsey, an architecture and design firm based in Chicago. Ground was broken for the new capitol on March 11, 1868, and the building was completed twenty years later for a total cost of $4.5 million. Source: Wikipedia
The Dana–Thomas House (also known as the Susan Lawrence Dana House and Dana House) is a home in Prairie School style designed by architect Frank Lloyd Wright. Built 1902–04 for patron Susan Lawrence Dana, it is located along East Lawrence Avenue in Springfield, Illinois. The home reflects the mutual affection of the patron and the architect for organic architecture, the relatively flat landscape of the U.S. state of Illinois, and the Japanese aesthetic as expressed in Japanese prints. Source: Wikipedia
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Dana Thomas House
301 E Lawrence Ave
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The Dana–Thomas House (also known as the Susan Lawrence Dana House and Dana House) is a home in Prairie School style designed by architect Frank Lloyd Wright. Built 1902–04 for patron Susan Lawrence Dana, it is located along East Lawrence Avenue in Springfield, Illinois. The home reflects the mutual affection of the patron and the architect for organic architecture, the relatively flat landscape of the U.S. state of Illinois, and the Japanese aesthetic as expressed in Japanese prints. Source: Wikipedia
In 1837, Lincoln moved to Springfield from New Salem at the start of his law career. He met his wife, Mary Todd, at her sister's home in Springfield and married there in 1842. The historic-site house at 413 South Eighth Street at the corner of Jackson Street, bought by Lincoln and his wife in 1844, was the only home that Lincoln ever owned. Three of their children were born there and one, Eddie, died there. The house contains twelve rooms spread over two floors. During the time he lived here, Lincoln was elected to the House of Representatives in 1846, and elected President in 1860. Source: Wikipedia
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Lincoln Home
413 S 8th St
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In 1837, Lincoln moved to Springfield from New Salem at the start of his law career. He met his wife, Mary Todd, at her sister's home in Springfield and married there in 1842. The historic-site house at 413 South Eighth Street at the corner of Jackson Street, bought by Lincoln and his wife in 1844, was the only home that Lincoln ever owned. Three of their children were born there and one, Eddie, died there. The house contains twelve rooms spread over two floors. During the time he lived here, Lincoln was elected to the House of Representatives in 1846, and elected President in 1860. Source: Wikipedia
The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum documents the life of the 16th U.S. president, Abraham Lincoln, and the course of the American Civil War. Combining traditional scholarship with 21st-century showmanship techniques, the museum ranks as one of the most visited presidential libraries.[1] Its library, in addition to housing an extensive collection on Lincoln, also houses the collection of the Illinois State Historical Library, founded by the state in 1889. The library and museum is located in the state capital of Springfield, Illinois, and is overseen as an agency of state government. It is not affiliated with the U.S. National Archives and its system of libraries. Source: wikipedia
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Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum
212 N 6th St
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The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum documents the life of the 16th U.S. president, Abraham Lincoln, and the course of the American Civil War. Combining traditional scholarship with 21st-century showmanship techniques, the museum ranks as one of the most visited presidential libraries.[1] Its library, in addition to housing an extensive collection on Lincoln, also houses the collection of the Illinois State Historical Library, founded by the state in 1889. The library and museum is located in the state capital of Springfield, Illinois, and is overseen as an agency of state government. It is not affiliated with the U.S. National Archives and its system of libraries. Source: wikipedia
Enjoy young Abe Lincoln history at the original village where he worked as a young man. Beautiful country scenes just minutes away from Springfield.
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Lincoln's New Salem
15588 History Ln
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Enjoy young Abe Lincoln history at the original village where he worked as a young man. Beautiful country scenes just minutes away from Springfield.
Great place for recreational swimming and boating. About an hour and 15 minutes away.
Lake Shelbyville
Great place for recreational swimming and boating. About an hour and 15 minutes away.
Large lake just minutes away from the Airbnb. Enjoy a nice drive around the lake and stop a many parks along the way.
Lake Springfield Beach House
240 Long Bay Drive
Large lake just minutes away from the Airbnb. Enjoy a nice drive around the lake and stop a many parks along the way.

Food scene

Great place for a chicken sandwich.
Chick-fil-A
2431 Wabash Avenue
Great place for a chicken sandwich.

