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Category: Midwest US Travel

Chicago’s Museum Campus – One Of Many Public Spaces That Make Chicago A Great City

Step inside a mall in San Diego and you might just as easily be walking through a Philadelphia shopping center. Likewise, many cities around the country are so similar that I often have to stop and remind myself where I am. But every once in a while I visit a city that stands…

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My Love Affair With Chicago’s Palmer House Hilton Hotel

The seeds of my love affair with Chicago’s Palmer House were sown back in 1969. An anxious and giddy teenager, I was thrilled that the famous hotel had been chosen for my senior prom. I vividly recall stepping into the opulent lobby, with its Tiffany 24-karat gold chandeliers, majestic “Winged Angels” (the largest…

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Summer On The Kankakee River

Illinois winters are brutal, but summer brings a special kind of beauty to the banks of the Kankakee River:

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Veggie Fest, Feeding Stomach And Spirit

I didn’t know what to expect at the Veggie Fest 2009. Advertised as “Good Food, Healthy Living,” the fourth annual Chicagoland event was sponsored by Science of Spirituality, a non-profit organization located in Naperville, Illinois whose members are deeply committed to a spiritual way of life based on meditation, service to others, and…

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Five Little Known Fascinating Facts About Downtown Chicago

With everything Chicago has to offer, it’s not surprising that some of the most interesting facts about the city have either faded into obscurity or become tangled in rumor and myth. Let’s set the facts straight: Windy City Nickname and the Birth of Skyscrapers One of the most common misconceptions is about the…

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Italian Village Restaurant in Downtown Chicago – Without It I Might Never Have Been Born

From the moment I began my six hour walking tour of downtown Chicago last Saturday, I had dinner on my mind. I planned to end my day at the Italian Village Restaurant on Monroe Street between State and Dearborn where, in 1927, Alfredo Capitanini, an Italian immigrant who never worked in any restaurant…

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