Sunday, June 11, 2017

Great Lakes and Upper South in the News: "Late to the craft beer scene, Milwaukee's small brewers are a big hit" from the Chicago Tribune

Great Lakes and Upper South in the News: "Late to the craft beer scene, Milwaukee's small brewers are a big hit" from the Chicago Tribune

It took only a couple of hours to hear the inevitable.

"What do you have that tastes like Miller Lite?"

In a city made famous by pale and mostly bland beer, I was surprised it took so long.

The question arrived early on a Saturday evening at Good City Brewing, which opened less than a year ago near Milwaukee's handsome, weathered downtown. During a wave of brewery openings in a city most familiar with the classic brands made there — Miller, Schlitz and Pabst — Good City has been particularly popular. But the sudden diversity of beer choice can leave some drinkers befuddled.

The bartender was surprisingly thrown by the question. He briefly wore a pained expression while calculating the options. Ten beers were on tap, five of which were bitter-meets-fruity pale ales, IPAs and double IPA. Those wouldn't work. The most obvious choice, a Pilsner, was probably too robust, he said.

The woman said she wanted something "light" and "smooth."

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Link:
http://www.chicagotribune.com/lifestyles/travel/brewstraveler/ct-milwaukee-craft-breweries-travel-0611-20170526-story.html

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Great Lakes and Upper South in the News: "This summer's solar eclipse is Southern Illinois' chance to shine" from The Chicago Tribune

Great Lakes and Upper South in the News: "This summer's solar eclipse is Southern Illinois' chance to shine" from The Chicago Tribune

Southern Illinois is about to have its moment in the sun — and out of it — Aug. 21.

That's when a total solar eclipse will make its way over the U.S. mainland, coast to coast, for the first time in nearly a century.

Tens of thousands of people, including a small army of NASA scientists who will be broadcasting the cosmic spectacle from Carbondale, are expected to pour into a diagonal swath at the bottom tip of the state.

Astronomers, serious eclipse-chasers, regular Joes with FOMO — they're all looking to snag a coveted spot in the "path of totality," a 70-mile-wide sweet spot in which the moon will completely block the sun as the eclipse makes its cross-country trek from Oregon to South Carolina.

While the rest of the continental U.S. will have to make due with a partial eclipse, those in the path of totality will be treated to what promises to be an unforgettable natural wonder, provided the weather cooperates and the clouds stay away.

What can they expect? Well, that glowing ball of hot gas we call the sun will take on the appearance of a black hole surrounded by a pearly white wreath, the sun's rarely visible corona.

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Link:
http://www.chicagotribune.com/lifestyles/travel/ct-southern-illinois-total-solar-eclipse-travel-0613-20170531-story.html

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Great Lakes and Upper South in the News: "50 years later, Milwaukee's Summerfest still sounds like a winner" from the Chicago Tribune

Great Lakes and Upper South in the News: "50 years later, Milwaukee's Summerfest still sounds like a winner" from the Chicago Tribune

More than 800,000 visitors from near and far flock to Wisconsin's biggest city for Summerfest, billed as the world's largest music festival.

At the festival's permanent grounds on the shores of Lake Michigan, live acts will perform on 11 stages for 11 days, June 28 to July 2, and July 4-9.

While we're tossing around numbers, here's one more: 50. This year, the renowned event celebrates its half-century mark.

Roughly 800 acts are on tap, from up-and-comers and niche performers to an overlay of touring amphitheater heavyweights. Headliners this year include the Red Hot Chili Peppers (June 28), Luke Bryan (June 29), Zac Brown Band (July 1) and Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers (July 5-6).

July 9 may be hard to top: This year's new Outlaw Music Festival — a festival-within-a-festival at Summerfest's amphitheater — includes Willie Nelson, Sheryl Crow and Bob Dylan. All are Summerfest veterans.

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Link:
http://www.chicagotribune.com/lifestyles/travel/sc-milwaukee-summerfest-50th-anniversary-travel-0606-20170525-story.html

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Great Lakes and Upper South in the News: "Falling for Frank Lloyd Wright in Pennsylvania's Laurel Highlands" from the Chicago Tribune

Great Lakes and Upper South in the News: "Falling for Frank Lloyd Wright in Pennsylvania's Laurel Highlands" from the Chicago Tribune

Touring three Frank Lloyd Wright houses in two days will make a visitor sure of two things.

