Union Station Visitors Center and Park

 

500 E. Madison St. (Cross Street: N. 6th St.)
Springfield, IL 62701
217-537-4588
www.alplm.org/

This historic train station, newly refurbished as a visitor center, is a great place to begin a visit to Springfield. Its tall clock tower makes it easy to find and a public parking garage and the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum are just across the street. There are brochures on both local attractions and sites and events statewide. The staff will also help book hotel accommodations and special events packages anywhere in Illinois. Amenities include an accessible family restroom, wheelchair for use onsite, covered picnic tables and a ramped entrance on Madison St. Union Square Park is an attraction in itself with its beautiful flower gardens, benches and Lincoln statues. In summer performances such as the Sunset in Springfield Concert Series are held here.

Hours

  • Visitors Center
    • Daily: 9am-5pm
    • Closed New Year's Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas
  • Union Square Park
    • Daily: 8am-10pm

Admission

  • Free

Parking/Loading Zone

  • Accessible loading zone
    • Location—Madison east of Sixth St.
  • Street parking
  • Nearest offsite public parking lot/garage
    • Public Parking Garage
      • Sixth and Madison

Features for People with Service Animals

  • Natural surface/grassy dog relief area
    • Location—Union Square Park south of Union Station

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Features for People with Hearing Loss

  • Strobe fire alarms in public areas and restrooms

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Features for People with Vision Loss

  • Orientation to station—on request
  • Braille/Tactile Signage—restrooms
  • Interior Signage—large print, high contrast, non-glare
  • Height clearance at least 80
  • No undetectable protruding objects in path of travel

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Accessible Entrance

  • Ramped entry
    • Location—Madison St.
    • Short ramps with one handrail each side of entry steps
  • Door has at least 32" clearance
  • Threshold less than 1/2" beveled
  • 2 doors in series—adequate space between
  • Easy grasp/lever handle or none

Assistive Equipment for Guests with Physical Disabilities

  • Wheelchair
  • Available from—Information desk

Interior Access

  • Corridor/path of travel at least 36" wide

Elevator

  • None for public use

Exterior Access

  • Sidewalk/path of travel at least 36" wide
  • Stable/non-slip surface
  • Surface material—concrete, smooth brick pavers

Accessible Facilities/Amenities

  • Information Counter—36" max.
  • Brochure racks
  • Seating—benches with arms
  • Drinking Fountain
  • Covered picnic tables

Exhibits

  • On accessible route
  • Space to approach/view/maneuver
  • Labels are viewable from seated position

Performance Space

  • A smooth brick-paved area south of the station is used for outdoor concerts and performances.

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Accessible Public Restroom

  • Unisex/Single Use
  • Location
    • Between station waiting rooms
  • Access symbol identifies facility
  • Entry door at least 32" clearance
  • Threshold less than 1/2" beveled
  • Space in restroom to maneuver-5' by 5' or T-shaped space to turn
  • Wheelchair stall 60" by 58"/60" minimum
  • Stall door at least 32" clearance
  • Door swings out
  • Grab bar behind and alongside toilet
  • Lateral transfer space at least 30" wide
  • Toilet height 17" to 19"
  • Roll under sink with knee clearance at least 27" high and 30" wide
  • Insulated sink pipes
  • Mirror 40" or less from floor or tilted
  • Towels/soap/vending within reach—48" or less from floor
  • Faucet controls automatic or lever type
  • Latch operable with closed fist
  • Easy grasp/lever handle or none
  • Note: Men's and women's restrooms located behind the information desk also have a wheelchair accessible stall.

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