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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.

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. 

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.

Jersey Boys

10/20/2017 - 10/21/2017, Friday: 8 pm; Saturday: 2 pm & 8 pm

"The most exciting musical Broadway has seen in years.”– Chicago Tribune

More than 9,000 theatergoers cheered when Jersey Boys made its premiere in Springfield in March 2014.  Worldwide, more than 24 million people have seen Jersey Boys.  And now, the show that made critics and audiences cheer will return to Springfield!  
Jersey Boys is the Tony®, Grammy®, and Olivier Award-winning Best Musical about Rock and Roll Hall of Famers The Four Seasons: Frankie Valli, Bob Gaudio, Tommy DeVito and Nick Massi.  This is the true story of how four blue-collar kids became one of the greatest successes in pop music history.  They wrote their own songs, invented their own sounds, and sold 175 million records worldwide – all before they were 30!  Jersey Boys features their hit songs “Sherry,” “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” “Rag Doll,” “Oh What a Night,” and “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You.”“The crowd goes wild!” proclaims The New York Times.


Tour: The Restoration of the Dana-Thomas House

10/21/2017, 10:15 am & 1:15 pm

The State of Illinois restoration of the Dana-Thomas House was a five-year project that returned the house to its appearance in 1910.  The restoration project included the completion of a Historic Structure Report and a three-phase construction project that was finished in 1990.  The restoration design was lead by Wilbert Hasbouck, FAIA, a Chicago preservation architect who was an advocate for the legacy of the Prairie School architects in the Midwest. This hour-long guided tour includes a visit to the "restoration room" to showcase the restoration process.  Also, the tour guide will highlight the restoration techniques.  Mike Jackson, FAIA, will be giving thel restoration tours of the Dana-Thomas House. Jackson was the preservation architect for the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency at the time of the major restoration of the house, 1987-1990. Reservations are required and a $20 donation is suggested. Call the site at 217-782-6776 for tour reservations. Visit State Historic Sites at Springfield on Facebook for a listing of additional events. 

SCHEELS Handgun Demo

10/21/2017, 11 am - 4 pm


Join SCHEELS and Industry Experts  to try out the latest in handguns. Live fire of Glock and Smith & Wesson handguns.  Hearing & Eye protection provided. Demo Day specials, discounts and giveaways exclusive to those who attend this event. Must be at least 21 years old and possess a valid FOID card or Illinois Concealed Carry License.


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