Food scene

Great place to try out a Springfield original "The Horseshoe" Wind down and enjoy a casual drink and great meal just minutes away from the Airbnb. 661 W Stanford Ave
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D'Arcy's Pint
661 W Stanford Ave
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Great place to try out a Springfield original "The Horseshoe" Wind down and enjoy a casual drink and great meal just minutes away from the Airbnb. 661 W Stanford Ave
Another great place to wind down after a long trip to Springfield. Great food and good times! 2301 S Dirksen Pkwy
Abe's Hideout
2301 S Dirksen Pkwy
Another great place to wind down after a long trip to Springfield. Great food and good times! 2301 S Dirksen Pkwy

Food scene

One of my favorite places to eat and look at Route 66 memorabilia. 2935 So. 6th Street “In Muskogee, Oklahoma, I saw an unusual sandwich called “corn-dog.” This sandwich was a wiener baked in cornbread. The corn-dog was very good, but took too long to prepare. The problem was how to cover a hotdog with batter and cook it in a short time. In the fall of 1941, I told this story to a fellow student at Knox College whose father was in the bakery business, and then gave it no further thought. Five years later while in the Air Force stationed at Amarillo Airfield, I received a letter from my fellow student, Don Strand. To my surprise he had developed a mix that would stick on a weiner while being french-fried. He wondered if he could send some down that I could try in Amarillo. Having plenty of spare time, I said ‘yes.’ Using cocktail forks for sticks, the U.S.O kitchen in which to experiment, we made a very tasty hotdog on a stick, that we called a “crusty cur.” They became very popular both at the U.S.O. in town, and at the P.X. on the airfield. My friend continued to send mix and we continued to sell thousands of crusty curs until I was discharged – honorably – in the spring of 1946. We decided to sell them that spring. My wife did not like the name “crusty curs.” Through trial and error and discarding dozens of names, we finally decided on the name “Cozy Dogs.” Cozy Dogs were officially Launched at the Lake Springfield Beach House on June 16th, 1946.” This story was told by Ed Waldmire Jr. to his son Bob, during an “interview” on January 30th, 1959. Bob was in the 8th grade at the time. After the Cozy Dogs were launched at the Lake Springfield Beach House, Cozy Dogs were introduced at the Illinois State Fair the same year. The first Cozy Dog House was located on South Grand between Fifth and Sixth Street in Springfield. A second Cozy Dog House was located at Ash & MacArthur. In 1949, Drive In was born; built on “Route 66” South Sixth Street. In 1996 Cozy Dog moved to its current location, where the former Abe Lincoln Motel stood. Today, Josh Waldmire (3rd Generation, Ed's Grandson) continues the tradition of serving the delicious dogs on stick. Source: cozy dog drive in
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Cozy Dog Drive In
2935 S 6th St
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One of my favorite places to eat and look at Route 66 memorabilia. 2935 So. 6th Street “In Muskogee, Oklahoma, I saw an unusual sandwich called “corn-dog.” This sandwich was a wiener baked in cornbread. The corn-dog was very good, but took too long to prepare. The problem was how to cover a hotdog with batter and cook it in a short time. In the fall of 1941, I told this story to a fellow student at Knox College whose father was in the bakery business, and then gave it no further thought. Five years later while in the Air Force stationed at Amarillo Airfield, I received a letter from my fellow student, Don Strand. To my surprise he had developed a mix that would stick on a weiner while being french-fried. He wondered if he could send some down that I could try in Amarillo. Having plenty of spare time, I said ‘yes.’ Using cocktail forks for sticks, the U.S.O kitchen in which to experiment, we made a very tasty hotdog on a stick, that we called a “crusty cur.” They became very popular both at the U.S.O. in town, and at the P.X. on the airfield. My friend continued to send mix and we continued to sell thousands of crusty curs until I was discharged – honorably – in the spring of 1946. We decided to sell them that spring. My wife did not like the name “crusty curs.” Through trial and error and discarding dozens of names, we finally decided on the name “Cozy Dogs.” Cozy Dogs were officially Launched at the Lake Springfield Beach House on June 16th, 1946.” This story was told by Ed Waldmire Jr. to his son Bob, during an “interview” on January 30th, 1959. Bob was in the 8th grade at the time. After the Cozy Dogs were launched at the Lake Springfield Beach House, Cozy Dogs were introduced at the Illinois State Fair the same year. The first Cozy Dog House was located on South Grand between Fifth and Sixth Street in Springfield. A second Cozy Dog House was located at Ash & MacArthur. In 1949, Drive In was born; built on “Route 66” South Sixth Street. In 1996 Cozy Dog moved to its current location, where the former Abe Lincoln Motel stood. Today, Josh Waldmire (3rd Generation, Ed's Grandson) continues the tradition of serving the delicious dogs on stick. Source: cozy dog drive in

