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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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Homes, museums, parks and other destinations throughout the Midwest honor U.S. presidents such as Heartland residents Abraham Lincoln, Herbert Hoover and Harry S. Truman. Check out some of the places...
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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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Barista classes in Chicago let you sample pro-level gear and the coffeehouse life without the pesky career change.
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Hit these diverse historic sites and museums on a road trip along the Mississippi.
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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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Booze. Ghosts. Or a mash-up of both. These four stops in the notoriously haunted northwest Illinois river town deliver what you need for a, uh … spirited getaway.

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