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Vernon Hills Things to Do

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    by yooperprof Updated Aug 26, 2013

    In 1914, architect Benjamin Marshall, designer of the Drake Hotel, was awarded a commission to design a suburban mansion for Samuel Insull, founder of the Commonwealth Edison conglomerate. Insull's financial empire collapsed - famously so - in the late 1920s. A Chicago area businessman, John Cuneo Sr., purchased and renovated the house in 1937. Cuneo was a publisher of fine books, an art collector, and a devout Roman Catholic, and the house was creatively reimagined to reflect his interests. For example, Cuneo hired well-known muralist John Mallin to create a series of lovely church-related panels for the interior.

    Later, Cuneo's heirs donated the house and grounds to Loyola University of Chicago. They seem to be running a successful operation, opening the place for small conference gatherings as well as well-heeled weddings. For the historically-minded visitor, it is the interior of the house which is of primary interest. The Cuneos were avid collectors, and the house retains many original artworks and artifacts from their time. They also managed to make this north Chicago mansion feel at least a little like a Mediterranean villa - no mean feat!

    The grounds of the house are large - and they have a lot of potential, but in my opinion they could certainly benefit from an understanding and far-sighted landscape architect.

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    by Dabs Written Nov 17, 2005

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    The black wrought iron cage on the 2nd floor was built so the Cuneo children could play outdoors but their parents needn't woory about them being kidnapped as they were locked in. The mansion was built after Charles Lindbergh's baby was kidnapped and I believe the guide said that was the reason this outdoor "prison" was built.

    Cuneo

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    by Dabs Written Nov 17, 2005

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    On the grounds near the parking lot and conservatory at the Cuneo Museum & gardens, there's a fenced in area behind which you'll find white fallow deer from India, descendants of a herd that has been on the property since 1914.

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    by londonlover Written Jul 11, 2009

    A rarity among the suburban sprawl of Vernon Hills is the small, individually owned, cozy, and peaceful little restaurant called Nirvana. It opened in 2008, and I can only say I hope it stays around for a long time! Lots of veggie options, including a fabulous grilled tofu panini with teriyaki marinate and mango chutney, fabulous sides (including mashed sweet potatoes and Cuban black beans and rice), and a fabulous cheese plate with dates, nuts, and unusual Spanish cheeses. A definite treasure in a land of chain restaurants!!

    Favorite Dish: The Spanish Cheese Flight!

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