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Take a Drive to the Volo Auto Museum for Vintage Cars and a Blast of Americana

The Back to the Future car is there. So is the Scooby-Doo Mystery Machine (two, actually), several Batman cars, KITT from Knight Rider, Princess Di’s Rolls Royce, Elvis’s Cadillac, and more than 40 other movie and celebrity cars. There is the Volo Auto Museum (27582 Volo Village Road, Volo, IL 60073, 815/385-3644). But these cars … Continue reading Take a Drive to the Volo Auto Museum for Vintage Cars and a Blast of Americana

The 5 Most-Popular Posts at Nature in Chicagoland in June 2018

In case you missed them, here were the most-popular posts at Nature in Chicagoland in June 2018 based on page views by my readers: 1. Red Gate Woods: Hawks and Hills, Sloughs and Snakes, and Ghosts and Buried Nuclear Waste, Oh My! 2. Seven Places to See Bison in the Midwest 3. Black Partridge Woods: Cool … Continue reading The 5 Most-Popular Posts at Nature in Chicagoland in June 2018

More Than 10 Nature Centers and Other Destinations to Visit to Beat the Heat

Chicagoland is baking in a 90+ degree heat wave. Heat indexes are expected to exceed 105 degrees during the next few days. A hike, horseback ride, or run in the forest preserves are probably not on your list of must-do activities during this extended summer scorcher, but there are many indoor nature- or history-oriented spots … Continue reading More Than 10 Nature Centers and Other Destinations to Visit to Beat the Heat

Joe the Guardian, Sneaky Socks Alexa, and the Other Trolls Are Waiting to Be Discovered at The Morton Arboretum

When my eight-year-old son and I arrived at the bucolic Morton Arboretum (4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle, IL 60532, 630/968-0074) on Monday, we were greeted by a scene of destruction. One troll had already been at work in one of the arboretum’s parking lots. A crowd milled around the remains of a crushed yellow sedan … Continue reading Joe the Guardian, Sneaky Socks Alexa, and the Other Trolls Are Waiting to Be Discovered at The Morton Arboretum

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