Saturday, October 29, 2016

Great Lakes and Upper South in the News: "A tale of two ballparks: Wrigley vs. Progressive" from Crain's

Great Lakes and Upper South in the News: "A tale of two ballparks: Wrigley vs. Progressive" from Crain's

Chicago and Cleveland. Two Great Lakes cities. It's been 60-plus years since the Indians won a World Series; it's been 108 years since the Cubs did it. Neither team's current ballpark existed when they last raised the world championship pennant, yet both venues have provided a template for the most recent generation of ballparks. Here are some things you may not know about our own Wrigley Field and Cleveland's Progressive Field, where the World Series opens tonight.

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Link:
http://www.chicagobusiness.com/article/20161025/NEWS07/161029924/a-tale-of-two-ballparks-wrigley-vs-progressive

Friday, October 21, 2016

Great Lakes and Upper South in the News: "Southwest Michigan is for lovers—of wine and craft beer" from Crain's

Great Lakes and Upper South in the News: "Southwest Michigan is for lovers—of wine and craft beer" from Crain's

Southwest Michigan, the area 90 minutes from Chicago long associated with summer getaways and vacation homes, has become a great daytrip or weekend destination for tasting wine, beer and spirits. 

In the past few years, a handful of establishments have opened or expanded their offerings in small towns or the countryside. Others have stepped up their game; even more will open this year or in early 2017. If you're thinking about a weekend drinking tour, here are places to consider, most within 20 minutes or 15 miles of each other. Plot your own trip, or sign up for a tour and leave the driving and planning to someone else. Two possibilities: Grape & Grain Tours or Fruitful Vine's Wine-O-Wagon.

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Link:
http://www.chicagobusiness.com/article/20161020/ISSUE03/161019789/southwest-michigan-is-exploding-with-new-wineries-and-breweries#utm_medium=email&utm_source=ccb-morning10&utm_campaign=ccb-morning10-20161021

Monday, October 17, 2016

Great Lakes and Upper South in the News: "Motown Museum to undergo $50M expansion" from Curbed

Great Lakes and Upper South in the News: "Motown Museum to undergo $50M expansion" from Curbed

A visit to the Motown Museum now means walking through two houses on West Grand Boulevard where Berry Gordy and Motown recorded hit after hit after hit. Standing in the small studio where those hits were recorded, it's hard not to get chills. Now, the museum has announced it intends on becoming even more of a tourist destination with a $50 million expansion.

This is great news for the surrounding neighborhood. The Motown Museum is located on West Grand Boulevard, down the street from the Fisher Building and the Henry Ford Hospital. With these new renderings, it looks like Hitsville USA will be hard to miss in the near future.

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Link:
http://detroit.curbed.com/2016/10/17/13305214/motown-museum-expansion

Great Lakes and Upper South in the News: "New van Gogh exhibit in Cincinnati" from the Chicago Tribune

Great Lakes and Upper South in the News: "New van Gogh exhibit in Cincinnati" from the Chicago Tribune

The Cincinnati Art Museum is hosting an exclusive exhibit revolving around Vincent van Gogh's woodland landscapes.

"Van Gogh: Into the Undergrowth" brings together, for the first time, a collection of nine paintings by the Dutch artist and several additional relevant pieces by his contemporaries, like Claude Monet and Paul Gauguin. Twenty of the works are on loan from collections around the world, including the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam.

 Running from Oct. 15 to Jan. 8, 2017, the exhibit is said to trace the evolution of van Gogh's odes to nature during a time of increasing industrialization and urbanization.

A key piece, van Gogh's "Undergrowth With Two Figures," has belonged to the museum since 1967.

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Link:
http://www.chicagotribune.com/lifestyles/travel/sc-van-gogh-cincinnati-art-museum-travel-1004-20160928-story.html

Great Lakes and Upper South in the News: "Chippewa Falls pours on the charm" from the Chicago Tribune

Great Lakes and Upper South in the News: "Chippewa Falls pours on the charm" from the Chicago Tribune 

This county seat just beyond the fringes of Eau Claire may have discovered the elixir to attract new tourists and millennial-friendly businesses.

