Just a little love letter to Racine County about all the great things about it. 

1.) Lake Michigan

North Beach -  boats

2.) The Harbor

3.) North Beach

4.) And the pride of knowing that our beach is rated one of the best in the country

5.) Fishing 

6.) Fireworks on the 4th of July downtown.

7.) Main Street Parades

4th fest

9.) O&H Kringle

10.) And their trusty mascot Ohlaf the Kringle Baker

11.) Lehmann's Kringle

12.) Bendtsen's Kringle

13.) Larsen's Kringle

14.) Racine Danish Kringle

15.) Almond Kringle being named the best Trader Joe Bakery item of 2017.

16.) Shopping Downtown Racine

17.) Kewpee Burger

18.) The Racine Public Libraries and their weekly workshops and activities.

19.) Ice Skating on Monument Square in the winter.

Monument Square Ice Rink

20.) Memorial Hall

21.) Our Roller Derby Team - The Root River Rollers

22.) The Racine County Fair

23.) Burlington's Chocolatefest

24.) Wilson's Coffee and Tea 

25.) Frank Lloyd Wright Architecture

26.) Wingspread

27.) The retro style of the laboratories in the S.C. Johnson Research Tower

scj lab

28.) The Great Workroom at S.C. Johnson 

29.) The Golden Rondelle Theatre (featured at the 1964-1965 World's Fair)

30.) Boo at the Zoo

31.) Italian Fest

32.) The Racine Theatre Guild

33.) The Over Our Head Players at Sixth Street Theatre

34.) Horlick Field

35.) and the Racine Belles baseball team that played there and brought inspiration to the movie A League of Their Own

36.) The Wustum Art Museum

37.) The glowing architecture of The Racine Art Museum at night.

38.) The Art Projects held each summer in front of Downtown Racine shops


39.) The Orchards at Apple Holler.

40.) The Eco-Justice Center

41.) The Burlington Spinning Top and Yo-Yo Museum

42.) Sunday Morning and Thursday Night Great Lakes Farmer's Markets at Milaeger's.

43.) Seven Keys To Escape

44.) Br8kout Escape Rooms

45.) Grabbing the perfect Jack-O-Lantern at Swan's Pumpkin Farm in the Fall

46.) The Bird's Eye View from the Wind Point Lighthouse

47.) Camping at Jellystone Park

48.) Driving through the Christmas Carnival of Lights 

49.) Belle City Brew Fest

50.) Great Lakes Brew Fest

beer, brewfest, Great Lakes
Photo Courtesy of Great Lakes Brew Fest

51.) Brunch at Blue Bear

52.) The Animal Crackers Concert Series at the Racine Zoo.

53.) The ideal proximity that we have between Milwaukee and Chicago. 

54.) Our hometown magazine, Belle City

55.) The Wall of Customer-Owned Liquors at the Carriage House

56.) Summers on John's Dock.

57.) The Famous Sand Dollar Potatoes at Yardarm Bar & Grill

58.) The Lakefront View from Reefpoint Brewhouse

59.) French Macarons at Divino Gelato

60.) The Bloody Mary Bar at Robert's Roost

61.) Dining with Indian Motorcycles at The Nash

62.) First Fridays

63.) Music on the Monument

64.) The artist spaces at 16th Street Studios


65.) Get Behind the Arts Weekend

66.) The Racine Heritage Museum

67.) The Carne Asada Fries at Pico's Tacos

68.) The Ugly Mug of The Week on Racine & Me

69.) Racine Drip Tees designed by Dee Hutch

70.) Produce stands in the summer.

71.) Treating yourself to a Bed and Breakfast stay at the Christmas House

72.) Browsing the wine selection at Uncorkt

73.) Acting like you own the place with Wild Root Co-Op Market

74.) Concerts at Route 20

75.) The Andres el Gigante Challenge at 911 Tacos

76.) Party on the Pavement

77.) It's pronounced "Ray-Seen"

78.) Infusino's Pizza

79.) Wells Brothers Pizza

80.) DeRango The Pizza King

81.) Derango's Pizza

82.) DeRango's Pizza Palace

83.) Derango the Original Pizza King

84.) The fact that #80-83 were all different pizza parlors

85.) The Hot Cocoa Bar at The Rush

86.) Selecting your steak knife of choice at Butcher and Barrel


87.) The Christmas Tree Lighting at Monument Square

88.) Kayaking on the Root River

89.) Taking selfies in the bank vaults at The Branch at 1501

90.) The Moscow Mule Mugs on the ceiling at Toad Hall

91.) Art Root Mixers

92.) Bonk! Events

93.) Lake Michigan Sunrise 

Scott Olsen Sunrise
Photo Courtesy of My Eyes Photography by Scott Olsen

94.) Trying all the soups at The Soup Shanty

95.) Taking a step back in time at the HobNob

96.) The arcade games at the top floor of The Brickhouse

97.) Living our childhood dreams at The Sugar Shack Sweet Shop

98.) The D.P. Wigley General Store

99.) Sending K.P. Toffee to loved ones around holidays

100.) Getting Loukoumades (honey puffs) at the Greek Festival

Honey Puffs

101.) Taking horse drawn carriage rides during First Friday

102.) Ordering all the tapas at Olde Madrid

103.)  Finding classic treasures and summer flea markets at The School Days Antique Mall

104.) Getting a Loaded Bloody Mary at Evelyn's Club Main

105.) Or Dewey's Restaurant and Sports Bar

106.) Or Pepi's Pub and Grill

107.) Or anywhere with a bar because they are all amazing.

