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10 Offbeat Fringe Festivals From Around North America

10 Offbeat Fringe Festivals From Around North America Aug 12th, 2012 at 11:00AM: An array of fringe festivals are happening around North America, bringing together the most out-of-the-ordinary artists from around the world. From dancers, to acrobats, to buskers to unusual performance artists, these fringers will show that they are not only talented, but were born to perform. Want to see a show in the near future? Check out these 10 great fringe festivals to check out before...

Why Chicago Beats New York

Why Chicago Beats New York Aug 6th, 2012 at 10:00AM: Years ago, when I told a group of colleagues in New York that I was moving to Chicago, the reaction ranged from bemusement to outrage. "Chicago?" one began, tentatively, as if they'd heard of the place but couldn't quite place it. "Why would you want to live there?" Another co-worker was more blunt. "Chicago's a dump," he said. "You'll be back in New York in a year." Like many New...

Restaurant Rooftop Gardens: Five Of America's Best

Restaurant Rooftop Gardens: Five Of America's Best Jun 15th, 2012 at 12:00PM: From where I stood on the roof of Bastille Cafe & Bar in Seattle's Ballard neighborhood, I could see flocks of seagulls circling nearby fishing boats, as I catch whiffs of brine, gasoline and eau de canal water. Despite the industrial marine supplies and salmon canneries across the way, up here I was surrounded by buzzing honeybees and dozens of varieties of produce, from heirloom French...

Doggie Bag Heaven: A Martian Chows Down In Chicago

Doggie Bag Heaven: A Martian Chows Down In Chicago May 30th, 2012 at 12:00PM: Chicago, Chicago – the city is so big and so fabulous you have to say it twice. Buildings are not just tall, they're also as broad as entire cities. Alleyways are as wide as turnpikes. People are not built for bigness: they're digitally enhanced for hugeness. Fittingly the portions on the giant plates in the vast eateries of Chicago are bigger than jumbo-size. They're mega. They're obscene....

Rude US Customs Officials: How Not To Welcome People To The United States

Rude US Customs Officials: How Not To Welcome People To The United States May 23rd, 2012 at 1:00PM: Some people should not be allowed to wear a uniform. While flying from Spain to the U.S. to attend the Gadling annual team summit, I touched down first at Chicago O'Hare International Airport. I got into line at U.S. Customs to enter the country. The line was in a huge room with a row of bulletproof glass booths manned by U.S. Customs & Border Protection officials checking passports and...

Art Institute Of Chicago Opens Roy Lichtenstein Exhibition

Art Institute Of Chicago Opens Roy Lichtenstein Exhibition May 23rd, 2012 at 10:00AM: The Art Institute of Chicago has one great exhibition after another and is definitely on Gadling's top ten list of things to see in the Windy City. Now they've opened the largest exhibition of Roy Lichtenstein's artwork ever to be shown. "Roy Lichtenstein: A Retrospective" includes more than 160 works from all phases of the famous Pop artist's career, from his early comic book imitations...

Video Of The Day: World Trade Center Back On Top of New York's Skyline

Apr 30th, 2012 at 6:00PM: As of today, the World Trade Center is back as the tallest building in New York City. Construction crews erected steel columns that reach over 1,250 feet high, just edging out the observation deck at the Empire State Building. The skyscraper isn't expected to reach its full height for at least another year. When finished, the giant monolith will be capped with a 408-foot-tall needle that...

Budget Travel Zen: 10 Free/Donation-Based Yoga Studios In The US

Budget Travel Zen: 10 Free/Donation-Based Yoga Studios In The US Apr 4th, 2012 at 11:00AM: Knotted shoulders... stiff necks... flight delay anxiety... pent-up aggression toward the armrest-hogger seated next to you on the plane. Travel certainly has its ways of winding you up, and there's nothing like a great yoga class to wind back down. But with trendy studios charging upwards of $25 per class, it can be difficult to find a practice that doesn't exceed your daily travel budget....

Find hotel deals with new booking site Guestmob

Find hotel deals with new booking site Guestmob Mar 22nd, 2012 at 2:00PM: The Internet has brought us many ways to research and book hotels at prices much lower than the hotels' published rate. Aggregate sites like Kayak and Orbitz give you the best available rate (BAR) without pre-payment on a specific hotel, while "opaque" sites like Priceline and Hotwire allow you to bid for a room below BAR but the actual property remains hidden until after you book and the purchase...

VIDEO: Chicago dyes river green for St. Patrick's Day

Mar 20th, 2012 at 4:00PM: Still recovering from St. Patrick's Day? Here's a time-lapse video of what you missed in Chicago, where thousands of people gathered to see the Chicago River as it was turned a radioactive shade of green (temporarily replacing its usual murky green). The tradition has been happening for more than 40 years to celebrate the holiday. It all went down at 10 a.m. on Saturday, just before the St....

