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Chicago’s Biggest Book Fair Is Back July 23-26

Jul 9, 2015
The Newberry Book Fair on July 23-26, Chicago’s biggest annual used book binge, has something for every reader.

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Disney gearing up for big Hawaiian resort opening this summer


Yes, Mickey Mouse and all his pals will be in residence on Oahu late this summer when the new Disney Resort Aulani is set to open. And if the place is anything like the Disney team promises, it will set a new bar for family resorts everywhere more
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Exploring the history of the Mayas


One of the best preserved coastal Maya sites -- it was at its height between the 13th and 15th Centuries -- Tulum is built along the east coast of the Yucatán Peninsula on the Caribbean Sea –the high cliffs protecting the city from hurricanes even in ancient times. Tulum was one of the last cities inhabited and built by the Mayans. more
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Four days on Mexico’s Riviera Maya (Yes, it’s safe!)


Four days on Mexico's Riviera Maya (Yes, it's safe!) more
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The huge Atlantis Resort in the Bahamas has everything — and now even more


The $11 million nightclub has everything — the latest technology, a DJ every night, young stars who stop by for meet and greets, specialty drinks, a cafe. Like the latest megaships, gargantuan Atlantis on Paradise Island, just 180 miles from Florida, with nearly 3,500 rooms and 8,000 employees — the largest employer in the Bahamas besides the government — wants to be all things to all vacationers, including those not old enough to vote more
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Dancing with Dolphins and kissing Sea Lions in the Bahamas


I’m at Dolphin Cay at Atlantis in the Bahamas where 36 dolphins (8 rescued after Hurricane Katrina), enable visitors to participate in one of the largest dolphin interactive programs in the world. Typically 800-900 guests participate a day, says Teri Corbett, vice president of Marine mammal operations, which also include sea lions and the five baby dolphins just born in the past month. more
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Sometimes you need a break from the kids — here are some great travel options


Sandals Emerald Bay in Bahamas
So what if you missed the mark this past Valentine’s Day? Take your honey on a decidedly adult getaway to a place like Sandals Emerald Bay on the outer Bahamian island of Great Exuma (about an hour’s flight from Miami on a 50-passenger jet). This is a place where grown-ups come to play - no one under 18 admitted. more
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It wouldn’t be the Caribbean without cigar making


/uploadedImages/images_upload/2011_Q1_Uploaded_Images/Eileen tries cigar rolling in Bahamas.jpgWe’re at the small cigar factory at Graycliff, a historic mansion dating back to the 18th century that is owned by Garzaroli family. Sixteen master rollers from Cuba turn out a million cigars a year. Enrico Garzaroli began with a single roller whoo was once Fidel Castro’s personal cigar-maker more
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Touring the veritable city of Atlantis in the Bahamas


You need a plan because the place is so huge –from the state of the art Dolphin Interaction Center at Dolphin Cay, the biggest casino in The Bahamas, the Predator Lagoon where you are in an underwater acrylic viewing tunnel watching barracuda and sharks, kids can get introduced to snorkeling in a calm lagoon –7 acres more
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Atlantis Resort in Bahamas rolls out gigantic new teens club


Welcome to CRUSH, Atlantis’s brand new teen club in Nassau (www.atlantis.com). The place is huge—14,000 square feet with multi-touch computers and surface tables (want to send an e-post card to a friend? Post a photo on your face book wall?) Check your email (internet is free). They can order a snack on the table-sized tablet (pizza bagel, Panini or smoothie?) or a CRUSH T shirt and pick it up on their way out. more
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A special candelight dinner for two on a Bahamian island


Candelight dinner at Sandals Emerald Bay
We’re sitting at an elegantly set table for two in a private “tower” overlooking Sandals Emerald Bay pool which incidentally is the largest zero entry pool in the Caribbean. The fire pit—yes the pool has a fire pit—reflects light. We’re being served a special candlelight dinner. Our young waiter in white gloves tells us he wants to get an MBA in the United States more
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