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Great Lakes ‌ Great Friends Let the locals guide you around the region

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Hear a city pour its heart and soul out nightly. IN A CITY KNOWN FOR ITS MUSIC, you can spend the day exploring world-class museums, upscale boutiques and Michelin-starred dining, in the midst of renowned architecture. But when night falls, oh baby. That’s when the blues and jazz echo from places like the Green Mill. And living legends take to the stage in their home sweet home.



Rick Nielsen Lead Guitarist of Cheap Trick (photographed at Coronado Theatre) It’s fitting that with a name like Rockford, one of the greatest Rock ‘n’ Roll bands of all time would call our city home. With artists like Rick Nielsen of Cheap Trick hanging around town, you are sure to be In Good Company when you visit the beautiful Anderson Japanese Gardens, when you canoe, hike and bike the Rock River Trail or the Forest Preserves of Winnebago County or when you are inspired at the Rockford Art Museum and the historic Coronado Theatre. Welcome to Real. Original. Rockford: A little city with big life (just 96 kilometers from Chicago). | @gorockford | #gorockford



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ELYING on guide books or websites to get to know a place when you’re visiting for the first time can never quite give you the whole picture … or the best holiday. Which is why it’s always better to Ask a Local. They know those secret places that serve the best coffee, clubs that have the best music, drives that have the best views, diners that serve the best grub, and parks that have the best trails. And the Great Lakes USA, where you’re bound to make Great Friends, are full of those Great Places – from terrific concert

venues to popular pizza farms; from quirky watering holes to sites for super sunsets; from historic locations to divers’ delights; and from underground adventures to auto extravaganzas. Great Music pulses through the Great Lakes USA wherever you go. Take your pick from the world’s largest music festival, the museum that charts the history of rock ’n’ roll, the recording studio where the hits rolled out year after year, or the behindthe-scenes tour that gives an insight into the workings of a pop legend.

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Delve into the magic of the Great Lakes USA through the eyes of the people who know, the people who live there, the people who are only too happy share their secrets. And don’t miss pages 17 and 19, where locals highlight their special featured attractions. Great Lakes … Great Friends.

FRONT COVER: An evening concert at the Frank Gehry-designed Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park, Chicago

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Michelle from Grand Rapids Detroit’s impact on the global music stage cannot be overstated. The home of Motown, it brought the Temptations, Stevie Wonder, the Jackson Five, Marvin Gaye and the Supremes to the world’s attention. The Motown Museum – called Hitsville USA, after the original studio where so many hits were recorded – lets visitors stand where the Supremes first issued the command to Stop in the Name of Love and see original instruments and equipment dating from 1959-1972. A $50-million expansion to the museum is on the cards. As part of Detroit’s ‘comeback’, the city now has a booming clothing industry, bustling, all-action neighbourhoods, and countless up-and-coming restaurants and new hotels, while the Detroit Institute of Arts is among the top ten museums in the country.

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Waterfalls. Forever flowing. Forever changing. Swift waters that stir deep reflection. Where the rush of cars becomes the rush of brilliant water. And the world slows down just enough for us to step off for a while. Feel the weight of the day cascade away. And let the current take us to Pure Michigan.


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The Bean Blossom Blues Festival is a highlight in the Indiana music calendar

Indiana Dun es National Lakeshore off ers gorgeous lake views and m iles of hiking trails

best festival Jim from Owensboro, Kentucky Regular festival-goers think the Bean Blossom Blues Festival near Nashville, Indiana, continues to be new and exciting every year. It started as a small gathering for harmonica musicians and now, over three days, brings the best in blues to the rolling hills of Brown County. The best mountain-bike trails east of the Mississippi can be found in Brown County State Park, where visitors can also hike, go horseback riding or take part in other outdoor adventures. Spend the night taking in the breathtaking scenery at the Abe Martin Lodge inside the park. Nearby downtown Nashville, known as the Art Colony of the Midwest and home to more than 250 artists, offers eclectic boutiques and galleries.

