Discovery Center Springfield understands that the best learning happens during play, so it fields creative discovery through a variety of hands-on exhibits including an anti-gravity mirror, an astronomy gallery, and a miniature TV studio. Kids can ride a bike suspended 20 feet in the air or don a lab coat and explore the mysteries of DNA.
In October 2005, Doug Stritzel tested his 16 years of restaurant experience by opening Pickleman's, a sandwich shop focused on fresh ingredients and hot subs. Judging by the eatery's success—the initial shop spawned 11 additional locations across the Midwest—Stritzel's experiment worked. Each day, the ovens churn out a lineup of hot subs and pizzas topped with steaming ingredients. Toasted sandwiches meld zesty flavors, such as salami, capicola, and giardiniera peppers, in a torpedo-shaped package that spins in an edible spiral when thrown. Chefs also man the ovens to craft thin-crust pizzas bedecked with chicken, blue cheese, and buffalo sauce, but spare the menu's soups and chopped salads from the flames.
Irish pubs are renowned for putting Guinness on a pedestal, but Dublin’s Pass Irish Pub takes that adoration to a whole new level. Virtually every libation on the pub’s drink menu features the stout mixed with other bar favorites, including Jameson, Coca-Cola, and champagne. Guinness even makes its way into the kitchen, where it spikes the buffalo sauce that coats chicken wings and the cheese sauce that accompanies fries cut by hand and the occasional Jedi mind trick. Not everything, however, comes soaked in Guinness—fried bread pudding, for instance, arrives crowned with a warm caramel drizzle. To accompany such hearty Irish feasts, Dublin’s Pass hosts trivia every Monday, live music on weekends, and musicians strumming traditional Irish tunes every Wednesday at the Southside location.
At Icon Nightclub, droves of partygoers dance to pumping tunes on one of the city's most expansive dance floors. Revelers can energize themselves for late-night shimmying with drinks or sharpen multi-tasking skills by simultaneously dancing the funky chicken and the Harlem shake. Premium sips help foster an air of refinement, and imported beers help drinkers cultivate a sense of worldliness through hoppy osmosis. On Thursday and Saturday nights, Cadence lights up the club stage with rhythmic jams that earned the group a top 10 spot on America's Got Talent and vehement shushes from the nation's librarians.
Parlor 88 Lounge & Eatery's culinary team crafts upscale bar food to complement its liquid bounty of 88 martinis, 88 beers, and 88 wines. They slather baked boneless wings in your choice of five sauces, fill sliders with turkey doused in chipotle sauce, and top nachos with candied jalapeños and grilled chicken. After meals, a variety of chocolate sweets charm taste buds.
Parlor 88 Eastside hosts live music each Saturday, while Parlor 88 Southside entertains soirees in The Olive Room, a private space equipped with its own bar, full-service catering, and plush couches, which when sat upon, kindly giggle at all your jokes.