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Fairgoer Services


Most restrooms and buildings on the fairgrounds are accessible. See the map for marked accessible restrooms and buildings. In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, any attendee requiring reasonable accommodation should notify us of their needs when ordering Grandstand tickets. Motorized wheelchairs are available for rent at the Senior Center inside the Illinois Building. Signers/interpreters are available for information.
Maps: RestroomsWheelchair & Scooter Rentals

Administrative Offices

The administration offices are located in the Emmerson Building on Main Street, diagonally across from the Exposition Building. Hours are from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. during the Fair. Phone: 217/782-6661 MAP

Bus & Taxi Services

For bus schedule information, please call 217/522-5531, TDD 866/782-6661. Taxi service will also be available outside the Main Gate. MAP

Cooling Stations

The following locations are air conditioned:

  • Artisans Building
  • Emmerson Building
  • Hobbies Arts and Crafts
  • Illinois Building
  • Illinois Fire Museum
  • Kids Korner
  • Orr Building


First Aid

Volunteers from SIU Medicine operate a First Aid Station in the Emmerson Building Annex. The State Fair First Aid Station volunteers are competent personnel who are trained to respond to victims of injury or sudden illness before the arrival of EMS personnel. The State Fair Red Cross First Aid Station is designed to provide free, immediate, and temporary care for injuries and sudden illnesses The First Aid Station hours are from 8:30 am to 7pm Daily.   MAP

Hotels / Motels & Places to Stay

The Springfield Convention and Visitors Bureau has a complete list of places to stay for your visit to the Illinois State Fair.

Information Booths

Information Booths have been conveniently placed throughout the fairgrounds. Fairgoers can inquire at five locations: near the entrance of the Main Gate, on Main Street at the four-way stop, across from the north end of the Grandstand and at the three-way stop near the Livestock Center, and at the south end of the Pedestrian Tunnel. Hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily. MAP

Lost & Found Children’s Center

The Lost and Found Children’s Center is located south of the Grandstand on Grandstand Avenue. The Illinois State Police broadcasts emergency announcements from their booth on Illinois Avenue and from their headquarters on Grandstand Avenue. The center is open daily during regular Fair hours. MAP


The Police Station is located south of the Grandstand on Grandstand Avenue and is open during regular Fair hours. MAP

The Illinois State Police will have a FOID/CCL customer service booth inside the Illinois Building (located next to the Main Gate) from 9am-5pm on Thursday, August 10 through Friday, August 18, 2023.  Applicants and current cardholders will be able to seek assistance with their FOID/CCL applications and renewals.  

Post Office

The U.S. Postal Service is located in the Exposition Building and offers all regular mailing services. Hours are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., closed from 12:00 to 1:00 pm for lunch, during the Fair. MAP



Sky Glide

The Sky Ride runs from the south end of the Grandstand to the corner of Gate #2. It offers an excellent aerial view of the fairgrounds. The Sky Ride operates from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. MAP

Wagon/Wheelchair/Scooter Services

Wagons, wheelchairs and electric scooters will be available to rent daily 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Grandstand Avenue near the Goat Barn. They will be available at the IL Building from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Monday-Thursday) and 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. (Friday-Sunday). Driver’s license will be required for deposit on all rentals. All rentals must be returned to the same rental location to retrieve driver’s license. Rentals must be returned by 12:00 midnight each day. Rental rates: Wagon/Stroller Combo $20; Wheelchairs  $25; Single scooter $60; Double scooter $110. Rentals are at a first come, first serve basis. There are no reservations.MAP

Senior Shuttle

The Illinois State Fair will offer a complimentary Senior Shuttle all 11 days of the fair.  The shuttle will operate from 10:00am - 8:00pm on Saturdays, Sundays and Monday.  The shuttle will operate Tuesday thru Friday from 12:00pm - 8:00pm.  
The Senior Shuttle will make stops approximately every 15 minutes at the following locations: Illinois Building, Handicap Lot E, Conservation World, Scooter Rental outside Goat Barn, Handicap Lot 21, Bus Lot/near Gate 6 and the Hobbies Arts & Crafts Building.   (Map)