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A "recent" development in the old city of Springfield, Mattoon Street was developed in the 1870s as a two-sided street of Victorian single-family rowhouses. After about 100 years of disrepair and numerous vacancies, local residents took the initiative to restore this street by planting trees and adding brick sidewalks and vintage streetlights. The homes are today single-family units and the neighborhood is host to the Mattoon Street Arts Festival
The Club Quarter is the center of Springfield nightlife. Located at Stearns Square and the surrounding area, the Club Quarter covers approximately 10 blocks of good food, stiff drinks, and great dancing. Home to over 40 of Springfield's hottest restaurants and nightclubs, the Club Quarter is the place to head for a fun night out.
McKnight District iwas one of America's first planned residential areas and it was developed in the mid-1800s. Designed by James and William McKnight and mostly completed in 1910, the neighborhood has a quaint and historic atmosphere. In 1976 the neighborhood was listed on the National Register of Historic Places. You'll find the district roughly between Albany Railroad, Armory Street, the eastern railroad track, and State Street.