Saturday, September 23, 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, is finally open for service. It runs 3.3 miles down Woodward and back. Since it’s been in the works, 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.

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

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Great Lakes and Upper South in the News: "Underwater sanctuary plan aims to preserve Lake Michigan shipwrecks off Wisconsin" from the Chicago Tribune

Great Lakes and Upper South in the News: "Underwater sanctuary plan aims to preserve Lake Michigan shipwrecks off Wisconsin" from the Chicago Tribune

After a year of scouring the depths of Lake Michigan with a sonar-equipped fishing boat, Steve Radovan finally got a hit on the gray-scale monitor in the captain's cabin in May 2016.

The 71-year-old shipwreck enthusiast powered down the Discovery's engines and dropped a waterproof camera attached to a rope into roughly 300 feet of water. The images revealed a three-masted barquentine, covered in mussels and algae but lying on the bottom still largely intact. After reporting the finding to the state of Wisconsin, he learned the foundered ship was the Mojave. 

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http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/ct-lake-michigan-marine-sanctuary-shipwrecks-met-20170915-story.html#nws=true

Great Lakes and Upper South in the News: "Wisconsin's Green County makes a delicious destination for cheese fans" from the Chicago Tribune

Great Lakes and Upper South in the News: "Wisconsin's Green County makes a delicious destination for cheese fans" from the Chicago Tribune

At the end of their shift at a local cheese factory, Jake Huffman and Damian Penniston did what cheesemakers here have done for decades: They chowed down on cheese.

Their destination: Baumgartner’s Cheese Store & Tavern on the courthouse square in downtown Monroe, a south-central Wisconsin town of about 10,000 that goes by a variety of titles, like “Gateway to Cheese Country” and “Cheese Capital of the U.S.A.”

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http://www.chicagotribune.com/lifestyles/travel/ct-trav-wisconsin-green-county-cheese-0910-story.html

Great Lakes and Upper South in the News: "Fun fishing at Wisconsin's Rushing Waters trout farm — no license required" from the Chicago Tribune

Great Lakes and Upper South in the News: "Fun fishing at Wisconsin's Rushing Waters trout farm — no license required" from the Chicago Tribune

At Rushing Waters Fisheries, fresh rainbow trout isn’t just on the restaurant’s menu. It’s swimming in the 50-plus ponds spread across this sprawling property in southeast Wisconsin’s Kettle Moraine State Forest. And it's yours for the taking.

What’s the catch? As much as you want.

Grab one of the free-to-use fishing poles, bait, bucket and net and try your luck plucking a trout out of the public fishing pond, open year-round. A Wisconsin fishing license and trout stamp — $20 for one-day for out-of-staters — aren’t needed. And there’s no admission fee for the 80-acre compound. You only pay for what you catch, and it’s $8.75 a pound.

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http://www.chicagotribune.com/lifestyles/travel/ct-trav-rushing-waters-trout-palmyra-0917-story.html

Great Lakes and Upper South in the News: "3 Midwest places to watch bird migrations this fall" from the Chicago Tribune

Great Lakes and Upper South in the News: "3 Midwest places to watch bird migrations this fall" from the Chicago Tribune

Bird nerds, grab your binoculars and flock to these Midwest spots to watch your feathered friends high tail it out of here in search of warmer weather.

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http://www.chicagotribune.com/lifestyles/travel/fall-guide/2017/ct-fall-travel-migrating-birds-0806-20170804-story.html

Great Lakes and Upper South in the News: "Creative vibe helps Paducah thrive, drawing tourists to crafty Kentucky town" from the Chicago Tribune

Great Lakes and Upper South in the News: "Creative vibe helps Paducah thrive, drawing tourists to crafty Kentucky town" from the Chicago Tribune

In this riverfront town in western Kentucky, art isn’t just a luxury. It’s a lifeline.

It helped salvage one of the city’s oldest neighborhoods with an artist relocation program that lured talent from around the country.

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http://www.chicagotribune.com/lifestyles/travel/sc-trav-creative-paducah-kentucky-arts-0912-story.html

Great Lakes and Upper South in the News: "Oktoberfest in the Midwest: 5 beer bashes you won't want to miss" from the Chicago Tribune

Great Lakes and Upper South in the News: "Oktoberfest in the Midwest: 5 beer bashes you won't want to miss" from the Chicago Tribune

Bavaria will be bumpin' Sept. 16 to Oct. 3, when nearly 6 million revelers pour into Munich for the 184th edition of Oktoberfest, aka the world's largest kegger.

If a trip across the pond isn't in the cards, don your dirndl or lederhosen, and celebrate closer to home at these Midwestern spins on the beer-soaked bash:

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http://www.chicagotribune.com/lifestyles/travel/fall-guide/2017/ct-fall-travel-midwest-oktoberfests-0806-20170804-story.html

Great Lakes and Upper South in the News: "'Panoramas of the City' explores St. Louis history on an oversize scale" from the Chicago Tribune

Great Lakes and Upper South in the News: "'Panoramas of the City' explores St. Louis history on an oversize scale" from the Chicago Tribune

The big pictures tell a St. Louis story, but so do the details.

