Two big-deal chefs unite in Michigan. Hard seltzer hits a craft brewery near you. And yes, that cuddly pup can ride on your luggage cart.

Stephanie Izard’s restaurant atop The Hoxton fills with a high-energy crowd on weekend nights. For a more mellow, sun-soaked vibe, catch brunch instead.
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1 The Hoxton

Chicago They had us at rooftop pool and Stephanie Izard. Filled with plants and curtained in glass 12 stories above the booming West Loop, the top floor at The Hoxton hotel resembles a human-size terrarium. Inside, rock star chef Stephanie Izard runs Cabra, a Peruvian cevicheria. Her creations—like bass, pickled shallots and Peruvian corn nuts in leche de tigre—are as memorable as the view. Urban, mid-mod rooms have edgy prints on the walls, plus bedside poetry and classic lit. Don’t miss the basement speakeasy, Lazy Bird, or the breakfast bag dropped at your door.

2 Brown County Music Center

Nashville, Indiana Just a mile from Indiana’s largest state park, a scenic village of 700 (give or take) is hosting national names associated with the other Nashville. Vince Gill christened the 2,000-seat venue tucked in Indiana’s southern hills in late August, followed by Art Garfunkel and Clint Black. Sara Evans will bring a Christmas special in December.

3 Seltzer Takeover

Everywhere What to drink when you want a buzz but minimal calories? Hard seltzer. It swept supermarkets this year, and now local breweries are joining in (six in Minneapolis alone).

Bolo | Minneapolis Bauhaus Brew Labs started canning hard seltzer in the fall. Find Bolo across Minnesota and in Wisconsin.

Atwater | Detroit Atwater Brewery introduced hard seltzer in lime, cherry and mango this summer. Get it across Michigan.

Stray Forth| Madison, Wisconsin The brains behind Ale Asylum brewery launched this seltzer spin-off in August, distributing across Madison.

Stray Forth in Madison, Wisconsin.
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4 Millie The Dog

Milwaukee Call her a bark hop or a bell pup. Either way, the Hilton Milwaukee City Center’s mini goldendoodle is at your service. The doggie concierge greets guests and offers in-room snuggles. Look for @millieatthehilton on Instagram.

@millieatthehilton on Instagram.
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5 Starbucks Reserve Roastery

Chicago This new Starbucks on the Mag Mile will blow the lid off the venti scale. When it opens this fall, the four-story specialty bean shop, roastery and coffee bar (with liquor license) will be the world’s largest Starbucks.

6 Pernoi

Birmingham, Michigan Saffron capellini tossed in fish fumet and mascarpone? Yep. Sashimi tuna in onion vinaigrette and seaweed? That too. Chefs Luciano DelSignore of Bacco and Takashi Yagihashi of Slurping Turtle say their Detroit-area venture (launched in September) fulfills a joint-restaurant dream that began 12 years ago.

7 St. Louis Aquarium at Union Station

St. Louis Reef sharks, spotted eagle rays and a Pacific octopus will live at Union Station when the St. Louis Aquarium opens in December. Galleries include Shark Canyon and Global Rivers.  And that’s not all: A 200-foot observation wheel with climate-controlled gondolas is also part of the station’s $187 million renovation.

8 Women Breaking Boundaries

Cincinnati A selection of pieces from Cincinnati Art Museum’s permanent collection explores gender and inclusion. Through April 12, the Women Breaking Boundaries exhibit will feature Georgia O’Keeffe, Mary Cassatt and others.

The Women Breaking Boundaries exhibit spans five centuries and includes fashion and decorative art—like Mary Sheerer’s 1898 iris-adorned Vase—in addition to paintingand photography.
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9 Vonnegut Museum

Indianapolis The new home of the Kurt Vonnegut Museum and Library bears all the wry sensibilities and satirical humor that the prolific Indy writer channeled into his novels and short stories. More than 1,400 donors contributed $1.5 million to realize the project, which includes a second spot for the locally loved Bluebeard café.

Kurt Vonnegut.
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