Genghis Khan exhibit in Chicago the biggest ever

Genghis Khan exhibit in Chicago the biggest ever Feb 27th, 2012 at 3:00PM: A new exhibition at the Field Museum in Chicago spotlights the world's greatest conqueror. Genghis Khan brings together the largest collection of 13th century Mongol artifacts ever. The exhibition traces the career of Genghis Khan from his birth in 1162, to a noble but obscure family, through his conquest of an empire that was larger than the Roman Empire. In fact, it was the largest ever,...

Give Delta's New York LaGuardia shuttle service a try

Give Delta's New York LaGuardia shuttle service a try Feb 24th, 2012 at 10:30AM: Those that travel frequently between New York's LaGuardia and Chicago's O'Hare airport know that it is among the more tedious routes to fly, particularly if you're traveling on a legacy carrier. Older, less comfortable airplanes, tiny overhead bins packed to the gills with carry-on luggage, and heavy flight traffic are all the norm, leading to plenty of stressed-out travelers. It's for exactly...

Destination information tool promises increased travel safety, eventually

Destination information tool promises increased travel safety, eventually Feb 1st, 2012 at 2:00PM: Destination information from a trusted source can make for a rich travel experience and help keep us safe. Knowing where to go (and not go) in a city we have not traveled to before can be valuable information to have on hand. Trip Sentry, a new search engine for travelers, hopes to become the authority site for connecting people on the move with travel safety advice. "Trip Sentry solves the...

Orbitz "Insider Index" predicts London, Chicago and Austin will be popular in 2012, looks at 2011 and 2012 travel trends

Orbitz Jan 8th, 2012 at 11:00AM: According to Orbitz's annual survey, released this week, London, Chicago and Austin are primed to be top travel destinations in 2012. The "Insider Index" used both travel experts and the OTA's booking and consumer search data to predict what they think will happen in the 2012 travel market. Hotspots for 2012 London: London will mark its place in history as the only city to host the...

Most booked locations for MLK weekend getaways

Most booked locations for MLK weekend getaways Jan 5th, 2012 at 1:30PM: Want to know where to head for MLK weekend? Hotwire just announced the top 10 most booked destinations travelers are visiting over Martin Luther King Day weekend. Several cities have historic significance, including Atlanta, where Martin Luther King Jr. he received his B.A. degree at Morehouse College and where the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Center was founded as well as Chicago, was the...

Largest urban park in the contiguous U.S.A planned for Chicago

Largest urban park in the contiguous U.S.A planned for Chicago Jan 4th, 2012 at 1:00PM: The Green Urbanist recently reported plans for the constructing of the largest urban park in the contiguous United States. Claiming Chicago as its home, this park project is reported to have $17 million in backing from the state of Illinois. The project aims to convert 140,000 acres of both under-used and post-industrial land into a public recreation zone. These acres lay along Chicago's southern...

Johnny Jet feature premiers on the Travel Channel, January 1st

Johnny Jet feature premiers on the Travel Channel, January 1st Dec 30th, 2011 at 1:00PM: The last time I saw John DiScala – better known as Johnny Jet -- was at the JW Marriott tour in Chicago. Exhausted from a day long flight from Helsinki I wandered into a journalist's dinner at the freshly opened hotel and saw my old friend sitting among a group of eager young writers and polished senior management. As usual, he was lighting up the room and vivaciously engaging with the...

Radisson Blu debuts in Chicago

Radisson Blu debuts in Chicago Dec 4th, 2011 at 10:00AM: Radisson has been a familiar name in hospitality in the United States for more than 100 years. But last month marked the first time that a Radisson Blu-branded property opened on U.S. soil. The Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel opened in Chicago on November 1, 2011, promising to be a major player on the Windy City's design hotel scene. "The reception has been amazing," says Fred Khoury, Director of...

Chicago's loop in HD

Nov 19th, 2011 at 10:00AM: Want to spend a lazy day riding around on an architecturally-scenic elevated railroad in Illinois? Now, you can. Watching this high definition video by Michael Salisbury, listening to the dreamy, relaxed sounds of Boards of Canada, you will be transported to The Loop in Chicago. Glance out your window at the commercial style architecture, the impressively complex rail tracks, and some of the...

Super Mario flashmob takes over the Chicago, Illinois, Magnificent Mile

Nov 10th, 2011 at 5:30PM: On Wednesday, more than 90 costumed Super Marios took over the streets of the Chicago, Illinois, Magnificent Mile. Around lunchtime, the flash mob broke out into dance in front of the John Hanock Center in an effort to promote Ninetendo's new video game, Super Mario 3D Land. As you can see in the video, one man really enjoyed Nintendo's marketing efforts (although he had some trouble getting...

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