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Kent from Valp araiso The du nes rising from gan in Indiana Lake MichiDunes Nationa l Lakeshore – feet high – off al most 200 er gorgeous vi ews of the lake miles of hiking , as well as trails. Another local favourite mile-long beac is th e threeh at Indiana D unes State Pa also love Turk rk. Hikers will ey Run State Pa rk. A glance in ravines takes to one of the you on a trip th rough time.

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jazz, blues ... and a piece of history

Millennium Pa rk includes the Frank Gehry-desig ned Jay Pritzker Pavi lion

When it comes to jazz, the Green Mill is THE place to go

best live jazz Zack from Chicago Music and Chicago are synonymous, whether it’s jazz, blues, classical, hip-hop, electronic dance music or rock ’n’ roll and its famous Chicago Jazz and Chicago Blues festivals draw huge crowds every year. But when it comes to jazz clubs, THE place to go is … the Green Mill. An Art Deco-style jazz club in the city’s Chicago's Uptown neighbourhood, it has links to the days of Prohibition. Sit back and listen to some of the best jazz and cabaret music in the city at the club that was one of the locations in the hit film High Fidelity. For another authentic Chicago music experience, check out Buddy Guy’s Legends, one of the world’s top blues clubs.

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Andrew from Oak Park Millennium Pa rk in Chicago, an award-win and architectur ning centre fo e that includes r art, music the Frank Geh Pavilion, is the ry-designed Ja most sophistic y Pritzker ated outdoor in the United concert venue States. With pl of its kind enty of lawn se free concerts ating, the pavi almost every lion hosts week througho visitors to lay ut the summer out a picnic, si , inviting t back and en joy the music.

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Will from Evan ston Chicago’s rece nt redevelopm ent of its alread riverbank has y-stunning resulted in 1.2 5 miles of live restaurants, gr m us ic venues, een spaces, a walking path, and kayak and pu bl ic art, bike rentals. Th e open, uninte pedestrian trai rr up ted l lines the sout h bank of the River, stretchi Ch ic ag ng from Lake o Michigan to Fr the heart of do anklin Street in wntown Chicag o.

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Fry pies are big favour ites in Ohio’s Amish country

best pies Sarah from Millersberg Fry pies – delicious half-m oon-shaped pies filled with black raspberry, cherry, peach and even elderberry, then fried and covered with a sugar glaze – are big favourites in Ohio’s Amish country. Res idents say you simply can’t beat the fry pies at Hershberger’s Farm & Bakery in Millersberg. Work up an appetite by shoppi ng for handcrafted Amish items created by loc als, or tour Yoder's Amish Home, an aut hentic Amish farm.


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best drinking spots Kristen from Cincinnati at places to get a Cincinnati has so many gre ecially love The esp l wil drink, but movie buffs ino-themed ant Tar Video Archive – a quirky ge, inspired by Lod ok erlo speakeasy – and The Ov g. The Brewing Heritage Stephen King’s The Shinin the city’s newlyTrail includes a glimpse into wery tunnels. In the bre nd rediscovered undergrou n were producing more tha mid-1800s, 36 breweries nd rou r and digging underg 30 million gallons of bee s. nel lagering cellars and tun

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best for rockers Isabel Kiefer from Brunswick The best place to feel the real power of music is at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland. The city has a thriving arts and cultural scene – you can browse modern art inside a turn-of-the-century transformer station or hear an orchestra perform live inside a hot-dog joint – but the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame is a must-see destination for any true music enthusiast. It has the largest collection of rock artefacts in the world - from music legends such as Elvis Presley and David Bowie - as well as permanent exhibitions featuring the likes of Black Keys and Taylor Swift, and regularly-changing exhibits that showcase various decades of rock. Elsewhere in Cleveland, why not take a Friday-night wine tour, visit the monthly Asian night markets or wander the artistic Tremont neighbourhood? Cleveland’s legendary Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum

Shopping in Columbus's Short North Arts District

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Jami from Columbus Not only is Columbus’s urb an core really walkable, it’s an amazing place to find unique jewellery, gifts and fashions. One of the hippest places to experience fashion first-hand is in the Short North Arts District, with unique bou tiques such as Rowe and Tigertree, while, in a nea rby suburb, Easton Town Center attracts 25 million annually to its retailers from Nordstrom to Coach to Anthropologie.

