• Chicago Marathon and Local Street Festivals Are Now CanceledChicago Marathon and Local Street Festivals Are Now Canceled
    While bars and restaurants are still operational (though even that currently hangs in the balance given the recent safety violations and rises in case numbers), the list of cancellations for the summer (and now the fall) grows ever larger. The Bank of America Chicago Marathon and a handful of local… Read more »
  • Chicago’s Emergency Travel Advisory Takes Effect TodayChicago’s Emergency Travel Advisory Takes Effect Today
    The public health order issued on the evening of Thursday, July 2nd, by Dr. Allison Arwady, the leader of the Chicago Department of Public Health, goes into effect today. Chicago’s Emergency Travel Advisory was ordered by Mayor Lori Lightfoot last week amid the concerns of rising coronavirus case numbers in… Read more »
  • 6 Chicago Attractions Opening to Visitors This July6 Chicago Attractions Opening to Visitors This July
    With the continued (and careful) implementation of Phase 4 in Chicago, we’re seeing more and more businesses and attractions reopen across the city. Many of us are eager to regain some semblance of normalcy — at least when it comes to our summer activities — but many of us are… Read more »
  • 6 Places to Shop & Eat at the Magnificent Mile6 Places to Shop & Eat at the Magnificent Mile
    Encompassing a 13-block segment of North Michigan Avenue, The Magnificent Mile has long been known to locals and tourists alike for being a destination for shopping, dining, and entertainment. Michigan Avenue has changed a lot since it was first set on its path to becoming a central commercial area as… Read more »
  • Navy Pier Just Reopened Restaurants & Outdoor Spaces This WeekNavy Pier Just Reopened Restaurants & Outdoor Spaces This Week
    As of yesterday, Chicago’s iconic Navy Pier reopened some of its attractions, patios, and outdoor spaces back to the public. Since the onset of COVID-19, Navy Pier hasn’t been open since March 16th. With the cancelation of so many other Chicago summer staples, the return of this Chicago classic is… Read more »
  • What’s Open (and Closed) in Minneapolis Right NowWhat’s Open (and Closed) in Minneapolis Right Now
    With pandemic restrictions slowly lifting in Minneapolis, many Minnesotans are eager to get out and enjoy the summertime in the city. But it can be tricky trying to find just what there is to do as businesses are only progressively opening. Here’s a look at what is open and what… Read more »
  • 11 Secret Speakeasy Bars Near Minneapolis11 Secret Speakeasy Bars Near Minneapolis
    If a retro wonderment has one longing for yesteryear with their thirst for beer, one may be drawn towards the throwback allure of the speakeasy. Also known as the blind pig or blind tiger, speakeasies came about in the Prohibition era where the tavern experience was a secret to subvert… Read more »
  • 18 Oldest Bars and Restaurants in Minneapolis18 Oldest Bars and Restaurants in Minneapolis
    With an abundance of places in Minneapolis to get your grub and suds, one can afford to be a little more choosy when it comes to picking out a place for food and drink. There’s plenty of history to absorb in this city, especially in establishments that have stood the… Read more »
  • 15 Best Cocktail Bars Near You to Visit This Summer in Minneapolis15 Best Cocktail Bars Near You to Visit This Summer in Minneapolis
    When a simple beer won’t best your thirst, one may seek out one of the best cocktails in Minneapolis for a night out on the town. While there is no shortage of breweries when it comes to ordering up an ale or lager, cocktails can be a tougher call to… Read more »
  • 10 Gorgeous Waterfalls You Can Find Within 2 Hours of the Twin Cities10 Gorgeous Waterfalls You Can Find Within 2 Hours of the Twin Cities
    Waterfalls are always enchanting and seem to only exist in fairytale lands. No true! Minnesota is not only the Land of 10,000 Lakes, but it is also home to hundreds of waterfalls. These waterfalls are among local favorites and within a two-hour drive of the Twin Cities. Photo Credit: Minnehaha… Read more »
  • 10 Best Scenic Motorcycle Rides Near Phoenix, Arizona10 Best Scenic Motorcycle Rides Near Phoenix, Arizona
    The state of Arizona is often showcased in films and photos for its aesthetic scenery, and for those who love to get outside and enjoy it for themselves, there are plenty of ways to do that. If you have a motorcycle and want to ride some of the most scenic… Read more »
  • 10 Gorgeous Arizona State Parks Within 3 Hours of Phoenix10 Gorgeous Arizona State Parks Within 3 Hours of Phoenix
    Arizona is known for its rugged, natural beauty, and, as anyone could guess, there are tons of state parks that act as tributes to protecting that beauty. But what if you just want to go for a day trip outside your Phoenix abode? Well, these 10 Arizona state parks are… Read more »
  • 8 Incredible Hot Dogs You Can Get Near Phoenix8 Incredible Hot Dogs You Can Get Near Phoenix
    Whatever American fare you’re looking for around Phoenix, you’re likely to find it — from burgers to pizza to wings. That rule also applies to one of the biggest food staples we all know and love: hot dogs! The Phoenix area definitely has a lot of hot dog eateries that… Read more »
  • 10 Best Crave-Worthy Ice Cream Shops in Phoenix10 Best Crave-Worthy Ice Cream Shops in Phoenix
    I scream you scream, we all scream for… quarantine! Just kidding, the correct answer is ice cream. While store-bought gallons are all well and good, a sweet scoop or two from your favorite ice cream shop is so much better. Here are some of the best ice cream shops near… Read more »
  • Best Tacos To Try Near You in PhoenixBest Tacos To Try Near You in Phoenix
    For the perfect Taco Tuesday, or really any other day of the week, these are the best tacos in Phoenix, hands down. Go ahead and fight us on it. We want to know what you think in the comments below! Photo Credit: Taco Guild Taco Guild | 546 E Osborn… Read more »

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