As of today our cyclers and walkers have reached 3036 miles – 2674 cycling and 362 walking.

We were all very fortunate to have had exciting and learning-filled days in Chicago, including two amazing Naturalization Ceremonies, visits to the City, beautiful cycling and walking and dinners hosted by very generous Chicagoans.   We had the opportunity to visit the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center, which is an outstanding resource for the community, state and region.  Please use these links to learn about  how the museum tells about the past and urges all of us to do what we can to create a safer future  for people throughout the world.

Chicago’s long and rich history  is available on the Chicago History Museum website.  We won’t even try to select specifics but encourage you to visit the website and select areas that interest you from the thousands of documents and other resources that are available.  We think you will be impressed!

One more thing about Chicago:  Freight train congestion has become a major headache.  A New York Times article on May 7, 2012, begins, “When it comes to rail traffic, Chicago is America’s speed bump.  Shippers complain that a load of freight can make its way from Los Angeles to Chicago in 48 hours, then take 30 hours to travel across the city. A recent trainload of sulfur took some 27 hours to pass through Chicago — an average speed of 1.13 miles per hour, or about a quarter the pace of many electric wheelchairs.”  To read the rest of the fascinating story about this problem and steps being taken to solve it, go to:

Now some facts about Illinois:  

Illinois became the 21st state  on December 3rd, 1818.  One President was born in Illinois, and Illinois is the home state for three Presidents.  

Born in Tampico, Illinois, Ronald Reagan was the 40th President of the United States.  Long before his election, he had moved to California, which became his home state.  The Reagan Presidential Foundation and Library is located in Simi Valley, California.

Born in Hodgenville, Kentucky, Abraham Lincoln, became the 16th President of the United States.  In 1830, he moved with his family to Illinois, which became his home state.  The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum is located in Springfield, Illinois.

Born in Pleasant, Ohio, Ulysses S. Grant moved with his family to Galena, Illinois in 1860.  After serving in the Union Army during the Civil War, he returned to Galena in 1865 as a hero and was presented his new home on Bouthillier Street.  Grant was elected as the 18th President of the United States.  Presidents Grant’s papers are now housed at Mississippi State University:

Born in Honolulu, Hawaii, Barack Obama moved to Chicago in 1985, making Illinois his home state.  He was elected the 44th President in 2008.


1 Comment for this entry

  • Tamara Hogsett
    May 17th, 2012

    Love the city of Chicago and have a memory bank full of places you mentioned.

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