For several years, Springfield was home to me. As I reflect upon my time in this small midwestern city, I’d like to share a few gems with you.
One observation that struck me early on about Springfield was that I wondered if there is another U.S. city of similar size with as many restaurants and churches.
Springfield is a 2.5 hour drive to Chicago and a 90 minute drive to St. Louis. You can also visit by Amtrak from those cities or fly in from any major city in the U.S. There are several places to stay and I would recommend renting a car during your visit.
I loved driving around the county—predominantly flat with patches of rolling prairie hills. The small towns are a good insight into heartland America.
Summers in Springfield can be hot and humid. Winters are cold.
My favorite time of the year in Springfield was winter. Winters in Springfield reminded me of “Fog” by Carl Sandburg:
The fog comes
on little cat feet.
It sits looking
over harbor and city
on silent haunches
and then moves on.