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ssFall means crisper temperatures, the changing of the leaves and a perfect time for outdoor activities. Here are some top spots to bring the fall season to life. On Labor Day, I chatted with Good Day LA about this topic. Video below.      1. Montana: Whitefish, Glacier During the summer, Glacier National Park sees over 1 million visitors. After August, the park becomes less congested so the chances seeing wildlife increases.  Stay in Whitefish  (25 miles to West...

CHECK OUT THE 606/ BLOOMINGDALE TRAIL This 2.7 mile park and trail system runs along Bloomingdale Ave (1800 N), from Ridgeway Ave (3750 W) on the west to Ashland Ave (1600 W) on the east through the neighborhoods of Wicker Park, Bucktown, Logan Square, Humboldt Park. The trail is peppered with artwork by locals. You can bike the trail or partake in the many arts activities throughout the month of September. BON APPÉTIT PRESENTS CHICAGO GOURMET:...

When seasoned travelers are told that a hotel promises an “authentic” experience, the visceral response is an eye roll. Authenticity is a vibe, not an adjective that can be blithely assigned to a space. But this type of emotional nirvana—the warm glow of intuitively connecting with a setting—can be earned through strong design and honest storytelling. And the new Chicago Athletic Association Hotel is authentic. Read the rest of the story here! ...

David Burke’s Primehouse at The James Hotel is known for massive steaks and classic, gut expanding sides. But, for summer, the restaurant veers from its meat and potato repertoire with a super cool ice cream program, a Friday afternoon Pop Up ice cream shop located within the hotel’s smack-in-the-middle-of-everything Rush Street lobby. To keep things interesting, flavors are rotated weekly and announced on Wednesdays via Primehouse social media platforms. What’s new? This summer Executive Pastry...

Now that the weather has changed, it’s all about enjoying the great outdoors. Here are five excellent activities to take advantage of this June! AL FRESCO DINNER Expat 118 N Green St. Element Collective’s groovy al fresco pop-up restaurant on a sidewalk on Green Street features fresh, local flavors, boozy sno-cones and an extensive rosé list. Parson’s Chicken and Fish 2952 W Armitage Ave. If you want to avoid overpriced cocktails, head west to this hipster patio in Logan Square for...

In this landscape of hyper esoteric menus, it is refreshing to break bread-or, ham hock hush puppies in an al fresco situation that offers high flavor and low pretension. Just west of the city, Parsons Chicken and Fish is a beacon for hipsters with a penchant for honest food and drink that is fast, simple and cheap. The patio (which becomes an ice skating rink during the winter) has a cult following for its $8...

Beach break? Mountain trek? Wildlife adventure? African odyssey? Summer is that sublime time of year when families can travel unencumbered by school schedules. Choices abound. Some destinations are all about kids, all of the time. Other properties may tolerate children but certainly do not lay out a welcome mat. Then, there is that gorgeous place in between; properties that cater to families with thoughtful perks and culturally rich activities. This list is designed for parents...

  As an expert for Travel + Leisure, I get to do a lot of very cool test drives: chocolate tastings in London, cooking classes in Paris, spontaneous hotel reviews and more. But, writing this story about Chicago’s best rooftops was one of my favorite projects. Not only did I get to taste delightful cocktails, I also got to sit down and drink in the city’s incredible views. Walking around Chicago is one thing. But, sitting...

Why Chicago Needs Another Steakhouse   You wont find a caesar salad in Jose Garces’ new Argentine steakhouse. Or, creamed spinach. Not even that sacred of sacred sides, the blue cheese coated tomato wedge. Broiled T Bone? Nope. No way. No how. The Iron Chef is not dissing these classic chophouse offerings. A born and bred Chicagoan,  marbled beef and hash browns practically gallop through his veins. Rural Society is just a different sort of spot. It’s a...