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STAYCATIONS Hotel Intercontinental Michigan Avenue - In Chicago, a hotel on the stretch of Michigan Avenue known as the Magnificent Mile better be able to impress on a variety of levels. The Hotel Intercontinental Michigan Avenue ( 505 N. Michigan Ave.; ICChicagoHotel.com ) even has a website that reads "An Exclusive Downtown Chicago Address." While that's true, does the hotel really deliver—and should someone come on ...


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TRAVEL Savannah, Georgia: Southern hospitality and a side helping of history - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Savannah, Georgia, is a gorgeous study in contrasts. Because of its geography ( being in the South but also on the coast of the Atlantic Ocean ), it's a place where massive oak trees sporting Spanish moss share real estate with palm trees; where old-school Southern cuisine ( fried chicken, collard greens, banana pudding ) mixes with coastal culinary offerings ...


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Windy City Times publishes LGBT Visitor's Guide to Chicago and Illinois - Visitors to Chicago have a new guide to help navigate LGBTQ and mainstream events and places to see: The OUT! Guide: Chicago's LGBTQ Visitor's Guide is now available. The 124-page guide, published by Windy City Times, includes a section on things to do outside of the city, from the Shawnee National Forest to Starved Rock State Park and Springfield. The ...


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International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association Makes History in Cape Town - From a press release - Cape Town ( 25 April 2016 )—The International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association's 33rd Annual Global Convention, held 14-16 April in Cape Town, was not only the first LGBT tourism conference on the African continent, but also the association's largest event outside of North America. More than 300 delegates from 26 countries participated over the three-day event at the Belmond ...


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LGBT Caucus asks Emanuel to consider North Carolina travel ban - Members of the Chicago City Council's LGBT Caucus, on March 29, wrote to Mayor Rahm Emanuel and asked that he implement a ban on non-essential travel to North Carolina for city-related business while anti-LGBT laws signed there last week are in effect. The proposed ban would join Chicago with New York City, San Francisco and Seattle, which also banned non-essential ...


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TRAVEL Try something new for your spring fling - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Spring break, here we come! There are so many great choices—from Purple Party in Dallas to the White Party in Palm Springs. Key West is always a hot spot and Fort Lauderdale is a perennial favorite. How about a change of pace with the change of season? Gay Polo Week Discover The Palm Beaches, in partnership with Palm Beach ...


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Oklahoma City stakes a claim in tourism - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Oklahoma may have been late to the game by joining the union as the 46th state, but it quickly growing catching up in the world of tourism. This is a worthy territory ready for discovery in the southern central region of the United States and is more than a Rodgers and Hammerstein musical. Getting there is half the battle and ...


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Rosemont hosts travel/adventure show - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The 12th Annual Chicago Travel & Adventure Show landed at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, Illinois, on Jan. 23- 24. Hoping to stir tourism with locals, companies were on hand to entertain and give out information. Official travel partner AAA Travel stands out every year with a massive display right front and center in the convention area ...


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Travel/adventure show Jan. 23-24 - The 2016 Chicago Travel & Adventure Show returns to the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, 5555 N. River Rd, Rosemont, on Jan. 23-24. The line-up of featured speakers on the 1,000 seat Travel & Adventure Theater stage includes European travel authority Rick Steves, host of PBS' Rick Steves' Europe; CBS travel editor Peter Greenberg; Frommer's Guide editor Pauline Frommer; family ...


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STAYCATIONS Hard Rock Hotel: A thematic spot that's a lot of fun - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Staycations have been popular for a number of years, and the advantages of having one in a city the size of Chicago are numerous—including being able to check out sights you normally miss out on, for various reasons. I recently had the chance to check out the Hard Rock Hotel Chicago ( 230 N. Michigan Ave.; HardRockHotelChicago.com ), and left ...


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TRAVEL Gay getaway to Palm Springs - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - With cold weather approaching in Chicago now is the time to take a trip to the desert paradise of Palm Springs, California. The name is said to come from Spanish explorers who described it as being the palm of God's hand. As a tourist there is a lot to grab onto. American Airlines has direct flights to this balmy destination ...


