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Thornton Quarry - one of the world's largest limestone quarries

People who have traveled into or through the Chicago area on Interstate 80 have passed over some of the world's oldest fossil records at the Thornton Quarry, and this 410-million year-old reef is still turning up interesting finds. Rock mined from the Thornton Quarry make it one of the nation's busiest stone quarries, and an intersection in the little town of Thornton, Illinois is used to test asphalt due to its high volume of heavy truck traffic. Find out more about one of America's Man-Made Wonders: the Thornton Quarry.

Windy City ThunderBolts Baseball

How does an independent baseball team that's not affiliated with a major league team make a "go of it" in the competitive Chicago marketplace? By marketing to families. Learn what the Windy City ThunderBolts do to make an evening at the ballpark fun and affordable for everyone.

Balmoral Park Race Track - "Spinning out of the turn!"

Balmoral Park has the nation's second largest daily handle for a harness racing facility behind the Meadowlands in New Jersey. Learn about the day-to-day operations of this horse racing facility, beginning with a ride in the starting gate.

Behind the scenes at the First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre

Find out what goes on at the nation's largest covered music pavilion, the First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre (formerly the Tweeter Center) in Tinley Park. Featuring top national and international stars like Aerosmith, Cher, Jimmy Buffet and many more, you'll discover what it takes to put on a huge pop music show.

Camp Sagawau - Cook County's only canyon

Travel back in time to find rare flora and fauna in Cook County's only canyon. It's not the Grand Canyon, but it's a canyon all right, located right in the nation's most populous county. Your feet may get a little wet, but the canyon at Camp Sagawau is guaranteed to open your eyes to nature in its own ecosystem just steps away from the urbanized world.

Lotton Art Glass - Charles Lotton

See an original American craftsman create works of art that are so beautiful, they're on display at the Art Institute of Chicago and the Smithsonian Institution. Charles Lotton and his entire family are in the business of creating art glass. Watch them create a piece before your eyes.

Lansing Municipal Airport - Home of the Historic Ford Hangar and Commemorative Air Force's C-47, "The Black Sparrow"

Lansing Municipal Airport (KIGQ) was developed in the 1920's, and Henry Ford built a hanger there to keep one of his Tri-Motors inside. Today, that hangar is still in existence, and Tri-Motors still visit the airport on occasion.

One permanent resident of Lansing Municipal is the Commemorative Air Force's World War II-era Douglas C-47, "The Black Sparrow." Folks can take rides in this classic plane on Saturdays from April thru October.

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