Experience the Hidden

One of the best things about UIS is the strong sense of community and how close-knit the campus is. Students are constantly bombarded with event flyers and notices from friends of different activities going on. However, a city lies right outside the cornfields that residents call home, and there is a lot going on in Springfield. Something students complain about is that they do not know what Springfield has to offer. Although there are a lot of things obscured by the overshadowing presence of Abraham Lincoln, there are a multitude of hidden gems that present exciting chances for a fun-filled day off-campus if one knows where to look.

Stores: Scheels

Upon entering Scheels, there is no doubt that customers are in for an experience. The moment they walk in the front doors, the sight of a gigantic fish tank fills their vision. A wide variety of tropical fish swim about as the reflection of water dapples the path walked. Into this store another surprise awaits, as a massive Ferris wheel leisurely turns while laughing children wait in line to board. If one travels upstairs, he or she will find lifelike mannequins of American presidents that speak of their great accomplishments. Scheels is a sporting goods store, but it also houses a cafe, an arcade, and a candy store. The candy store is a personal favorite, especially the caramel-coated apples where the caramel is silky and the apple is tart and crisp. This is a wonderful location to wander and the store has to much to offer.

Experiences/Events: Echoes of Yesteryear Tour

The swirl of petticoats, the tipping of top hats, and the ghosts of yesteryear appear at Oak Ridge Cemetery on October 6 at Oak Ridge Cemetery. History will speak to those willing to listen in this exciting collaboration of Springfield’s history and October’s spooky season. This year’s theme focuses on figures in Springfield who are associated with Sangamon County schools. These actors will personify seven individuals and relay their personal stories from so long ago. Welcome fall and Halloween by touring through the cemetery in search of those from the past. This event will run from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m., and it is free to all.