USS Wasp. (©Shawn Fink)

Five of the most advanced warships in the world, representing three countries, pulled into port along the Mississippi riverfront April 23 for the opening day of NOLA Navy Week. Through April 29, soldiers, sailors and Coast Guard members from the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom will be...

Philadelphia Skyline

Philadelphia is having a moment. Recently recognized in the press for its thriving dining scene, its world-class stores and shops, and its sheer beauty, this centuries-old city is just hitting its stride. Philadelphia appeals to travelers of all ages and interests, but with so many exciting...

Roseto Comunale

Urban Garden One of the most stunning spots in the entire city, the Spanish Steps draw thousands of tourists and Romans alike every day of the year. A meeting place for the city’s young people as well as a backdrop worthy of a grand opera, the towering staircase and its sweeping curves are a...

Philadelphia's historic squares

In 1681, King Charles II granted William Penn a large tract of land in North America to settle debts to his family and provide a new colony for his troublesome and persecuted religious cohort the Society of Friends, or Quakers. The following year, Penn sailed to inspect the extensive landholding...

Look like a local in Paris

Paris local and travel writer Rowena Carr-Allinson shares the inside scoop on how to pass as a local on your family vacation in Paris. It all starts with an attitude: nonchalance is key. Even the kids look blasé in Paris. Enthusiasm is not a Parisian trait! Some even say that to appear local one...

Things to do in Chicago on the water

You know it’s warm weather in Chicago when … the bridges make room for barges and architecture cruises. River walk patio cafés are packed, while inside, they feel more like a library. You take the Water Taxi just because you can (and should). Long live these lazy days on the kayaks, boats and...

American Beer Classic

May 9>American Beer Classic. No mere beer garden could accommodate the dozens of breweries, serving up tastes of hundreds of types of beer at the American Beer Classic. That’s why it’s held at Soldier Field. Make sure to hit up the 20 or so Illinois-born brews including Chicago’s own Vice...

Thomas Lents, Executive Chef at Sixteen

In the culinary world—even beyond Chicago—Thomas Lents has ascended to elite status, nabbing two Michelin stars at Sixteen, with many predicting he’ll seal a third. A protégé of Chefs Joël Robuchon, Michael Tusk and Jean Joho, he brings the cerebral to fine dining, designing a multi-sensory...

Anastacia McCleskey (Narrator), Christine Dwyer (Sara), Tommar Wilson (Michael), and Cole Burden (Tom). (©Vithaya Phongsavan)

Studio Theatre's 75-minute “rock opera” “Murder Ballad” stars four strong singers (no spoken words) who perform in the midst of “customers” (us!) at a 1990s New York faux bar. Through May 17 (extended by popular demand), pay ($20-$80) online, queue up on the P Street sidewalk at show time, and...

Bob Saget

In his 30-plus-year career as a comedian, Bob Saget has taken on many creative roles. Some know him as Danny Tanner, the lovable, cleanliness-obsessed father figure on the hit ABC show “Full House,” others, for his less-than family friendly standup. What may surprise some people to find out is...