We don't do much from the suburbs on this blog, so here's a pastoral scene of some ducks (look like mallards to me) enjoying a day at the Chicago Botanic Garden(1000 Lake Cook Road), which isn't actually in Chicago at all -- it's way up in Glencoe, and not exactly convenient to public transportation. Unfortunately, it is convenient to I-94, so there is the constant hiss of freeway traffic in the background of what would otherwise be peaceful gardens. Still, the ducks don't seem to mind. Nor do the visitors of which there are plenty on weekends, even in the off-season. We recommend a mid-week excursion.