Illinois

Tips and Articles in Illinois

City guides are a natural for the Web— how better to get good information fast?— and some smart money is betting on them. Microsoft has snapped up top editorial talent for its new Sidewalk sites (www.sidewalk.com): the one on Seattle is in full sw...
WRIGHT'S OWN SUMMER AND WINTER RETREATS No houses by Frank Lloyd Wright are more important than those he designed for himself, and together Taliesin and Taliesin West sum up his genius in a very personal way. Wright grew up in Wisconsin's Helena ...
“If you don’t like the weather, wait three minutes,” a friend told me soon after I landed in Chicago. This is one of the most frequently uttered clichés about the Windy City, and now I know why. I arrived to fine spring sunshine, and in no time wa...
Everyone who travels through Chicago will tell you about the tunnel that connects Concourses B and C in O’Hare’s Terminal 1. First, you descend by escalator, and then you find yourself on a moving sidewalk, surrounded by neon lights and soothing m...
Of all the hair-brained travel ventures that come across our desk, this one’s the, uh, well, hairiest. The issue: while most airlines let small pets ride with their owners, larger animals are ignominiously shunted into cargo. Solution: Pet Airways...
“I grew up in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and Route 66 was always a part of my life. But it wasn’t until I became an adult that I started to appreciate its history. When I moved to Los Angeles as a young actor, I used to drive back to Oklahoma on I-40 becaus...
Reader's FindOur recent stay in Fez was close to perfection. We discovered La Maison Bleue (phone and fax 212-5/741-843; www.fesnet.net.ma/maisonbleue; suites from $205), an exquisite hotel in a meticulously restored 1915 mansion. The six gu...
When you travel into nature, finding an eco-lodge or eco-friendly resort is becoming easier and easier. But what happens when you travel through America’s cities?The sad truth is that green travel in the U.S. pales when compared to Europe, so more...
Heads swiveled at a recent Texas dinner party when a CEO announced that a day spa was on his cell-phone speed dial. Massage, he explained, is the only thing that helps when his back coils up like a mattress spring. It's a bizarre picture, a hard-c...
The best drink we’ve had in months was a simple Scotch at Star Bar (starbar.jp), in Tokyo, that took 15 minutes to make, thanks to the hand-carved ice. There’s no question that “rocks” are the cocktail ingredient of the moment. Chicago’s Violet ...
Chicago: The Look of the New One of America’s greatest encyclopedic museums, the Art Institute of Chicago, is breathing new life into its hallowed halls with an ambitious transformation that leaves few corners of the venerable 130-year-old instit...
A new generation of operatic artists is bringing a burst of energy—and unprecedented acting chops—to classic roles. An ideal: Natalie Dessay, a waif with a light coloratura voice and a commitment to the story that sends her whole body quivering as...
Opening this month in the heart of Chicago, the 24.5-acre Millennium Park (www.millenniumpark.org) brings together some of the most innovative minds in contemporary art, architecture, landscape design, and sculpture. A formerly neglected plot of r...
“I had hoped to visit a friend in Africa this summer,” admits Susan McCombs, of Kensington, California. “But with recent increases in fuel and ticket prices, I’m not sure I’ll ever get there.” For Kathleen Kamerick of Iowa City, Iowa, “Flying is s...
Hey, squirt, how about some mac and mascarpone?It's on the kids' menu (yes, the kids' menu) at the Bacara Resort's Bistro (8301 Hollister Ave., Santa Barbara, Calif.; 805/571-4217 ), along with heirloom-tomato soup and petit filet of beef with pom...