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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
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
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
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
Dave Hoekstra knows food—soul food, to be exact. The former Chicago Sun-Times journalist traversed the country in search of the soul of his new book, The People’s Place: Soul Food Restaurants and Reminiscences from the Civil Rights Era to Today.  We asked Dave to dish his five favorite Midwest destinations that plate everything from catfish tofu to... More
Some of Chicago’s finest bars live underground. Others sit high in the sky or hide in dark alleys. Here are seven of our favorite out-of-the-way places to imbibe, whether we’re looking for a post-work drink or a swanky date night. RM Champagne Salon Glittering lights in a secluded alley lead the way to RM Champagne Salon in the West Loop. Unwind on a... More
The best time to visit Wisconsin's Door County? Don't be surprised to hear many visitors say, "Winter." Besides the obvious advantages—great deals on lodging and no summer crowds—the biggest rewards can be breathtaking new ways to experience the beauty of this peninsula that stretches 70 miles into Lake Michigan. Winter is perfect for a romantic... More
Mike Wickham remembers that as a boy, he would sit in Cedar Rapids’ Paramount Theatre and watch bats fly around the ceiling. Today Mike is a house manager; he and General Manager Jason Anderson have just started giving tours of the 88-year-old theater. The bats are gone, and after a $35 million renovation, the building is in the best shape it's... More