At least one-third of America — 25 million people — made their way to Chicago 120 years ago. What they found were astounding and amusing signs of progress in their young nation.
Many rode the world’s first Ferris wheel (250 feet tall), heard music later known as ragtime and saw thousands of light bulbs brighten the night over 630 acres. It was an electrifying experience, literally, but this was just a part of what made the trip amazing.
Genuine beauty will save the world, a Mineral Point couple believes, and they are rescuing one of the nation’s oldest and still-operating commercial buildings to help prove that point.
The Walker House, built in 1836 as an end-of-the-line resting spot for train travelers and stagecoach riders, recently reopened with an additional purpose: The World Institute for Extreme Beauty.
The view from tall-as-me windows is of Millennium Park, Chicago’s near-Loop playground on Michigan Avenue. Home for the night is a corner bedroom, 20-some stories above ground.
I see ant-sized crowds sizing up their reflections in a shiny, 110-ton sculpture that resembles a drop of mercury. I watch one poker face after another fill the 50-foot-tall Crown Fountain, then dissolve from the twin glass towers. I admire the intense reds and yellows of autumn, enriched by morning light, and see headlights stretch for miles beyond dusk.
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“We just did a short trip around Wisconsin,” writes Barb Wesle of Stetsonville. “Go see the (architect Santiago) Calatrava addition at the Milwaukee Art Museum. The best show is at noon, when the wings close and reopen” on the iconic lakeshore structure. Joyce Carey of Madison seconds that motion. mam.org, 414-224-3200
Seventy miles southwest of New Orleans, thick fields of sugar cane are plentiful and even gas stations sell shrimp po’ boy subs that earn raves.
I am here to seek signs of redemption and find them between marshy waterways in Chauvin, population about 3,000 and true Louisiana bayou.
Chilly outdoor weather motivates me to turn on the oven or experiment in the kitchen through other means. A spa’s new recipe book, an event’s contest results and a hotel’s bold challenge provide just what I need to proceed.
Sundara Inn and Spa, Wisconsin Dells, celebrates its 10th anniversary with publication of the cookbook “Energize Your Soul: Wellness Cuisine for All Seasons” (Trails Books, $28). Executive chef John Williams provides at least 300 recipes (arranged by season) and cooking tips.
This out-of-the-blue challenge came from a stranger in New Jersey this month:
Soon, “three of us will be in Wisconsin for six days, intending to just drive around and see good things,” wrote Jim Elliott. “Could you please list 10 places/things that we absolutely MUST see or do in Wisconsin?”
In the thick sea of luxury RVs, scrappy trailers, tent awnings and dwindling daylight, I found Tom McIntosh of Appleton. The flapping Green Bay Packer flag at his base camp was a dead giveaway on these 20 acres of concrete in Kansas City.
McIntosh was here to cook this month but didn’t expect to smoke out almost all competitors at the annual American Royal World Series of Barbecue. No other barbecue contest in the world is bigger.
Gardens are about planting and growing, but most fruits of harvest on a two-acre plot in Sheboygan are not edible. What visitors reap are the words, characters and lessons that good books teach.
Bookworm Gardens, on the city’s outskirts at the University of Wisconsin-Sheboygan, opened in 2010 as a way to inspire reading and make dozens of books for children seem real. Seven themed areas encourage exploration and illustrate book titles in a beautiful setting that is rich with color, especially during this time of year.
PLEASANT PRAIRIE — The Village Board narrowly approved Monday renewing the license for Scotty’s Mobile Home Park, 5310 75th St.
PLEASANT PRAIRIE — With the Village Board’s unanimous approval Monday for its conceptual plan, the proposed 162-unit Senior Lifestyle Community looks to be on track for Phase I to begin construction in fall 2014.
SALEM — A resident is asking the town to consider "quiet zones" for at least four railroad crossings in order to minimize loud noise from train horn.
When told his garage was not in compliance with city housing codes, a Kenosha resident sought to appeal the decision.
Early filings for candidacy for Kenosha County Board show potential races that could occur in next year’s spring election, including a possible re-match in the 4th District.
Sunday’s snowstorm was a dramatic reminder of the hazards winter weather brings for drivers.
A judge on Monday shut down the defense’s attempt to use a new DNA analysis method on genetic material found on murder victim Lisa Marie Mezera’s clothing.
When attorneys for the Kenosha Unified School District go to court Tuesday, they will be facing a group familiar to legal battles over education and labor law in Wisconsin.
If you were looking for January, search no farther.
PLEASANT PRAIRIE — “Breakfast with Santa” begins at 9 a.m. Saturday at Prairie Springs Park, highways H and 165, Pleasant Prairie.
The Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department offered a stunning visual reminder on the dangers of animals and roadways in a 21-second video involving a deputy’s vehicle and a deer.
Kenosha Professional Firefighters Local 414 has reached out to the city to start talks on ways to reduce city fire department overtime costs, which are holding the city back from hiring three additional firefighters.
A local liquor store was burglarized early Sunday with more than $5,000 in merchandise stolen, primarily alcohol and cigarettes, according to a Kenosha police report.
Kenosha County residents woke up to a white Monday with additional snowfall overnight creating a wintry scene.
Slick conditions from southeastern Wisconsin’s first major snowstorm of the season on Sunday led to at least a dozen crashes in Kenosha County and two fatalities statewide, including one in Racine County.
A Kenosha man was arrested Saturday after he reportedly threatened a woman at a home in the 4600 block of 22nd Avenue.
Rick Anton is owner of Anton's Greenhouse and Garden Centers in Pleasant Prairie and Evanston. His parents started the Evanston center in 1948, and the Pleasant Prairie center opened in 1977.
KENOSHA — A winter clothing giveaway will take place 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Grace Lutheran Church, 2006 60th St.
BRISTOL — A live Nativity scene will again ring in the Christmas season in Bristol.
PADDOCK LAKE — The first Paddock Lake lighted holiday parade, slated for Saturday, already has attracted 18 units and is growing, said village Administrator Tim Popanda.