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300 South Frontage Road
Burr Ridge, IL 60527
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Arts & Museums
Previously used as a showroom of the Excelsior Brick Company, the Gregg House now operates as a museum. The historic structure was built in 1872 and displays the Victorian style of architecture. It is operated by the Westmont Historical Society, which strives hard to preserve and protect it. The property was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1980.
The Graue Mill is a historic mill in Oak Brook, Illinois. The former grist powered mill was built in 1852, and is now a museum displaying the Civil War era with volunteers dressed in period costumes. The museum is especially advisable for large groups and school trips as highly interactive docent led tours are available, where participants get to grind corn. The gift shop also stocks some interesting items.
Built in 1861, the Lemont Methodist Episcopal Church is a historic landmark on Lemont Street in Lemont, Illinois. It holds significance by being a community activities center, and was also used as a recruiting depot during World War I. The architecture of the building finds inspiration in that of New England Churches replete with a bell tower and spire. It was listed on the National Register in 1986.
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.
For the would-be traveler who wants to visit Lithuania, this museum is the largest of its kind in the United States and is a fantastic place to start. Visitors are given personal attention from the moment they walk in the door. An orientation video provides a brief history of Lithuania, a glimpse of the green countrysides, rocky seashores and ancient castles brimming with legends. Visitors can then browse Lithuanian history and culture in the museum. Artifacts include a spectacular coat of armor, treasured relics donated by Lithuanian immigrants, native costumes from the different provinces and some of the most beautiful amber you will view anywhere. Be sure to visit the gift shop before you leave. Here you can find everything from Lithuanian candy to books on every subject. The museum also offers language classes and art workshops.
Isle a la Cache Museum is a local museum that gives an insight into the trading customs and traditions of the bygone era. Period costumes, mock trading for children where they can actually experience barter system and much more awaits you here. For more details, check website or call ahead.
George Washington Maher constructed this house in 1897 for the eccentric banker John Farson. Maher followed the "motif-rhythm" theory of architecture, wherein ornamentation serves as symbolism of the place and people of a specific locality. In keeping with this theory, the Historical Society of Oak Park and River Forest decided to house a local history museum here. The exhibits rotate often and include the literary heritage of Ernest Hemingway and Edgar Rice Burroughs.
Learn about the life, work and death of one of America's greatest writers through family photographs, early manuscripts and other memorabilia. Nobel Prize winner Ernest Hemingway, author of The Old Man and the Sea, A Farewell to Arms and other esteemed works, was born and raised in suburban Oak Park. Explore lesser known parts of his career, such as his on-location reporting of various wars. The museum admission includes a guided tour of Hemingway's birthplace house, which is just up the street.
Visit the home of the famous architect and his family during the formative years of his career. Tours of Frank Lloyd Wright's design masterpiece show off the soaring great room, private gardens and more where the beginnings of his Prairie style came to life. Visitors can also wander through the studio where he produced his landmark designs that challenged conventional architectural ideas. Special events and programs take place year round, be sure the visit the website for more details.
The DuPage Children's Museum uses play to stimulate interest among children in maths, science and the arts. The museum offers creative programs for schools, parents and teachers. Children have access to the exhibits and can play games. Adults and parents can use the library for reading and study material and books on child rearing and positive parenting. Explore their store to buy educational gifts and toys.
A 12 acre (4.85 hectares) outdoor history museum in Naperville, Illinois, The Naper Settlement consists of 30 historical buildings and structures, including the Martin Mitchell Mansion, a 12 room house and a schoolhouse. What sets this place apart from other museums is the highly interactive participation here, as guides are dressed in period costumes, even adopting the accents of those times, making the experience a lot more realistic. There are also frequent re-enactments of historical events and battles and other themes like Haunted Nights. The place is a delight for kids, who get to learn while having fun.