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Iowa storm in the distance - it was a dark and stormy afternoon

It was a dark and stormy afternoon.

That's my intro (so far) for book two of my Great American Road Trip series, Two Lane Gems.

Snoopy. I'm channeling Snoopy.

Check out why you need to visit Kenosha Wisconsin

I'm ashamed to admit that for nearly two decades, any time I'd head to Milwaukee I'd drive right by Kenosha, Wisconsin. Once or twice I stopped at Mars Cheese Castle. I flew past the Brat Stop.

US Air Force Thunderbirds

Well, it's that time of year - large planes buzzing downtown as they prepare for the annual waterfront extravaganza.

The Chicago Air & Water Show is the largest free show of its kind in the USA. Check out this complete guide to find everything you need to know, including how to get there, where to stay, and where to watch. #Chicago #AirandWaterShow #Midwest #Free

If you're going to watch the 2018 Chicago Air and Water Show this weekend you don't have to fight the crowds for blanket space. Instead make plans to elevate your experience with a buffet on the beach, a picnic in the sky, or a rooftop away from the fray.

Adler Planetarium in downtown Chicago

Saturday, September 22, 2018, it's time to be a Local Tourist. Museum Day Live! returns with free admission at museums all over the country. Smithsonian magazine has partnered with Microsoft to bring you a day of education, learning, and fun, for free!

Photographer - Steven E. Gross

Dear reader: gastroeuphoria is a dangerous food-induced syndrome and should only be attempted by professionals under the supervision of grown-ups.

Pork chops and applesauce. You get bonus points if you know the 70s pop culture reference – but another reason to utter those words would be a visit to Perry’s Steakhouse & Grille in Oakbrook.

Mark Maruszak benny's chop house wine

The wine cellar at Benny’s Chop House is immediately behind the bar. It's tall and narrow. Just wide enough for two people to pass each other if they’re really close friends.

Morning Coffee and Journal at Deer Lake, Washington

I'm not freaking out. Nope. Not at all. I've got this, I say. I scribble it on my whiteboard in all caps. I'VE GOT THIS. I breathe deep. Pace. Pour a rum and diet. Glance at the whiteboard and scoff. Take a sip.

And write.

Pizza is a Chicago obsession. The debate about deep dish will never likely be resolved. But most people forget that there are other types of pizza in Chicago. In fact, one of the most iconic brands isn’t actually from Chicago at all – it began farther to the south in the suburb of Homewood.

Chicago has become obsessed with ramen in the past few years, and one of the most popular ramen options in the city is Furious Spoon.

The new Ravenswood location's menu is similar to Rojo Gusano's Albany Park headquarters, featuring an elevated, global-fusion spin on the simple street foods of Latin America.

Performances in 17 venues across the city include the all-night Ragamala at the Chicago Cultural Center, an “El Grito” celebration of Mexican Independence at Millennium Park, the Global Peace Picnic in Humboldt Park and World Music Festival meets the World Dumpling Fest at Navy Pier and much more

Lolla Cashless - a wristband that allows you to pay for food, drinks, and merchandise with the wristband you’re already wearing - saves you time and makes it easy to pay for (almost) anything you want at Lollapalooza. 

Italian restaurants abound in Chicago, and to stand out a new restaurant must have something special to offer. Locanda most definitely fits that bill. The newest of the Gold Coast’s Italian spots, Locanda elevates traditional Italian fare into something truly special.

 

Summer and hot dogs and boats and... jet-packs? Yes! Chicago welcomed Oscar Meyer Super Hotdogger, who showed off his skills over North Avenue Beach.

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