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Skyscrapers along Chicago's Magnificent Mile include the Wrigley Building (at center with clock tower), which was built to house the corporate headquarters of the Wrigley Company

Click on above photo to view it in large format: Skyscrapers along Chicago’s Magnificent Mile include the Wrigley Building (center with clock tower), built to house the headquarters of the Wrigley Company

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Skyline of Chicago's south Loop, seen from Lurie Gardens in Millennium Park

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Note: Free airfare from Miami to Cuba was originally offered exclusively to my readers who booked the June trip to Cuba with Discover Corps, but the registration deadline for that tour has passed. Discover Corps has kindly extended the offer for their July tour as well. See below for details:

I’m back in the U.S. following my Discover Corps tour of Cuba, and my head is spinning from everything I saw and learned. The name of their tour – Building Bridges – says it all. Travel to Cuba is not yet legal for all Americans, but since January of this year, restrictions have been substantially eased. Discover Corps seized that opportunity and designed a State Department approved, people-to-people tour that focuses on cultural interaction.

This is a new program for the company, so they have openings on their tour that begins July 25th, and they’ve provided me with a discount available to readers of my blog. Book this Discover Corps tour between now and May 25th and receive free round-trip airfare on a chartered flight between Miami and Cuba. This is a $600 value – an incredible offer, if you have the ability to act quickly. The program fee of $4,495 includes all meals, excursions, transportation, and tips in restaurants and hotels.

Horse-drawn carriage on the streets of Santa Clara. Travel to Cuba before scenes like this begin to disappear.

Horse-drawn carriage on the streets of Santa Clara. Travel to Cuba before scenes like this begin to disappear.

So what can you expect to see and do? My recent tour included visits to numerous community dance, art, and music, groups many of which are working with youth and/or neighborhoods to improve the quality of life in Cuba. A professor of economics from the University of Havana met with us for an hour to explain the economic challenges of the country and how the U.S. embargo has affected Cubans. We visited a Read More

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The mission of the Adler Planetarium, located in Grant Park on Chicago's lakeshore, is to inspire exploration and understanding of the Universe

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John G. Shedd Aquarium is located in Grant Park on Chicago's lakefront, is the largest indoor aquarium in the world

Click on above photo to view it in large format: John G. Shedd Aquarium is located in Grant Park on Chicago’s lakefront, is the largest indoor aquarium in the world

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The Art Institute of Chicago is housed in a building originally constructed for the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition. Today, the two bronze lions that stand aside its entrance, are among the most recognizable landmarks in Chicago.

Click on above photo to view it in large format: The Art Institute of Chicago is housed in a building originally constructed for the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition. Today, the two bronze lions that stand aside its entrance, are among the most recognizable landmarks in Chicago.