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Illinois “Must-See”   
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Illinois Map +                   イリノイ州の地図等


9429 150610  Chicago, Illinois Travel Guide - Must-See Attractions - YouTube
35 Things to do in Chicago Top Attractions Travel Guide - YouTube
Chicago - YouTube
10315 151019  ✈Chicago, illinois ►Vacation Travel Guide - YouTube

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The Art Institute of Chicago
European Painting and Sculpture Impressionism and Post-Impressionism | The Art Institute of Chicago
Self-Portrait (Van Gogh), American Gothic (Grant Wood), Nighthawks (Edward Hopper)
Art Institute of Chicago - Wikipedia

Georges Seurat’s  “A Sunday on La Grande Jatte - 1884” Pointillism method  - 
Movie:
Ferris Bueller’s Day Off: Ferris Bueller's day off - Museum scene - YouTube 
9428 150610  Welcome to the Art Institute of Chicago - YouTube
Art Institute of Chicago - YouTube

Art

* Beall Woods Nature Preserve and State Park : one of the largest virgin deciduous forests in the nation

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Blackstone Hotel: President Kennedy stayed & 1st Gangster Convention was held (1923)
 
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Cahokia Mounds, near Collinsville

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Chicago International Children’s Film Festival  October

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Chicago Water Tower

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Deere & Company (John Deere developed a steel plow in 1937)
10844 160208     February 7, 1804    Happy birthday John Deere!
John Deere - Inventor - Biography.com
John Deere (inventor) - Wikipedia 
February 7, 1804 – May 17, 1886, an American blacksmith and manufacturer who founded Deere & Company, one of the largest and leading agricultural and construction equipment manufacturers in the world. Born in Rutland, Vermont, Deere moved to Illinois and invented the first commercially successful steel plow in 1837.
Deere & Company (John Deere developed a steel plow in 1937)
Farmers' Almanac TV John Deere, The Man - YouTube
John Deere Brief Bio - YouTube
History of John Deere - YouTube

Our Photos: John Deere Tractor & Tractor Pulling
 
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The Field Museum (Natural History) T rex “Sue”, which was named after Sue Hendrickson, a marine archaeologist, who found the fossil in South Dakota in 1990. “T rex”: Tyrannosaurus rex.

Skeleton of Tyrannosaurus rex discovered - Aug 12, 1990 - HISTORY.com
Sue Hendrickson - Wikipedia  born December 2, 1949) is an
American paleontologist. Hendrickson is best known for her discovery of the remains of a Tyrannosaurus rex in South Dakota on August 12, 1990. Her discovery was the largest specimen of a T. rex found and one of the most complete skeletons. This skeleton is now known as "Sue" in honor of her discovery. It is on display at the Field Museum in Chicago, Illinois.
South Dakota  |  Illinois
Dinosaur



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Lincoln Log Cabin, Lerna

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Millennium Park, Chicago
6842 140804  Millennium Park - Bing Images  Chicago, Illinois
Millennium Park - Wikipedia
City of Chicago :: Millennium Park
Crown Fountain - Bing Images
Crown Fountain - Wikipedia
10 years of being the faces on Crown Fountain in Millennium Park - Chicago Tribune  Barbara Brotman, 07/21/2014



* Nauvoo Mormon Temple: Mormons settled here from 1839-1844   Check out Nauvoo Temple at Historic Nauvoo 

+& Navy Pier      First Ferris Wheel (The original one was built by George Ferris for the World’s Columbian Exposition in 1893)      
check out a small Ferris Wheel
@ New! Cirque Shanghai “Cloud Nine” opens in June (100528) on Navy Pier 

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Museum of Science and Industry  -  Relic of a World’s Fair (1893)

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Shedd Aquarium 

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Willis Tower (formerly Sears Tower):
 Sky Deck | The Ledge
Willis (Sears) Tower Skydeck & Ledge: 1 (Skydeck & Ledge video)  |  2  (7.12.2009)    Chicago, Illinois                 More Skywalks
Note: We went to the Sears Tower 10 years ago or so, but there was no ledge since the Ledge has only been around since 2009. Standing on the ledge looks very scary, but could be very exciting.
4067 131112  "America's Tallest Building"  Willis Tower loses to One World Trade Center as nation's tallest  w/ video (Chicago Tribune, Blair Kamin, 11/12/2013)
Photos: Willis Tower -- Chicago Tribune  11/12/2013
Photos: One World Trade Center -- Chicago Tribune   11/12/2013



