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The Robert L. Mees Village Centre serves as the hub of the Harrison/Bruce Historical Village by providing a venue for College and community events. Historical buildings include: The Purdy School, a one-room public school in Perry County, IL from 1860-1951. The Julia Harrison Bruce House, a replica of the house the house that was built in 1868 by David Ruffin Harrison. The Harrison Storefront, this "double dog trot" style log cabin is a replica of the cabin the David Ruffin Harrison family occupied prior to the construction of the brick, "Harrison House". And The Hunter Cabin, Emmanuel Hunter built the Hunter Log Cabin in 1818; the year Illinois became a state.
Features a distinctive entertainment and dining venue. Celebrate "sophisticated fun" in our warm and inviting 45,000 square foot indoor/outdoor facility complete with 20 bowling lanes and 10 bocce courts, exceptional Italian-American bistro with wine cellar, outdoor patio, fireplace, and beautifully appointed event and party room that can accommodate groups from 20-600.
Built 1812, one of the oldest "hotels" still in existence; listed on the national register of historic places. The stately home with a sweeping verando and gazebo over looks the mighty Ohio River. Gourmet breakfast.
Candlewood Suites at Grand Prairie is a perfect stay for both leisure and business travelers alike! Located only minutes from Shoppes at Grand Prairie, guests have convenient access to an array of shopping and eateries. For business travelers, our hotel suites near downtown Peoria are close to the airport, offer free high-speed Internet access and a 24-hour business center. Nearby businesses include OSF Center for Health, Illinois Eye Center, Bosch and Caterpillar. Our hotel suites are designed for your comfort, featuring entertainment options that include a 32-inch flat screen TV with a DVD player and free high-speed Internet access. You can enjoy the comforts of home with the fully equipped kitchen and full-size refrigerator and dishwasher.
A' Salute is a high class lounge featuring entertainment every Friday and Saturday night with room for dancing. The menu will feature a selection of small sandwiches called "trios" which are served in threes.
The Northern Illinois University Huskies play in the MAC Conference and have a diverse athletic department. Their many sports teams include: Men’s football, baseball, basketball, golf, soccer, tennis and wrestling, while their women’s teams include: Basketball, cross country, golf, gymnastics, soccer, softball, tennis, track & field and volleyball.
The first brick home built in Polo is now a tourist information center and home of the local Convention and Visitors Bureau.
Come out and play with the Chicago Park District. Founded in 1934, the Chicago Park District is the largest municipal park manager in the nation and owner of more than 8,100 acres of green space. We invite you to take in a concert or a movie at one of our 580 parks.
Sited outdoors over some 300 acres, the 21-piece collection contains monumental works by many of the 20th century's most important sculptors, including Puryear, Nauman, Disuvero and Hunt.
Open from April to October, this theatre shows first-run movies, and is one of only 200 drive-inns left in the United States.
Stop into this great thrift store where you can find many bargains and new merchandise as well.
Cracked Glass is a place for you either shop blown glass from local artists or you can create your own. With weekly workshops and knowledgable staff on hand, Cracked Glass gives you the opportunity to channel your inner artist.
Come out to Allstate Arena this summer to enjoy a night of world-class basketball and family fun with the Chicago Sky! With a season that runs May through August, the Sky provides summer-fun for all ages. Chicago's premier women’s professional basketball team offers fans the unique opportunity to get their group in the game, and on the court. Groups can register to high five the Sky players, deliver the game ball to the referee, play on the same court as the Sky or sing the National Anthem. No other sporting event allows you to get as up-close-and-personal with the players!
Stop by this eclectic museum to explore the history of Route 66, car culture and local history. There is even a Rolls-Royce on display! The collection was brought together by a local historian with great stories to share. Located just a few doors from the Palm's Grill this museum is a must see.
The Standish House B&B is owned and operated by a direct descendent of Miles Standish and is filled with antiques and collections of Early American history. You’ll enjoy canopy beds, sumptuous breakfasts and more. We’re only minutes from Lake Carroll and are located on a quiet residential street in the quaint community of Lanark.
Built in 1876, this 19-room museum, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, was the division headquarters for Illinois Central Railroad. The museum showcases local artifacts from Amboy and the surrounding area.
