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Bicentennial and Beyond! The Illinois Legacy Collection

6/30/2018 - 2/3/2019, Monday - Saturday: 9 am - 4:30 pm, Sunday: Noon - 4:30 pm
Illinois State Museum, 502 S. Spring St. Springfield, IL 62706
This major exhibition, in celebration of the State’s 200th birthday, features rare and rarely-seen artifacts from the Museum’s 13.5–million-object Illinois Legacy Collection to highlight the dynamic story of Illinois.
Bicentennial and Beyond! exhibits artifacts from a variety of disciplines, including art, anthropology, archaeology, botany, decorative arts, geology, and zoology, chosen for the unique stories they tell about Illinois. Reflecting the fact that the complete story of Illinois goes well beyond the 200 years since statehood, artifacts will range from 400-million-year-old fossils to contemporary art. Visitors will see a helmet worn by a World War I soldier; a trunk brought by German immigrants in 1852; a core segment from Route 66; a piece of contemporary art created of cowhide; an Olney albino gray tree squirrel mount; and a portrait miniature done by an itinerant Illinois artist, among many other treasures. Visitors will explore, discover, learn, and share the history, prehistory, and natural history of Illinois through the featured objects and the fascinating stories behind them. 

Families First Adventures - Art of Illinois Family Tour

10/21/2018 - 1/20/2019, 2:30 pm
Illinois Governor's Mansion, 410 E. Jackson St, Springfield, IL 62701

Art of Illinois family tours will be scheduled on the 3rd Sunday of each month at the Illinois Governor's Mansion. Family tours (approx. 45 min) are designed for families with children ages 3-12 to encourage children and adults to enjoy the exhibition. Reservations required 

October 21: The Nature of Art

November 18: Listening to Visual Art

December 16: Sculpture Safari

January 20: Art Investigation 

Springfield Jr. Blues Hockey Game

10/25/2018 - 4/6/2019, Various Times
Nelson Center, 1601 S. 5th St. Springfield, IL 62702

This year the Springfield Jr. Blues are celebrating their 26th 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 25 - 27: vs. Minnesota Magicians (Special Events: Oct 26 Pink the Rink and Oct 27 Halloween with Abe Lincoln)

November 16 - 17: vs. Topeka Pilots 

November 23 - 24: vs. Janesville Jets

December 14 - 15: vs. Fairbanks Ice Dogs

January 4 - 5: vs. Minnesota Magicians

January 25 - 26: vs. Janesville Jets

February 22 - 24: vs. Kenai River Brown Bears

March 1 - 2: vs. Fairbanks Ice Dogs

March 15 - 16 and March 29 - 30: vs. Chippewa Steel

April 5 - 6: vs. Janesville Jets

Mystery Movie Monday

1/7/2019 - 5/6/2019, First Monday of Every Month: 7 pm
The Legacy Theatre, 101 E. Lawrence Ave Springfield, IL 62704

Join us for "Mystery Movie Monday" where you won't know the title of the film until the red velvet curtain opens on the Grand Screen! We will showcase movies from across the spectrum of genres: comedy, drama, suspense, musical, romance, western...everything except horror! Films will span from the early days of the 20th century to contemporary titles. 

Following each film join the discussion with Andy Egizi, who teaches "Hollywood Heritage: The Studio Age" at UIS.

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28th Annual Molly Schlich Film Series

1/13/2019 - 3/5/2019, Every Sunday: 1 pm; Every Tuesday: 7 pm
AMC Parkway 8 Theatre, 3025 Lindbergh Blvd Springfield, IL 62704

The Annual Molly Schlich International & Independent Film Series has been bringing entertaining and challenging films to Springfield for the past 28 years. The series is brought to you by the Springfield Art Association and benefits the Michael Victor II Art Library. 

The films being shown are A Fantastic Woman, Foxtrot, Science Fair, A Taxi Driver, Puzzle, The Square, In the Fade, and The Guilty. Each of the eight films are shown twice on Sundays, at 1 & 4 PM and once on Tuesdays at 7 PM. 

You can purchase a series pass for $50/$45 for members who purchase the pass by January 12th. Passes can be purchased at

Winter KART Show

1/18/2019 - 1/19/2019, F: 5 pm - 9 pm; Sa: 9 am - 3 pm
Illinois State Fairgrounds - Orr Bldg, 801 E. Sangamon Ave. Springfield, IL 62703

The 29th annual Winter Kart Show hosted by the Mid-State Kart Club returns to the 40,000 sq ft Orr Building, Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield, IL. All things related to kart racing will be on display and for sale (sprint karts, oval karts, vintage karts, quarter-midgets and mini-motos)

Many kart vendors, kart tracks and racing series will be on hand along with swaps booths selling new and used karts and parts. 

Servants' Tours of Edwards Place

1/18/2019, 6 pm
Edwards Place, 700 N. 4th St. Springfield, IL 62702
This special tour shows guests Edwards Place through the eyes of the servants. Servants will describe their duties and share gossip about the Edwards family as they take you through the house. This is your special opportunity to visit the cellar and attic – spaces that are not normally on view to tourists.

Winter Farmers Markets

1/19/2019 - 4/20/2019, Every 3rd Saturday: 9 am - 1 pm
State House Inn, 101 E. Adams St. Springfield, IL 62701
Shoppers can expect to find more than 30 vendors selling farm-fresh fare including sweet potatoes, carrots, radishes, turnips, winter squash, sunchokes, fresh greens and salad mixes, kale, pecans, honey, apples, apple cider, cheese, pastured pork and poultry, free-range eggs, grass-fed beef, local lamb, holiday hams, and Thanksgiving turkeys! Plus baked goods, pies, gingerbread men, cookies, jams, jellies, and spices. 

WELL-STRUNG:The Singing String Quartet

1/19/2019, 8 pm
The Legacy Theatre, 101 E. Lawrence Ave. Springfield, IL 62704

A New York City string quartet with a modern twist, Well-Strung derives their unique blend of vocals and strings by fusing classical music with the pop music of today.

Edmund Bagnell (1st violin), Chris Marchant (2nd violin), Daniel Shevlin (cello), and Trevor Wadleigh (viola) have performed at the Vatican and for President Obama. Their video Chelseas Mom went viral, and led to a special performance for 2016 presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. They have performed with Kristin Chenoweth, Neil Patrick Harris, and Audra McDonald, and have received critical acclaim at New Yorks prestigious Feinstein's/54 Below, the House of Blues in New Orleans and the Leicester Square Theatre in London.

You wont want to miss the concert that leaves audiences raving!

St. Louis Cardinals Caravan

1/20/2019, 6 pm
The BOS Center, 1 Convention Center Springfield, IL 62701

Ticket price includes hot dog, chips, and a drink. The Cardinals will again be implementing the Autograph Ticket system at each stop. The first 400 children (ages 15 and under) through the door on the day of the event will receive a free Autograph Ticket which guarantees one autograph from each current and former player.

Due to high demand, autographs will only be available to children 15 and under.

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