Antiques, Collectibles and Clothing

Great place to find deals! 75 Plummer Blvd, Chatham, IL 62629
Land of Lincoln Goodwill Chatham IL
75 Plummer Boulevard
Great place to find deals! 75 Plummer Blvd, Chatham, IL 62629
Nice little flea market. Happens on Saturday and Sunday mornings. Rise and shine, early bird gets the worm! Get there early for the best deals cause these folks start packing up around 11am before it gets hot.
Northfield Flea Market
East Sangamon Avenue
Nice little flea market. Happens on Saturday and Sunday mornings. Rise and shine, early bird gets the worm! Get there early for the best deals cause these folks start packing up around 11am before it gets hot.

City/town information

Springfield is the capital of the U.S. state of Illinois and the county seat and largest city of Sangamon County. The city's population was 116,250 at the 2010 U.S. Census, which makes it the state's sixth most-populous city,[8] the second largest outside of the Chicago metropolitan area (after Rockford), and the largest in central Illinois. As of 2019, the city's population was estimated to have decreased to 114,230,[9] with just over 211,700 residents living in the Springfield Metropolitan Statistical Area, which includes Sangamon County and the adjacent Menard County.[10] Present-day Springfield was settled by European Americans in the late 1810s, around the time Illinois became a state. The most famous historic resident was Abraham Lincoln, who lived in Springfield from 1837 until 1861, when he went to the White House as President of the United States. Major tourist attractions include multiple sites connected with Lincoln including the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, Lincoln Home National Historic Site, Lincoln-Herndon Law Offices State Historic Site, and the Lincoln Tomb at Oak Ridge Cemetery. The city lies in a valley and plain near the Sangamon River. Lake Springfield, a large artificial lake owned by the City Water, Light & Power company (CWLP), supplies the city with recreation and drinking water. Weather is fairly typical for middle latitude locations, with four distinct seasons, including, hot summers and cold winters. Spring and summer weather is like that of most midwestern cities; severe thunderstorms may occur. Tornadoes hit the Springfield area in 1957 and 2006. Source: wikipedia
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Springfield
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Springfield is the capital of the U.S. state of Illinois and the county seat and largest city of Sangamon County. The city's population was 116,250 at the 2010 U.S. Census, which makes it the state's sixth most-populous city,[8] the second largest outside of the Chicago metropolitan area (after Rockford), and the largest in central Illinois. As of 2019, the city's population was estimated to have decreased to 114,230,[9] with just over 211,700 residents living in the Springfield Metropolitan Statistical Area, which includes Sangamon County and the adjacent Menard County.[10] Present-day Springfield was settled by European Americans in the late 1810s, around the time Illinois became a state. The most famous historic resident was Abraham Lincoln, who lived in Springfield from 1837 until 1861, when he went to the White House as President of the United States. Major tourist attractions include multiple sites connected with Lincoln including the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, Lincoln Home National Historic Site, Lincoln-Herndon Law Offices State Historic Site, and the Lincoln Tomb at Oak Ridge Cemetery. The city lies in a valley and plain near the Sangamon River. Lake Springfield, a large artificial lake owned by the City Water, Light & Power company (CWLP), supplies the city with recreation and drinking water. Weather is fairly typical for middle latitude locations, with four distinct seasons, including, hot summers and cold winters. Spring and summer weather is like that of most midwestern cities; severe thunderstorms may occur. Tornadoes hit the Springfield area in 1957 and 2006. Source: wikipedia
Only 95 miles away, enjoy a day trip to see the aquarium, Saint Louis Zoo or do some shopping downtown. Take in a St. Louis Cardinal baseball game or Blues hockey game depending on the season.
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St. Louis
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Only 95 miles away, enjoy a day trip to see the aquarium, Saint Louis Zoo or do some shopping downtown. Take in a St. Louis Cardinal baseball game or Blues hockey game depending on the season.
Springfield is located just 195 miles south of Chicago. Amtrak runs up to Chicago a couple times a day. Enjoy the sites of one of Americas biggest cities.
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Chicago
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Springfield is located just 195 miles south of Chicago. Amtrak runs up to Chicago a couple times a day. Enjoy the sites of one of Americas biggest cities.