| Jun 24, 2011
| 10:53 AM
Michigan's Port Huron is a vacation secret. It's also a connection for Midwesterners driving to Canadian destinations, such as Toronto. Instead of taking the Ambassador Bridge from Detroit into Windsor, Ontario, or the Detroit-Windsor tunnel, opt for...
| Jul 14, 2011
There are many fine things to do with Lake Michigan. Swim. Fish. Lie on its beaches. Watch the sun rise from Wisconsin. Watch the sun set from Michigan. One of its most enticing draws is driving around it; no matter where you start, you'll cover about 1,...
| Jun 21, 2011
| 12:47 PM
Christopher Gorham has a good theory about stardom: "When people ask me, 'Are you famous?' I'm like, 'Well, I guess, no." The 36-year-old California-based actor is shooting the second season of the spy series "Covert Affairs," which airs on the USA...
| Aug 6, 2011
Steps away from the Magnificent Mile sits the Affinia Chicago, but that's not the most attractive trait of this boutique hotel. What's impressive is that the Affinia has all the hot-button amenities you would look for in a downtown hotel — a rooftop...
| Aug 10, 2011
Delivering a 50-ton bulldozer to a lumber camp in northern British Columbia was the best vacation trip Mary Stiles ever took.
No roads lead to the lumber camp, so the bulldozer was delivered by landing craft similar to those that delivered young GIs to...
| May 10, 2011
What do Brazil, China and India have in common?
All require American travelers to get a visa. And they are not the only countries.
"A lot of people don't know visas exist, or they think U.S. citizens don't need one," says Diane Kakoz, manager of B&K...
| Jul 13, 2011
By most indications, business travel is becoming healthy once more.
Among the most telling signs come from the TravelClick North American Hospitality Review, which tracks hotel reservation and group sales data. The report tracks business travel through...
| May 13, 2011
| 3:21 PM
Within walking distance of Lakeshore and Water Tower Place is a wooded beachfront area where you won't have to fight crowds, commuters or conventioneers, and most days you'll be able to revel in the quiet.
After all, it's not Chicago's Gold Coast. In the...
| Jul 16, 2011
| 2:01 PM
A few years into John Butts' superintendent job in DuPage's Lake Park High School District 108, a lucrative perk showed up in his contract: 300 sick days.
In an amendment to his contract, the school board signed off on 150 sick days in 2006-07 —...
| Jul 16, 2011
| 2:01 PM
Stanley Fields resigned after just a year as superintendent of a suburban Cook County school district where he was put on leave, faced with firing and ultimately required to apologize to the community. Still, he walked away with a $100,000 severance...
| Jul 12, 2011
| 1:58 PM
When he's not sailing or playing music you would likely find John Gilbert in the woodworking shop at Plymouth Place in La Grange Park.
Gilbert was instrumental in planning the shop during a renovation project several years ago and is partially...