Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Great Lakes and Upper South in the News: "Christmas Traditions fest alive and well in charming St. Charles" from the Chicago Tribune

Great Lakes and Upper South in the News: "Christmas Traditions fest alive and well in charming St. Charles" from the Chicago Tribune

Jean Baptiste Point DuSable must have seen exceptional potential when he settled in this Missouri river town in the early 19th century.

After building the first settlement and trading post along the Chicago River about 20 years earlier, Chicago’s founding father pulled up stakes and relocated to this town where Lewis and Clark launched their historic expedition.

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http://www.chicagotribune.com/lifestyles/travel/ct-trav-st-charles-missouri-christmas-traditions-1126-story.html

Great Lakes and Upper South in the News: "Get your fill of cider at these 5 Midwest spots" from the Chicago Tribune

Great Lakes and Upper South in the News: "Get your fill of cider at these 5 Midwest spots" from the Chicago Tribune

The Midwest cider industry has grown markedly in recent years, offering more places than ever to kick back and drink this apple juice for adults.

Here are five spots worth a visit for cider fans:

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

Great Lakes and Upper South in the News: "From Indy to Wisconsin, holiday happenings light up the Midwest" from the Chicago Tribune

Great Lakes and Upper South in the News: "From Indy to Wisconsin, holiday happenings light up the Midwest" from the Chicago Tribune

Here are some of the more interesting events, deals, websites and other travel tidbits that have come across our desk recently:

  • Winterlights, an outdoor holiday display featuring a million lights, runs Nov. 17 to Jan. 7, at Newfields, the new name for the campus that contains the Indianapolis Museum of Art in Indianapolis. Visitors can wander the illuminated gardens and enjoy a choreographed Landscape of Light on the Lilly House lawn. Lilly House will be decorated inside and out for the holidays. Tickets are available for entrance at 5 or 7 p.m. www.discovernewfields.org/winterlights.
  • Old World Wisconsin, the living history site in Eagle, is a showcase for traditional holiday festivities during the late 19th century. On Dec. 2-3 and 9-10, there will be horse-drawn rides around the village, caroling and appearances by Christmas characters from various cultures. http://tinyurl.com/yd5n87tz 
  • The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield, Ill., is offering a taste of what presidential Christmases are like. “Holidays at the White House: A Presidential Christmas,” running through Jan. 7, features holiday-related photos and original artifacts from the presidential libraries of Dwight Eisenhower, John F. Kennedy, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush. http://tinyurl.com/y7beowd2 
  • Holiday Makers Market will be held Dec. 9-10 at the Box Factory for the Arts in St. Joseph, Mich. More than 35 artists and makers will be offering their work for sale, and there will be food, drinks and live music. http://tinyurl.com/y8xngdgr 
  • The Marshall Historical Society in Marshall, Mich., is holding its 38th annual Candlelight Walk on Dec. 10. The stroll features guided tours of five historic homes decorated for Christmas. Advance ticket purchase is a must. http://tinyurl.com/y7gjrgf3 
  • The McHenry County Historical Society & Museum is holding a monthlong quilt contest and show Dec. 2 to Jan. 5 at the museum in Union, Ill. Categories range from hand-quilted, bed-sized quilts that are pieced and appliqued to machine-quilted varieties and wall and miniature quilts. http://tinyurl.com/y72debuq 

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http://www.chicagotribune.com/lifestyles/travel/ct-trav-winterlights-indianapolis-midwest-events-1126-story.html

Great Lakes and Upper South in the News: "200 things every Illinoisan should do at least once in a lifetime" from the Chicago Tribune

Great Lakes and Upper South in the News: "200 things every Illinoisan should do at least once in a lifetime" from the Chicago Tribune

Get ready to break out some birthday candles — make that lots of birthday candles. Might want to grab a fire extinguisher too: Illinois turns 200 on Dec. 3, 2018.

Like any milestone birthday or anniversary, bicentennials are a good excuse to look back, look forward and, most of all, have some fun.

In Travel, we're marking the occasion with a 200 To-Do List: two hundred things every Illinoisan should do — or see, eat and drink — at least once in a lifetime.

The list is broken down into 10 categories: History, Events, Food, Sports, Culture, Architecture, Nature, Drinks, Oddities and People. Each category has 20 entries. We'll roll out one category a month, starting today with History. The yearlong bicentennial celebration honoring two centuries of statehood starts Sunday.

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http://www.chicagotribune.com/lifestyles/travel/illinois-bicentennial/ct-trav-illinois-bicentennial-200-to-do-list-history-1203-20171202-story.html

Great Lakes and Upper South in the News: "Columbus, Ind. a modern architecture mecca worthy of the silver screen" from the Chicago Tribune

Great Lakes and Upper South in the News: "Columbus, Ind. a modern architecture mecca worthy of the silver screen" from the Chicago Tribune

It's a pity Hollywood has no Oscar for best supporting architecture, because "Columbus" would have been a contender. The quirky indie film was shot in the small Indiana city of 45,000 people, known to modernist design geeks the world over.

The monumental (if mute) second cast was cherry-picked from more than 90 buildings, bridges, parks and sculptures from the mid 20th century to early in this century, plus an 1864 ancestral mansion turned fancy bed-and-breakfast with splendid formal gardens.

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http://www.chicagotribune.com/lifestyles/travel/ct-columbus-indiana-architecture-20171204-story.html

Great Lakes and Upper South in the News: "Underground America: A cavernous light show, salt museum and other subterranean surprises" from the Chicago Tribune

Great Lakes and Upper South in the News: "Underground America: A cavernous light show, salt museum and other subterranean surprises" from the Chicago Tribune

As darkness falls during December, families across America pile into their cars for a dose of good cheer as they motor past festive displays of holiday lights.

One of the most unusual spectacles is in Louisville — and it’s not at street-level. People drive past Santa and his reindeer and dozens of other seasonal displays, their headlights illuminating an otherwise deeply dark and massive mine.

“It’s the only fully underground light show in the world,” Mega Cavern’s Jeremy Priddy said of Lights Under Louisville, a 30-minute self-drive journey through caverns carved decades ago.

“We try to put one car into the cavern every four seconds,” Priddy said. “We’re usually packed.” 

Limestone hasn’t been quarried in this cave since the 1970s. But over the past 10 years, it’s operated as a subterranean park, with tram rides, zip lines, electric bicycle tours and an obstacle course — all along, or above, 17 miles of roads criss-crossing Mega Cavern.

No stunning stalactites can be found hanging from the ceilings. Humans, not nature, created this space beneath the earth. In several states, man-made wonders — including one that was once top secret — are now open to view.

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http://www.chicagotribune.com/lifestyles/travel/sc-trav-underground-america-1219-story.html

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