Stories from Steven Moreno
Last weekend, the annual architectural festival known as Open House Chicago opened the doors to many of the great structures in this city that are usually inaccessible to the public. In addition to this, volunteer guides provided insight on the history and construction of those buildings and how they are used today. Famous skyscrapers such as the Willis Tower, the Aon Center, and Lake Point Tower opened their private observation decks and restaurants free of charge.
In addition to Springfield being the state capitol of the state of Illinois, the city has significant ties to the sixteenth President of the United States: Abraham Lincoln. The fact that the city is the capitol of the state is directly linked to this legendary statesman, who successfully convinced the rest of the state government to move to a more central location in the state rather than near the Mississippi River. The legacy of President Lincoln is seen across the city, with numerous statues, plaques, and business being named for Lincoln.
Many people don’t realize that the capitol of the great state of Illinois is not the city of Chicago. Despite Chicago being the state’s most vital economic powerhouse and tourist destination, the Governor of Illinois and the state legislature do not meet and work here, but rather in the much smaller town of Springfield. The town of Springfield, which is the sixth most populous city in the state, was chosen to be the state capitol due to its much more centralized location in the state than Chicago.
For years, the acronym for Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) has been confused with that of another, more well-known institution. Many have seen the commercials on TV: “ITT Technical Institute, education for the future.” For over twenty years since the for-profit college started airing commercials, the two institutions have been easily mistaken for one another.
The quiet town of Harvard, Illinois sprung to life this Labor Day weekend, with the town’s first annual balloon festival. The event, which took place on Sunday and Monday this holiday weekend, did have some difficulties when it came to the balloons themselves. With each hot air balloon being at the mercy of the weather in which it finds itself, the conditions had to be just right to ensure the balloons did not land in Lake Michigan, nearby antennas, or near any other equally dangerous locations nearby.
There was no lack of events in Kenosha this Labor Day weekend. From a classic auto show, to sailboat rides and farmers' market, Kenosha was one of the best places to be this holiday weekend. Being in Wisconsin, the state which is best known for its dairy, the event was so eloquently dubbed the Kenosha “Cheezapalooza”. From Cheese Curds, to Green Bay Packers merchandise, there was no doubt that you had entered America’s well known dairyland.
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