Chicago in Your Pocket: Four Apps for Travelers in the Windy City

Much like New York City and Los Angeles, America’s largest cities can often overwhelm the traveler. Chicago is no different, where not just its wind can blow you away, but the size of the city can knock travelers to the ground in exhaustion. From the sheer number of places to eat, drink and see, you need a few guides to lead you in the right direction. Travel apps certainly come in handy in these big cities, including in Chicago. Before you leave with thoughts of deep-dish pizza and giant beans, pack these Chicago themed travel apps.

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Top Three Handmade Boutiques in Chicago

While it may not be Paris or New York, Chicago can certainly hold its own in terms of great designer boutiques. The last time I was in the windy city, I was pleased to see a focus on (and real enthusiasm for) “shopping local” and supporting independent boutiques. Here are my top three suggestions for boutiques that feature handmade goods (many of them created by local artists and desginers) in the Chicago metro area.

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The True Land of Lincoln: Four Presidential Sites amidst the Kentucky Bluegrass

Illinois is often referred to as the “Land of Lincoln”. And while honest Abe spent a great deal of his political career in Illinois, the true land of Lincoln lurks amidst Kentucky bluegrass. From historic homes in Lexington to Abe’s humble beginnings just outside of the Bourbon Trail, you can uncover all sorts of reasons why Kentucky could very well be the land of Lincoln. With President’s Day around the corner, honor one of the greatest leaders of the nation by following this trail of Lincoln sites in Kentucky.

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Plans Announced for $155 Million Makeover of Chicago’s Navy Pier

A new $155 million plan to revamp Chicago’s Navy Pier was unveiled Thursday by board members of Navy Pier, Inc., the non-profit organization which will takeover operations at the site beginning Friday.

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Travel Shot: Sky Deck at Willis Tower in Chicago, Illinois

In July 2009, the Willis Tower (formerly the Sears Tower) in Chicago, Illinois unveiled several glass balconies at the world famous Sky Deck on the 103rd floor of the iconic building.

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