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Life is too short—and each destination too unique—to settle for generic lodging. Here’s how 10 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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Hovering over the lakefront, helicopters give riders a fresh look at the breadth and beauty of Chicago’s ‘front yard.’
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What’s for dinner? Where are we going? The element of surprise shapes Yo Soy Underground Suppers’ unconventional (and delightful) meals.
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With apologies to Tennyson, in spring our fancy turns to thoughts of...finally getting back outside. Three of Chicago's newest parks give us the outlets we need.
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Whether your wish list consists of bling, a handbag or a mug of mulled wine, you’ll find it at one of these three seasonal Chicago markets. Bonus: The shopping is as fun as tearing into gifts on...
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Chicago’s family fun options are nonstop—just like your kids. Here are our top picks in and around Chicago for families, including world-class museums, historical sites and Lake Michigan beaches.

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