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Our kind of town, Chicago is

April 20, 2012

We just spent a weekend in Chicago for no reason other than wanting a little change of scenery. This time we stayed at Hotel Palomar, a relatively new Kimpton property located in the River North area. The location was terrific....


Las Vegas 2012 (Day 3)

January 8, 2012

We started the day by doing a bit of gambling at the recently-renovated Tropicana. We’d been to the updated Trop on a previous trip where we took the Mob Experience tour. This time, we just played a few slots, including our new...


Las Vegas 2012 (Day 2)

January 7, 2012

In the morning we got up bright and early (well, 9am—we’re not crazy) and headed downtown. We had an appointment to tour the Neon Museum Boneyard, a collection of donated signs that tell the story of glitz gone by.   From the S...


Las Vegas 2012 (Day 1)

January 6, 2012

Since Southwest Airlines ran one of their special vacation packages that included a discounted room and two show tickets, we decided to escape the Midwest winter and return to Sin City once again. For the first time, we rented ...


Las Vegas 2011 (Day 4)

August 25, 2011

We started Day Four with lunch at Aria. Yep, lunch. Party foul—we did a little work before heading out. Anyway, Aria is one of the hotels that’s part of the relatively new CityCenter development. It is set off the strip a bit t...


Las Vegas 2011 (Day 3)

August 24, 2011

We started off day three by heading to the pool in the morning to try to catch some sun. “Try” is right. The New York New York pool – essentially a slab of concrete with a hole with some water in it – doesn’t get any sunlight u...


Las Vegas 2011 (Day 2)

August 23, 2011

For day two, we walked The Strip and stopped in casinos along the way. We have to admit, though still not a luxury casino, Bill’s Gamblin’ Hall seems to have cleaned up its act quite a bit. We stopped in at a few of...


Las Vegas 2011 (Day 1)

August 22, 2011

We booked a four-night/five day trip to Las Vegas a couple of months back through Southwest Vacations. The promo included two free show tickets (and that’s a significant savings since show tickets here generally costs about $10...

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Lollapalooza 2011: Day Three

August 8, 2011

Started off with a visit to the Cloud Gate or “The Bean” in Millennium Park and a leisurely lunch at the Park Grill. While the place isn’t particularly cheap, given the Fest’s going rates for libations, we were okay paying $10 ...

Concert Recaps

Lollapalooza 2011: Day Two

August 7, 2011

We got a late start today and after shopping at Macy’s, Filene’s Basement and some other stores in the area, we met a couple of old friends at Potbelly, a cool (but ubiquitous) Chicago eatery chain known for its sandwiches and,...