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AIR Chicago Radio Station Launches Monday at O'Hare, Midway Airports

AIR Chicago Radio Station Launches Monday at O'Hare, Midway Airports Nov 22nd, 2013 at 4:57PM: Flickr/France 1978 Just in time for the holiday season-amazing how that works!-this Monday will see the launch of AIR Chicago, "the first 24-hour-a-day airport radio station dedicated to keeping O'Hare and Midway travelers in tune with Chicago Department of Aviation information, airport traffic, weather, business news, smooth jazz music and much more." Travelers can access the stations...

$56 A Night To Pitch A Tent? Happy Memorial Day Weekend!

$56 A Night To Pitch A Tent? Happy Memorial Day Weekend! May 21st, 2013 at 10:00AM: Since when did camping become expensive? I live in Chicago and have spent a ridiculous amount of time researching places to camp over the Memorial Day weekend in the last two weeks. If I had planned ahead, booking a campsite would be quick and easy but we tend not to plan very far in advance, which makes travel during holidays complicated and sometimes expensive. We wanted to camp at Devil's...

10 Offbeat Things To Do In Chicago

10 Offbeat Things To Do In Chicago Apr 17th, 2013 at 10:00AM: If you've never been to Chicago, or you've only visited during the winter, which tends to last roughly from early fall through late spring, you have to see the place in the summer. As soon as the weather gets warm, the city's residents flock to the lakefront and the place buzzes with live music, street festivals and places to dine al fresco. The typical tourist itinerary includes stops at the...

The Richard H. Driehaus Museum: Chicago's Downton Abbey

The Richard H. Driehaus Museum: Chicago's Downton Abbey Mar 12th, 2013 at 10:00AM: As a longtime Chicago resident, I've walked or driven past the Nickerson Mansion on Erie Street hundreds of times. But I never thought about going inside the place, which is now the Richard Driehaus Museum, until I read all the rave reviews of it on Trip Advisor. I had no idea that we had one of the country's finest Gilded Age mansions and resolved to see the place for myself. It's easy to...

Cochon 555 Pork Competition Turns Five, Kicks Off February 17 In Atlanta

Cochon 555 Pork Competition Turns Five, Kicks Off February 17 In Atlanta Feb 8th, 2013 at 12:00PM: Much ado about pork products is made on Gadling, with good reason. Even if you're sick to death of pork-centric eateries, and lardo this and sausage that, it's hard to deny the allure of the other white meat (I can't tell you how many vegetarians and vegans I know who still have a jones for bacon). For those of you wanting to attend the ultimate porkapalooza, get your tickets for Cochon 555, a...

Events Worth Planning A Trip Around In 2013

Events Worth Planning A Trip Around In 2013 Jan 21st, 2013 at 9:00AM: Have you ever landed in a place to find out you arrived just after the town's can't-miss event of the year? Well, hopefully that won't happen again this year. Gadling bloggers racked their brains to make sure our readers don't overlook the best parties to be had throughout the world in 2013. Below are more than 60 music festivals, cultural events, pilgrimages and celebrations you should...

A Video Tour Of Chicago's Christkindl Market And CTA's Holiday Train

A Video Tour Of Chicago's Christkindl Market And CTA's Holiday Train Dec 15th, 2012 at 10:00AM: There is nothing quite like the smell of a Christmas market. Step anywhere near Chicago's Christkindlmarket and you'll pick up the intoxicating scents of grilled meats, roasting nuts, glühwein, sizzling potato pancakes and incense. It's enough to get even the biggest Scrooge into the holiday spirit. Chicago's Christkindlmarket is a mini version of the Nuremberg Christkindlmarket in Germany...

Eating Out In Chicago For $3.49

Eating Out In Chicago For $3.49 Oct 28th, 2012 at 11:00AM: Is it possible to get lunch in Chicago for $3.49? That was the question I sought to answer on Friday at Annapurna, an Indian vegetarian restaurant on Devon Avenue, in the heart of Chicago's largest South Asian neighborhood. Whenever I need a quick trip to a foreign country but can't make it to O'Hare, I gravitate to one of my two favorite ethnic enclaves in Chicago: the Arab corridor of Albany...

