Since it first opened in 1910, the Blackstone Hotel on Chicago’s famed Michigan Avenue has hosted presidents, mobsters and celebrities. Any tales you have heard about the hotel, which was named for railroad executive and philanthropist Timothy Blackstone, are probably true: Yes, GOP bosses in 1920 met late into the night, chomping on cigars, in […]
Chicago’s Gold Coast neighborhood is even richer now that Truluck’s Seafood, Steak and Crab House has moved in. The Texas-based, white-tablecloth eatery is renowned for dining excellence and environmental stewardship. That, and Florida stone crab flown straight from the company’s own fisheries. “Our specialty is primarily seafood with an emphasis on crab,” says Brian Wubbena, […]
It’s not often a gas station appears on anyone’s bucket list. Kensinger Service & Supply in Grand Island, NE, isn’t just any gas station. It’s a monument to the early days of American automobile travel: Kensinger’s was built in 1936 along the legendary Lincoln Highway, the country’s first coast-to-coast road. “Lincoln Highway fans want to […]
Madison has everything I look for in a Midwestern getaway: A strong arts and culture scene, fabulous restaurants, outdoor relaxation and a few quirky stories. Oh, and the Wisconsin city is the state capital and home to the University of Wisconsin. Read my story in UrbanMatter Chicago: 7 Top Sites to See in Madison here: […]
What makes Kearney (pronounced KAR-nee) special? Partly, it’s about runzas and one-finger waves. Roger Jasnoch, executive director at the Kearney Visitors Bureau in Central Nebraska, tells us more about his favorite city. Here’s an excerpt from our chat over dinner at the Alley Rose restaurant: Q: What do you do all day, Roger? Roger Jasnoch: […]
Each spring, more than half a million sandhill cranes swoop into the Big Bend region of Nebraska’s Platte River. They spend several weeks here, resting and feasting before heading to their northern breeding grounds in Canada, Alaska and Siberia. Watching them fill the skies is an enthralling experience I was fortunate to experience. Read my […]
Ann Arbor is home to the prestigious University of Michigan, a fierce Big 10 Conference athletics competitor. But it’s also rich in cultural attractions, boutique shopping and fine arts. The dining possibilities are outstanding–from local favorites to international cuisine.