Springfield is a charming Midwest community conveniently located in Central Illinois just 200 miles south of Chicago and approximately 100 miles north of St. Louis. The population of Springfield proper is 120,000 inhabitants, with an additional 125,000 in the surrounding communities.
Recreation is abundant, with hiking, horseback riding and biking just minutes a way. Boating, swimming and water skiing is seasonally available at beautiful lake Springfield, located on the southern outskirts of the city (15 min. from the medical center). There is a rich artistic community, as well as, several large theater groups. The Sangamon auditorium offers regularly scheduled operas, plays and symphonies.
Shopping is no problem with the city multitude of shopping plazas which hosts major department and specialty stores.
Transportation to and from Springfield could not be better. The city is conveniently located off I-55 which connects Springfield to both St. Louis and Chicago. The city operated airport services major carriers such as United Express and ATA. Additionally, the Amtrak station is located in the heart of the city, approximately 5 minutes from the medical center.
Don't let Chicago's harsh winters alarm you, Springfield is not affected by the great lake effect, hence our local weather conditions are surprisingly pleasant.