Thursday, April 30, 2015

Great Lakes & Upper South in the News: "Taking Back Detroit" from National Geographic

Great Lakes & Upper South in the News: "Taking Back Detroit" from National Geographic

Link: http://www.nationalgeographic.com/taking-back-detroit/

"IN THE HEART OF DETROIT, America’s poorest big city, Anthony Hatinger is planting seeds in a reclaimed liquor store, a squat building repainted in Disney colors: supersize white fish swimming through happy green reeds in deep blue water.

Wearing a tie-dyed T-shirt and a gray knit cap, bathed in the glow of greenhouse lights, he holds a pen cap, maneuvering its pointy end to scoop three tiny basil seeds from his palm. He drops them onto moist, cakey plugs of soil—“brownie bites,” he calls them—as he works to give them the potential to sprout.

The sweet Italian basil will grow alongside a variety of lettuces. Downstairs, where liquor was once stored, thousands of baby tilapia swim in vats. Their waste, pumped upstairs, feeds the greens, which absorb the nutrients. The water, thus filtered, flows back down to float the fish. The cycle continues."

See link for entire story.

Great Lakes & Upper South in the News: "Chicago isn't Detroit, but it can learn from Motor City's innovative rehab" from the Chicago Tribune

Great Lakes & Upper South in the News: "Chicago isn't Detroit, but it can learn from Motor City's innovative rehab" from the Chicago Tribune

Link:
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/globalcity/ct-nw-detroit-20150424-story.html#page=1

"You hear the term "blank canvas" a lot around here, and it rankles many Detroiters, as if their years of sticking with this troubled, recently bankrupted city amounted to zilch.

Yet at the same time, so much has been emptied out of this vast city — people, buildings, resources — that those now working to revive it can fill in the blanks in unprecedented ways.

Detroit's past — with its decades of high crime and dwindling population, poor school and transportation systems, crumbling city services and the largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history — is a daunting one. Yet its future is being driven by degrees of risk-taking and out-of-the-box thinking less common in more stable cities such as Chicago."

See link for entire story.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Destination of the Week: Lake Geneva Area, WI-Fontana-on-Geneva Lake

Destination of the Week: Lake Geneva Area, WI-Fontana-on-Geneva Lake

Even smaller than Williams Bay is Fontana-on-Geneva Lake (which, thank goodness, I do not have to write often by hand!).   The small town with a long name provides some great views of the lake.  The main attraction is the massive Abbey Resort, perfect for a weekend get-away.

Map:


Address:
The Abbey Resort
269 Fontana Blvd, Fontana-On-Geneva Lake, WI 53125
http://www.theabbeyresort.com/






Monday, April 27, 2015

Destination of the Week: Lake Geneva Area, WI-Williams Bay

Destination of the Week: Lake Geneva Area, WI-Williams Bay

Williams Bay is pretty small and quiet when compared to Lake Geneva.  With a few restaurants and shops, it may be more of a break station for your trip around the lake.  One thing NOT to miss is Yerkes Observatory just west of the downtown area.

Map:

Address:
Yerkes Observatory
373 W Geneva St, Williams Bay, WI 53191
http://astro.uchicago.edu/yerkes/







Sunday, April 26, 2015

Destination of the Week: Lake Geneva Area, WI-Lake Geneva

Destination of the Week: Lake Geneva Area, WI-Lake Geneva

Lake Geneva is the center of most activity for the area.  Downtown is packed with unique shops, restaurants, and bars.  While downtown is not huge in size, there is simply too much to do to spend all day shopping and drinking.  Parking can be a challenge, especially on weekends, so take advantage of the free off-site surface lots.  If your budget allows try one of the many downtown hotels overlooking Geneva Lake.

Map:

Address:
The Riviera
812 Wrigley Dr, Lake Geneva, WI 53147
http://www.lakegenevariviera.com/


Lake Geneva Cruise Line
812 Wrigley Dr, Lake Geneva, WI 53147
http://www.cruiselakegeneva.com/





Geneva Lake Museum
255 Mill St, Lake Geneva, WI 53147
www.genevalakemuseum.org






Samuel Donian Wetland Nature Preserve
148 Center St, Lake Geneva, WI 53147


Horticultural Hall
330 Broad St, Lake Geneva, WI 53147
http://www.horticulturalhall.com/

Grand Geneva Resort & Spa
7036 Grand Geneva Way, Lake Geneva, WI 53147
http://www.grandgeneva.com/





Big Foot Beach State Park
1452 S Wells St, Lake Geneva, WI 53147
http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/parks/name/bigfoot/


Destination of the Week: Lake Geneva Area, WI

Destination of the Week: Lake Geneva Area, WI

Summary: 
The Chicago-Milwaukee super region is surrounded by amazing vacation destinations-Door County, New Buffalo & Berrien County, LaSalle County, and the Dubuque/Galena & Jo Daviess County area.  Each has its own unique charms.   The granddaddy of them all is the Lake Geneva area.

Comprised of four villages around Geneva Lake, the area may be best known for the numerous mansions hugging the lake.  In fact, whole boat tours are designed around mansion sightseeing.  Golfers will have a hard time selecting which of the many golf courses to visit first.  With several large and medium sized resorts, campgrounds, and hotels, there is bound to be the perfect place to relax and watch the sun set over the lake.  The largest, Grand Geneva Resort, also has an on-site spa, horse stables, seasonal skiing trails, and an impressive waterpark.

Most hotels are located in downtown Lake Geneva, but if you are willing to do a little driving, lower cost mid-ranged hotels can be found in nearby Delavan and Elkhorn.

Go if you like:
-Lake-side relaxation
-Boutique stores
-Golf

Distance (Driving):
-Chicago: 83.0 miles/1h 30 m
-Milwaukee: 55.6/0h 55m
-Madison: 72.9 miles/1h 21m
-Davenport: 176 miles/2h 47m
-St. Louis: 340 miles/5h 4m

Also serviced by:
No commercial airport.

No Amtrak service.

Link:
http://www.lakegenevawi.com/

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Thursday, April 23, 2015

Destination of the Week: Chicago-Downtown (South Loop), IL-Chinese-American Museum of Chicago

Destination of the Week: Chicago-Downtown (South Loop), IL-Chinese-American Museum of Chicago

While visiting Chinatown, take a quick walk west on West 23red Street to the Chinese-American Museum of Chicago.  The museum smartly uses multi-media to educate visitors on Chinatown rich (and funky!) history.   The museum does have a fairly strict no-photo policy (oops).

Address:
238 W 23rd St, Chicago, IL 60616
http://www.ccamuseum.org/

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Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Destination of the Week: Chicago-Downtown (South Loop), IL-Chinatown neighborhood

Destination of the Week: Chicago-Downtown (South Loop), IL-Chinatown neighborhood

When one thinks of major Chinatown neighborhoods, often New York, Los Angles, or San Francisco first come to mind.  It is time to add Chicago to that list.  Nestled in the far southwest corner of downtown, for now it is well protected from downtown’s tower expansion.  Truly a Chinatown neighborhood, it is just worth the visit to explore the neighborhood.  Retail stores are concentrated on South Wentworth Avenue and a northern expansion called Chinatown Square.  North of the shopping districts is Ping Tom Memorial Park.  Located on the Chicago River, the park offers playgrounds, a hiking trail, and a dock for seasonal water taxi service to the Loop.  Restaurants can vary greatly in quality so be prepared and do a little advance research.

Address:
South Wentworth Avenue & West Cermak Road, Chicago, IL
http://chicagochinatown.org/

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