Illinois State Fair 2021 guide: Parking, schedule, concerts, tickets

Illinois State Fair 2021 guide: Parking, schedule, concerts, tickets


Youth scream as they are tossed in a circle on the Avalanche ride in the Midway during the Illinois State Fair at the Illinois State Fairgrounds, Friday, Aug. 10, 2012, in Springfield, Ill. Justin L. Fowler/The State Journal-Register

The Illinois State Fair is back with new foods, midway rides and exhibits. Before you head out for the fun or indulge in the deep-fried goodness, here’s what you need to know about the fair.

Where is the Illinois State Fair? 

At the Illinois State Fairgrounds, 801 Sangamon Ave., Springfield

What are the Illinois State Fair dates, hours?

The 2021 Illinois State Fair runs from Aug. 12-22. The fairgrounds are open from 7 a.m. to midnight for the duration of the fair. The fair administration office is open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

COVID-19 precautions 

Proof of vaccinations or negative COVID-19 tests will be required for the standing-room-only area at outdoor grandstand concerts during the fair. Vaccinations and negative COVID-19 tests won’t be required for general fairgoers but based on recommendations from the Illinois Department of Public Health and U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, masks must be worn over the nose and mouth in public places indoors throughout the fairgrounds and at all outdoor grandstand performances.

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