Melanie Holmes


Melanie Holmes is an award-winning author, speaker, educator, and lifelong travel enthusiast. Her previous four books focus on history, diversity, art, and family. Born and raised in rural northeast Illinois, she credits her mother with introducing her to the joy of the open road and credits her husband with helping her to collect three more decades of new travel episodes. To all who’ve asked about her road trips, 100 Things to Do in Illinois Before You Die holds the answers!


On this episode of PM Chicago: Illinois state police are still drafting their rules for weapons registration, even with a deadline looming—Peter Hancock from Capitol News Illinois joins with the latest. Then, The Center Square’s Greg Bishop and Bret Gogoel

Illinois is more than just the Land of Lincoln or the location of one of the US’s largest cities

Author and speaker Melanie Holmes included Ryan’s Round Barn in her latest book, 100 Things to Do in Illinois Before You Die, published this spring by Reedy Press. Like Christian, Holmes is a barn enthusiast and visited the site in

Books and Baklava is back! Join us for a used book sale to benefit Welcome Neighbor STL on December 9.