Thursday, December 10, 2015

Destination of the Week: Chicago-Kenosha County, WI-Dinosaur Discovery Museum

Destination of the Week: Chicago-Kenosha County, WI-Dinosaur Discovery Museum

Admittedly, this is a small museum. The one gallery (and yes, it is one gallery) is though full of well-displayed dinosaur fossils. It is a great museum for groups with kids who dream of the time the planet was populated with nightmare beasts. The museum is close to the METRA station so it makes for a good stepping off point for a day visit, especially if you need to take bathroom break. A trolley stop to take visitors to the other Kenosha Public Museum centers is also nearby.

Address:
5608 10th Avenue, Kenosha, WI 53140
http://www.kenosha.org/wp-dinosaur/

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Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Destination of the Week: Chicago-LaPorte County, IN-Washington Park Zoo in Michigan City

Destination of the Week: Chicago-LaPorte County, IN-Washington Park Zoo in Michigan City

Located just a short walk from an amazing Lake Michigan beach is this little nice, but tired, zoo. Built in 1928, it will still entertain but do not expect cutting edge exhibits, and sometimes, even animals. It though is a perfect size and set up for groups with small children needing some time away from the beach or needing some running time. At the highest point in the zoo is a stone tower that begs to be climbed. For those who do, the view of Michigan City’s lakefront, downtown, casino, and power plant will be worth it!

Address:
115 Lake Shore Drive, Michigan City, IN 46360
http://michigancityparks.com/index.php/zoo-home

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Monday, December 7, 2015

Destination of the Week: Grand Rapids, MI-Grand Rapids Art Museum

Destination of the Week: Grand Rapids, MI-Grand Rapids Art Museum 

Located nearly in the middle of downtown, the Grand Rapids Art Museum (GRAM) filled an ugly gap on the main commercial district with a light-filled and active anchor. The collection is still fairly young when compared to Toledo’s collection, but with ArtPrize, the collection should fill out with some exciting new and thought-provoking art. But with all new enterprises there are bound to be some missteps. The on-site restaurant is closed (like Davenport’s Figge Art Museum) and the outdoor space seems underused. Also, if visiting within a month of ArtPrize, expect that a few of the galleries will be closed for installations.

Address:
101 Monroe Center Street Northwest, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
http://www.artmuseumgr.org/

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Thursday, December 3, 2015

Destination of the Week: Madison, WI-Wisconsin State Capitol

Destination of the Week: Madison, WI-Wisconsin State Capitol 

If you are visiting Madison on a weekday, make one of your first stops the state capitol. Located at the highest point on the isthmus, this stunning complex earns its photos. Approachable from all sides (really, there does not seem to be a “front”), I would recommend first walking around the block before entering. Once inside, explore! Much like the exterior there are no bad angles, sides, or wings. Unfortunately the building is not normally accessible on the weekend.

Address:
2 East Main Street, Madison, WI 53703
http://tours.wisconsin.gov/Default.aspx

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