Downtown Coloring Pages

It’s been a little rainy lately and perfect for some artistic expression indoors. Arriving just as our longing to visit our favorite places downtown grows almost too much to bear…three coloring pages designed especially for fans of DSI by Dumb Records owner Brian Galecki!

Download any one page or all of them — they could make a good addition to your child’s May Day gift to your neighbors or a therapeutic activity for yourself.

Take a picture of your finished project and tag #DowntownSpringfieldInc and we’ll feature some of our favorites.

Help the Mayor Find PPE Coloring Page

Modern Man Coloring Page

Lincoln and his PPE Coloring Page

Downtown Restaurants with Delivery or Curb-side Pickup

We will keep adding to this list as we hear from our downtown businesses. Don’t forget to consider gift certificate purchases from restaurants, bars and retail as well!

Look for the bagged meters to pick up your order!


Arlington’s at 210 Broadway – menu online

VELE order online and pick up at Curate only Wednesday – Saturday from 4:30pm – 8:30pm

Buzz Bomb options from the tap room including package beer, growlers, gift cards, and merchandise- pick up at 406 E Adams on Fridays 2-8pm & Saturdays 12-6pm

Jerk Shop Go – menu online – call for pick-up (217)717-0299

Anvil & Forge brews available – pick up at 619 E Washington

Cafe Moxo – order online

Sangamo Club – members can order carryout by phone from 10 am – 6 pm daily (menu via direct daily email)

Head West Subs at 530 E Capitol Ave – order online for pick up

La Piazza open during Lunch Tues – Sunday 11am – 2pm and Dinner 2pm – 7pm – menu here and call for pick up at 217-572-1442

Coopers Streatside offering Take and Bakes available for pick-up Tuesday from 10am – 12noon & 3pm- 5pm curbside. Please place orders by 6pm Monday 3/16

Anchors Away order online and pick up at 518 E Capital

Obed & Isaac’s Microbrewery & Eatery – Offering curbside pick-up including growlers and $1.00 OFF crowlers (32 Oz. Can)

Order online and pick up at Incredibly Delicious 925 S 7th 7:30 am – 3 pm

Feed Store pick up from 11 am – 3 pm M-F – see menu then call (217) 528-3355

Saputos will be doing curbside service from 11AM-7PM. 801 East Monroe. Check out the menu and call ahead (217) 544-2523.

Pease’s at BUNN Gourmet (DSI Member) – call for carryout/curbside orders at 217-793-1840. Through Friday, March 19, you can order a pastry to go with it for 25% off.

Jimmy John’s at 219 S 6th – order online

Wm Van’s Coffee Shop 8 am – 3 pm Order online and pick up

Long Nine Junction at 5 W Old State Capitol Plaza – menu on Facebook and call (217) 210-2400

Augie’s Front Burner at 109 S 5th St. – Orders taken Tuesday-Saturday with pick up times from 4-6:30pm – menu posted on Facebook and order online

Loukinens on 4th – Monday-Friday from 11am – 6pm, call 217-670-1363
or email your order after reviewing the menu here 

Tacology 101 at 219 S 5th – open Wed – Sat from 3-8 – order online for immediately curbside pickup from the full menu or choose the new Family Dinner Box

CURRENTLY CLOSED DiPiero’s Italian Restaurant – menu on Facebook then call (217) 572-1410.



Cafe Moxo – order online – $30 minimum gets you free delivery

Custom Cup – order online

Arlington’s – via UberEats

Jerk Shop Go via Door Dash or via UberEats or via GrubHub

Maldaners – via GrubHub

Head West Subs – order online

La Piazza via

Tokyo Mini Mart & Wheels is a bicycle delivery service – book on Facebook

Anchors Away via DoorDash

Aztca via DoorDash

Incredibly Delicious – find out more

Feed Store via 

Pease’s at BUNN Gourmet (DSI Member) via UberEats or via GrubHub

Jimmy John’s – order online

We’re Open This Weekend

Downtown will be open this weekend. Check our Facebook page for up-to-the-minute event happenings.

To celebrate the St Patrick’s Day holiday, the City is allowing plastic or aluminum containers of alcohol outside from 11 am – 5 pm on Saturday, March 14th. Drinks must be purchased at a participating downtown bar as outdoor sales are not allowed.


