Category: Chicago

Chicago's Magnificent Churches Tour

The Chicago Cultural Center is the home of many tours.  The latest one I have been waiting to take is the Magnificent Churches Tour.  Four times a year, they load up a bus and visit four of the areas most interesting religious structures.  Our guide said they could tour for over 2 years and never... Read more »

On Track at the Ryder Cup

On Track at the Ryder Cup
Although this blog is typically written to help you find things to do along the UP-West Metra line from Chicago through the western suburbs, when something as rare as the Ryder Cup comes to town, I have to leave the tracks. The Ryder Cup is an event that is bi-annual and rotated between a European... Read more »

Eggy's: Was it Worth the Effort?

Recently I needed to know if doughnuts were worth the wait.  This time I needed to know if a particular breakfast was worth the effort. Last Spring, I had heard about a new restaurant named Eggy’s Diner that had just opened in town.  It is just north of Millennium Park so I decided to try and find... Read more »
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Doughnut Vault: Was it Worth the Wait?

The other night when I was catching up on the news, I read a post that Taylor Swift had just released a new song and was shown sharing it with an intimate group via YouTube on her Vevo channel (aka~ the universe).  I told my teenage daughter, who was lounging on the couch, about it and... Read more »

Trainspotting: Backstage with Train

As Miranda Lambert sings… “Every last one, route one, rural heart’s got a story to tell Every grandma, in-law, ex girlfriend Maybe knows you just a little too well Whether you’re late for church or you’re stuck in jail Hey, word’s gonna get around Everybody dies famous in a small town.” Hometowns are proud. Small... Read more »

Two Easy Listening Voices in Town this Weekend: James Taylor and Rascal Flatts

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Two of my favorite voices are going to be serenading me soon!  James Taylor on Friday at Ravinia and Rascal Flatts at First Midwest Amphitheater in Tinley on Saturday.  If you don’t have tickets…here are two of the best sounds right here in the comfort of your own space.  No bathroom lines, no traffic leaving... Read more »
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Free Concerts at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion at Millennium Park

I am sure that when you were visiting “The Bean”, officially known as Cloud Gate at Millennium Park, the huge heap of metal in the background caught your eye.  You might have even walked back there to look at it.  You might have even walked around it.  But did you make a point of coming... Read more »

Tour the Chicago River and Lake Michigan on a Wendella Boat

Have you ever been on Michigan Avenue and looked over the railing down into the Chicago River and contemplated taking a boat tour?  Out of town tourists do it, why don’t you?  The Wendella Boat Tour is a spectacular view of the city from the “inside”.  While you’re outside… I have done this tour before,... Read more »

Next Stop: Leaving Your Comfort Zone

Do you ever do something just to figure out how to do it?  You can take your car in for an oil change, but do you ever change it just because you want to know how?  You could call a plumber, but have you ever replaced your faucet, just to say you did it?  How... Read more »
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It's Spring! Get Moving on the Illinois Prairie Path

It's Spring! Get Moving on the Illinois Prairie Path
I live as close to the train station as I live to the Illinois Prairie Path.  I feel very fortunate to have both.  The path is a nicely maintained slice of nature through the busy western suburbs.  It is a shortcut to downtown Wheaton for me, but it is really so much more. The 61 mile... Read more »