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On September 23, museums across the country will open their doors for Museum Day Live! – and it’s all totally free. Led by the Smithsonian, which is gratis to visitors every day, this is the perfect opportunity for exploring museums you haven’t been to — or maybe just seeing... Read More

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Even though flying is the main mode of transportation for many travelers, the U.S. still holds onto the romanticism and sense of adventure that is often associated with rail travel. Several historic railroad services still operate daily trains that connect North America — some even enticing passengers with unique vacation packages.... Read More

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The lobby of Hotel Allegro in Chicago.
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Whether you’re looking to escape from the bitter cold or a destination to embrace the chill, we’ve got you covered with these five winter travel deals. From $63: Howlita (Tulum, Mexico) If you’re seeking an alternative to Riviera Maya’s all-inclusive beachfront resorts, look no further than this boutique hotel in Tulum. Adults-only Howlita has a... Read More

Gold Coast neighborhood in Chicago, Illinois
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Speckled with high-rise buildings along Lake Shore Drive and designer-label shopping on North Michigan Avenue, Chicago’s Gold Coast has long been where the wealthy reside. In this neighborhood, just north of the Loop and rimming Lake Michigan, there are quite a few ways to live the rich-and-famous lifestyle —... Read More

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Small-scale wines and barrels aren’t just for artisanal distillers anymore — more and more large hotel chains are jumping on the small-batch trend, collaborating with local vineyards and spirit makers to offer exclusive pours. On your next business trip or family vacay, an in-hotel meal might not be such a... Read More

Crown Fountain at Millennium Park in Chicago, Illinois
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Chicago is packed with options for travelers of all ages and interests — and thanks to a mix of outdoor activities and cultural immersions, it’s particularly well suited for children and families. Here, our favorite places to go with kids in the Windy City. Lincoln Park Zoo A rare free-to-visit zoo, this one in the Lincoln Park neighborhood... Read More

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Every September, hotels ramp up their wellness offerings to honor National Yoga Month. While a discounted yoga package with your stay is nice, the beauty of yoga is that you can do it anytime, anywhere. As celebrity yoga instructor Rodney Yee once said: “The most important pieces of equipment you need for doing... Read More

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For stylish, wallet-conscious travelers, checking into budget hotels can be a bit of a tossup. On the upside, there’s the cheap nightly rate; on the downside, there’s the sterile, uniform design that’s usually associated with these types of accommodations. Thanks to new, playful decor, there are budget properties from major hospitality brands that... Read More

Pizza at Lou Malnati's in Chicago, Illinois
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Take a cue from the age-old Cubs-White Sox rivalry, and it’s clear Chicagoans love nothing more than a little competition. Nowhere is this more evident than in the ongoing contention among Chicago’s best deep-dish pizza shops. Here, the five best places to taste what real deep-dish is all about. Lou Malnati’s Serving deep-dish pizza for nearly... Read More

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The Americano Restaurant at the Hotel Vitale in San Francisco, CA

Whether you’re traveling for business or pleasure, it’s rare and exciting when a hotel offers breakfast that goes beyond wet scrambled eggs and mini pastries. These 10 hotel breakfasts will inspire you to get down to the dining room early or to splurge on room service. Archer Hotel, Austin, TX When the Archer Austin hotel opens in September, it will... Read More

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Snacks are one of the best parts of a road trip. But why limit yourself to treats you can find at any convenience store along the nation’s highway? The next time you get the munchies on an epic road trip, skip the Cheetos and Doritos and sample these regional favorites instead. 1. Zapp’s... Read More

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Labor Day marks the unofficial end of summer. Rather than heading to a crowded beach, make the season’s end even more memorable at one of these five unexpected destinations. Seattle From the Space Needle to Pike Place Market, there’s plenty to do in Seattle any time of the year; but on Labor... Read More

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A century ago, Lake Michigan was a freshwater freeway, connecting major cities like Chicago, Milwaukee, and Wisconsin’s Green Bay. But the notorious storms of the Great Lakes region often made for a tumultuous passage. Today, the lake — the fifth largest in the world — is home to roughly... Read More

 Chicago Athletic Association
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If the logo of the Chicago Athletic Association Hotel looks familiar, there’s a good reason. The hotel, which opened in May 2015 in an 1893 Victorian Gothic building, was originally home to an athletic club for men. One of its earliest members, William Wrigley, appropriated the logo for his baseball team, the Chicago Cubs. When... Read More

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From a whitewater rafting and kayaking center near downtown Oklahoma City to a two-story aquarium in Scottsdale, Arizona, these six recently opened and soon-to-debut attractions warrant a place on your itinerary as you plan your summer and fall vacations. 1. Riversport Rapids (Oklahoma City, OK) Six pumps recirculate 8 million gallons... Read More