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TRAVEL Cincinnati, northern Kentucky: Good times, A (art) to Z (Zula) - It was interesting: When I told several people I'd be headed to Cincinnati, Ohio, and neighboring northern Kentucky, I pretty much received a collective shrug as well as comments like, "You'll probably run out of things to do within a day." Well, I'm here to tell people near and far that Cincinnati and Kentucky have a LOT to offer—primarily with ...


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TRAVEL Feeling jolly and gay in London - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - There is so much to do and see in London, the capital of England, that it can be a bit of a challenge to not be bloody confused. Here are some ideas on what take in over a weekend. Flying directly overnight on a Friday allows one to rise early to take on the long U.K. Saturday. American Airlines has ...


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TRAVEL Scruff: Hooking guys up with travel and safety - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - To mark the five-year anniversary one of the world's largest apps connecting gay men worldwide, Scruff announced new features to keep you safe while traveling and to help you travel better. Gay men are travelers, so it is no surprise that Scruff launched Scruff Venture, a groundbreaking feature that redefined the "hookup" app space helping to distinguish Scruff apart from ...


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TRAVEL Sun over Miami - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - For some reason, people don't consider Florida technically the South but they should try heading even farther down the pike to the southeastern part of the state to the unique city of Miami. A mix of accents—from Southern to Latin to high-society dialects—can be found. This is a metropolitan area with a strong artist community and shopping galore. Cruise ships ...


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Tips for traveling abroad - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - As summer 2015 comes to a close and your travel wallets turn to fall and winter escapes, it is good to review a few tips when you are traveling far away from home—especially out of the country. Here are five tips to make your trip safe and fun. Keeping in mind that some trips to nearby Canada and Mexico are ...


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TRAVEL Saugatuck and Grand Rapids: Pristine and progressive - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - "I can't believe this is your first time here." If I had a dollar for every time I heard that during a recent writers' excursion to the Michigan enclaves of Saugatuck and Grand Rapids, I felt I could've purchased a home there. However, all those people did have a point: These places are basically a hop, skip and a jump ...


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TRAVEL Soar into Arizona - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Arizona, also known as the Grand Canyon State, is quite immense, being the sixth largest state. The state capital, Phoenix, is known for having LGBT-friendly businesses and a rapidly expanding artist community. Phoenix is the largest city in Arizona, with Tucson being second. While the heat can be brutal at times in the summer months, Arizona is the perfect destination ...


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Airbnb plays key role in local lesbian couple's wedding - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Every couple's wedding story is as unique as the couples themselves and for Chicago couple Amy Ferguson and Holly Gitlin that involves the lodging rental company Airbnb. Ferguson and Gitlin were planning on getting married on Memorial Day weekend in 2013, however, they were running out of funds for their dream wedding and were considering taking second jobs to pay ...


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TRAVEL Sand Blast in Atlantic City; Olivia, R Family in Mexico - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - 'Sand Blast' at Atlantic City July 17-19 The gay summer-beach event "Sand Blast" will return to Atlantic City, New Jersey, on July 17-19. The first of the weekend's 13 events kicks off on Friday, July 17, with its traditional beach day located at the gay beach directly in front of The Claridge, the host hotel. That evening, from 7-9 p.m., ...


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Dublin Pride has much to celebrate - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The sidewalks of O'Connell Street in the heart of Dublin's city center began to fill only moments before first banner arrived. With an expected 60,000 in attendance, Dublin's 2015 Pride Parade is the second largest event each year ( behind St. Patrick's Day's ). For a country that is roughly the size and population of Indiana, this is an astonishing ...


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Puerto Vallarta? Si, gracias! - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Gay Pride in Puerto Vallarta in late May is a great time to visit. The high winter season has just ended and locals working in the tourism-dependent port city are ready for a party. In May, the water is warm, travel deals are plenty and fewer crowds. The snowbirds have gone home and the LGBT locals are ready to let ...


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TRAVEL Los Angeles' queer history: Living the legacy - by Kelsy Chauvin - Despite what gay people think, LGBT Los Angeles does not entirely revolve around West Hollywood. True, the neighborhood has long been a staple of queer culture in this sprawling metropolis, and it certainly boasts enough to qualify it as Boystown West. But beyond WeHo's vibrant day- and nightlife, it's time to shine the spotlight at some other points of interest. ...


