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America's 10 Creepiest, Coolest Ghost Towns | Posted 10.29.2016 | Travel

By Jason Heidemann for the Orbitz Travel Blog Abandoned places fascinate visitors with their mysterious traces of life that still live on in those sp...

A Love Letter To Evanston

Love Letters | Posted 02.16.2015 | Travel
Love Letters

I love to travel. That's where I go to eat, to read, to frolic and dream. I love you, Evanston, for letting me travel home to you daily.

PHOTOS: Lincoln's Illinois

Posted 11.16.2012 | Travel

Honest Abe will get a nod from Steven Spielberg when his latest film, "Lincoln," hits theaters nationwide Friday. The state of Illinois is rolling...

Bill Rancic Loves Chicago

Love Letters | Posted 10.29.2012 | Travel
Love Letters

I like to ask people out in Los Angeles where they're from. Men who have been in California for 30 years don't hesitate before saying your name.

HuffPost Guides: Villa Olivia

The Huffington Post | Joan Bahr | Posted 01.11.2012 | Travel

Villa Olivia in Illinois is a popular destination for skiers and snowboarders. As part of a series on ski resorts, Huffington Post Travel offers our g...

Water Parks In Illinois: A Huffington Post Travel Guide

The Huffington Post | Holly Quinn | Posted 12.15.2011 | Travel

Water parks in Illinois bring a little bit of the tropics to the Midwest, with sun, fun and thrill rides. Whether you're looking for a fun outing wit...

Water Parks In Chicago: A Huffington Post Travel Guide

The Huffington Post | Summar Ghias | Posted 12.15.2011 | Travel

Water parks in Chicago are mostly located in the suburbs, but the trek is worth it. The area's water parks are among Illinois' largest and most thrill...

Amusement Parks In The Midwest: A Huffington Post Travel Guide

The Huffington Post | Lisa Pratto | Posted 01.01.2012 | Travel

Amusement parks in the Midwest are a great source of family fun and a welcome escape from the everyday. Whether you have toddlers or teens, taking the...

Where To Pick Your Own Apples And Pumpkins Near Chicago

| Ashley Henshaw | Posted 12.10.2011 | Chicago

Take advantage of the beautiful fall weather with a trip to one of these area apple orchards and pumpkin patches. There are plenty of farms just a sho...

A Spectators' Guide To The 2011 Chicago Marathon

| Erin Chan Ding | Posted 12.08.2011 | Chicago

In a 34-year-old Chicago tradition, tens of thousands of people will pack onto Columbus Drive in Grant Park on Sunday and spend the next several hours...

MSI's Second 'Month At The Museum' Winner Chosen

Posted 12.05.2011 | Chicago

A digital marketing analyst from Chicago's Uptown neighborhood has been chosen as the Museum of Science and Industry's second "Month at the Museum" wi...

Chicago's Upcoming Winter Expected To Be Nation's Worst

Posted 12.05.2011 | Chicago

If you thought winter in Chicago couldn't possibly get more intense than last year's blizzaster, get ready for this one: Long-range forecasters are ex...

PHOTOS: Chicago's Marilyn Statue Vandalized Again

Posted 11.27.2011 | Chicago

Since it was unveiled in July, the Marilyn Monroe statue on the Magnificent Mile has received a less-than-enthusiastic response. On Tuesday, sculpture...

WATCH: 50 Chicagoans Share Their Favorite Memories

Posted 11.16.2011 | Chicago

What are Chicago's favorite memories? Galvea Kelly, director and producer for Ireland-based digital media marketing agency Brand Nua, adapted the "Fif...

Forget Travel And Be Your Own Chicago Tour Guide For Labor Day

| Erin Chan Ding | Posted 10.31.2011 | Chicago

If you don't want to deal with snarls on the Interstate and crowded airports this Labor Day weekend, stay in Chicago. The city has a multitude of ecle...

PHOTOS: The Worst Public Art In The World?

Posted 10.31.2011 | Chicago

The editors of are apparently not fans of Chicago's public art scene. The site, which named its top 10 pieces of bad public art...

Thirsty For Home? Where to Find Your Fave Craft Brews

| Ashley Henshaw | Posted 10.24.2011 | Chicago

Although Chicago has some amazing local breweries, residents who’ve come to the Windy City from other states may be a little homesick for their favo...

Sarah Palin Visits Springfield, Tours Reagan's Boyhood Home

Posted 10.15.2011 | Chicago

Following her stop at the Iowa State Fair during the GOP Straw Poll, former Alaska governor and Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin mad...

PHOTOS: Chicago Railroad Transforming Into Corridor Of Green

| Erin Chan Ding | Posted 10.13.2011 | Chicago

The sun shone on Beth White and Ben Helphand on an August Sunday as they stood on a North Side viaduct, each with their feet planted in the middle of ...

Planning A Family Vacation In Illinois? Read Our Travel Guide

The Huffington Post | Susan Miller | Posted 10.12.2011 | Travel

Family vacations in Illinois can be rewarding experiences or absolute disasters — it all depends on pre-trip homework. To make planning easier, we'v...

Cabbies Help Chicago Blogger Find City's Best Ethnic Food Spots

| Lauren Drell | Posted 10.12.2011 | Chicago

It’s happened to us all: You flag down a cab and hop in, only to find the driver chatting it up on his Bluetooth. But that hasn't stopped Lakeview r...

Chicago Day Trips: Quick Late-Summer Getaways

| Erin Chan Ding | Posted 10.10.2011 | Chicago

If you don't have enough vacation time to take a weeklong getaway during what's left of the summer, don't fret -- an escape can be done in just one da...

WATCH: 13 Bands To See At Lolla '11

The Huffington Post | Joe Erbentraut | Posted 10.04.2011 | Chicago

Call it what you will, Lollapalooza time has come, once more, to Chicago, towing along with it the promise of celebrity spottings, transit congestion,...

WATCH: Chicago, As Seen From The Willis Tower

Posted 11.30.2011 | Travel

Chicago's architecture is world famous, and while a river cruise is the best way to take in all of the structural details of the skyline, the observat...

America's Best Cities For Singles

Travel + Leisure | Posted 09.19.2011 | Travel
Travel + Leisure

In this year's America's Favorite Cities survey, readers evaluated 35 cities on boutique hotels, coffee bars, mass transit, and how bar scenes lend themselves to meeting new people.