Yes, there’s the little boy picking his nose on one side of a panoramic photo of a 1921 golden jubilee celebration of a Jesuit priest. And the wide-mouthed woman photobombing a panorama of a crowd gathered on Art Hill to welcome home aviator Charles Lindbergh

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http://www.chicagotribune.com/lifestyles/travel/ct-st-louis-panoramas-20170912-story.html

Great Lakes and Upper South in the News: "4 fantastic Midwest road trips for fall color" from the Chicago Tribune

Great Lakes and Upper South in the News: "4 fantastic Midwest road trips for fall color" from the Chicago Tribune

The advent of autumn is a great excuse for a road trip. Take in fall scenery on four wheels, pulling over to snap a photo, enjoy a meal or stretch your legs to explore on foot.

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http://www.chicagotribune.com/lifestyles/travel/fall-guide/2017/ct-fall-travel-four-drives-midwest-0806-20170804-story.html

Great Lakes and Upper South in the News: "Milwaukee's 'Gallery Night and Day' shows off city's vibrant art scene" from the Chicago Tribune

Great Lakes and Upper South in the News: "Milwaukee's 'Gallery Night and Day' shows off city's vibrant art scene" from the Chicago Tribune

Wisconsin’s largest city has many charms: Summerfest, a less crowded lakefront, beer. More beer. 

But Brew City has a seriously good art scene, too, and it knows how to show it off during Gallery Night and Day. Four weekends a year, dozens of venues throw what feels like a big, communal party celebrating the visual arts on Friday night and Saturday.

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http://www.chicagotribune.com/lifestyles/travel/ct-trav-milwaukee-gallery-night-1001-story.html

Great Lakes and Upper South in the News: "ArtPrize Nine opens Wednesday with 1,346 artists" from the Detroit News

Great Lakes and Upper South in the News: "ArtPrize Nine opens Wednesday with 1,346 artists" from the Detroit News

Time flies when you’re making art and having fun.

It’s hard to believe this is the ninth year Grand Rapids has turned its entire downtown over to the radically democratic ArtPrize, which first electrified the world in 2009 by offering the largest art payout on the planet.

ArtPrize Nine, which runs Wednesday through Oct. 8, will feature 1,346 entries at 175 venues scattered across the city. As usual, prizes are awarded on two tracks — the visiting public gets a vote, as do expert juries.

The grand prize for each track is $200,000. Winners will be announced Oct. 6.

Competing for the big bucks are four Detroit-area artists: Hubert Massey, Nina Caruso and Christopher Schneider, and Rebekah Modrak.

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http://www.detroitnews.com/story/entertainment/2017/09/18/artprize-nine/105768838/

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Great Lakes and Upper South in the News: "11 Midwest amusement parks to hit before summer ends" from the Chicago Tribune

Great Lakes and Upper South in the News: "11 Midwest amusement parks to hit before summer ends" from the Chicago Tribune

Butterflies in your stomach. Wind in your hair. Screaming for dear life. Where other than on a roller coaster can you find all of these sensations? Hop in the car and head to these Midwest amusement park offerings before summer is over to get your (not-so-cheap) thrills and maybe a funnel cake to boot.

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http://www.chicagotribune.com/redeye/culture/ct-redeye-midwest-amusement-parks-20170608-story.html

Great Lakes and Upper South in the News: "Lost cities of the Midwest: A trek back to pre-Columbian times" from Chicago Tribune

Great Lakes and Upper South in the News: "Lost cities of the Midwest: A trek back to pre-Columbian times" from Chicago Tribune

The Midwest is filled with ghosts, the spirits of those who lived here centuries ago. Their presence can be felt at what remains of their ancient cities — some now official historic sites, others buried by time and bulldozers, likely lost forever.

Tens of millions of people walked this land for millennia before Europeans and others set foot upon what is now America. This was once their world, home to a vast network of indigenous civilizations. These people left material remains, including burial mounds and monumental earthworks, pyramid structures that towered over our Midwestern Plains.

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http://www.chicagotribune.com/lifestyles/travel/ct-trav-0806-lost-midwest-cities-20170719-story.html

Great Lakes and Upper South in the News: "7 wineries to visit near Peoria, a good base for touring Illinois vineyards" from the Chicago Tribune

Great Lakes and Upper South in the News: "7 wineries to visit near Peoria, a good base for touring Illinois vineyards" from the Chicago Tribune

This Midwestern city has everything you need for a quick weekend getaway roughly 150 miles from Chicago: a thriving riverfront with green space and shopping, rejuvenated restaurant and music scenes, historical architecture and state-of-the-art museums, and an abundance of nearby parks and nature preserves.

Peoria’s location is also an ideal base for a wine country weekend. That’s right. A grape-focused getaway in Central Illinois. 

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http://www.chicagotribune.com/lifestyles/travel/ct-trav-peoria-illinois-wine-0820-story.html

Great Lakes and Upper South in the News: "Michigan golf courses worth the drive, especially with fall colors in play" from the Chicago Tribune

Great Lakes and Upper South in the News: "Michigan golf courses worth the drive, especially with fall colors in play" from the Chicago Tribune

Few golfing moments are more rewarding than standing on an elevated tee box in a long-sleeves breeze, filling your chest with crisp Northern Michigan air, and looking out over an explosion of reds, yellows and oranges crowding around the lush geometry of greens and fairways.

We who are lucky enough to live in a place where nature resets the scenery every few months know the sublime pleasure of golf in the fall. It’s like a bottle of port from the chef’s collection, shared with a few special diners just before closing time.

