US Midwest

Hideaway Brew Garden & Bar – Hoffman Estates, IL

Hideaway Brew Garden & Bar 5510 Prairie Stone Parkway, Hoffman Estates, IL GRADING Overall Score: D Cost: C (for what you get) Recommended? No A few years ago, I wrote a post about Das Bier Garden, the beer garden located in Hoffman Estates, IL. This beer garden was unique in that it brought together the long standing German tradition of having an outdoor area to drink and socialize, as well as serving genuine German Hofbräu beer. Many of us living in the area enjoyed the garden, whether it was to savor our German roots, drink great beer, or enjoy…

The Best Holiday Fun in Chicago

Heading to Chicago this holiday season? By the time December rolls around, the city is ready for the holidays. The Christmas trees are up, branches are lit with thousands of lights, Menorahs sit in store windows, and wreaths and pine branches line the city streets and buildings. With so many things to see and do in this amazing city, I figured I’d share with you my favorite things to do in my hometown, just before the holidays…

Kayaking the Great Lakes Region

The following is a guest post written by Mark at KayakGuru.com. Be sure to check out KayakGuru.com to learn more about kayaking! Covering parts of eight US states and one Canadian province, the Great Lakes Region certainly lives up to its name. Spanning Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, and Ontario, it offers an array of protected waters just perfect for exploring via kayak. The 5 Great Lakes (Ontario, Erie, Huron, Michigan, and Superior) aren’t only surrounded by forests and rural hiking trails, they also cover many cities. A thorough tour of this 95…

The Palmer House Hilton – Chicago

The Palmer House Hilton – Chicago GRADING Overall Score: B Staff: B Room: B Amenities: Unable to grade Recommended?: Yes Overall Impression: The Palmer House Hilton is a beautiful historic hotel with an amazing lobby. Expect high prices in restaurants and bars. Go to tour the hotel and lobby, but skip staying here. You can get nicer rooms (with bigger beds and larger bathrooms) for the money elsewhere…