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Very Tasty, Very Vernon Hills

Vernon Hills has a few great restaurants hidden among its tidy shopping centers and chain restaurants. Nirvana Wine & Grillerie has a smart wine selection, delicious artisan food, acoustic music every night and an outdoor dining space that overflows with plants. It’s near the Des Plaines River Trail. Fiamma Everyday Italian restaurant boasts a great view of Bear Lake and internationally influenced Italian food.


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Seven Wonders of Illinois: Starved Rock State Park

*Today’s post is part of a series of weekly posts focusing on the Seven Wonders of Illinois. As a reminder, be sure to take part in our Seven Wonders Photo Contest. Starved Rock was named one of the Seven Wonders …


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Art In Your Eye

While waiting for an oil change the other day, I had some time to kill.  The gas station where I get my oil changed is near downtown Batavia, and so I had planned on just heading down a couple of …