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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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To Lake Placid, an Old-Fashioned Vacation Destination


No one cares that the water is cold. The kids splash at the lake’s edge, play on the small sand beach as older, daring ones splash in the water and peddle kayaks, rowboats and paddleboats. Our pup eyes them all curiously more
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Taking the Kids — To California Wine Country


If you think Wine Country — especially Sonoma County — is just for grown-ups (at least those over 21) think again. There are plenty of places to bike, hike and kayak on the Russian River. more
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Lots of choices for lodging in Lake Placid


Smores at Whiteface Lodge in Lake Placid NY
DAY 3 -- There is every variety of place to stay in Lake Placid from B&Bs, motels, condos and houses, and even luxe resorts. more
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Taking the Kids – To Clean Beaches and Avoiding the Oil


As vacation season gets into high gear — with officials yet to figure out how to stem the flow of oil into the Gulf of Mexico in the worst oil spill in U.S history — families who planned to head to the Gulf Coast are worried too about clean beach waters — as are those who count on their business. more
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Learn Winter Olympic history at Lake Placid


You can learn a little, or a lot, of Olympic history in Lake Placid at the Olympic Center. more
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A weekend in dog-friendly Lake Placid, NY


The water is cold in Mirror Lake in Lake Placid, NY but that’s not keeping the kids—or hardy parents out. The little ones are splashing at the water’s edge while older ones are out in kayaks , rowboats and paddle boats. Our pup is eyeing them all curiously. “It’s got everything you want with little kids,” said Jim Carroll, vacationing here with his wife and two daughters more
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See you in Times Square


I'm in a darkened Broadway theater watching the new Tony-nominated musical "Memphis" (nominated for eight awards!), which tells the story of what happens in the segregated South when a young white DJ named Huey Calhoun, played by Chad Kimball, falls for "Negro" music and a terrifically talented black singer named Felicia Farrell, played by Montego Glover more
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Putting on the Ritz in Orlando


As Orlando gears up for the much-anticipated opening in June of Universal's "The Wizarding World of Harry Potter" -- 20 acres within Universal Orlando's Islands of Adventures -- keep in mind there are plenty of options to stay -- some 115,000 hotel rooms, including more than two-dozen new hotels, including the brand-new Holiday Inn Club Vacations Orlando. more
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Lower Manhattan and the new Trump Soho


I feel oh-so-hip. That’s because I’m stepping out of my hotel—the brand new Trump Soho that is located on Spring Street, in the heart of trendy Soho in downtown New York with its narrow cobblestoned streets and old-fashioned light more
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TO BERMUDA


The iconic pink Fairmont Hamilton Princess with spectacular gardens that overlook the water and well-stocked Koi ponds is THE place for a traditional English Tea in the oh-so-British-feeling Bermuda. more
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