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20 Ultimate Things to Do in Chicago

Discover the best the Windy City has to offer.

Welcome to the Windy City, famous for its deep-dish pizza, ballparks, beer, comedy clubs, world-class museums, and blues. Most visitors stay in River North or the Gold Coast, the city’s tourism center where restaurants and shopping options abound. However, to fully experience the city’s culinary and cultural riches, you’ll have to step away from the big brands on Michigan Avenue. Chicago is arranged on a grid plan centered around Madison and State in the Loop. Most neighborhoods are easily accessible via the CTA ‘L’ trains and the city is pretty compact, so neighborhoods like Hyde Park, Pilsen, and Bronzeville are just a short ride away.

10 Places Where Van Gogh Created His Most Riveting Paintings

As “Immersive Van Gogh” takes the world by storm, step into a real Van Gogh painting at the sites in the Netherlands and France where the tormented artist painted his most famous works.

Poor Vincent. All he wanted to do was be an artist. But, despite his artistic prowess, he sold only one painting his entire life (The Red Vineyard). He was troubled, no doubt an alcoholic (he loved absinthe), and certifiably mentally unstable. So, what would he think if he knew that his paintings are among the most famous—and expensive—today? That an illuminated, multimedia extravaganza—the Immersive Van Gogh–based on his paintings is taking the world by storm? There’s no doubt about it: His paintings continue to provide joy with their vibrant, happy colors and carefree brushstrokes. One of the most memorable ways to take all this in is to stand in the actual spots where he painted his most famous paintings—many of which look almost the same today. These are 10 places where Vincent’s paintings spring to life.

The 10 Best (and Most Stylish) Sneakers to Pack for Your Next Vacation

A journey of a thousand steps should start with a pair of these stylish, versatile shoes.

We were heading to Rome’s lovely Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea. But, somehow, a wrong turn on the walk over to the museum led us to a neighborhood in the bend of the River Tiber. Though an afternoon of art appreciation was ruined, we had on the right sneakers, lessening the sting of our 18,000-step mistake. Good shoes aren’t merely lifesavers on vacations, though—they can be fashion statements, as well. The following 10 shoe selections certainly look the part, but they also prove extremely versatile, light enough to toss in an overnighter and, most importantly, super comfortable because heaven only knows the next time you’ll get turned around in Italy and need to backtrack your way out.

The Weird Way That Every Disney Park Around the Globe Is Connected

It's a secret society. And no, it isn’t the Illuminati.

Easter eggs and elaborate attraction backstories are commonplace at any theme park worth its admission price, but Disney raised the bar when they created an actual secret society. Steeped in mystery and dating back to the 1500s, this secret society is represented at practically every Disney property around the globe, but many park-goers don’t even know it exists. The following only scratches the surfaces of the myriad ways this society is ingrained in the Disney-verse, but it serves as a good jumping-off point if you want to search for clues during your next visit. It’s all just a made-up story anyway…or is it?

This Country Has More Castles Per Square Mile Than Anywhere Else in Europe. No Wonder It Has so Many Fairy-Tale Towns

Wales’ picturesque and magical towns, steeped in lore and legend, are here to tempt you.

For too long, Wales has been overlooked, forgotten in favor of its neighbors England, Scotland, and Ireland. But, to those pushing Wales to the side: You’re missing out. Wales is the land with more sheep than humans, produced the world’s first Jedi church, and has a town called Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch. What more could you possibly want? Oh, cute towns? Well, that’s fine because we do that too. Read on for the most dreamy, most whimsical, most epic locations we have to offer.