30 Things Every Midwesterner Should Experience
Taste state fair and baseball specials
Taste food-on-a-stick at the Iowa State Fair (left), America's quintessential annual statewide celebration. We're pretty sure calories don't count on state fairgrounds, so go ahead and enjoy that deep-fried candy-bar-on-a-stick, pork-chop-on-a-stick or just some good ol' cotton candy while admiring the award-winning vegetables, the Big Boar or the Butter Cow.
Taste a Chicago dog overflowing with extras during a Cubs game at Wrigley Field. Mustard, onion, relish, tomato, pickle and peppers, all are encouraged. (Be warned: Adding ketchup is sacrilege here.) Sure, the 1914 stadium itself is awesome, with its ivy and manually operated scoreboard. But the dog completes the experience.