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220 E Chicago Ave, Chicago, IL 60611, USA
The interior architecture of Chicago’s MCA building is worth the price of admission. Four floors of exhibit halls branch off the central staircase pictured above, and the East and West facing glass walls have unparalleled views over Lake Michigan...
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2959 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60657, USA
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Heritage Bicycles General Store is so many things: a coffee shop, a general store, and a place to buy a few key items for your hip closet. Most importantly though, it's a place to grab a cup of joe and watch art being created that you can ride...
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4930 N Pennsylvania St, Indianapolis, IN 46205, USA
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At first glance it can be easy to assume the only place to get coffee in Indianapolis is Starbucks. Look a little harder and you'll find several excellent independent coffee shops. The standout among them is Hubbard and Cravens. HC sources and...
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7860 Olentangy River Rd, Columbus, OH 43235, USA
The Hills Market, a locally owned specialty grocer, embraces "local" foods in a big way. Throughout the week they host pop-up eateries in their veranda seating area. From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Fridays, you'll find Darista Cafe serving delicious...
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508 W 5th St, Wilton, IA 52778, USA
In the sweltering humidity of a Midwest summer, the Wilton Candy Kitchen is a welcome reprieve. A small-town business in a small-town state, it is in fact the oldest ongoing ice cream parlor and soda fountain in the world- originally established...
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Munising, MI 49862, USA
For millennia the cliff walls of the aptly-named Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore have been leeching minerals, creating horizontal brush strokes in a riot of color above the crystal clear water of Lake Superior.
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South Haven Lighthouse, South Haven, MI 49090, USA
To say that winter in Michigan is long is an understatement. 6 months of snow and cold could drive the most die-hard winter fan a little over the edge. So, it's nice to find those things that keep winter truly awe-inspiring. When it's cold enough,...
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201 E Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60602, USA
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The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes. ~ Marcel Proust. For my inaugural highlight on AFAR, I am starting with my wife's favorite quote, and a local sight in Chicago. Sometimes people feel they...
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1400 S Lake Shore Dr, Chicago, IL 60605, USA
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Dinosaurs, pyramids, cave paintings, sharks—if you don't like the Field Museum then you must never have been a kid. Home to an extensive assortment of magical displays highlighting all facets of natural history from around the world, the...
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1300 S Lake Shore Dr, Chicago, IL 60605, USA
It’s difficult to design a museum suitable for both kids and adults, but Adler makes it look easy. Children will love the area known as Planet Explorers, where they can play astronaut with space rovers and rocket-launch simulators, peer...
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5700 S Lake Shore Dr, Chicago, IL 60637, USA
Anyone who's into model trains should visit the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago. Originally opened in 1941, The Great Train Story was the largest model train of its day. After being briefly shuttered in 2002 for extensive additions, this...
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951 Chicago Ave, Oak Park, IL 60302, USA
Frank Lloyd Wright built 700+ houses all over this nation but he lived and worked in Oak Park, just a 45 minute train ride from the city center of Chicago. His house and studio are now a museum with guided tours that let you see the playroom he...
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2391 N Stockton Dr, Chicago, IL 60614, USA
Lincoln Park is a wonderful green area nearing Lake Michigan in Chicago. It has a Zoo free to the public as well as green lawns and flower beds. Near the North end is the multiple room conservator. Like the rest if the park it is open free to the...
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50 W Washington St, Chicago, IL 60602, USA
The second most famous public sculpture in Chicago is 50ft high, made of steel and no one knows what it means. It’s doesn’t even have a proper name so it’s just known as “The Picasso.” Pablo Picasso gifted this untitled sculpture to the city of...
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50 W Adams St, Chicago, IL 60610, USA
Alexander Calder is most famous for his giant mobiles but he builds stabiles too. Calder built this 53ft high stabile out of painted steel and placed it in a plaza surrounded by buildings designed by famous Chicago architect, Mies van der Rohe....
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100 W Randolph St #4-300, Chicago, IL 60601, USA
Jean Dubuffet said he wanted this 20,000lb fiberglass sculpture to look like a drawing that extended into space incoporating architecture, animals, trees and portals. I get the drawing part but the rest of it depends on where you stand and look....
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401 N Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60611, USA
From the mind of sculpture John Kearney comes 'Moose.' Created sometime between 2002 and 2003, this massive installation was originally exhibited as part of the Artists & Automobiles 2006 public art display featuring creations crafted from...
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2021 N Burling St, Chicago, IL 60614, USA
Very few pieces of literature have left their mark on American culture the way that “Wizard of Oz” has. It seems every city in the nation has some park or sculpture or building with a reference to Oz or Dorothy and her 3 friends. Chicago’s Oz Park...
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1135 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60605, USA
I hadn't read about the Agora art installation in Grant Park in Chicago, and so I was surprised to see dozens of nine-foot-tall, headless, armless figures wandering around the park! The piece is by Polish artist Magdalena Abakanowicz. These...
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1840 W Hubbard St, Chicago, IL 60622, USA
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You know that saying “They don’t build them like they used to”? Well, anyone who’s ever bought a new home knows exactly what that means. Fortunately, Salvage One’s mission is to preserve, conserve, and recycle...
