Surprisingly enough given their difference in size and cultural impact, Springfield is the state capital of Illinois rather than Chicago – a designation earned via the work of arguably its most famous inhabitant, Abraham Lincoln. Hire a car in Springfield and you’ll have the means to get around in comfort and convenience to discover the city’s rich history. You’ll often find Springfield abuzz with excitement during its various fairs and festivals – the annual Springfield Old Capitol Art Fair held in May brings many visitors down to see great works of art and inspirational performances by a diverse mix of artists.