Wrigley Field (Cubs’ home stadium, 2nd-oldest ballpark)
MLB.com - The Official Site of Major League Baseball  World Series: Chicago Cubs vs. Cleveland Indians;
Cubs win World Series after 108 years waiting | MLB.com  2016
Illinoois


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Zoolights at Lincoln Park Zoo    Holiday season


born February 7, 1804    John Deere
John Deere - Inventor - Biography.com
John Deere (inventor) - Wikipedia  February 7, 1804 – May 17, 1886, an American blacksmith and manufacturer who founded Deere & Company, one of the largest and leading agricultural and construction equipment manufacturers in the world. Born in Rutland, Vermont, Deere moved to Illinois and invented the first commercially successful steel plow in 1837.

Deere & Company (John Deere developed a steel plow in 1937)
Farmers' Almanac TV: John Deere, The Man - YouTube
History of John Deere - YouTube

Vermont  |  Illinois
Our Photos: John Deere Tractor & Tractor Pulling    

born February 12, 1809    Abraham Lincoln    #16
Abraham Lincoln Biography  Civil Rights Activist, Lawyer, U.S. Representative, U.S. President
From Wood Cabin to White House: An Abe Lincoln Timeline  (Info from Tyler)
Abraham Lincoln - Wikipedia  February 12, 1809 – April 15, 1865, 16th President of the United States, serving from March 1861 until his assassination in April 1865. Lincoln led the United States through its Civil War—its bloodiest war and its greatest moral, constitutional, and political crisis. In doing so, he preserved the Union, abolished slavery, strengthened the federal government, and modernized the economy.
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Kentucky  |  Indiana  |  Illinois
Presidents   
Abraham Lincoln    #16
Civil War

born February 15, 1809    Cyrus McCormick
Who Made America? | Innovators | Cyrus McCormick
Cyrus McCormick's Reaper - YouTube
Cyrus McCormick - Wikipedia
  February 15, 1809 – May 13, 1884, an American inventor and businessperson, the founder of the McCormick Harvesting Machine Company, which later became part of the International Harvester Company in 1902. From the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, he and many members of his family became prominent residents of Chicago. Although McCormick has sometimes been simplistically credited as the [single] "inventor" of the mechanical reaper, he was one of several inventors who contributed successful models in the 1830s, and his efforts built on more than two decades of work by his father, as well as the aid of Jo Anderson, a slave held by his family. Even greater than his achievement as an inventor was his success in the development of a modern company, with manufacturing, marketing, and a sales force to market his products.
Virginia  |  Illinois   

born May 27, 1837    Wild Bill Hickok
Wild Bill Hickok - Law Enforcement, Folk Hero - Biography.com
Deadwood (TV Series 2004–2006) - IMDb
Wild Bill Hickok - Wikipedia  May 27, 1837 - August 2, 1876 - known as "Wild Bill" Hickok—was a folk character of the American Old West.

Photos:  Wild West Frontier Fest  |  Defeat of Jesse James Days Celebration
Illinois  |  South Dakota

born September 8, 1841    Charles Julius Guiteau
Charles Julius Guiteau - - Biography.com
Frédéric Mistral - Wikipedia 
September 8, 1841 – June 30, 1882, an American writer and lawyer who was convicted of the assassination of James A. Garfield, the 20th President of the United States. 
Illinois  |  Wisconsin

Presidents:   
James Garfield    #20 

born September 3, 1856    Louis Sullivan 
Louis H. Sullivan  biography.com  "father of modern American architecture", “Form follows function.”

Louis Sullivan: Father of the Skyscraper - YouTube
Architecture 16 of 23 Sullivan & Adler Auditorium Building Chicago - YouTube
Louis Sullivan - Wikipedia 
Louis Henry Sullivan, September 3, 1856 – April 14, 1924, an American architect, and has been called the "father of skyscrapers" and "father of modernism". He is considered by many as the creator of the modern skyscraper, was an influential architect and critic of the Chicago School, was a mentor to Frank Lloyd Wright, and an inspiration to the Chicago group of architects who have come to be known as the Prairie School. Along with Henry Hobson Richardson and Frank Lloyd Wright, Sullivan is one of "the recognized trinity of American architecture". "Form follows function" is attributed to him although he credited the origin of the concept to an ancient Roman architect. In 1944, ...
Louis Sullivan: the Struggle for American Architecture Clip 1 - YouTube
Louis Sullivan: the Struggle for American Architecture Clip 2 - YouTube
Buildings  |  Chicago, Illinois

