Cultural Arts

Conn’s Hospitality Group
625 E. Monroe St.

Conn’s Hospitality Group started with Roy Conn’s first Springfield restaurant in 1948. More than seven decades and many successful ventures later, Roy’s son, Court and his wife, Karen, and Court’s sons, Casey and Adam, now run operations that include Inn at 835, Obed & Isaac’s Microbrewery & Eatery, Wm. Van’s Coffee House, and Merchant House. Each business is located in a different historic home or building in downtown Springfield and Peoria, Illinois that has been lovingly and carefully restored by the Conn family. Several of the properties’ ownership history can be traced back through the Conn family’s lineage.
Dana Thomas House Foundation & Sumac Shop
301 E. Lawrence Ave.

The Dana-Thomas House (DTH) 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.

Monday-Tuesday 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
Wednesday-Sunday 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. (last tour 3:45 p.m.)
Freesky Studios
Springfield, IL

FreeSky Studios is a Springfield, IL based mural and sign painting business founded by lead artist and business owner, Troy Freeman to provide commercial and residential clients with a professional source for quality, licensed and insured creative work. With over 20 years experience, we focus on delivering quality service marked with exceptional talent and professionalism in every project we do.
Good Heart Tattoos
414 E Monroe
Springfield, IL

It is owner Benny DeWitt’s goal to bring the absolute best tattooing home to Springfield and to build the culture and space it deserves.

Tuesday – Saturday
Noon – 7ish
(217) 572-1661

Grand Opening featuring More than a Dozen Tattoo Artists, the Best in the Midwest
Saturday, November 9 Noon – 8 pm

Hoogland Center for the Arts
420 South 6th Street

The Hoogland Center for the Arts provides the community with a venue to foster an understanding of and appreciation for the arts, enhance artistic expression and communication, and to enrich community interaction.

Ticket Office: Monday through Friday 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and two hours before each performance.
Administrative Office: Monday through Friday 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

This weekend the Hoogland Center presents the drama “A Raisin in the Sun”. Nominated for four Tony Awards when it was originally staged in 1960, “A Raisin in the Sun” is a monumental piece of American theater that explores generational differences, race and gender roles, and the importance of morality. The characters are believable and heartbreaking, well-realized human beings, and their struggles against prejudice and hardship are as meaningful now as they were decades ago. Performances are in Theatre III with general admission seating on Nov. 11-13. Friday and Saturday performances are at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday performances are at 4:00 p.m. Tickets are $18 for adults, and $16 for seniors over 60 and students. To order tickets call (217) 523-2787.

Showing this November, “Crimes of the Heart” is a delightful, dark comedy presented by the Springfield Theatre Centre which follows three sisters who struggle with each of their own personal situations. Lenny, the oldest sister, is thirty and unmarried; Meg, the middle sister, is struggling with a failed singing career; and Babe, the youngest, is out on bail after having shot her husband. Their troubles, grave and yet somehow hilarious, are highlighted by their self-righteous cousin and by the awkward young lawyer who tries to keep Babe out of jail while helpless not to fall in love with her. Can these sisters escape the past to seize the future? Find out at “Crimes of the Heart”. The show runs Nov. 11 – 14 and 18 – 20 in the LRS Theatre. Friday and Saturday performances are at 8:00 p.m., and Sunday performances are at 2:00 p.m. Tickets are $18 for adults, and $16 for seniors over 60 and children under 12. To order tickets call (217) 523-2787.

Illinois State Museum
502 South Spring St.

The Illinois State Museum promotes discovery, lifelong learning, and stewardship of the natural and cultural heritage of Illinois. The Museum integrates its original research and diverse collections to advance knowledge and create thought-provoking exhibitions and educational programs and resources. These offerings engage people of all ages in their own discovery and lifelong learning about the natural and cultural heritage of Illinois and its place within the world. The Museum promotes stewardship of this heritage to improve quality of life and ensure a sustainable future.

M-Sa 9:00a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Sun Noon-4:30 p.m.
Kidzeum of Health and Science
412 E. Adams St

It’SNOT just fun, It’s educational!

Tickle a giant nose and make it sneeze! Learn how fast a sneeze travels.
Climb through the brain, spine and gooey intestines of our three-story human body exhibit featuring “Active Alex!” Learn about the major body systems and how to stay healthy
Create your own weather report at WKID Weather Station. Learn about weather patterns and what meteorologists do.
Plant your veggies in our interactive garden. Learn what foods help YOU grow.
Explore our splashy water table! Learn about soil erosion, floods and dams
Make yourself at home in our green-built playhouse. Learn about green home construction and see what’s hot and what’s not as you stand in front of our thermal-imaging camera!

Tuesday – Saturday 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Sunday 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Monday Closed
Springfield Area Arts Council
420 S. Sixth Street, Springfield, IL

Established in 1976, SAAC seeks to encourage and advocate on behalf of the performing and visual arts in Springfield and Sangamon and Menard counties. Its mission is met by promoting an awareness of the arts and the scheduling of arts activities and programs for audiences of all ages.

Monday through Friday 9:00 AM until 5:00 PM
Springfield Art Association
700 North 4th Street


The Springfield Art Association (SAA) a community based, non-profit organization*, promotes and supports the visual arts, provides art education opportunities for the greater Springfield area, and preserves and interprets historic Edwards Place and the collections of the SAA.

Monday-Friday 9:00-5:00
Studio on 6th
215 S. 6th St.
Springfield, IL

Studio on 6th is The Original Art Co-op in Historic Downtown Springfield where the participating local artists receive 100% of the sale of their work. The Studio is an ever-changing array of color and creativity featuring one-of-a-kind works of art made fresh daily by over 60 local artists. Purchases from our store can be found in homes from coast-to-coast and around the world.

Be sure to visit our Artsy Threads Clothing Boutique filled with handmade clothing and upscale recycled items from infant to children’s to teens to women’s sizes S–5X. Lots of lace and ruffles is our specialty, along with vintage and our up-cycled collection. Custom orders for all styles accepted.

Monday–Friday: 10:00am–5:30pm
Saturday: 10:00am–5:00pm
Open until 8:00pm Every First Friday
Open Some Sundays
Get a free Abraham Lincoln souvenir.

Get a FREE wine glass charm or necklace charm EVERY First Friday from 5:00–8:00pm

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