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TRAVEL French Lick: LGBT hospitality in Indiana - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times by Pamela Dittmer McKuen - Despite the passage of Indiana's potentially discriminatory Religious Freedom Restoration Act ( RFRA ), the historic and luxurious French Lick Resort continues to extend a warm welcome to its LGBT guests. "We, as a company, have always been inclusive," said Joseph Vezzoso Jr., vice president of resort operations. "We want everyone to feel welcome, regardless of gender, race, age, sexual ...


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Annual fundraiser aims to help Cuba - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - After several meaningful, emotional, aid-driven trips to Cuba, one of Art Johnston's most memorable was in 2013—for what he missed in Illinois. Johnston and his longtime partner, Pepe Pena, plus a small group of other aid-workers from Illinois were in Cuba that November while the same-sex marriage bill passed in Springfield, leading to the legalization of gay marriage in Illinois—which ...


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Sonoma to host LGBT business expo - Out in the Vineyard—an experiential LGBT wine event and travel company based in California's Sonoma Valley—has announced the first LGBT Business Expo in Sonoma as part of Gay Wine Weekend 2015. The LGBT Business Expo will be held at Gay Wine Weekend's luxury host hotel, MacArthur Place Inn & Spa, June 19-21. In addition, Out in the Vineyard is partnering ...


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Sonoma Valley welcomes LGBT wine travelers - From a press release - SONOMA, Calif. ( April 14, 2015 ) — Out in the Vineyard, an experiential LGBT wine event and travel company based in Sonoma Valley, is pleased to announce it's partnership with Sonoma legendary icons, Williams-Sonoma and Chateau St. Jean Winery for Gay Wine Weekend's "Legendary Sonoma Winemaker Dinner" - a five course culinary adventure, hosted by Chateau St. Jean's award ...


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Union letter questions U.S. Travel Association support of Gulf carriers - From a press release - Washington, D.C. ( March 26, 2015 ) — Today the union presidents of the Association of Flight Attendants; the Association of Professional Flight Attendants; the Communications Workers of America and the International Brotherhood of Teamsters sent a joint letter to the U.S. Travel Association Board questioning their continued support for the repugnant policies of three Gulf carriers — Qatar Airways, ...


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Nightspots travels to Minneapolis/St.Paul - You're gonna make it ( after all ) to some of the hottest spots in the Twin Cities! Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota, is totally driveable from Chicago ( but watch out for those overzealous Wisconsin state troopers, trust ) and well worth the trip. Here are some of my picks ( and pans ) from the nightspots of the north, you ...


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Waikiki Beach has a welcome rainbow for the LGBT community - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - HONOLULU—The epicenter of gay life here is near the intersection of Kalakaua and Kapahulu Streets—about a minute walk away from Waikiki Beach, in the second-story, open-air, scenic spot known as Hula's Bar & Lei Stand. Located inside the Waikiki Grand Hotel, Hula's is a national treasure of the gay community, not just a local stop for mai tais, $6 pitchers ...


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Going to Vegas to 'strip and dip' - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Did you ever fantasize about taking a trip and just being a spa harlot? I mean literally every day—maybe twice a day or more—having every part of your overworked, super stressed body made to feel as beautiful Cleopatra herself? Every once in a while, doesn't everyone need a "strip-and-dip" trip? You've heard of the spa vacations. Almost every tourism office ...


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Richmond: Virginia's capital exudes history and charm - How things have changed. The slogan "Virginia is for lovers" has been in use as the slogan of the state since 1969. However, given its conservative background, Virginia was seen as excluding some couples—most recently, members of the LGBT community. However, same-sex marriage has been legal in the Southern state since last October, following a decision by the Supreme Court ...


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Show lets attendees see the world in one venue - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Wild animals descended upon Rosemont, Illinois, at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center over the weekend of Jan. 17-18. The Chicago Travel & Adventure show brought everything, from owls to Alaskan sled dogs to camel rides, for an annual event that grows a little bigger every year. A mariachi band played to spotlight Mexico close to its booth while cooking ...


