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STAYCATION REVIEW LondonHouse Chicago, fabulous-but with a caveat - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - LondonHouse Chicago ( 81 E. Upper Wacker Dr.; https://londonhousechicago.com/ ), part of Hilton's Curio Collection, is advertised as a luxury riverfront hotel. Windy City Times lets you know if this is a great staycation/vacation spot. —Location: The location couldn't be better. It's on Michigan Avenue ( at the corner of Wacker Drive ), and is just steps from shopping and ...


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VALUE TRAVEL Charlotte: Capital of the New South - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Have you been to Charlotte, North Carolina, lately? It's reinvented itself again as claims itself to be the capital of the "New South." It is also know as the Queen City. The booming city is a millenial magnet. Skyscrapers adorn the skyline. Getting there—I took Southwest via Midway. However, the best service is on American, as Charlotte is a fortress ...


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Chicagoan among new board members of the Int'l Gay & Lesbian Travel Assn - From a press release - Chicagoan Sandi Robinson is among those named to the 2018-2019 International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association. The board includes business leaders representing seven countries and a globe-spanning array of brands. Fort Lauderdale, FL ( 27 March 2018 )—The International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association announced today the four new appointments to its 2018-2019 board of directors, a group that includes ...


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Off the beaten path, 10 Illinois hiking spots worth walking - Illinois boasts a diverse system of state parks and recreation areas, showcasing natural features from towering cliffs to lush valleys, plant life from deep-forest pines to arid cactus, and wildlife of every shape and size. Here are 10 highlights from my quest over the last few years to "hike the state." 1. Sand Ridge State Forest, Forest City, Ill. Highlighting ...


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VALUE TRAVEL Celebrate Illinois' bicentennial with a train trip to Springfield - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Illinois is turning 200 this year and what a better way to celebrate the Land of Lincoln's birthday with a trip on Amtrak to Springfield. Getting there-Springfield is a quick three-plus hours by train from Chicago. With six trains a day that go as fast as 109 mph on the new upgraded track and fares as low as $17 one ...


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STAYCATION REVIEW Ace Hotel Chicago West Loop Hotel, modern AND retro - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Ace Hotel Chicago ( 311 N. Morgan St.; https://www.acehotel.com/chicago ), the West Loop, just opened last year. There's has been quite a bit of hype surrounding the hotel—but is it worth your hard-earned bucks? Windy City Times breaks it down. —Location: Some may be hesitant to stay in a hotel that's not next to the Mag Mile—but it's actually a ...


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VALUE TRAVEL Washington, D.C., Cherry blossoms, presidential portraits and more - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Winter officially ends March 1 in the nation's capital but almost anytime of year is perfect for a visit—if only to see the new Presidential portrait of former President Barack Obama and former first lady Michelle at the National Portrait Gallery and American Art Museum, located at Eighth and F Streets, NW. ( See photos. ) This Smithsonian museum ( ...


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Community leaders discuss LGBT travel at state confab - Illinois businesses looking to tap into the robust LGBT travel market need to look beyond the affluent "Dual-Income, No Kids" ( DINK ) stereotype, according to panelists at a Feb. 27 presentation. The forum—The Importance of the Evolving LGBT Segment—was part of the Illinois Governor's Conference on Travel & Tourism, which took place at the Palmer House Hilton. Participants included ...


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VALUE TRAVEL The other Vegas, perfect for a winter getaway - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Las Vegas is a great option for a winter getaway. With temperatures in the 70s, it is not too hot and is also very sunny and dry. There is lots to do besides gambling, seeing the shows and checking out the infamous Strip. Not being a gambler, I set out to see the other Vegas. Getting there—I took Southwest nonstop ...


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STAYCATION REVIEW Millennium Knickerbocker, History, and a bit more - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The Millennium Knickerbocker hotel ( 163 E. Walton Pl.; https://www.millenniumhotels.com/en/chicago/millennium-knickerbocker-hotel-chicago/ ) has been open since 1927, and has entertained everyone from Al Capone to John F. Kennedy to Janet Jackson—but how does this historic spot compare to the slew of new boutique hotels that have seemed to inundate Chicago? Let's take a closer look. —Location: In a word, the location ...


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State travel/tourism conference in Chicago in Feb. - The Illinois Governor's Conference will hold three days of high-level speakers, educational panels and key networking opportunities in early 2018 in Chicago. The 2018 Illinois Governor's Conference on Travel and Tourism will take place Feb. 26-28 at the Palmer House Hilton, 17 E. Monroe St. The event includes the nation's leading travel experts and a special LGBTQ breakout session. See ...


