Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Great Lakes and Upper South in the News: "5 Midwest golf courses made even better by fall" from the Chicago Tribune

Great Lakes and Upper South in the News: "5 Midwest golf courses made even better by fall" from the Chicago Tribune

It's a summer game, of course. But golf was really made for the fall.

Gone are the muddy fairways of April and the withering heat of August. It's the time to step out onto an elevated tee box in air as crisp as the colors below and the sky above, then watch your tee shot soar over the oranges and reds — though hopefully not among them.

Almost any golf course is nice in autumn. But here are a few that might take your breath away.

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Link:
http://www.chicagotribune.com/lifestyles/travel/fall-guide/2017/ct-fall-travel-golf-0806-20170804-story.html

Great Lakes and Upper South in the News: "Where to ski within a (mostly) 3-hour drive of Chicago" from the Chicago Tribune

Great Lakes and Upper South in the News: "Where to ski within a (mostly) 3-hour drive of Chicago" from the Chicago Tribune

Growing up in Lake Forest, snowboarder Kody Madro spent many winter days riding the slopes and doing tricks in terrain parks at nearby resorts, like Wisconsin’s Tyrol Basin and Wilmot Mountain. Starting at the tender age of 3, he also vacationed with his parents in better-known snow country, like Vail, Aspen and Park City.

Madro’s skills on park rails, boxes and other features led to a career as a top competitor. He lived for several years in Breckenridge, Colo., and Whistler, British Columbia — until a snowboarding accident put him out of commission for 18 months.

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Link:
http://www.chicagotribune.com/lifestyles/travel/ct-trav-best-skiing-close-to-chicago-1105-story.html

Great Lakes and Upper South in the News: "Indiana Dunes could soon become nation's 60th national park" from the Chicago Tribune

Great Lakes and Upper South in the News: "Indiana Dunes could soon become nation's 60th national park" from the Chicago Tribune

A push to make the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore the country's 60th national park has cleared a big step in Congress.

The U.S. House approved the bill in a unanimous voice vote Wednesday, sending it to the Senate for consideration. It would put the national park designation on 15,000 acres along the southern tip of Lake Michigan.

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Link:
http://www.chicagotribune.com/lifestyles/travel/ct-indiana-dunes-could-become-national-park-20171102-story.html

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Great Lakes and Upper South in the News: "Chicago named top city in Conde Nast Traveler's Readers' Choice Awards" from the Chicago Tribune

Great Lakes and Upper South in the News: "Chicago named top city in Conde Nast Traveler's Readers' Choice Awards" from the Chicago Tribune

We’re No. 1! For the first time ever, Chicago ranks as the best big city in the U.S., according to Conde Nast Traveler’s Readers’ Choice Awards. Let that sit for a moment.

In the annual survey, now in its 30th year, more than 300,000 readers voted and gave top props to our town, which Trevor Noah referred to in a recent Chicago taping of “The Daily Show” as a “microcosm of the nation.”

The survey contained more than 30,000 listings dealing with travel — from favorite cities, to hotels, cruises, islands and airports. The results yielded over 1,800 "best travel experiences in the world." So when you get a moment, check out the complete list.

The magazine's results, released Tuesday, chalked up Chicago's success to its increasing number of new hotels, lush Riverwalk and superb dining establishments.

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Link:
http://www.chicagotribune.com/lifestyles/travel/ct-trav-chicago-tops-conde-nast-readers-choice-awards-20171017-story.html

Great Lakes and Upper South in the News: "Beyond Three Floyds: 5 northwest Indiana breweries worth your time" from the Chicago Tribune

Great Lakes and Upper South in the News: "Beyond Three Floyds: 5 northwest Indiana breweries worth your time" from the Chicago Tribune

There’s a brewery in northwest Indiana that you really should know about.

It makes creative, boundary-pushing beer. Its irreverent, eye-catching art features skeletons and monsters and the occasional reference to Satan. And the quality? Outstanding.

It’s called Three Floyds.

Just kidding.

You already know about Munster's world-class brewery, Three Floyds. Everyone knows about Three Floyds. My mom, who prefers the worst sauvignon blanc to the best beer, knows about Three Floyds. (I just texted her to confirm.)

The brewery in question sits about 50 miles east of Three Floyds, just south of the Michigan border. It’s called Burn ’Em Brewing. And, yes, it’s fantastic.

Breweries are opening across the nation at a rapid clip — more than 6,000 and counting — and the rush has been on in northwest Indiana. Unlike Chicago and Michigan, it’s an area that has been underserved for years (with the exception of that one world-class brewery).

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Link:
http://www.chicagotribune.com/lifestyles/travel/brewstraveler/ct-trav-best-northwest-indiana-breweries-1029-story.html

Great Lakes and Upper South in the News: "Fall Art Tour shows colorful side of southwest Wisconsin" from the Chicago Tribune

Great Lakes and Upper South in the News: "Fall Art Tour shows colorful side of southwest Wisconsin" from the Chicago Tribune

Kyle Martin's family started farming this rural land in southwest Wisconsin 106 years ago. As a kid, he remembers rising at 3 a.m. to milk the cows, then doing more chores after getting home from school.

Martin still lives and works on the 100-acre dairy farm, but instead of using farm equipment, he uses a paintbrush.

A converted chicken coop serves as his gallery, studio and office in Rock Springs. Drawn to the plein-air style of painting outdoors, he's motivated to paint barns before they fall.

He's not putting paint on the buildings, but creating paintings of them, before they're torn down. He's one of dozens opening the doors of his studio — which often doubles as an artist's home — for the 24th annual Fall Art Tour taking place Oct. 20-22 in and around Mineral Point, Spring Green, Dodgeville and Baraboo.

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Link: 
http://www.chicagotribune.com/lifestyles/travel/fall-guide/2017/ct-fall-travel-art-tour-southwest-wisconsin-0806-20170804-story.html

Great Lakes and Upper South in the News: "Holy Toledo! Ohio’s ‘Glass City’ is worth a trip." from the Chicago Tribune

Great Lakes and Upper South in the News: "Holy Toledo! Ohio’s ‘Glass City’ is worth a trip." from the Chicago Tribune

Spain’s Toledo, according to an unimpeachable source (Wikipedia), has been called “Imperial City” and “City of the Three Cultures” for good reasons, which we won’t get into here.

Ohio’s Toledo is “Glass City.” Because they made glass here. Still do.

Which helps explain why Spain’s Toledo is on just about everyone’s list of must-sees when visiting the Iberian Peninsula, and why Ohio’s Toledo had been bypassed by most of us driving across northern Ohio on the way to someplace ... well, someplace interesting.

But now, in honor of Mr. Libbey and Mr. Owens and Mr. Fiberglas, we’re going to shatter your image of Toledo, Ohio.

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Link:
http://www.chicagotribune.com/lifestyles/travel/ct-trav-toledo-ohio-1022-story.html