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Chicago Lakefront Path: 36 Miles of Stunning Lake and Skyline Views

I have always wanted to spend the day riding along Chicago’s magnificent 18 mile long Lakefront Path. Despite living in the city for years, I never managed the opportunity. Most of my visits have taken place during the snowy winter months. There are plenty of fantastic things to do in Chicago; a ride along the […]

The Rosebud on Taylor: Chicago’s Best Italian

The Rosebud on Taylor Street in Chicago is a truly authentic Italian dining experience. Located just outside of downtown in Little Italy, The Rosebud is the perfect quiet dinner hotspot away from the crowds. This celebrity hotspot was Frank Sinatra’s favorite spot in the city. Along the walls, you will find memorabilia and celebrity snapshots […]

Wildberry: The Perfect Breakfast to Start your Day in Chicago

Mike and I finally decided to embark on the 36 mile journey along Chicago’s beautiful Lakefront Path. This fantastic multipurpose trail passes through most of Chicago’s best tourist attractions. We have always wanted to try out the highly regarded Wildberry Pancakes and Cafe, known for fabulous specialty pancakes, french toast, and omelettes. We figured that […]

Dixon, Illinois: Hometown of President Reagan

Dixon, Illinois, a small town in Northwest Illinois, is most well known for being the hometown of President Ronald Reagan. In addition to the Reagan house, there are plenty of other historical attractions in town, including: the Memorial Arch, the Lincoln Memorial, and Veterans Memorial Park. The scenic Rock River backdrop leads to plenty of […]

Little Red School House: Serenity just outside of Chicago

Little Red School House is one of my favorite places to escape the hustle and bustle of the city. Located just 20 minutes outside of Chicago, this hiking and nature area is easily accessible for a weekday or weekend outing. There are 2 nicely shaded trails here: The White Oak Trail and the Black Oak […]

Lake Katherine: A Beautiful Oasis in the Chicago Suburbs

Lake Katherine is a scenic nature center located in Palos Heights, just a half hour or so from downtown Chicago. This beautiful recreation area includes a walking path, gardens, an arboretum, and a waterfall. Mike & I got up early one morning during our Chicago trip. We knew that it would get packed later in […]

Italian Fine Dining in Dixon, Illinois: Basil Tree Ristorante

Last night, Mike and I tried out a delicious, highly regarded new restaurant in Dixon, Illinois called Basil Tree Ristorante. One of the few fine dining restaurants in the area, we were eager to see what all the hype was about. Located in downtown Dixon near the Rock River, Basil Tree is the perfect location […]

Hiking with Blackhawk: Lowden State Park

Lowden State Park in Oregon, Illinois is most famous for its’ historic 50 foot tall, 100 ton Blackhawk statue. The statue, which is dedicated to all Native Americans, stands as the world’s second largest concrete monolithic statue. We were able to get up close and take some amazing pictures of the statue, although the most […]

Angelo’s: Great Local Italian in Dixon, Illinois

Angelo’s is a local pizza/Italian restaurant with multiple local locations, including Sterling, Rock Falls, and Dixon. We decided to visit the new Dixon location on our recent stay in the area. A few family members in town recommended the restaurant for their great pizza! The dining area is large and comfortable with a lively bar, […]

A Tour of Ronald Reagan’s Boyhood Home in Dixon, Illinois

Dixon, Illinois is most famous for being the hometown location of 40th President, Ronald Reagan. The Reagan’s lived in the Dixon home for 3 years, between 1920-1923, making Ronald 9 at the time of move in. The house opened to the public in the mid 80’s. Tours currently run from April to October each year. […]



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