Thursday, August 10, 2017

Great Lakes and Upper South in the News: "11 Midwest amusement parks to hit before summer ends" from the Chicago Tribune

Great Lakes and Upper South in the News: "11 Midwest amusement parks to hit before summer ends" from the Chicago Tribune

Butterflies in your stomach. Wind in your hair. Screaming for dear life. Where other than on a roller coaster can you find all of these sensations? Hop in the car and head to these Midwest amusement park offerings before summer is over to get your (not-so-cheap) thrills and maybe a funnel cake to boot.

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Link:
http://www.chicagotribune.com/redeye/culture/ct-redeye-midwest-amusement-parks-20170608-story.html

Great Lakes and Upper South in the News: "Lost cities of the Midwest: A trek back to pre-Columbian times" from Chicago Tribune

Great Lakes and Upper South in the News: "Lost cities of the Midwest: A trek back to pre-Columbian times" from Chicago Tribune

The Midwest is filled with ghosts, the spirits of those who lived here centuries ago. Their presence can be felt at what remains of their ancient cities — some now official historic sites, others buried by time and bulldozers, likely lost forever.

Tens of millions of people walked this land for millennia before Europeans and others set foot upon what is now America. This was once their world, home to a vast network of indigenous civilizations. These people left material remains, including burial mounds and monumental earthworks, pyramid structures that towered over our Midwestern Plains.

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Link:
http://www.chicagotribune.com/lifestyles/travel/ct-trav-0806-lost-midwest-cities-20170719-story.html

Great Lakes and Upper South in the News: "7 wineries to visit near Peoria, a good base for touring Illinois vineyards" from the Chicago Tribune

Great Lakes and Upper South in the News: "7 wineries to visit near Peoria, a good base for touring Illinois vineyards" from the Chicago Tribune

This Midwestern city has everything you need for a quick weekend getaway roughly 150 miles from Chicago: a thriving riverfront with green space and shopping, rejuvenated restaurant and music scenes, historical architecture and state-of-the-art museums, and an abundance of nearby parks and nature preserves.

Peoria’s location is also an ideal base for a wine country weekend. That’s right. A grape-focused getaway in Central Illinois. 

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Link:
http://www.chicagotribune.com/lifestyles/travel/ct-trav-peoria-illinois-wine-0820-story.html

Great Lakes and Upper South in the News: "Michigan golf courses worth the drive, especially with fall colors in play" from the Chicago Tribune

Great Lakes and Upper South in the News: "Michigan golf courses worth the drive, especially with fall colors in play" from the Chicago Tribune

Few golfing moments are more rewarding than standing on an elevated tee box in a long-sleeves breeze, filling your chest with crisp Northern Michigan air, and looking out over an explosion of reds, yellows and oranges crowding around the lush geometry of greens and fairways.

We who are lucky enough to live in a place where nature resets the scenery every few months know the sublime pleasure of golf in the fall. It’s like a bottle of port from the chef’s collection, shared with a few special diners just before closing time.

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Link:
http://www.chicagotribune.com/lifestyles/travel/ct-trav-michigan-golf-courses-0820-story.html

Friday, August 4, 2017

Great Lakes and Upper South in the News: "Headed to Southern Illinois for the eclipse? Fuel up on BBQ and other local eats" from the Chicago Tribune

Great Lakes and Upper South in the News: "Headed to Southern Illinois for the eclipse? Fuel up on BBQ and other local eats" from the Chicago Tribune

You know you've reached Southern Illinois when the hills begin. The great, flat fields of corn and soybeans that cover most of the state yield to gently rolling green forests.

By sheer luck, this gorgeous part of Illinois rests in the path of totality of not one, but two upcoming solar eclipses. While the second won't happen until 2024, the first swings by Aug. 21.

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Link:
http://www.chicagotribune.com/lifestyles/travel/ct-trav-fork-southern-illinois-food-0813-20170727-story.html

Great Lakes and Upper South in the News: "Exploring John Deere's history at the farming giant's Midwest sites" from the Chicago Tribune

Great Lakes and Upper South in the News: "Exploring John Deere's history at the farming giant's Midwest sites" from the Chicago Tribune

On a sunny Sunday afternoon, I braked as I came upon a tractor pulling two wagons full of just-harvested crops. I had no choice but to follow as the tractor crawled up a hill at 5 mph.

The scenario is a common one on rural roads in the heartland. Rather than get impatient, I smiled at the coincidence. The tractor, with its familiar green and yellow paint job, was a Deere, and I was a mere 5 miles from where John Deere invented his first plow in 1837. It was the beginning of an empire.

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Link:
http://www.chicagotribune.com/lifestyles/travel/ct-trav-midwest-john-deere-attractions-0813-story.html

Great Lakes and Upper South in the News: "Food fight: Whiting, Ind., demands other 'Pierogi Festival' change its name" from the Chicago Tribune

Great Lakes and Upper South in the News: "Food fight: Whiting, Ind., demands other 'Pierogi Festival' change its name" from the Chicago Tribune

A suburban Chicago food festival says it's justified in threatening a trademark infringement lawsuit over a Pennsylvania group's use of the name "Pierogi Festival."

Lawyers for Pierogi Fest in Whiting, Indiana, recently sent a letter demanding the Edwardsville Hometown Committee stop using the name or pay royalties.

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Link:
http://www.chicagotribune.com/lifestyles/travel/ct-whiting-pierogi-fest-pennsylvania-pierogi-festival-changes-name-20170801-story.html