The Home of the Sock Monkey – Rockford Illinois

Once a year in Rockford Illinois, the Midway Village Museum hosts the Sock Monkey Madness Festival celebrating all things sock monkey in its official home!  The Sock Monkey is recognised around the world and started right here in the Midwest, and yes they are made completely from a pair of socks!

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Dylan’s Candy Bar – Chicago’s Ultimate Sugar Rush!

Freak Shakes.  I’m sure you’ve seen them all over the internet too.  Giant milkshakes topped with literally EVERYTHING.  I had become obsessed with trying to find somewhere that creates these masterpieces and was rather excited when I stumbled across Dylan’s Candy Bar in Chicago!

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Visiting Lincoln Park Zoo, a Free Attraction in Chicago!

I was AMAZED to find out that Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago is completely free to visit!  It’s not unusual for city attractions to have a free day every now and then but Lincoln Park Zoo does it one better by being free 365 days a year!

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5 Fun Summer Activities at Chestnut Mountain Resort – Galena, IL

Chestnut Mountain in Galena Illinois has you covered for year round fun!  In the winter months it is a ski resort with 19 runs of different difficulties.  But the Chestnut Mountain adrenaline rush isn’t just confined to winter, nope, during the summer there are a whole range of other activities to keep you entertained while enjoying views of the Mississippi River!

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10 Instagrammable Places in Galena, Illinois!

It took a while for me to get into the swing of Instagram, despite being a lover of photography.  But now, I LOVE the filters, especially the ones that really make the colours stand out!  My Canon PowerShot SX720 HS has a vivid colour mode (which I constantly shoot in) but I love the way Instagram can push the colours that little bit further!  Today I share 10 Instagrammable places in the town of Galena, Illinois!

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Route 66 16 Day Road Trip Itinerary

Ever dreamed of hitting the open road and doing an all American road trip?  How about a trip down historic Route 66?!  Stretching 2448 miles across America, starting in Chicago, Illinois and finishing up in LA, California, taking in a total of 8 States.  This is my tried and tested 16 day Route 66 Road Trip Itinerary with side trips to the Grand Canyon and Las Vegas (so essentially stepping foot in 9 States!).  I include: the daily miles covered, travel time (with stops), must see roadside attractions, where to stay and where to eat!

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8 Cool Things to do at the Chicago Auto Show

The Chicago Auto Show held at the McCormick Place in Chicago, it’s the largest auto show in the nation!  The website says that the average visitor spends around 4 hours at the show, however I spent 7 and walked nearly 5 miles around it!  Along with being able to get up close and personal with almost every single car on display, there are so many other cool things to do!  Check out some of my favourite parts of the day when I visited in 2017!

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Timmermans Supper Club: Sunday Brunch on top of the Bluff

So Timmermans Supper Club in East Dubuque, Illinois is one of my favourite places to make an absolute pig of myself!  It sits high up on top of a bluff that partly overlooks the Mississippi River.  From the outside it doesn’t look like much, but once inside, the restaurant is surrounded with windows and you’re greeted with a pretty awesome view!

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