Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Great Lakes and Upper South in the News: "Must-eat Midwest dishes from 5 states" from Crain's

Great Lakes and Upper South in the News: "Must-eat Midwest dishes from 5 states" from Crain's

(Yes, lots of food articles)

Eating local takes on new meaning in the Midwest, where every state has at least one iconic food. 

Sweet or savory, there's often a story behind each dish or the place that serves it. So when you hit the road, take time to sample local color along with native cuisine.

Link:
http://www.chicagotribune.com/lifestyles/travel/ct-signature-foods-of-the-midwest-travel-0402-20170314-story.html

Monday, March 20, 2017

Great Lakes and Upper South in the News: "In Michigan, The Pasty Isn't X-Rated. It's A Portable Pie With History Baked In" from NPR

Great Lakes and Upper South in the News: "In Michigan, The Pasty Isn't X-Rated. It's A Portable Pie With History Baked In" from NPR

When Stephen Bosio of Pasadena, Calif., fed his 9-month-old son a pasty, the act felt, by his assessment, more important than it should have.

"Teddy is a fifth generation pasty-eating man," Stephen told me.

Outside the rural Midwest, the term "pasty" is associated with a particular type of nipple cover rather than a pastry shell stuffed with ground beef and root vegetables, although the pronunciations of these terms differ. The food variety, ironically, rhymes with "nasty" rather than "tasty." In Michigan's Upper Peninsula (U.P.), where Stephen and I grew up, the dish is as culturally ubiquitous as deep-dish pizza is to Chicago. It did not strike me as absurd that a baby eating a pasty would mark a milestone on par with a first step or first word.

Continued on website.

Link:
http://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2017/03/16/520129966/in-michigan-the-pasty-isnt-x-rated-its-a-portable-pie-with-history-baked-in

Friday, March 17, 2017

Great Lakes and Upper South in the News: "A guide to the latest and greatest of Columbus, Ohio" from the Chicago Tribune

Great Lakes and Upper South in the News: "A guide to the latest and greatest of Columbus, Ohio" from the Chicago Tribune

"I have a terrible confession: I never saw Ohio's capitol. A weekend in Columbus and not even a glimpse of the rotunda. But I have a very good excuse. I was lost in a 32-room bookstore. Well, that's not entirely true. I was also preoccupied with selecting a writing utensil from a lifestyle store founded by a guy with a beard and an office-supply obsession. And drinking hand-poured coffee from a cafe named after a Belle and Sebastian song. And sizing up turquoise bulldog bookends from a shop in an emerging neighborhood. And watching a diner stuff a skyscraper-tall burger into his mouth. And drinking more coffee, this time made of Fair Trade-certified beans from Guatemala. And I'm not even a coffee person; I drink tea, except when I am in Columbus."

Link:
http://www.chicagotribune.com/lifestyles/travel/ct-a-guide-to-the-latest-and-greatest-of-columbus-ohio-20170210-story.html

Friday, March 10, 2017

Great Lakes and Upper South in the News: "Glensheen shining in bid for return tourists" from the Star Tribune

Great Lakes and Upper South in the News: "Glensheen shining in bid for return tourists" from the Star Tribune

Just a few years ago, the historic Glensheen mansion perched on Lake Superior’s North Shore struggled to lure tourists through the door.

It was a problem facing many such houses turned museums: Visitors who had seen it once didn’t feel a need to see it again.

So the staff at Glensheen started to get creative, coming up with new tours and events to draw even local residents back again and again. It has worked so well that last week, Glensheen was recognized as Minnesota’s Visitor Attraction of the Year for 2016 by Explore Minnesota, the state’s tourism promotion office.

The Duluth estate’s offerings now include a popular nighttime flashlight tour, elaborate holiday displays and summer concerts on its pier that juts into the lake.

The mansion saw 106,792 visitors in fiscal 2016, up from a low of 62,000 visitors in fiscal 2013. It is on track to increase that number again this year, marketing manager Jane Pederson said. Tour revenue has been rising, too, from $693,680 in fiscal 2013 to $1,419,868 in year 2016, Pederson said.

Continued on website.

Link:
http://www.startribune.com/glensheen-shining-in-bid-for-return-tourists/412790023/

Great Lakes and Upper South in the News: "New Red Wings arena could be a game-changer for hockey fans — and all of Detroit" from the Chicago Tribune

Great Lakes and Upper South in the News: "New Red Wings arena could be a game-changer for hockey fans — and all of Detroit" from the Chicago Tribune

For nearly four decades, Blackhawks fans have filed into Detroit's Joe Louis Arena to watch their team take on the Red Wings.

That period is about to end; the Hawks play their last regular season game at "The Joe" on March 10. 

Come next season, the Red Wings will host their Midwestern rivals in new digs: Little Caesars Arena, a key piece of a much larger development dubbed The District Detroit. This 50-block span of sports and entertainment venues, restaurants, bars, businesses, parks and more promises to link downtown and midtown into one big, thriving urban setting.

Continued on website.

Link:
http://www.chicagotribune.com/lifestyles/travel/ct-district-detroit-little-caesars-arena-travel-0305-20170216-story.html

Monday, February 20, 2017

Great Lakes and Upper South in the News: "Major Rolling Stones exhibition coming to Navy Pier in April" from the Chicago Tribune

Great Lakes and Upper South in the News: "Major Rolling Stones exhibition coming to Navy Pier in April" from the Chicago Tribune

It’s only rock 'n' roll, but they’re enshrining it.

“Exhibitionism,” a show displaying hundreds of Rolling Stones artifacts from the group’s 50-plus-year career, will go up in Navy Pier’s Festival Hall in mid-April, the pier and exhibit promoters announced at a news conference Thursday morning.

The 18,000-square-foot extravaganza of costumes, guitars, stage sets and more is currently drawing raves in New York City after first being mounted in London. Billboard called it “an enthralling look at decades of rock history that even diehards can learn from.”

Chicago and the pier are hoping to call it a major tourism draw during its April 15-July 30 run. Adult tickets will be $25 to $35 and go on sale Feb. 24 at www.stonesexhibitionism.com.

Continued on website.

Link:
http://www.chicagotribune.com/entertainment/museums/ct-rolling-stones-exhibit-navy-pier-20170215-column.html

Great Lakes and Upper South in the News: "20 Presidential sites in the Midwest" from the Chicago Tribune

Great Lakes and Upper South in the News: "20 Presidential sites in the Midwest" from the Chicago Tribune

This Presidents Day, travel back in time with a visit to a historic location made famous by one of our nation's previous presidents. See Herbert Hoover's childhood home in West Branch, Iowa. Marvel at nature in the Theodore Roosevelt National Park in North Dakota. You can also visit a Midwestern presidential museum. Learn about Abraham Lincoln's early childhood in a log cabin at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum in Springfield, Ill. Here are more places you can learn about previous U.S. presidents.

Continued on website.

Link:
http://www.chicagotribune.com/lifestyles/travel/ct-presidential-sites-in-the-midwest-20170215-photogallery.html