Springfield is true Midwest American culture. This is the birthplace of the corndog, a homeland of the great 16th President Lincoln, and the origin of Route 66. Present day Springfield pays homage to all of these things still, you can still grab a corndog at " Cozy Dog Drive In", still visit Lincoln's home, and still celebrate Route 66!

There are also a number of festivals celebrating the local color at the Old State Capital Building.  The International Carillion Festival features local and foreign carillonneurs. These musicians make harmony with old special church bells, the tradition began in the late 1600s in the Netherlands.

The Illinois State Fair is also one to mark on the calendar, taking place in late August. The State Fair is an extravaganza of music, food, horse races and other competitions, but above all, celebrates fun in the sun.  

In the opposite season " First Night Springfield" is a new year's eve celebration of music, film, dance, and theater.

The presence of the University of Illinois at Springfield pushes an added insurance of finding high quality educational events in the area as well as a lively bar scene.

After all of this excitement it can be easy to forget that the true culture of a land lies in its food. Don't forget to relax in a local restaurant for a taste of the character and culinary world of Illinois' capital.