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VALUE TRAVEL Puerto Vallarta - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Puerto Vallarta, Mexico is a bargain LGBT winter escape holiday adventure. Entrees are seven dollars, and it's four dollars for wine. Plus, it is arguably the most gay-friendly city in North America. Think Boystown combined with the French Quarter in New Orleans: cobblestone streets, a great bar area and wonderful beaches. Getting there: Fares are cheap. I paid $200 each ...


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TRAVEL Taking in Tennessee - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Nashville is the capital of Tennessee that is quickly growing too big for its britches. Windy City Times took a road trip down South to narrow down some of the new travel offerings and provide a guide on where to begin planning a visit. Flights are not expensive from Chicago to Tennessee usually, but you will need a car upon ...


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TRAVEL Norfolk, Virginia: Naval-gazing--and much more - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Norfolk, Virginia has certainly changed a lot since I grew up in the Hampton Roads area ( which includes such cities as Norfolk, Chesapeake, Williamsburg and Portsmouth, among others ). Of course, there are some things that will never change, such as the ability to chalk up conversations with random strangers. ( Also, the Norfolk Scope will be there forever; ...


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TRAVEL A WeHo car-free winter escape - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Winter is the perferct time to visit Southern California. With temperatures in the high 60s to 70s ( and everything in bloom as it is the rainy season ), the area is a great respite from the dreary winter in most of the country. Best of all, you can relax and rely on transit and walking to get around with ...


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Illinois Gov Conf. on Travel and Tourism in Chicago - The Illinois Governor's Conference on Travel and Tourism is the state's premier gathering of tourism conference. Each year, the Illinois Governor's Conference brings the state's tourism industry and marketing professionals together for three days of high-level speakers, educational panels and key networking opportunities. The 2018 Illinois Governor's Conference on Travel and Tourism will be Feb. 26-28, 2018 at the Palmer ...


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STAYCATION REVIEW Cambria hotel: Keeping guests in the Loop - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The Cambria Chicago Loop/Theatre District hotel ( 32 W. Randolph St.; CambriaChicagoLoop.com ) has been open for a few months, and seems to be ideally situated for travelers and theatergoers—but is this hotel truly worth your money? —Location: Like the hotel's name states, Cambria is in the heart of Chicago's theater district, just steps away from the Oriental Theater. ( ...


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TRAVEL Charleston's Southern flair - "People come to Charleston, first, for its history and, second, for its food." These words were uttered by Charleston Area CVB's C. Doug Warner during a recent LGBT media trip to Charleston, South Carolina—and a recent visit to the Palmetto State city showed that it had a lot more to offer than the stereotypical sultry heat. Belmond stakes The ...


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VALUE TRAVEL Baltimore: 'Charm City' is worth a visit - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Baltimore has a lot to offer the LGBT visitor and is often ignored due to the proximity to its neighbor, Washington, D.C. However, Baltimore is a real city and a historical one at that, having been founded in 1729. There's lots to see and it's very walkable. Like many cities these days, you do have to be on guard and ...


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Chicago setting tourism record - Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced that the city is on track to reach the goal of 55 million visitors annually at the end of this year—three years early, according to a press release. Chicago has been setting tourism records every year since 2012. Last year, more than 54 million people visited the city. The release added that, to build on ...


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Mountain high: Yellowstone Country Montana - Hi, my name is Kirk and I have problems with anxiety. From the moment the cat wakes me up at 5 a.m. with that ravenous look in her eye, to the seemingly endless procession of stop lights and drivers who don't signal, to the cable box on the fritz, to the sink full of dishes that never quite reaches the ...


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STAYCATION REVIEW The Ritz-Carlton: Class, comfort by Water Tower - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - I have stayed in many and varied hotels: As a pretty utilitarian sort, I never expected to stay in the Ritz-Carlton ( 160 E. Pearson St.; RitzCarlton.com ). Recently redesigned with a chic, modern, yet still opulent feel, the Ritz invited me to spend the night and check out the spa the next morning, and I wasn't going to say ...


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VALUE TRAVEL D.C. weekend getaway ideas - by Bill Malcolm - Fall is the perfect time to visit Washington, D.C.. The temperatures are cooler and fall lingers. The fall colors in the mountains west of D.C. ( Skyline Drive ) are great if you have a car ( or you can go with the LGBT hiking club, Adventuring ) or take a stroll through Rock Creek Park with the Frontrunners ( ...


