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A Midwest native explains her passion for paddleboarding—and why she started a company to make inflatable boards.
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Home to luxe B&Bs, a lighthouse and Lake Michigan beaches, Evanston (a 30-minute L ride north of Chicago’s Loop) gives visitors less cookie-cutter suburbia and more leisurely escape.
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Welcome to Moonshine, Illinois. Population: one. Number of businesses: one. Reasons to leave the freeway and find it: plenty.
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What’s better than choosing your meal at a restaurant? Selecting the plump tomatoes, spicy radishes and sweet beets that go into it.
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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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It’s going to be a busy summer. You’ll run out of weekends before you see all 12 of the spots (one in every state) that made the finals in our first-ever vote for the MIdwest’s greatest town.
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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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The best sailors on the planet race in Chicago June 10–12 during the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series. Get a taste of the action by helming a retired racing yacht on Lake Michigan.
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Statue Stories Chicago gives voice to 31 sculptures around the city through August.
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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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