New summer activities lineup

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Looking for something fun to do with the kids now that school is out? Summer Try-It Tuesdays and Wednesday Walks are back and better than ever! All of these activities are fun, unusual, and FREE!  Try-It Tuesdays feature a unique walk-in activity from 1-3.30 at the museum every week. Just come in, no need to register. 

Or if you enjoy the great outdoors, join us from 10.30-11.30 AM for Wednesday Walks in the park. Each Wednesday will have a different themed nature walk and talk. We will meet at a park shelter, do a nature activity and then take a walk to find examples of what we have learned about. This program is FREE but please call ahead to register (847.459.2318) so we know you are coming. Don’t forget to wear comfortable shoes.

Try-It Tuesdays schedule 1.00-3.30 PM
June 14- Butter churning
June 21- Candle making
June 28- Rope making
July    5- Corn husk doll making
July  12- Spinning and dyeing
July  19- Mystery activity TBA
July   26- Felt flower making
August 2-Carving soap

Wednesday Walks schedule 10.30-11.30 AM
June 15- Bird themed walk at Mike Rylko Park
June 22- Bat themed walk at Willow Stream Park
June 29- Life under logs themed walk at Mike Rylko Park
July    6- Skunk themed walk at Willow Stream Park
July  20- Urban wildlife themed walk at Mike Rylko Park
July  27- Invasive plant themed walk at Willow Stream Park
August 3-Stream themed walk at Mike Rylko Park

Geocaching at the museum

The museum geocache series has gone live! Now, you might be wondering, “what is geocaching?”  Basically, it’s hide and seek treasure hunting using a GPS enabled device. People hide containers called geocaches outside anywhere in the world and post the GPS coordinates of the geocaches for others to find online.  Part of the fun is that a geocache can be any size or type of waterproof container in a hidden location at the coordinates.

This series leads hunters around town highlighting local history. Limited edition souvenir “geocoins” are available at the museum to mark participation in the adventure for a $9 donation (trust me, they are worth every penny). Coordinates are posted at and can be searched by zip code 60089 or by clicking on the links below.

Some Land For A Farm, Worth More For A Busch!

If you are interested in geocaching but still not sure how to get started, the museum is offering a short class on June11 from 10.30-11.30. This is a free class for beginners, but you must register in advance by calling the museum at 847.459.2318.