Midwest travel

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Digging into Badger State history in Madison

Published Dec. 12, 2019

No single place in the state has the market cornered on Wisconsin history, but for folks interested in burrowing into the story of the Badger State, there's no better place to start than the capitol.

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Reconnecting with old friends on a Windy City weekend

Published Nov. 7, 2019

So often when I travel, I go in search of the new and different. But, sometimes, it's also nice to check in on some old friends. That's what I did last time I went to Chicago for a weekend getaway.

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Chasing spirits in Galena, Illinois

Published Oct. 21, 2019

A former lead mining village that is remarkably preserved as a shopping- and entertainment-focused town along the banks of the Galena River, not far from the mighty Mississippi, Galena, Illinois, is just under a three-hour drive from Milwaukee.

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Cracking the code to the Safe House Chicago

Published July 8, 2019

Trying to recreate the magic of a quirky and beloved institution can be tricky, but based on a couple criteria, I think it's, ahem, safe to say that Marcus Corporation has done just that with the Safe House Chicago, in River North at 60 E. Ontario St.

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Blackstone Hotel's Koval Distillery package fits like a glove

Published June 21, 2019

Chicago's Blackstone Hotel is a gorgeous piece of architecture, packed to the gills with history and decorated from head to toe with art, most of it by Windy City artists. Add a package deal with Koval Distillery, and it's like they know me.

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Dublin, Ohio: A rainbow with a pot of gold on each side

Published April 5, 2019

For years, Dublin, Ohio was a quiet little gem about a dozen miles from downtown Columbus. Now, it is now a prosperous, growing community that has landed on The New York Times' 52 Places to Go in 2019 list. And it's an easy trip from Milwaukee.

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Magical Chicago holiday jaunt offers chance to dig into Windy City architecture

Published Jan. 8, 2019

There's something about a big city at the holidays: the lights, the window displays, the crowds, the decorations, carolers. Our Christmas trip to Chicago was to drink in the cheer, but, for me, every visit to the Windy City is another chance to dig into the city's world class architecture.

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Blowing into Chicago to explore Windy City history

Published Nov. 26, 2018

Here are a few suggestions for places and experiences that can help open up Chicago history even on a brief visit. Of course, there are many other museums, tours and other options, but this should get you moving. Click the links to see related stories about quick trips to the Windy City.

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Road Trip: St. Louis for the Brewers-Cardinals series

Published Sept. 25, 2018

The Brewers are currently playing the Cardinals in St. Louis in a crucial series and that can only mean one thing: road trip! Don't worry that you haven't done any advance planning, because we've done it for you.

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It's always summer at Great Wolf Lodge in Gurnee

Published Sept. 14, 2018

The former Key Lime Cove at 1700 Nations Dr., in Gurnee, Illinois, has been transformed into a Great Wolf Lodge and, other than Country Springs in the Ingleside Hotel in Pewaukee, this waterpark is the next closest to Milwaukee.

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Indiana Dunes offer a new perspective on a familiar friend

Published July 26, 2018

You've been to Bradford Beach, you've walked the dunes at Kohler-Andrae, you've camped at Harrington Beach and you've done Door County to death, but you still want a Lake Michigan outdoor adventure? Why not head south and check out the beautiful Indiana Dunes?

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Urban spelunking: St. Louis' Gateway Arch

Published June 26, 2018

With a grand new entrance, a state of the art museum, expanded and upgraded park grounds, a new cafe and more, St. Louis' Gateway Arch is ready for the future.