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My New York friends say, "It's so clean." My San Francisco friends say, "People are so friendly here." My Washington friends say, "It's so real and gritty." My friends from Atlanta say, "There's so much art here." My mother from Philadelphia says,...
There are two kinds of people in the world: those who are willing to go anywhere for something good to eat, and those whose last supper would consist of whatever's in the fridge. As a food critic, my job is to uncover the best kielbasa, the fluffi...
The eighties slogan has been replaced with "Worship your body, nourish your soul." To that end, temples of fitness are reinterpreting what it means to work out, focusing on healthy living rather than just feeling the burn. Along with treadmills, N...
Converting pagans. Raising the dead. Chasing every last snake out of Ireland. Saint Patrick is known, by history and by legend, for many things, but to Americans he is the patron saint of partying. Nevertheless, Boston, America’s home to all thin...
Chicago's hottest nightspot is luring crowds with shimmering white powder (the legal kind). At the 4,000-square-foot dessert bar Sugar (108 W. Kinzie St.; 312/822-9999), beehive lamps and marzipan-textured walls are a kitschy homage to all things ...
Ebisu Tokyo By Erika Lederman The area around Ebisu train station is finally living up to its name. According to Japanese folklore, Ebisu is one of the seven gods of good luck, and the statue of this fat little man at the entrance to Ebisu s...
"Riding a GPS-equipped bus in Barcelona," says Maxwell L. Anderson, director of New York's Whitney Museum of American Art, "I got a hilarious glimpse of the future. If a bus driver needs a satellite to tell him where he is, there really are no lim...
chic sleeps Chicago now has double W's. W Chicago—City Center (172 W. Adams St.; 877/946-8357 or 312/332-1200; doubles from $329) targets young urban hipsters with its suave lobby scene—a DJ spins nightly in the cathedral-like lobby. Several ...
Restaurateurs and chefs as agents of urban renewal?In Chicago, they are playing a vital role in the city's New Urbanism by luring diners to neighborhoods on the verge. Check out some of the Second City's best new transformations. Avec 615 W. RAND...
Nau The Concept This Portland, Oregon–based outdoor clothing company uses innovative online retailing to create a pioneering shopping concept. The Stores At locations in Chicago, Boulder, Portland, and Bellevue, Washington, customers get a 10 pe...
The novelist Richard Wright, who migrated from Mississippi and spent his formative years in Chicago, got pounded by the city's drama. But in time he came to admire it. Wright later wrote: "There is an open and raw beauty about that city that seems...
The malling of Michigan Avenue and Oak Street — Chicago's favorite shopping hubs — might not bother mall rats and label victims. For those who prefer a less predictable experience, there's Bucktown—Wicker Park, just 10 minutes by car (or a 15-min...
Now that Lincoln Park and Wicker Park have been discovered, North Southport Avenue is drawing the city's edgy style mavens up to Wrigleyville. Named for the hearththrob in the eighties cult classic Sixteen Candles, Jake (No. 3740; 773/929-...
It's not always the four-star meals that stick in our memories when we travel. Sometimes the most evocative foods are simple, local dishes with everyday tastes. Look at a map of the United States: almost any port city you see could be marked by a ...
Family vacations should be fun, of course, but we always hope they’ll do more—kindle an interest, inspire a career, or at least pry them away from computer screens. Here, the 10 U.S. sites guaranteed to rock young worlds.