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Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014 12:01 am
 When Santa comes to town, Chicago takes on a special glow. Sparkling trees, dazzling lights and festive song and dance performances at area celebrations create holiday magic for visitors of all...
Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014 12:01 am
 If you are eager to eye an eagle this winter, head to Starved Rock State Park near Utica. Like swallows returning to Capistrano, bald eagles wing their way to the park every year, seeking fish f...
Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014 12:01 am
Jerry Brandsford knows a thing or two about Mammoth Cave National Park. You could even say his affinity for the massive cavern in central Kentucky runs deep.Brandsford is the fifth generation of his f...
Thursday, July 17, 2014 12:01 am
 For a summer getaway that combines art, culture and music, along with sunshine and cool lake breezes, head north to Milwaukee. On the shores of Lake Michigan, 280 miles from Springfield, this ci...
Thursday, June 12, 2014 12:01 am

For quilts, family-style food and Amish heritage, visit Shipshewana, Indiana

 The horse’s hooves clip-clop along the pavement, pulling the black buggy in the early morning mist. The aroma of cinnamon rolls and berry pie wafts from the bakery, tempting all who pass by. H...
Thursday, April 24, 2014 12:01 am
 New Harmony, Ind., is a special place to stop and smell the roses – or at least the red geraniums. And 2014 is a perfect year to visit this former utopian community as it celebrates its bicent...
Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014 12:01 am

Springfield and St. Louis host February flower shows

 Surrounding yourself with the sight and scent of orchids can be a sure cure for that case of cabin fever you’ve been harboring since the holidays. But you don’t have to hop on a plane to Haw...

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