By Bob Puhala
Each name during this action-packed go back and forth sequence deals 4 complete seasons of fun--52 weekends in all! there is something for everyone--intimate weekends for undefined, energetic actions for households, and outdoors adventures for seekers of solar and clean air.
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As Sheridan Road continues north, twisting and turning its way through ravines, woodlands, and the refined landscapes of Winnetka, Kenilworth, Glencoe, Highland Park, Lake Forest, and Lake Bluff, you quickly realize it's one of the most beautiful stretches of roadway in America. Architecture buffs are in for a treat, as these tony North Shore suburbs display some of the most elegant and impressive homes and mansions found anywhere. Leaving the upper-crust suburbs but continuing north brings you to North Chicago.
In the "town that time forgot," fortunes were made in mining lead. This Galena operation dates to the 1870s and offers underground mine tours through one of its shallow shafts. Then browse through a museum filled with lead samples from the mine, miners' tools and equipment, and other mining-era artifacts. Call (815) 777-0855. Geneseo Historical Museum 212 South State Street, Geneseo. The main claim to fame here is what's hyped as the "largest arrowhead and Indian exhibit" in Illinois. You also can step into a turn-of-the-century country store or laze in a fully furnished Victorian parlor.
Berman (the architect responsible for 1,800 buildings in Pullman), gets its name from the green color of iron and magnesium contained in its serpentine limestone quarried in West Chester, Pennsylvania. Its distinctive styling, with rounded arches, a large spire, and massive masonry, is an interesting combination of Richardsonian Romanesque and country English Tudor. The church's beautiful rose window also has been restored. The Colonnade Apartments, which surround the oval of Market Hall at 112th and Champlain, are another curious architectural design.
52 Illinois Weekends : Great Getaways and Adventures for Every Season by Bob Puhala