Springfield (Illinois)

Springfield is a city located in the center of the state of Illinois, USA. It is the capital of Illinois, not Chicago (as to avoid the Windy Cindy from having too much clout in the state) as well as the county seat of Sangamon County. Springfield is best known for its most famous resident, Abraham Lincoln, and the several historic sites related to him.

The Illinois State Capitol Building

Get in

By car

I-55 approaches from the north and south. US-36 and I-72 approach from the east and west. Downtown has readily available curbside metered parking as well as an underground garage beneath the Old State Capital. Most attractions have ample parking in adjacent lots or garages.

By plane

By train

By bus

Get around

Local transit





  • State and Laurel (E of MacArthur Blvd),  +1 217 523-3721. M-Sa 9AM-5PM, Su 11AM-5PM.
  • Parkway Pointe Shopping Center (off Veterans Pkwy),  +1 217 793-9868. M-Sa 9AM-9PM, Su 11AM-5PM.
  • Sangamon Center North (off Sangamon Ave),  +1 217 528-2810. Mo-Sa 9AM-5PM, Su 11AM-5PM.


One of the legendary food items that is part of the heritage of Springfield is the horseshoe sandwich. The horseshoe sandwich originated in Springfield, Illinois sometime in the early 20th century at the Leland Hotel. You can get horseshoe sandwiches at most Springfield restaurants, at some restaurants in central Illinois, and at a few restaurants in other parts of the state. Horseshoes are not generally served outside of Illinois.

A traditional horseshoe is two hamburgers each on a piece of toast with fries and cheese sauce over the top. Variations now include broiled(or deep fried) tenderloins, shaved ham, shaved chicken and even vegetarian variations. A pony shoe is half a horseshoe - a sufficient quantity for most people.






Stay safe

Its homicide rate is fully 66% LOWER than several Illinois cities. Visitors to the capitol city will find an inviting, friendly community that has been ranked 6th least expensive to live in the entire United States. The cost of touring Springfield's many historic sites is more than reasonable, as well, because most Lincoln sites are free.

Go next

Routes through Springfield

St. Louis Carlinville  S/SW  N/NE  Lincoln Chicago
Bloomington Sherman  N  S  Litchfield St. Louis
Hannibal Jacksonville  W  E  Decatur Champaign
St. Louis Litchfield  W  E  Sherman Bloomington
END  N  S  Carlinville Jct W E

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