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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

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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

Fullersburg Woods Nature Education Center: Big Bugs, Tons of Fun Activities for Kids, and Great Hiking Trails

Massive bugs are everywhere at Fullersburg Woods Nature Education Center (3609 Spring Road, Oak Brook, IL 60523, 630/850-8110, email), which is located in Fullersburg Woods Forest Preserve. A 5-foot-long praying mantis perches atop the entrance to the center, a large grasshopper peers down from the roof when you walk behind the center to view the … Continue reading Fullersburg Woods Nature Education Center: Big Bugs, Tons of Fun Activities for Kids, and Great Hiking Trails

Graue Mill and Museum: Learn About Life in Illinois in the 1800s, the Underground Railroad, and Much More

Breaking News: There’s a wormhole near Ogden Avenue and I-294. When my 8-year-old son and I were pulled into it on Tuesday, we were transported back to 1852. In this year: Millard Fillmore was president of the United States. Chicago was not even 20 years old. Levi Strauss had been selling heavyweight trousers (we now … Continue reading Graue Mill and Museum: Learn About Life in Illinois in the 1800s, the Underground Railroad, and Much More

The 4 Most-Popular Posts at Nature in Chicagoland in May 2018

In case you missed them, here were the most-popular posts at Nature in Chicagoland in May 2018 based on page views by my readers: 1. Black Partridge Woods: Cool Ravines, Great Hiking, and 6 Other Reasons to Visit 2. Why I Love the Outdoors Despite Once Being Impaled by a Cactus, Nearly Run Over by … Continue reading The 4 Most-Popular Posts at Nature in Chicagoland in May 2018

Why I Love the Outdoors Despite Once Being Impaled by a Cactus, Nearly Run Over by a Bison, and Having a Scratched Cornea Ruin My First Date With My Future Wife

If you view many people’s Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram posts (including mine sometimes), nature is pretty, awe-inspiring, often cuddly, and almost perfect in its beauty. In photos and stories, the spring flowers are a multi-colored blanket of wonderful on what was once a muddy field, the photographer arrived just in time at a beautiful spot … Continue reading Why I Love the Outdoors Despite Once Being Impaled by a Cactus, Nearly Run Over by a Bison, and Having a Scratched Cornea Ruin My First Date With My Future Wife

Black Partridge Woods: Cool Ravines, Great Hiking, and 6 Other Reasons to Visit

Thousands and thousands of years ago, a spring-fed stream began to carve a ravine into a bluff that overlooked a river. As time passed, the ravine grew deeper. Native Americans (including the Potawatomi chief Black Partridge) lived in and/or travelled through the forests, ravines, towering bluffs, and flood plains of the area. Life was good—especially … Continue reading Black Partridge Woods: Cool Ravines, Great Hiking, and 6 Other Reasons to Visit

12 Wonderful, Interesting, and Fun Things About My Mom

I’m taking a break from writing about nature to write about my mom on Mother’s Day. For all my readers who are mothers, I wish you a very Happy Mother’s Day!  My Mom… 1. Received an Honorable Mention in the City of Chicago`s Annual Garden & Block Contest in 1989. She beautified her neighborhood of … Continue reading 12 Wonderful, Interesting, and Fun Things About My Mom