New Website Focuses on Unusual Chicago Getaways

The Getaway Guys launch an innovative website,, focusings on overlooked or forgotten places to visit in and near Chicago.

(PRWEB) October 20, 2006 — is a dose of medium-weight social archeology, designed for those curious about the land, its inhabitants, and their history, and featrues destinations in, near, or not too far from Chicago. The Getaway Guys (see below) write about these places recalling forgotten morsels of interesting information, including fascinating people and events, whimsy past and present, and even some folly big and small. covers a radius of about 150 miles around Chicago, sometimes a bit more. It provides helpful hints about hiking, biking, walking, eating and sleeping – in addition to what there is to see at the destinations featured. For its launch, the website includes visits to Door County, Racine, Ten Chimneys (Genesee Depot), and Mineral Point, all in Wisconsin, and Bishop Hill, Farnsworth House (Plano), and Woodstock in Illinois. Forthcoming are features on Milwaukee’s Third Ward and Washington Island in Wisconsin, and Cantigny (Wheaton) and Union in Illinois.

Eventually, the website will portray about 25 destinations kept up-to-date, and a larger number housed in archival files. Its focus, unlike most web-based travel sites, is on content over commercialism, and this will be complimented by excellent photographs and uncluttered page layouts.

The Getaway Guys encourage comments and suggestions on their venture, which can be sent to email protected from spam bots or by going to the Comments page on the website,

About the Getaway Guys

The Getaway Guys are Neil Cogbill and Alan Barney, both semi-retired. Neil is an educator, artist, and tradesman, and is married to Susan Hollis Clayson, an art historian, and father of a son in college. Alan is a librarian, writer, and rehabber, and married to architect Carol Ross Barney and father of three sons (another architect, a restaurant manager, and a college student).

Both men have widely traveled in the U.S. and abroad, but now are exploring closer to home. Most of the time in they agree, yet sometimes they do not, and often end up agreeing not to disagree — always with a sense of humor.

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