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Coyote at the Hal Tyrell Trailside Museum in River Forest, IL.

Coyote at the Hal Tyrell Trailside Museum in River Forest, IL.

In Oak Park, Illinois, the farmer's market is famous for their doughnuts.

Holy Sweets: Oak Park's Sacred Doughnuts

in my future life, I'll be able to pay for alternative therapies so that my son will be cured of his food allergies and we will eat donuts at the Oak Park Farmer's Market each Saturday just like everyone else.

Eastern Screech Owls (taxidermied) at the Hal Tyrell Trailside Museum in River Forest, IL.

Eastern Screech Owls (taxidermied) at the Hal Tyrell Trailside Museum in River Forest, IL.

For Climbing Fiends: Harvester Park Playground

The Most Over-the-Top Playgrounds Near You

Sarett Nature Center  ~ Benton Harbor Michigan

The nature center for our community.

Map of River Forest, IL 60305

Map of River Forest, IL 60305

Lake View Nature Center, Oakbrook Terrace, IL

Lake View Nature Center, Oakbrook Terrace, IL

Brick and stone buildings in Galena, Illinois, house more than 100 shops. Adventures along the Mississippi River complement the city’s bustle: http://www.midwestliving.com/travel/illinois/galena/two-day-getaway-to-galena/ #illinois #galena

Two-Day Getaway to Galena

Brick and stone buildings in Galena, Illinois, house more than 100 shops. Adventures along the Mississippi River complement the city’s bustle: www.

Pumpkin Patch at the Children's Farm at the Center in Palos Park, IL.

Pumpkin Patch at the Children's Farm at the Center in Palos Park, IL.

Postcard of the Maine Township High School, circa 1920.  See more at Des Plaines Memory!

Postcard of the Maine Township High School, circa See more at Des Plaines Memory!

Touch the fur of Illinois mammals at the Hal Tyrell Trailside Museum in River Forest, IL!

Touch the fur of Illinois mammals at the Hal Tyrell Trailside Museum in River Forest, IL!

Warning sign at Starved Rock State Park.

Warning sign at Starved Rock State Park.