A Mom's Guide to the Land of Lincoln
Our getaway was focused in Springfield, with side trips to Lerna and Petersburg.
Fun places to eat with kids in Springfield include the Cozy Dog Drive In, a Route 66 stop where corn dogs rule, and Saputo's, a family-owned Italian spot that's great for kids and grown-ups. Families will enjoying staying in the Hilton Springfield, which has comfortable, newly redecorated rooms in a 30-story downtown hotel with a Bennigan's restaurant and the thing kids love best: a swimming pool.
(A version of this story appeared in Midwest Living® May/June 2009. It was updated in 2012.)