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DIVERSIONS: REVIEW Escape Reality: Expect fun, challenges - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Want to do something different with a group of friends, business colleagues or even your significant other? Well, Escape Reality ( 158 W. Erie St.; EscapeReality.com/chicago/ ) is now in Chicago after opening its flagship location in Las Vegas ( the first in the United States ) this past spring. Providing what a press release called "the ultimate adrenaline rush," ...


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TRAVEL Checking out Saugatuck this fall - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times by Bill Malcolm - The Saugatuck area of southwest Michigan is offers plenty to do this fall in this charming city and surrounding area. The area consists of Saugatuck itself which is an art colony full of shops and restaurants that has a long history of being LGBT-friendly. Like Provincetown, the city has no chains ( like CVS or Starbucks ). Unlike Provincetown, it ...


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STAYCATION REVIEW The Robey: A stylish, fun time in Wicker Park - There has been a lot of buzz about The Robey Chicago ( 2018 W. North Ave.; TheRobey.com ) concerning everything from its restaurant to its rooftop—so I figured I had to check out this spot. ( By the way, The Robey takes its name from Robey Street, the north-south artery that would become Damen Avenue. It was the hotel's objective ...


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Frank Lloyd Wright's Michigan masterpiece tour - From a press release - Experience a Prairie residence exactly as Frank Lloyd Wright intended when the Frank Lloyd Wright Trust takes a day trip from Chicago to Grand Rapids, Mich. to visit the restored Meyer May House, plus a private home designed in Wright's studio and more. The excursion, A Michigan Masterpiece and More, is part of the Trust's Wright in the Region day ...


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STAYCATION REVIEW Feeling the vibe at ACME Hotel Company - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - I was really feeling the edgy, musical vibe at a recent staycation at ACME Hotel Company ( 15 E. Ohio St.; ACMEHotelCompany.com ). However, it felt strangely familar—and I figured out why. I had, not so long ago, stayed in another local place that possesses a similar vibe: The Hard Rock Hotel. At ACME, I was getting a sense of ...


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Provincetown and Boston: Perfect for a fall getaway - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times by Bill Malcolm - Put Provincetown on your bucket list if you have never been. Fall is a perfect time to visit Ptown ( as it is called ) as hotel rates are half peak season, the weather is still nice, and you don't have to fight the crowds. The town is charming. There are no chains ( like Starbucks or CVS ). There ...


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BUDGET TRAVEL Wisconsin: Great for biking - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times By Bill Malcolm - There is no finer summer vacation spot in the Midwest than Wisconsin. How do I know? I grew up in Madison and am a frequent visitor. Bring your bike if you drive. Madison and Milwaukee are a short hop beyond Chicago. And Amtrak runs eight trains a day from Chicago to Milwaukee ( and you can hop on the Badger ...


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BOOKS Brandon Hayes turns his camera toward U.S. parks - by Jake Ekdahl - Brandon Hayes is a professional photographer who specializes in nature photography. He and his husband, Sean Santos, plan to travel to and photograph all 59 U.S. national parks. ( Their trips are documented on AsTheyAre.net. ) Windy City Times: What is the main inspiration for your work? Brandon Hayes: That's a really good question. Certainly, the biggest inspiration for my ...


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Ken Schneck on his travelogue, radio show and teaching career - Ken Schneck's world changed forever in 2010, when he decided to go on a NGO ( non-governmental organization ) volunteer trip to Uganda. Before that trip, Schneck's experience with adventure consisted of Club Meds during his childhood and, as an adult, Manhattan below 16th Street. After Uganda, Schneck decided he had to go on other adventures and has turned those ...


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Travel with Pride in Illinois: New ideas for LGBTQ trips - From a press release - Chicago, IL — In celebration of Pride Month in June, the Illinois Office of Tourism introduced new trip ideas for LGBTQ visitors around Chicago, Oak Park, and Galena. With a variety of attractions around the state, the trip ideas highlight everything from festivals to nightlife to quaint retreats. More information on LGBTQ traveling can be found at www.enjoyillinois.com/LGBTQ and the ...


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TRAVEL IN ILLINOIS Great River Road, National Forest, Wine Country, Indian Mounds, Eclipse - Spending tourist dollars in a blue state surrounded entirely by red - The state of Illinois offers up amazing views and attractions from north to south and east to west. What follows are highlights, but you can see many more at the Illinois Office of Tourism website: www.enjoyillinois.com. For special events during the year, see www.enjoyillinois.com/en-us/events. We also have a full resource guide, OUT!, where you can browse hundreds of options in ...


