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40 M A Y / J U N E 2 0 1 7 SPRINGFIELD, ILLINOIS History, in its many forms, remains front and center in Springfield, Illinois. Spring- field Walks brings local insight and lore to its city tours. One of the most popular is the in-depth Lincoln Experience, a half-day tour that visits Lincoln sites throughout the city, including the Lincoln home, the Old State Capitol and Lincoln's Tomb. e Springfield Haunted History Tour showcases the haunted side of this prairie town. Groups will engage in a light paranormal investigation and hear the history be- hind the hauntings of an old local inn, a hidden cemetery and the Hickox house. An- other popular otherworld tour, Lincoln's Ghost Walk: Legends and Lore, takes place in the evening. is 90-minute walking tour uses the Lincoln sites as a backdrop for strange and bizarre stories surrounding Lincoln's life and death. It delves into Lincoln's spiritual and Christian beliefs, and his visions and dreams of death. e Saturday night Bootleggin' Pub Crawl, within the Old Town District, uncovers Springfield's wicked Prohibition history. Participants can order from a secret drink menu while listening to stories that recount raids on stills and sidewalk assassinations involving the city's former gangster world. "e owner of Springfield Walks brings 17 years of guide experience to every group, and he's a wealth of information," said Gina Gemberling, executive director of Visit Springfield, Illinois, Convention and Visitors Bureau. "I can highly recommend his step- on guide service, too." W W W . V I S I T S P R I N G F I E L D I L L I N O I S . C O M Courtesy Springfield CVB Courtesy Springfield CVB Courtesy Visit Saint Paul A Lincoln re-enactor at Springfield's Old State Capitol Paddlewheeler in Saint Paul Lincoln's tomb "The owner of Springfield Walks brings 17 years of guide experience to every group, and he's a wealth of information." — GINA GEMBERLING

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