July 27, 2013

A Day at the Brookfield Zoo

There is plenty to do in and around Chicago and none of it comes cheap — not even a trip to the Brookfield Zoo. Still, if you’re in town with the kids and are looking for something relatively affordable to do, the zoo is a good bet. More importantly, if you are debating (as we […]

May 21, 2013

Stone Academy existed before Iowa statehood

Originally known as Big Grove Township School No. 1, the historical Stone Academy was a site for learning years before Iowa earned statehood. Although it operated as a school from 1842 to 1953, it is now an historical site and educational center — often a field trip destination for area school children. In 2001, the […]

May 13, 2013

American Gothic Barn

If you drive down U.S. Highway 30 through Cedar Rapids as you head into Illinois, you’ll see the very prominent work of artist Mark Benesh, who is also known locally as the kindergarten through 8th grade art teacher at Lisbon Community Schools and talented mural creator. Benesh re-created Grant Wood’s American Gothic on a barn […]

May 10, 2013

Lambs Farm: Paul Bunyan & Bessie

Lambs Farm, located near Libertyville (Chicagoland area), is primarily a children’s attraction, complete with a petting farm and putt-putt course, that serves as funding for a nonprofit. The location also boasts a thrift shop, a restaurant and a pet shop. All of these facilities benefit the individuals with developmental disabilities that the program serves. Here’s […]

May 8, 2013

Interesting (albeit fake) Berlin Wall piece

Sure, you could drive to Fulton, Missouri or to nearby Chicago to see the real thing, but why when there is a perfectly good replica of a piece of the Berlin Wall just off the main drag in Dixon? The fake bit of Berlin is tucked into the Wings of Peace and Freedom Park, which […]

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