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Author Theresa L. Goodrich on her way to visit her first bookstore to pitch her book, Two Lane Gems

I exited through the double doors into a cloudy, gray morning and let the tears fall. I had done it. I had taken a big, giant, terrifying jump and survived. No one laughed at me. Nobody said "who do you think you are?" Nobody said "Are you kidding?

Fannie May Truffles

Make your shopping easy with these downtown Chicago chocolate shops and stores.

Bill Kim's Spicy Thai Steak

Meet Chef Bill Kim at Macy's on State Street. A select member of their Culinary Council, on Dec. 8 at 12pm, the popular chef will share stories as well as let you in on some culinary secrets and techniques. AND you get to eat and drink!

Chicago Parking Meter

Every year on December 1, new winter parking restrictions are instated in Chicago. There are over 107 miles of streets with a Winter Overnight Parking Ban between 3 a.m. and 7 a.m. through April 1.

Giant Tree at Navy Pier Winter WonderFest

For the 17th year in a row, Fifth Third Bank Winter Wonderfest at Navy Pier celebrates the holidays. Festival Hall is transformed into a wonderland with nearly 500 trees decorated with 25,000 ornaments, festive rides, twinkling lights, and visits with Santa Claus.

Ceviche trio at Artango Bar & Steakhouse

As soon as you walk into Artango Bar & Steakhouse, you know you're in for a treat. The decor is alluring and elegant, the rich tones exuding warmth. It almost feels like an embrace, like you've stepped into another world and another time.

When you're searching for the perfect gift this holiday season why not shop at independent vendors? There are several Chicago holiday markets and fairs so you can find handcrafted gifts and unique items that can't be found anywhere else.

The ultimate road trip planner - everything you need to know to plan your upcoming road trip

As you get ready to hit the road, these road trip planner tips will help make your trip smoother. Find out what to do before you go, the essentials for your road trip, and a wish list of tools.

McCormick Tribune Ice Rink

For more than a decade one of the most popular winter activities in Chicago has been ice skating in the heart of downtown.

Chicago Opera Theater's "The Consul"

“Why don’t you go back to your own country?”

Pete Miller's in Evanston has been a Chicagoland classic serving fine steaks and fresh seafood while treating guests to live jazz for over twenty years. The ambiance is nostalgic, taking guests back to an age where music fills the air while they enjoy delicious food and fine wine.

Mural in Bishop, California

Bishop, California is the gateway to the Eastern Sierras and the Mule Capital of the World. It's a small town with big character.

The Edgewater Hotel from Lake Mendota in Madison, Wisconsin, photo by Bill Fritsch

The Edgewater in Madison, Wisconsin, is a perfect example of preservation and modernization working in concert to create a unified experience. You'll want to visit this AAA 4-Diamond hotel to experience it for yourself.

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