Since Freeport Art Museum opened in 1975, its collection has ballooned to include nearly 4,000 pieces. The number is apt, since the artifacts – from Hellenistic gold jewelry to 19th-century Italian marble statues – encompass 4,000 years of work from all continents and time periods. The nonprofit museum reserves its remaining gallery space for work by contemporary regional artists, as well as travelling exhibitions.
Said space once belonged to a historic elementary school, a lineage that befits the museum's mission to inform visitors about art's global history and future. Through its educational programs, Freeport continues fulfilling that mission with events such as artists talks and classes on subjects such as graffiti art.
For more than half a century, McCorkle Furniture has bedecked dull domiciles with room-enhancing furniture and flooring. Liven up a lackluster room before even setting foot in McCorkle’s showroom with a free in-home interior-decorating consultation, which assists in selecting furniture and choosing room-appropriate décor, including paints and flattering fabrics. Adorn empty living rooms or space stations with solid-wood black-finish end tables ($189), modern oval lamps ($169), and a variety of decorative vegetation ($49–$349). Those looking for an appropriate place to store their budding collection of commemorative Corgi sweaters can opt for a Lang Furniture five-drawer chest ($159) or store them proudly on a Butler Specialty wall shelf ($199).
The Stockton Park District hosts outdoor community events throughout the year, including craft fairs, basketball tournaments, and 5K and 10K run/walks. Brothers Steve, Andy, and Tom Jordan organized the first annual 5K in 2008. They used their skills from hosting a 3-on-3 basketball tournament to plan and advertise the event. The first year, they signed up 91 runners and raised money for a tennis court behind the high school and a paper-airplane factory at the middle school. Since then, the brothers have worked to improve the race and transform it into a community event with entertainment and an increasingly challenging and interesting course.
Saplings and shrubs sprout from Land of Lincoln Tree Farm and Nursery's rich soil, which has nurtured greenery for yards, parks, and arboretums alike for more than 22 years. The founding father-son team oversees acres of trees, including deciduous varieties, such as english oaks, October Glory maples, and cherry trees, which can only be chopped down by a pair of wooden teeth. Evergreens, such as blue spruces and junipers, as well as silky dogwood shrubs, round out the leafy collection.
Skeeter's Dog House proffers classic Chicago-style hot dogs as well as a variety of italian-beef options, chicken, salads, and sides. The wallet-friendly menu invites diners to revel in the ketchup-bereft beauty of a Chicago-style hot dog ($2.25) or enjoy the signature relish, mustard, and onions of a Chicago-style polish sausage ($3.25). The Machine Gun Kelly, a char-grilled rib-eye sandwich ($9.65), delivers a protein-packed punch, and the Bootlegger meatball sandwich ($6.95) recalls the days of cross-border marina smuggling. Fill your belly while relaxing on the outdoor patio or savor the speediness of drive-thru and takeout options.
Travelers follow Jo Daviess County's sprawling fields and undulating hills toward Massbach Ridge Winery’s 18+ acre estate. Founded by the Harmston family in 2003, the winery’s proprietors select grapes grown in Jo Daviess County to concoct their batches of reds and whites. Members of the winery family escort guests on impromptu tours before rendezvousing in the tasting room or on the patio for samplings. The outdoor patio grants a heightened view of the vineyards below, which visitors can wander through on quests for vine-ripe copies of The Grapes of Wrath. In addition to its frequent tastings and tour sessions, Massbach Ridge Winery hosts a number of wine-related events each year.
The certified technicians at Aaron Auto Glass help cars with cars—they have more than 30 vehicles in their mobile fleet, allowing them to travel to clients whose windshields or windows are in need of repair. Once at the scene, they assess the problem and install fresh glass, or patch up chips with high-quality resin. Of course, they perform the same services at their five Chicagoland locations as well. Their impressive stock of vehicle glass all adheres to National Transportation and Safety Board standards, and can replace cracked, chipped, or otherwise damaged glass with both new and used sheets. Most procedures even have a same-day turnaround, preventing drivers from simply switching their shattered windshield with a screen door.