The Illinois High School Association’s Individual Wrestling State Championships brings out the best in high school wrestling talent under the bright lights of the Assembly Hall. This two-day event showcases the elite wrestlers from across the state as they try to wrestle their way to Saturday night at the Assembly Hall to become apart of IHSA Wrestling history being dubbed individual state champion!!
Mr. Koolz has 12 flavors of yogurt (including no sugar added flavors), 70 toppings, Espresso Bar, Shakes and Pies, Candies and more. You can also have parties here in our newly constructed party room. Yogurt is .45 per ounce
Located in a scenic rural setting, these accomodations in Pittsfield, are the perfects starting point to explore Western Illinois.
The Extended Stay America hotel is designed especially for longer stays with studios featuring fully-equipped kitchens and plenty of work space. Each room features a kitchen with refrigerator, microwave, and stove top, convenient work space, free local phone calls, personalized voice mail, iron and full size ironing board, on-site guest laundry, provided dining and cooking utensils and wireless internet. Pet friendly rooms and Signature Suites are available.
The log house gives a glimpse into local life in the 1800s. While at the park, visit the refurbished caboose and passenger train.
Located behind the Statehouse in a century-old church, this museum is full of Lincoln-era memorabilia, including his letter cabinet and an axe carved with his initials.
The Nehring Gallery is a space within DeKalb dedicated to promoting arts and culture. It is currently the home of the DeKalb Area Agricultural Heritage Association, an organization dedicated to preserving and sharing the storied history of agriculture in northern Illinois, through exhibits, educational programs and community outreach. Visit their website to see what exhibit is on display today!
Historic Museum of Torture Devices is a privately-owned collection of unique historic torture devices. This museum features over 50 displays from nearly all over the world. Devices such as these were once used to kill, maim, terrorize, punish and force confession, all in the name of The Law. Exhibits include, the pillory, the Chinese death cage and so much more. This unique museum is a must see. Open Saturday and Sunday, Noon to 4 p.m.
Winner of the Broadway in Chicago 2013 Emerging Theater Award and named Chicago Magazine's Best Emerging Theater of 2013, 16th Street Theater presents award-winning new plays at affordable prices. A nationally-recognized professional Equity theater, 16th Street is a program of the North Berwyn Park District and operates year round out of the Berwyn Cultural Center just 9 miles west of downtown Chicago. Come engage with us!
Escape into Chicago's underworld on a crime and mob tour with Chicago Crime Tours. Some of the world’s most famous criminals, mobsters and gangsters bamboozled their way through Chicago. Sit comfortably on a climate controlled bus and enjoy sightseeing famous Chicago crime scenes from the 19th century through modern times. Investigate Al Capone, The Untouchables, The Chicago Mob, John Dillinger, H.H. Holmes, George Streeter, The Chicago Black Sox, Leopold & Loeb, and more. See the site of the St. Valentine's Day Massacre, one of Chicago's most notorious murder scenes. Stakeout crime scenes like the Biograph Theatre, Holy Name Cathedral and other Chicago landmarks. Check out the historic criminal courthouse, a Chicago architectural landmark where some of Chicago's most notorious cases were tried. Escape into the criminal past of Chicago's River North, Gold Coast, Lincoln Park, Old Town, Loop and Magnificent Mile neighborhoods. Get off the bus and explore where Chicago gangsters John Dillinger and Hymie Weiss stood just before their deaths.
The museum houses an agricultural display that includes antique tractors (1922-1937), engines, a 1919 grain/dump truck, a replica of a 1920s farmstead kitchen, and more.
The Clark County Historical Society is dedicated to the preservation and education of all things pertaining to the people and places of Clark County, Illinois. Learn about the Lincoln-Douglas debates and unique area country architecture here.
A fascinatingly large garden center with outdoor furniture supplying customers from all over the Midwest. The center also takes care of holiday needs with trees, trims and gifts. Home center, same location, 815.637.8840. There's a Village Green East, too.
Originally built as a one-room schoolhouse in 1904 on the corner of Old Church and Barrington Roads, the museum was moved to its present site in 1991.
Beautiful outdoor music theatre open May through September with a capacity of just under 30,000 people. Concessions and private catering available; tour buses welcome.
Original pastels, oil paintings, note cards, posters. Specializing in figurative art, portraits, land and seascapes. Commissions accepted. Classes, workshops.