Exploring in Hocking Hills’ Ash Cave is a visitor favourite

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The sunsets in South Bass Island l State Park are surrea

Mary from Put-In-Bay ich to watch The perfect spot from wh Put-in-Bay on the sunset after exploring nd’s state park. South Bass Island is the isla is Perry’s tion The most impressive attrac ce Pea Memorial, Victory and International Canada on a from which visitors can see lude riding inc clear day. Other must-dos downing and in on the Put-in-Bay Tour Tra rld at wo the in a beer at the longest bar the Beer Barrel Saloon.

best nature tour Kelley from Hocking Hills little differently, Off-Road If you want to do hiking a ir cking Hills is a must-try. The Segway Adventures in Ho dle mid h recessed caves in the tours let visitors roll throug are e. Other visitor favourites of native plants and wildlif Cedar Cave, Old Man’s Cave or hiking or exploring in Ash k, or ng at Lake Logan State Par Falls, canoeing and kayaki the area’s many stables. horseback riding at one of

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featured attractions DETROIT, MICHIGAN

Music is the lifeblood of Detroit

best live music Curt from Detroit, Michig an Music has been and always will be the lifeblood of Det roit, the city where the early heroes of the Motown sou nd first recorded. And nothin g beats wrapping up an eve ning like live music at PJ’s Lag er House, where performers such as singer-songwriter Jake McArthur soothe the sou l. This is one spot that allows you to feel the beauty of Detroit’s music.



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DULUTH, MINNESOTA Bob Dylan’s childhood home

The atrium at Paisley Park

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Sherri from Bloomington , Minnesota Only 20 minutes from the Mall of America in Bloomington , Paisley Park is a unique tribute to music idol Prince. Visitors to the private estate and production com plex that Prince also called hom e get an insight into the star’s life and likes, where he worked and rela xed, and how he created his own nig htclub in the complex. Guests can also eat from the menu produced by Prince’s chef. bloomingtonmn.or g

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Kyle from Moline, Illinois There are many great hang-outs along the Great River Road on Illinois’ western border but few compare with Lagomarcino’s, which featured on the Cooking Channel’s Ice Cream Nation on US TV. The ice cream parlour has been famous for its soda fountain and ice cream since 1908. In the past, many young children were taken there with their grandparents for Tin Roof Sundaes. Now, those kids take their own families there.

ota Mark from Duluth, Minnes is alive acy leg ’s lan Dy Much of Bob ays be a alw l wil He . luth and well in Du Bob Dylan Duluth legend. Stroll along dedicated Way, the two-mile stretch you and , son ive nat to the town’s nhole ma ned sig -de lan encounter Dy ciality covers, boutiques and spe wcasing sho one ing lud stores – inc lan photos Dy – l are app ed Dylan-them Shopping and memorabilia at Fitger’s ’s childhood Complex, as well as Dylan first six home, where he spent his om th.c ulu years. visitd

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Breakfast at the Joliet Route 66 Diner

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Have a beer at one of Traverse City’s microbreweries

best city tour Pete from Traverse City, Michigan There’s no better way to see – and taste – what Traverse City has to offer than hopping on the Kayak, Bike & Brew Tour. Visitors cycle the city’s urban bike trails, paddle an inland lake and river through town, and then head to the open waters of West Grand Traverse Bay on Lake Michigan. Four of the city’s 11 microbreweries are included on the tour. Cheers!

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Clay from Indianapolis, Ind iana Indy is home to 250 acres of urban green space right downto wn. A central canal flows throug h the White River State Park, wh ich is surrounded by seven attract ions. A favourite summer activit y is a concert on The Lawn in the park. It’s an intimate setting wit h local food and drink and the am biance doesn’t get much better wit h the sun going down behind the amphitheatre.


Blackberry Smoke per form at Springfield’s Boondock s pub

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Tom from Springfield, Illin ois Springfield’s Boondocks pub , where they invite you to “Come get lost with us”, won the Academy of Country Music Awards Nightclub of the Year recently. An evening there wouldn’t be complete without stoppi ng first at Obed & Isaac's Microbrew ery and Eatery to munch on a Ho rseshoe, the original Springfield sandw ich. While in town, also check out all the Abraham Lincoln connections (he live d in Springfield for 24 years).

