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Illinois Potpourri

Illinois Trip – Interesting Sights

4-21, 22, 23 – 2014

The destinations on our trip were interesting. Sometimes though, something caught our eye ON THE WAY to each place.  As we got near Chicago, I got a great view of O’Hare Airport from the car window. O'Hare Airport The towns are so close together that usually the best way you know you are passing through another town is the water tower. Here are just a few of them.

Illinois Water tower Collage

Waiting at a stoplight was a car repair shop, with 1/2 a car attached to the wall of the building. :/


The community of Fox Lake was of enough interest to stop for at least 1/2 hour.  They have a Dog and Suds drive-thru, I have been to those in the past near Park Forest.  Near there was also the Fox Lake-Grant Township Area Historical Society and the volunteer fire department.

Dog and Suds Fox Lake Illinois

Fox Lake Historic Society

Fox Lake Fire Memorial

In Mattawa is the historic Adlai Stevenson house. Part of  I-55 is named after him in Chicago.


Near Park Forest in University Park, there was a large art display, too large to see the whole thing. It’s the Nathan Manilow Sculpture Park at Governor State University.

University Park sign

Nathan Manilow Sculpture Park

Nathan Manilow Sculpture Park 2

There is more to Illinois than meets the eye.



Libertyville- The Spirit of Independence

4-21-14 Illinois Trip – Day 1

Libertyville sign

Libertyville is a thriving community of 20,315 in Lake County, Illinois.  As this was a trip down memory lane, our main reason for visiting here was Lambs Farm.  Lambs Farm is a community of 250 developmentally disabled adults with a variety of wonderful shops and a restaurant for the general public.   My first trip here was at age 6 in 1972, so it was time to come back! Here is the town’s history.

Libertyville History Marker

Lambs Farm main barn


Libertyville also has a beautiful historic downtown with many nice shops and buildings. Here is a complete list of services offered.

Downtown Libertyville, IL

Libertyville building

Libertyville American Legion

The centerpiece of downtown is the Ansel B. Cook House, home of the first permanent settler in Libertyville in 1878.

Ansel B. Cook House

 This poem was near the door.

Cook home poem

 The David Adler Cultural Art Center is the pride of Libertyville, housed in the architect’s historic home near Adler Park.

David Adler Cultural Art Center sign David Adler Cultural Center

Just a little south of Libertyville is the Adlai Stevenson home, now a museum.



Adlai Stevenson home

After our day at Lambs Farm, we were hungry and wanted some Chicago flavor. We went to Slott’s Hots, a Libertyville favorite for the last 35 years!

Slott's Hots Collage


We had a great time in Libertyville and hope to return again soon!

Libertyville Downtown