Travel on the Side

Down to Chicago for a daytrip to do a little shopping. We parked at Wells & Kinzie, had lunch at Ed Debevic’s – a classic diner with “sassy” waitresses, and then...

Visited Navy Pier in Chicago. Great place to view the Chicago skyline. A ride in the ferris wheel is a must-do!

I’ve ridden the Amtrak train between Bloomington/Normal, Illinois and Chicago’s Union Station plenty of times. I’ve always noticed this patriotic paint job each time I’ve passed by. Been meaning to take...

Union Station in Chicago is one of the great transportation hubs in the U.S. The next time you’re there, escape the enclosed office-like waiting rooms of the Amtrak area and venture...

Galesburg, Illinois, a railroad town, is home to Knox College, one of the sites of the Lincoln-Douglas debates. It’s also the birthplace of poet Carl Sandburg. I found some great vintage...

Making my way from Effingham, Illinois to Peoria, Illinois, I drove the “long” way and passed through the towns of Vandalia and Hillsboro. Vandalia served as the state capital of Illinois...

Get your kicks on Route 66. The mother road – Historic Route 66, originally ran from Chicago to Santa Monica, California. On a daytrip, I drove parts of it in the...

Back from a daytrip up to Chicago. Took the Amtrak train from Bloomington/Normal, Illinois. First stop after leaving Union Station was the Art Institute of Chicago. After that, it was a...

Chicago is one of the great museum cities and one the greats is the Art Institute of Chicago. You could (and should!) spend a whole day there. The Art Institute has...

Decatur, Illinois gets a bad rap. It’s home to a large soy processing plant, so it smells. The locals always say “the smell of money.” Very true. It employs a lot...