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On the road: Take a Robie House tour

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  • Explore Frank Lloyd Wright's Robie House on one of the many weekly guided tours.

    Explore Frank Lloyd Wright's Robie House on one of the many weekly guided tours.

  • The Horicon Marsh Bird Festival offers bus and adventure boat tours, hikes, bird banding demonstrations and more from May 11-14.

    The Horicon Marsh Bird Festival offers bus and adventure boat tours, hikes, bird banding demonstrations and more from May 11-14.



Water under the bridge

Of course everyone knows about Chicago's great museums like the Field Museum and Shedd Aquarium, but perhaps you aren't acquainted with the McCormick Bridgehouse & Chicago River Museum, which celebrates the river and world-famous movable bridges. The museum allows visitors the opportunity to explore a historic landmark bridgehouse. Once at the top of the bridgehouse, set your sights on a splendid 360-degree view of the city and waterways.

10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursdays through Mondays at 376 N. Michigan Ave., Chicago. Admission is $4, $3 for adults older than 62 and kids 6 to 12. (312) 977-0227 or bridgehouse

To market, to market

Chicago's outdoor Green City Market, at the south end of Lincoln Park, just reopened for the season and the Hotel Lincoln is offering a Farm-to-Room Package. Guests will be equipped with a complimentary tote bag for a journey through the market across the street from the hotel. After the day's exploration of farm-fresh produce and perhaps a stroll through Lincoln Park Zoo or the park, there is a $50 food and beverage credit to use for in-room dining or at the hotel's Perennial Virant.

Through Dec. 31 at the Hotel Lincoln, 1816 N. Clark St., Chicago. Package starts at $194 a night. (312) 254-4701 or

It's all Wright

The Robie House on the University of Chicago campus is considered one of the most important buildings in the history of American architecture. Guides take you through Frank Lloyd Wright's Prairie-style house during a 45- to 60-minute tour offering insights into the contemporary spaces the famed architect designed 100 years ago.

11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursdays through Tuesdays at 5757 S. Woodlawn Ave., Chicago. Tickets cost $15 for adults and $12 for seniors and kids ages 4 to 17. (312) 994-4000 or


A feast for Mom

Take Mom to the country for her special day when Lake Lawn Resort presents a Mother's Day Champagne Brunch with fresh flowers for all moms, a live harpist to serenade her and free boat cruises along Delavan Lake on the resort's 31-foot double-decker tour boat. Each mother in attendance at the brunch will receive $25 toward a service at the new spa opening in early summer.

9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, May 13, at Lake Lawn Resort, Highway 50, in Delavan, Wis. Mother's Day Champagne Brunch costs $31.95 for adults, $12.95 for children 5 to 12, free for children younger than 5. Boat cruises are at 11 a.m., 1 and 4 p.m. and free for mothers, $15 for adults and $7 for children. (800) 338-5253.

Visit to Amish country

Enjoy a Midwest getaway close to home for less than $200 per couple at Indiana's Amish Acres. You save more than 20 percent on individually priced attractions, meals, entertainment and lodging. Go on a guided Amish House and Farm Tour and see a National Register of Historic Places farmstead, watch documentary films covering four centuries of Amish history and culture, see the one-room school house and domestic craft demonstrations, eat at the family-style Threshers Dinner and enjoy complimentary wine tasting, and watch a live musical production in the Round Barn Theatre. You'll also get one night's lodging at the Inn at Amish Acres or the Nappanee Inn plus complimentary breakfast at the Inn.

Package is available now through Nov. 30 at Amish Acres, 1600 West Market St., Nappanee, Ind. The cost is $99 per person based on double occupancy. (800) 800-4942 and choose option three, or visit and enter promo code RB0412 and select "All Inclusive Overnight Getaway Package."

Marsh bird festival

Often called the Everglades of the North, Horicon Marsh in central Wisconsin presents a festival honoring our flying friends. The Horicon Marsh Bird Festival offers bus and adventure boat tours, hikes, bird banding demonstrations, night sounds tours, landscape photography workshop, and lectures and demonstrations.

6 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday through Monday, May 11-14, at the Horicon Marsh International Education Center, N7725 Highway 28, Horicon, Wis. Many events are free, but some tours require a nominal fee. (920) 387-7890.

Worth the trip

On May 27, the Golden Gate Bridge turns 75 years old and Cavallo Point Lodge at the Golden Gate offers a two-night anniversary package to mark the occasion. The package has two festive options, both with tickets to Cavallo Point's own 75th Anniversary Terrace Party and one featuring the Golden Gate Gala Dinner. The lodge offers picturesque views of the Golden Gate Bridge and a prime spot for viewing the anniversary fireworks.

Saturday and Sunday, May 26-27, at 601 Murray Circle, Fort Baker, Sausalito, Calif. The standard package costs $1,199 and the suite package is $1,860. (888) 651-2003 or

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