Stroll brick-paved St. Louis Street in the Lebanon Antiques District, where you’ll find more than 20 antique and specialty shops in this historic town that was founded in 1804, during the time of the Lewis & Clark expedition.
Different from your average shopping mall, Deer Park Town Center is an open-air lifestyle center providing you with leisurely amenities in addition to some of the best shopping and dining in Illinois. Deer Park Town Center features over 70 of the most exclusive shops and restaurants in Chicago's northwest suburbs. Stores include Apple, Crate & Barrel, Barnes & Noble, Sephora, Gap, Pottery Barn, Restoration Hardware and more. Entertainment includes Century Theatres. Park in front of your favorite store and spend an hour or a day shopping and dining, or catch a movie at the Century Theater.
Surrounded by gardens and a reflection pool, this magnificent bell tower in Washington Park is the third largest in the world, and one of the few that is actually open to the public.
12 parks that offer diverse activities. Fishing, picnics, baseball diamonds, volleyball courts, hiking trails and playgrounds.
Inwood offers a lighted range, pro shop and concessions. The front nine was renovated 1989, adding water on six of the nine holes. Inwood demands good course management, precise iron play, and a soft touch on its fast greens.
Providing the largest selection of Caterpillar licensed merchandise in Illinois. The Cat Merchandise Center is owned and operated by MPC Promotions LLC, a licensee of Caterpillar, Inc From head to toe, we have you covered. Come see our extensive line of Cat footwear and the latest trends in headwear. Polos, hoodies, jackets, gifts for every occasion…find it all here. For ladies, we have stylish tees and blouses. And for kids of every age, suit them up with the hippest play gear or find an earthmover in just their size. Graduate from toys into actual scale model replicas for the collectible enthusiasts. We have something for everyone at the Cat Merchandise Center. The Cat Merchandise Center is located inside the Caterpillar Visitors Center in Peoria, IL at 110 SW Washington Street.
Relax in a peaceful country setting, take a nature hike, fish and enjoy friendly country hospitality.
They offer award winning educational programs and professional exhibits that make the Geneva History Center a source of great community pride.
Come inside the intimate Riverfront Playhouse and discover a treasure. Since 1978, Riverfront Playhouse has been a destination in downtown Aurora. Located along the pedestrian-friendly Water Street Mall, Riverfront Playhouse continues to draw unique talent and appreciative crowds. This popular local theater group performs original plays, musicals, murder mysteries, comedies and thrillers in an intimate setting. See their web site for indoor and outdoor performances.
A fun, casual Italian restaurant featuring good pizza, pasta and calzones in the heart of the District.
5 minutes west of downtown St. Charles in Wasco. Open daily. Delivery available. Catering too.
Timber Lakes Golf Course is an 18-hole championship course conveniently located on Interstate 55. We have one of the most beautiful and enjoyable golf courses in the Metro East. We invite you to enjoy our friendly atmosphere and experience the improved course conditions and design.
Huegen's General Store has a small-town feeling in beautiful Albers Illinois.
DuPage County, Chicago’s Western Suburbs - Housed in historic Turner Town Hall (National Register site), the museum features community history exhibits and a research collection including local history and railroad materials. The Kid Zone Gallery offers changing hands-on displays for all ages.
A facility of the Kankakee Valley Park District, Ice Valley Centre Ice Arena features a NHL rink, Game Zone arcade and Breakaway Cafe concessions.
Step into a restored 1860's farmhouse and experience an era when apple butter and ham and beans cooked over open fires; candles were hand-dipped and quilts were hand stitched; dulcimer music filled the air; and fields were worked by man and beast. Located on the 1,350-acre Rock Springs Nature Center site, the Homestead offers living history programs throughout summer.
Upland game bird hunting from Oct. 1 - April. Dogs & guide service available. Located 3 miles west of Jct. Hwy. 37 & Hwy. 169, or, 4 miles east of I-57 just off Shawnee College Road.
Hawthorn Suites by Wyndham welcomes you to C-U! Featuring 198 suites, ample parking, complimentary hot breakfast buffet & convenient location to the University of Illinois Campus & downtown Champaign, Hawthorn Suites is the perfect spot for your leisure or business visit.
7-story building with 1 bed king rooms and 2 bed queen rooms, lighted parking lot, indoor pool & hot tub, onsite restaurant & lounge.
