Sure, Abe Lincoln grew up here and for the city’s 120,000 residents, it may seem like not much has changed, but in Springfield you will find over 200 restaurants. In fact, Springfield has the highest restaurant growth index in the state of Illinois, even above Chicago. It ranks number 15 in the nation, according to Nielsen. It also has the highest restaurant sales per capita, beating out even Chicago. Often referred to as the unofficial diner capital of Illinois, Springfield showcases some of the best comfort food in the state, including places that line historic Route 66. Everything is here, from “all-American” to one-of-kind locally owned establishments that use only homegrown ingredients on their menus, a slew of national chain restaurants. While in Springfield make sure to try the Horseshoe, Springfield’s signature sandwich. According to the BLS, chefs and head cooks in Springfield can earn an average wage of $32,000 and are looking at a 12% projected growth rates through 2022. Restaurant cooks can earn $22,500, and fast food cooks just under $20,000, however cafeteria and institutional cooks come in at nearly $26,000 for annual salary. Projected growth rates in the culinary segment are strong in part due to an established food scene.

Culinary Schools in Springfield Illinois

Lincoln Land Community College

Springfield IL

Parkland College

Champaign IL

Joliet Junior College

Joliet IL

Richland Community College

Decatur IL

Southwestern Illinois College

Belleville IL

Springfield Illinois