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TRAVEL IN ILLINOIS Four towns in DOWNSTATE ILLINOIS well worth the time - Vacations don't need to be expensive. Road trips can be thrilling, educational, and most importantly, a lot of fun. Exploring the sights, sensations, and hidden treasures of almost anywhere can be an unforgettable experience. Recently I took a drive through Indiana, Kentucky, and Tennessee. On my return trip I drove north through southern Illinois. So many places downstate were full ...


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TRAVEL: Getting Out: LGBTQ events and mainstream treats - TRAVEL IN ILLINOIS - Chicago is not just a city of neighborhoods—it is also a city of festivals, from major downtown venues to local street fairs, block parties, and other special events through the city and suburbs, and across the state of Illinois each year. 2017 has been designated the Year of Public Art in Chicago, and the area is also celebrating Wright 150, ...


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TRAVEL in ILLINOIS LGBTs in Oak Park and Western Cook County - Oak Park, the charming and historically significant village just west of Chicago, is unlike many of the communities that make up Chicagoland. As one of the first villages to roll out a domestic-partnership registry for same-sex couples and enact an ordinance barring employment and housing discrimination based on sexual orientation, Oak Park has long been seen as a diverse, progressive ...


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TRAVEL IN ILLINOIS Oak Park: The Village Wright Built - With his renowned home and studio in the heart of its historic district, Oak Park has long been a good launching pad for exploring Frank Lloyd Wright's architecture. However, many people don't know that Oak Park is also home to the largest collection of Wright-designed structures in the world. It's no surprise, as he spent the first 20—and most prolific—years ...


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STAYCATION REVIEW The highs of Loews Chicago Hotel - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - You'd expect a hotel that offers gourmet room-service menu items for pets to be pretty unique and luxurious. On both counts, Streeterville's Loews Chicago Hotel ( 455 N. Park St.; https://www.loewshotels.com/chicago-downtown ) succeeds, although the luxury is different than one would find at, say, a Ritz-Carlton or The Drake—it's more of a quiet, contemporary sort of comfort. Interestingly, the 50-story ...


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OUT! Chicago, Illinois LGBTQ Visitor's Guide available - From a press release - Visitors to Chicago and Illinois have a guide to help navigate LGBTQ and mainstream events and places to see: The 2017 OUT! Chicago and Illinois LGBTQ Visitor's Guide is now available. The 124-page guide, published by weekly LGBTQ newspaper Windy City Times, includes sections on things to do outside of the city, from Oak Park and the total eclipse downstate ...


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ManKind group invites GBTQQ men to training - Chicago-area men who identify as gay, bisexual, transgender, queer or questioning ( GBTQQ ) have the opportunity to experience The ManKind Project's ( MKP's ) New Warrior Training Adventure ( NWTA ) this summer. The GBTQQ-specific version of the three-decade-old men's training, based on the narrative of the "hero's journey"—in which the hero separates himself from the outside world and ...


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TRAVEL Fort Lauderdale: Feeling the warmth on all sides - Going to Fort Lauderdale, Florida, is an experience in warmth. The expected aspect of that would involve the actual air temperature; in fact, it was a record 85 degrees one "winter" day when I was there recently. However, the sunny disposition of the people ( natives and tourists ) was just as obvious as the climate and warm beach. The ...


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TRAVEL Climbing the Banyan Tree in Mexico - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - The Banyan Tree Mayakoba in Riviera Maya, Mexico, makes for an extremely relaxing getaway. A three-hour direct flight from O'Hare Airport to Cancun just flies by. Traveling light is the only way to go these days, and having your transportation set up before arrival is vital. The pushy cab drivers tend to overcharge in a crowded airport in Mexico, so ...


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Travel/adventure show arrives at Rosemont - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - More than 250 exhibitors descended upon the Rosemont's Donald E. Stephens Convention Center for Jan. 21-22 at the Travel & Adventure Show. Booth after booth filled out the convention center with stages for performances and demonstrations around the outer area. Over the years, the expo has housed many of the same vendors with large showings, such as AAA, Mexico,and Arizona ...


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TRAVEL Miami Beach has arts, culture and beaches with flair - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - That wicked, pre-Christmas winter punch to the face from Mother Nature made me wish I was back in Miami Beach. Forget the layers and layers of clothes needed, and the fact you're still ridiculously cold when Chicago hit single-digits in mid-December, and the temperature even dipped below-zero. Forget the horrendous terms "polar vortex" and "real-feel temperature." Forget the nasty look ...


