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Corvairs on the Prairie - 2016 CORSA International Convention

Welcome to Springfield Illinois -- and the 2016 CORSA International Convention. The information provided on this page should help you plan for the upcoming convention. The convention format is similar to past conventinos, but there are always small adjustments in the schedule. Of course, the local tours, self guided and organized by the conventions, are unique to each convention locale. Springfield Illinios is most famous for its ties to Abraham Lincoln. Springfield is home to Lincolns final resting place, the Lincoln’s tomb, the only home he ever owned, his law pratice office and the state capitol which he served before being elected president. Springfield is also on the route of Historic Route 66 and includes numerous locations that were in existence during the Rt 66’s heyday plus many other sites dedicated to Rt 66. Join us, it is bound to be another historic CORSA convention

NEW   2016 Pocket Schedule   -- 1 page pdf Click to open, right click to save to your PC

Convention Index (click on link to navigate to each section)
Convention Results
Convention Venues
Convention Schedule
Registration
Events Descriptons
Banquet
Hospitality
Tours
Accommodations
Alternative Hotels
RV Parks and Camping
Trailer and Tow Vehicle Parking
Local Attractions
In the Area - Food, Stores, Entertainment
Area Map

Convention Results

The 2016 Reults are in PDF format which require Acrobat Reader.  Left Clink the hyperlink to view the results in your browser.

 

Briefly --

The Edward N Cole Award     Gary Greenwood

The Mitchell Best of Show     Richard Thompson   

Preservation Award              Richard Thomson

Don Yenko Award (FTD)        Warren LeVeque

 

2016 Cole Results  Corrected July 20,2016

2016 Concours Results   thanks to all the judges and tally people

2016 Autocross Results   thanks to Al Lacki for scoring systen

2016 Rally Results   CORRECTED and thanks to all the volunteers

2016 Econorun Results   more thanks to the volunteers, lots of them

2016 Car Display Results   more thanks to the volunteers

 

2016 CORSA Media Awards   Outstanding Web Site and Outstanding Newsletter Awards -- check the sites, they are awesome

 

2016 Model Conours   39 entries this year, the Dioramas were great. Also Valve Cover race winners are in this set

 

2016 Rally Answers

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Convention Venues
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Springfield Illinois
Visitors web page
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Welcome to Springfield, Illinois, the site of the 2016 CORSA International Convention, Corvairs on the Prairie, hosted the Prairie Capital Corvair Association on July 12-16. Drive, fly, or float (Abe arrived by canoe in 1831, honest.) to Springfield, Illinois to enjoy a very historic event. The history varies just like our Corvairs - from Abe Lincoln historic sites (Home, Tomb, old State capital where the Lincoln’s "House Divided" speach was first heard), to Historic Route 66 which spans from Chicago thru Springfield and then west to California. Plus historic Native American sites are nearby. Springfield is in the heartland of the Midwest with Midwest hospitality, our goal is to help you have a grand time in our grand city. By car, you'll find us on Interstate 55 (a.k.a. Route 66 for nostalgia lovers) where it intersects Interstate 72, just 200 miles from Chicago and 100 miles from St. Louis. By plane, Springfield’s Abraham Lincoln Capital Airport is linked with international gateway airports from Chicago O'Hare and Dallas-Fort Worth for daily flights. And, by train, Amtrak offers daily stops in Springfield from Chicago and St. Louis on the Amtrak route between the two larger cities. Greyhound Bus Lines also serves the Springfield area.

Convention Headquarters
Crowne Plaza Springfield Hotel
3000 S Dirksen Pkwy
Springfield, IL 62703

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The host hotel is the Crowne Plaza Springfield, right off I-55/I-72 near Lake Springfield. We have rooms reserved for our guests and plenty of on-site parking for both Corvairs and trailers. The host hotel will be the location for most of the convention events: the Concours 'd Elegance, car display, auto-cross, rally, economy run, and all meetings and tech sessions.

