Illinois State Fairgrounds

SPRINGFIELD New construction projects will soon pop up around the historic Illinois State Fairgrounds to address years of deferred maintenance thanks to advocacy of State Senator Doris Turner.

“The investment into the State Fairgrounds will provide an extensive facelift, further improving the fair experience for everyone,” said Turner (D-Springfield). “People from all over Illinois come to Springfield to enjoy the fair, and these investments will draw more tourists and provide them with a better State Fair experience for years to come.”

The fairgrounds will see a number of vital improvement and repair projects over the next year – and of Renovations to the Multi-Purpose Arena has already begun. The $8.6 million project will repair sidewalks, walls, steps, and expansion joints, while also repairing electrical systems, readjusting the tension structure, installing a new canopy, and rebuilding the retaining walls around the facility.

Another project of note is the beginning of phase 2 of Coliseum repairs. Phase 2 will focus on an electrical overhaul, underground plumbing, new seating, new restrooms, an elevator and adding an HVAC system that will allow for heating and cooling of the facility. The anticipated costs for the Phase 2 of the Coliseum renovations is approximately $16.3 million.

“These projects will reinvigorate the magic of the State Fair,” said Turner. “I’m excited to welcome Illinoisans from all corners of the state to our ever-changing fairgrounds.” 

Other projects around the fairgrounds include roof replacements, HVAC replacements and various road resurfacing plans.