The McAninch Arts Center is home to five resident professional ensembles: Buffalo Theatre Ensemble, DuPage Opera Theatre, Arts Center Jazz Ensemble, New Classic Singers and New Philharmonic.
The 1878 Henry School, located on the Galena Trail, was used as an operating school until 1957. The Polo Historical Society has turned it back into an old country school, which includes displays on the Black Hawk War of 1832.
Beautiful flowers, gifts, candy and cards. While away a few minutes in this treasure trove.
Welcome to the new Atwood. On the outside, our historic 1895 Reliance building is as timeless as ever, but inside you’ll find a fresh décor served alongside our menu of refined American classics. In both the kitchen and the bar, the ingredient is our muse. We let the local and the seasonal be our guides while striving to create a timeless environment for our guests. History, innovation, inspiration: You’ll find it all right here at Atwood, in the heart of the Loop.
At the Lobby in the world renown Peninsula hotel, guests can enjoy a spectacular dining experience from a five star restaurant while relishing in the opulence and majesty of the space. Traditional afternoon tea is also served daily, while the weekend offers a scrumptious brunch accompanied by a string quartet.
A beautiful new hotel conveniently located near the Shoppes at Grand Prairie. A great place to stay for business or pleasure. Amenities include a fitness center, indoor pool and spa, wireless internet and hot breakfast.
One of the last remaining markers erected in 1922 marks the 8th Judicial Circuit on which Abraham Lincoln practiced law.
DuPage County, Chicago’s Western Suburbs - The 66-room hotel features spacious king and double queen suites with separate sleeping and sitting areas. Features microfridge, coffeemaker, hair dryer and iron/ironing board. Complimentary breakfast buffet. Fitness room and indoor heated pool.
The "Art of Entrepreneurship" program (of which the Blue Connection Gallery is an integral part) has been developed to unite the strengths of two of Millikin's Professional Schools: the Tabor School of Business and the College of Fine Arts. This novel combination of two programs enables business students to gain insight into the creative aspects of entrepreneurship while art students of Millikin’s College of Fine Arts learn the importance of marketing their own artwork. You will find all types of art displayed at The Blue Connection. Be sure to stop in and browse -- who knows... a promising student’s work purchased today could turn out to be a valuable masterpiece tomorrow! The gallery participates in the “First Friday” art walks by hosting receptions that trademark the arts community in Decatur’s quaint and historic downtown.
Art "takes off" in the Lobby Gallery at the main terminal of the Decatur Airport. Exhibits range from watercolors and acrylics to oils, pastels, and fiber art.
Sit at a picnic table along the Mississippi River in Grafton and enjoy fried buffalo fish, catfish fritters and homemade coleslaw from Beasley Fish Stand. Beasley has a fish market on one side and an outdoor dining area on the other. Hours: T - S 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.
The Busse Woods Trail system is located within Ned Brown Forest Preserve, a 3,700-acre property in the western suburbs. There are 11.2 miles of paved trails for cyclists, equestrians and pedestrians. The main loop is nearly 8 miles, circling some lakes and meadows, while a couple of much shorter side loops will take you to the north and south end of the forest preserve. The Busse Woods Trail connects with the Schaumburg Bikeway on the west, and on the north, Busse Woods links to the Rolling Meadows Bikeway system. Some key features of the forest preserve include fishing, boat rentals and a small herd of captive resident elk. The trails are open from sunrise to sunset.
Enthusiasts of all kinds find enjoyment in the wide array of activities the park offers including 4-miles of fully accessible paved paths that wind through natural prairie, woods and riverfront of the Perry Farm site.
Whether a strategy session, customer/dealer conference, sales, marketing or executive retreat - let our professional staff assist you with your conference planning. We specialize in organizing a tranquil ideal meeting environment with care. Just 35 minutes north of Peoria, featuring tennis, golf, hot tub and game room.
They offer three rooms where you can sleep comforted by beautiful handmade quilts or lose yourself among the antiques! Wake up to a hearty breakfast of eggs, bacon, homemade breads, fruit, French toast or waffles, ham, and our own jams & jellies. While sitting on the wicker porch swing on the upstairs veranda, enjoy the beautiful countryside and be blessed by the song of the bluebird or call of the mockingbird. Wake up to the smell of coffee and fresh cinnamon rolls baking and make time to bird watch, shop in the small quilt & gift shop or explore the historic community they call home.