born March 22, 1868    Robert A. Millikan
Robert A. Millikan - Facts  NobelPrize.org
Robert Millikan | American physicist | Britannica.com
Robert Andrews Millikan - Wikipedia 
March 22, 1868 – December 19, 1953, an American experimental physicist honored with the Nobel Prize for Physics in 1923 for the measurement of the elementary electronic charge and for his work on the photoelectric effect.
Illinois


11649 160904  Chicago Fire of 1871 - Facts & Summary - HISTORY.com
​How the Great Fire of 1871 Actually Benefitted Chicago - YouTube
Great Chicago Fire 1871 - YouTube
Great Chicago Fire - Wikipedia  a conflagration that burned from Sunday, October 8, to early Tuesday, October 10, 1871. The fire killed up to 300 people, destroyed roughly 3.3 square miles (9 km2) of Chicago, Illinois, and left more than 100,000 residents homeless. ...
Lessons from History The Chicago Fire of 1871 - YouTube
The Chicago Fire - YOU ARE THERE - YouTube
Chicago, Illinois

born July 21, 1899    Earnest Hemingway
Ernest Hemingway is born - Jul 21, 1899 - HISTORY.com
Biography.com  Earnest Hemingway
Mini BIO - Ernest Hemingway - YouTube
Ernest Hemingway - Wikipedia 
July 21, 1899 – July 2, 1961, an American author and journalist. His economical and understated style had a strong influence on 20th-century fiction, while his life of adventure and his public image influenced later generations.
Illinois  |  Florida 


born May 30, 1909    Benny Goodman
SING, SING, SING BY BENNY GOODMAN - YouTube
Headline News - on the Death of Benny Goodman, 1986 - YouTube
Benny Goodman - A Short History - YouTube
Benny Goodman - Wikipedia  May 30, 1909 – June 13, 1986, an American jazz and swing musician, clarinetist and bandleader, known as the "King of Swing".

Chicago, Illinois  |  Music

born February 6, 1911    Ronald Reagan    #40 
Ronald Reagan  biography.com
Mini BIO - Ronald Reagan - YouTube
Ronald Reagan | The White House
40 Ronald Reagan - YouTube
Ronald Reagan - Wikipedia 
February 6, 1911 – June 5, 2004, an American politician and actor who served as the 40th President of the United States from 1981 to 1989. Prior to his presidency, he was the 33rd Governor of California from 1967 to 1975, following a career as a Hollywood actor and union leader. ...
The “Reagan Doctrine” is announced - Feb 06, 1985 - HISTORY.com
Presidents:     Ronald Reagan    #40    |    Illinois

born April 4, 1913    Muddy Waters
Muddy Waters - Guitarist, Songwriter, Singer - Biography.com 
April 4, 1913  – April 30, 1983
Muddy Waters - Topic - YouTube
Muddy Waters is born - Apr 04, 1913 - HISTORY.com
Muddy Waters & The Rolling Stones - Baby Please Don't Go - Live At Checkerboard Lounge - YouTube
Muddy Waters - Champagne & Reefer - YouTube
I'm Your Hoochie Coochie Man - Muddy Waters - YouTube
Mississippi  |  Chicago, Illinois  |  Music


born April 6, 1928    James Watson   
James Watson - Facts  NobelPrize.org
James D. Watson - Academic, Biologist, Geneticist, Zoologist, Scientist - Biography.com

James Watson - Wikipedia
 
born April 6, 1928, an American molecular biologist, geneticist and zoologist, best known as one of the co-discoverers of the structure of DNA in 1953 with Francis Crick and Rosalind Franklin. Watson, Crick, and Maurice Wilkins were awarded the 1962 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine "for their discoveries concerning the molecular structure of nucleic acids and its significance for information transfer in living material".
DNA Story - Watson and Crick - YouTube 
What is DNA and How Does it Work? - YouTube
Chicago, Illinois

