2017 vacation: Exploring Illinois through Public Art

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I have been blogging since 2006. Till last year, my default destination was downtown Chicago.

Ten years later, in 2017, I was wondering if I should explore small towns of IL.

A whole new world opened up for me. I have been to small towns earlier, but in a randon way.
This year, I was focused on a more systematic approach.

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Exploring Illinois
April 16, 2017: Rockford, IL.
May 07, 2017: Fabyan Forest Preserve, Geneva, IL.
May 14, 2017: Oregon, IL.
May 21, 2017: St. Charles, IL
May 23, 2017: Geneva, IL.
May 29, 2017: Batavia, IL.
May 31, 2017: Elgin, IL.

 

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Rockford,IL.

Rockford,IL.

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ROCKFORD, IL.

I began my explore IL with Rockford. I have been to Rockford earlier, and knew its easy to drive there. earlier I have explored Rockford Riverwalk, alonf Rock River. There are beautiful large scale public artwork and Nichoilas Conservatory. This year I wanted to see downtown Rockford.Also saw Peace Plaza and Guernsy Cow.  There were three major stops: Keeling-Puri Peace Plaza, Lockwood Park / Gertrude the Guernsey Cow, and Sculpture Stroll [2015-2017] in Downtown Rockford.

For more, Day trip to Rockford.. click here..

 

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Oregon, IL

Oregon, IL

 

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OREGON, IL.

I have been to Oregon earlier. The main attraction is the 50- foot tall statue “Eternal Indian” by Lorado Taft. I wanted to see the Eagle’s Nest Colony but could now.

The highlight of this trip was a tour of Eagle’s Nest Colony, Also saw Oregon public Library and Ten in ten program. Meeting with Jeff Adam.

 

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Fox River, Elgin

Fox River, Elgin

 

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Five towns along Fox River:
Elgin – St. Charles – Geneva – Batavia – Aurora.
Inbetween two large cities of Elgin and Aurora are the tri-city of St. Charles, geneva and Batavia.

 

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Pioneer Memorial Monument -   by Trygve Rovelstad/ Elgin

Pioneer Memorial Monument – by Trygve Rovelstad/ Elgin

 

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ELGIN

 

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St Charles, IL.

Reflections – by Guy Bellaver / St Charles, IL.

 

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ST. CHARLES, IL.

 

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Geneva, IL

Geneva, IL

 

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GENEVA, IL

 

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Fabyan Forest Preserve, Geneva, IL

Fabyan Forest Preserve, Geneva, IL

 

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FABYAN FOREST PRESERVE, GENEVA, IL.

Day Trip: May 8, 2017.. on a beautiful Monday morning, I drove to Fabyan, to see the Dutch Windmill. Fabyan is located south of Geneva, on the banks of the Fox River. It was less than an hour drive from my home in Hoffman Estates suburb. I left home by 6:00 am and was there by 6:45 am.

To my surprize I discovered that the place has many more attractions than the Windmills! There were Fabyan Japanese Garden, Fabyan Villa and also a 100 years old Fabyan Lighthouse! There were visitors fishing along its river shores, jogging or and biking along the trails. There was also a beautiful river bridge. Later I found out that these natural and historic attractions has made Fabyan one heavily used forest preserve in the Kane County.

For more, Day Trip to Fabyan Forest Preserve.. click here..

 

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Batavia, IL

Batavia, IL

 

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BATAVIA, IL.

 

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Get Your Kicks on Route 66 / Exploring Route 66

Get Your Kicks on Route 66 / Exploring Historic Route 66

 

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Related Links:

My Vacation: Exploring the Prairie State of Illinois.. click here..
2017 Exploring Home State Illinois, through Public Art.. click here..

My Vacations Photo Gallery.. click here..
Vacation: USA / Illinois.. click here..
Vacation: USA.. click here..
Vacation: USA.. click here..
Vacation: UK.. click here..
Vacation: India.. click here..
UNESCO World Heritage Site.. click here..
Home: Public Art in Chicago.. .. click here..

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