3000 South Dirksen Parkway, Springfield Illinois - 62703, United States
Hotel Front Desk: 1-217-529-7777 Fax: 1-217-529-6666

Room Rates for two days prior and two days after convention week are $99.00 per night plus tax. Free Parking, Wifi, Handicapped rooms
Direct link to Reserve your room is below
NOTE: The reservation defaults to the entire week, Monday thru Sunday. If you want alternative dates, click on Change Search, change the dates, and click on the new button "change Search" Even after you have completed the initial registration, you may modify it as needed.
CORSA International Convention Reservations

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Convention Schedule - Major events
Tuesday, July 12
Concours Operations and Classification2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Valve Cover Races8:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Wednesday, July 13
Concours Operations and Classification 7:00 am - 7:30 am 
Concours d'Elegance 9:00 am - 4:00 pm 
Thursday, July 14
Autocross9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Friday, July 15
Rally8:30 pm - Noon 
Economy Run1:00 pm - 3:30 pm 
Banquet & Awards7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Saturday, July 16
People’s Choice Car Display9:00 am - 2:00 pm
Stock Corvair Group Event9:00 am - 2:00 pm

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Convention Schedule - Meetings and Activities
Check Registration/Hospitality Room for last minute changes
Tuesday, July 12 Time (meeting locations are still being finalized)
Registration8:00 am - 7:00 pm
Vendor Sales8:30 am - 5:30 pm
Concours Judges Meeting11:00 am - noon
Hospitality11:00 am - 6:00 pm
Concours Participants' Meeting1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Concours Operations and Classification2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Cole Competitors Meeting5:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Newcomers' Orientation5:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Welcome Party7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Valve Cover Races8:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Wednesday, July 13
Concours Setup6:30 am - 8:00 am 
Concours Operations and Classification7:00 am - 7:30 am 
Tour: Lincoln Sites8:30 am - 5:30 pm 
Registration8:00 am - 5:00 pm 
Hospitality8:00 am - 6:00 pm 
Vendor Sales8:30 am - 7:00 pm
 
Concours d'Elegance9:00 am - 4:00 pm 
Tech Sesson: Yenko Panel (tentative)2:00 pm - 4:00 pm 
Model Car Setup3:00 pm - 5:00 pm 
Autocross Pre-Tech/Classification 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm 
1960 Caveman Group Meeting4:00 pm - 5:00 pm 
Air Vairs Group Meeting 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm 
Corvair Preservation Foundation Meeting 5:00 pm - 5:30 pm 
Chapter Editors, Webmasters, & Officers Meeting 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm  
CORSA Annual Meeting 6:45 pm - 7:30 pm  
Ultra Van Motorcoach Club Meeting 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm 
Yenko Stinger Group meeting7:30 pm - 8:30 pm 
Corvanatics Meeting8:30 pm - 10:00 pm 
Thursday, July 14
Autocross Tech Inspection7:30 am - 8:30 am 
Tour: Lincoln Sites8:30 am - 5:30 pm 
Tour: Caterpillar Visitor Center8:30 am - 5:30 pm 
Registration8:00 am - 5:00 pm 
Hospitality8:00 am - 6:00 pm 
Autocross Drivers Meeting8:30 am - 9:00 am 
Vendor Sales8:30 am - 7:00 pm 
Autocross9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Banquet Table Assignments
- Chapters
2:00 pm - 2:30 pm 
Banquet Table Assignments
-Individuals
2:30 pm - 4:00 pm 
Tech Sesson: Mike Dawson4:00 pm - 5:30 pm 
Tech Sesson: Haggerty Insurance6:30 pm - 8:00 pm 
V-8 Registry Group Meeting8:00 pm - 9:00 pm 
Stock Corvair Group Meeting8:00 pm - 9:00 pm 
Internet Forum/Virtual Vairs Group Meeting 9:00 pm - 10:30 pm 
Friday, July 15
Economy Run Participants Meeting7:00 am - 7:30 am 
Rally Participants Meeting7:30 am - 8:00 pm 
Rally8:00 am - Noon 
Registration8:00 am - Noon
Hospitality 8:00 am - Noon
Tour: Lincoln Sites8:30 am - 5:30 pm 
Vendor Sales 8:30 am - 5:00
Economy Run1:00 pm - 4:30 pm 
Cocktail Social Hour 5:30 am - 6:30 pm
Banquet & Awards6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Saturday, July 16
Car Display Setup8:00 am - 9:00 am
People’s Choice Car Display9:00 am - 2:00 pm
Stock Corvair Group Event9:00 am - 2:00 pm

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Registration

Registration is AVAILABLE. The paper form 2016 CORSA International Convention Registration Form

Left Clink the hyperlink to view the registration form and printnewsletter.  Right Click to save a copy to your computer. 
The form is in PDF format which requires Acrobat Reader (free download)

The on-line Registration form is also availabale -- sign into the CORSA website, then under User Tools is the 2016 registration link www.corvair.org

2016 Registration Link

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Events
Concours d'Elegance

The Concours will be just outside the main entrance to the hotel on the East side of the parking lot. Operations check will be done the day before using the road that drives behind the hotel - between the Crowne Plaza and the Holiday Inn Express. On the east side, just before the parking lot will be the judges. Rain provision will utilize the hotel entranceway -- yep, got that "covered". Car wash is on the back side of the host hotel, again between it and the Holiday Inn Express.

