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32 planning the perfect dad date

Take dad on a hike at Shawnee National Forest. Photo credit: ddmantx

While a gift is a great way to show dad you care, a memorable dad date can take it to a whole new level and cement his June 20, 2010, among the elite in the pantheon of great Father’s Days.

Here are a few suggestions to give dad something he’ll never forget.

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33 summer sol a bration

Nathan Manilow Sculpture Park

Enjoy a fun day at the park with your family and view amazing sculptures at the Summer Sol-a-Bration, Saturday, June 19, from 2:00 – 5:00 p.m. at the Governors State University campus in University Park.  The Nathan Manilow Sculpture Park is planning a family oriented event that should bring a smile to everyone in attendance. Activities for the entire family include: sculpture trading cards, Build-A-Sculpture, build and fly a kite, a Body Rolling Derby (roll down a grassy hill!) and other games and activities for kids of all ages.

One of the great things is that admission and parking are FREE. Some of the activities will have a nominal charge and refreshments and food are available on campus. It’s easy to find – just a mile from Exit 339 on I-57 and only about 34 miles from the Loop! If you’re in Chicago, take the Electric Line one hour south from Millennium Park station to University Park.

– Bob Lukens

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34 checking off the bucket list
35 world cup of soccer bars

U.S. vs. Honduras, World Cup Qualifier Game at Soldier Field, photo by Clint McMahon

If you’re a sports fan in Chicago, this June might be one of the best months of your life. The Blackhawks can win their first championship in nearly 50 years tonight and less than 72 hours later, we’ll be transitioning from Lord Stanley’s Cup to the World Cup.

The United States soccer team will begin competitive international play against England this Saturday at 1:30 p.m., and whether you’re a huge soccer fan or just a casual supporter, nothing matches the excitement of watching a World Cup game at a legitimate soccer bar (well, unless you’re flying out to South Africa).

Here are a few spots that are sure to deliver the best 90 minutes of your weekend.

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1 Road trip to romance

Now through the summer, we’ll be coming out with a series of road trip ideas with different themes. We’ll start it out hot and heavy with (queue the Barry White)…

The Road Trip to Romance
The Road Trip to Romance spans three busy cities and 200 miles. From theatrical performances, to carriage rides on the town to gorgeous wineries, this road trip makes for a series of memorable dates.

Drury Lane in Oakbrook Terrace

Drury Lane, Oakbrook Terrace
Drury Lane is one of the top venues in Chicagoland to catch live theatre. Shows are affordably priced and parking is free.

Where to stay: Oakbrook Terrace Hilton Suites
Where to eat: Redstone American Grill
Miles to/from Chicago: 25
Minutes to/from Chicago: 45

A reasonably quick trip down I-290 and you’ll arrive at the next romantic activity:

Magnificent Mile Carriage Ride, Chicago
Carriage rides are a unique way to tour Chicago and make for a perfect way to spend a mild summer evening.

Where to stay: Renaissance Chicago Downtown Hotel
Where to eat: Geja’s Cafe
Miles to/from Oakbrook Terrace: 25
Minutes to/from Oakbrook Terrace: 45
Miles to/from Galena: 165
Minutes to/from Galena: 180

Three hours down I-90 and US-20 will take you to one of Illinois’ most romantic cities – Galena.

Galena Cellar Vineyard & Winery
Acres upon acres of rolling farmland are reasons Galena Cellars is a must-stop location for a romantic road trip. The others: 40 award-winning, nationally recognized varieties of wine right at your finger tips.

Where to stay: Galena Cellars Guest House
Where to eat: Fritz & Frites
Miles to/from Chicago: 165
Minutes to/from Chicago: 180

And that, ladies and gentlemen, is the Road Trip to Romance. So, what do you think? What are some of your favorite romantic date spots?