December 20, 2001
Security has recently become much tighter and visitors will be subject to searches and must be issued passes. Entrance to the building is only permitted from the west side and the north side doors.
Illinois politics in action can be viewed when the legislature is in session - generally from Jan. 20 to May 25 Tues. through Thurs. from the 4th floor galleries above the House and Senate chambers. A slew lobbyists can be observed on the 3rd floor "polishing the brass rail" - waiting to catch a legislator outside the chamber door. Members of the public can also sit in on committee hearings to see where most of the work of democracy takes place.
On the capitol grounds are many important sculptures and monuments to Lincoln, Dirksen, fallen police officers and more.
Free tours offered on the hour and half hour
Open Monday through Friday 8:00am-4:00pm and Saturday and Sunday 9:00am-3:30pm
There is a cafeteria in the basement of the capitol as well as the neighboring Stratton Bldg serving breakfast and lunch. Candy and souvenirs are available on the main level, west side in a kiosk. There is a full-service post office in the basement.
From journal Land and Town of Lincoln