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1850 W Grand Ave, Chicago, IL 60622, USA
The sign says “New Antique Store,” which might seem like a misnomer but is in fact a very accurate description of what Urban Remains offers. They sell reclaimed architectural artifacts from old buildings, mostly in the Chicago area and mostly from...
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5234 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60640, USA
Up in the Andersonville neighborhood, home of many an antique store, Brownstone Antiques holds a primo spot on Clark Street just down the street from the Swedish diner, Svea. It’s more of a junk store than an antique store with a crowded jumble of...
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2108 N Damen Ave, Chicago, IL 60647, USA
Robin Richman is a boutique in Bucktown along Damen Avenue that carries exceptional clothing and accessories. The highest quality and care goes into each piece and Robin curates her shop with a discerning eye. The bi-annual 'yard sale' are not to...
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1579 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60622, USA
A group of Chicago artists took over the Flatiron building in Wicker Park and turned the triangular building into an art gallery comprised of 2 floors worth of unique art studios. In this building artists can rent gallery space to work and display...
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2900 W Belmont Ave, Chicago, IL 60618, USA
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Back in 2010 Lady Gaga tweeted that she loved the burgers at Kuma’s Corner and today there are still waiting lines out the door just to have lunch. You think that’s the Gaga or the burger? I know that we waited for a good hour to get a table at...
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820 W Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60607, USA
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Stephanie Izard puts together a great restaurant. The Girl and the Goat has been hard to get into since it opened and Little Goat had a 90 minute wait when we went last month. 90 minutes for diner food! That's impressive. Other things that were...
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1700 W Division St, Chicago, IL 60622, USA
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Chef Mark Steuer is southern enough to know that brunch should be eaten on the patio and northern enough to know that his Chicago guests will need blankets. In the same blended way, his Carriage House menu offers southern food with northern twists...
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2119 S Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60608, USA
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Chicago, known for its broad shoulders and its International appeal, is also an amazing spot for up-and-comers. The city holds an open forum for the new—be it art, performance, or food, the city promotes an energy for experimentation. Pilsen,...
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5707 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60660, USA
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A weekend ritual, m. Henry's brunch is a combination of simple goodness and sublime richness. You walk into the restaurant and are greeted by a smiling hostess and two bakery cases filled with everything from homemade cinnamon rolls to petite...
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233 S Wacker Dr, Chicago, IL 60606, USA
Willis Tower—originally known as the Sears Tower—was the world's tallest building for 23 years until it was unseated in 1996 by the Petronas Twin Towers in Kuala Lumpur. The 110-story skyscraper is still mighty impressive. Its "bundled...
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201 E Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60602, USA
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Upon wondering around in Millennium Park in Chicago, admiring collection of art and architecture, I couldn't help by notice the landscape design in Lurie Garden. The five-acre garden represents Chicago's urban green living where plants rise taller...
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Lincoln Park, Chicago, IL, USA
Chicago is one of my favorite cities in the USA. It's bursting at the seams with fantastic restaurants, hole-in-the-wall pubs and bars, world-class stadiums, art galleries, and everything else you'd expect in an Alpha World City, though it retains...
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1521 S Linn White Dr, Chicago, IL 60605, USA
Many people who visit the U.S. immediately think of New York as the quintessential American city. But they are missing out. Chicago is a world-class city with so much to offer. From shopping on Michigan Avenue to renowned chefs/dining to the Bean...
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201 E Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60601, USA
The Crown Fountains are one my favorite Chicago landmarks. I call it the Fountain of the two faces. There are two towers with multicultural faces that change. It reflects the diversity of Chicago. The Crown Fountains in Millennium Parks were...
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5014 North Broadway, Chicago, IL 60640, USA
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Just steps from the colorful Argyle CTA stop in Chicago's Uptown neighborhood, Ba Le Bakery specializes in Vietnamese food—efficient, fast and tasty fusion food. You can’t go wrong with the Bun Thit Nuong ($7.95)—piping-hot grilled pork, cold rice...
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615 W Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60661, USA
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Please get the bacon wrapped dates stuffed with chorizo. They are incredible and it's hard not to sop your bread up with that sauce. I was also impressed with the chicken thigh. A lot of the other small dishes were good but not amazing,...
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111 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60603, USA
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See our full list of Where to Go in 2015. The Art Institute of Chicago hosts the first exhibition devoted to Britain’s rising-star architect David Adjaye in September. Also in the fall, the world’s leading design talents will gather for the...
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Chicago has a wonderful lake front path that stretches 18 miles alongside Lake Michigan. Cruising the path on this vintage bicycle, named Hercules, is an ideal way to enjoy a beautiful summer afternoon in Chicago.
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619 W Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60661, USA
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Blackbird opened in 1997, and its Paul Kahan won the James Beard Award for Outstanding Chef in 2013. I spent five hours there on New Year’s Eve eating a 10-course tasting meal with some of my best friends. We were a relatively large group in...
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Chicago, IL 60601, USA
Visitors take their best Chicago photographs in front of the iconic Millennium Park sculpture called Cloud Gate (known colloquially as the Bean, for its shape). Conceived by British artist Anish Kapoor and constructed from 168 stainless steel...