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  • Civil War battle sites: There’s an app for that Jul 30, 2014 5:30 AM
    Last week marked the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Atlanta, one of the key conflicts of the Civil War, and researchers at Emory University’s Center for Digital Scholarship have released a mobile app for the tour. “We developed the Battle of Atlanta mobile application in order to provide a 21st-century version of the historical markers that mark sites of the Battle of Atlanta,” said Dr. Daniel Pollock, a physician, Civil War scholar and co-developer of the program.

     
  • In Chicago, colorful Pilsen broadens its palate Jul 27, 2014 5:45 AM
    Today, a stroll through the Chicago neighborhood of Pilsen brings a wondrous sense of cultural whiplash, both artistic and culinary. Creativity thrives here, especially between 6 and 10 p.m. on the second Friday of each month, when most small businesses — plus studios and galleries — stay open late. While here, explore the expanded National Museum of Mexican Art and Thalia Hall, where you can sip a punch cocktail in the basement bar, eat in the ground-floor restaurant and enjoy live music upstairs.

     
  • On the road: Immerse yourself in the bratwurst experience Jul 26, 2014 5:45 AM
    Brat Days is a one-of-a-kind brat experience in — where else? — Sheboygan, Wisconsin. Entertainment includes lots of live bands, a brat-eating contest, a brat trot race, and more food than you can shake a sausage at. Closer to home, the 12th annual Wrigleyville Summerfest serves up plenty of tasty food and beverages from local eateries, music courtesy of Chicago bands, and a Kids Zone with interactive games and family-friendly activities.

     
  • Group tours: How to pick the right one for you Jul 25, 2014 5:45 AM
    Group tours sound easy: Choose a destination and the tour company plans your trip, delivering you to hotels, restaurants and attractions. You don’t have to Google or organize a thing. But how do you find the right tour to begin with, one that fits your age, activity levels and preferences for lodging, dining and sightseeing? And what’s the difference between the $2,000 tour and the $8,000 tour to the same place, the same week?

     
  • Baltimore: Poe, painted screens, vintage treasures Jul 24, 2014 6:00 AM
    It's not the TV shows “Homicide” and “The Wire” that come to mind when I think of Baltimore. Instead, I went looking for old things connected to the city's history and quirky local culture — everything from Edgar Allan Poe to row houses and painted window screens, a utilitarian folk art that's being revived. Here's what I found.

     
  • Swift, Coldplay set for iHeartRadio festival Jul 23, 2014 9:26 AM
    Taylor Swift, Coldplay and One Direction are part of the star-studded lineup for this year’s iHeartRadio Music Festival. Clear Channel announced Wednesday that Ariana Grande, Nicki Minaj, Iggy Azalea and Ed Sheeran will also perform at the festival, to be held Sept. 19-20 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

     
  • Shania Twain’s Vegas residency to end in December Jul 22, 2014 3:08 PM
    Country superstar Shania Twain says she’ll end her residency in Las Vegas with a final show Dec. 13, two years after she began performing at Caesars Palace. Twain announced 16 “Shania: Still the One” shows in October and December, in addition to summer performances running through July 26 at the Colosseum.

     
  • Little Prince park, like book, delights in small Jul 22, 2014 5:45 AM
    Tucked into a corner of eastern France where overseas tourists rarely venture, the Park of the Little Prince takes its name from one of French literature’s most beloved characters — and takes its cues from a time when roller coasters didn’t set out to terrify and theme parks were scaled for the small. The park, which opened July 1, is perfect for visitors looking for a way to entertain small children who might have had their fill of the French, German or Swiss countryside.

     
  • Out of character: Chinese calligraphy at the Met Jul 22, 2014 5:45 AM
    Large public exhibits of ancient Chinese calligraphy are rare in the United States, as are major shows that can be appreciated by kids as well as adults, novices as well as experts. “Out of Character” is both. It’s the first public showing of highlights from the extensive Chinese calligraphy collection of former Yahoo CEO Jerry Yang and his wife, Akiko Yamazaki. “It’s meant to be fun and casual,” Yang said of the exhibit, on view at the Metropolitan Museum of Art through Aug. 17.