  • Buzz Bomb Brewery opens at 10 am on Saturday and for Boozy Brunch on Sunday
  • Club Station House opens at 9 am on Saturday
  • Anvil and Forge opens with new releases at 8 am on Saturday
  • Craft Beer Bar opens at noon on Saturday
  • Gin Mill opens at noon
  • Celtic Mist opens at 10 am on Saturday
  • Floyd’s Thirst Parlor opens at 7 am on Saturday
  • JP Kelly’s opens at 7:30 am on Saturday
  • Frankie’s Brewhaus opens at 8 am with breakfast and beverages on Saturday
  • The Incubator opens at 10 am on Saturday
  • The Alamo opens at 8 am with breakfast burritos on Saturday
  • WetBar opens at 11 am on Saturday
  • Try Terra Ferment from 2 – 11 pm on Saturday


  • Obed and Isaac’s from 11 am – 11:30 pm
  • Boone’s Saloon opens at 8am with breakfast
  • Robbie’s Restaurant will be open 11am-3pm Saturday serving their corned beef & cabbage along with potatoes & Irish soda bread
  • Long Nine Junction open from 11 am – 3 pm
  • VELE will be open for regular dinner service on Friday and Saturday (4 pm bar 5 pm dinner – 11 pm)
  • Cafe Moxo open 6:30 a – 3 pm on Saturday and free delivery for orders over $30 (every day except Sunday)
  • La Piazza open 11 am – 10 pm on Saturday
  • Di Piero’s open 5 -10 pm on Saturday
  • Order online from Head West
  • Maldaner’s Restaurant is open from 5 – 10 pm on Saturday
  • Tacology 101 open from 11 am – 5 pm
  • Anchors Away open from 11 am – 10 pm
  • Try the new Jerk Shop Go from 11 am – 9 pm
  • Saputo’s open starting at 5 pm
  • Springfield Carriage Company 8 am – 8 pm with green eggs and ham and free mimosas
  • Enjoy Coffee Cake Donuts with green icing and Green Tea Cupcakes from Wm Van’s Coffee House from 7a-7p


  • Willow & Birch’s online store offers 17% off through Sunday
  • Springfield Vintage is open 11 – 5 pm with 20% off all day Saturday
  • Dumb Records is open 10 am – 8 pm with bands starting at 7 pm (all ages show)
  • Murphy’s Loft is open from 10 am – 5 pm on Saturday
  • Corrine’s Closet is open from 10 am – 7 pm on Saturday
  • Studio on Sixth is open from 10 am – 5ish
  • Wild Rose is open 10 am – 5 pm
  • Reverie Apparel is open 10 am – 2 pm
  • Itty Bitty Fashion Trunk is open 10 am – 2 pm
  • The Elf Shelf open 10 am – 3 pm

Our neighborhood understands that some people may be social distancing right now. If you choose to go out, please keep your hands washed & clean and don’t shake hands.

Whatever you decide, we encourage everyone to please continue to support local business. Please consider taking one of these actions this week:

-Buy Gift Certificates
-Order Restaurant Delivery for a Friend Who Is Freaking Out
-Donate Your Ticket Costs Back to the Venue if Event Has Been Cancelled
-Fill A Growler and Take It Home
-Give to Cultural Institutions
-Give to Social Service Agencies
-Be Mindful with Your Health and Health of Your Neighbors

Generous tipping is also very much appreciated. People working in Springfield’s very important hospitality industry don’t always get sick leave and very small businesses don’t have an army of staff.

This is going to be tough going for a while and we appreciate your support!

Public Works Downtown Projects Open House

The community is invited to view and provide feedback on the the proposed plans for downtown Springfield including traffic light upgrades, discussion of one-way to two-way streets, downtown beautification, and new parking meter technology.

Galentine’s Day Shopping Event

Join Downtown Springfield Inc for a special addition of Why Not Wednesday, “Galentine’s Day.” Stroll the shops for our extended hours, 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm, with your best friends! One lucky shopper will win a basket full of your favorite goodies from downtown. Make sure to grab a bite or a tasty beverage for a perfect end to a fun evening.