10 Chicago Suburbs That Don't Suck

10 Chicago Suburbs That Don't Suck Oct 23rd, 2012 at 11:00AM: Travel writers don't spend much time waxing poetic on the joys of American suburbia – and for good reason. Spending time in the suburbs of most American cities is about as exciting as listening to a filibuster attempt on C-Span. Unless you enjoy the numbing sensation that comes from driving past row upon row of characterless houses, strip malls as far as the eye can see and the identical...

Chicago Day Trip: Pig Racing, Groundhogs And A Few Hippies In Woodstock, IL

Chicago Day Trip: Pig Racing, Groundhogs And A Few Hippies In Woodstock, IL Oct 22nd, 2012 at 9:00AM: There is nothing like a really good pig race on a glorious autumn afternoon in the Midwest. I have to admit, I had never really associated pigs with speed until I happened upon my first ever pig race while on a family outing at the All Seasons Apple Orchard and Pumpkin Patch in Woodstock, a graceful small town built around a picturesque square about an hour northwest of Chicago. But those pigs...

Cortland, Illinois: The Small Town That Claims To Be Big

Cortland, Illinois: The Small Town That Claims To Be Big Sep 11th, 2012 at 10:00AM: Small towns all over America attempt to find novel ways to market themselves to outsiders. You see these efforts, some of them logical, some boastful, others ridiculous, on signs all over the country. America's friendliest town! A Great Place to Live! Boyhood Home of Rutherford B. Hayes! Home of the Little League World Series Quarterfinalists, The Screaming Owls! The most common tactics for...

Olde Schaumburg Centre: America's Least Impressive Historic District?

Olde Schaumburg Centre: America's Least Impressive Historic District? Aug 4th, 2012 at 11:00AM: At the intersection of Roselle and Schaumburg Roads in Schaumburg, Illinois, you'll find one of America's least impressive historic districts. I was en route to Oberweis, a Chicago-area chain ice cream parlor my wife and I like when we noticed a sign indicated that the strip mall that Oberweis was located in was called the "town square" and surrounding area was dubbed "Olde Schaumburg Centre"...

I Can Barely Afford To Eat At Panera

I Can Barely Afford To Eat At Panera Jul 25th, 2012 at 11:00AM: A month ago, I was eating a terrific meal at a taverna right on a lovely beach on the Greek island of Patmos when a perverse thought occurred to me. "I bet this lunch is cheaper than we'd pay at a Panera, in some strip mall somewhere in the U.S.," I said to my wife, who was finishing up a carafe of the house red that cost the equivalent of $4. I made the comment somewhat in jest, but...

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...

Archaeologists Uncover Suburb Of Giant Largest Prehistoric City

Archaeologists Uncover Suburb Of Giant Largest Prehistoric City Jun 3rd, 2012 at 11:00AM: The ancient city of Cahokia in Illinois was the center of an advanced civilization from about 700 to 1400 A.D. Covering six square miles and home to up to 20,000 people, it was the largest prehistoric city north of Mexico. It ruled over a large area and had trade networks stretching across North America. Dozens of mounds dot the site, atop which the people built temples and homes for the...

Native American Burials Looted At Illinois State Historic Site

Native American Burials Looted At Illinois State Historic Site May 26th, 2012 at 2:30PM: Native American burial mounds at Kincaid Mounds State Historic Site have been illegally excavated and driven over in the worst desecration of a state historic site the state has seen in years. The Chicago Tribune reports that someone has dug holes into one of the Native American burials. In a separate incident, someone drove a vehicle over one of the mounds. It's unclear if anything was...

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...

Barbed Wire Museums Take On A Prickly Subject

Barbed Wire Museums Take On A Prickly Subject May 10th, 2012 at 2:00PM: I've always loved museums on obscure subjects because they teach you how overlooked objects can have a big influence. Barbed wire is one of those objects. While various inventors started experimenting with barbed wire in the 1850s, the founder of barbed wire is generally considered to be Joseph Glidden, whose 1873 design soon stretched across the American West. Before then, it was nearly...

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...

Horse slaughter: the meat of the matter now that Congress has lifted controversial ban

Horse slaughter: the meat of the matter now that Congress has lifted controversial ban Dec 4th, 2011 at 12:00PM: If you're of a certain age, you might recall that until the 1940's, horse was eaten in the United States--most notably during World War II, when beef prices rose and supply dwindled. By the eighties, dining on Mr. Ed definitely wasn't culturally acceptable, even if purchased for "pet food," and in 1998, California Proposition 6 outlawed horse meat and slaughter for human consumption. Why,...

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