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Entertainment: Strayed at expo; Blanco at event; Choice winners - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Travel & adventure expo Jan. 17-18 The 2015 Chicago Travel & Adventure Show will take place Saturday-Sunday, Jan. 17-18 at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont. Now in its 11th year in the Chicago area, the Travel & Adventure Show features more than 1,200 travel experts from the world's top destinations, tours and suppliers to help travel enthusiasts ...


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TRAVEL Key West: Relaxing in the 'Conch Republic' - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Key West is a community that has long defined itself by what it's not. It's not like much of the United States, for example. Key West appeals to folks looking to find a life that's considerably slower and more laid-back—and more tolerant—than what they've experienced elsewhere. In 1982, the community adopted the tongue-in-cheek moniker of "The Conch Republic" to proclaim ...


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TRAVEL Adults-only spots in Cancun - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Cancun has long welcomed sun-seekers of all sorts, including spring-breakers, families, international travelers, and gays and lesbians. Whether you are lusting after a romantic getaway or a rowdy escape, this Mexican coastal city is sure to delight. But perhaps you prefer to indulge your leisure-time tastes in a grown-up setting, without the presence or distraction of children—yours or anyone else's. ...


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TRAVEL RSVP Vacations to mark 30 years - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - LGBT travel is not just about creating a value for our community but it also how we can impact the world through our travels. In 2015, RSVP Vacations will mark 30 years of gay and lesbian cruises with a yearlong celebration highlighted by their largest cruise yet on the brand new Regal Princess. RSVP is taking 3,600 guests cruising from ...


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TRAVEL Las Vegas: Show(s) and tell - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Las Vegas, Nevada, is one of the top tourist destinations in the world and with good reason. Entertainment, dining and relaxation are all within walking distance of upscale luxury properties. First off, pack those bags and fly Southwest Airlines, which has proven itself to be a low-cost carrier. The are many options for a places to rest but Delano Las ...


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R Family Vacations: Staying strong and fabulous - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - R Family Vacations was founded 11 years ago by travel entrepreneur Gregg Kaminsky and Kelli Carpenter and since then 19,000 people have traveled the world with Gregg and Kelli on trips designed just for our community. R Family Vacations is unique in the travel space. The R Family experience is for everyone. Families don't just mean children. It can be ...


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TRAVEL Eureka Springs, Ark.: Living on mountain time - Like the gravity of spring water running down a mountainside, Eureka Springs, Arkansas, located in the Ozarks in the northwest corner of the state, has a power to draw a diverse group of citizens and tourists ... many of whom end up as citizens. It's the kind of place that enchants you and convinces your heart that it's found its ...


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Group offering youths five LGBTQ trips to Israel - Taglit-Birthright Israel, the organization responsible for sending over 400,000 young Jewish adults ( ages 18-26 ) on a free 10-day trip to Israel to learn about their heritage, has opened its improved application portal for its 2014-15 winter season. This year's registration includes five buses with a LGBTQ itinerary. One of the trips leaves from Chicago. Taglit-Birthright Israel has been ...


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TRAVEL Atlantic City is not to be 'Miss'd' - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - ATLANTIC CITY—A few hours after arriving here for a four-day, early September visit ( with Windy City Times Managing Editor Andrew Davis ), I encountered my first link to the LGBT community. Checking out the offerings inside a store at the gorgeous Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa, I saw Andy Cohen's book. It was steps away from the overpriced candy ...


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Columbus, Ohio: Familiarity breeds content(ment) - TRAVEL Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Having visited the very LGBT-friendly city of Columbus, Ohio, a couple times, I wondered if a third time ( with a writers' group ) would continue being the charm, to put a spin on the phrase. However, after encountering a mix of the old and the new, I am happy to report that Ohio's capital is as alluring and fun ...


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Fun in the sun in Fort Lauderdale-with a Chicago twist - TRAVEL Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - FORT LAUDERDALE—The first time I heard about Pineapple Point Guesthouse & Resort, a luxury gay men's bed & breakfast in sunny Florida, I thought about Miss Foozie. I expected Miss Foozie to appear at the front desk during check-in, to brew the morning coffee, hand out towels by the pool and do just about anything else needed at this amazing, ...


