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Mars Cheese Castle

***Mars Cheese Castle is currently closed due to COVID-19 and is scheduled to re-open April 6.

How often are you able to visit a castle when you're traveling through the Midwest? Not very often.

I've been to a couple bed and breakfasts modeled after castles. And I've been to the Schaumburg location of Medieval Times for their dinner and tournament. But, there's only one cheese castle - the Mars Cheese Castle.

The store dates back to 1947, but this is the third location. The current location was built in 2011 after a road project to expand the highway required the building to relocate a few yards away. The large sign remained.

Ever since I was a teen, Mars Cheese Castle and the nearby Brat Stop have been mandatory stops on a visit to Wisconsin. You just can't return to Illinois without a car full of cheese. The new location is more than double the size of the previous store. 

When they rebuilt, Mars Cheese Castle became even more of a destination - it includes a large ch…

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