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February
7

Visit the World Chess Hall of Fame's Latest Exhibition

Chess Hall of Fame

If chess had a "greatest hits" collection, this would be it. Our real estate agents will be among the fans celebrating Mind, Art, Experience: 10 Years of Chess & Culture at the World Chess Hall of Fame, only minutes from St. Louis homes for sale

History of the World Chess Hall of Fame

  • The museum's story begins in 1986 when it was first established as the U.S. Chess Hall of Fame. At the time, the fledgling collection was small enough to be housed in the basement of the United States Chess Federation headquarters in New Windsor, NY.

  • Four years later, the U.S. Chess Trust bought the museum and relocated the collection to Washington, D.C. Over the next ten years, acquisitions included the 1993 World Team Chess Championship trophy won by the U.S. and U.S. Chess Hall of Fame inductee plaques. 

  • Once again, the museum moved, taking up residence in Miami, FL, in 2001. Along with a new multi-million dollar home, the museum gained a new name and became the World Chess Hall of Fame. While the collection continued to grow, the museum ultimately closed in 2009.

  • During the interim, St. Louis became a hot spot for chess thanks to the international reputation of the city's Chess Club and Scholastic Center. Local philanthropists Jeanne and Rex Sinquefield generously funded the museum's move to the Central West End neighborhood of St. Louis.

The Museum Today

  • Visitors to the three-story museum, across the street from the Chess Club and Scholastic Center, are greeted by the World's Largest Chess Piece as certified by Guinness World Records. Measuring 20' tall, this massive king is made from African sapele mahogany and weighs in at 10,860 pounds.

  • The third floor holds the World and U.S. Halls of Fame, with plaques corresponding to each member. Each year, the World and U.S. Chess Federations make their respective nominations to the U.S. Chess Trust, which conducts a vote for final approval. 

  • The museum's collection supports its two-fold mission: document the history of chess and explore its influence on art and culture. Artifacts include trophies, scoresheets, photographs, and chess sets connected to significant players and events. Other items include unique, and novelty chess sets, such as one designed by artist Emil Pott for iconic jewelry retailer Tiffany & Co.

  • There's always something going on at the museum, which hosts a number of fundraisers, lectures, musical performances, and other special events. Examples include the Music Series and Composer Series along with Jingle, a holiday pop-up, and the Spooky Scavenger Hunt for Halloween.

Mind, Art, Experience: 10 Years of Chess & Culture

  • In honor of the museum's first decade in St. Louis, Mind, Art, Experience: 10 Years of Chess & Culture is a retrospective of the 50 exhibits featured over that span. More than 120 artifacts and artworks are on hand, many of them representing legends of the game, such as Bobby Fischer, Anatoly Karpov, and Garry Kasparov. A number of artifacts are on loan from notable collections and institutions around the country.

  • Mind, Art, Experience: 10 Years of Chess & Culture is on display through Sunday, July 17. A special reception is scheduled for 5 p.m. on Thursday, April 14. Admission to the museum and the reception is free, with a suggested donation of $3 per person and $5 per family. Museum hours are 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, 10 a.m. - 9 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Saturday, and noon - 5 p.m. Sunday.

Be king or queen of your own "castle" in St. Louis. Contact us at Coldwell Banker Premier Group and declare "checkmate" on your real estate goals. 

October
4

St. Louis Stops Along Route 66

Route 66

Is there a more iconic American highway than Route 66? Known as the Mother Road, the Will Rogers Highway, and the Main Street of America, U.S. Route 66 was part of the original United States highway system established in 1926.

Quite a bit of the original highway is still in use here in Missouri.

In the St. Louis area, two different roads that were part of Route 66 during different eras are home to numerous attractions that tell the story of America's past. These are our real estate agents' favorite roadside attractions on Route 66.

  • Crown Candy Kitchen - 1401 St. Louis Ave., St. Louis, MO 63106
    The oldest soda fountain in St. Louis, Crown Candy Kitchen offers an experience that truly feels like stepping back in time. Crown Candy Kitchen is located just minutes from many St. Louis homes for sale, on a street that was part of Route 66 from 1926 to 1928. But the shop dates all the way back to 1913, and they've been serving great malts, shakes, BLTs and roast beef cheddar melts ever since.

  • Missouri History Museum - 5700 Lindell Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63112
    You'll learn about every era of Missouri's past at the Missouri History Museum. That certainly includes the Route 66 period, but the museum—itself a St. Louis monument dating back to 1866—also offers exhibits on everything from the Lewis and Clark era to the Jazz Age. Photos and collections from the Missouri Historical Society are also housed here.

  • Donut Drive In - 6525 Chippewa St., St. Louis, MO 63109
    Coffee and donuts from the iconic Donut Drive In have fueled many weary travelers on their way out west. This St. Louis staple has been serving classic baked goods for more than 70 years now, and they don't show any signs of slowing down. 

