trailside museum of natural history

Chicago’s suburbs–there is Park Forest, Forest Park, Oak Forest, Lake Forest. (So many forests.) And on the western edge of River Forest sits the Hal Tyrrell Trailside Museum of Natural History. A smallish museum in a grand building.

You can read about native birds and trees. Free admission for those looking for an complimentary place to learn.

oak park river forest museum

A few blocks from my apartment building is Cicero Fire House No. 2, built in 1898 and reborn in 2017 as the Oak Park River Forest Museum.

If you’re curious about local history and those who built the cities of Oak Park and River Forest, this is a fun visit.

There is a parade of Boy Scout figures fashioned by folk artist John Hagensick.

And a painting by Edwin Reed Hemingway that was found crumpled under a house porch.

chicago fire department (engine 96)

Zigzagging my way through the Austin neighborhood on the West Side and found this. A Chicago fire station–Engine 96.

Love the bright red doors and terra cotta building accents. Without the pale robin’s egg blue accents, the red doors might not be as red. Without the red doors, the blue accents might not be so warm in color.

great lakes yard

Open House Chicago was this past weekend. More than 350 buildings open for adventurers/explorers. Great Lakes Yard in Garfield Park was an interesting surprise.

Located in a large bow-and-truss warehouse on Lake Street, Great Lakes Yard salvages old growth lumber.

The warehouse is a natural history museum of sorts for visitors. A box of old mallets.

A clover-shaped stool fashioned from a tree trunk.

And random boards and boxes.