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Teatime in Chicago

No need to lift your pinkie. These trending Chicago afternoon affairs serve up all the elegance with none of the old stuffiness.
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Getaway to Mt. Vernon in Southern Illinois

Creativity rules in the southern Illinois town of Mt. Vernon. While you’ll want to stroll the historic downtown along Ninth Street with lights twinkling overhead, plan plenty of time for the Cedarhurst Center for the Arts, an 85-acre estate that includes the Mitchell Museum and the Goldman-Kuenz Sculpture Park.
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Where to Indulge Your Chocolate Cravings In and Around Chicago

The Windy City, long a candy capital, is packed with chocolate goodness—shops, cafes, even cocoa-scented spa treatments.
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Top Things to Do in Ottawa, Illinois

At the confluence of the Illinois and Fox rivers (about 90 minutes southwest of Chicago), Ottawa opens doors to compelling history and natural beauty.
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Best Midwest Family Vacations

Head for a sparkling lake, explore big-city science and nature museums, or enjoy hiking and biking in state parks. The Midwest delivers great family getaways in destinations like Branson, Missouri; Brainerd Lakes, Minnesota; the Black Hills of South Dakota; Traverse City, Michigan; Indianapolis and more. Check out two dozen of our top picks for family vacation destinations.
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12 New Experiences in Chicago

The new year looks especially enchanting in Chicago with art-themed hotels, concept restaurants, a pop-up tea party and more.
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Giant Snow Sculpture Rises Again North of Minneapolis

For nearly a decade, three brothers have built sea-themed snow sculptures in front of their family home in New Brighton, Minnesota. The latest—a whale—is now open for public viewing. It’s a snow sculpture for a cause.
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How a Single Mom in Michigan Became a Cold-Brew Entrepreneur

With her coffee start-up, a single mom in Michigan inspires other women to be strong, black and bold—and to trust the tingly feelings.