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    sAs an expert for Travel + Leisure, I get to do a lot of very cool test drives: chocolate tastings in London, cooking classes in Paris, spontaneous hotel reviews and more. But, writing this story about Chicago’s best rooftops was one of my favorite projects....

        Her father may be fashion royalty. But, Dylan Lauren’s singular achievements in the sweets sector have cemented her status as America’s Confectionary Queen. With her just-opened Dylan’s Candy on Chicago’s Magnificent Mile, Ms. Lauren has gobstopper sized plans for the Midwest. Not only is it her...

I really miss spending time alone with my girlfriends. But, between work and family commitments, there is scant time for that leisurely hang out of yore. I had fantasized about an actual girls getaway with my best friend from college. It was challenging to organize....

I am the new Chicago expert for Travel + Leisure Magazine!  This morning, I had so much fun on Good Day Chicago talking about my hit list for best family activities in Chicago. Chicago is a modern day mecca for families.  Lakefront. Zoo. Parks. Art. Sports. Aerial views. Beaches. Whatever the...

How do you avoid looking like a tourist when you travel? Find out in our Local Experts Twitter chat on Tuesday, September 2nd from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. EDT. Join along to ask the experts for tips and advice! How does it work? 1. Log in...

Sometimes the best trips are the most laid back; the leisurely afternoons where random wandering yields the stuff of scrapbooks (or, Pinterest boards).Having hustled my kids to every landmark last year, I decided to ditch the psychotic sightseeing and spend our week in London exploring...