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Sidewalks are made to be walked on

We always seem to have to walk all the way around the Capitol buildings because there is only one... read more

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Dianna P
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Independence, Missouri
No tours, but still worth a walk around the block

I went during the Illinois Bridge Phase (early June 2021). As of June 10, 2021, the sign on the... read more

Reviewed 12 June 2021
Michelle R
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Elgin, Illinois
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Reviewed 12 May 2021 via mobile

Beautiful building on the outside we were not allowed to tour the inside because the government was in session. Very little parking for guests only paid parking on the street unless you have some type of permit to be there. Not very friendly place for visitors.

Date of experience: May 2021
Thank Aaron N
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Reviewed 26 April 2021 via mobile

Just called the State Capitol to see if they are open for tours. They’re still closed as of today, and have no idea when they’ll be ope again. I’d advise calling ahead if you want to get an inside tour.

Date of experience: April 2021
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Reviewed 11 January 2021

The Illinois State Capitol is the tallest, 361 ft tall, non-skyscraper capitol building in the US. Built in 1868 -- 1888 in the Renaissance Revival style (architect Alfred H. Piquenard), it's the location of the Illinois House of Representatives, the Illinois Senate, and the office of the Governor of Illinois.

Among many other beautiful, historic buildings in the central district of Springfield, the Illinois State Capitol looks monumental and very impressive, both in its design and in its social significance.

In front of the capitol, facing east, there is a very memorable statue of Abraham Lincoln in the year of 1861, when he became the President-elect, and he was about to give his historic Farewell Address to his countrymen, before departing -- on a train -- to Washington, D.C. The sculptor Andrew O'Connor presented this statue to the city in 1918. This unpretentious statue looks perfect on the vast grounds, in front of the capitol. It somewhat offsets the dominance and grandeur of the capitol building, and strikingly reminds us of a decent human being, who loved his country and its people, and became the greatest statesman in the history of the United States.

The Illinois State Capitol is currently closed to guests and tours. However, you can see the grand dome of this powerful building from many parts of the city.

The visit was on January 05, 2021.

Date of experience: January 2021
118  Thank irina g
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Reviewed 13 September 2020

Around the perimeter of the building are many statues and fountains. The area is clean and well maintained. Illinois is more than just Lincoln so it was nice to see other people honored. On the backside is police and firefighter monuments.

Date of experience: September 2020
Thank RSB519
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Reviewed 5 September 2020 via mobile

Definitely not a lengthy visit. Tour allows you on to first and second floors to tour offices, senate, Supreme Court, and house. Nice free option to do in conjunction with Lincoln Museum.

Date of experience: September 2020
Thank giannej2018
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