Best of Springfield®


Arts, Culture & Entertainment

Abraham Lincoln historic site
Lincoln’s New Salem
State Historic Site
15588 History Lane, Petersburg, 632-4000

Finalists: Lincoln Home National Historic Site, The Lincoln Tomb, Old State Capitol

Tourist spot in Springfield not related to Abraham Lincoln
Dana-Thomas House
301 E. Lawrence Ave., 782-6776

Finalists: Cozy Dog Drive In, Illinois State Fair, Washington Park, Illinois State Museum

Museum Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum

212 N. Sixth St., 558-8844
Finalists: Illinois State Museum, Kidzeum, Springfield Art Association Edwards Place, Springfield and Central Illinois African American History Museum

Radio personality or team
Dave & Dina - 101.9 The Wolf

Finalists: Jim Leach - WMAY, DJ Blake - WDBR, Sam Madonia - Sports Radio 1450, Lynch - WYMG

Drive-time radio show
NPR All Things Considered - WUIS

Finalists: Dave & Dina - 101.9 The Wolf, WDBR Morning Show with DJ Blake, Jim Leach - WMAY, Josh Roberts, The Ride Home - 104.5 WFMB

Virtual/online theater performance - female lead
Mary Kate Smith - Songs for a New World

Finalists: Betsy Buttell - Spirit of Lincoln, Campbell Coker, Tiffany Reich, Betsy Buttell - Music Revue

Virtual/online theater performance

male lead Keith Bradbury - Spirit of Lincoln

Finalists: Damien Kaplan - Songs for a New World, Randy Dunham - Ghostlight Series, Rick Dunham, Tony Young - Spirit of Lincoln

Director of local theater
Gus Gordon - Hoogland Center for the Arts
420 S. Sixth St., 523-2787

Finalists: Scott Richardson - The Legacy Theatre, Cynthia Higginson, Craig Williams, Jr., Gil Opferman

Place to see a play or musical indoors
Hoogland Center for the Arts
420 S. Sixth St., 523-2787

Finalists: UIS Performing Arts Center, The Legacy Theatre, Springfield Theatre Centre, Springfield High School auditorium

Place to see a play or musical outdoors

The Muni
815 E. Lake Shore Drive, 793-6864

Finalists: Theatre in the Park, Lincoln’s New Salem State Historic Site

Art studio/gallery
Springfield Art Association
700 N. Fourth St., 523-2631

Finalists: The Pharmacy Gallery & Art Space, Whimsy Tea Company, SAA Collective, DIM Art House

Visual artist
Felicia Olin

Finalists: Alexandra Rossi, Jeff Williams, Bri Skeels, Monica Suzanne Hohimer, Devin Larson

Public art/mural (intersections)
Grab-A-Java, Inc.
1702 S. Sixth St., 523-5282
3115 Hedley Road, 698-9773

Finalists: Penny Lane Gifts, Abraham Lincoln on The Alamo, Clay’s Popeye’s BBQ, Monster Pawn

Place to buy local art
Edwards Place Fine Art Fair - Springfield Art Association
700 N. Fourth St., 523-2631

Finalists: Studio on 6th, Wild Rose, Whimsy Tea Company, DIM Art House

Free entertainment
Curve Inn
3219 S. Sixth St., 529-5806

Finalists: Levitt AMP Springfield Music Series, Buzz Bomb Brewing Company, International Carillon Festival - Thomas Rees Memorial Carillon, 217 Burlesque & Curiosities

Festival/event (non-music) you missed the most

Old Capitol Art Fair

Finalists: Memorial’s Festival of Trees, Illinois State Fair, Phoenix Center PrideFest, Route 66 Mother Road Festival

Local Comedian

Blake Stevens

Finalists: Johnny Molson, Jeremy Nunes, Jeff Tolbert, Larry Smith

Charity event
Memorial’s Festival of Trees

Finalists: Fat Ass 5K & Street Party for Charity, Girls on the Run 5K, Legacy of Giving Music Festival, Phoenix Center’s Fall GAYla

Place to go downtown Old Capitol Farmers Market

Finalists: Obed and Isaac’s Microbrewery & Eatery, The Feed Store, Buzz Bomb Brewing Company, Dumb Records

Local living author
Shatriya Smith

Finalists: Taylor Pensoneau, Tara McAndrew, Eric Woods, Jeremy Nunes

Local podcast
Ray Lytle’s Morning Disaster

Finalists: I Think You’re Gonna Like This, Night Terrors Radio, Intentional Dangerfield, Kpop Kimichi

Local sports team (team and sport)
Springfield Sliders - baseball
1415 North Grand Ave. East, 679-3511

Finalists: Rochester High School football, Springfield Jr. Blues, Sacred Heart Griffin football, Springfield High School baseball

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