108.) Vegan and gluten free goodies at A Little R&R Cafe

109.) Our community gardens

110.) Sitting in the giant lawn chair on Main Street Downtown

Lawn Chair Main
Photo Courtesy of The Journal Times

111.) The local band Mean Jake

112.) Saturday night local shows at George's Tavern

113.) The handmade pasta at Salute Italian Restaurant

114.) Summertime Splash Pad at Laurel Clark Memorial Fountain

115.) Sporting your Ask Me Why I Love Racine T-shirt

116.) Lighthouse Gallery & Gifts and their nautical by nature hometown souvenirs

117.) Open House Racine County

118.) Starving Artist Fair

119.) Chalk art competitions at Monument Square Art Festival

121.) Ice Sculpture Carving

Ice Sculpture

122.) Volleyball tournaments on the beach

123.) Waterford's Balloonfest

124.) Guinness Beer Battered Cheese Curds at Ivanhoe Pub and Eatery

125.) The Quiche of the Day at The Coffee House at Chestnut and Pine

126.) Buying up all the handmade bars from local artisan Perennial Soaps

127.) Dining at the hibachi grill at Shogun Japanese Steakhouse

128.) Sorting through stacks of wax at Time & Again Records

129.) The giant burgers at Chubbies Pizzeria and Sandwich Shop

130.) Fred's "World's Best Burgers" in Burlington 

131.) Celebrating the 300 Games with ceiling tiles at Castle Lanes

Castle Lanes
Photo Courtesy of What's Up Racine

132.) Frozen custard on a hot summers day from Adrian's 

133.) The healthy collection of goods at Molbeck's Spice Shop

134.) Haunted History Tours around Halloween

135.) Courtyard weddings at The Dekoven Center

136.) Karaoke at Angry Brothers Pub

137.) Tony Romo's Hometown Pride of Burlington

138.) Getting the chicken curry bowls at Kabab and Grill

139.) The thrilling experience at Skydive Midwest

140.) The Racine Symphony Orchestra

141.) The Red Doors on the St. Luke's Episcopal Church on Main Street

142.) Getting in tune at Schmitt Music

143.) The Mosaics in Uptown and North Beach


144.) The Abraham and Mary Todd Lincoln Statue in East Park

145.) Collecting beach glass

146.) The ribs at Oh Dennis!

147.) Playing pool at Outbreak Billiards

148.) Winning a drink at The Hiawatha after a train rolls by

149.) Becoming an amateur olympian at The Racine Curling Club

150.) Armenian Festival

151.) Salmon-a-rama

152.) Getting up close and personal with the giraffes at The Racine Zoo

153.) Watching the Dragon Boat Club practice for competitions

154.) Hosting the World's Largest Prom for high schoolers at Festival Hall

155.) The Kilties Drum and Bugle Corp

156.) The gourmet corn dog menu at Main Hub

157.) Dining in the tree fort at Georgie Porgies

158.) The Banana Bread French Toast at Meli Cafe

159.) Kiwanis Pancake Day at Festival Hall

160.) The Fire Station Museum

Firehouse 3

161.) Mardi Crawl

162.) Christmas time at the Lochnaiar Inn 

163.) Having a meal made from scratch at Out of the Pan

164.) Finding the boutique deals at Lornacopia

165.) Dan Jam

166.) Building sandcastles on the beach

167.) The Racine Raiders Football Team

168.) Buying a bouquet from Millers Flowers

169.) Kankakee Bowling at Rhino Bar

170.) Grassroots night by Family Power Music

171.) Glass Blowing Workshops at Hot Shop Glass

Hot Shop Glass

172.) The Bibimbap from Asiana

173.) Meeting friends at Mocha Lisa 

174.) Ribeye at Sebastian's

175.) Belle City Punch at Third Coast Pizza

176.) The Reggae-styled bar at Brass Monkey

177.) Watching a performance at the Malt House Theatre in Burlington

178.) A whole festival dedicated to cabbage condiments (Kraut Music Fest) in Franksville

