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Saturday, March 6, 2021

11 Spots for Mural Hunting in and Near the Chicago Suburbs

 11 Spots for Mural Hunting in and Near the Chicago Suburbs

Public Art Adventures Featuring Murals In And Around Chicago Suburbs

Mural hunting inspires awe, delight and your own creative processes. Plus, celebrating the arts can be done in any time of year and in any weather. In fact, it can be quite interesting to marvel at local art creatures in the sun, with snow, on a cloudy and more to see how the elements affect the piece. Enjoy wandering through my own gallery of 11 nearby areas I love to revel in murals:

Thursday, March 4, 2021

Weekend Windup: Chicago Suburban Family Fun March 6-7, 2021

 Chicago Suburban Family Fun March 6-7, 2021

Chicago Suburban Family Fun March 6-7, 2021

The weekend is here! March is one of my favorite months because spring is in the air and we celebrate St. Patrick's Day! My Irish eyes are smiling! Here are my picks for the weekend:

Tuesday, March 2, 2021

Rounding Maple Lake at Meacham Grove Nature Preserve in Bloomingdale, Illinois

 Rounding Maple Lake at Meacham Grove Nature Preserve in Bloomingdale, Illinois

Rounding Maple Lake at Meacham Grove Nature Preserve in Bloomingdale, Illinois

Meacham Grove Nature Preserve quickly appeared to be a local favorite as we embarked on our adventure on a warm -- yes, warm -- winter day. The slushy path did not deter hikers from hiking up the hill and rounding the lake. Quickly, we became enamored with this nature preserve immediately upon spying Maple Lake.

Thursday, February 25, 2021

North Shore College Consulting Helps Students Prepare for and Apply to College

North Shore College Consulting Helps Students Prepare for and Apply to College

Learn About North Shore College Consulting with Insight from Co-Owners Amy Herzog and Debbie Kanter

Recently, I chatted with Debbie Kanter and Amy Herzog of North Shore College Consulting to learn how their local small business helps students prepare for the college application process. As the mother of a fifteen-year-old, my mind often drifts to making sure we are on task for applying to college. Amy and Debbie provided me with a bit of insight into college preparedness and how their business helps our students stay calm and focused as they move towards applying to and attending college.

Weekend Windup: Family Fun in the Chicago Suburbs February 27-28, 2021

 Family Fun in the Chicago Suburbs February 27-28, 2021

Family Fun in the Chicago Suburbs February 27-28, 2021

Happy almost weekend! Here are a few ideas for this weekend. Hard to believe but we are in maple tapping season!

Late Winter Wander at Hidden Lake Forest Preserve in Downers Grove, IL

 Late Winter Wander at Hidden Lake Forest Preserve in Downers Grove, IL

Late Winter Wander at Hidden Lake Forest Preserve in Downers Grove, IL

Hidden Lake Forest Preserve finds its home not too far from The Morton Arboretum. Venturing to The Morton Arboretum quite regularly for hiking, we have passed by way to many times without stopping at this beautiful preserve. Looking for a little adventure and something new last Saturday, we finally made a stop.

Monday, February 22, 2021

Mural Adventure in Delavan, Wisconsin

 


Learning Delavan, Wisconsin History Through Murals

We recently headed up to Delavan, Wisconsin for a little stop at Crystal Garden Rock Shop to shop through a wonderland of rocks, minerals, fossils and crystals. While adventuring, we noted the beautiful murals throughout Delavan. Delavan has an incredible collection of 20 murals providing for a little art and history aside in any season. So, we wandered a bit appreciating interesting artworks presenting the stories of Delavan.

Wednesday, February 17, 2021

Favorite Midwest Hiking Adventures

Favorite Midwest Hiking Adventures Suggested By Midwest Travel Writers
Pictured: Galien River County Park and Mississippi Palisades State Park

Favorite Midwest Hiking Adventures Suggested By Midwest Travel Writers

Midwest hiking destinations provide a wealth of unique nature adventures. Throughout the region, our nature preserves allow visitors to experience a range of environments, geological formations and views. Hikers can appreciate trails along rivers, over dunes, through glacially molded landscapes, up on bluffs and more. A few of my favorite Midwest Travel Writers and I have put together a list of some fabulous places for you to hike this year: