Galena Illinois

Dowling House

We had been to this lovely Western Illinois home town of Ulysses S. Grant briefly, once before. We made a brief return visit on our way to the Wisconsin Dells. Galena was a lead mining and transportation center on a tributary near the Mississippi. It was a boom town in the early 19th century, when [Read more …]

Chicago, Illinois

424 West St. James Place

Our last Illinois stop on this trip was to our very old home Chicago–a city that we try to visit every couple years. Since we have already written and provided pictures of many of the neighborhoods and sights that we normally visit, we won’t repeat it all here. Instead, we will just provide an overview [Read more …]

Springfield, Illinois


Despite having lived in Chicago, Illinois for five years in the 1970s, and having visited the city every two or three years since, we have never been to Springfield Illinois. We committed to overcoming this gap in our travels on a recent trip to the area by driving between Louisville and Chicago. The primary reason [Read more …]

Catching Up with Chicago Restaurants – 2014

We always go to Chicago with a list of restaurants we would like to visit. This year’s list included a number of the city’s hottest new spots—spots such as Tanta, Nico Osteria, Fig and Olive and Kinmont. Unfortunately, based on limited time, the fact that many are not open for lunch and our desire to [Read more …]

Catching up with Chicago – 2014

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Our 2014 Chicago trip was designed primarily around two a chance to visit two “art” exhibits: An Art Institute of Chicago exhibit of Rene Magritte’s work from his most productive and innovative period, between 1926 and 1938; and A visit to three of Frank Lloyd Wright [Read more …]

Chicago Architectural Tours-2013

Expo-Art Inst

We, as discussed in previous Chicago blog posts, love Chicago architecture and the incredibly informative tours that the Chicago Architectural Foundation provides to explain and provide broader sociological context around this architecture. Although we have, so far, taken fewer than 20 of the more than 90 different tours offered by CFA, we notch up one [Read more …]

Chicago Activities Update–2013

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Biking the Lakefront Trail There is no place we more enjoy biking than along Chicago’s lakefront. It is beautiful; there are no cars and it’s flat. We picked our bikes up at Navy Pier, rode south to the Museum Campus (about 1200 south at the Museum of Natural History, the Shedd aquarium and the [Read more …]

Chicago Restaurant Update–2013

We love exploring restaurants wherever we travel. This is particularly true in Chicago, and especially along the hot, new restaurant rows of West Randolph Street and Fulton Market.  While last visit included a number of relatively expensive stops, this visit focused on more more casual, less expensive options.  This was partially by choice and partially [Read more …]

Lincoln Park and the Mid North

Lincoln Pk-Downtown View (2)

Lincoln Park Lincoln Park is a wonderful oasis–a huge green space lined by high-rise condos on one side and Lake Michigan beaches on the other. Although the park has plenty of open space and nice views it also has a lot to do, such as partaking in regular (weather permitting) events, such as Farmers’ Markets. [Read more …]

Exploring Chicago’s North Michigan and Near North Neighborhoods


We certainly love walking and exploring the art and architecture of downtown Chicago. But, while we typically spend most of our Chicago time in the downtown area, we lived in the Lincoln Park midtown neighborhood (roughly 1600 to 3200 north) and spend much time in, and usually stay in hotels near North Michigan Avenue (roughly [Read more …]