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Minnesota’s Northern Stars From world landmarks being illuminated purple in honor of Prince, to the sight of the Aurora Borealis in the northern Minnesota sky, the color purple is significant in Minnesota. Prince influenced the music scene around the world with his innovative sound, and fellow Minnesotan Bob Dylan had such a profound impact on music that he received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2016. Visit Minnesota and discover the places that influenced the creativity and character of these musical pioneers.

First Avenue, Minneapolis

Minneapolis helped shape Prince into the man and the artist he became, and in return, Prince forever left his mark on Minneapolis. Even as Prince’s success swept the globe, he always remained close to his roots in Minneapolis. Enjoy the many nightclubs and music venues of Minneapolis and tour his home and studio, Paisley Park. Stay central to the Twin Cities’ music culture in Bloomington, offering more than 40 hotels all in close proximity to MSP International Airport and home to Mall of America, the largest shopping and entertainment center in the United States. Hard Rock Café Mall of America’s music inspired memorabilia includes clothing and instruments owned by Prince, Bob Dylan, and other legends. Duluth’s music scene is forever ingrained within the region’s culture. Combine the award-winning Bayfront Festival Park venue with Lake Superior’s picturesque waterfront backdrop, as music festival enthusiasts descend on Duluth, birthplace of music legend Bob Dylan. Visitors continue to enjoy elements of Dylan’s legacy including landmarks like Bob Dylan Way and the singer’s childhood home.

Paisley Park, near Bloomington

Bayfront Festival Park, Duluth


hitting the high notes and highways best classical music James from Minneapolis At Sommerfest, the Minnesota Orchestra’s annual summer festival staged in Minneapolis’s Orchestra Hall, the orchestra presents music from New York to Vienna, with an ever-popular, rousing opera finale. When Osmo Vänskä, music director of the Grammy-award-winning orchestra, isn’t busy conducting, he’s travelling on one

of the many scenic routes around Minnesota on his motorbike. His favourite is Highway 61, the southern leg of the highway Bob Dylan made famous, which travels along the Mississippi River in south-east Minnesota. Part of the Great River Road scenic byway, it offers spectacular views of river bluffs, the river, and the many quaint small towns. Stop at the National Eagle Center in Wabasha or the Minnesota Marine Art Museum in Winona, which showcases works from artists such as Van Gogh, Monet and Picasso.

The Minnesota Orchestra performing in the city’s Orchestra Hall

best winter activities

The Beer Dabbler is part of the Winter Carnival in Saint Paul

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The 18ft-tall statue of Pa ul Bunyan, a lumberjack giant in American folklore

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URBAN PLAYGROUND Chicago is a lively, exciting city filled with art, culture and good food — the recipe for a perfect holiday. SHOP THE MAGNIFICENT MILE – This 13-block stretch of Michigan Avenue is filled with hundreds of merchants, including designer labels and major retail chains, three indoor vertical malls, one of which is the iconic Water Tower Place. TASTE CULINARY EXCELLENCE – From celebrity chefs to a diverse ethnic food scene that ranges from Chicago-style deep dish pizza to Michelin-starred restaurants, Chicago’s countless options have earned the city its reputation as foodie heaven. DIVE INTO A MUSEUM – Chicago is home to 60 museums and 90 art galleries. Explore every corner of the Art Institute, home of the largest collection of Impressionist and PostImpressionist paintings outside of the Louvre in Paris; peruse one of the largest collections of natural history exhibits at the Field Museum, and ponder the universe at the Adler Planetarium. UNCOVER NEW NEIGHBORHOODS – Chicago’s 77 vibrant neighborhoods provide plenty of places to eat, shop and relax. Visit Wicker Park/Bucktown, Logan Square or Pilsen for street art and more cultural pursuits as well as delicious cuisine. Wander through the Lincoln Park Zoo or take in over 25 miles of gorgeous lakefront. THE LAKEFRONT TRAIL & LINCOLN PARK - Chicago’s urban park space is unlike any other. Its entire lakefront is preserved for the public to enjoy. Bicycle, run, walk, or swim along Chicago’s 18.5 Mile Lakefront Trail. Along the way take in the 26 natural sand beaches, beachside café’s, volleyball courts, soccer fields, public art, and native wildflower gardens.

