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Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center: Not Your Parents’ Little Red Schoolhouse

This blog often focuses on unique or off-the-beaten-path nature destinations, but there’s nothing secret, but a lot that’s special, about today’s blog destination. The Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center (LRSNC) in Willow Springs, Illinois, has been a school field trip destination for decades, and tens of thousands of people visit each year. But the LRSNC … Continue reading Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center: Not Your Parents’ Little Red Schoolhouse

New Book Spotlights 111 Off-the-Radar Destinations in Chicago

YOU WON’T FIND DEEP DISH PIZZA PLACES (okay, there’s one, but it’s a gem), Navy Pier, beef-sandwich joints, and Willis Tower (or Sears Tower, as it is still referred to by many lifelong Chicagoans) in 111 Places in Chicago That You Must Not Miss, by Amy Bizzarri. And that’s a good thing. I cringe when … Continue reading New Book Spotlights 111 Off-the-Radar Destinations in Chicago

Orland Grassland: A Respite From Malls, Motorways, and Modernity

  Where: 167th Street & South LaGrange Road–About 35 miles southwest of Chicago city-center Quick Summary: A large restored grassland complex with prairie, oak savannas, shrublands, ponds, wetlands, and woodlands. Perfect for hiking and birdwatching. THIS DOESN’T LOOK PROMISING, I thought to myself, as I drove south on LaGrange Road toward Orland Grassland. LaGrange Road would be … Continue reading Orland Grassland: A Respite From Malls, Motorways, and Modernity

Forest Preserves of Cook County Offers Photo Contest, But You Need to Act Fast

Do you love the Forest Preserves of Cook County (FPCC), Brookfield Zoo, and the Chicago Botanic Garden? Are you the next Ansel Adams? Do you want to earn some bragging rights and a bunch of free calendars? If so, you should enter the FPCC’s 6th Annual Photo Contest. All you have to do is submit … Continue reading Forest Preserves of Cook County Offers Photo Contest, But You Need to Act Fast

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