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Sunday, November 29, 2020

Searching for Forest Fairies During The Grove's Fairy Quest

Searching for Forest Fairies During The Grove's Fairy QuestSearching for Forest Fairies During The Grove's Fairy Quest

The Grove National Historic Landmark in Glenview unfolds a diverse nature oasis year round. We love periodic adventures to observe changes in the flora and fauna. Today, I learned that The Grove has an app with a few tours including the newest The Grove's Fairy Quest. I thought it would be fun to look for little woodland fairies, so my husband and I set out on the trail on a beautiful fall day!

Thursday, November 26, 2020

Water Views, Cliffs, Forest Trails and a Waterfall Charm at Kankakee River State Park

Water Views, Cliffs, Forest Trails and a Waterfall Charm at Kankakee River State Park
Water Views, Cliffs, Forest Trails and a Waterfall Charm at Kankakee River State Park

The striking natural features of Kankakee River State Park in Bourbonnais, Illinois have long been celebrated. Evidence of several different prehistoric sites have been located within the preserve. Both the Illini and Miami inhabited the area during first contact with Europeans in the 1670's and 1680's.

Monday, November 23, 2020

16 Chicago Suburban Craft Breweries to Support for the Holidays

16 Chicago Suburban Craft Breweries to Support for the Holidays

16 Chicago Suburban Craft Breweries to Support for the Holidays

'Tis the season for extra special craft brews and other fun from our local craft breweries! The past few winters, my husband and I have had fun focusing on visiting our local microbreweries trying samples. What could be better than a beer flight on a cold Chicago day? This year looks a little different, so I thought I would highlight the holiday offerings of some of our favorite microbreweries in the Chicago suburbs. Pick up something special for the holidays or create your own flight! Please check each brewery for their pick up procedures. Some may have limited hours and special ordering/pick up procedures. Additionally, some do have outdoor igloos or tents. Others have nibbles available. Make this holiday season a little tasting adventure and check out these local microbreweries:


Friday, November 20, 2020

Holiday Nature Scavenger Hunt

Holiday Nature Scavenger Hunt

 Holiday Cheer While Enjoying Fresh Air with My Holiday Nature Scavenger Hunt

For me, the holidays always involve some outdoor time enjoying fresh air, being thankful for nature and wandering in calm outside scenery. This season is a great one to spend some time outdoors not only reveling in nature's gifts but in festive decor as well. I have put together a little scavenger hunt for entertainment as you meander on nature walks the next few weeks. The scavenger hunt is a little bit nature, a little bit holiday and a lot of fun! I mixed it up with some easier finds and some more challenging. See if you can find everything over the course of your walks throughout the holidays. Have fun!

Thursday, November 19, 2020

Evening Views of the World's Only Corn Palace in Mitchell, South Dakota

Evening Views of the World's Only Corn Palace in Mitchell, South Dakota

Evening Views of the World's Only Corn Palace in Mitchell, South Dakota

As a gift for my eighth grade graduation, my grandparents took me on a trip from Wisconsin to the Black Hills of South Dakota. On the way, we stopped at the Corn Palace in Mitchell, South Dakota. By a stroke of fate, we found ourselves in South Dakota after rerouting a trip several times this summer. So, we had to visit the Corn Palace again for my grandfather!

Monday, November 16, 2020

Charmed by a Diversity of Habitats at Goodenow Grove Nature Preserve in Beecher, Illinois

Charmed by a Diversity of Habitats at Goodenow Grove Nature Preserve in Beecher, Illinois

Woodlands, Wetlands and Prairie Enchant at Goodenow Grove Nature Preserve in Beecher, Illinois

We capitalized on one of late fall's bonus warm days by exploring a range of hiking trails at Goodenow Grove Nature Preserve in Beecher, Illinois. The Will County forest preserve was indeed quite busy during our weekend visit and we soon learned why.

Friday, November 13, 2020

Dazzled By Nature Inspired Holiday Lights at Chicago Botanic Garden's Lightscape!

Lighting Up The Night with Joy at Chicago Botanic Garden's Lightscape

Lighting Up The Night with Joy at Chicago Botanic Garden's Lightscape

**Disclosure: Thank you to Chicago Botanic Garden for accommodating my visit to Lightscape. No other compensation was received for this review. All opinions are 100% my own.

Lightscape at Chicago Botanic Garden returns to dazzle families with holiday light displays intertwined with as well as inspired by nature. While it seemed to be a tough feat to beat last year's show, we were even more delighted by 2020's rendition of Lightscape. Chicago Botanic Garden included an array of new designs crafted by Chicago artists alongside favorite displays from last year truly adding more of the WOW factor!

Thursday, November 12, 2020

Weekend Windup: Family Fun in the Chicago Suburbs November 14-15, 2020

Family Fun in the Chicago Suburbs November 14-15, 2020

Family Fun in the Chicago Suburbs November 14-15, 2020

The weekend is nearly here! There is a nice mix of outdoor and Zoom experiences this weekend -- plus holiday lights! Additionally, there is an opportunity to work with glass. Take a peek at my picks: