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  • Chad
    1 contribution
    Understand that this is not a "museum" but an excellent interactive environment venue for children in the 2-6-year-old range. With those expectations, it's a fantastic 2-3 hours of learning and engagement that can be experienced repeated times. My 2 and 4-year-olds love it, and can't get enough.
    Written 17 June 2022
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  • Taylor B
    Chicago, IL7,720 contributions
    The 16-acre Historic Wagner Farm, located at 1520 Wagner Road in Glenview, Illinois, is the last remnant of the farm owned by members of the Wagner family since their arrival from Trier, Germany, in the 1850s. Irt was owned by the family until the last surviving member Rose Wagner died in 1997. After her death, local citizens persuaded the Glenview Park District to purchase and preserve the property as a historic working farm for the education and enjoyment of the community. And so it has been. Historic Wagner Farm is open to the public year-round, from dawn to dusk. It provides a unique opportunity for city slickers to learn about life on the farm during the 20th century. Visitors can learn about livestock and crops, tour the Wagners' 1920 farmhouse that featured electric lighting and indoor plumbing, step inside a two-story silo, go inside the chicken coop and see if the hens are laying eggs, see the draft horses at work, visit the livestock in the Wagner barn and livestock sheds, learn about where the food we eat comes from, pretend to run a farm stand, climb into a corn crib, swing on a tire, interact with a life-size dairy cow sculpture and explore the many interactive exhibits in the Historic Wagner Farm Heritage Center. Finally, shop at the 1930s grocery store and purchase a souvenir from the Museum Store. And if you are planning to make a Saturday visit, make time to browse through the Glenview Farmers Market, a popular attraction at the farm since 2007.
    Written 10 June 2022
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  • illinois travelere
    1,742 contributions
    The Interpretive Center was given a magnificent makeover in February 2020, and then Covid struck. Since then it's been open and shut down a couple of times, so take advantage of the fact that it's open now.

    The exhibits are a combination of touch and don't touch; live and taxidermic --- with something for everyone. Don't miss the turtle island!

    The gift shop has adorable $2 badges to mark life's adventures with sentiments and illustrations like, "I gave blood," (mosquito); "I went bird watching" (binoculars); "I saw a racoon" (cute racoon); etc, There are other reasonably-priced souvenirs for children -- t-shirts; stuffed animals; and so on.

    Out on the grounds, the Haunted Trail is set up (and still being added to) with non-scary Halloween tsatskehs.

    The Kendicott house has a lovely garden maintained by local volunteer gardeners.
    There 's also an outhouse with a crescent moon on the door. Don't think I didn't count all 30 steps from the kitchen back door to the outhouse.

    See my earlier reviews ( July 7, 2020; May 5, 2018; June 21, 2015 -- page 12; and June 22, 2014 -- page 14) for more information.
    Written 20 October 2021
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  • John F
    Evanston75 contributions
    Want a little entertainment before you see the play? Venture into the lobby of the Oil Lamp theatre. Very cozy, quirky collage of collectable trivia on view. Nice bar to enjoy a libation before or at intermission. They pride themselves on complimentary cookies available to all guests. We had chocolate chip. Soft, fresh, what's not to like? Theatre seating is row of ten in chairs. Tight quarters, sometimes viewing is problematic in the rear. Free parking lot next door, very nice perk. The production of Jake's Women was well received. We would return.
    Written 31 January 2020
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  • illinois travelere
    1,742 contributions
    The zero-depth pool at the south gate features a tropical garden island decorated with over-sized flowers, birds, and a giant butterfly.

    There is an adult lap pool.

    The mini arboretum -- named for Ralph Zynnestvedt -- has gravel and boardwalk paths that circle around the ornamental prairie display garden, the shady display garden, the rain garden, and the Boughner/Baden Art in the Park sculpture. Many trees, shrubs, and flowers are labeled.

    There are picnic tables, a sledding hill, playgrounds; walking/jogging/hiking paths, baseball and soccer fields, tennis and basketball courts,a picturesque bridge over a small pond, and plenty of parking.

    Be aware that the paths flood during heavy rains, and that you can call 847-724-3337 to find out if the pools are open during questionable weather.
    Written 1 May 2019
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  • illinois travelere
    1,742 contributions
    You can register to attend at the Friends of the Chicago River’s website. Pre-registration means enough materials for all the volunteers at the site. Children as young as eight are eligible to participate.

    We often park in the Willow Creek Center parking lot, and visit a couple of the stores and/or one of the restaurants before or after our walk. There's a Target, Kohl's, Aldi's, Michael's, etc. for shopping and a Steak and Shake, Currito's, Jersey Mike's, etc. for dining.

    Today, our first wildlife sighting on the trail was a pair of Canada Geese. They were not hyper-aggressive, so I don't think we were near their nest. I'm always ready to make way for goslings.

    We also saw one U.S.M. (unidentified swimming mammal) hugging the banks of the West Fork Riverwalk. There were a couple of herons and a ton of ducks and songbirds.

    See my earlier reviews (May 13, 2018; April 4, 2020; December 28, 2020; and September 24, 2021) for more details.
    Written 7 May 2022
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  • illinois travelere
    1,742 contributions
    The outdoor business directories have this slogan at the bottom:
    "FASHION-FOOD-FILM-FUN".

