Belinda McCormack

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Take a spin on these 15 light-up musical seesaws headed to Navy Pier next week

Known as Impulse, the playful installation uses both light and sound to create a large-scale “urban instrument”<p>As interactive LED art installations work their way into office lobbies, the 606 trail, and Wabash Avenue’s L tracks, another more hands-on display is on its way to Chicago’s Navy Pier. …

Chicago Detours Cool Chicago Architecture Tours for Curious People

These walking tours and bus tours of Chicago history and culture will give you fresh, insider perspectives on exploring Chicago. Our passionate, …

The Best Place to Camp in Each of the 50 States

Ready, set, camp.<p>Numerous studies have found benefits to spending time in the outdoors: better concentration, elevated mood, even faster healing and …

50 documentaries you need to see

<b>Joshua Oppenheimer</b><p><b>The Texan director’s feature debut, The Act of Killing (2012), and its follow-up, The Look of Silence (2014), explore the aftermath of massacres in Indonesia. Both were nominated for Oscars.</b><p>Salaam Cinema, Mohsen Makhmalbaf, 1995<p>For this film, Mohsen Makhmalbaf announces a casting …

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7 Tips to Improve Your Memory

Learning ability is probably the most important skill you can have.<p>Take it from Peter Brown, Henry Roediger, and Mark McDaniel, authors of <i>Make It</i> …

7 tips to help you experience the Kentucky Derby like a local

The race — which takes place at the historic Churchill Downs racetrack in Louisville, Kentucky on May 2nd — has been going on since the late 1800s.<p>It's an event steeped in tradition that attracts visitors from around the country, all of whom hope to enjoy the race and a mint julep or two.<p>We talked …

What's Next For Virgin Galactic?

The fatal crash of SpaceShipTwo might end Sir Richard Branson's vision of the future, but not the commercial space flight industry. Here's why.<p>In 2004, I sat down in a flight simulator at Scaled Composites with test pilot and engineer Peter Siebold. He'd built the simulator—a precise replica of the …

One With the Desert: Staggering Residence in Joshua Tree, California [Video]

This staggering residence in Joshua Tree, California is an example of creative modern architecture at its best. With a concept initially carried out …

Weekend Getaway: Two Perfect Days in Palm Springs

Palm Springs is the ideal West Coast weekend escape. Thanks to its close proximity to San Diego, Los Angeles, and Phoenix, this desert resort city was basically made for vacations and getaways! But with over 130 spas and resorts and almost as many dining spots plus loads of historical, natural and …

Design Lover’s Guide to Palm Springs

An oasis in the Coachella Valley, Palm Springs is the perfect destination for lovers of architecture from the Mid-Century Modern and Desert Modern …

Car-free getaways from some of the world's greatest cities

Travelling like a local in a foreign place means going off the beaten path in and out of town. On your next big city trip, put a day or so aside for an adventure within an adventure, forget the hassles of driving, and discover what lies beyond the metro maps.<p>1. Athens to Hydra<p>Santorini’s stark blue …

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Fall Travel: 5 Essentials for a Hudson Valley Escape

Follow the Hudson River north of New York City to uncover the riches of the rural-meets-refined Hudson Valley. It's a place where you can reconnect …

Brewery tour of Alaska

A road trip of Interior and Southcentral Alaska is an excellent approach for discovering the regions’ best sights: the tallest mountain in North America, the largest wild salmon in the world as well as a myriad of adventures. And almost every town from Fairbanks to Homer is home to at least one …

24 hours in Edinburgh

Edinburgh is a walking city – one that repays those who tramp its cobbles with stately Georgian grandeur. So with 24 hours up your sleeve, where would you go and what can you see?<p>Morning<p>Head over to Valvona & Crolla for breakfast. This Italian delicatessen is an Edinburgh institution. Counter staff …

Lonely Planet's top 10 USA fall trips

Roadtripping in Autumn can be an especially photogenic time, and the US affords some lush landscape to motor through. Here are 10 trips for fall across the USA from Lonely Planet's <i>USA's Best Trips: 99 Themed Itineraries Across America</i>:<p><b>1. Weird Vermont</b><p>If the Department of Tourism has convinced you …

The Top Online Travel Booking Sites for January 2014

<i>Editor’s Note: Late last year we started a once-a-quarter feature on top trafficked sites in various sectors in travel, using monthly data from</i> …

A broke-ass guide to drinking in Tokyo

The nighttime lights in Tokyo are overwhelming. Billions of bright bulbs and bulletins begging for your attention, yearning for your yen. You think: ‘With all this brilliance, the rumors must be true: this must be the most expensive city on Earth. How else could they afford their electricity …

Quebec’s Family-Friendly Traditions

In New York, where I live, this is the time of year where everyone either flees for warmer pastures, or heads for the hills…the snow-covered ones that is.<p>When Old Man Winter arrives, my family basically adopts a “<i>if you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em”</i> attitude towards traveling. The only problem is, only …