Rosalind Franklin - Chemist, Scientist, Scientist - Biography.com
Rosalind Franklin - Wikipedia 
25 July 1920 – 16 April 1958, an English chemist and X-ray crystallographer who made contributions to the understanding of the molecular structures of DNA (deoxyribonucleic acid), RNA (ribonucleic acid), viruses, coal, and graphite. Although her works on coal and viruses were appreciated in her lifetime, her contributions to the discovery of the structure of DNA were largely recognized posthumously.

born March 14, 1933    Quincy Jones
Quincy Jones - Children's Activist, Music Producer, Television Producer, Songwriter, Trumpet Player - Biography.com
Quincy Jones is best known as a composer and record producer for legendary musicians such as Frank Sinatra, Michael Jackson, Celene Dion and Aretha Franklin.
Music  |  Chicago, Illinois

born February 18, 1950    John Hughes
“Breakfast Club” director John Hughes dies - Aug 06, 2009 - HISTORY.com
John Hughes (filmmaker) - Wikipedia  February 18, 1950 – August 6, 2009, an American film director, producer, and screenwriter. He directed and/or scripted some of the most successful comedy films of the 1980s and early 1990s including the comedy National Lampoon's Vacation (1983), the coming-of-age comedy Sixteen Candles (1984), the teen sci-fi comedy Weird Science (1985), the coming-of-age comedy-drama The Breakfast Club (1985), the coming-of-age comedy Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986), the romantic comedy-drama Pretty in Pink (1986), the romance Some Kind of Wonderful (1987), the comedies Planes, Trains and Automobiles (1987) and Uncle Buck (1989), the Christmas family comedy Home Alone (1990) and its sequel, Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (1992).
John Hughes - IMDb

Michigan  |  Illinois

born August 4, 1961    Barack Obama    #44
Barack Obama | whitehouse.gov
Biography.com  Barack Obama
C-SPAN: President Barack Obama 2009 Inauguration and Address - YouTube

The Speech that Made Obama President - YouTube
Barack Obama - Wikipedia 
born August 4, 1961, the 44th and current President of the United States. He is the first African American to hold the office and the first president born outside the continental United States. ...
Presidents    Barack Obama    #44

Food
@#& Deep-Dish Pizza:
Sam Rosati’s | Home of Deep-Dish Pizza: Gino’s East: In addition to Deep-Dish Pizza, here you can leave your name or other scribbles on the walls. Gino’s East
@ Classic Hotdog at
Wrigley Field (Cubs’ home stadium, 2nd-oldest ballpark)
& Hot Dog 
Portillo’s

4701 140111  Chicago Tribune 2014 Dining Awards  (Chicago Tribune, Josh Noel, Kevin Pang and Phil Vettel, 01/09/2014)

4314 131211  A diner's guide to Eataly Chicago  (Chicago Tribune, Christopher Borrelli, 12/11/2013)

February 14, 2014  Valentine's Day  Be My Valentine, Charlie Brown Movie - ABC.com
Be My Valentine, Charlie Brown - Opening - YouTube
Valentine's Day - OFFICIAL Movie Trailer [HD] 2010 - YouTube
10 great romantic movies | Valentine's Day
Phil Vettel recommends: Valentine's Day dining  Love is in the air... (Chicago Tribune, Phil Vettel, 02/05/2014)
Valentine's Day photo page


4511 131226  Chicagoans of the Year in the Arts  (Chicago Tribune, 12/26/2013)

4833 140123  Listen, old chum, Marriott brings 'Cabaret' to life - THEATER REVIEW Cabaret at the Marriott Theatre  (Chicago Tribune, Chris Jones, 01/23/2014)
Marriott Theatre In Lincolnshire

4445 131221  No age barrier n these best performances of 2013  Chicago-area stages  (Chicago Tribune, Chris Jones, 12/19/2013)
our 2013 page

4342 131214  Top 10 shows that live on: Best Chicago theater of 2013  (Chicago Tribune, Chris Jones, 12/13/2013)
Best Chicago dance of 2013: A resplendent year  (Chicago Tribune, Laura Molzahn, 12/13/2013)


3165 130825  31st year for Chicago Triathlon - chicagotribune.com
Life Time Fitness - Chicago Triathlon
our Triathlon photo page (Lifetime Tri Minneapolis)


3088 130818  Photos Chicago Air and Water Show -- Chicago Tribune
City of Chicago: Chicago Air and Water Show  August 17 & 18, 2013, Chicago, Illinois
our Duluth Air Show photo page  | 


