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Iolanta starring Katherine Weber  (photo by Joe Mazza)

Chicago Opera Theater announced its 2018/2019 season on Wednesday, February 28 with an evening of performances at the Pritzker Pavilion Stage in Millennium Park, featuring excerpts from the operas selected for the year.

Great Sand Dunes National Park

Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve is the quietest National Park in the United States and a perfect representation of a cyclical environment.

Chicago Magic Lounge Blackstone Cabaret photo by Daniel Boczarski

Chicago Magic Lounge held its grand opening on Thursday, February 22 and it was, in a word, magical.  It is unlike anything that Chicago currently has to offer.  Built in the shell of 7,200 square foot former commercial laundry, the newly renovated building now holds a 112-seat cabaret theater, a

The Humans

There is a notion rumbling around the internet that the number one killer of relationships is not arguments about money or sex but unmet expectations.  Whether with a partner or a friend, a parent or a child, individuals can have vastly different ideas about the way a relationship should go.

Japanese Gardens in Balboa Park

TripAdvisor Attractions allows you to book attractions, tours, and experiences directly from their platform. Here's how to use it to be a Local Tourist.

buried cars

On the way out of Tonopah, Nevada, we saw a warning sign: “Next Gas Station - 94 miles.” That in no uncertain terms meant it was going to be a long drive, but we had one more stop to make before shooting straight down

The Local Tourist founder and publisher, Theresa L. Goodrich, enjoying some bubbly on the Verde Canyon Railroad

The Local Tourist is the 19th top travel blog in the world for 2018, according to The site, run by world-renowned photographer and travel writer Gary Arndt, ranked more than 250 websites.

The close-up magic bar, featuring the bump out.

The Chicago Magic Lounge opens Thursday and features close-up magic and world-class illusionists - if you can find it.

Rosemary grilled chicken with organic farro mushroom risotto, capers, crispy brussel sprouts, and grilled focaccia from the Draft Room at Kings in Rosemont, Illinois

The Draft Room at Kings Dining & Entertainment in Rosemont defies bowling alley food stereotypes.

Gardar Thor Cortes (“The Phantom”) and Meghan Picerno (“Christine Daaé”) star in Love Never Dies. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus

"Love Never Dies" at Cadillac Palace Theatre is a stunning production with an exemplary cast, even if the plot is a bit predictable.

Jim and Theresa in Eureka Springs, Arkansas

364 days ago at 8:37 a.m. my husband and I pulled onto Big Timber Road. As we drove out of the parking lot I went through the checklist in my mind, but I knew that if we'd forgotten anything, well, we were out of luck. For the next 31 days, we would be exploring America.

A young girl peeks at Mesa Verde's Spruce Tree House

The day’s agenda had one item: Mesa Verde National Park. Once again, we had no idea where we were sleeping that night, although we did know it would be someplace with plumbing. We were getting Stinky. Capital S.

Wrigley Field Concerts

There's something about seeing a concert at Wrigley Field, and this year music fans have nine dates to see some of the the biggest names in music. Jimmy Buffet and the Coral Reefer Band, and special guest Boz Scaggs, will start the season, followed by Def Leppard and Journey.

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