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http://www.chicagotribune.com/lifestyles/travel/ct-trav-michigan-golf-courses-0820-story.html

Friday, August 4, 2017

Great Lakes and Upper South in the News: "Headed to Southern Illinois for the eclipse? Fuel up on BBQ and other local eats" from the Chicago Tribune

Great Lakes and Upper South in the News: "Headed to Southern Illinois for the eclipse? Fuel up on BBQ and other local eats" from the Chicago Tribune

You know you've reached Southern Illinois when the hills begin. The great, flat fields of corn and soybeans that cover most of the state yield to gently rolling green forests.

By sheer luck, this gorgeous part of Illinois rests in the path of totality of not one, but two upcoming solar eclipses. While the second won't happen until 2024, the first swings by Aug. 21.

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http://www.chicagotribune.com/lifestyles/travel/ct-trav-fork-southern-illinois-food-0813-20170727-story.html

Great Lakes and Upper South in the News: "Exploring John Deere's history at the farming giant's Midwest sites" from the Chicago Tribune

Great Lakes and Upper South in the News: "Exploring John Deere's history at the farming giant's Midwest sites" from the Chicago Tribune

On a sunny Sunday afternoon, I braked as I came upon a tractor pulling two wagons full of just-harvested crops. I had no choice but to follow as the tractor crawled up a hill at 5 mph.

The scenario is a common one on rural roads in the heartland. Rather than get impatient, I smiled at the coincidence. The tractor, with its familiar green and yellow paint job, was a Deere, and I was a mere 5 miles from where John Deere invented his first plow in 1837. It was the beginning of an empire.

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http://www.chicagotribune.com/lifestyles/travel/ct-trav-midwest-john-deere-attractions-0813-story.html

Great Lakes and Upper South in the News: "Food fight: Whiting, Ind., demands other 'Pierogi Festival' change its name" from the Chicago Tribune

Great Lakes and Upper South in the News: "Food fight: Whiting, Ind., demands other 'Pierogi Festival' change its name" from the Chicago Tribune

A suburban Chicago food festival says it's justified in threatening a trademark infringement lawsuit over a Pennsylvania group's use of the name "Pierogi Festival."

Lawyers for Pierogi Fest in Whiting, Indiana, recently sent a letter demanding the Edwardsville Hometown Committee stop using the name or pay royalties.

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http://www.chicagotribune.com/lifestyles/travel/ct-whiting-pierogi-fest-pennsylvania-pierogi-festival-changes-name-20170801-story.html

Great Lakes and Upper South in the News: "Great Wolf offers sneak peek of its first water park resort in Illinois" from the Chicago Tribune

Great Lakes and Upper South in the News: "Great Wolf offers sneak peek of its first water park resort in Illinois" from the Chicago Tribune

Great Wolf Resorts on Wednesday revealed new details and the first renderings of its water park lodge opening next year near Six Flags Great America in Gurnee.

The $60 million-plus project calls for transforming the tropical-themed KeyLime Cove indoor water park resort into the Northwoods-style Great Wolf Lodge Illinois, featuring an expanded, 80,000-square-foot indoor water park with a wave pool, 50 percent more slides than its predecessor, a new outdoor pool and “several” water attractions still in development.

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http://www.chicagotribune.com/lifestyles/travel/ct-trav-great-wolf-lodge-illinois-0813-story.html

Great Lakes and Upper South in the News: "Meet American Pharaoh, other champion horses through Kentucky equestrian initiative" from the Chicago Tribune

Great Lakes and Upper South in the News: "Meet American Pharaoh, other champion horses through Kentucky equestrian initiative" from the Chicago Tribune

I'm as giddy as a teenager at her first concert, waiting to catch a glimpse of her rock star crush. I am not alone. Some 20 of us are gathered around cameras poised waiting for the arrival of our hero. 

When he comes out, he is just as handsome and regal as I knew he would be, and just as accommodating, standing patiently until all of us get a chance to have our picture taken with him. Then with a slight whinny, he indicates to his handlers that he is ready to be returned to his stall. 

American Pharoah, the 2015 Triple Crown winner (the first in 37 years) and victor in the Breeders' Cup Classic the same year, has traded in the race track (where he earned in the neighborhood of $9 million) for the stallion barn at Ashford Stud Farm just outside of Lexington. Here, he is paired up with equally pedigreed mares at $200,000 a pop.

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http://www.chicagotribune.com/lifestyles/travel/ct-horses-kentucky-bluegrass-20170803-story.html

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Great Lakes and Upper South in the News: "Scandinavian heritage, quirky charm await on winsome Washington Island" from the Chicago Tribune

Great Lakes and Upper South in the News: "Scandinavian heritage, quirky charm await on winsome Washington Island" from the Chicago Tribune

Unlike many island vacation spots, Washington Island — a half-hour ferry ride from Wisconsin's Door County peninsula — takes pride in being quirky.

Let's start with the sign in the window of K.K. Fiske Restaurant: "Fresh Lawyers." No, it's not an ad for cocky litigators. These "lawyers" are tender and tasty — freshwater fish caught each morning by local anglers.

Down the road is Nelsen's Hall, which claims to be the world's largest purveyor of Angostura Bitters. Nelsen's — whose founder reputedly drank a pint of bitters every day as a restorative and lived to be 90 — issues Bitters Club Certificates to anyone willing to knock back a shot.

Along Washington Harbor, countless palm-size stones shape the popular Schoolhouse Beach.Scattered here and there are stones that have been hand-painted with miniature tableaux by unnamed artists. Beware: Anyone caught pocketing a stone, painted or not, faces a $250 fine. 

