Capitol Information Desk – 217-782-2099
Springfield Convention and Visitors Bureau – 800-545-7300 (Group guided tour reservations)
The capitol is open M-F 8-4:30, tours offered every half hour except between 12 and 1. No tours are offered during that time. The last tour of the day is offered at 4:00.
S-Sun. 9-3:00; all weekend tours must be conducted with a guide. There are no self-guided weekend tours. No weekend tours are offered from 12-1, and all tours start on the hour.
The capitol is closed Thanksgiving and the Friday after, December 24th and 25th, January 1st, and Easter. Some holidays will have limited or no access. Please call to confirm.
Groups of fifteen or more should reserve a spot in advance. Groups of fifteen or more should call 1-800-545-7300 (listed above).
The stamp for Illinois is located in Room 107.
This information was updated in January of 2019.
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Comments from readers
We enjoyed ourselves at the Illinois State Capitol. The highlight was the tour stop in the galleries of the Senate and House chambers. Beautiful light fixtures and a very unique “Speaker’s Gallery.” The interior of the dome was spectacular!
We went on a lobby day for my daughter’s school, which happened to coincide with *a lot* of other high-profile groups, so it was very *busy* – might be a little too busy for little ones. As I’m only in the capitol for lobby day, I’m not sure if this building is ever quiet. Might need to call before you visit. BUT, when you do visit on a day where organizations are lobbying, there’s going to be a rally right in the rotunda – rallies are always short and high energy. I think it’s fun, and a great way to show school-age children how government and social groups work. You’re also allowed to watch inside Senate galleries, which is also pretty exciting. We didn’t get to see inside House chambers, but I’ll post again if we get to see. Capitol staff also know about the Capitol Collection books! Great job, the Capitol Collection! Many thanks for starting this awesome hobby! 🙂
a happy (and kind!) capitol traveler