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Day Trip: New Buffalo, MI

Day Trip: New Buffalo, MI

The journey from Chicago to New Buffalo, MI takes an hour in a half in the car and $8.10 in tolls.  I can’t tell you up front that it’s well worth it.  We had been trying to plan this day trip to New Buffalo all summer, so I was very excited when we finally got it together and drove there last weekend.  Our first stop in this new city was the beautiful beach in town.  We paid for parking and…

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An Ode to My Hometown

An Ode to My Hometown

I grew up in a town called Johnsburg, in Northwestern Illinois.  You may know it from the Tom Waits song (“…and she grew up outside of McHenry, in Johnrburg, Illinois”).  Born and raised in this petite village, I knew every nook and cranny by the time I was in grade school.  In terms of size, it is quite small, with a total of six square acres to its name; most of which is covered in cornfields.  I had my first…

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Logan Square Farmers Market

Logan Square Farmers Market

Mike and I have a new obsession in our neighborhood: The Logan Square Farmers Market.  We’ve been taking the fifteen minute walk from our apartment to the market for the past few weekends to do some grocery shopping and marvel over all the delicious goods.  It’s a wonderland of organic fruits and vegetables, homemade cheeses, candles, and honey, fresh baked breads and pastries, and the prettiest fresh flowers you’ve ever seen. We’ve been setting a budget of $20 and seeing…

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Favorite Midwest Road Trips

Favorite Midwest Road Trips

I love the Midwest.  I was born here, raised here, and it’s here where I gained my love for travel.  My family has always had the travel bug, and we often explored towns closest to us as our family vacations.  Once I started traveling and branching out on my own, naturally I chose to explore this region first.  I haven’t been everywhere of note in the Midwest quite yet, but I have amassed a list of my favorite Midwest road…

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Top Five Friday #19

Top Five Friday #19

Things to Do Near the Mag Mile The Mag Mile (or Magnificent Mile if you’re not familiar) in Chicago is one of the city’s most known and visited tourist attractions.  Though no one would claim it to be very original or unique in it’s restaurants and stores, there are quite a few hidden gems to find near this main drag.  I recently wrote about this subject for VIVA Lifestyle & Travel and I have to say, going back to explore…

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Lincoln Park Zoo & Conservatory

Lincoln Park Zoo & Conservatory

When I first moved to Chicago almost ten years ago (yikes), Lincoln Park was one of the few neighborhoods I knew of.  I would take the red line from the loop up to Fullerton and wander around the area, visiting friends that went to DePaul and lived in the neighborhood.  I always loved how many parks and green spaces there were in the area.  I actually spent my 20th birthday at the Lincoln Park Zoo for Zoolights, which is a…

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Exploring St. Louis

Exploring St. Louis

We had an early start to our first and only full day in St. Louis.  Everyone met in the hotel lobby restaurant for breakfast bright and early to enjoy a beautifully plated meal.  At each place setting, there was a quartet of colorful fresh juices and smoothies and fruit and pastries were served family style.  The chef himself brought out our entrees of eggs benedict on a cheddar biscuit and lemon pancakes with strawberry compote.  I did not partake in…

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Pullman Cars and Hotel Bars

Pullman Cars and Hotel Bars

I have always wanted to take an Amtrak trip.  It was on my bucket list last year and was carried over to this year because I just couldn’t get to it.  So, when the opportunity arose to not only take an Amtrak trip to St. Louis, but to do it on a series of old Pullman Cars, I jumped on it.  I was so excited about the experience, that I showed up at Union Station way early (as per usual)…

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Neighborhood Spotlight: West Town

Neighborhood Spotlight: West Town

West Town is one of my favorite neighborhoods in Chicago, though I may be a bit biased because I’ve lived here for two years now.  Located directly west of the Gold Coast, straight down Chicago Avenue, West Town is a perfect mix of friendly neighborhood and big city cool.  It has a ton of fun and unique shops, bars, and restaurants, plus plenty of beautiful homes and parks to stroll through.  Just recently, we’ve decided to depart this lovely neighborhood,…

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Beer City Redux

Beer City Redux

We started the trips off on a Thursday morning, dropping Brody off in Joliet at Mike’s parents’ and the ride took three hours from there.  We arrived just in time for lunch, so we stopped at HopCat to get a bite to eat and our first Beer City brew of the trip. We just got a sandwich and a salad there but the food was good, and it gave us a chance to plan our time there.  We wanted to check…

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