2553 130713  Taste of Chicago 2013 photos -- Chicago Tribune
City of Chicago Taste of Chicago  Chicago, Illinois
2008 Taste of Chicago - YouTube  |  2011 Taste of Chicago - YouTube  |  The Taste of Chicago 2012 - In The City www.inthecitytv.com - YouTube
our Taste of Minnesota photo page


2936 130806  Great Bull Run comes to Chicago in July - chicagotribune.com

5459 140326  Lollapalooza 2014 | August 1-3, 2014 : Grant Park : Chicago, IL
Lollapalooza 2014 lineup announced  (Chicago Tribune, Greg Kot, 03/26/2014)

2897 130804  Lollapalooza 2013 August 2-4, 2013 Grant Park Chicago, IL  |  lollapalooza - YouTube
Lollapalooza 2012 - Friday Highlights - YouTube
Lollapalooza - Wikipedia


3410 130915  "Music Festival"  Riot Fest - 2013 Music Festival  Chicago, Sept. 13-15, 2013       
Photos Riot Fest 2013 -- Chicago Tribune  |  Riot Fest - Bing Images
Riot Fest 2012 Highlights - YouTube
Riot Fest - Wikipedia

Information Resources: Chicago Tribune

2681 130721  Pitchfork Music Festival 2013, Union Park, Chicago, Illinois
INSIDE PITCHFORK MUSIC FESTIVAL 2012! - YouTube  |  Highlights-Pitchfork Music Festival 2009 - The True Experience - YouTube  |  Pitchfork Music Festival 2010 from the Crowd in 10 Minutes - YouTube
Pitchfork Music Festival - Wikipedia

4442 131221  An outdoor lover’s guide to Chicago  (GrindTV, Heather Hansman, 12/18/2013)

4731 140114  15 things to do with your kids this week - chicagotribune.com

Brief History*
1860 Abraham Lincoln becomes president | 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition (Chicago) | 1908 Springfield race riots leads to founding of NAACP | 1933 Chicago World’s Fair |  

Local Celebrities*
Walt Disney, Ernest Hemingway, Michael Jordan, Abraham Lincoln (1844-1861), Barack Obama, Ronald Regan, Oprah Winfrey, Frank Lloyd Wright (long time-resident), and more
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Illinois | Chicago (Nickname: Windy City) | Springfield (Capital)
Largest Cities in Illinois


Tourism | Chicago’s Tourism Office

Top Ten Illinois attractions | Best of Chicago
 
イリノイ州の旅行ガイド

# Events:
The Nation's Largest Auto Show Chicago Auto Show  Feb. 8-17, 2014, Chicago, Illinois, (IL)

St. Patrick’s Day Parade
           check out our St. Paul St. Patrick’s Day Parade photos
Chicago Air & Water Show < www.chicagoairandwatershow.us >  August  check out our Duluth Air Show pix
Taste of Chicago                       check out our Taste of Minnesota photos
Chicago Marathon                     check out our Twin Cities marathon photos

3855 131021  Highwood Pumpkin Festival, Highwood, Illinois (video)
Highwood falls short of jack-o-lantern record  photos (Chicago Tribune, Denys Bucksten, Special to the Tribune, 10/21/2013)
20,036 jack-o-lanterns, 2013, Highwood
World Record: 30,128 jack-o-lanterns, 2006, Boston
our jack-o-lantern photo page


More Events
for example, check out this site


Everything you need to know for the Fourth of July around Chicago - Voices  Brandon Wall | Get In Touch, 07/03/2014

References
*  Inge N. Dobelis (Project Editor): America: land of Beauty and Splendor (New York/Montreal: Reader’s Digest, 1992)
+  Laura Sutherland with Family Travel Forum: Amazing Places to Take Your Kids(Illinois: Publications International, Ltd., 2008)
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Top 10 Museums in the United States
@  Lissa Poirot: “The Great American Road Trip” ,
AAA Living May/June 2010, Page 27-29 Travel AAA
x  William Mullen (
Chicago Tribune): “T. rex Sue has more than paid off for Chicago Museum” St. Paul Pioneer Press, May 22, 2010
v  Alma E. Guinness (Project Editor) et al: America A to Z (New York, USA: The Reader's Digest Association, 1997)
&  Michael Schuman
(Albany Times Union): “Chicago’s Finest – 10 landmarks that define the Windy City” Travel Section, St. Paul Pioneer Press, May 30, 2010
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