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Fairgoer Services - General Info


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.
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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 Lobby
  • Hobbies Arts and Crafts
  • Illinois Building
  • Illinois Fire Museum
  • Orr Building


First Aid

Volunteers from SIU Medicine operate a First Aid Station in the Emmerson Building Annex, across from the Dairy Building on Central Avenue.
The State Fair First Aid Station volunteers are trained medical personnel who are experienced in treating injuries or sudden illness before the arrival of EMS personnel. The State Fair 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

Government Service Tents

Attorney General Tent
Located on Grandstand Avenue..................................................10am-7pm
Visit Attorney General's tent to learn more about the many programs and services they provide. Responsible for protecting the interestes of the state and its residents, the Attorney General's office works to protect consumers, help crime vicitms, advocate for older residents, safeguard communities, preserve the environment, promote government transparency and defend the rights of Illinois residents.  Stop by to see how they can help you. 

Comptroller's Tent
Located on Grandstand Avenue...................................................9:30am-8pm
Visit the Illinois State Comptroller's tent to witness an interactive and informative experience that will help visitors see exactly where their tax dollars are going.

First Lady's Tent
Located on Main Street at Brian Raney Avenue....................10:00am-6pm

Governor's Tent
Located on Main Street at Brian Raney Avenue.....................10:00am-6pm
The Governor's Tent features displays from several state agencies including, Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, Central Management Services, Department of Innovation and Technology, Department of Labor, Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity.

Lt. Governor's Tent
Located on Brian Raney Avenue...................................................10:00am-6pm
The Lt. Governor invites fairgoers to experience, invest and grow by taking part in interactive displays and demonstrations geared toward rural affairs.

Secretary of State's Tent
Located on Brian Raney Avenue...................................................10:00am-7pm
Fairgoers can renew their driver's licenses and vehicle registration stickers as well as join Illinois' Organ Tissue/Donor Registry. Highway maps and other publications are available at no charge. Also, parents can obtain free digital fingerprinting and photos of their children, which can be used if a missing child is ever filed.

Treasurer's Tent
Located on Grandstand Avenue...................................................10:00am-8pm
The Illinois Treasurer's tent highlights several office programs including, but not limited to, the I-Cash database for unclaimed property.  The tent will also showcase the winning photos from the Cream of the Crop photography contest. 

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.  In addition to hotels, there are several campgrounds available.

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 Center is located inside the Emmerson Building on Main Street.  Here, Illinois State Police can broadcast emergency announcements about lost children.   MAP

When the Emmerson Building is closed, Illinois State Fair Security operates 24/7 at Gate 3 next to the Fire House.  Personnel here can help you get in touch with State Troopers to help start the reunification process.


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 State Police building on Grandstand Avenue from 9am-5pm on Thursday, August 8 through Sunday, August 18, 2024.  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 Glide 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 Glide operates from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily.  This is an extra ticket is required for this attraction.  Tickets can be purchased only at the Sky Glide.  MAP


Two complimentary trams will operate on a dedicted route during the 11-days of the Illinois State Fair. 

Hours of Operation:
Thursday, August 8           12:00pm - 8:00pm    
Friday, August 9                12:00pm - 8:00pm
Saturday, August 10          10:00am - 8:00pm
Sunday, August 11              8:00am - 8:00pm
Monday, August 12            8:00am - 8:00pm
Tuesday, August 13          12:00pm - 8:00pm
Wednesday, August 14     12:00pm - 8:00pm
Thursday, August 15         12:00pm - 8:00pm
Friday, August 16              12:00pm - 8:00pm
Saturday, August 17         10:00am - 8:00pm 
Sunday, August 18           10:00am - 8:00pm

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