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http://www.chicagotribune.com/lifestyles/travel/sc-washington-island-door-county-travel-0711-20170629-story.html

Great Lakes and Upper South in the News: "Charleston, West Virginia, is an escape from big city prices, crowds" from the Chicago Tribune

Great Lakes and Upper South in the News: "Charleston, West Virginia, is an escape from big city prices, crowds" from the Chicago Tribune

A city that has time for you is a win.

In Charleston, West Virginia, you can park your car all day for $3, catch free live music almost every night and be seated right away - sans reservations - at the city's best restaurant.

Servers and shopkeepers have the time to exceed expectations, often in delightful ways: The owner of Swiftwater Cafe designed me a custom sandwich, and the owner of Elk City Records, after we bantered about dogs, asked, "Ever heard Portuguese music?" Seconds later, a record spun and a gorgeous sound emanated from the speakers.

I've visited three times in the last four years, taking small detours from road trips to eat at one of my favorite restaurants in the region, Bluegrass Kitchen. This time, I cast a wider net.

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http://www.chicagotribune.com/lifestyles/travel/ct-charleston-west-virginia-travel-20170706-story.html

Great Lakes and Upper South in the News: "A deep dive into Michigan's eerie, beautiful Shipwreck Coast" from the Chicago Tribune

Great Lakes and Upper South in the News: "A deep dive into Michigan's eerie, beautiful Shipwreck Coast" from the Chicago Tribune

The Shipwreck Coast — a stretch of shallow waters at the southern end of Lake Superior that's littered with hundreds of doomed vessels — can be found in the shadow of the Au Sable Point Lighthouse.

How's that for irony?

The history in this nook of Michigan's Upper Peninsula is grim. Sean Ley of the Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum estimates that of the 600 shipwrecks on Lake Superior's floor, a third are clustered on the coast here between Munising and Paradise, Mich., where the museum sits on Whitefish Point.

But on the bright side of this dark reality: The artifacts are accessible. Masts from some of the shipwrecks protrude from the water a century after sinking. The remains of other wrecked vessels rest at the shoreline like beached whales. And those that are fully sunk require only a quick trip on a glass-bottom boat to inspect.

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http://www.chicagotribune.com/lifestyles/travel/ct-shipwreck-coast-lake-superior-travel-0730-20170714-story.html

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Great Lakes and Upper South in the News: "Floating water park coming to Indiana's Lake Michigan shores" from Chicago Tribune

Great Lakes and Upper South in the News: "Floating water park coming to Indiana's Lake Michigan shores" from Chicago Tribune

Workers at Whihala Beach in northwest Indiana have started installing a floating water park along Lake Michigan.

The 1-acre sports park is to open Saturday and will include slides, towers, jumping platforms and bridges. It will sit in water that is between 5 and 12-feet deep about 100 feet off shore of the beach in Whiting.

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http://www.chicagotribune.com/lifestyles/travel/ct-floating-water-park-lake-michigan-20170619-story.html

Great Lakes and Upper South in the News: "From bar to barber shop: Visit Hemingway haunts in Northern Michigan" from Chicago Tribune

Great Lakes and Upper South in the News: "From bar to barber shop: Visit Hemingway haunts in Northern Michigan" from Chicago Tribune

"You can't get away from yourself by moving from one place to another," wrote Ernest Hemingway in "The Sun Also Rises."

For much of his early years, the novelist didn't move much beyond Oak Park, where he was born, and Northern Michigan, where his family had a vacation cottage. Far from getting away from himself, his experiences there figure into his earliest writing.

Walk around the resort town of Petoskey, and you'll see markers on buildings with a Hem history: the barber shop where he got a shave and a haircut (now a pet store) and the former boarding house where he lived and wrote. You can drink in the bar where he was a fixture (second stool on the left). Out in the countryside he loved, you can buy a souvenir or a sandwich at the general store he frequented. The church where Hemingway married the first of his four wives once stood on the vacant lot next door.

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http://www.chicagotribune.com/lifestyles/travel/ct-hemingway-northern-michigan-petoskey-travel-0702-20170613-story.html

Great Lakes and Upper South in the News: "N. Michigan observatory extends sky-gazers’ reach" from the Detroit News

Great Lakes and Upper South in the News: "N. Michigan observatory extends sky-gazers’ reach" from the Detroit News

Mackinaw City — One of the best views of the heavens is tucked away here in the tip of the Mitten. 

Featuring more than two miles of undeveloped shoreline along Lake Michigan and 600 acres of trails and old-growth forest, the Headlands International Dark Sky Park boasts one of the darkest skies in upper Michigan, undiluted by light pollution and preserved by Emmet County.

The dark sky park’s latest crown jewel is its newly opened $9.3 million observatory and event center that began welcoming visitors this month.

“This equipment allows us to give students, guests and photographers exceptional opportunities to photograph the sky and its many wonders,” said Mary Stewart Adams, program director of the park. 

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http://www.detroitnews.com/story/news/local/michigan/2017/06/29/beautiful-dark-northern-michigan-park/103275330/

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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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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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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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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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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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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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

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Great Lakes and Upper South in the News: "Hitting the highlights on Wisconsin's new 200-mile Frank Lloyd Wright trail" from the Chicago Tribune

Great Lakes and Upper South in the News: "Hitting the highlights on Wisconsin's new 200-mile Frank Lloyd Wright trail" from the Chicago Tribune

With their clean, horizontal lines and open floor plans, many Frank Lloyd Wright buildings still feel modern today — a testament to the ingenuity and staying power of America's most famous architect, born 150 years ago June 8.