Economy Run

The Route is mostly flat as central Illinois is mostly flat. The route transverses two sections of Historic Route 66. The first section is a 1926-1930 alignment featuring brick pavement that has been restored by the State of Illinois – meaning it is relatively smooth. This approximately 1 mile section has a 90 degree bend and will provide a nice photo opportunity as it is not a heavily traveled road. There is a Route 66 tourist stop on the northeast end of this section that you may have time to visit. The Economy Run is being held on Friday afternoon, so getting back in time for the banquet should be kept in mind. The second section is a later alignment of Route 66 that features an 8 foot wide per lane concrete pavement. Wow, I did not realize how wide modern interstate lanes were until traveling this section of old Route 66. Imagine semi trucks passing by, even the smaller trucks from back in the day would have made for a tight squeeze. The route features mostly right hand turns and starts and ends at the Shell station just south of the host hotel. The planners avoided the oil and chip roadways that dot many of the secondary roads but still managed to do the route on two lane roads except for the road leading back to the hotel – a city street. I expect everyone to have a nice casual enjoyable time doing this Economy Run.

Model Car Concours d'Elegance

Expect to have a great area to exhibit your models, dioramas and valve cover racers -- yes, valve cover racers may be entered in the model concours, modifed class I think it is. We may provide an area for "display" only models and display, space permitting

Road Rally

The Route has not yet been fully planned but expect to travel parts of Historic Route 66. The route will be in the opposite direction of the economy run so doing both will allow you to see a lot of Route 66.

Autocross

The autocross will also be held at the Crowne Plaza in the same location as Concours. Should be some excellent viewing from the hospitality room.


Tech Sessions

These are still in the planning stages. Have three sessions planned, one the afternoon of the Concours, then two on Thursday, one late afternoon and the second in the evening.

Corvair Display

The Corvair Display will use the same area as the Concours, the parking lot on the East side of the hotel, just outside the main entrance. Car wash is on the back side of the host hotel, again between it and the Holiday Inn Express. Unfortunately, if it rains during this event, we all get a cool shower.

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Awards Banquet
Awards Banquet Menu

The menu has not been established yet, in part, because the Hotel Chef is re-working the menu options. However we do expect the main course options to include Prime Rib, Chicken Wellington, and Alaskan Salmon Should be scrumptious.

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Hospitality

This is the Midwest -- of course we're hospitible. Oh, the Hospitality room will be well stocked with Puzzles and other games to help promote a little camaraderie amongst all our Covair friends. The room is a bit out of the way on the 12th floor, but it is very spacious and overlooks the parking lot where all the Corvairs and Corvair outdoor vendors will be. The view is quite spetacular, for Springfield. Expect the usual refreshments -- light snacks, popcorn, soft drinks, water and coffee -- to be available.

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Tours
Lincoln Sites Tours  -- Wednesday, Thursday  and Friday

To facilitate visiting the many local Lincoln sites, the convention will be offering AC Tour bus tours for a nominal fee. Pre-registration is preferred because we only have two trolley buses and Lincoln's Home is only able to accomondate a limited number of visitors at a time. The Lincoln Sites tours will stop at the Springfield Lincoln sites, Home, Tomb, Old State Capital and teh Great Western Depot.

The Lincoln Tour will leave the Host hotel, The Crowne Plaza, at 8:30 a.m. each morning. The first stop will be the Great Western Train Depot. The depot is currently privately owned but will be open for our tours. History lesson: the depot is the station where Abraham gave his “Farewell to Springfield” speech when he departed for Washington for his first term as President.

The next stop is Abraham Lincoln’s final resting place in Oak Ridge Cemetery, Lincoln’s Tomb. It is also the final resting place of his wife, Mary Todd Lincoln, and three of their four children. Their oldest son, Robert Todd Lincoln, is buried at Arlington National Cemetery. If time permits, the tour bus will also pass the three war memorials on the other side of Oak Ridge Cemetery. They commemorate the Illinois lives lost in World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War. While visiting Lincoln’s Tomb, remember to rub Lincoln’s nose on the bust of Lincoln in front of the Tomb for good luck. No guarantees, however! The nose rub is a tradition that is older than our Corvairs.

