News and Updates
Oak Park, Illinois, is only a short ride on the “L” from Chicago, but location isn’t the only good thing about this close-knit community.
Red Wing, Minnesota, isn’t named after the famous shoe company. It’s the other way around. See the world’s largest boot and do some shoe shopping, but also be sure to walk down to the Mississippi to watch the boats, spend time in charming downtown, climb Barn Bluff, and celebrate the return of the bison with the Prairie Island Indian Community.
Michigan City, Indiana, surprised John by having so many of his favorite things: Incredible sandy beaches and dunes, the Barker Mansion, beautiful local stores, large-scale manufacturing and of course, delicious food!
Grand Rapids, Michigan was once known as Furniture City. Now thanks to craft brewers, it’s self-coined as Beer City.
Davenport is the largest of the Quad Cities and the third largest city in Iowa. It’s where chiropractic began, and music is celebrated. Now it’s home to the most incredible Ethiopian food, a great art museum, and is where work vehicle seats are made. Who knew? It’s also a city John wants to visit again soon.
In Springfield, Illinois, you could spend a week just taking in all of the incredible Abraham Lincoln history. But then you’d miss the “new” Capitol, horseshoe sandwiches, the Route 66 experience, and cozy dogs. John McGivern and Emmy Fink didn’t miss any of it, so come along for their visit.
John McGivern’s Main Streets and Milwaukee PBS are excited to announce that Main Streets is coming to Milwaukee PBS this fall. Beginning Thursday October 5th, 7:00pm on Milwaukee PBS
Dodgeville, Wisconsin Dodgeville, WI, is a close-knit yet welcoming driftless area community built on mining. Dodgeville has some legendary Wisconsin treasures, like Governor Dodge State Park, The House on the Rock and Bob’s Bitchin BBQ. There are legendary...
Goshen is in Elkhart County, IN. This area makes 85% of recreational vehicles in the US. Dynamax, Janus Motorcycles, Goshen College and Radio Horizonte were surprising. Mexican food is a given here, but Neopolitan pizza at Venturi and Maple City Indian Restaurant? Yum! Add the Old Bag Factory and Quilt Gardens and what you get is joy.
Iowa City is an everyone’s town!
Iowa City is a college town. #GoHawkeyes It’s also a literary town, home to Prairie Lights Books and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. It’s a farming town, growing well at Urban Greens and Wilson’s Orchard & Farm. And it’s an innovative town, with one-of-a-kinds like the National Advanced Driving Simulator, Unimpaired Dry Bar and Crepes De Luxe Café.
John has shared his memories through his one-man shows for his whole career. His stories are personal and funny and touching and familiar, and they remind us all that as specific as we might believe our experiences are, we all share a universal human experience.