Springfield Walks - Premier Tour & Guide Service Company - Springfield, IL

FAQS &Local Information

IF NOT, DON’T HESITATE TO CONTACT SPRINGFIELD WALKS at 217-502-8687 or garret@springfieldwalks.com

Tours have a minimum to operate (usually only an issue very early or very late in season)


  • Tickets can be purchased when you arrive for your tour.
  • Tours start on time and we cannot wait for late arrivals.
  • Cash or company checks are accepted forms of payment.

Refunds & Cancellations

  • Our goal is to keep customers happy.
  • In the event that a tour is cancelled for whatever reason a refund, partial refund, or rain check can be offered.


  • Tours operate weather permitting, but not in dangerous weather.
  • We have access to weather radar and know weather conditions right up to tour times.
  • In the event tours are canceled a refund or rain check can be issued.

Group Tours

  • 15 or more adults constitute a group and eligible for the group rate.
  • Larger groups are welcome to join us for scheduled tour times, just please give us a call so we know your coming.
  • For complete group tour information please visit the Group Tours page.
  • Our tours and guide services are available most anytime year around.

Parking Downtown

  • Feed parking meters Monday through Friday 9 - 5.
  • No need to pay meters after 5pm or on weekends.
  • Avoid underground parking garage and ALPM parking garage in the evening, both garages are closed by end of tours and it will be difficult to get your car out.
  • Others parking garages are probably ok, but check with their signage or attendant.
  • Downtown events can sometimes make downtown parking difficult so plan ahead.

Where To Eat

  • Consult the SCVB visitors guide for a complete restaurant listing.
    • Chesapeake Seafood House - great seafood
    • Maldaner’s - Fine dining, in business since the 1880s!
    • Andiamo’s - great personal pizzas, sandwiches, salads, teas, coffees, scones, muffins. Convenient store as well.
    • Saputo’s - Italian, enough said
    • Brickhouse Pub - Pub food, best burgers in town!! Try a horseshoe, a Springfield must.
    • Jimmy John's - Excellent subs
    • Sebastian’s - Fine, romantic dining
    • Norb Andy's - Pub food and best "horseshoe" in a historic tabarin
    • Obed & Issac's - Micro-brewery and eatery

Safety downtown

  • Downtown is safe enough and we have few problems, but still use your street smarts.
  • Panhandling is illegal in Springfield, please do not give money to anyone asking. They use some great sob stories, but it really only feeds their alcohol and drug habits. There are plenty of shelters and food pantries to help the homeless.
  • If you need help step inside any open store and dial 911

    Places to stay downtown
  • Hilton Hotel - great service, affordable rates, spectacular views (In the center of all the Lincoln sites.)
  • Abraham Lincoln Presidential Hotel - great service, affordable rates (In the center of all the Lincoln sites.)
  • Carpenter Street Hotel - nice economy
  • Inn at 835 - very nice B&B, stellar hospitality
  • State House Inn
  • Pasfield House (Nice B&B)

Other Places To Stay

  • Drury Inn - Great hotel popoular with coach groups and their afternoon complimentary "happy hour" food layout is a meal.
  • Hilton Garden - Also popular with coach groups, very comfortable beds.