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From fancy to rustic, portable to permanent, find an outdoor fireplace design to suit your home’s architecture and your living style.
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Your backyard is your private retreat. Enhance it by adding touches that make it special: a water feature, comfy seating, lovely plant beds, even just a hammock. Here is some inspiration.
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Whether you're looking for thrill rides or family time, Midwest theme parks deliver a day (or more!) of fun. Check out our tips to make the most of your trip.
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Take advantage of summer break at the University of Illinois to enjoy outdoor attractions, great restaurants, museums and more in Champaign-Urbana.
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Find fun and clever ideas for outdoor table decorations for your next party or family gathering.
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Homeowners in Chicago and Columbus, Ohio, share their innovative ideas for extending interior living to the great outdoors.
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This exclusive collection of all-star recipes shared by some of the legends of Midwest state fair cook-offs features treats such as Whoopie Pie Cake, True Butterscotch Pie and Cloverleaf Rolls.
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Americans eat 7 billion hot dogs each summer. Make your dog the best in class with these tasty combos from Midwest frank shops!
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When you need a day trip from Chicago or a weekend getaway from the big city, you don't have to go far. These escapes—including Amish Country, Indiana; Galena, Illinois; and Lake Geneva,...
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Whether you go storm-chasing, bread-baking, schooner-sailing or cattle-driving, you'll come home with stories your friends can't wait to hear.

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