    There are changes every time I visit. Since the start of the pandemic, a lot of parking spaces have been repurposed for outdoor dining. There is still plenty of street and garage parking.

    A number of stores have closed, but Von Maur and Dick's prevail. Paulie's is going into the former Flight location. The Book Market space remains empty.

    Funtopia -- with its climbing walls, cave/tunnel exploration, jungle gym, and private rooms for birthday parties -- is a clever and pricey family destination.

    There is always something to see and do at the Glen.

    See my earlier reviews (August 17, 2017 and October 1, 2018) for more details.
    Written 24 September 2021
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  • Allen21096
    Chicago, IL29,714 contributions
    The Chicago Illinois Temple is the 35th temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church). It is the 2nd of three temples that have been built in Illinois. The temple is characterized by its six white-tipped spires rising from each corner of the building. The manicured grounds—including two captivating water features—are open for public enjoyment. The site of Chicago Illinois Temple was dedicated in August 1983 by Gordon B. Hinckley, a member of the church's First Presidency. Two years later, the church itself was dedicated. The structure itself was constructed in gray buff marble and its roof features gray slate. Architects used a revolutionary design for LDS temples, adapting the traditional six-spire design and adding modern motifs. The Chicago temple is able to accommodate a broad spectrum of church members, from various ethnic and cultural backgrounds as Spanish, Polish, Korean and other Asian cultures, as well as members who are deaf. Construction of the temple also allowed local Latter-day Saints to contribute their means, talents, and time. Children donated pennies. Young women made dolls for the temple nursery. Women crocheted altar cloths. Many donated hours in helping with the open house, held 15 July–3 August 1985, during which over one hundred thousand people toured the temple. The temple now has a total of 29,751 square feet, five ordinance rooms, and four sealing rooms.
    Written 24 June 2017
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  • pvrlover
    Glenview, IL193 contributions
    The Glenview History Center has limited space and hours when they are open, but they do a very good job of displaying and promoting the history of Glenview. Staff are very knowledgeable and friendly. The center is also an active participant in the activities of Glenview and offer special programs for the community.
    Written 6 September 2015
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  • Peter S
    5 contributions
    Photo’d this hawk in field. Cross from bathrooms, any idea? Hard to identify! He t was very cold but no wind, lake freezing over now!
    Written 23 January 2021
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  • Steve V
    80 contributions
    Had Sunday lunch here on the Grove terrace, very relaxing. Lunch prices were acceptable. You do not need to be a member to eat here. Sunset dinner would be especially nice overlooking the golf course.
    Written 26 June 2017
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  • raneemarc
    Israel42 contributions
    This place is awesome if you don't care about customer service. The people who work there are nice, but they do not answer the phone. Seriously, they don't. I've had three different experiences with this. I'm not sure if they are ordered not to or just choose not to, but they don't. This is annoying because if you want to book the same day, you can only do so over the phone, unless you want an appointment much later in the day. I think they should just be up front about it. "We do not answer the phone, so don't call us." So book 24 hours in advance online or go there in person. It's great for ages three and up.
    Written 24 April 2019
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  • Peter B
    Port Saint Joe, FL23 contributions
    Good Burger , nice strong drinks. Great Bartender Tom Burns. Good sports on TV. German Ownership. Convenient Location
    Written 6 September 2017
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  • MikeGPortland
    Wilmette, IL182 contributions
    A friend of mine is in a band and they were scheduled to play one evening not long ago at this bar/music venue, so my wife and I braved a snowstorm that night to see him play. Just off Waukegan Road, we'd seen the sign from the street but never were able to get there for a drink until that evening. The set was supposed to start around 8PM, so we got there a bit early to have something to eat prior to the show. The menu offered pretty straight-forward tavern fare (sandwiches, burgers, etc.) but we'd been told that they had very good fried foods, so after ordering a G&T and a good local beer ($5-$6 each - cheap!), my wife ordered the fish fry (about $9) while I opted for the combo fish/shrimp fry (around $10) and waited for the band to begin. While we waited, we watched the crowd - a lot of regulars, it seemed, along with folks there for music and dancing. All different kinds of folks enjoying themselves in various ways - listening, dancing, playing pool or video poker, etc. - and everyone pretty well-behaved, so a good time was had by all.
    The food arrived pretty quickly and, I have to tell you, the fried fish, shrimp, potatoes, etc. were all really well-prepared - much better quality than you might have expected, particularly for the money. One of the regulars told us that the chicken was just as good, so I'll pass that recommendation along.
    After enjoying the show and another drink or two, we got the bill - less than $40 - how can you beat that for dinner, drinks and a good show? If you're looking for a good time, reasonably-priced, with good service and a pretty nice setting, I'd recommend Potato Creek Johnny's.
    Written 14 February 2020
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  • dkrchicago
    Chicago, IL45 contributions
    My 10-year-old daughter with long, fine hair managed to get it so tangled that I couldn't fix even 1/10th of it after putting 6-7 hours into it at home. I decided to take her to Scruples. Barb at Scruples took on the challenge and with amazing gentleness, persistence and patience untangled all her hair. It took her 3 hours. After that, my daughter got her first full salon shampoo, conditioner, trim & blow-dry treatment leaving her feeling really relaxed and looking good, and me feeling extremely grateful. Thank you, Barb. Thank you, Scruples.
    Written 10 March 2021
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