It's the water residents have been drinking for centuries.

The downtown is knee-deep in a $10 million redo of its Chippewa River frontage, which includes a 10-acre park connected to an existing bike-path network. The ambitious project is already seeing results. The main drag has sprouted shops and cafes. A new downtown hotel — the first since 1919, and a rarity among downtowns in the Northwoods — opened in late September.

Chippewa Falls may be best known as the home of Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing, the regional powerhouse now owned by mega-brewer SABMiller. The 1867 brewery on Duncan Creek is still in operation, and Leinenkugel descendants are still in charge. The welcome center and brewery tours attract more than 100,000 suds lovers a year.

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Link:
http://www.chicagotribune.com/lifestyles/travel/ct-chippewa-falls-wisconsin-travel-1016-20160928-story.html

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Great Lakes and Upper South in the News: "In Richmond, Ill., younger crowd brings new businesses, new life to small town" from the Chicago Tribune

Great Lakes and Upper South in the News: "In Richmond, Ill., younger crowd brings new businesses, new life to small town" from the Chicago Tribune

Antique stores. Lots of them. That's what I remember about this McHenry County town tucked below the Wisconsin border.

When I was a kid growing up in suburban Chicago, my family spent many a summer weekend up north, near Lake Geneva, Wis. My sister, brother and I knew we were almost there when our station wagon would come to a crawl in traffic on U.S. Route 12, running right through the heart of Richmond.

The station wagon is long gone. I'm grown up and live in the city. But I continue to make that trip up north, routinely passing through this place with a population just shy of 1,900.

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Link:
http://www.chicagotribune.com/lifestyles/travel/ct-rebirth-of-richmond-illinois-travel-1009-20160927-story.html

Great Lakes and Upper South in the News: "Making the rounds in Muhammad Ali's hometown" from the Chicago Tribune

Great Lakes and Upper South in the News: "Making the rounds in Muhammad Ali's hometown" from the Chicago Tribune

Above the bar at Jack Fry's, a favorite Louisville dining destination on busy Bardstown Road, the walls are adorned with pictures of racehorses and people who know racehorses but are known mainly here.

In a corner are photos of The Greatest.

Most everyone in the city and in the world beyond Bardstown Road knows the man in those photos. Louisville is inviting everyone to get to know him a little better.

Muhammad Ali died June 3. He was 74. He was brought back to Louisville, where he was born in 1942 as Cassius Marcellus Clay Jr., to honor him and cheer him one more time, and here he'll stay. 

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Link:
http://www.chicagotribune.com/lifestyles/travel/sc-muhammad-ali-sights-louisville-travel-1004-20160921-story.html

Great Lakes and Upper South in the News: "How Chicago became world premiere capital" from Crain's

Great Lakes and Upper South in the News: "How Chicago became world premiere capital" from Crain's

Never mind the coasts: When it comes to new works, playwrights are flocking here.

Between now and Christmas, Chicago will host more than 30 world premiere plays. From major multimillion-dollar powerhouses to the postage-stamp off-off-off-Loop stages, the city is basically one big theatrical petri dish.

This year is an especially robust one, but every year hundreds of artists take to Chicago's stages in hopes of launching the next “Spamalot” or “August: Osage County.” The million-dollar question: What makes Chicago a magnet for unknown plays? The short answer is that money goes further here, audiences are more welcoming, critics are less powerful and the talent bench is deep.

Among the larger launches this season was Pulitzer Prize winner Michael Cristofer's gritty “Man in the Ring,” which closes Oct. 16 at Court Theatre. Cristofer, who won a 1977 Pulitzer for his drama “The Shadow Box” and has a starring role on the Emmy-winning “Mr. Robot,” could have taken “Man in the Ring” anywhere. So why did the New York-based playwright bring the explosive drama about dementia and boxing to Chicago?

