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Bicentennial bucket list: People’s Choice

Dare to try the deep-fried treats at the Turkey Testicle Festival, which takes place under a tent outside Parkside Pub in Huntley.  (Jim Prisching/Chicago Tribune 2005)
Labor leader Mother Jones is buried in Union Miners Cemetery in Mount Olive, roughly 50 miles northeast of St. Louis.  (Jim Schoppman )
The Driehaus Museum is housed in the 19th-century Nickerson Mansion, built for wealthy banker Samuel Mayo Nickerson at the height of the country’s Gilded Age.  (Nancy Stone/Chicago Tribune 2008)

Armloads of fried chicken are served to hungry diners at Rip’s Tavern in Ladd.

 (Michael Tercha/Chicago Tribune 2012)
Diosdado “Dodie” Mondero painted the “Pillars of the Community” mural in 2001 at Chicago Avenue and Main Street. It’s part of Naperville’s Century Walk, a collection of public art spread throughout the suburb.  (Chuck Berman/Chicago Tribune 2010)
The barn doors are open to visitors taking part in the annual Dekalb County Barn Tour, a pleasant way to spend the day driving around this rural swath of northern Illinois.  (Jessi LaRue )
The Duesenberg exhibit at the Volo Auto Museum features gems such as this Duesenberg II Torpedo Sedan.  (Volo Auto Museum )
The defense table where Abraham Lincoln sat during trials is still in the Metamora Courthouse, which is now a museum.  (Josh Noel/Chicago Tribune 2009)
A smile — and some pie — is on the face of the champion of the 5-year-old and under division of the Sycamore Pumpkin Festival’s pie-eating contest.  (Terri Crain Goodman )
Constructed in 1857, Mann’s Chapel was in bad shape a century later, when people in the community rallied to preserve it.  (Danville Area CVB )
The French Heritage Museum at the Stone Barn is housed in a mid-19th century limestone barn/carriage house in Kankakee.  (Kankakee County CVB )
Festa Italiana is a long-running, family-focused tradition held every August in Rockford.  (Rockford Area CVB )
The 12-ounce hand-pattied Barry burger is a mainstay on the menu at Mack’s Golden Pheasant Restaurant in Elmhurst.  (Lori Rackl/Chicago Tribune )