EXPERIENCE THE THEATRE SCENE – Chicago has over 200 theatres dotting its cityscape, all home to a diverse offering of comedy, drama, classical, and contemporary performances. Get a laugh at Second City, and see where some of the world’s comedy greats began their careers. Traditional theatregoers can see Broadway in Chicago, or take in an inspiring performance at one of the most critically acclaimed Orchestra’s in the world, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.


City Center is just minutes away Stay on Chicago’s North Shore The most beautiful area outside of Chicago’s city center can be found twenty minutes north along Lake Michigan. Gardens, museums, shopping, restaurants and affordable first-class hotels are located on Chicago’s North Shore, connected via transport on the city’s famed elevated trains.

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a feast of festivals and breathtaking beauty

Cheers! Supp er clubs are a Wisconsin tradition

The two-day Eaux Claires Music Festival offers a diverse line-up

best music festival Sarah from Madison If there’s one thing Wisconsin is good at, it’s holding music festivals. From the Mile of Music in Appleton and the Big Bull Falls Blues Fest in Wausau (the state’s longest-running blues fest) to Country Fest in Cadott and the Summerfest in Milwaukee (the world’s largest outdoor music festival) there is no shortage of sounds during the year. The two-day Eaux Claires Music Festival – founded in 2015 by Bon Iver frontman and Eau Claire native Justin Vernon – offers one of the most vibrant and eclectic experiences you can find in Wisconsin. Many visitors are drawn to the diverse music line-up (the 2017 line-up included Chance the Rapper Wilco and Paul Simon), while others come for the innovative, world-class art installations.

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Brian from Milw aukee Supper clubs ha ve been a Wis consin tradition 100 years and for almost tourists visitin g W isconsin Dells ly-formed gorg – a glaciale with striking sandstone form bound to enco ations – are unter one on th eir travels. Ishn Club sits atop ala Supper Mirror Lake St at e Park and its bi showcase the g windows waterfront and Norway pine fo clubs are also rest. The a great place to relax in after a Wisconsin Del day out in ls, the Waterpa rk Capital of th e World.

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most romantic location Sue from Fish Creek scenic shoreline, Door Framed by 300 miles of Midwest, is a natural County, in the heart of the st for couples looking target for visitors and a mu ind and watch the for a romantic spot to unw t juts into Lake sunset. A sliver of land tha quaint waterfront Michigan, Door County has munity that combines villages and an island com l landscape to make it with an incredible natura . an ideal tourist destination

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best drive David from Lake Geneva nic lake With its combination of sce and uty bea ing tak routes, breath nsin is sco Wi ns, tow all fascinating sm ng on driving ideal territory for explori Frank Lloyd trips. The nine stops on the rn Wisconsin Wright Trail across southe 94 at the – beginning on Interstate works of the ce tra – line Illinois state as America’s the man widely regarded e of his greatest architect, from som his home to res ctu stru sive most-impres and birthplace.

Tom from Chippewa Falls Drive along the Mississipp i River – a great favourite with tourists – and you’re bound to encounter one of the Wi sconsin farms that have converted themselv es into gourmet pizza parlours. They harvest fre sh, home-grown ingredients to craft mouth -watering pizzas to be enjoyed right there on the farm. AtoZ Produce and Bakery in Sto ckholm, just east of the river, has developed quite a following for its highly-regarded woodfired-pizza nights.

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There are nine stops on the Frank Lloyd Wright Trail across Wisconsin


Mary Lou from Eau Claire Hit the Great River Road along the Mississippi River - des cribed as the “best scenic drive in America” - and in Bay City you ’ll find Flat Pennies Ice Cream. An iconic stop in Wisconsin for som e of the best ice cream in the sta te, it is located in a cabin next to a Soo Line railroad car. Around 50 years old, it is now a visitor cen tre and a great favourite with kid s.

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