52 Illinois Weekends : Great Getaways and Adventures for by Bob Puhala

By Bob Puhala

Each identify during this action-packed go back and forth 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 outdoors adventures for seekers of sunlight and clean air.

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Admission is free; call (815) 942-2899. Page 30 Flower Festivals Lilac Time Lombard's world-famous Lilac Time, a two-week festival in early May, showcases more than 1,200 lilacs and 40,000 tulips in Lilacia Park. Included in the nine-acre spread are more than 200 varieties of lilacs; 50 kinds of tulips; perennials and annuals; and an herb garden. Lilacs were planted by a Civil War veteran officer, who owned the estate that's now a park; he purchased his lilac plants directly from LeMoine Gardens in France more than a hundred years ago.

But one familiar with his work can see a woman's head and face that combines front and side views at the same time, creating a "double-exposure" effect, thus provoking the observer to see it in a new way every time (and from many perspectives). Heck, even the sculpture itself has changed, its steel skin acquiring a permanent patina through a rusting process that transformed its color from gray to a deep brown. Located at 50 West Washington Street. "Batcolumn" Ten years after "The Picasso," another gargantuan sculpture appeared in what's now called the Harold Washington Social Security Administration Building Plaza.

It dates back to the 1880s, built to be used by two second-story apartments of a general store long since demolished. The outhouse's interior walls are offset so waste can drain from the second story to the ground, out of range and (hopefully) downwind of others. " Wild, weird, wacky, wonderfulthese are just a few of the adjectives used to describe Illinois's unusual little landmarks and museums, like the second-story bathroom in Gays. Here's a list pinpointing other "best bets" for a summer of offbeat weekend touring delights.

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