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World AIDS Museum opens in Fort Lauderdale - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - FORT LAUDERDALE—Magic Johnson met the media in Los Angeles late in the afternoon on Nov. 7, 1991, to announce his immediate retirement from the NBA after having been diagnosed HIV-positive. Johnson was again talking to the media, this time here in Florida 22 years later to the day of his NBA retirement speech—and again talking about HIV and AIDS. Last ...


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A group trip to Vegas? Plan it right now! - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Planning a 40th birthday party? Getting married to your longtime companion? Looking for the ultimate bachelor or bachelorette party where the boys will only want to see boys? As for the girls, well, they tend to opt for the more refined fun than the boys. The Vegas Strip can be crazy to navigate. Vegas is so big and so exciting, ...


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TRAVEL Toronto tastes the rainbow - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The Church Street area in Toronto, Ontario, is a gay hotspot on any given day, but things turned up a notch for WorldPride this year. Over three days in June, the city was overrun with not only a massive parade but separate Dyke and Trans marches plus a street festival complete with eight stages of live entertainment welcoming more than ...


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TRAVEL Las Vegas: Something old, a lot that's new - "Welcome to the city of Lost Wages." These were the words from a flight attendant during a recent excursion to Las Vegas, Nevada. However, this statement was also an anachronism of sorts—as Vegas now has a whole lot more to offer than gambling ( despite the numerous opportunities throughout the city ). And there's probably no better place to start ...


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Breaking out of the same ol' NYC routine - TRAVEL Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Do you find that when you travel to New York City that you go to familiar places and maybe do the same old thing? I visit NYC several times a month for business. I realized that it is time to break away from my familiar routines and try new things in one of the world's greatest cities. Just in time ...


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DIVERSIONS: TILT at 360 Chicago; ROOF Sundays at theWit - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - First, let me state that I have a genuine fear of heights—or, as I sometimes say, falling from heights. However, I have been pushing boundaries recently, including a three-hour zip-lining tour in Ohio last year that included a short walk across a rope bridge. So when I heard about TILT at 360 Chicago—an enclosed glass-and-steel moveable platform that puts up ...


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Sand Blast, other fun events in Atlantic City this summer - TRAVEL Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - I am an Atlantic City ( AC ) insider. I work for the Atlantic City Alliance, so I am an AC expert of sorts, which makes this column perfect for those interested in AC this summer. Our big news is that Sand Blast, the popular LGBT beach dance event, is debuting in Atlantic City this July. Events are planned throughout ...


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South Dakota: Go where the buffalo roam - TRAVEL Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Ever wonder where the name South Dakota comes from? The state was named after the Lakota and Dakota Sioux Native American tribes, and is still a part of the Midwest. Downtown Rapid City is a unique place to visit. First of all, there are statues of all the presidents on each street corner. Pick your favorite one and make it ...


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Travel expo showcases LGBT-friendly destinations - About 40 vendors participated in the Chicago LGBT travel expo produced by Steven Levenberg Productions at the Center on Halsted May 4. Additional photos at the link: www.windycitymediagroup.com/lgbt/Travel-expo-showcases-LGBT-friendly-destinations/47326.html . "I've been producing special events for the LGBT community for about 20 years and have produced these travel expos for a number of years," CEO Steven Levenberg told Windy City Times. ...


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P'town to celebrate marriage equality in May - The gay mecca of Provincetown, Mass., will commemorate 10 years of marriage equality with a number of celebrations throughout the month of May. People will be able to, among other things, join one of the couples that filed for a same-sex marriage license in Provincetown in 2004 as they renew their vows on their 10th anniversary on May 17; or ...


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TRAVEL Cancun resort hits the pleasure spot - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times. By Pamela Sitmer McKuen - CANCUN, MEXICO—The five-star Oasis Sens in Cancun has quietly reinvented itself as an adults-only, gay and lesbian-friendly beach destination. "Romantic, relaxing and a little risque" is how marketing materials describe the guest experience, and first impressions don't argue. Setting the tone smack-dab in the center of the towering atrium lobby is a monumental bronze sculpture of Rodin-like lovers. It just ...


