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Arts & Museums
Cook Memorial Library is located in Libertyville, Illinois. It was built for contractor and politician Ansel B. Cook in 1878 as a Victorian house. Cook later donated this property to become a library. After Cook's death, the building received a major Neoclassical-style renovation, and was converted into a library, opening to the public in the year 1921. It was added to the National Registrar of Historic Places on August 16, 2001.
The Lake County Discovery Museum in Wauconda offers a blend of knowledge and information on history, art and popular culture. Established in 1976, it welcomes nearly 45,000 visitors per year. A distinctive feature of the museum is that it explains the history of Lake County in a simple and enjoyable atmosphere. There are enthralling special exhibits organised occasionally to depict the heritage of the region.
The Volo Auto Museum was founded in 1960, and as the name suggests it is dedicated to cars. From Hollywood to vintage, the entire range is on display at this museum. The unique thing about the museum is that it also dabbles in car dealership.
The Art Center or TAC, as it is commonly known, promotes art in the city of Highland Park. Three galleries within the center host art exhibitions throughout the year. Workshops and classes in fine art and creative outlets of all kinds are organized for all age groups. TAC also has a gift shop where you can buy artwork by local artists.
This Second Empire styled building was built in 1873 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places since 1979. The George Clayson House was the residential home of a local carpenter and orchardist of the same name. Spread across 10 acres (4.04 hectares), it was bought by the Palatine Public Library and is maintained by the Palatine Park District. Today it is a public museum and library focusing on local history. A gem for history lovers, it features countless heirlooms and relics from Palatine’s past.
The past is, ironically, an essential part of a community’s present and future. It tells us how a particular community has sustained itself against trying times and how it has flourished in times of prosperity. The Arlington Heights Historical Society has preserved this past at the community’s Historical Museum. Comprising five buildings – Muller House, Log Cabin, Coach House, Banta House and the Soda Pop Factory Building – this museum houses artifacts and documents detailing the past of Arlington Heights. Tours are available at specific timings, so do see the website to plan your visit.
Amuse the kids with educational fun. A plethora of interactive and energy-consuming exhibits, including a home that can be reconstructed and rearranged and supermarkets and subway cars will delight their imaginations. The Great Kohl Sailing Ship is a stage for imaginary play. They can use nets to catch schools of colorful fake fish or test parents' eardrums by ringing the ship's bell. The Grandma's Attic exhibit is stocked with tons of old clothes. Children can dress up in gowns, suits and shoes to act out imaginary scenes from their parents' and grandparents' lives. Old-fashioned radio is piped in throughout their stay.
McDonald's USA First Store Museum is an image of the early McDonald's Restaurant in Des Plaines. The Museum has retained features of its original structure while undergoing renovations. The original kitchen along with cooking and serving equipment complete with mannequins of the serving staff, give you an idea about the first McDonald's Restaurant. Though the visitors can view the store closely, entry inside is not permitted.
Talented duo Jay Turner and Dennis Quijano have taken their designing instincts and artistic streak back to the suburbs where their roots lie. Their Paper Crown Gallery is a culmination of their passions and entrepreneurial spirit. It has formed a network of local up-and-coming artists that showcase their work making fine art more accessible and affordable. It organizes numerous art classes, photography sessions and graphic designing workshops. Don't miss their BYOB Art and Spirits event, which is a fun night of creativity and fine wine.
Run by the Holocaust Memorial Foundation of Illinois, the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center was established with the aim not only of honoring those whose lives were lost, but also spreading the message of peace and harmony worldwide. The Karkomi Permanent Exhibition gives visitors a glimpse of life in pre-war Europe as well as a sneak peek into concentration camps and ghettos, and life in post-war Skokie is highlighted, too. Issues like human and civil rights are addressed through film screenings, lectures and more.
Wood Library-Museum of Anesthesiology is dedicated to the history of anesthesiology and has a wonderful collection of anesthetic instruments on display. Laryngoscopes, anesthesia masks, alternative medicine and safety equipment make up most of the collection. An interesting exhibit is the Smee Portable Ether Inhaler that induces a distinct light-headedness. Apart from research scholars, the museum is a good place for tourists too, who can glean interesting snippets of information here.
Discover the culture and social fabric of the southwest, northwest and Arctic territory Native Americans. Displays feature textiles, pottery and other materials to illustrate the contemporary and historical life of these natives. Peruse the large selection of baskets on exhibit from the museum's archives and the personal collection of Betty Seabury Mitchell, the museum's founding director.