The prolific pioneer of organic architecture built in 36 states as well as Canada and Japan before he died in 1959, a few weeks shy of 92.

His greatest hits album includes iconic creations like Fallingwater in Pennsylvania and the Guggenheim Museum in New York.

The Chicago area is a rich showcase for his handiwork, boasting more Wright buildings than anywhere else in the world.

But for the ultimate Wright pilgrimage, head to Wisconsin. The state recently rolled out the new Frank Lloyd Wright Trail (www.travelwisconsin.com/frank-lloyd-wright), a 200-mile route made up of nine key Wright sites. More than 100 brown signs are stationed along the self-guided driving tour, whose highlights stretch from Racine on the banks of Lake Michigan all the way west to Richland Center, where the outspoken architect was born in 1867.

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Link:
http://www.chicagotribune.com/lifestyles/travel/sc-frank-lloyd-wright-wisconsin-trail-travel-0509-20170428-story.html

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Great Lakes and Upper South in the News: "Like the Driehaus Mansion? Check this out." from Crain's

Great Lakes and Upper South in the News: "Like the Driehaus Mansion? Check this out." from Crain's

The grandson of the owner of the Hegeler Carus Mansion in La Salle left it to a foundation with one stipulation: that nothing in it be sold. The result is a time capsule from the 19th century.

Ninety-five miles southwest of Chicago stands a 57-room Second Empire mansion slowly undergoing a return to its 19th-century splendor. It is connected to Chicago by its creators, Water Tower architect William W. Boyington and interior designer William August Fiedler, who is known for his work in the 1879 Samuel N. Nickerson mansion on Chicago's North Side, now the Richard H. Driehaus Museum.

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Link: http://www.chicagobusiness.com/article/20170428/ISSUE03/170429875#utm_medium=email&utm_source=ccb-morning10&utm_campaign=ccb-morning10-20170428

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Great Lakes and Upper South in the News: "Hiking Wisconsin's 'Thousand-Miler' Ice Age Trail" from the Chicago Tribune

Great Lakes and Upper South in the News: "Hiking Wisconsin's 'Thousand-Miler' Ice Age Trail" from the Chicago Tribune

Chances are you've heard of the Appalachian Trail, the hiking path that runs 2,179 miles (3,507 kilometers) from Georgia to Maine. You may also be familiar with the Pacific Crest Trail, a 2,650-mile (4,265-kilometer) route from California to Canada.

But Melanie Radzicki McManus hopes to bring more attention to that route with a new book, "Thousand-Miler." McManus, 55, set women's records for fastest-known times on the Ice Age Trail, completing it in 36 days in 2013 and 34 days in 2015.

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Link:
http://www.chicagotribune.com/lifestyles/travel/ct-ice-age-trail-wisconsin-20170424-story.html

Great Lakes and Upper South in the News: "Door County's islands awash in adventure, surprises" from the Chicago Tribune

Great Lakes and Upper South in the News: "Door County's islands awash in adventure, surprises" from the Chicago Tribune

In the parlor of the Pottawatomie Lighthouse, a photo of President William Howard Taft hangs on the wall. Across the room, an Edison wax cylinder record player rests on a table.

Nearby, chamber pots sit beside quilt-covered beds.

A dining table is set with white stoneware emblazoned in navy blue with the insignia of the U.S. Light House Service. It appears as if the light keeper and his family might walk in any moment for their midday meal — but the lighthouse hasn't been manned since 1946.

Still, the isolated building is full of life for the 18 weeks between Memorial Day and Columbus Day as groups of two to six volunteers take turns living here. Their weeklong stays are free in exchange for agreeing to keep the place clean and provide daily tours.

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Link:
http://www.chicagotribune.com/lifestyles/travel/ct-door-county-islands-travel-0507-20170417-story.html

Great Lakes and Upper South in the News: "Lake Michigan ferry turns humdrum travel into unforgettable experience" from the Chicago Tribune

Great Lakes and Upper South in the News: "Lake Michigan ferry turns humdrum travel into unforgettable experience" from the Chicago Tribune

My first trip on a Lake Michigan ferry was 25 years ago, and it didn't go as planned.

I was working a Saturday shift at the Chicago Sun-Times, facing a six-hour, late-night drive to Frankfort, Mich., to meet my then-girlfriend/now-wife. There was a story in the paper about the SS Badger, a ferry between Wisconsin and Michigan.

I'd read about crossing the lake by ferry in William Least Heat-Moon's 1982 road-trip classic, "Blue Highways: A Journey into America," and always wanted to give it a try. A plan was hatched.

I'd book myself on the midnight boat, walk the decks a bit and maybe have a beer or two, then spend the rest of the four-hour crossing sleeping in my car. We'd hit the dock in Ludington, Mich., at 5 a.m., and I'd roll into Frankfort for breakfast, bearing tales of my trans-Great Lake adventure.

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Link:
http://www.chicagotribune.com/lifestyles/travel/ct-lake-michigan-ferries-travel-0430-20170413-story.html

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Great Lakes and Upper South in the News: "Patsy Cline Museum, Madame Tussauds open in Nashville" from Kentucky.com

Great Lakes and Upper South in the News: "Patsy Cline Museum, Madame Tussauds open in Nashville" from Kentucky.com

Two new attractions opening this month in Nashville will give fans a chance to get closer to some of their favorite country music icons.