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Travel show in Rosemont Jan. 21-22 - The 13th Annual Chicago Travel & Adventure Show will take place Jan. 21-22, 2017, at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont. Among other events, travel experts and celebrities will present seminars and answer questions. Speaking on the Travel Theater will be CBS News Travel Editor Peter Greenberg, Travel Channel host Samantha Brown, Johnny Jet ( of JohnnyJet.com ) ...


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TRAVEL Feeling lucky in Kentucky - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Louisville is the largest city in Kentucky. The area is known for Kentucky Fried Chicken (now known as KFC), the Kentucky Derby and the Louisville Cardinals. From Chicago, it is a scenic five-hour drive to Louisville down U.S. Route 65. Don't forget there is a one-hour time change to add to the trip. The Pride parade happens in June and ...


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Airbnb to tackle LGBT, race discrimination on its platform - Fewer than 20 states in the country prohibit housing discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. And although the Fair Housing Act of 1968 prohibited discrimination based on race, religion, sex and national origin—with an expansion to the law in 1988 to include discrimination based on disability or family status—housing discrimination continues to this day, though sometimes in less ...


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TRAVEL San Juan, Puerto Rico: Lovely and lively - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Looking to get away from the incoming icy weather? Well, then, look east—to the lovely island of Puerto Rico and the capital of San Juan, which hosted a writers' retreat recently. What ensued was a montage of captivating sights and experiences. Staying in a ( former ) convent Upon arriving in San Juan, I was immediately whisked away to ...


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Royal Caribbean is officially Gay Travel Approved - From a press release - Miami, FL, October 20, 2016 ( Newswire.com ) - ‹‹Royal Caribbean International® is the first and only cruise line to receive the sought-after distinction of being Gay Travel ApprovedSM by GayTravel.com, a trusted resource for LGBTQ travelers. The global cruise line, a leading innovator of adventurous vacation experiences has shown an ongoing commitment to the LGBTQ community by demonstrating a ...


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TRAVEL Enchanting, artistic, gay Philadelphia - Philadelphia, the nation's fourth largest city, feels vibrant, its walls covered in more than 3,500 murals, its narrow streets buzzing with excitement—and traffic. Streets can be packed with nightlife at two in the morning, but it feels rather like a carnival than an annoyance. Despite the traffic, bicycles abound. The Indego system—a bike share like Chicago's Divvy—only costs $4 per ...


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TRAVEL Niagara and Buffalo: A mix of old, new--and enchanting - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Recently, I ( as part of a media excursion ) took an illuminating and entertaining trip to western New York state, specifically Niagara, Lockport and Buffalo. What I encountered was a mix of the old ( the natural wonders of Niagara Falls and history of Old Fort Niagara ) and the new ( a revitalized Buffalo ). The attractions ...


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TRAVEL Los Angeles: City of Angels has a lot to love - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - Many Chicagoans choose to move to Los Angeles in California and it is easy to see why. There is plenty of sunshine and a moderate climate to enjoy. The grid layout of the city makes it easy to navigate but traffic needs to always be taken into consideration. Public transportation is continually in the works and ride sharing with Uber ...


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AROUND CHICAGO dana hotel and spa - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - I must've walked by the dana hotel and spa ( 660 N. State St.; DanaHotelAndSpa.com ) a thousand times—literally. However, I recently got a chance to stop by and spend the night. Is it worth a vacation stop for your friends/relatives or a staycation for yourself? Windy City Times took a closer look. —Check-in: Usually, checking into a hotel is ...


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TRAVEL Hot times in Puerto Vallarta - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - You may have noticed Chicagoans flocking to Mexico to fight the harsh winters to soak up the sun in Puerto Vallarta, the fifth largest city in the state of Jalisco. With temperatures on an average of 86 degrees as a high it is no wonder why. American Airlines and Aeromexico provide travel from the Windy City to Vallarta. The airlines ...


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TRAVEL Yes, Michigan!: Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti are cozy, cosmopolitan - Special to the online edition of Windy City Times - When I first accepted an assignment to visit Ann Arbor, I was skeptical. If I wanted to go to a college town, I thought, I'd go to my own. But immediately after arriving, I realized that Ann Arbor is far more than fraternity houses and college bars. An exurb of Detroit but a thriving city in its own right, Ann ...


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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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