An Insider’s Guide to John McGivern’s Favorite Things

We asked him to share three favs.


RELATED: WHAT TO EXPECT FROM ‘JOHN MCGIVERN’S MAIN STREETS’ 


JOHN MCGIVERN’S MAIN STREETS,” premiering Jan. 30 on Fox 6, finds the adored TV personality traveling to 13 locales across the Midwest.  We asked McGivern to highlight three lesser-known gems from this first season, and his picks have us in a road trip frame of mind. 

1. Monastery Candy 

DUBUQUE, IOWA

The Trappist nuns of Our Lady of the Mississippi Abbey support themselves by making candy, including their signature Trappistine Creamy Caramels. “Mother Superior was like, ‘You will work every station with the sisters.’ So I walk in and am asking questions like, ‘How long have you been a nun?’ Mother Superior says, ‘You realize we work in silence and pray,’” McGivern says, laughing.  


 

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2. Chops Restaurant 

GREEN LAKE

The Macedonia-native owners offer this contemporary fine dining destination as an alternative to Green Lake’s casual fish fry/bar and grill establishments. “It’s completely modern inside, a clean and rich look, and they make beautiful lamb chops,” he says.  

3. Indiana Dunes National Park

CHESTERTON, INDIANA

McGivern took the Diana’s Dare hiking challenge, named after a “badass” early-20th-century resident said to haunt these sprawling sand dunes. “I’m going up and around [the dunes] in wingtips. But we did it!” he says.


 

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Ann Christenson has covered dining for Milwaukee Magazine since 1997. She was raised on a diet of casseroles that started with a pound of ground beef and a can of Campbell's soup. Feel free to share any casserole recipes with her.