Springfield Journals

Lincoln's Hometown

A July 2005 trip to Springfield by KP8

Quote: Visit the Illinois capital to see all of the Lincoln sites, including the fabulous new presidential library that opened in April 2005. His home and tomb are also popular sites in this Route 66 destination. We're 90 minutes from St. Louis and 3 hours from Chicago.

D'Arcy's Pint

Restaurant

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This is a local hotspot. It has a full bar, but a nice nonsmoking area, and plenty of families were there. The wait can be quite long, but don't be frightened away- many people leave instead of waiting, and we only waited about 30 minutes. This is the best spot for horseshoes, open-faced sandwiches with beef, spicy chicken, turkey, or many other choices, topped with fries and covered with melted white cheese. My husband and our out-of-town guests loved it. I opted instead for a muffaletta, an Italian sandwich with meats, cheese, and olive spread in a special loaf. They made it right. The menu has many sandwiches and some other hot items. It is definitely worth a short wait ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 28, 2005

D'Arcy's Pint
1577 Wabash Ave.
Springfield, Illinois 62704
(217) 787-2102

Xochimilco Mexican Food

Restaurant | "Xochimilco"

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Great Mexican place. I like the chicken burrito, and my husband likes the chimichangas. They have nightly specials, and Thursdays are margarita night, so it is a little crowded then. People say the drinks are good.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 28, 2005

Xochimilco Mexican Food
2941 W Iles Avenue
Springfield, Illinois 62704
(217) 546-3116

Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library & Museum

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Attraction | "A. Lincoln Presidential Library & Museum"

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Great crowds have been here since its opening, so allow a few hours to see the exhibits, movie, and presentation. One nice feature about the museum is that you get a sticker upon entering, and you can come and go as many times as you choose during the day, giving you time to go out and catch some lunch in the area cafés or tour the farmer's market on Wednesday and Saturday mornings. It is a great perk! The museum features an introductory multimedia movie and a presentation by a museum "historian." These make this museum unique, as it engages you and your senses in ways other history museums do not. Kids seem to really enjoy them, and if you are not familiar with Lincoln's life and times, I definit...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 28, 2005

Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library & Museum
212 North Sixth Street
Springfield, Illinois 62701
(217) 558-8844

Brief Visit to the Land of Lincoln

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Story/Tip

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Visit the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum for an interactive, balanced look at the nation's 16th president. Next, go to his restored home, a National Park Service site, then the tomb where his body was interred after his assassination in 1865. You can also tour his law offices, the "old" state capitol that he helped to secure for Springfield, and the reconstructed frontier village, New Salem, where he first lived as a single young man. Also in Springfield, see Frank Lloyd Wright's architecture at the Dana-Thomas home, then admire the beautiful "new" state capitol rotunda. For water-sports enthusiasts, Lake Springfield is a large lake popular with boaters and skiers. Motorcyclists ...Read More