sandeepShort weekend trips from Evanston lead to the Chicago Botanic Garden.  It can be quite beautiful despite the drone of cars from the freeway running next to the garden.  There are houses and malls all around and it is hard to escape the feeling that the garden is an artificial green oasis plonked into suburbia.

Just some the reasons why Drumlin Farm, just forty minutes away from our present abode in Boston, was such a big hit.  The garden aspect we enjoy in Chicago is replaced by a spectacular working farm.  There are many short trails and vegetables and eggs for sale, not just for display.  Plus sledding in the winter.  We joined the Audubon society as we expect many visits during the year.