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Kansas City, Missouri calls itself the BBQ capital of the world, but a weekend of restaurant hopping shows it’s time to expand the list: I hereby name KC as the BBQ-Breakfast-Burger-Pizza-Ice Cream-Grilled Chicken Capital of the world. Of course I was in line at Joe’s Kansas City Bar-B-Que before I had even checked into my hotel for the weekend. The quickly moving line here rivals... More
With water recreation, golf, hiking, biking and skiing, the little resort town of Galena, Illinois, offers big outdoor fun during your active Midwest weekend getaway. 1) Eagle Ridge Resort and Spa Four championship courses and 63 scenic holes establish Eagle Ridge as a premiere place to tee off, but if golf’s not your thing, don’t worry. This expansive resort also... More
Every state has roadside attractions—fanciful, often artsy, and definitely unusual items or places that catch your eye as you're driving by. Here in America's Dairyland, we've got plenty. (Surprisingly, no massive chunks of cheese are on the list.) Some are weird, others intriguing and a few are pretty darn interesting. In no particular order, here are some of my favorites.... More
We’re catching the tail end of American Craft Beer Week (May 11-17), but there’s plenty of small-batch celebration on tap for the rest of the month in the Midwest.  Chicago Craft Beer Week (now through May 24) With more than 45 craft breweries in town, and many offering free samples, there’s no way you’d be able to experience the full slate... More
Deep-dish pizza, Chicago-style hot dog, Cracker Jack, Wrigley gum—you probably already know about these Midwestern favorites that have their roots in the Windy City. But there are a number of other creations invented in Chicago that you may not know about. From a sandwich made with plantains to cheese that’s set on fire, here are six items with Chicago origins. Saginaki... More
Drive 50 miles southeast of Columbus and you’ll feel like you’ve entered another world—one of lush forests dotted with caves, gorges and waterfalls. Here are 7 activities families will enjoy. 1) Hocking Hills State Park Hike through fern-filled valleys and stop at sweeping overlooks as you explore some of the park’s more than 2,300 acres. For hands-on lessons about... More
With cheap eats, a free art museum, spacious parks and vibrant historical areas, Omaha makes a fun and affordable Midwest weekend getaway. 1) Joslyn Art Museum Nebraska’s premiere art museum wows with gorgeous Art Deco architecture and an exterior of 38 kinds of marble from around the world. Inside, the 11,000-piece permanent collection includes Greek pottery, Impressionist... More
Spring blooms and peaceful lake scenes captured the imagination of our Instagram followers in April. The five most-liked photos of the month:  1) A serene sunset over Clear Lake, Wisconsin, by @ahgilly (https://instagram.com/p/18CDKKGzZP/).  2) "Beautiful garden of tulips about to burst" in Geneva, Illinois, by @michelefairall (https://instagram.com/p/1v_sSaGzQI... More
Take a cue from these Midwestern bloggers on how to decorate your home for spring. 1. Serene scene Play with color in a sweet and simple way. Cobalt glasses pop on Kelly Rinzema's (thelilypadcottage.com) all-white mantel. Vintage window frames and a chalkboard add architectural interest. Wildflowers complete the serene setting. 2. Engaging tablescape... More
In any of the Midwest’s most populous states, you’re probably within a weekend drive of a luxury hotel and spa. But residents of the upper Midwest—specifically the greater Chicago and Milwaukee areas—have a special backyard gem: Destination Kohler, the region’s highest-ranked getaway. Yes, Kohler, the folks who long ago defined the sinks, tile and showerheads that... More