Participating Springfield Vintage, Studio on 6th, the Original Art Co-op, Reverie Apparel, Dumb Records, The Roost, Itty Bitty Fashion Truck, Daisy Jane’s, Wild Rose, Murphy’s Loft, and Corrine’s Closet.

FY 2021 City Budget Hearings

Last night, DSI went to the City of Springfield budget hearings for the three departments our organization works with the most: Economic Development, Convention and Visitors Bureau, and Public Works. The departments were offering their proposals for the FY2021 city budget which starts March 1, 2020. Here are some highlights from the presentations and discussion with Aldermen of interest to those of us who care about downtown.


In three years, the TIF will have positive cash flow. There is no cash available for payouts for obligated projects this fiscal year. Annually, the TIF pays $1.4M to the County to disperse to the taxing districts, including District 186. This fiscal year, $1.25M will go to the YMCA project at 4th and Carpenter, $450,000 is targeted for DK Collections’ hotel project at 4th and Washington, and another $165,000 needs to be paid for the sewer project on the north side of the Y Block. Discussion included whether the City would bond against future TIF projects.


There has been a 550% increase in visitors to the Visitors Bureau since it opened its visitors center on the Plaza vs when it welcomed visitors at its headquarters on 7th Street. There were 17,000 people who stopped in in 2019. We advocated for a Plaza visitors pop up back in 2017 and we’re thrilled with the results.


The Convention and Visitors Bureau’s budget includes a $54,000 “wrapped” van to utilize for interstate travel when hunting for new conventions and for local events and site visits.


CVB will be working with other local organizations on a local pride marketing campaign.


Convention bookings turned definite 20% higher in 2019. Route 66 Living Legends program will be rolled out Spring 2020. A new billboard on N Peoria Rd (near ISF Gate 4) directs southbound visitors downtown to the Visitors Center. The graphics are at right. Northbound, a Route 66 tease and another for travelers heading out of town to return to Springfield.


City has sent out the same RFP they used 18 months ago again. Public Works plans to hold a public input meeting in a few months.

The current RFP calls for upgrading 200 of the 1400 meters downtown to be able to accept a credit card. Much discussion with Aldermen about whether this is the right strategy.

Staff admits that some meters are not used much in the outskirts and may consider taking them out.


Public Works has $100,000 in its proposed budget for an inventory of Springfield’s trees and a plan to replace them. Aldermen displayed skepticism for the price tag for this consultant. This is an initiative of the Mayor’s Urban Forestry Commission.


Public Works said Gotcha will be launching their bike share program in downtown this spring.


Along with the modernization of traffic signals which have outlived their useful life and need to be replaced, the City intends to convert several downtown streets back to two-way (as they were previously in the 1950’s and before) for easier navigation and safety.

Regarding the costs — $4.3M is the cost for overall signal modernization and two-way street conversion of 4th, 7th and Adams as the first phase. If the City reversed course and decided not to do the conversion back to two way (which DSI would oppose), the cost of the modernization would be $3.4M.


The Mayor’s beautification proposal includes downtown and the major corridors of the city. It was unclear how the routes would be prioritized. Public Works said they would be putting together a five year plan for this and their other projects.

Public Works mentioned installing a street arch at First Street. We’re not sure what this is, but we’re asking! Sounds like the replacement of something historic to go along with the Mayor’s beautification proposal.


The Economic Development budget included $50,000 for DSI’s economic development work.


Downtown is represented by two aldermen – Andrew Proctor (Ward 5) and Shawn Gregory (Ward 2).

First Night Springfield

Thirty-three years. That’s how long ago Springfield’s annual CELEBRATION OF THE ARTS began. It was the first one west of the Alleghenies and remains the longest-running in Illinois. Although there are fewer venues now than in 1987, the quality of entertainment offered is as great as ever.


For adults, the cost is $18 when purchased by December 30 or $20 on December 31. The cost is $5 for children ages 5 through 18. Under age 5, free. Wristbands are available in-person at the Hoogland Center for the Arts box office or online at the link below.

Find out how you can volunteer or participate as a youth artist or musician.

Scroll to bottom for associated road closures for fireworks.


