Sure, it's home to big, brash Chicago, but there are a lot of lower-key historic and natural charms, too, including sites related to Abe Lincoln and Lewis and Clark (not to mention, more recently, Barack).

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Litchfield's Ariston Café in 'Nostalgia Front & Center in Some U.S. Museums & Eateries'

Cooperstown Baseball Hall of Fame Louis Kaplan is channeling his childhood.  While a youngster, he collected baseball cards which he stored in boxes and treasured as souvenirs of the USA's favorite pastime.  Decades later, he’s reliving that time while visiting the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown, upstate New York.  Opportunities to recapture memories from the past are of course not limited to baseball, nor to New York. From Coca-Cola to cars, movies to museums,…

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5 fantastic places to visit in Chicago

Astride Lake Michigan, the USA's third largest city is a fantastic place to visit, from its highrise downtown - with famous buldings including 47-year-old Willis Tower (once the world's tallest building, and known as the Sears Tower) and the 1920s-era, neo-Gothic Tribune Tower - to some of the world's best museums and shopping, and gets around 50 million tourists each year. read post

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Chicago's Pullman Porter Museum cited in '12 Top Destinations for African-Diaspora Travel'

  Welcome to February! Since 1970, it's also been Black History Month in the USA, and since 1995 in Canada, as well (whereas it's observed in October in the United Kingdom, Ireland, and the Netherlands). And though the reason for the African diaspora was tragic and horrific - the brutal, centuries-long trafficking of human slaves - it has also enriched many parts of the world, and indeed, world culture as a whole. So what better way to kick BHM off than with a look at a dozen of the most…

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Chicago among 5 classic places to experience Thanksgiving in the USA

Today is one of the United States‘ few annual holidays which most of its inhabitants regardless of origin, age, or creed cherish and when families reunite unlike any other time of year except Christmas. Always observed the fourth Thursday of November, Thanksgiving is so deep-rooted at least in part because it’s rooted deeply in the beginnings of this country’s history, when in 1621 it’s said the recently arrived Pilgrim settlers from England shared a harvest feast in Plymouth, Massachusetts…

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  • 9009007874?profile=originalIllinois is full of hidden gems! Discovered another in Schaumburg - the Schweikher-Langsdorf home and studio. Fascinating. http://maureenblevins.blogspot.com/

  • 9008852889?profile=originalPositively Hemingway! Did you know this literary icon was born and raised in Oak Park, IL? Come visit the home and museum - just a short walk up the block!

  • This week we head for the Morton Arboretum in Lisle for the Glass Pumpkin Patch - what a delight! http://maureenblevins.blogspot.com/9012385853?profile=original

  • Come on along - I'll take you on a short and breezy tour of the Windy City - Positively My Kind of Town!

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  • This week's Fields of Dreams update at The World on Wheels concerns the home of the Cubs. Not a whole lot new to report here except ticket prices have pretty much skyrocketed from our last update. Wrigley Field, Chicago
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    The World on Wheels
    An ongoing adventure of travel and living while using a wheelchair. Tim has been disabled from birth. Darryl is his father and caregiver who travel…
  • Finishing off our week in Chicago at The World on Wheels: http://tinyurl.com/yk22j5m
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    The World on Wheels
    An ongoing adventure of travel and living while using a wheelchair. Tim has been disabled from birth. Darryl is his father and caregiver who travel…
  • It's Wednesday of our Salute to Chicago week at The World on Wheels so that means it must be time to update our Chicago transit report. Yep: http://tinyurl.com/9z9u793
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    The World on Wheels
    An ongoing adventure of travel and living while using a wheelchair. Tim has been disabled from birth. Darryl is his father and caregiver who travel…
  • Our focus on The World on Wheels this week is the Second City. It's a classic trip to Chicago: http://tinyurl.com/ygs5r2o
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    The World on Wheels
    An ongoing adventure of travel and living while using a wheelchair. Tim has been disabled from birth. Darryl is his father and caregiver who travel…
  • Thanks, Amanda! Great suggestions. I've been a few times but not all that recently, so just wanted some ideas to bring me up to date. 

  • I work in the tourism industry here in Chicago and would be happy to give you tips if you want to shoot me an email to abooth@hiusa.org. My top recommendations would be: Millennium Park (for a free concert or just to hang out and take fun pictures by the Bean), Willis Tower (or as we will forever call it, Sears Tower) Skydeck or Hancock Observatory, Bobby's Bike Hike bike tour, architectural or historical boat tour (I like Chicago Line personally), catch a Cubs game, Lincoln Park Zoo (one of the last remaining free zoos in the country), visit any of the numerous neighborhoods each with their own vibe, ComedySportz show, etc. Too many things to choose from! If you want a museum, check out Museum of Science and Industry, Shedd Aquarium or Art Institute. Have FUN!!! 

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