The legendary vocalist Patsy Cline gets an overdue honor with a new museum blocks from the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. And Madame Tussauds on Friday opens a new music-focused attraction near the Grand Ole Opry House with lifelike figurines of Taylor Swift, Blake Shelton, Luke Bryan and many more.

Just in time for the spring and summer travel season, the Patsy Cline Museum unveils more details about the "Walking After Midnight" singer, who died in a plane crash in 1963. On Thursday, Trisha Yearwood unveiled her figurine at Madame Tussauds Nashville, nearly identical down to the wedding ring, dress and shoes.

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Link:
http://www.kentucky.com/entertainment/celebrities/article144542534.html

Great Lakes and Upper South in the News: "Rolling Stones ‘Exhibitionism’ lacks storyline, but is still fun" from Chicago Sun Times

Great Lakes and Upper South in the News: "Rolling Stones ‘Exhibitionism’ lacks storyline, but is still fun" from Chicago Sun Times

The new Rolling Stones exhibit, “Exhibitionism,” makes the case for its name over almost 18,000 square feet of space on Navy Pier. The potential pitfall of such a large-scaled scrap bag of guitars and other instruments, costumes, album and poster art, contracts, diary pages, photos, video presentations and facsimiles of a squalid flat and a backstage area is that what enabled the Stones to merit such treatment — the music — could become overshadowed by the show.

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Link:
http://chicago.suntimes.com/entertainment/rolling-stones-exhibitionism-lacks-storyline-but-is-still-fun/

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Great Lakes and Upper South in the News: "Made-over Kiener Plaza opens next month with playground, fountains and concert area" from St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Great Lakes and Upper South in the News: "Made-over Kiener Plaza opens next month with playground, fountains and concert area" from St. Louis Post-Dispatch

All 3 1/2 acres of Kiener Plaza downtown will reopen May 19 after more than a year of construction and $23 million spent on remodeling.

The revamp includes more open space, a grassy concert area west of the Old Courthouse, a large playground and multiple fountains. More than 140 trees were planted in the plaza as part of the project. The plaza has been closed since February 2016.

Gone is the sunken amphitheater on the park’s west end, which held about 500 people. The new concert area on the east end can hold 2,000 to 3,000 people, CityArchRiver spokesman Ryan McClure said.

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Link:
http://www.stltoday.com/entertainment/made-over-kiener-plaza-opens-next-month-with-playground-fountains/article_366c8232-e9e8-5c73-b259-ade6461cf1b6.html

Great Lakes and Upper South in the News: "Discovery World $18 million expansion and upgrade" from Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Great Lakes and Upper South in the News: "Discovery World $18 million expansion and upgrade" from Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Discovery World would develop a major addition and convert one of its theaters into new exhibit space as part of an $18 million improvement project at the museum on downtown Milwaukee's lakefront.

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Link:
http://www.jsonline.com/story/money/real-estate/commercial/2017/04/08/discovery-world-18-million-expansion-and-upgrade/99980826/

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Great Lakes and Upper South in the News: "Michigan tulip festival and other travel ideas for spring" from Chicago Tribune

Great Lakes and Upper South in the News: "Michigan tulip festival and other travel ideas for spring" from Chicago Tribune

Here are some of the more interesting events, deals, websites and other travel tidbits that have come across our desk recently:

 •Artists in Racine and Kenosha, Wis., will be opening their studios to the public for the annual Get Behind the Arts event. More than 80 artists will be participating 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 29 in Racine and the following day in Kenosha. There will also be a free preview party April 28. http://tinyurl.com/lnntg5q 

•Traverse City Uncorked is a new monthlong series of wine-related events during the month of May throughout the Traverse City, Mich., area. Events will highlight the Leelanau Peninsula Wine Trail and the Wineries of Old Mission Peninsula. A listing of events and lodging packages is at http://tinyurl.com/kgfrss9.

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Link:
http://www.chicagotribune.com/lifestyles/travel/ct-tulip-festivals-midwest-events-travel-0423-20170407-story.html

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Great Lakes and Upper South in the News: "20 of Michigan's most unusual museums" from the Lansing State Journal

Great Lakes and Upper South in the News: "20 of Michigan's most unusual museums" from the Lansing State Journal

The Military Museum in Grass Lake is one of several hundred museums – some tiny, some nationally recognized – throughout the state, offering in-depth looks at everything from barbed wire to nun dolls.

Here are 20 to consider....

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http://www.lansingstatejournal.com/story/travel/michigan/2017/03/28/unique-michigan-museums-best/99450648/

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Great Lakes and Upper South in the News: "Historic Delta Queen riverboat gets Senate approval to resume cruises" from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Great Lakes and Upper South in the News: "Historic Delta Queen riverboat gets Senate approval to resume cruises" from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch

The historic Delta Queen riverboat has cleared a major hurdle to once again cruise U.S. waterways. 

After years of failed attempts, the U.S. Senate voted 85-12 Monday to waive the safety standards against wooden ships carrying more than 50 passengers overnight — as long as the vessels met new requirements and passed an annual inspection by the Coast Guard. The measure now goes to the House.

If those changes are enacted, the 1920s-era Delta Queen will resume its trips along with Mississippi and Ohio rivers, docking in 80 ports including Kimmswick in Jefferson County.

Sen. Claire McCaskill, who co-sponsored the measure with Sen. Roy Blunt, pointed to a report that says putting the Delta Queen back in service will create 170 new jobs and deliver a $36 million annual economic boost for the St. Louis region.