Originally designed by legendary Chicago architect Daniel Burnham as an office building, this hotel is a beautifully restored architectural landmark. Hotel Burnham is just steps away from State Street shopping, Loop theaters, lakefront parks and museums. The hotel’s acclaimed Atwood Café puts a modern twist on comfort food.122-room luxury historic hotel with 19th century detailing in deep mahogany, frosted Tiffany glass, Terrazzo mosaic tiling, and a wrought iron and marble staircase. Guestrooms are appointed in warm tones of burgundy, gold and cobalt blue with canopy beds.
Designed for business and leisure travelers. Clean, comfortable, and large rooms with a magnificent view of the Chicago skyline from the shore of Lake Michigan.
Visitors are invited to walk the tree-lined paths and beautiful labyrinth. The center is open for group reservations.
A 3,000 ft. wheelchair-accessible pathway at lake level and wood-chipped trails wind through forested areas. An elevated walkway spans the wetlands and two observation towers, a wildlife viewing blind, an outdoor amphitheater and classroom.
This 18-hole golf course was designed by Robert Garard and Gary Hoelcher. At Roland Barkau Memorial Golf Course variety is key! The front 9 follows the natural lay of the land, winding through the curves of Plum Creek and tree-lined fairways. While the back 9 invites players to an open, links-style layout. Whether golf enthusiast or beginner, we invite you to come enjoy the gorgeous landscapes and let our friendly staff make the most of your next great round of golf!
Groups regularly perform at the "Black Box" Main Stage theatre.
A variety of arts events going on at Augustana College.
The Quality Inn & Suites West is conveniently located off Illinois Highway 9 and Interstate 74. The Quality Inn & Suites West offers free continental breakfast, free local calls, free issues of The Wall Street Journal, fitness center, sauna, indoor pool, hot tub, free high-speed Internet access and banquet and meeting rooms. Suites feature microwaves, refrigerators, coffee makers and cable television with HBO.
Rent a 4-wheel Surrey bicycle and take a bottle of wine down to the lake. They make six varieties of wine on site. You'll love the picturesque setting: the wine garden; deer running across the field; wild turkeys making their way into the woods and lots of rabbits. Make it a real fun weekend by renting one of the log cabins or a real getaway by camping at the campgrounds.
The Sugar Path in Geneva is an innovative dessert bakery offering cupcakes, artisan cakes and pies. They bake farm-to-table, using ingredients sourced locally from farmers and vendors they have existing relationships with. The menu changes seasonally so you’ll be sure to get the freshest ingredients available.
Atlas Brewing Company is one of Chicago’s newest craft brew pubs. Building on the tradition of Chicago’s neighborhood breweries, they brought back the Atlas name. Atlas was a Chicago brewery that began in 1896 and closed after Prohibition. Now, Atlas Brewing Company is a craft brew destination. The brewing brothers, Ben and John Saller, have created a diverse selection of craft beers that are sure to satisfy. Paired with creative craft cuisine, Atlas is a great place to meet friends and enjoy great beer and great food.
Boasting one of the best views of Wrigley Field, this rooftop places you just beyond right-center field. The rooftop offers stadium-style seating and covered outdoor areas as well as an interior climate-controlled clubroom that offers barstool seating and views of the game on plenty of HDTVs, including one in the floor.
Learn the history of the McPike Mansion and take a look at the documented photos of the mansion and paranormal activity. Then, take a tour of the surrounding grounds and the crypt. Talking with the spirits with Dowsing rods and join us for a dark session in the cellar with our experienced medium. Tour lasts approximately 90 minutes. All proceeds go toward the restoration of the mansion. For more information, contact Sharon at (618) 830-2179.
Quality Inn & Suites is conveniently located off of Interstate I-55/I-74 /I-39. The newly renovated hotel offers an indoor heated pool and spa, free deluxe daybreak breakfast, free wireless hi-speed internet, in-room coffee and tea, expanded cable and suites are available with a micro fridge.
This building was the former home of Judge Sidney Breese, who came to Illinois from New York. He studied law here and became Assistant Secretary of the State of Illinois.
