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Travel Hot List: 8 Things We're Crushing on Now

Rad new eats. A two-month art festival. And the cops who are winning Twitter. Check out our hot list of Midwest travel-related news.


Open Spaces Kansas City, Missouri August 25–October 28

Sixty-two days. More than 150 artists. Five years in the making. That’s just a slice of Open Spaces Arts Experience. In its first year, the marathon festival takes over Swope Park and other spots in KC. An arts village anchors free film screenings, dance, music and unique performances. Events (some ticketed) at Starlight Theatre and other city venues fill the nine-week calendar.


Glimpse into the cosmos

Miles from light pollution, John Glenn Astronomy Park recently opened in southern Ohio’s Hocking Hills. Weekend programs grant access to the observatory’s telescopes, or you can stop by the Solar Plaza any night for pristine views of the stars.

John Glenn Astronomy Park

John Glenn Astronomy Park. Photo: Aaron Rigsby.



Timely snark and mock feuds with the county sheriff (and Wyoming, the state) have earned the Wyoming, Minnesota, police 30,000 Twitter followers—quadruple the town’s population.

Sample tweet
 “We have altered our jail transport policy. Shoes/socks will not be worn during transport and back-seat flooring has been replaced with Legos. Please keep this in mind prior to committing crimes.”


The Siren Hotel

The name says it all: This dark, sexy new hotel in Detroit’s Wurlitzer Building tempts with nightcaps in the intimate Candy Bar and small, mod rooms reminiscent of a Manhattan high-rise.

The Siren Hotel

The Siren Hotel. Photo: Christian Harder.


Whiting Forest

1,400 feet: Length of the U.S.’s longest canopy walk, opening October 7 at Dow Gardens in Midland, Michigan. Brave bridges and a glass platform 40 feet up.


Chef Watch

Three big names launching new restaurants on their home turf.

Lucky Cricket
Bizarre Foods star Andrew Zimmern will open his first restaurant this October in Minneapolis. A lifelong passion for regional Chinese food drives the menu. Expect hand-pulled noodles, dim sum, Chinese barbecue (and a tiki bar).

Andrew Zimmern

Andrew Zimmern. Photo: Steve Henke.

The Benevolent King
Israeli and James Beard semifinalist Ben Poremba got his kitchen inspo from his Moroccan mom. She moved to St. Louis to help plan the menu—surely the only one in town listing craft cocktails and hand-rolled couscous.

Jonathan Brooks’ Milktooth is Indianapolis’ holy grail of breakfast. At his sophomore restaurant, the chef's inventiveness shines in dishes like a grilled cucumber salad tossed in vinaigrette made of the cuke’s charred skin.

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