After the visit to the Tomb, the group will be provided lunch as part of the tour package. The location and menu may vary but it will be home-style delicious and include tea, coffee or water.

After lunch – we head downtown to the Lincoln Home National Historic site, allowing a couple of hours to tour the home and neighborhood. From there, a short trip to the Illinois State Capitol is planned. With luck, you did rub Abe’s nose, right? The Old State Capitol, where Lincoln gave his "House Divided Speech" will be the capitol we get to tour. This building is located on the downtown square. Nearby is the under restoration Lincoln-Herndon Law Office. Currently, both historic sites are closed because of Illinois’ budget situation, but we are wishful that will change by the convention.


 
Catepillar Visitor Center Tour - Peoria Illinois. Thursday.

This tour will also start at 8:30 am and travel to Peoria Illinios. A tour guide is expected to ride along to provide commentary, entertainment along the route as their is much to see if your are made aware. Caterpillar is the leading manufacturer of construction and mining equipment in the world. The Center has on exhibit many of Caterpillar’s products, including the CAT797F, a two story tall dump trunk. The bus will leave the hotel at 8:30 a.m. on Thursday, arriving at the Caterpillar Visitors Center at 10:00 a.m. The tour package includes the premium Visitor Center ticket, which will allow you to tour all the various films and presentations that the Visitors Center offers.

Lunch will be on your own. Along the Peoria riverfront, the Illinois River, are several eateries that are within easy walking distance of the Visitors Center. These include, but are not limited to, Joe’s Crab Shack, Emack & Bolio’s Ice Cream Shop, Jimmy Johns (subway sandwiches), Hooters and many others. The Peoria Riverfront Art and Science Museum is next door to the Caterpillar Visitors Center and could fill the entire time allocation by itself. It should be open to those seeking additional things to see and do. The riverfront area is also home to numerous smaller shops and very interesting architecture that makes a riverside walk very enjoyable. Options, options, options. The tour bus will leave the Cat Visitors Center at 4:00 p.m. to get everyone back to the host hotel around 5:30 p.m. in time for dinner and attending the various convention meetings on Thursday evening

An alternative driving “shopping” tour for the quilting and craft-minded convention attendees is also in the works. Check the hospitality room for a sign up sheet
Several options for self driving tours include following Historic Route 66, Other historic sites include the Dana Thomas house, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, the Clayville Historic Site which has a stage coach stop dating to the 1850s. The inn is the oldest brick building in the area. the Chatham Railroad museum, a small railroad museum on Route 66 which through special arrangements, will be open Thursday.
And don't forget a visit to the New Salem State Historic Site near Petersburg Illinois. This is where Abe Lincoln first landed in Illinois serving as surveyor, post master and partner in the local stote.
Addtionally, About an hour’s drive east of Springfield is one of the CPF auxiliary museums - the Chevrolet Hall of Fame Museum in Decatur, Illinois. Worth the visit if time permits.
Route 66

Historic Route 66 - original Brick road. The trolley tours are not expected to follow Route 66, but that does't mean you can't tour them on your own. The Economy Run is expected to travel on this brick road portion of Route 66.

Route 66

Historic Route 66 road sign

Route 66

Historic Route 66 - Shea’s Gas Station MAY be open again by the time the convention arrives. It is undergoing a change in ownership and some restoration work.

Lincoln New Salem

Lincoln Sites - Lincoln New Salem State Historic site. A recreation of the village where Abe Lincoln was Post Master and a co-owner of a store.

Lincoln Tomb

Lincoln Sites - Lincoln’s Tomb, final resting place for Abe, Mary, and four of their five sons.

Old State Capitol

Lincoln Sites - Illinois Old State Capitol, Abe gave his "House Divided Speech" in this building.

Lincoln Home

Lincoln Sites - Lincoln’s Home, the only home Lincoln owned.

Corn field

And just for fun, an Illinois Corn Field.