Canopy Club is committed to diversity in the entertainment it provides for its diverse patron base. The Canopy Club also strives to foster an environment of activism for positive social and environmental change through hosting various benefits and informational gatherings. In striving to achieve the highest level of entertainment, the Canopy Club prides itself on being able to offer entertainment for all walks of life. Whether you like rock, country, hip hop, jazz, funk, indie or anything in between, the Canopy Club has something to offer you. If you're a fan of live music and entertainment, the Canopy Club is your home in central Illinois! Come see live music at the Canopy!
This 32 lane facility offers bowling and a bar. There is a Pro-shop with ball drilling on site. Offers Highway 66 bowling for children on four mini lanes. There is a game room with three billiards tables, air hockey, arcade, and more. There is a bar and lounge on the premesis. They have youth programs, tournaments, leagues, and parties. Offers cosmic bowling. Also, four sand volleyball courts with seating for approximately 100 people.
Located in Kickapoo, IL (5 Min west of the Grand Prairie Mall on 150 across from Ludy's restaurant) This shopping destination features antiques, gifts, home accessories, lamps and custom re-purposed furniture. Holiday splendor starts Oct 1st! With the largest Christmas Shop in Central Illinois with over 65,000 ornaments on 80 trees and 10,000 lights you will be sure to be amazed and "yes!" you can purchase the ornaments. We also buy and sell estates so stop by and see us today!
If you're looking for a taste of Hollywood in Alton, Chez Marilyn serves a star-powered lineup of martinis. Maybe you wanna rub shoulders with "The Frank Sinatra" or get a little flirty with "The Marilyn Monroe." Spend the night with your favorite star or mingle a bit with the whole crowd. Lunch and dinner menu offers wide variety, including sandwiches, burgers and pasta. Desserts and soups are made fresh daily. Our patio is the place to be in the warm months of summer. We have live music Wednesday nights.
The only Orvis endorsed lodge in the state provides excellent hunting or relaxing getaways in the hils of Pike County. Enjoy ATV rentals, hiking trails, horseback riding, and outstanding home cooked meals daily.
This historic building, a Colonial Williamsburg Revival, dates back to 1902. The Inn opened in 1988. It is decorated with antiques and collectables, giving the house a feeling of charm and delight. The Inn has eight bed-rooms, all unique and different, as well as several dining rooms and a glassed in Garden Room. Available for weddings, receptions, banquets, private parties, meetings, retreats and more!
Mercy Sportscore 2, a 124-acre site, has 19 regulation soccer fields and 14 practice fields outdoors, and four sand volleyball courts. Home to Wedgbury Stadium, which seats 2,000 spectators, and has hosted IHSA State High School Soccer Finals, pro football games, National Rugby Finals, college rugby championships, professional soccer games with international teams, and USSL W. League Soccer Finals. Recreational activities include: Soccer, Sand Volleyball, Ultimate Frisbee®, football, walking, and running. The complex also includes the MercyRockford Indoor Sports Center, which contains three multi-sport indoor fields for indoor soccer, five volleyball/basketball courts, locker rooms, sports equipment store and SkyBox, a family friendly casual restaurant and sports bar. The facility is completely wheelchair accessible and adaptive equipment is available.
Experience the glory days of mainline railroading as you watch model trains in operation on a detailed scenic railroad.
This beautiful Southern Illinois course features 18 par 70 holes, and is open year round. The club also features a full pro shop and snack bar, plus golf club rental.
Black Dog Gelato creates gourmet gelato and sorbets combining the artisanal process with inventive and intriguing flavors. Gelato is made fresh daily in small batches and begins with the simplest ingredients: milk, cream, sugar, eggs, freshly toasted nuts, seasonal fruits, and quality chocolates. We are commited to the traditional method of gelato making and aspire to create new flavor combinations for the modern palate.
PM&L Theatre is a non-profit, community-based volunteer organization located in downtown Antioch. Each annual season contains six shows, ranging in style from musicals to comedy and drama.
Prairie Hill Blueberry Farm began almost 20 years ago when a local couple made a commitment to do the nearly impossible: grow blueberries in Illinois corn country where the alcaline soils were anything but blueberry friendly. Pickers often ask where to find the sweetest fruit. Our answer is always the same, "Eat your way through the berry patch until you find the flavor you like best. And besides, if you eat a pound for every pound you pick, it's like getting the berries for half-price!"