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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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The premise is simple: Crack the codes and solve the puzzles to earn your freedom. But simple doesn’t mean easy. Ready for the challenge?
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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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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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