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This time of year, the forecast carries a 100% chance of hope—with a possibility of flurries. If you’re ready to turn your back on winter, try soaking up sunshine and new life at one of these...
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Under lingering winter-gray skies, throwback tiki bars help you ride into spring on a wave of sun, bamboo and rum.
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Join a Chicago running tour that puts you face-to-face with the 19th-century World’s Fair—and its notorious villain.
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Find your Zen within the cosmos at Chicago's Adler Planetarium.
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Barista classes in Chicago let you sample pro-level gear and the coffeehouse life without the pesky career change.
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Life is too short—and each destination too unique—to settle for generic lodging. Here’s how 11 hotels in the region are raising the bar (or building one on their roof) and wooing travelers.
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Packed malls, (over)extended family visits and a parade of school activities ... ready to take a break? We asked three Chicago experts where they go to find holiday calm.
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Chicago artist Greta de Parry designs sleek furniture (most notably barstools) built to withstand years of use and changing trends. Here’s how she stands—er, sits— above the crowd.
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A microcosm of America’s melting pot, Chicago’s ethnic neighborhoods provide three continents’ worth of culinary and cultural exploration, no passport required.
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Find free things to do including museums, gardens, zoos and historic sites in Chicago, Springfield and other locations around Illinois.

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