Saturday Shop Hop Guided Tour

It’s our monthly Saturday Shop Hop Guided Tour! We’ll take you on a behind-the-scenes tour of 12 of our downtown specialty shops. Meet at Studio on 6th at 1 pm. Reservations appreciated, not required: 217-494-4134.

Lincoln’s Ghost Walk: Legends and Lore

This 90-minute walking tour uses the Lincoln sites as the backdrop for strange and bizarre stories surrounding Lincoln’s life and death. This is largely a factual history tour including the known ghostly lore. Suitable for all ages, strange not scary.

Cost: $15 adults, $8 kids 8-17, free under 7,
$12 seniors/military

Tour begins #1 Old State Capitol Plaza, corner of 6th and Adams St, in front of the Lincoln-Herndon Law Office historic site. Tour ends at the Lincoln Depot on Monroe St. between 9th and 10th St.

Reservations not needed buy tickets on arrival, minimum of 6 adults to operate, no max, ADA

This tour is a “must do” while in Springfield.

Architectural Walking Tour

The Old State Capitol Plaza is the heart of downtown Springfield. Meet someone by the Lincoln family statue.
The Old State Capitol Plaza is the heart of downtown Springfield. Meet someone by the Lincoln family statue.

Meet at the Lincoln Family Statute on the Old State Capitol Plaza at 5:30 pm to join Anthony Rubano of the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency for DSI’s popular FREE walking tour, where Anthony discusses the architectural styles, materials, and treatments that make up historic downtown Springfield. He will also talk about design successes and areas for improvement along the way, with a complimentary reception at a downtown business to cap off the excursion.

For the September tour, Anthony will be headed down 5th Street with stops that include the Executive Mansion and the Vachel Lindsay Home. The easy walking tour lasts 1 ½ hours and will conclude with a complimentary reception hosted by the Dana-Thomas House.

The House was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright in 1902 for Susan Lawrence Dana, a forward-thinking socialite living in Springfield, Illinois. The home, the 72nd building designed by Wright, contains the largest collection of site-specific, original Wright art glass and furniture. Wright’s first “blank check” commission, the home has 35 rooms in the 12,000 square feet of living space which includes 3 main levels and 16 varying levels in all.

Rightfully regarded as a local treasure, the DTH is a gorgeous house museum. Following its acquisition of the House, the Illinois State Historic Preservation Agency undertook a major restoration project. The results yielded a beautifully preserved example of Mr. Wright’s genius.

Beyond the essence of an architectural masterpiece of international significance, the house is a brilliant showcase of craftsmanship in glass doors, windows and light fixtures; terra cotta sculpture and an exquisite mural; it is the best preserved and most complete of Frank Lloyd Wright’s early “Prairie” houses.

The Architectural Walking tours are free, open to the public and last about 1 ½ hours, always finishing at a wonderful downtown establishment.

Second Saturday’s Shop Hop

Our downtown shops and restaurants welcome you with special activities and free snacks! A guided tour of downtown’s artisan shops from 1-3 pm on the Second Saturday of each month from May-October. Meet at Studio on 6th, the Original Art Co-op at 1 pm. Reservations appreciated, not required, at 522-8006.

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