Silhouettes of trees against dark purple night sky full of stars

The Last Dark Skies of Northwest Illinois

There’s a whole lot of nothing in northwest Illinois before you reach the Mississippi River. Between Savanna and Galena, it’s just cornfields and an occasional one-street farming town. So, what’s the awesome weekend sightseeing destination marked on my map? Nothing! It’s great because there’s nothing out there. There’s no cities,…

View of Chicago River all dyed neon green

St. Patrick’s Day In The Emerald City

Irish-Americans are to blame, of course. We Irish-Americans can’t help but get carried away by that intoxicating nostalgia for the old sod. It doesn’t matter if our families last saw Ireland’s shores back during the great potato famine. That was only five generations ago. We’re still Irish. So, Erin go…

ZooLights Gives Lincoln Park Zoo A Holiday Glow

Going to the zoo during the winter? Sounds weird to me when it’s so cold out. Plus the animals tend to hide, hibernate or go off exhibit. I completely understand. When it gets to freezing, I’m tempted to go off exhibit, too. Send me somewhere tropical! But you don’t have…

Creepy statue of a hooded figure

Chicago’s Valley of the Kings at Graceland Cemetery

I first met the grim reaper when I was in 4th grade. I was on a school field trip when I suddenly saw him. He was covered in a thick green shroud. Plus he stood more than ten feet tall, almost floating over a sea of tombstones. Brooding and quiet,…