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The Getaway Guys Get Far Away (to Skokie)

Along busy McCormick Boulevard from Dempster Street to Touhy Avenue bordering Evanston and in Skokie is the Skokie Northshore Sculpture Park, which has occupied the site for more than 20 years. Winding its way for two miles along the west side of Chicago’s Metropolitan Water Reclamation District’s sanitary canal, this distinctive park was developed in […]

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Get away Guys – Guns and Butter: Rock Island and Moline, Illinois

Rock Island, Ill., gets its name from the 946-acre hunk of rock in the middle of the Mississippi River occupied by the Rock Island Arsenal.  Before the island came under the jurisdiction and administration of the U.S. Army in 1809, it belonged to the Sauk and Mesquakie tribes and was the birthplace of Blackhawk (1767-1838), […]

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Toot! Toot! the Guys Getaway to the Chicago Botanic Gardens

Here is something for area Chicagoans ages 2 to 90. The Getaway Guys thought, “To heck with seriousness, let’s do something light-hearted.” At the Chicago Botanic Garden (CBG) visitors to the outdoor toy train layout do not need to know one architectural style from another or anything else terribly important to get a kick out […]

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The Guys Get Away to Beverly and Find Griffin Homes

In a pleasant environ south and slightly west of downtown Chicago, the Getaway Guys explored a cluster of private residences designed by Walter Burley Griffin (1876-1937) between 1909-1914. Born in Maywood, Ill., Griffin graduated from the University of Illinois in 1899 and worked with several early proponents of the “Prairie Style,” including Dwight Perkins (1899 […]

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The Guys Get Away to Local Palaces of Justice (Part I)

For some, a visit to the county courthouse means real trouble, for others it is just a nuisance. So readers may wonder what could possibly motivate the Getaway Guys to visit Illinois, Wisconsin, Indiana and Michigan county courthouses. The title of this article says it: Palaces of Justice.  This month’s article explores historic courthouses in […]

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‘Eternal Silence:’ Three Chicago Cemeteries

There are countless cemeteries in Chicago, but few as remarkable as Graceland, Rosehill and Bohemian National. The Getaway Guys visited all three in late 2011. The final park-like resting places of Chicago’s luminaries were interesting to visit, but the Guys were more intrigued by the sculpture and architecture of the dead. Sculpture abounds, but architecture […]