Our Grillin' and Chillin' issue has plenty of ideas for fun for the rest of the summer. Learn where to see wildlife, including exotic animals, just a short drive from Springfield (no, not a zoo). Find out about all the upgrades – and a splash pad – in the works for Springfield parks. We also have suggestions on what to make for lunch or dinner when you can’t stand the thought of cooking, and recipes for sauces to top anything you might grill this summer. Plus, the community calendar includes numerous local events.

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