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Link:
http://www.stltoday.com/news/local/historic-delta-queen-riverboat-gets-senate-approval-to-resume-cruises/article_b60cf465-6389-570e-bf98-2f950fe518a0.html

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Great Lakes and Upper South in the News: "Ever majestic, Wisconsin's Capitol celebrates its centennial" from the Chicago Tribune

Great Lakes and Upper South in the News: "Ever majestic, Wisconsin's Capitol celebrates its centennial" from the Chicago Tribune

The beautiful building is just 10 years older than Risser, who turns 90 on May 5. The Madison native has spent six of his nine decades as a lawmaker in the edifice that dominates the city skyline.

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Link:
http://www.chicagotribune.com/lifestyles/travel/ct-wisconsin-state-capitol-centennial-madison-travel-0402-20170320-story.html

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Great Lakes and Upper South in the News: "Must-eat Midwest dishes from 5 states" from Crain's

Great Lakes and Upper South in the News: "Must-eat Midwest dishes from 5 states" from Crain's

(Yes, lots of food articles)

Eating local takes on new meaning in the Midwest, where every state has at least one iconic food. 

Sweet or savory, there's often a story behind each dish or the place that serves it. So when you hit the road, take time to sample local color along with native cuisine.

Link:
http://www.chicagotribune.com/lifestyles/travel/ct-signature-foods-of-the-midwest-travel-0402-20170314-story.html

Monday, March 20, 2017

Great Lakes and Upper South in the News: "In Michigan, The Pasty Isn't X-Rated. It's A Portable Pie With History Baked In" from NPR

Great Lakes and Upper South in the News: "In Michigan, The Pasty Isn't X-Rated. It's A Portable Pie With History Baked In" from NPR

When Stephen Bosio of Pasadena, Calif., fed his 9-month-old son a pasty, the act felt, by his assessment, more important than it should have.

"Teddy is a fifth generation pasty-eating man," Stephen told me.

Outside the rural Midwest, the term "pasty" is associated with a particular type of nipple cover rather than a pastry shell stuffed with ground beef and root vegetables, although the pronunciations of these terms differ. The food variety, ironically, rhymes with "nasty" rather than "tasty." In Michigan's Upper Peninsula (U.P.), where Stephen and I grew up, the dish is as culturally ubiquitous as deep-dish pizza is to Chicago. It did not strike me as absurd that a baby eating a pasty would mark a milestone on par with a first step or first word.

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Link:
http://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2017/03/16/520129966/in-michigan-the-pasty-isnt-x-rated-its-a-portable-pie-with-history-baked-in

Friday, March 17, 2017

Great Lakes and Upper South in the News: "A guide to the latest and greatest of Columbus, Ohio" from the Chicago Tribune

Great Lakes and Upper South in the News: "A guide to the latest and greatest of Columbus, Ohio" from the Chicago Tribune

"I have a terrible confession: I never saw Ohio's capitol. A weekend in Columbus and not even a glimpse of the rotunda. But I have a very good excuse. I was lost in a 32-room bookstore. Well, that's not entirely true. I was also preoccupied with selecting a writing utensil from a lifestyle store founded by a guy with a beard and an office-supply obsession. And drinking hand-poured coffee from a cafe named after a Belle and Sebastian song. And sizing up turquoise bulldog bookends from a shop in an emerging neighborhood. And watching a diner stuff a skyscraper-tall burger into his mouth. And drinking more coffee, this time made of Fair Trade-certified beans from Guatemala. And I'm not even a coffee person; I drink tea, except when I am in Columbus."

Link:
http://www.chicagotribune.com/lifestyles/travel/ct-a-guide-to-the-latest-and-greatest-of-columbus-ohio-20170210-story.html

Friday, March 10, 2017

Great Lakes and Upper South in the News: "Glensheen shining in bid for return tourists" from the Star Tribune

Great Lakes and Upper South in the News: "Glensheen shining in bid for return tourists" from the Star Tribune

Just a few years ago, the historic Glensheen mansion perched on Lake Superior’s North Shore struggled to lure tourists through the door.

It was a problem facing many such houses turned museums: Visitors who had seen it once didn’t feel a need to see it again.

So the staff at Glensheen started to get creative, coming up with new tours and events to draw even local residents back again and again. It has worked so well that last week, Glensheen was recognized as Minnesota’s Visitor Attraction of the Year for 2016 by Explore Minnesota, the state’s tourism promotion office.

The Duluth estate’s offerings now include a popular nighttime flashlight tour, elaborate holiday displays and summer concerts on its pier that juts into the lake.

The mansion saw 106,792 visitors in fiscal 2016, up from a low of 62,000 visitors in fiscal 2013. It is on track to increase that number again this year, marketing manager Jane Pederson said. Tour revenue has been rising, too, from $693,680 in fiscal 2013 to $1,419,868 in year 2016, Pederson said.

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Link:
http://www.startribune.com/glensheen-shining-in-bid-for-return-tourists/412790023/

Great Lakes and Upper South in the News: "New Red Wings arena could be a game-changer for hockey fans — and all of Detroit" from the Chicago Tribune

Great Lakes and Upper South in the News: "New Red Wings arena could be a game-changer for hockey fans — and all of Detroit" from the Chicago Tribune

For nearly four decades, Blackhawks fans have filed into Detroit's Joe Louis Arena to watch their team take on the Red Wings.

