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Downtown Springfield restaurants chow down on Feast 50 awards

August 02, 2018

Downtown Springfield establishments cleaned up in the 2018 Feast 50 Awards. Feast Magazine announced the winners in its August 2018 issue. Downtown restaurants won 19 first place honors and 13 runners-up across 26 of the 50 categories. The Order is first Leading the way in awards is The Order, located inside Hotel Vandivort. That restaurant… Read More

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Do good in Downtown Springfield

July 26, 2018

“What is the essence of life? To serve others and do good.” — Aristotle Downtown is a great place to live, work and play. It’s also a great place to volunteer. There are plenty of opportunities to give back to the community and help others. Saturday, July 28, Finnegan’s Wake is partnering with the James… Read More

Pencil sketch of Wild Bill Hickok's 1865 shootout with Davis Tutt
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Wild Bill Hickok and Davis Tutt made Wild West history on Park Central Square

July 21, 2018

  James Butler “Wild Bill” Hickok and Davis Tutt made odd friends. Hickok had been a scout for the Union Army. Tutt was a Confederate Army veteran. Maybe it should be no surprise the friendship soured and ended in the first recorded one-on-one quick draw shootout in the United States. And it happened on Park… Read More

Sunset over the Walnut Street Skyline
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Walnut Street’s evolution continues

July 19, 2018

Downtown Springfield’s evolution continues. A stroll down Walnut Street makes that obvious. Owner Chris Slater moved The Albatross Hookah Lounge & Fine Tobacco Emporium down the street, from 320 East Walnut to 406-A and 408 West Walnut. That move tripled his business in size to 6,000 square feet. The new location allowed Slater to separate… Read More

Guardians of the Galaxy platinum record
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Why does a platinum record hang in a Downtown Springfield business?

July 12, 2018

Walk through the restored original doors at 309 East Water St. in Downtown Springfield. Peek at the wall behind the long, wooden counter. You’re not imagining things. A platinum record hangs on the wall at National Audio Company. It’s a thank-you gift from The Walt Disney Company. Disney wouldn’t have sold 1,000,000 copies of the… Read More

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Downtown is abuzz with activity after weird midweek holiday

July 05, 2018

It was a little strange celebrating Independence Day in the middle of the week. A lot of Springfieldians didn’t get the luxury of a long weekend. Bummed? Don’t be! Head Downtown for lots of fun July 5-8, including two more fireworks shows! Fireworks at Hammons Field The Springfield Cardinals are finishing up a six-game homestand…. Read More

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It’s time for Taste of SoMo!

June 21, 2018

Downtown Springfield’s Park Central Square will be buzzing Saturday, June 23, with Taste of SoMo, the Queen City’s premier culinary event. The day will feature the best regional restaurants, craft beer, local music and more. Whether you’re a Taste of SoMo veteran, or ready to check it out for the first time, here’s everything you… Read More

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June Art Walk Strolls into Summer with 22 Locations

May 22, 2018

Join First Friday Art Walk 6-10 p.m. on June 1 for an exciting evening of art, music and more in 22 participating locations! Don’t miss the annual Chalk Art Festival with Foster Adopt Connect at ideaXfactory, plus artist receptions, live music, local history, cryptographic mystery, original art, and always, a few surprises.   Art Inspired welcomes Landscapes by Doreen Wilhelmi Art Inspired is… Read More

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Celebrate Mother’s Day in Downtown Springfield

May 11, 2018

Moms are superstars. This weekend, head to downtown Springfield to celebrate yours with brunch, plants, shopping and more. Brunch at The Order This Mother’s Day, treat Mom to a gourmet brunch buffet at The Order in Hotel Vandivort from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The brunch is $35 per person and includes menu favorites, plus… Read More

Park Central Square fountain
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We’re Hiring a Communications Manager!

May 11, 2018

Are you a communications whiz with a passion for the downtown Springfield community? The Downtown Springfield Association seeks qualified applicants for its communications manager position. The successful candidate will demonstrate competency and experience in the following areas: Communications Coordinate the branding efforts for downtown Springfield Design and produce print collateral to promote downtown initiatives Coordinate… Read More