Named in honor of Harvard, Massachusetts, this town of about 10,000 is seven miles south of the Illinois/Wisconsin boarder. Home to a number of notables, including Edward Ayer, a founder of the Field Museum of Natural History and the Newberry Library in Chicago, Clarence Darrow of Scopes Trial fame and Dorothy Ayer Gardner Ford, mother of the president.
Clearly, this is a town with something special. One of those special things is the Starline Factory, a former factory repurposed into an area for pioneering artists to establish their studios. Another is the new Rush Creek Distilling, a local distillery producing authentic craft-distilled gin, vodka and whiskey. Scheduled to open in the summer of 2017.
Two unique local festivals bring the crowds to Harvard. Harvard Milk Days, one of the longest-running festivals in the state and the Harvard Balloon Fest, one of the newest events in the town.
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