That period is about to end; the Hawks play their last regular season game at "The Joe" on March 10. 

Come next season, the Red Wings will host their Midwestern rivals in new digs: Little Caesars Arena, a key piece of a much larger development dubbed The District Detroit. This 50-block span of sports and entertainment venues, restaurants, bars, businesses, parks and more promises to link downtown and midtown into one big, thriving urban setting.

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Link:
http://www.chicagotribune.com/lifestyles/travel/ct-district-detroit-little-caesars-arena-travel-0305-20170216-story.html

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/

Great Lakes and Upper South in the News: "Lambeau Field of dreams: New Titletown District a score for Green Bay" from the Chicago Tribune

Great Lakes and Upper South in the News: "Lambeau Field of dreams: New Titletown District a score for Green Bay" from the Chicago Tribune

Few would bet big on a team with a 4-6 record and four-game losing streak, but the wily Green Bay Packers ended up getting one step away from the Super Bowl despite a lackluster start to the 2016 season.

The Packers' unlikely comeback isn't the only welcome development emanating from the smallest city in the NFL and the only publicly owned team in major pro sports. Emerging from 34 acres of tundra by Lambeau Field is the $130 million Titletown District that promises to give travelers reasons other than football to visit Green Bay, Wis.

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Link:
http://www.chicagotribune.com/lifestyles/travel/ct-titletown-district-green-bay-travel-0205-20170123-story.html

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Great Lakes and Upper South in the News: "Skiing Lutsen, the Midwest answer to Aspen" from the Chicago Tribune

Great Lakes and Upper South in the News: "Skiing Lutsen, the Midwest answer to Aspen" from the Chicago Tribune

Making the best of low elevations and short runs, Midwestern skiers become masters of the chairlift. Not that this is a bad thing. Just ask decorated downhiller Lindsey Vonn, who honed her champion's technique lapping the lanes at tiny Buck Hill in a suburb south of Minneapolis. But the pride of Midwestern ski resorts lies another 250 or so miles north of Buck Hill, in Lutsen, Minn.

On the north shore of Lake Superior, Lutsen Mountains is the region's largest resort, with 95 runs spread across four mountains. From the tops of these peaks, skiers have the vast expanse of Lake Superior stretching to the horizon, like a limitless Lake Tahoe.

Last ski season, Lutsen added a new gondola that whisks skiers in cherry red capsules from the top of one mountain to another, like a smaller version of the Peak 2 Peak Gondola at Whistler Blackcomb in British Columbia. Lutsen's 825-foot vertical rise doesn't compare to anything in Utah, Colorado or even New Mexico, but, in lieu of Aspen Snowmass in Colorado or Boyne Highlands in Michigan, two of our favorites, my family and I made the long, wintry trip to find out how the best of the Midwest compares with the rest by the following four critical metrics.

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Link:
http://www.chicagotribune.com/lifestyles/travel/ct-lusten-minnesota-ski-travel-0122-20170110-story.html

Great Lakes and Upper South in the News: "New name: Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation" from the Detroit News

Great Lakes and Upper South in the News: "New name: Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation" from the Detroit News

What’s in a name?

A lot, according to the president of The Henry Ford in Dearborn, which has officially changed the name of its museum to the Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation.

“This has been in the works for years,” said Patricia Mooradian, who’s headed the celebrated indoor and outdoor educational complex for the past 17 years.

“There are lots of museums that feature certain aspects of innovation,” she added, “but our entire collection speaks to innovation, and that really sets us apart.” Adding the words “American Innovation” to the museum title, she noted, “clearly defines its focus.”

Part of the impetus came from surveys that revealed many visitors were foggy on the museum’s purpose.

While Michigan residents are usually in the know, Mooradian said, 35 percent of the 1.8 million visitors annually come from out of state or abroad.

“When we interviewed them,” she added, “a large majority said they thought the museum was all about Henry Ford, the man, or just the automobile.”

It’s the second rebranding the 88-year-old institution has undergone in recent years.

In 2003, all the constituent parts of the Dearborn campus — the museum, Greenfield Village and the Ford Rouge Factory Tour — were grouped together under the rubric, The Henry Ford.

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Great Lakes and Upper South in the News: "Illinois Holocaust Museum bets on rock 'n' roll" from Crain's Chicago

Great Lakes and Upper South in the News: "Illinois Holocaust Museum bets on rock 'n' roll" from Crain's Chicago

In 1931, 11-year-old Wolodia Grajonca arrived in the United States from Berlin with little more than a handful of photos and a prayer book. Over the years, he tapped into the burgeoning rock music scene and turned himself into Bill Graham, a music promoter known for putting San Francisco's Fillmore Auditorium on the map, organizing the first Live Aid, and promoting Janis Joplin and other Hall of Fame acts.

In July, the Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center will open "Bill Graham & the Rock & Roll Revolution." The exhibit, a vast collection of photos, costumes, broken guitars and posters, shows how Graham, a Holocaust refugee, built a spectacular life and how his early hardships informed his success.

Executives hope that the exhibit, like Museum of Contemporary Art's "David Bowie Is" 2014 blockbuster, will boost attendance. Located in a $45 million Stanley Tigerman-designed building in Skokie, about 20 miles northwest of the Loop, the Holocaust Museum is not exactly on Chicago tourism's well-worn path. Yet it's the third-largest of its kind in the world, after Yad Vashem World Holocaust Center in Jerusalem and the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C.

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