“New plays are very difficult to do in New York,” Cristofer says. “Chicago is less risk-averse. The audiences are adventurous. The talent pool seems vast. In New York, everybody—even the not-for-profits—has to produce shows that make money. When money is always forefront, there's not a lot of room for risk or real experimentation.”

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Link:
http://www.chicagobusiness.com/article/20161013/ISSUE03/161019923/how-chicago-became-world-premiere-capital#utm_medium=email&utm_source=ccb-weeklyalert&utm_campaign=ccb-weeklyalert-20161015

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Great Lakes and Upper South in the News: "Discovering the joys of Kentucky bourbon on a father-son road trip" from the Chicago Tribune

Great Lakes and Upper South in the News: "Discovering the joys of Kentucky bourbon on a father-son road trip" from the Chicago Tribune

Bourbon is big. My son Ben, an active connoisseur, has been preaching nonstop from the bourbon pulpit (the nearest bar stool), as the popularity of Chicago whiskey bars skyrockets.

I've always been more of a scotch guy, myself. And, as a native of Milwaukee, beer runs through my veins. But Ben makes a strong case for bourbon whiskey. So, with a long history of father-son road trips under our belts — from Gettysburg to the Apostle Islands — we decided to investigate.

Armed with our respective picks for the soundtrack — Ben's Built to Spill and Ugly Casanova versus my Johnny Cash and Neil Young — we headed out of Chicago, south to the Kentucky Bourbon Trail.

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Link:
http://www.chicagotribune.com/lifestyles/travel/ct-kentucky-bourbon-trail-road-trip-travel-0925-20160908-story.html

Great Lakes and Upper South in the News: "ArtPrize turns Grand Rapids into giant gallery" from the Chicago Tribune

Great Lakes and Upper South in the News: "ArtPrize turns Grand Rapids into giant gallery" from the Chicago Tribune

Perched on a ladder, Andee Rudloff slathered green paint on a brick wall of The Cottage Bar.

More open cans of paint and brushes waited at the base of the unfinished mural, a Keith Haring-like melange of images representing Michigan's second-largest city.

"Anybody can stop by and paint with me," said the Kentucky-based artist, who turned to social media to generate ideas for the piece. "I love the community aspect of coming together for art and inspiration."

That's the gist of ArtPrize, an ambitious, grass-roots public art event that will transform 3 square miles of downtown Grand Rapids into a giant gallery Sept. 21 to Oct. 9.

Now in its eighth year, ArtPrize features 1,453 paintings, photography, sculptures, multimedia works and other creations showcased at 170 disparate venues, from the police station and churches to breweries, museums and bridges spanning the Grand River. Artists from around the world compete for a hefty purse of $500,000 in prize money. Winners are selected both by panels of contemporary art experts and — here's the fun part — by regular Joes, voting with their smartphones or online. 

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Link:
http://www.chicagotribune.com/lifestyles/travel/ct-art-prize-grand-rapids-travel-0925-20160912-story.html

Great Lakes and Upper South in the News: "Purple reign: A Prince tribute tour in Minneapolis" from the Chicago Tribune

Great Lakes and Upper South in the News: "Purple reign: A Prince tribute tour in Minneapolis" from the Chicago Tribune

Long before he died April 21, the musician Prince taught his fans to live.

"If (the) elevator tries to bring you down," he sang in 1984's "Purple Rain" release, "go crazy."

And so it continues in Prince's hometown of Minneapolis, where his own personal elevator may have crashed with a fatal drug overdose at age 57, but his fans are still going crazy in memorial.

Since then, a new tourism trail has organically sprung up, a path to Prince-related sites — from music clubs to murals — beaten by fans who have come from near and far to pay their respects. That route will only lengthen, starting Oct. 6, when his suburban home and studio, Paisley Park (www.officialpaisleypark.com), will open for daily tours, just before the first official public tribute concert Oct. 13. 

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Link:
http://www.chicagotribune.com/lifestyles/travel/sc-prince-sights-minneapolis-travel-0927-20160916-story.html