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.

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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.

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

Monday, February 13, 2017

Great Lakes and Upper South in the News: "5 new Chicago hotels worth a staycation" from the Chicago Tribune

Great Lakes and Upper South in the News: "5 new Chicago hotels worth a staycation" from the Chicago Tribune

It's that time of year.

Gray skies. Icy sidewalks.

Too many layers of clothes. Cabin fever.

A vacation is a must.

But for those without the time, money or inclination to hop a plane for warmer climes, there are a handful of fresh getaways at home.

Several notable hotels opened in Chicago in 2016, and each comes with its own reasons to visit. Each also comes with an added benefit for us winter-bound locals: cheaper prices during the low season. 

So pack your jammies, lock the front door and head for a winter escape right here at home.

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Link:
http://www.chicagotribune.com/lifestyles/travel/ct-chicago-staycation-5-new-hotels-travel-0212-20170126-story.html

Friday, January 27, 2017

Great Lakes and Upper South in the News: "Wisconsin's Wilmot Mountain ups its game after $13 million renovation" from the Chicago Tribune

Great Lakes and Upper South in the News: "Wisconsin's Wilmot Mountain ups its game after $13 million renovation" from the Chicago Tribune

One of my most memorable ski experiences didn't come while whooshing down the mountains of Aspen or cruising the jagged peaks of Jackson Hole. It was standing in line in Wisconsin.

It was five or so years ago after a fresh snow, and I'd driven about 90 minutes to Wilmot Mountain, the ski area that hugs the Illinois border in southern Wisconsin, during the week between Christmas and New Year's. My time in the car was rewarded with three hours of standing in line to get a lift ticket and rental equipment.

Three hours!

I didn't get on the slopes until 1 p.m.

(I didn't say it was a good memorable experience.)

When I shared that story with Wilmot Mountain's new general manager, Taylor Ogilvie, he barely raised an eyebrow. As soon as industry behemoth Vail Resorts bought Wilmot in early 2016, such inefficiencies were obvious at what had been operated as a mom-and-pop shop since its founding in 1938, Ogilvie said.

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Link:
http://www.chicagotribune.com/lifestyles/travel/ct-new-wilmot-mountain-wisconsin-travel-0115-20161229-story.html

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Great Lakes and Upper South in the News: "Kentucky bourbon trail buzzing with more than 1M visits" from the Detroit News

Great Lakes and Upper South in the News: "Kentucky bourbon trail buzzing with more than 1M visits" from the Detroit News

Louisville Ky. — Forget the bottle, a record number of people are experiencing Kentucky bourbon from the barrel, touring distilleries where they can sniff, sip and see whiskey crafted from the source. 

Tourism in the heart of bourbon country, on the upswing for years, reached a milestone in 2016. Visitors made more than 1 million stops at distilleries along the Kentucky Bourbon Trail and Kentucky Bourbon Trail Craft Tour last year, the Kentucky Distillers’ Association said Wednesday.

It shows that “people don’t just want what’s in the bottle,” association president Eric Gregory said. “They have a thirst for Kentucky’s bourbon culture.”

Many tourists visit multiple distilleries and each stop is counted as a visit, the group said.

The tour started in 1999 and has ridden a wave of popularity as the bourbon and whiskey industries enjoyed growing sales worldwide, in part driven by higher demand for premium spirits and cocktails. The tourism attractions had double-digit attendance growth in 2016 compared with the prior year, and attendance has shot up 300 percent in the past decade, the group said.

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Link:
http://www.detroitnews.com/story/business/2017/01/25/kentucky-bourbon/97063640/

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Great Lakes and Upper South in the News: "Writers museum in Chicago sets opening date" from the Chicago Tribune

Great Lakes and Upper South in the News: "Writers museum in Chicago sets opening date" from the Chicago Tribune

The American Writers Museum, a long-gestating new Chicago institution, has set an opening date of May 16, the museum announced Tuesday.

Located at 180 N. Michigan Ave., the museum will celebrate authors from Mark Twain to Dr. Seuss, it said in a release, and has signed on 55 writers’ homes and museums around the country as affiliates. Adult admission will be $12.

The 11,000-square-foot, second-floor museum is calling some of its exhibits The Mind of a Writer, A Writer’s Room, and Word Play. One feature will allow visitors to follow the travels of such peripatetic authors as Jack Kerouac and John Steinbeck.

The idea was sparked and fueled by Malcolm O'Hagan, a retired engineer and book enthusiast. O’Hagan is an Irish native who spent 15 years as president of the National Electrical Manufacturers Association.

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Link:
http://www.chicagotribune.com/entertainment/ct-writers-museum-in-chicago-sets-opening-date-20170124-column.html

Great Lakes and Upper South in the News: "Sleeping Bear beach rated world-class" from the Detroit News

Great Lakes and Upper South in the News: "Sleeping Bear beach rated world-class" from the Detroit News

One of Michigan’s popular vacation destinations has been named as having one of the best beaches in the world.

National Geographic has recognized Sleeping Bear Point, which is part of the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, as one of the best 21 beaches in the world. It’s highlighted as an ideal destination for dune walkers.

In the publication’s summary of the beach, author Kimberley Lovato writes:

“Pure freshwater and 450-foot bluffs mean eyes-open swimming and vast views over Lake Michigan. Walk from the former Sleeping Bear Point Coast Guard Station, now a maritime museum, or along the Sleeping Bear Point Trail over low-lying dunes to the beach. In the distance look for North and South Manitou Islands, prime spots for hiking and camping.”

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Link:
http://www.detroitnews.com/story/news/local/michigan/2017/01/24/sleeping-bear-beach/97011100/