Chicago Sun-Times Latest news from the Chicago Sun-Times Online en-us (Editor) Newspapers Chicago Sun-Times 84 34 30 Copyright 2014 <![CDATA[ New National Geographic series takes viewers on a thrilling ride through ‘Untamed Americas’ ]]> Lead story image

“Untamed Americas” takes viewers on a thrilling ride through the mountains, deserts, forests and coasts in new National Geographic network special. ]]> Sun, 08 Jul 2012 18:32:53 -0500 <![CDATA[ Iceland: Different kind of hot spot ]]> Lead story image

Why are you going to Iceland? It’s a question friends and family asked just about every one of the 15 of us on Country Walkers’ tour. Country Walkers’ guided hiking trip through Iceland takes in glaciers, volcanoes, waterfalls, black-sand beaches, hot springs and more. ]]> Fri, 11 Nov 2011 17:11:43 -0500 <![CDATA[ A little Iceland awaits in Door County’s Washington Island ]]> Lead story image

Washington Island’s rich Icelandic history makes a visit to this Door County retreat like getting two islands for the price of one. ]]> Wed, 09 May 2012 09:45:15 -0500 <![CDATA[ Nature, religion make for a holy hike in Italy’s Piedmont region ]]> Lead story image

LORI RACKL: Hikers can travel between peaceful sanctuaries — and off the well-worn tourist track — in the Biella region of northern Italy. ]]> Wed, 02 Nov 2011 05:25:39 -0500 <![CDATA[ Beware of ‘bill shock’ when in roam with iPhone, smartphone ]]> Lead story image

When Dr. John Ellis traveled to Asia this spring, he took along his iPhone to make the occasional call, check e-mail, tap into the Internet for news or to get directions — the usual stuff. About halfway through his 10-day trip, Ellis got a text message in China from AT&T. It said that on one particular day he’d exceeded the data plan’s limit. By a lot. ]]> Thu, 28 Jul 2011 17:02:56 -0500 <![CDATA[ Milwaukee brews up ‘summer of China’ ]]> Lead story image

Can’t travel 6,000-plus miles to China this summer? Settle for the next best thing: a quick trip to nearby Milwaukee. In this Wisconsin city well known for its German roots, Mayor Tom Barrett has declared it the “Summer of China.” He’s even signed an official proclamation to prove it. ]]> Thu, 27 Oct 2011 00:32:49 -0500 <![CDATA[ Chicago native sees fish boil as one laughing matter ]]> Lead story image

Some places and foods are inextricably linked. You can’t come to Chicago without digging into deep-dish pizza. You can’t go to Philly without trying a steak sandwich (unless you’re a vegetarian …) And you certainly can’t visit Door County without going to a fish boil, a Scandinavian tradition that’s permeated this 75-mile long peninsula. ]]> Wed, 09 May 2012 09:45:15 -0500 <![CDATA[ Staying on the quieter side of the Door ]]> Lead story image

Located on the quieter side of Door County peninsula (the Lake Michigan side), Baileys Harbor Yacht Club Resort is a good lodging option — especially for families. The spacious one- and two-bedroom suites come with kitchens, and the 27-acre property has a grill area, playground and indoor and outdoor pools. Suite rates start at $149 in low season or $179 in high season (through Oct. 23); (800) 927-2492, … ]]> Wed, 09 May 2012 09:45:15 -0500 <![CDATA[ Exploring Door County by kayak ]]> Lead story image

A kayak is the best way to see the underwater caves and limestone bluffs lining Door County’s Whitefish Dunes State Park. Kayaking Adventures Door County runs two guided trips a day (weather dependent) to this picturesque part of the peninsula for $50 a person. No paddling experience necessary. Shuttles leave from Harbor Ridge Winery near Egg Harbor; (920) 746-9539, … ]]> Wed, 09 May 2012 09:45:15 -0500 <![CDATA[ First time campers get a helping hand in Michigan ]]> Lead story image

Nature novices get a helping hand with Michigan’s “First Time Campers” program offered at 18 state parks. For just $20, you’ll get two nights of camping, use of a four-person tent and other necessities, as well as hands-on instruction from veteran campers. You bring the food, cooking utensils, bedding and a recreation passport, which can be bought at any state park for $10. Contact Maia Stephens at (989) 225-8573 or e-mail her at … ]]> Mon, 03 Oct 2011 12:03:18 -0500 <![CDATA[ Ground Zero ]]> Lead story image

W Hotels’ newest New York City outpost is a prime place to stay during next month’s 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks. The 217-room W New York - Downtown, which opened last year, overlooks the former World Trade Center site. Even if you don’t spend the night, drop by for a drink and some stellar (and somber) views in the sleek lobby lounge; (646) 826-8600, … ]]> Mon, 03 Oct 2011 12:02:37 -0500 <![CDATA[ Italian town of Sordevolo is all about Passion ]]> Lead story image

LORI RACKL: Sordevolo in northwest Italy’s Biella province has been staging a Passion play every five years for the past two centuries. ]]> Wed, 02 Nov 2011 05:30:15 -0500 <![CDATA[ ‘World’s greatest aviation celebration’ landing in Oshkosh ]]> Lead story image

EAA AirVenture, billed as the world’s greatest aviation celebration, will land in Oshkosh, Wis., on July 25. The massive event goes through July 31. ]]> Wed, 20 Jul 2011 15:30:32 -0500 <![CDATA[ U.S. visits down after Oprah’s visit to Oz ]]> Lead story image

Tourism boost, or just a phantom of the Oprah? That’s the headline on a story that ran in an Australian newspaper, which questioned the economic benefit of Oprah’s taxpayer-funded tour of Oz last year. ]]> Wed, 27 Jul 2011 19:44:26 -0500 <![CDATA[ Playing in the sand on a beach, golf getaway on Kiawah Island, S.C. ]]> Lead story image

Kiawah Island’s golf courses and pristine beach are big draws to this barrier island off the coast of South Carolina. ]]> Thu, 07 Jul 2011 02:16:27 -0500 <![CDATA[ Prepare to party in New Buffalo, Mich. ]]> Lead story image

Sail over to New Buffalo, Mich., for the annual Ship & Shore Festival, Aug. 12-14. What started 27 years ago as a humble arts and crafts fair has evolved into New Buffalo’s signature summertime event, featuring live music, art vendors, contests and games. A highlight is the Aug. 13 Lighted Boat Parade and fireworks display over the lake. Suggested donation: $5; … ]]> Wed, 27 Jul 2011 19:44:26 -0500 <![CDATA[ Kickin’ it cowboy style in Fort Worth, Texas ]]> Lead story image

Once a rough-and-tumble frontier town, Fort Worth now bills itself as “the city of cowboys and culture.” We have plenty of culture here in Chicago. Cowboys? Not so much. And that’s a good reason to grab the kids and head down to Fort Worth. From cattle drives to honky tonks, Fort Worth’s cowboy culture makes it a great family getaway. ]]> Wed, 19 Oct 2011 07:23:35 -0500 <![CDATA[ Get a taste of Milwaukee pizza with new tour ]]> Lead story image

Take a break from Chicago deep dish and get a taste of how they do ’za in Brew City with a new pizza tour by Milwaukee Food Tours. The three-hour evening excursions make stops for a slice at several notable pizzerias, new and old. Cost is $50; … ]]> Wed, 27 Jul 2011 13:10:09 -0500