No. 1: The brilliant, phenomenally talented architect envisioned houses that remain functional as well as beautiful well over half a century after construction.

No. 2: This eccentric, irascible man would have caused occasional — perhaps regular — bouts of apoplexy in homeowners tying their dreams and finances to him.

Consider Edgar J. Kaufmann Sr., who saw the cost of his weekend home, Fallingwater, rise from an estimated $30,000 to $155,000 in the mid-1930s, when skilled laborers on the project earned 75 cents an hour.

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Link:
http://www.chicagotribune.com/lifestyles/travel/ct-wright-homes-laurel-highlands-pennsylvania-travel-0514-20170428-story.html

Great Lakes and Upper South in the News: "Tiny Bayfield, Wis., strikes improbable gold with Big Top" from the Chicago Tribune

Great Lakes and Upper South in the News: "Tiny Bayfield, Wis., strikes improbable gold with Big Top" from the Chicago Tribune 

Imagine a time when musical artists — not circus barkers or snake-handlers — held summertime sway over crowds under a big top.

And if you can't get a toward-the-front seat to hear the likes of Bonnie Raitt, Delbert McClinton, Ricky Skaggs, Ziggy Marley or the Beach Boys, the sides of the 11,200-square-foot tent do roll up, and you can sit on the grassy hill with crickets chirping to your sides, the headliners just down in front, and a stunning evening view of Lake Superior beyond that.

Welcome to Lake Superior Big Top Chautauqua (www.bigtop.org), on Wisconsin's northern coast. It's one of the few canvas-clad performing arts centers in the country, and you'll find it in what is officially the smallest city in Wisconsin, with 487 year-round residents.

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Link:
http://www.chicagotribune.com/lifestyles/travel/ct-big-top-chautauqua-bayfield-wisconsin-travel-0521-20170509-story.html

Great Lakes and Upper South in the News: "100 hours of music — and much more — at Elkhart, Ind. jazz fest" from the Chicago Tribune

Great Lakes and Upper South in the News: "100 hours of music — and much more — at Elkhart, Ind. jazz fest" from the Chicago Tribune

They'll be dancing in the streets in downtown Elkhart starting June 23, when the sights and sounds of the city's annual jazz festival fill the air for the 30th time.

This is no "happening" for a throwback crowd. It's a huge, diverse block party for all ages set around 100 hours of music played by an eclectic lineup of performers over three days.

Musicians, such as legendary pianist Ramsey Lewis, pop crossover artist Ben Folds, the Elkhart County Symphony, award-winning high school jazz bands and local gospel choirs will fill seven stages, ranging from the exquisitely renovated 1,700-seat Lerner Theatre to setups in the streets. Performers also will lead workshops for young musicians.

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Link:
http://www.chicagotribune.com/lifestyles/travel/ct-elkhart-jazz-festival-travel-0604-20170516-story.html

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Great Lakes and Upper South in the News: The QLINE: What to see and where to visit near each stop" from Curbed Detroit

Great Lakes and Upper South in the News: The QLINE: What to see and where to visit near each stop" from Curbed Detroit

The QLINE, after years of discussion and anticipation, will finally open for riders on May 12. Yes, it runs 3.3 miles down Woodward and back. Since it’s been in development, it has spurred a lot of development in its path. It should make it easier for many who live nearby to get to and from downtown and Midtown.

It’s also along the path of many major landmarks, museums, and buildings in Detroit. If you don’t live along its path and you want to spend the day sightseeing, or if you’re visiting the city, there are many places to stop along the way.

Will it become so successful that they’ll continue it down Woodward into the suburbs? We hope so. Until then, here are a few places you can visit right now. Did we forget something? Let us know in the comments or drop us a note on the tip line.

We’ll have more updates and info on the QLINE as the grand opening gets closer. Check the M-1 Rail website for more information. There’s a big party planned, FYI.

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Link:
https://detroit.curbed.com/maps/qline-m1rail-stops-landmarks