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IPW's 'pow wow' has Janelle Monae, Jennifer Hudson - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Powered by U.S. Travel, the IPW kicked off its annual roaming event on April 6 at Cinespace Film Studio in Chicago this year. A massive amount of attendees estimated at over 6,000 dined on Blue Plate buffets along with over 20 local restaurants represented in sampling booths around the space such as Zed 451, Joe's Seafood, and Adobo Grill. Broadway ...


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Atlantic City reps unveil 'Do AC' campaign - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - On April 2 at the River North spot SUB 51, The Atlantic City Alliance ( ACA ) unveiled its "Do AC" campaign for media reps at an event that included everything from "Liza Minnelli" and "Lady Gaga" performers to a meal that featured sushi, salads, mini-cheeseburgers and desserts. Among those in attendance was the city's out gay Republican mayor, Don ...


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TRAVEL Say 'hola' to Madrid - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Madrid is elegant. It's visually stunning and walkable European city with a royal palace, impressive architecture and inspiring art collections. Madrid is a big, vibrant and sexy. The charming gay neighborhood is Chueca, in the heart of downtown Madrid located just off the Gran Via, Madrid's grand street with government buildings and major European retailers. Stop at Mama Ines, the ...


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Guesthouse Hotel features apartment living, local atmosphere - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Imagine staying at a hotel that looks like an apartment. That's what people find at The Guesthouse Hotel located on Clark Street in Uptown/Andersonville. Originally conceived as luxury condos in 2008, The Guesthouse Hotel morphed into a vacation rental property and is in the process of transforming into a boutique hotel. That construction will be complete this summer. When asked ...


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TRAVEL Hawaii: Big island, big fun - Special to the online edition of Windy City Time - Hawaii is the biggest—and the youngest—of the Hawaiian Islands. The climate on this island ranges from lush rain forests to volcanic deserts to snow capped mountains to stunning black sand beaches. You will need many days on this island to get the full experience, so don't rush and don't stay too long in the hotel. You can choose to fly ...


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Ft. Lauderdale brings 'Sunny' campaign to Chicago - Special to the online edition of Windy City Time - On Feb. 19, the Greater Fort Lauderdale ( Fla. ) Convention & Visitors Bureau gave winter-weary Chicagoans a boost by bringing a beach-chic vibe to Chicago—specifically, 401 N. Michigan Ave., near Tribune Tower. The one-day "Beach Looks Good on You" event featured items such as bathing suit-clad models, a lifeguard stand, vending machines with "Hello Sunny" shades, and Chicago Blackhawks ...


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TRAVEL One couple's adventures in progressive Stockholm - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - On Sept. 20, 2013 at 7:50 a.m., my wife ( Stephanie Brusig ) and I arrived to Stockholm Arlanda Airport in the heart of Scandinavia for a whirlwind weekend. The overnight journey on Scandinavian Airlines ( SAS ) could not have been more quaint and comfortable. Time seemed to float by effortlessly while we caught up on movies we had ...


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TRAVEL Super Bowl meets Broadway - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times by JEFF GUARACINO - The Super Bowl kicks off in New Jersey and close to New York City on Sunday, Feb. 2. More than 1 billon people will tune in to the see the Super Bowl. Don't have tickets to the game? New York will be hosting dozens of parties at city bars, hotels and restaurants. There is a series of official weeklong events ...


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The 15 gayest cities; Connecticut's pro-trans move - National roundup: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The Advocate has compiled its list of the United States' 15 gayest cities. Among the municipalities listed are Pittsburgh; Orlando, Fla.; Arlington, Va.; Salt Lake City, Utah; Atlanta, Ga.; and Seattle, with Washington, D.C., taking the top spot. Despite Out Traveler voting Chicago's Boystown as the "Incomparable Gay Neighborhood," the city didn't make this list. As mentioned, Chicago's Boystown was ...


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Cancun resort hits the pleasure spot - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times by Pamela Dittmer McKuen - CANCUN, MEXICO—The 5-star Oasis Sens in Cancun has quietly re-invented itself as an adults-only, gay and lesbian-friendly beach destination. "Romantic, relaxing and a little risqué" is how marketing materials describe the guest experience, and first impressions don't argue. Setting the tone smack-dab in the center of the towering atrium lobby is a monumental bronze sculpture of Rodin-like lovers. It just ...


