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Arts & Museums
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.
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.
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.
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.
Are you a parent traveling with children who wants to take a break from the hectic mess of airport travel? If so, head over to the departure level of Terminal 2, where you will find an assortment of interactive exhibits that will wear the little ones out in no time. There is an assortment of displays, including a two-story purple cargo airplane, complete with movable foam rubber cargo. Parents can rest on park benches.
Established in 1846 by the Stacy family, their home functioned as a wayside inn, offering shelter to commuters between Galena and Chicago. The stay at Stacy's Tavern offered guests a comfortable bed, satisfying meals and feed for the horses. With the introduction of the railroad, the Stacy abode, ceased to function as an inn. The property was purchased by the Village of Glen Ellyn in 1968, and along with the historical society, restored this beautiful Greek Revival Architecture and opened it as the Stacy’s Tavern Museum.
The Elgin region of Illinois is bequeathed with a fine historic site in the form of the distinct Elgin Public Museum of Natural History and Anthropology in Lords Park. It is a small natural history museum which was actively constructed in 1907. It was initially called the Lord Memorial Museum and was opened as the Elgin Audubon Museum in 1920. It swanks of being the oldest museum building in Illinois as such. It is inclusive of an array of exhibits like the Mazon Creek fossils, Native American lifeways, endangered species as well as Ice Age mammals. A visit to this museum is worth it.
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.
The region of Elgin in Illinois is home to the historic Fire Barn 5 which was the fifth official fire barn in Elgin. It initially housed horses along with a fire fighting carriage. It successfully functioned as a fire station till 1991. It is also touted to be one of the finer examples of the Classic Revival style of architecture. At present, it operates as a museum depicting fire fighting history. Shut down on almost all major holidays, the museum can be visited on Saturdays and Sundays from noon to 4:00p. The charges for touring are minimal with USD2 for adults and USD1 for children. Also, toddlers below five years of age can visit for free.
Managed by the Villa Park Historical Society, the historic Villa Avenue Train Station is now transformed into a museum. This train station was used by the Chicago Aurora and Elgin Railroad and is included in the National Register of Historic Places. A part of the station was reserved for the passengers, whilst the other half was Western United Gas and Electric Company's office. The museum features exhibits pertaining to the railroad, artifacts and objects related to the history of Villa Park. It also doubles up as visitors center that assists regular and business tourists with maps, information about the area and other stuff. For more details, please check website or call ahead.
Lizzadro Museum of Lapidary Art is home to Joseph F. Lizzardo, Sr.’s collection of antiques and lapidary treasures. The museum was established in 1962 and features exquisite gemstones and jewelry from eras gone by. Located in Wilder Park, the architecture of the building aptly resembles a jewelry box. On display are rare pieces from the Ming Dynasty and the Roman era, as well as geological exhibits like rocks and fossils.
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.