  • Crestwood Bowl - 9822 Watson Rd., St. Louis, MO 63126
    You'll see the historic sign for Crestwood Bowl blinking from a mile away, inviting you to take a break from the road and bowl a few rounds. That sign was originally erected in 1957 and later restored in 2012 thanks to a grant from the National Park Service. The interior of the bowling alley, including its sports bar and lunch counter, doesn't appear to have changed much either.

  • Route 66 State Park - 1628, 97 N Outer Rd., Eureka, MO 63025
    With a visitor center inside a former roadhouse built in 1935 on the original Route 66, Route 66 State Park offers more than its fair share of history. You'll find a lot of classic artifacts and memorabilia on display here, and the outdoor portion of the park is a great place to stretch your legs on some picturesque nature trails. The park is just minutes from many Eureka homes for sale

  • Jesse James Wax Museum - I-44, Stanton, MO 63079
    The Jesse James Wax Museum is the kind of kitschy roadside attraction that could only exist along Route 66. You'll just have to visit in person to see the wax figures and learn the "true" story of how Jesse James faked his death and spent his last years living in a cabin at the site of the present-day museum. A short drive from these Stanton homes for sale, the site also includes Meramec Caverns. 

Contact us today to learn more about life in the St. Louis area. Our city has been central to American history from pioneer times right to the present. day

June
7

Fun Summer Learning Opportunities Near St. Louis

St Louis Summer

Summer might mean a break from school, but it doesn't mean learning has to stop. Our real estate agents share some great events and activities around St. Louis where your kids can keep the fun and the learning going all summer long.

  1. Camp Gator - Krekel Civic Center, 305 Civic Park Dr., O'Fallon, MO 63366
    While kids would probably love it if there were an actual alligator in attendance, that's about the only thing they won't find at Camp Gator. The one-week sessions for elementary- and middle-schoolers, which run through August 13, are chock-full of activities such as crafts, games, cooking, and swimming. Hours are 9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., with before- and after-care available. Fees per child are $125 for residents near O'Fallon homes for sale and $139 for non-residents.

  2. Camp Kennedy - Kennedy Recreational Complex, 6050 Wells Ave., St. Louis, MO 63128
    Baseball and swimming are summer traditions around St. Louis homes for sale. Kids can enjoy both at Camp Kennedy, held at the impressive recreational complex of the same name. Nature programs maximize time spent outdoors as kids learn more about the world in which they live. A special event cookout, another warm-weather favorite, is the highlight of the week. One-week sessions for kids ages 5-12 are scheduled through August 6. Price is $80 per child, with Sunrise/Late Day Club memberships available for an additional fee. Hours are 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., and everyone is asked to bring a non-perishable lunch, snack, and beverage each day.

  3. Play-Well TEKnologies Summer Camp - The Pavilion at Lemay, 305 Gregg Rd., St. Louis, MO 63125
    When you're a kid, there's nothing better than LEGO®, unless you combine it with Pokémon. Play-Well TEKnologies Summer Camp provides tens of thousands of LEGO® parts that kids can use to design and build Poké balls and other game-related objects. Your kids will have so much fun that they won't even realize they're learning useful engineering concepts. The camp, geared toward kids ages 5-9, is scheduled for July 12 through July 16 from 9 a.m. - noon. The fee per camper is $165.

  4. Abra-Kid-Abra Summer Camp - 803 Lafayette Ave., Webster Groves, MO 63119
    What kid isn't spellbound watching a magician make objects disappear and reappear? They'll be ready to take center stage themselves after Abra-Kid-Abra Summer Camp. Week-long camps, taking place through August 6, feature different themes such as Math-E-Magic, where the tricks revolve around the power of numbers. At the end of the week, campers show off their new skills at a show for parents. Camps are also held at The Pavilion at Lemay and St. Louis Community College-Meramec, with all locations just minutes from Webster Groves homes for sale. Visit Abra-Kid-Abra's website for schedule and prices.

  5. COCA Summer Arts Camp - Center of Creative Arts, 6880 Washington Ave., St. Louis, MO 63130
    When kids can express themselves creatively, it boosts their confidence and self-esteem. COCA Summer Arts Camp offers an incredible variety of week-long programs through August 20. Campers from ages 3-18 can explore interests including singing, dancing, painting, filmmaking, fashion design, and just about any artistic pursuit that captures their imagination. Visit the website for a full listing of camp themes and prices.

  6. Four Rivers YMCA Summer Day Camp - 400 Grand Ave., Washington, MO 63090
    No matter what your kids are interested in they are sure to enjoy the Summer Day Camp offered by the Gateway Region YMCA. Activities range from arts and crafts, nature activities, swimming, and more. Plus, each week has its own special theme and the convenient location is close to many Washington homes for sale. Learn more about registering for this day camp on the Gateway Region YMCA website.

Planning a summer change of address around St. Louis? Whether you're buying or selling a home, contact us at Coldwell Banker Premier Group and let us handle the tough stuff. 

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