Chicago is Ground Zero of the Third Wave coffee movement. And even in the Chicago suburbs, direct trade / fair trade coffee can be found, if you know where to look. Here are our five favorite Third Wave coffee shops in Chicago’s West Suburbs.
Chinatown is one of our favorite spots to spend a day around Chicago. But more than just a neighborhood with good food and intriguing markets, Chicago's Chinatown can connect visitors in-the-know with a small slice of history and Chinese symbolism. Watch for these fascinating elements on your next visit to better engage with Chinatown.
Do you ever wish you had more quality family time -and less hectic frenzy!- during the holidays? Adventure Santa to the rescue! Adventure Santa is a new Christmas tradition that helps keep active families acting together. Check out our experience and find out where to get your own Adventure Santa. Happy active holidays!
More than 2300 miles from Route 66's origin in Chicago sits the city of Pasadena, California. For westbound travelers, Pasadena would have served as a last hurrah, and a gateway to the highway's final stretch into Los Angeles. Here's how to make the most of a day along Route 66 in Pasadena.
Chicago, America's Second City, actually ranks eighth in the nation for its per capita availability of donuts. Despite the city's relatively low ranking, it is home to a respectable artisanal doughnut community, turning out some amazing craft donuts. Here are nine not to miss!
About 10 billion donuts are consumed in the United States each year, many of those by hungry travelers. Have your kids track their donut experiences on the road with this FREE Donut Mini Journal for Kids!
While Canada apparently consumes more donuts per capita than any other nation, the U.S. is known for making the donut a culinary and cultural institution. Here's a little peak into the American donut, which has been at times a poor man's staple, at times a gastronomic work of art.
Approximately 40 million people visit Chicago each year. Most of them will visit at least one museum during their stay, and it will probably be one of the Big Five: Art Institute of Chicago, Museum of Science and Industry, Field Museum, Shedd Aquarium, and Adler Planetarium.
But Chicago is home to scores more museums than just these chart toppers. Check out five fabulous lesser-known museums!
Americans took 1.7 billion leisure trips in 2015, about 90% of those by car. What's a family to do with all that drive-time? The good old-fashioned license plate game, of course! Download our FREE printable version for your next U.S. road trip.
Vacation packing lists are a dime a dozen on the internet. The problem is: they tend to restate the obvious, the things we already planned to pack. Here are 9 unusual things we're glad we packed for Europe!
Barcelona's Ciutat Vella. So much beauty and history in one charming city. But Medieval over-construction means narrow streets with few trees and even fewer benches. Throw in millions of tourists and thousands of selfie sticks, and finding a moment of peace becomes top priority.
A stroll through Villa Borghese, one of Rome's three largest public parks, gives a look into the daily life of modern Romans. But understanding the park's backstory can give a look into 400+ years of European history, too.
Think your vacation destination's name can tell you a lot about it? Its historical name might tell you even more! Check out the original names of these 5 U.S. destinations you may have visited without even knowing it.
Did you know? There are approximately 40 different calendars in use around the world today. Check out this brief primer on lunar, lunisolar, and solar calendars, and the people who use them. Just might come in handy in your travels!
Cowboy culture is an integral part of the American collective identity, and is equally alluring to those visiting our country. Check out our one-day crash course in all things cowboy -and cowgirl!- , at Fort Worth's historic Stockyards Station district.
Chicago is famed the world over for its bold architecture, renowned museums, unique hot dog style, its seemingly inverted deep dish pizza, jazz music, and its gangster past. But where Chicago truly comes alive for locals is in its seventy-seven distinct neighborhoods. Check out why city residents love Chicago's Pilsen neighborhood.
Travel is exciting. Adventurous. Exhilarating. Liberating. But getting out the door? Not so much. Especially when traveling with kids. Traveling families need a few tricks and shortcuts to hit the road with ease. One of our favorites: a packing checklist for kids!
A veritable tourist mecca, Southern California offers endless vacation options. In addition to amusement parks, did you know SoCal is home to some amazing state parks? Less than two hours from Los Angeles/Orange County and San Diego, Mount San Jacinto State Park is a favorite of active family travelers.