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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. 

Check out this video: bit.ly/CubsCardsVideo



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.


Holidays at the White House: A Presidential Christmas

11/17/2017 - 1/7/2018, Daily: 9 am - 5 pm
Just like families across the world, First Families celebrate the holidays in their own special ways. This exhibit, using materials from the Eisenhower, Kennedy, Clinton and George W. Bush Presidential Libraries and Museums, gives a glimpse of how some of our Presidents and their loved ones enjoyed the holidays in the White House. From family photos to White House invitations, from Christmas cards to colorful decorations for the tree, these treasured items from presidential collections give us a taste of what it is like to celebrate this joyous season with America’s First Families.


Winterland Holiday Zoo Lights

11/25/2017 - 12/23/2017, 5 pm - 9 pm
The Springfield Park District is SO excited to announce our NEW Winterland Holiday Zoo Lights event at the Henson Robinson Zoo! This year we have partnered with a National company to put on the most spectacular sparkling holiday light display and walking tour through the Zoo! Daily details are being planned every day, so check back for weekend activity updates! 


Santa at the Old State Capitol

11/25/2017 - 12/20/2017, W: 5 pm - 8 pm; Sa: 2 pm - 5 pm
Come downtown and visit with Santa at the Old State Capitol during the Holiday Walks.  The kiddos will also enjoy crafts, a candy cane from Mrs. Claus and facepainting. 


Old Capitol Holiday Walks: Merry & Mischief

11/25/2017 - 12/20/2017, W: 5 pm - 8 pm & Sa: Noon - 6 pm
Enjoy the #merryandmischief while you shop, dine and drink local: Santa and Mrs. Claus in the Old State Capitol, rides in the horse-drawn carriage, musical performances, vote for your favorite window displays, pop a letter into the Santa mailbox -- all for free. In 2017, we've added: President Lincoln and one of the best shoppers of all time—Mary Todd—greeting you, dancing SYPG elves on the Plaza, a designated Holiday Walks bus between downtown and participating historic sites, chestnuts roasting on the Plaza, more pop up shops and a lighted Menorah.


Toy Box: Inspiration Through Play Exhibit

11/29/2017 - 2/11/2018, M - Sa: 9 am - 4:30 pm; Su: Noon - 4:30 pm
Illinois is home to classic toys such as Radio Flyer, Lincoln Logs and TinkerToys. These, like all toys serve as templates to the imagination for children at both social and cognitive levels of development. For adults, toys are vessels for memory that contain identity, activity, and comfort. For many working artists today, a toy represents a creative opportunity to transform the object into an experience that transcends nostalgia and represents an act of discovery. The artwork featured in this exhibition comes directly from artists working across Illinois. The historic objects presented are highlights from the Illinois State Museum collections.  Combined, they seek to merge the joyous occasion of imagination during play with the nurtured discipline of creating a work of art.

Objects from the vaults of the ISM Illinois Legacy Collection will also be featured.


44th Annual Winter Holiday Floral Show

12/2/2017 - 12/20/2017, M - F: Noon - 4 pm; Sa - Su: Noon - 5 pm
Come view the poinsettia collection at the Garden's annual Winter Holiday Floral Show. The show will have 15-20 different varieties of poinsettias on display. Bring the family out and enjoy the beauty nestled in among decorated evergreens and lush tropical foliage.


Robert Middaugh - Machines Inherit the Earth

12/5/2017 - 2/11/2018, M - Sa: 9 am - 4:30 pm, Su: Noon - 4:30 pm
The Illinois State Museum opened three new exhibitions featuring the work of Chicago artist Robert Middaugh – "Robert Middaugh:  Machines Inherit the Earth" – along with works by a host of other artists, including many works from the Illinois State Museum Illinois Legacy Collection. 
 
The exhibitions highlight the career of Robert Middaugh (1935-2011), whose paintings and assemblages present strange, fantastic structures and machines inhabiting a mysterious, deserted world.  Middaugh's work pulls together Surrealism, Magical Realism, and Precisionism, along with a palette of broad, flat color and precisely rendered images. 

In addition to "Robert Middaugh:  Machines Inherit the Earth" are two exhibitions complementing Middaugh's work. "Bricks and Metaphor: Architecture as Poetic Space" and "Confluence: Friends and Contemporaries of Robert Middaugh" 


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