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Video of Deer Grazing at Lyman Woods in Downers Grove

Video of Deer Grazing at Lyman Woods in Downers Grove

Not too long ago, we posted this tour of Lyman Woods in Downers Grove. In addition to the wide variety of wild plants and vegetation growing in Lyman Woods, the preserve is teaming with wildlife. On this brisk fall morning these deer grazed, seemingly unfazed by the nearby traffic and bustling corporate office park. Just […]

October 5, 2012 | By | Reply More
Greene Valley Forest Preserve in Naperville – Great Views Await

Greene Valley Forest Preserve in Naperville – Great Views Await

The Goldenrod is in full-bloom throughout DuPage County. The photos below were taken last weekend at Greene Valley Forest Preserve in Naperville. If you’ve never been to Greene Valley (just west of Rt 53 on 75th Street), you should check it out.  There are over twelve miles of trails for hiking, biking, and horseback-riding. The […]

September 19, 2012 | By | Reply More
Weekend Getaways from Chicago – Within Driving Distance

Weekend Getaways from Chicago – Within Driving Distance

After a long, stress-filled work week, sometimes you need to getaway for the weekend.  Thankfully, there are many excellent getaways that aren’t too far from the Chicago area.  Let’s take a look at what your options are for a quick weekend getaway from Chicago. Weekend Getaways from Chicago Let’s take a look at the map […]

September 11, 2012 | By | Reply More
Waterfall Glen Forest Preserve in Photos

Waterfall Glen Forest Preserve in Photos

If you’ve never had the opportunity to visit Waterfall Glen Forest Preserve in Darien, you should.  The enormous preserve completely surrounds Argon National Laboratory and features a 10-mile loop trail that is perfect for runners, bicyclists, and nature-lovers alike.  Read more about Waterfall Glen Forest Preserve. The photos below were taken in early summer at […]

August 22, 2012 | By | Reply More
Ski Resorts & Ski Hills Near DuPage County

Ski Resorts & Ski Hills Near DuPage County

We’ve already experienced a few snow flurries in DuPage County, and for some people, the sight of snow falling means that the winter fun season is about to begin! For many of us living in and around DuPage County, skiing is a big part of that winter fun. Even though we live in the relatively flat Midwest, there are still some great local ski options available to us.

November 14, 2011 | By | Reply More
A Tour of Lyman Woods in Downers Grove

A Tour of Lyman Woods in Downers Grove

Lyman Woods occupies the southeast corner of Highland Avenue and 31st Street in Downers Grove. The preserve’s location seems a bit awkward and juxtaposed in contrast to the surrounding tall office buildings, but regardless, Lyman Woods should not be overlooked as a quite, natural respite. I assure you, once you are strolling down one of the wood’s natural, interior trails, the nearby office buildings and major thoroughfares are dwarfed by the scale and majesty of the massive aged oaks.

October 8, 2011 | By | Reply More
The Naperville Carillon

The Naperville Carillon

The Naperville Millenium Carillon (and Moser Tower) can be seen from just about anywhere in downtown Naperville.  For years, I have driven past the carillon while traveling down Aurora Avenue near River Walk Park.  This past weekend, I decided to take a closer look… The trip to the top of the Naperville Carillon costs $3, […]

July 24, 2011 | By | Reply More
Raging Waves Waterpark

Raging Waves Waterpark

A review of the Raging Waves (Yorkville) & Best Western Timber Creek Inn (Sandwich) overnight water park package. Not too far west of DuPage County, you’ll find what is touted as the largest water park in Illinois, Raging Waves. I recently took my children there for a short family getaway.

July 13, 2011 | By | Reply More
Starved Rock in Utica, IL – A First-Time Visitor’s Review

Starved Rock in Utica, IL – A First-Time Visitor’s Review

Starved Rock is a perfect getaway from Chicago! Here is my experience from my recent hiking visit (with photos). The park is like no other in Illinois…

June 23, 2011 | By | Reply More
Water Parks in Illinois List

Water Parks in Illinois List

Here is a list of fun and exciting waterparks that your kids will love! These waterparks in Illinois are all within an hour’s drive of DuPage County.

May 20, 2011 | By | Reply More