179.) The free piece of fruit for kids at Malicki's Piggly Wiggly

180.) Hometown favorite to-go dessert Yogi's Pud'n

181.) Working in your shared office space at the 410 Building

182.) Ordering Horlick High School Chorale's Singing Valentines

183.) Free coffee for parents at Nest Playspace

Photo Courtesy of Nest Playspace

184.) The fact that Racine is home to the hair dryer patent

185.) and the blender

186.) and malted milk

187.) and the food waste disposal

188.) and yes, even the automobile

189.) The fact that Racine at one time was known as "Invention City"

190.) The Lighthouse Run

191.) Malty the Mummy at The Racine Heritage Museum

Photo Courtesy of The Racine Heritage Museum

192.) Bingo Night at Roma Lodge

193.) AAUW's Used Book Sale

194.) Being part of a W.A.V.E. Team for Visioning a Greater Racine

195.) The Racine Zoo filling in a groundhog's spot on Groundhog's Day with a skunk for tradition's sake.

196.) Taking your fur babies through the Johnson Park Dog Run

197.) Historic Architecture

198.) The Frank Lloyd Wright designed Thomas Hardy House

199.) Picking out your Christmas Tree at Borzynski's

200.) The Kids Cove at North Beach

Kids Cove
Photo Courtesy of The Journal Times

201.) Hiking through River Bend Nature Center

202.) Water sports on Lake Michigan

203.) The fishing tents on the coast of the Marina

204.) The Tasting Room at Aeppeltreow Winery and Distillery

205.) Quilts on Barns

206.) Breakfast on the Farm

207.) (New for 2018) Saturday Morning Bend and Brew

208.) German Fest 

209.) Smoothies at The Grind

210.) The Spectrum School and Gallery

211.) The Art Space Gallery and Events

212.) Prime Rib at The Corner House

213.) Gems at Plumb Gold

214.) The Campfire Scented Candle from local artisan Hawk + Hatchett

215.) Picking out your camping gear at Johnson Outdoors

Johnson Outdoors
Photo Courtesy Johnson Outdoors

216.) Lunch at Red Onion Cafe

217.) Attempting to do the Cha-Cha-Slide on wheels at Star Roller Rink (but the locals know it as Skatetown)

218.) Winning lie of the year for the Burlington Liar's Club

219.) Taking a tumble (the good kind) at the Racine Gymnastics Center

220.) Buying produce and assorted oddities at 7 Mile Fair

221.) Sturtevant's 3rd of July Fireworks in Fireman's Park

222.) St. Rita's Festival

223.) Free craft days at the Racine Art Museum

224.) Taking a Splash and Dash New Years Day in Lake Michigan

225.) The Annual PEEP Show Art Competition

Peeps Show

226.) Art in the Yard at Mocha Lisa during the summer

227.) Motorcycle season on rustic roads West of I-94

228.) Dining out during Restaurant Week Downtown Racine

229.) Picking up Paczkis for the office on Fat Tuesday from local bakerys

230.) The Chicken n' Waffle Sandwich from Q's Stomach Fuel Food Truck

231.) Cardboard Boat Races at Harbor Lite Yacht Club

232.) Getting street tacos from the Taqueria Arandas truck in Elmwood Plaza

233.) That signature chocolate smell when you drive into Burlington

234.) The Up-and-Coming Racine Brewing Company

235.) Breakdancing for all ages at Origins of Hip Hop in the summer

Origins of Hip Hop
Photo Courtesy of Rene Amado Photography

236.) Finding your zen at YogaRootsRacine

237.) Swimming at the Mount Pleasant YMCA

238.) The history of Little Golden Books that originated here

239.) Finding a higher level of exercise with hammock classes at Spiral Space Yoga Gallery

240.) The Racine Souvenir Table at Seebecks

241.) 92.1 The Shore

242.) Cinnamon Roll Bread Pudding at Café 213

243.) Getting pampered at Nailed It!

244.) The Organ Bar in The Covenant at Murray Mansion

Organ Bar Murray Mansion

245.) The first snowfall on the lakefront

246.) Vintage jerseys at Only The Ill Survive

247.) Adopting a new furry friend from the Wisconsin Humane Society

248.) Picking up your Holiday Wreaths at Klema Feeds

249.) The people who go crazy for the We Energies Cookie Book

250.) Picnics on the hill at North Beach

251.) The variety of Elvis impersonators at events

252.) Burlington’s Ice Festival

253.) Peasant’s Lunch at Charcoal Grill

254.) The local goods at Red Moon

255.) The smile on the back of the garage at the sledding hill at Lockwood Park

256.) Open Bead Night at Funky Hannah’s

257.) Taking your pup to Club Aqua Paws for a swim

258.) The Fox River Water Trail

259.) The Tommy Gun used by John Dillinger on display at the Racine Police Department

260.) Baked goods at Country Rose Bakery & Cafe

261.) When the Canadian Pacific Holiday Train comes into the Sturtevant Depot

262.) Everyone who loves Racine County as much as we do.

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