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1. Posted by mikieguns (Budding Member 2 posts) 11y

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ok- I recently moved to chicago from the east coast and want to do a weekend trip this winter to a nearby city. I have never been to either of these 3. which one should I pick and why? any tips/suggestions would be appreciated!

other ideas: madison, cinncinnat, cleveland

2. Posted by Deleted22 (Budding Member 12 posts) 11y

Hi mikieguns, personally I liked Miniapolis. I grew up around Indianapolis and not much fun except during race week! Hard to say too much, what time of the year were you planning this trip?

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ok- I recently moved to chicago from the east coast and want to do a weekend trip this winter to a nearby city. I have never been to either of these 3. which one should I pick and why? any tips/suggestions would be appreciated!

other ideas: madison, cinncinnat, cleveland

3. Posted by Deleted22 (Budding Member 12 posts) 11y

geez ya think i could spell better Minneapolis...lol.

4. Posted by ChrisO (Budding Member 5 posts) 11y

St Louis is interesting. Lots of jazz and the huge arc that can be seen from miles away.
Madison is a possibility because it's near Wisconson Dells, an area of great natural beauty and the Dells is like Blackpool so you get the best of both worlds. It's a very popular destination for Americans.
Galena,IL is interesting for antiques and Grant's home.

All those are presuming you're driving. If you're flying - go further afield.

Best wishes
Chris O

5. Posted by rbyslipahs (Respected Member 349 posts) 11y

Wish I had seen this sooner!

I live in St. Louis, and am NEVER bored. The nice thing about St. Louis is that so much of the stuff here is either free or really cheap. And you can take a cheap SW Airlines flight or Amtrak if you don't feel like driving. Zoo is outstanding, even on a bad weather day because half of it is inside (mostly free), lots of museums, great places to eat, esp. international food, Arch is a must-see, free beer on the AB brewery tour, Cards baseball, U City Loop, BB's Jazz, Blues, and Soup is great!, and on...

Cleveland is also fun. The downtown area is nice. I've gotten great rates on Priceline at fantastic hotels there, and the restaurants are great.

NEVER go to Indianapolis in the winter. You could get stuck for several days because the road crews are that bad (state-wide, actually, but worse in Indy). This is the voice of experience! They pretreat the roads in St. Louis/MO to the point that problems are usually minimal. Spring down here is the best!

6. Posted by rbyslipahs (Respected Member 349 posts) 11y

The Symphony here, if that's your kind of thing, is outstanding, and if you get there 90 minutes before the start of the concert, they give away 50 free tickets. You do have to be there an hour and a half before to get them, though, but not bad--there's a coffee shop and a couple of places to eat (Best Steak house for good gyros) nearby.

7. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 11y

Hi Mike!

I grew up just south of Minneapolis and went to college there. I would recommend a weekend trip without hesitation. It is a beautiful city, surrounded by lakes. Places of interest are:

Minneapolis Institute of Arts - Free Admission
Como Park Zoo or the Minnesota Zoo (Burnsville - a suburb)
Fort Snelling
Guthrie Theater

Lots of great bars/clubs. (If you are not looking for gay-friendly - avoid the Rusty Nail on Hennepin Ave. if it is still there.)
The Riverfront area in St. Paul is very nice too

Minneapolis & St. Paul

I now live 40 miles south of Madison (Illinois side of border) and LOVE the city!! Again, because it is a University town and also know as the #1 Univ. party town, there's much to do! You will find Williamson Street full of clubs, shops and food (Everyone calls it "Willy" St.) Our favorite restaurant - though it looks more like a dive - is Jamerica. It is identical in decor to the local eateries in Jamaica. Authentic Jamaican food and the owner is from Port Antonio. Go early because the set hours of business are not really "set'!
Several brewpubs and micro-breweries abound. (I shouldn't do this since my husband is the BrewMaster at a brewery in Monroe WI), but check out Angelic Brewing Co., Capitol Brewery & Beer Garden and JT Whitney's Pub & Brewery. If you need more, look here:

Wisconsin Breweries

Madison - Things To Do

Hope this helps!