Springfield Real Estate Information
As the capital of the state of Illinois, the city of Springfield hosts a population of over 116,000 people in the Sangamon County community. The dozens of neighborhoods that make up Springfield each adds its own unique personality and culture to the dynamic Springfieldian way of life. Some of the more prominent and well-known neighborhoods include Benedictine District, Bunn Park, the Cabbage Patch, Eastside, Enos Park, Glen Aire, Harvard Park, Hawthorne Place, Historic West Side, Laketown, Lincoln Park, Near South, Northgate, Oak Ridge, Shalom, Springfield Lakeshore, Twin Lakes, UIS Campus, Vinegar Hill, and Westchester. The I-55 and I-72 interstates cross paths just south of Springfield and provide excellent regional connectivity to the rest of Illinois. The Abraham Lincoln Capital Airport provides regional commercial air service that connects passengers to several airline hubs throughout the nation.
Situated on a flat plain comprised of a beautiful countryside, Springfield could be classified as a typical Midwestern city. However, the hilly terrain near the Sangamon River and the man-made Lake Springfield do much to diversify the local geography. First settled in the late 1810s, Springfield first received attention in 1837 when prolific politician and later president Abraham Lincoln moved to the area. It wasn’t until 1939, however, that Springfield became the capital of the state, previously located in Vandalia, Illinois.
Interestingly, two of Springfield’s biggest attractions are actually food shops. Maid-Rite Sandwich Shop’s claim to fame is that it has the first drive-thru window in the nation. The historic eatery is one of just a few remaining Maid-Rite franchises left. Cozy Dog Drive In claims to be the first place to serve the corn dog. The deep fried, battered hot dog on a long stick was supposedly first sold at the shop alongside Route 66. Chili is another local favorite and in fact, Springfield is sometimes referred to as one of the chili capitals of the world. Although shops are located across Springfield, the most well-known one is Dew Chili Parlor which opened in 1909.
Despite the community’s fascination with food, tourism in Springfield thrives on a number of other landmarks and attractions, including the Lincoln Home National Historic Site, the Lincoln-Herndon Law Offices State Historic Site, the Lincoln Tomb State Historic Site, the Old State Capitol State Historic Site, the Lincoln Depot, and the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum. The range of educational opportunities available locally is also quite impressive. Public School District 186 operates 24 elementary schools and early learning centers in the city as well as Lanphier, Springfield, and Springfield Southeast High Schools. There are several other private and religious institutions that add diversity to the educational opportunities available in Springfield. The city is also home to two community colleges, the Springfield campus of the University of Illinois, the Springfield campus of the Southern Illinois University School of Medicine, and Benedictine University.