     
  • Kids studying abroad are now never out of touch Jul 21, 2014 6:00 AM
    A generation ago, students on semester abroad were practically incommunicado, aside from airmailed letters and one or two calls home. These days, from the minute the plane lands, kids studying overseas are connected with home via Skype, Facebook, and messaging apps like Viber and WhatsApp. Has technology altered semester abroad by making it impossible to immerse yourself in another culture? Or does staying in touch simply increase comfort levels, easing both homesickness and parental worries?

     
  • 5 money saving tips for exchanging currency Jul 20, 2014 7:33 AM
    Headed overseas for summer vacation? It’s easy to get hit with extra fees and expensive exchange rates when switching currencies. Some currency exchange tables in airports and tourist areas offer bad rates, taking more of your money. Here are five tips to maximize your dollars.

     
  • Hidden gems of the Dalmatian Coast: Stunning scenery, rich culture make these Adriatic ports worth a stop Jul 20, 2014 5:30 AM
    Mention the Dalmatian Coast and many travelers think of Dubrovnik, that popular tourist city heavily shelled following the breakup of Yugoslavia and since restored. But while this big sister steals the spotlight — and the drama — other ports continue to display their quiet charm through historic old towns, lovely landscapes and colorful folklore.

     
  • Study: National parks boost economy in West Jul 19, 2014 5:09 PM
    “We understand the part we play in creating a healthy and sustainable economic base, and we appreciate the support of area businesses, neighbors and park partners for our national parks,” Grand Teton National Park Superintendent David Vela said in a statement.

     
  • Review: Tech goodies to bring along on trips Jul 19, 2014 7:41 AM
    Your swimsuit and your sunscreen are in the luggage, and your boarding passes are all printed out. But did you remember your gadgets and chargers? Did you download enough entertainment? Here's a list of products and services worth bringing along.

     
  • Archaeologists excavate Colonial battleground Jul 19, 2014 1:34 PM
    During the Revolutionary War, the same grounds were believed to have been the site of a smallpox hospital that treated returning American troops infected with the disease during the colonies’ attempt to conquer Quebec. More than 1,000 stricken soldiers may have died here.

     
  • Beyonce exhibit to debut at Rock Hall of Fame Museum Jul 19, 2014 7:00 AM
    A fashion exhibit centered on Beyonce will debut at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in a section previously featuring only Hall of Famers. The Rock Hall announced Friday that outfits from Beyonce’s Super Bowl performance and music videos will debut Tuesday in the Ahmet Ertegun Main Exhibit Hall in its Legends of Rock section, next to iconic pieces from Michael Jackson, David Bowie and Bruce Springsteen.

     
  • Going to Lolla? Book a hotel package! Jul 19, 2014 5:00 AM
    Attending Lollapalooza? Experience the ultimate VIP weekend at The James Chicago or the Kinzie Hotel. Millennium Park offers Thursday-night jazz concerts through August. And Grayslake hosts the Lake County Fair.

     
  • Trails, salmon viewing top free Anchorage events Jul 18, 2014 6:00 AM
    Most tourists making a summer trip to Alaska will pass through Anchorage on their way to cruises, Denali National Park and other scenic adventures. While in Alaska’s biggest city, also home to the state’s largest airport, there are plenty of free things to do.

     
  • Brazilian music invades New York Jul 17, 2014 9:41 AM
    The Brazilians are coming. Over nine days starting on July 17, some 20 acts representing a cross section of Brazilian popular music will descend upon New York playing at venues across the city for the fourth annual Brasil Summerfest. The ensuing party may do little to avenge the country’s spectacular World Cup flameout, but at the very least it will serve to show that Brazil has more than just soccer: They still have their samba.

     
  • At Elvis Fest, impersonations are reverent tribute Jul 16, 2014 1:01 AM
    The white-suited, chest hair-baring, blue contact-wearing men posing with fans outside the showroom of the former Las Vegas Hilton don’t want to be called Elvis impersonators. The correct term is Elvis tribute artist — or ETA for short. “It’s not a gag,” explained Jason Sherry, producer of Elvis Festival in Las Vegas, one of several sanctioned by Presley’s estate that lead up to Elvis Week in Memphis in August.

     
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