Saturday, February 3, 2018

Great Lakes and Upper South in the News: "3 Midwest inns ideal for a romantic winter escape" from the Chicago Tribune

Great Lakes and Upper South in the News: "3 Midwest inns ideal for a romantic winter escape" from the Chicago Tribune

Winter days are dark and cold, but that’s no excuse to hibernate. Embrace the season — and that special someone — by spending a little time tucked away in Midwest lodgings known to be warm and welcoming to couples. (P.S. Valentine’s Day is fast approaching.)

Here are three places to consider, along with suggestions for nearby winter pastimes if you choose to tear yourselves away from your cozy nest:

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Link:
http://www.chicagotribune.com/lifestyles/travel/ct-trav-3-romantic-midwest-hotels-0204-story.html

Great Lakes and Upper South in the News: "Enjoy a real cold one at these 12 Twin Cities ice bars" from the Chicago Tribune

Great Lakes and Upper South in the News: "Enjoy a real cold one at these 12 Twin Cities ice bars" from the Chicago Tribune

What do you get when you combine six 300-pound blocks of frozen water, frigid northern temperatures and a throng of thirsty sports fans bound for the Twin Cities?

Ice bars a phenomenon that has been around for years but is now gaining major steam er, frost thanks to the Super Bowl's arrival, the growth of artisan ice companies and the usual bounty of cold air. Suddenly, the frosty novelties are cropping up everywhere from rooftops to alleyways, and keeping things cool with chilly concoctions, frozen furniture and arctic bar games (think made-from-ice air hockey and shuffle-puck tables).

Take the ice bars from Minnesota Ice. Each is built with blocks of 10-by-20-by-40-inch ice slabs, and needs about three days to freeze, said Erik Eastman, director of sales for the company, which is constructing them at the Hewing Hotel in Minneapolis, Oxcart Ale House in St. Paul, Volstead House in Eagan, the Great Northern St. Paul Chefs Experience and more. Ice Occasions, the other major ice company in town, is also building outdoor ice bars around town.

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Link:
http://www.chicagotribune.com/lifestyles/travel/ct-twin-cities-ice-bars-20180124-story.html

Great Lakes and Upper South in the News: "Hygge vibe makes Minneapolis a winter winner" from the Chicago Tribune

Great Lakes and Upper South in the News: "Hygge vibe makes Minneapolis a winter winner" from the Chicago Tribune

The thermometer hovered around zero as a family of four, toting folding chairs, parked the seats in front of a big screen in a park in downtown Minneapolis to watch the Minnesota Vikings blank the Green Bay Packers in December.

It was their snowmobile suits alone that indicated their sanity. Snowmobile suits, Elmer Fudd hats, boxing glove-sized mittens and Sorel boots: Visiting Minnesota in winter is a checked-bag trip. It’s also, increasingly, the season that distinguishes Minneapolis, a city where frostbite is not a deterrent to a tailgate and a growing number of festivals celebrate the chill.

“It’s a long season, and it’s cold, and it’s up to us how we respond. You can hide and complain for months or get out and explore,” said Eric Dayton, local restaurateur, shop owner and son of Gov. Mark Dayton. He’s also founder of the Great Northern, Jan. 25 to Feb. 4, a 10-day outdoor festival that celebrates winter in the Twin Cities and incorporates some longstanding Minnesota traditions, including the U.S. Pond Hockey Championships and the City of Lakes Loppet Ski Festival, featuring cross-country ski races and less-competitive family fun.

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Link:
http://www.chicagotribune.com/lifestyles/travel/sc-trav-hygge-heart-of-minneapolis-0130-story.html

Great Lakes and Upper South in the News: "Indoor velodrome expected to draw cyclists to Detroit" from the Chicago Tribune

Great Lakes and Upper South in the News: "Indoor velodrome expected to draw cyclists to Detroit" from the Chicago Tribune

An indoor cycling track in Detroit is expected to draw bike riders from other cold-weather states and across the U.S. while giving inner-city youth the opportunity to participate for free in the fast-moving and growing sport.

The Lexus Velodrome, which will have its grand opening Monday, is in an inflatable, climate-controlled dome a few miles north of a new professional hockey and basketball arena and close to a site proposed for a professional soccer stadium.

It joins a training facility in Colorado Springs and a venue in Los Angeles as the only indoor velodromes in the U.S.

"It is great to have an indoor training resource in the winter time," said Joan Hanscom, 50, a competitive cyclist from Colorado Springs. "Otherwise, if you're looking to be fit and ready for your spring racing season you're really limited to riding a trainer in your house or in a gym and that's not as much fun."

The velodrome diversifies Detroit's sports offerings and continues to push the story of the city's turnaround, said Kris Smith, Detroit Sports Commission director.

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Link: http://www.chicagotribune.com/lifestyles/travel/ct-indoor-velodrome-detroit-20180126-story.html

Great Lakes and Upper South in the News: "20 foods every Illinoisan should eat at least once" from the Chicago Tribune

Great Lakes and Upper South in the News: "20 foods every Illinoisan should eat at least once" from the Chicago Tribune

Pick 20 things every Illinoisan should eat at least once in a lifetime.

This culinary challenge had us thinking that maybe we'd bitten off more than we could chew. From Chicago's world-famous food scene, to the state's rich agricultural DNA and a bounty of regional specialties, it was almost impossible to narrow our choices down to just 20. But that's what we had to do for the latest installment of our bicentennial bucket list, an evolving roster of 200 things to do, see, eat or drink in celebration of Illinois' two centuries of statehood this year.

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Link:
http://www.chicagotribune.com/lifestyles/travel/illinois-bicentennial/ct-bicentennial-food-bucket-list-20180129-photogallery.html

Thursday, December 28, 2017

Great Lakes and Upper South in the News: "Best museum shows of 2017: Japanese pop, Gauguin and ancient artifacts top the list" from the Chicago Tribune

Great Lakes and Upper South in the News: "Best museum shows of 2017: Japanese pop, Gauguin and ancient artifacts top the list" from the Chicago Tribune

In a slow year, the Chicago museum scene is dynamic, intellectually invigorating and the source of endless potential hours of fact-based entertainment. 2017 was not a slow year.

Innovation and change were on the menu and in the galleries in a year that promised to bring in new museums, reshaped old favorites and offered up new models for what museum exhibitions can be. Let’s review.

In superstar news, the Rolling Stones and “Jurassic World” starred in big standalone exhibitions, while Chance the Rapper joined the board of the DuSable Museum of African American History. But perhaps the most impressive superstar appearance was the brief turn by “Whistler’s Mother” in a small exhibit at the Art Institute.

The American Writers Museum opened, impressively, in a modest space above Michigan Avenue. A Chicago blues museum was announced for a Loop location and a gospel music museum for Bronzeville. The Terra Foundation for American Art announced the massive Art Design Chicago yearlong exploration of the city’s place in art and design for 2018.

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Link:
http://www.chicagotribune.com/entertainment/museums/ct-ent-top-ten-chicago-museum-exhibits-2017-1221-story.html

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

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

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

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.” 

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