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6/30/2015
Chicagoans love summer. It’s glorious here through September (and even into October), with the waters of Lake Michigan sparkling, green parks bustling with families, tulips blooming and fireworks bursting over Navy Pier. And the best part? You don’t have to pay through the nose to make the most of the summer in Chicago. Look around and you’ll find free outdoor... More
6/23/2015
Johnnie Morris’ repertoire leans heavily on his knack for framing experiences. The Missouri-based entrepreneur grew his Bass Pro Shops into a chain of megastores by turning them into attractions full of wildlife dioramas and giant aquariums that elevate a trip for buying fishing rods into a family memory. Since then, he’s turned his attention to luxury tourism experiences,... More
6/16/2015
It's flea-market season. Whether you're a browser, a buyer or a bargainer—or all three—here's our list of must-attend Midwest flea markets, each filled with quality antique, vintage and art finds.   Illinois Sunday at Sandwich Antiques Show Sandwich, Illinois; July 12, August 9, October 11. Admission: $5. After watching attendance drop at... More
6/9/2015
It’s an impressive disappearing act. Each year, 200-some artists descend on a town to paint for four days. When they leave, the only clue they were ever there is a tribute to the town’s history told in approximately 18 murals. This month, they'll gather in Delavan, Wisconsin.  These Houdinis of the art world are the Walldogs. Artist Nancy Bennett began the... More
6/5/2015
It's time to get outside and enjoy the warm weather in Chicago, a city so happy to see summer that even the scent of sun-warmed asphalt seems a perfume drawing us out. Whether you'd like to eat, drink, shop, admire the architecture or take in music, here are some of our favorite al fresco options in Chicago. Cruise the river. If there’s one thing every... More
5/29/2015
Iowa's capital is known for being home to the State Fair, but Des Moines also gives artists, foodies and explorers plenty to love. 1) John and Mary Pappajohn Sculpture Park You'll find 28 playful, surreal and modern sculptures at the park. The Des Moines Art Center curates the collection, which looks especially fabulous at night when lights illuminate the... More
5/26/2015
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
5/22/2015
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
5/18/2015
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
5/15/2015
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