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By Bob Puhala

Each identify during this action-packed commute sequence deals 4 complete seasons of fun--52 weekends in all! there is something for everyone--intimate weekends for undefined, energetic actions for households, and open air adventures for seekers of solar and clean air.

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Besides Earp, family photos, papers, books, and furniture, news stories, and other memorabilia trace Wyatt's lawman career. Duplicates of his famous long-barreled guns also are on display. There is an admission fee for tour tickets. S. marshal. Again, there is an admission charge. You also can pick up a free Wyatt Earp tour map at the birthplace house museum. Townie sights along the way include the Earp Monument at North Eleventh Street, the spot where Earp hid from Indians with his brothers as a kid; and the Pioneer Cemetery on North Sixth Street, where his grandparents are buried.

Of course, we wanted to show off our developing skills. So we'd pull up to the farmhouse, beep the horn, and watch as our parents, and Grandma and Grandpa, filed out and piled into the car so we could take them on a grand tour of the cow pastures. Then there's the little cottage at Wooster Lake that my family rented every summer when I was a kid. Days were filled with fishing expeditions led by Pa, followed by country cookout feasts prepared by Ma. And then there were weekend visits to the cottage by relatives, who seemed always willing to play in the Puhalas' annual summer softball classic.

A. Copyright © 1999, 1995 by Bob Puhala All rights reserved. No part of this book may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording, or otherwise, without the prior written permission of NTC/Contemporary Publishing Group, Inc.  again Page iv Page v CONTENTS Introduction ix Spring 1 Call of the Wild Peoria 3 2 Lake Michigan Circle Tour Northeastern Illinois 7 3 Hemingway's Hometown Oak Park 15 4 Everything's OK at the Wyatt Earp Museum Monmouth 19 5 Land of Lincoln's Loopy Landmarks 21 6 Flower Fantasies 27 7 Abe's Birthday Bash Springfield 31 8 Museum Without Walls Chicago Loop 35 9 Where the "Real Baseball" Lives Dyersville, Iowa 41 10 Easter Awakenings Bloomington 45 11 From Treasures to Trinkets Sandwich 47 12 An Inn-Sider's Guide to Springtime Romance All Around Illinois 51 13 Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous Vernon Hills 55 Summer 14 Great Times at Great America Gurnee 61 15 Riding the Rails to Weekend Adventure Far North, West, and South Suburban Chicago 65 16 State Fair Time Springfield 73 17 Home of the Man of Steel Metropolis 77 18 Prairie Primer Morris 79 19 Bearing Up Under the Sun Platteville, Wisconsin 83 Page vi 20 Scottish Fling Oak Brook 85 21 Land of the Mound Builders Collinsville 89 22 Mozart Mania Woodstock 93 23 The Town That Time Forgot Galena 97 24 African American Legacies 103 25 Illinois State Parks 109 26 Corny Fun 117 27 Garfield Farm Lafox 121 28 Canoe Illini Northern Illinois 127 Fall 29 Apple Adventures Wauconda 137 30 Fall Color Caravan 141 31 Jackpot Journeys 147 32 Amish Sojourn Arthur and Arcola 153 33 The Great River Road Along the Mississippi River 159 34 Up and Down on the Farm 165 35 Ghastly Gourds Sycamore 169 36 Shawnee Ramble Southern Illinois 171 37 Canal Capers Lemont to La Salle 177 38 An Honest Abe Thanksgiving Petersburg 183 39 An Oregon Outing 187 40 Stepping Back into Time Elsah 191 Winter 41 Road to Utopia Bishop Hill 197 42 Treasure Troves Chicago 201 43 Bogged Down in Winter Ingleside 205 44 Lights, Camera, Holiday Action Findlay, Belleville, East Peoria 207 45 Where Eagles Dare Rock Island 211 46 Time Travels Rockford 215 Page vii 47 Downhill Thrills 219 48 Tour-Riffic Chicago 223 49 A Final Yule Flingwith a French Accent Ellis Grove 227 50 Chicago's Cultural Gems 229 51 Gonna Pump You Up Gilman 233 52 The Wright Stuff 237 Index 243 Page ix INTRODUCTION Chicago is my kind of Town.

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