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No Drama at the Lingonberry Llama in Belleville


We finally made it to the famous Lingonberry Llama! For a long time, this building in Belleville was vacant, waiting for the right business to make it a favorite gathering place in Belleville.

Here it is now, very inviting even from the outside! Some comments from Jon Cleveland, the owner.

The LL opened in November of 2018. It is now in contention for being the “Nicest Place in America” in a Reader’s Digest poll.  See more about it in a July 29 story on Channel 3000/News 3 Now.

The story is HERE if you want to make a comment of your own.

10-12-19 Update-They won, read the story here!

Upon entering the building, the smell of coffee and fresh-baked pastries on an early fall morning sets your stomach growling even if you had breakfast already 🙂

Barista Heidi was taking a batch of Cinnamon Rolls out of the oven at the time, yum! She gave us one with a thick layer of frosting, it was as good as it looked!

We also enjoyed cheesecake for our 2nd breakfast.

After we ate we looked around, the llama decor is EVERYWHERE, so cute! On the walls is llama art by local artists as well.  This beautiful painting is by Landis Heitz.

In the back by the Children’s playroom is this piece by Marion Rose.

Let’s take a look at the playroom, looks like fun!

This is especially cute! The play table on the right, the llama appears to be sitting there with the kids. You see a stack of construction paper and crayons at the table too!

I thought they had the coolest light fixtures there in the main dining area. An industrial/steampunk design. They also made use of the popular Edison Style bulbs.

They even have knit Llama hats for sale for $25. So adorable!

If you notice on the right wall of the dining room, there is a guitar hanging up, generously on loan from Rick Francois. It’s there for patrons to use. You play a tune and receive $1 off of your order! I wish I knew how to play one!

Well, we had a great first visit here and plan on coming back soon for Open Mike or Pizza night. Be sure to pick up one or several gift cards. We did!

Come to the nicest and friendliest coffee shop in America!

 

 

Chicago Heights – Crossroads of the Nation


4-22-14 and 4-28-2018

Chicago Heights and South Chicago Heights

Chicago Heights sign

South Chicago Heights sign

Both are explored here together as we jumped between the two several times while seeking out the points of interest.  Chicago Heights is a city of 30,000.  South Chicago Heights is a village of 4,139.

This is the intersection of historic Chicago Road and Lincoln Highway. On your left, you could just see the President Lincoln display on this corner.

Road to Greatness display

 St. James Hospital, where I was born in 1966.  The hospital is slated to close in 2018 and be torn down.

St. James Hospital

A statue outside of the hospital.

Across the street is a Veteran’s Memorial. I was a patient in the hospital on Nov. 11, 1979.  My room had a view of this memorial.  I was actually there on Veteran’s Day and I saw the ceremony from my window.

Chicago Heights Vet Memorial

On the other corner is the Alex Lopez Park with two interesting monuments.

Alex Lopez Park MonumentAlex Lopez Park monument detail

 

Ten Commandments Momument

Another monument in South Chicago Heights, marking the site of the home of one of the first settlers in the area, Adam Brown.

Adam Brown marker

Adam Smith marker

Our biggest attraction in South Chicago Heights is the Hi-Way Bakery, THE destination for great pastries and conversation since  1939.  My family got doughnuts from there on Sunday mornings during my childhood.  On April 3, 2004,  John Koester became the new owner.

They are located at:

2633 Chicago Rd, South Chicago Heights, IL 60411
(708) 754-3255

In April 2016, their doughnuts were deemed Chicago’s Best. See video here!

  • Hours: Mon, 5am – 2pm; Tue-Sat, 5am – 4pm; Sun, 6am – 1pm

Hi-Way Bakery

The iconic sign is the original and is in need of repair.  With enough donations,  John hopes to get it restored to its former luster.  This is what it looked like in the past.

Interesting history about the sign,  the pastry chef is speculated to be the daughter of the original owner.  Back then having a woman on a sign portraying such a respected profession was just not done!  They did it though and the sign is a piece of important history in South Chicago Heights.

Hi-Way Bakery sign

Hi-Way Bakery Woman Chef on sign

Inside was warm and welcoming, likewise with the staff. It smelled so good in there!

 

Hi-Way Bakery inside

We bought a baker’s dozen of fine pastries to take with us.

Doughnuts

It was just after Easter and they still had a few lamb cakes left. So cute!

Thanks for the great memories and treats John!

John Koester and us

Our tour continues with a stop at Gaby Iron and Metal, where we brought our recyclables. They are located at 2611 East End Ave. My girl scout troop brought in glass and bottles to raise money for our many activities.

Gaby Iron and Metals

2014 prices

In 1984 they had a neat keychain I still have.

Our last stop was the South Suburban Humane Society. My Girl Scout troop used to volunteer there, often walking the dogs.

South Suburban Humane Society

That concludes our visit to both of the Chicago Heights.  It was good to revisit places I have been, plus see new things as well.

South Chicago Heights Water Tower

 

New Glarus – Wisconsin’s Little Switzerland


11-6-10 and other visits

Wisconsin is a state diverse with many cultures, many from parts of Europe. New Glarus was settled by immigrants from Switzerland in 1845 from the canton of Glarus.  People have continued to immigrate here since then and kept the Swiss culture forefront in the city’s atmosphere.  It’s a great place to visit when a trip to Switzerland is not possible.

New Glarus sign

One of  the first views upon entering town is two flags and a sign.

New Glarus sign

 

And the great view looking up the  street.

New Glarus downtown

 

New Glarus  is also the trail head of the Sugar River Trail.

Sugar River Trail sign

It used to be a railroad track.  The Trail  goes all the way to Brodhead. The restored depot is now a gathering center for visitors and residents alike.

New Glarus Depot

 

New Glarus also is known for the beautiful “Cows on Parade”.  Beautiful painted cows are all over town in front of businesses.

New Glarus Hotel Chef cow

 

This cow is in front of the New Glarus Hotel Restaurant, a huge Chalet-style building like many downtown. We enjoyed a great lunch there once.

New Glarus Hotel

 

 

Across from the New Glarus Hotel is The Maple Leaf Cheese and Chocolate Haus will make your mouth water upon entering.

Maple Leaf Cheese and Chocolate Haus

 

A bit further up the street is the famous New Glarus Bakery. Their Stollen pastry is in big demand.

New Glarus Bakery

 

Stollen

At the end of the street is the beautiful Swiss United Church of Christ. In front is a statue dedicated to the early settlers of New Glarus.

Swiss United Church of Christ and statue

 

What was formerly Robert’s European Imports and Gifts, is now Esther’s European Imports. Among their wares are Swiss Army knives and much more.

Esther's European Imports

 

The New Glarus Primrose Winery is also a great place for wine and gifts. Most made from Wisconsin grapes.

New Glarus Primrose Winery

 

Open during the summer is the Swiss Historical Village.

Swiss Historical Village sign

 

Swiss Historical Village building

 

For a great visit to the Old World without needing a passport, come to New Glarus!

 

 

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