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Gourmet doughnut shops have popped up all over Chicago lately, so you’d think the appeal would be becoming a bit … uh … stale. Wrong. After tasting the moist cakes, sweet glaze and creative flavors (glazed pineapple and bacon), Chicagoans can’t get enough. Here are seven of our favorite spots. Beaver’s Coffee and Donuts This is the place for a... More
Late last year, the Columbus Museum of Art unveiled a striking copper-encased wing, the final stage of a $37.6-million renovation and expansion project. Here’s how four major works of art from the museum’s collection influenced the new spaces. Work Spirit by Mel Chin | Space Margaret M. Walter Wing The challenge with Mel Chin... More
The world's largest children's museum, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and other kid-friendly destinations will keep your family busy during a getaway to Indianapolis. Here are 10 activities you can't miss. 1) The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis There’s a Dinosaur Dig excavation site, a 43-foot-tall glass sculpture by Dale Chihuly... More
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
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
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
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
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
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
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