Drive two hours away from everything you thought Illinois was, right into a state park that’ll have you falling in love with the state all over again. If you thought everything south of I-80 was a corn field, Starved Rock State Park will show you the error of your ways. With four miles of canyons slicing through sandstone bluffs, seasonal waterfalls, scenic overlooks of the Illinois River, 13 miles of hiking trails, camping and a remodeled 1930s lodge for roughing it in style, a weekend getaway to this little slice of heaven is an absolute must no matter the season.
Chicago might be a big city, but its wilderness isn’t far away. Campgrounds in the area offer amenities beyond the raked dirt patch of your childhood — they’re offering wireless Internet, planned children’s activities and swimming pools. These are the area’s best, boasting everything from ball courts to air conditioned cabins. Oh, and they’ve got places for your tent, too.
Why not try something different for Mother’s Day this year? Instead of a Mother’s Day brunch, a spa treatment or breakfast in bed, how about treating mom to a picnic outside to enjoy the weather and nature. Mom can kick back, relax and still enjoy spending time with her family. She’ll enjoy homemade sandwiches Dad can make with the kids, or if that’s too adventuresome there are plenty of places where you can pick up some nice sandwiches and sides to take along with you.
A bald eagle found shot along the Illinois River has been transferred to a wildlife rehabilitation center.