Please venture downtown on New Year’s Eve to enjoy a fine and varied array of performing and visual arts. In the afternoon from 1:00 to 4:00, free children’s crafts and performances will be offered at Springfield High School. In the auditorium there at 4:15, Mark Gifford will perform on the Barton Theatre Organ ($5 admission or First Night wristband).

5:00 marks the start of the evening’s entertainment on multiple stages at the Hoogland Center for the Arts and the Lincoln Home Visitors Center. A display of art created by young people will be open on the lower level of the Hoogland Center, too, as part of the All-inclusive Space.

At 7:00, performances will begin at Dumb Records on Monroe Street.

The traditional First Night fireworks display will begin at 8:00 at Fourth Street and Capitol Avenue. The fireworks are designed by Nostalgia Pyrotechnics under the direction of Carl Steinmacher.

Following the fireworks, another round of First Night performances will begin at Dumb Records, Hoogland Center for the Arts, and Lincoln Home Visitors Center.

The celebration concludes at 11:15 so that attendees can get home or to a favorite spot to ring in the New Year.

Sheila Walk, Arts Council interim executive director, notes, “During all those years I enjoyed attending First Night Springfield with friends, I never imagined that one day I’d help to organize the Arts Council’s signature event. There are so many moving parts, from city permits to publicity to program design, from piano tuning to performer contracts. I don’t know if one person could manage it all. I am so grateful for the help of summer interns, board members, and volunteers. Courtney Wick contacted entertainers and arranged the schedule. Misty Hagstrom is laying out the event program. Sue Shaw and Lindee Hall are managing the silent auction and (new this year) raffle. Ronda Brinkman is handling the afternoon at Springfield High. The board is selling program ads and finding sponsors, essential since this is our annual fund-raiser. Yes, it’s hard work – but it’s important to provide the community with a family-friendly, alcohol-free, handicapped-accessible way to bring 2019 to a close. I’m proud that the Arts Council can continue to fulfill its mission to enrich the community through the arts in such a fine and festive way.”


Capitol Avenue between 2nd and 4th will be red bagged on Monday December 30th 2019 at 2 pm.

The Supreme Court and State Library parking lots need to be empty by noon on December 31st.By 6:45 pm on December 31st, Public Works will close Capitol between 2nd and 5th and close Fourth Street north of Jackson.

All streets will reopen at 8:45 pm or when fireworks workers are out.

Red bags will be removed early morning of January 2nd.

DSI’s Old Capitol Holiday Walks

Santa has been loading up his sleigh…and Christmas is just four more days away! This is the final Old Capitol Holiday Walk of the season — but plenty of your favorite downtown businesses will be open in the coming days for your last minute gift-buying!

Here are today’s special activities:

-Shopping for gifts!! And maybe a little something for yourself….
-Dining at some of Springfield’s best restaurants
-Be ready to make your own #HallmarkMoment
-Free! Santa in the Old State Capitol (1-5 pm)
-Watch for the SYPG Elves (2-5 pm)
-Visit with Mr. and Mrs. Lincoln (1-5 pm)
-Free! Horse-Drawn Carriage Rides by Red Gate Farm (pick up at 5th and Adams from noon – 3 pm)
-Free! Grab a ride in the Santa Van (1-4 pm)
-Grab a tasty beverage and enjoy the downtown scene
-Watch “A Message at Midnight” Play at the Lincoln Home at 7 pm

DSI’s Old Capitol Holiday Walks

Downtown Springfield is the perfect backdrop for your holiday season! Just like our favorite Hallmark movies, spending time in the downtown district allows you to create your own story line of holiday magic…

Here are tonight’s special activities:

-Shopping for gifts!! And maybe a little something for yourself….
-Dining at some of Springfield’s best restaurants
-Be ready to make your own #HallmarkMoment
-Free! Santa in the Old State Capitol
-Watch for the SYPG Elves
-Free! Horse-Drawn Carriage Rides by Red Gate Farm (pick up at 5th and Adams)
Parents Night Out at the Kidzeum (with a donation)
-Take a selfie at the SMTD Lighted Bus at 4th and Adams
-Special performance by Franklin Middle School at 6:30 pm in Old State Capitol
-“A Message at Midnight” Play at the Lincoln Home at 7 pm
-Grab a tasty beverage and enjoy the downtown scene

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