Lincoln Statutethe Abraham Lincoln Stature in front of the current State Capital building
Lincoln Museumthe Abraham Lincoln Presidental Musuem and Library is located at 6th and Jefferson in Sprinfield.It is an outstanding facility dedicated to his memory and the times he lived in. A must see.
Lincoln StationThe Union Station in Springfield and surrounding park. It is located across the street from the Presedential Museum. This is NOT the rail station which Lincoln gave his Springfeild Farewell Speech. That Great Western Rail Station still exists, the upstairs is a law office, at 10th and Monroe
Lincoln NeighborhoodAbraham Lincoln Neighborhood has been recreated as it appeared in the 1860s, including original houses.
Lincoln Law OfficeLincoln and herndon Law Office at the corner of 6th and Adams near the Old State Capital building
Governor's Mansionthe Illinois Governors Mansion at 4th and Governor. It is currently being rehabituated after years of neglect.

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Accommodations - Host Hotel
Crowne Plaza Springfield Hotel
3000 S Dirksen Pkwy
Springfield, IL 62703

Hotel Front Desk: 1-217-529-7777 Fax: 1-217-5296666

Room Rates for two days prior and two days after convention week are $99.00 per night plus tax. Free Parking, Wifi, Handicapped rooms
Direct link to Reserve your room is below
NOTE: The reservation defaults to the entire week, Monday thru Sunday. If you want alternative dates, click on Change Search, change the dates, and click on the new button "change Search" Even after you have completed the initial registration, you may modify it as needed.
CORSA International Convention Reservations

Adjoining property. Holiday Inn Express 3050 South Dirksen Parkway , Springfield, IL 62703 , United States 1 888 HOLIDAY (Reservations) 1-217-529-7771 (Front Desk)

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Alternative Hotels
Alternative Hotel - CORSA International Convention Reservations

Holiday Inn Express  $99 per night Behind Crowne Address: 3050 S Dirksen Pkwy, Springfield, IL 62703 Phone:(217) 615-5057

 

 Hilton Garden Inn. 25 rooms at $99 per night includes breakfast.   The Hilton Garden Inn is a short walk from the Crowne Plaza on the same side of the street. Address: 3100 S Dirksen Pkwy, Springfield, IL 62703 Phone:(217) 529-7171 Link to the online reservation Hilton Garden

 

Residence Inn Springfield. a block of 25 rooms at $124. This is across the street and down the block from the host hotel. Walk may be a bit too far for many. the hotel rooms include a kitchenette - so is good for those who want to dine in during the week   Address: 2915 Stanford Ave, Springfield, IL 62703 Phone:(217) 527-1100

 

Comfort Suites - a block of 40 rooms at $99 - near Smokey Bones Restaurant, a short walk from the Crowne Plaza on the same side of the street.  Address: 2620 S Dirksen Pkwy, Springfield, IL 62703 Phone:(217) 753-4000

 

The below hotels are near the host hotel but we have not booked a block of rooms, at least not yet

Microtel Inn and Suites Across the street from the Crowne Plaza, doable walk, watch the traffic.  Address: 2636 Sunrise Dr, Springfield, IL 62703 Phone:(217) 753-2636

Hampton Inn is also across the street towards the south, not a bad walk -- again watch the traffic. Address: 3185 . Dirksen Parkway, Springfield, IL 62703 Phone:(217) 529-1100

Country Inn and Suites is towards the exit, down the street and across Stevenson -- another busy street. Address: 3092 Stevenson Dr, Springfield, IL 62703 Phone:(217) 544-5151

Days Inn a block or two further West from the Country Inn .  Address: 3000 Stevenson Dr, Springfield, IL 62703 Phone:(217) 529-9431

 Working on convention rates for addtional hotels Drury Inn, Country Inn and Suites and Fairfield Inn.   All near the Host hotel. Although may be a half mile to mile walk.

are pending when needed

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RV Parks and Camping

KOA is located near Lake Springfield - Approximately 7.5 miles from Crowne Plaza Camping also available at other locations around Springfield including but not limited to Riverside Park (9.5 from host hotel); The Illinois State fair grounds, New Salem State Historic Site (24, 18 miles from host hotel) and several other locations around Lake Springfield.

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Trailer and Tow Vehicle Parking

The north end of the parking lot at the host hotel is expected to be reserved for trailers and tow vehicles. The better they are parked, the more the lot can accommodate. The hotel staff does have experience with car shows. They can provide great suggestions, such as how much room to leave so you can get in and out with your trailer without disturbing anyone.

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Local Attractions
Close to the host hotel

Across the street from the Crowne Plaza is a shopping mall with several fast food options and a movie theater complex. Several casual restaurants are within a quarter of a mile. see Below for more details.

