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2/9/2016
Valentine’s Day always seems to creep up on us, even though the date never changes. Thankfully, Chicago makes it easy for 11th-hour Romeos (and Juliets) to celebrate the holiday of love. Here are some of the best ways to spend a romantic February 14 in Chicago without making it seem like you...um...forgot.    Dinner and a movie It’s hard to score a restaurant reservation... More
2/5/2016
Anyone craving a colorful escape from winter can find weatherproof, fresh fun at the Mall of America as it wraps up a $325-million expansion. The massive project includes family attractions, revamped shopping and dining options, and the JW Marriott that rises above the north entrance. Here’s a look at what’s new. Take flight Guests buckle into seats with their legs dangling in... More
2/2/2016
Snow-covered landscapes with a pop of color—the red of barns and birds, the orange glow of sunset—topped our Instagram feed in January. The five most-liked photos of the month:  1) A classic Midwest farm scene near Mount Gilead, Ohio, by @sprkl57 (https://www.instagram.com/p/BA0SS-fmzda/).  2) @michigannutphotography snapped the colors of the sunrise at Tawas... More
1/29/2016
Full confession: I’ve lived in Des Moines for nine years and have never tried a classic Midwest fried pork tenderloin sandwich. Until this week. There are reasons for that. I’m more likely to crave the Dragon Rolls at Miyabi 9, the roasted goat cheese at Lurra Cocina or a cranberry-walnut salad at Gateway Market. But in the spirit of good Iowa porksmanship... More
1/27/2016
Iowa’s capital becomes the political epicenter of America every four years, thanks to the Iowa Caucuses (February 1 this year). More than 1,600 credentialed media outlets have arrived—or are slated to arrive—to cover all the action. But the buzz isn’t just surrounding politics. These articles, tweets and Instagram photos give you a taste of what it’s like... More
1/26/2016
As you plan this year’s vacation, let us help. In fact, let us handle everything. We’re partnering with 12 destinations around the region to send you on the Midwest getaway of a lifetime. Hotel rooms, spa treatments, cruises, luxury meals, game tickets, travel money. It’s all part of the package for the winners of our Dream Trip Giveaway. Read some of the highlights on each trip... More
1/22/2016
Chills, thrills and (yes) spills. When temps dip and snow falls, Michigan transforms into a whole new playground. These seven cold-weather activities go beyond your standard ski slopes and highlight some of the most unique ways to get out and celebrate the season of snow. Scale frozen towers in Fenton. Before aspiring ice climbers wander into the wilderness with crampons and a pick, they... More
1/19/2016
As our staff began its first-ever search for the Greatest Midwest Town, we had to make some tough calls to choose just one candidate from each Midwest state. In the end, these towns prevailed with their outstanding attractions, dining options, outdoor activities and local pride. Now it’s your turn to vote and help us name the winner, who will get a primo feature in our... More
1/15/2016
After she sticks a loaf of bread in the wood-burning stove, a costumed interpreter wipes her hands on her calico dress and tells Conner Prairie visitors about farm life in 1836. Down the dirt road, another volunteer lifts her feet from rotating a pottery wheel to tell guests about how she spins mugs. Although the bustle of Indiana's only Smithsonian affiliate quiets when summer crowds depart... More
1/12/2016
As sunshine illuminates one of Jennifer Shea Hedberg’s ice globes, tiny threads radiate from the center like a silver sparkler and interior bubbles shimmer like mercury. But the real enchantment—especially for the Frozen generation—comes at night when candles or battery-operated lights make the globes glow. “The round dome looks like a moon,”... More