Abraham Lincoln was onto something when he moved to Springfield, the third and current capital of Illinois. The centrally located, family-friendly city is home to numerous attractions and historical sites like Lincoln Home National Historic Site, Lincoln Tomb, nearby New Salem State Historic Site (the village Lincoln lived in for six years), and Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum.
Did You Know? For just $3 per day, attendees can get unlimited rides on the city bus line, which hits the majority of visitor sites.
History buffs will enjoy the Old State Capitol, which is “really fantastic for a group of the right size, as you can actually sit down and have a meeting in the House of Representatives,” says Dawn Bernardes, sales manager at the Springfield CVB. Other noteworthy sites include Poetry Coffeehouse, Vachel Lindsay Home. And Dana-Thomas House, which contains the largest collection of site-specific, original Frank Lloyd Wright art glass and furniture.
The renovated Prairie Capital Convention Center has more than 65,000 square feet of meeting space and a seating capacity of nearly 9,000.
Springfield Quick Facts
Area guest rooms: 4,000-plus | Nearest airport: Abraham Lincoln Capital Airport | Convention center: Prairie Capital Convention Center | Meeting rooms: 16 | Total meeting space: 65,000 square feet