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The wild-eyed stare, bristling mane and yellowed fangs of the taxidermied lion stopped me in my tracks. It wasn’t the beast’s size and ferocity that captivated me,...

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Fruit, cream or custard, pie stars at these Chicagoland stops—great choices for a sweet fix on the spot or at home.
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From retro fun at Wrigley Field's centennial birthday to an overnight stay at kitschy-cool Hotel Lincoln, here are places to celebrate vintage Chicago.
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At the College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn, Illinois, white-tablecloth dining and a luxe hotel make for exciting school nights.
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Architecture and nature buffs find much to love in Canton.
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Fly high on the Shawnee Bluffs Canopy Tour or try another adventure in the Shawnee National Forest region.
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Along the banks of the Rock River, Rockford (90 miles west of Chicago) packs in first-rate cultural attractions and a budding local-food movement.
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This scenic byway winds through central Illinois, from Ottowa to Havana, to reveal gorgeous views and interesting stops.
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The Great River Road follows the Mississippi River along Illinois’ western border. Just north of St. Louis, a trio of charming towns—Alton, Elsah and Grafton—offer great shopping and lively nightlife...
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Located 23 miles west of Chicago, Glen Ellyn prides itself on its leafy downtown with rehabbed Tudor-style storefronts that make for a perfect girls’ day out.

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