Four Great Bike Rides

1 Des Plaines River Trail Starts in Des Plaines The 31-mile Lake County portion of this route extends nearly to the Wisconsin border. A gravel path meanders through oak forests, prairies, and wetlands. Wildlife abounds — deer, chipmunks, turtles, butterflies, and snakes. Hungry? Hit the Shanty in Wadsworth, a 50-year-old institution whose whiskey shrimp and tequila salmon … Read more

Three Killer Outlet Shops

Photo: Courtesy of Crate & Barrel 1 Crate & Barrel Outlet Store Naperville Weird one-offs, like lamps in offbeat colors that didn’t quite work out, and slightly imperfect floor samples, like a credenza missing one easily replaceable handle, sell for half price. Illustration: Jens Magnusson 2 Eileen Fisher Company Store Schaumburg That effortlessly drapey, Nancy … Read more

A Seriously Dreamy Closet

Winnetka —Any city shopper who thinks the North Shore is a schlep should consider this: Kelly Golden, owner of the luxury boutique Neapolitan Collection, travels to Europe with her team about eight times a year. “And then we’re in New York pretty much every month,” she adds. During their trips, the buyers scope runways and … Read more

Hunting for Treasure at ReUse Depot

Maywood —Five great finds uncovered while digging through 35,000 square feet of salvaged architectural treasures. Plastic lockers from a public pool in Oak Park, circa 1980, $350 Photos: Lucy Hewett   Oak veneer and steel drafting stool, late 1940s, $95   Sears, Roebuck & Co. electric fireplace, mid-1970s, $250   Brass chandelier from an Oak … Read more

The Everyone Guide to Cantigny Park

Wheaton —How to spend an afternoon at the 500-acre estate if you’re bringing your … Army veteran grandpa The First Division Museum (admission is included in the park entrance fee: $5 per carload on weekdays, $10 on weekends) traces U.S. military history through the artifacts and artillery of a single infantry division. Most impressive: the … Read more

Who’s Got the Best Flea Market?

From left: Grayslake and Wheaton Photos: Tim Zurko   Grayslake Illinois Antique & Vintage Flea Market Kane County Flea Market (St. Charles) Wheaton Antique Market Wolff’s Flea Market (Rosemont) Best For Outfitting a rustic North Woods cabin Chip and Joanna Gainesifying your home Bedazzling a rumpus room in kitsch Literally anything, from vintage tools to … Read more

The Best Cup of Coffee Anywhere

Naperville —Before master roaster Chris Chacko opened Sparrow Coffee’s sole café and retail outlet — in Naperville, no less — the only way you could taste the vaunted brews of this West Town–based roastery was to dine at one of the 300 or so high-end restaurants around the country he deigned to sell to. (Chicago profiled Chacko in 2017. … Read more