Top 5 “one last trip” before the kids go back to school!

You have seen the “Back to School” sale signs in the stores, but there is still time to get out with your family or friends.  The top 5 Chicago area trips are low cost, close by, and combine a little history with the great outdoors!

  1. Lockport’s Lincoln Landing: Stroll along the old canal, and glory in the mid-nineteenth century history.  Be sure to pick up the new flier for Lincoln Landing in the Gaylord Building Historic Site and have the kids do the “Search & Match” game.  Make time to visit the Illinois State Museum Lockport Gallery.
  2. Chicago’s Millennium Park: can it be historical?  Well, it is already 10 years old.  Pack the bathing suits and visit the Crown Fountain, go to “Cloud Gate” (aka the Bean), and go to the Millennium Park Station under the park, which connects to the railroad history of the area.
  3. Glenview’s The Grove National Historic Landmark: visit the restored Kennicott house built in 1856 by Dr. John Kennicott or just walk the trails.
  4. Naperville’s Joseph Naper Homestead at Jefferson Avenue and Mill Street:  Learn about the early residence of Joseph Naper.  The little pocket park provides signs that tell about the archeological digs at the site.  Be sure to drop down to the river walk, stroll and find an ice cream.
  5. Chicago’s Lincoln Park – Hidden Truths markers.  If your kids just have to use technology consider a pre-visit to Pamela Bannos’s fabulous Hidden Truths web site.  Download the podcast for an hour tour of the Hidden Truth markers at  The park will never quite look the same to you again.

So, get out there, and use your outside voice!

About Dennis H. Cremin

Dr. Dennis H. Cremin is a history professor at Lewis University. The Director of the Lewis University History Center is also leading the 2022 Spring Lewis University Rome Program at the Lasallian Universities Center for Education (LUCE) in the Generalate, the motherhouse of the De La Salle Christian Brothers in Rome, Italy.

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