Around Springfield

Lincoln Related - Lincoln Home National Historic Site, Lincoln Tomb, Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, Lincoln’s New Salem State Historical Site, Illinois Old State Capitol, Lincoln Depot, Lincoln-Herndon Law Office, Lincoln family church pew, Lincoln bank ledger

Route 66 related - Historic Route 66 itself goes through town, Shea’s Gas Station Museum (by appointment only at this time), Cozy Dog Drive-in (the original!!), Route 66 Hotel & Conference Center (Route 66 memorabilia)

Knight’s Action Park - Water Park, Mini Golf, Go-Karts, Driving Range, Ferris Wheel.

Lake Springfield - Lincoln Memorial Garden & Nature Center, Henson Robinson Zoo, boat rentals

Museums (most are smaller sites) - Illinois State Museum, Illinois Fire Museum, Illinois State Military Museum, Air Combat Museum and many more

Other - Route 66 Drive-In Theater, Dana Thomas House (designed by Frank Lloyd Wright), Iles House (one of the first homes built in Springfield), Vachel Lindsay Home, Illinois Executive Mansion (yes, it is open for tours), Illinois State Capitol, Thomas Rees Memorial Carillon, Washington Park Botanical Gardens, Southwind Park (ADA accessible park)

In the region (Interstates 55, 72, 155 and 74 connect all listed towns with Springfield)

Decatur, IL (40 miles) - Chevrolet Hall of Fame Museum (has some CPF artifacts)

St Louis, MO (100 miles) - Cardinals baseball (Hall of Fame and Museum, Busch Stadium Tour, Ballpark Village, perhaps a game?), Mississippi River waterfront (Jefferson National Expansion Memorial - a.k.a. the “Arch,” stationary river boat casino), Forest Park (zoo, museums), Missouri Botanic Garden, “The Hill” (Italian-American district)

Peoria, IL (75 miles) - Caterpillar Visitors Center (interactive museum), Peoria Riverfront Museum (planetarium, children’s discovery center, folk art), stationary river boat casino

Hannibal, MO (100 miles) - Sites related to Samuel Clemens (Mark Twain) and Maggie Tobin (“Unsinkable” Molly Brown) who were both born in HannibalAcross the street from the Crowne Plaza is a shopping mall and a movie house

Others Dana Thomas House -Frank Lloyd Wright Design Iles House - one of the first homes built in Springfield Governors Executive Mansion -- yes it is open for tours Illinois State Capital Southwind Park - ADA accessible park New Salem Theatre in the Park Hoogland Center for the Arts Lincoln’s Ghost Walk

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Local Eateries and Entertainment Options
Close to the host hotel

The area around the hotel offers many restaurant choices, most within walking distance. The list includes local favorites to virtually all the major chains: McDonalds, Red Lobster, Hooters, IHOP, Bob Evans, Galinas (pizza), Panera Bread, Quiznos, Arby’s, Long John Silver’s, Cancun (Mexican), La Fiesta (Mexican), Smokey Bones (BBQ), Outback Steakhouse, Applebees, and Steak-n-Shake. A block south is a strip shopping center which includes Arby’s, Panara and McDonalds, local stores and a bar and grille with good food at inexpensive prices. The center also has an eight screen movie theatre. Now, a food alert, if your diet will permit it, try the signature dish of Springfield, the Horseshoe. The basic dish varies by eatery but consists of toasted bread topped with a meat of your choice, smothered with a creamy cheese sauce and then topped with fries (or hash browns if it’s a breakfast shoe). Since they are high in calories, a nice long walk visiting the local sites may be in order afterwards.

Springfield also has four live theater locations including New Salem’s Theatre in the Park, Hoogland Center for the Arts, the University of Illinois Springfield’s Sangamon Auditorium, and the Muni Opera. The first and last are both outdoor theaters. Nearby is the Route 66 Drive-in, which once was on Route 66 before the drive-in relocated. Not far from the host hotel is Lincoln Memorial Gardens and the Henson Robinson Zoo, both are located around Lake Springfield just south of the hotel. The Thomas Rees Memorial Carrillon and the Botanical Gardens are located in Washington Park on the west side of Springfield. On the southwest corner of town is Knight’s Action Park and Water Park including go-karts, a wave pool and large water slides. About an hour’s drive east of Springfield is one of the CPF auxiliary museums - the Chevrolet Hall of Fame Museum in Decatur, Illinois. Worth the visit if time permits.

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Convention Area Map
Will add a local map soon

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