Thursday, October 19, 2017

Great Lakes and Upper South in the News: "Chicago named top city in Conde Nast Traveler's Readers' Choice Awards" from the Chicago Tribune

Great Lakes and Upper South in the News: "Chicago named top city in Conde Nast Traveler's Readers' Choice Awards" from the Chicago Tribune

We’re No. 1! For the first time ever, Chicago ranks as the best big city in the U.S., according to Conde Nast Traveler’s Readers’ Choice Awards. Let that sit for a moment.

In the annual survey, now in its 30th year, more than 300,000 readers voted and gave top props to our town, which Trevor Noah referred to in a recent Chicago taping of “The Daily Show” as a “microcosm of the nation.”

The survey contained more than 30,000 listings dealing with travel — from favorite cities, to hotels, cruises, islands and airports. The results yielded over 1,800 "best travel experiences in the world." So when you get a moment, check out the complete list.

The magazine's results, released Tuesday, chalked up Chicago's success to its increasing number of new hotels, lush Riverwalk and superb dining establishments.

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Link:
http://www.chicagotribune.com/lifestyles/travel/ct-trav-chicago-tops-conde-nast-readers-choice-awards-20171017-story.html

Great Lakes and Upper South in the News: "Beyond Three Floyds: 5 northwest Indiana breweries worth your time" from the Chicago Tribune

Great Lakes and Upper South in the News: "Beyond Three Floyds: 5 northwest Indiana breweries worth your time" from the Chicago Tribune

There’s a brewery in northwest Indiana that you really should know about.

It makes creative, boundary-pushing beer. Its irreverent, eye-catching art features skeletons and monsters and the occasional reference to Satan. And the quality? Outstanding.

It’s called Three Floyds.

Just kidding.

You already know about Munster's world-class brewery, Three Floyds. Everyone knows about Three Floyds. My mom, who prefers the worst sauvignon blanc to the best beer, knows about Three Floyds. (I just texted her to confirm.)

The brewery in question sits about 50 miles east of Three Floyds, just south of the Michigan border. It’s called Burn ’Em Brewing. And, yes, it’s fantastic.

Breweries are opening across the nation at a rapid clip — more than 6,000 and counting — and the rush has been on in northwest Indiana. Unlike Chicago and Michigan, it’s an area that has been underserved for years (with the exception of that one world-class brewery).

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Link:
http://www.chicagotribune.com/lifestyles/travel/brewstraveler/ct-trav-best-northwest-indiana-breweries-1029-story.html

Great Lakes and Upper South in the News: "Fall Art Tour shows colorful side of southwest Wisconsin" from the Chicago Tribune

Great Lakes and Upper South in the News: "Fall Art Tour shows colorful side of southwest Wisconsin" from the Chicago Tribune

Kyle Martin's family started farming this rural land in southwest Wisconsin 106 years ago. As a kid, he remembers rising at 3 a.m. to milk the cows, then doing more chores after getting home from school.

Martin still lives and works on the 100-acre dairy farm, but instead of using farm equipment, he uses a paintbrush.

A converted chicken coop serves as his gallery, studio and office in Rock Springs. Drawn to the plein-air style of painting outdoors, he's motivated to paint barns before they fall.

He's not putting paint on the buildings, but creating paintings of them, before they're torn down. He's one of dozens opening the doors of his studio — which often doubles as an artist's home — for the 24th annual Fall Art Tour taking place Oct. 20-22 in and around Mineral Point, Spring Green, Dodgeville and Baraboo.

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Link: 
http://www.chicagotribune.com/lifestyles/travel/fall-guide/2017/ct-fall-travel-art-tour-southwest-wisconsin-0806-20170804-story.html

Great Lakes and Upper South in the News: "Holy Toledo! Ohio’s ‘Glass City’ is worth a trip." from the Chicago Tribune

Great Lakes and Upper South in the News: "Holy Toledo! Ohio’s ‘Glass City’ is worth a trip." from the Chicago Tribune

Spain’s Toledo, according to an unimpeachable source (Wikipedia), has been called “Imperial City” and “City of the Three Cultures” for good reasons, which we won’t get into here.

Ohio’s Toledo is “Glass City.” Because they made glass here. Still do.

Which helps explain why Spain’s Toledo is on just about everyone’s list of must-sees when visiting the Iberian Peninsula, and why Ohio’s Toledo had been bypassed by most of us driving across northern Ohio on the way to someplace ... well, someplace interesting.

But now, in honor of Mr. Libbey and Mr. Owens and Mr. Fiberglas, we’re going to shatter your image of Toledo, Ohio.

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Link:
http://www.chicagotribune.com/lifestyles/travel/ct-trav-toledo-ohio-1022-story.html

Great Lakes and Upper South in the News: "New law makes it easier to enjoy Iowa's craft distilleries" from the Chicago Tribune

Great Lakes and Upper South in the News: "New law makes it easier to enjoy Iowa's craft distilleries" from the Chicago Tribune

Combine Americans’ growing fondness for brown liquors with the nation’s biggest corn crop, shake it with a new law that allows alcohol sales by the glass and you have a winning recipe for Iowa distillers.

Illinois’ neighbor has been a source for fans of John Barleycorn dating to Prohibition, when Templeton Rye became known as one of Al Capone’s favorite libations. Today, craft distillers are sprouting up across the state. And as of this past summer, a new law permits distillers to sell their product in cocktails at the distillery, as opposed to just being allowed to offer small samples and bottle sales.

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Link:
http://www.chicagotribune.com/lifestyles/travel/ct-trav-iowa-distilleries-1022-story.html

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Great Lakes and Upper South in the News: "Seeing red: Take a trip to Wisconsin's cranberry marshes" from The Chicago Tribune

Great Lakes and Upper South in the News: "Seeing red: Take a trip to Wisconsin's cranberry marshes" from The Chicago Tribune

The most picturesque time of year on a cranberry farm is during fall harvest with the seemingly endless sea of red floating cranberries," said Steve Bartling, a grower in Manitowish Waters.

The rest of the year? Forget about it.

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

Great Lakes and Upper South in the News: "Century of Progress Homes Tour at Indiana Dunes takes visitors back to the future" from The Chicago Tribune

Great Lakes and Upper South in the News: "Century of Progress Homes Tour at Indiana Dunes takes visitors back to the future" from The Chicago Tribune

Time travel.

Nope, still not an option for your fall getaway.

Yet, not too far over the Illinois border in Beverly Shores, Ind., you have something pretty darn close: the opportunity to travel back to the future.

The Century of Progress Homes Tour (Oct. 14-15) offers a rare glimpse inside five iconic houses that helped shape the way we live today.

Each year, the annual tour of this time-capsule of a housing enclave — conspicuously plopped on the banks of the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore — draws a mix of curious lookie-loos and serious architecture and design buffs. But if you're someone who's just wanting an easy weekend day trip, you'll love it, too.

These five homes were among the a dozen or so featured in the 1933 Century of Progress International Exposition in Chicago.

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Link:
http://www.chicagotribune.com/lifestyles/travel/fall-guide/2017/ct-fall-travel-century-of-progress-indiana-0806-20170804-story.html