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Boystown wins tops in gay neighborhoods - Out Traveler has named Chicago's Boystown area as top "Incomparable Gay Neighborhood" in an annual rating by the magazine. The runner-up is The Mission in San Francisco. Here is what Out Traveler noted about Boystown, which is centered around Halsted between Belmont and Waveland: "Are you surprised? Chicago's sizeable and friendly LGBT neighborhood, referred to as'Boystown' ( and sometimes 'Wrigleyville' ...


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Update: Out Chicago Hotel still "in the works" - There has been little news recently on the Out Chicago hotel project, proposed in 2013 for Halsted Street, but the developer said Jan. 2 that the Lakeview project is still on the table for now. When reached for comment on the project's status, Ian Reisner of NYC-based Parkview Developers said he was traveling but that the project was "still in ...


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The peaks of visiting Switzerland - TRAVEL Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Switzerland is a land divided, which makes traveling to various regions of it essential to truly experience a marvelous country. [Additional photos at the link: www.windycitymediagroup.com/gay/lesbian/news/photospreadthumbs.php?APUB=wct&ADATE=2013-12-31&AGALLERY=SwitzerlandJerryNunn .] Among the countries that border it are Germany, France and Italy, along with Austria and Liechtenstein. These bordering countries influence the local dialect, with many speaking Italian, French, German and Romansh, which is ...


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RSVP cruises with new energy, more women and less cost - TRAVEL Special to the online edition of Windy City Times by Jeff Guaracino - Since 1985, more than 100,000 guests have discovered RSVP Vacations. Now owned by Atlantis Events—among the best brand names in gay vacations—RSVP Vacations has a new president: Randel Roper. Formerly of Starwood Hotels, Roper brings a new energy to RSVP. RSVP is drawing a diverse group of passengers aboard their trips. According to Roper, women are now 10 percent of ...


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TRAVEL Cleveland does, indeed, rock, as Gay Games approaches - Cleveland and Akron, Ohio, will be ready for Gay Games 9 next August. That was the message delivered during a recent media trip to Cleveland that highlighted spots where Gay Games activities will take place—and that featured venues that show the cultural aspects of the city. Seeing the sites One of Cleveland's cultural highlights is PlayhouseSquare ( 1501 Euclid ...


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TRAVEL: March on Springfield For Marriage Equality - Nightspots friend Dougie Collins loaded up his gAy List bus and rolled on down to the state capital for the March on Springfield For Marriage Equality, Tues., Oct. 22. Nearly 50 folks ( on just this bus alone ) made the 3.5 hour trip and joined an estimated crowd of 5,000 to rally for equal marriage on the first day ...


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MOMBIAN Travelers' tales - My 10-year-old son loves to travel. I'm not sure how my spouse and I got so lucky. Perhaps it was that we started early, with a trip from the East to the West Coast to visit in-laws when he was only five weeks old. Perhaps it's our own love of travel and the excitement we try to convey—or his innate ...


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Where Is Your Pride? - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Toronto, Ontario, is gearing up for World Pride from June 20 to 29 in 2014. To get things cooking, I took a trip there for this past Pride to taste a sampling of what the area has to offer. The good news is our sister city has a events and places that rival our celebrations that week. Only a little ...


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Same-sex weddings and honeymoons boon to travel industry - TRAVEL Special to the online edition of Windy City Times by Jeff Guaracino - With 13 states in the United States ( as well as the District of Columbia ) now with legalized same-sex marriage, there are more and more choices for same-sex couples to choose for destination weddings and honeymoons. In the first year since same-sex weddings became legal in New York, NYC & Co found that more than 8,100 same-sex licenses were ...


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International Gay, Lesbian Travel group to convene in Africa - From a press release - Fort Lauderdale, Fla. ( 8 October, 2013 )—The International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association will host its 33rd Annual Global Convention in Cape Town, South Africa in 2016. This marks the first time IGLTA will hold its premier educational and networking conference in an African country in its 30-year history. Convention bids were evaluated during the association's 4-5 October board ...







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