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Updated: July 24, 2012 04:01 PM EDT
The Sears Tower dominates the Chicago skyline. (©Chicago Convention & Tourism Bureau) The Sears Tower dominates the Chicago skyline. (©Chicago Convention & Tourism Bureau)
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    A former Trumbull County special deputyhas been booked into the Mahoning County jail for allegedly running a private security business without a valid license.Eight misdemeanor counts were filed in Youngstown Municipal Court on on Tuesday against 51-year-old Gregory Oakes of Warren.Oakes pleaded not guilty to three similar charges filed in Warren Municipal Court on Tuesday.Earlier this month, Oakes pleaded not guilty to multiple charges of forgery and tampering with records following his indi...More >>
  • Tressel one of three finalists for Akron University president

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    The University of Akron has narrowed the field of candidates for president to three names, including former Ohio State and Youngstown State football coach Jim Tressel, who is also one of 38 people who have applied for the vacancy of YSU president.U of A Trustees issued a statement on Tuesday naming the three finalists, who up until now were on a list of fifteen candidates for the Akron job.The finalists are:Ronald A. Nykiel, Ph.D. Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs at the Universi...More >>
    The University of Akron has narrowed the field of candidates for president to three names, including former Ohio State and Youngstown State football coach Jim Tressel, who is also one of 38 people who have applied for the vacancy of YSU president.U of A Trustees issued a statement on Tuesday naming the three finalists, who up until now were on a list of fifteen candidates for the Akron job.The finalists are:Ronald A. Nykiel, Ph.D. Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs at the Universi...More >>


By Elizabeth Canning Blackwell

The quintessential American city, Chicago offers world-class culture with zero attitude. From Grant Park, the skyline is awe-inspiring, while the attractions of the nearby Museum Campus draw visitors and locals alike. Serious shoppers head for the high-fashion boutiques and multilevel malls along the Magnificent Mile, but the tree-lined streets of the Gold Coast and walking trails along the Lake Michigan shoreline offer a respite from the crowds. A rattling El ride through the heart of the Loop brings the city's booming business district up close and personal.

Things to Do

For an overview of Chicago's iconic cityscape, head for the top of the Willis (Sears) Tower or the John Hancock Center. Admire American Gothic and other masterpieces at the Art Institute, then get a waterfront view of the city's past and present on a Chicago Architecture Foundation boat tour. Traveling with kids? Stroll Lincoln Park Zoo (for free!) or spend a day exploring the U505 submarine and other wonders of the Museum of Science and Industry.

Active Pursuits

Explore the miles-long path that hugs the Lake Michigan coastline, then rent a bike or join a pickup volleyball game at sprawling North Avenue Beach. Culturally minded? Take a sculpture-spotting stroll through the Loop to admire works by Picasso and Miró, and walk through the wildly popular bean-shaped "Cloud Gate." Baseball fans can pay homage to one of the last of the old-time ballparks, Wrigley Field; cheer on the Cubbies from the raucous bleachers, or check out the view from the field on a behind-the-scenes tour.

Restaurants & Dining

From haute to down-home, Chicago has restaurants to suit all tastes. Chef Grant Achatz redefined fine dining at Alinea, while his fellow superstar chefs at Charlie Trotter's, Moto, and Spiaggia get global raves. Explore the city's ethnic diversity in Greektown and at Mexican mainstay Frontera Grill. For gut-busting satisfaction, chow down on Chicago-style deep-dish pizza at Gino's East or the original Pizzeria Uno.

Nightlife & Entertainment

The Goodman Theatre and Chicago Shakespeare Theatre are the heavy-hitters of Chicago's vibrant theater scene. Classical superstars take the stage at the Lyric Opera and Chicago Symphony Orchestra, while Second City and iO continue the city's legacy of improv comedy. Catch top pop acts at venues such as the Chicago Theatre, or head to grungy-cool Wicker Park to hear up-and-coming bands.

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