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Four great Christmas markets outside Germany

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One of Germany’s most loved traditions -- authentic and charming festive fairs can now also be enjoyed in the United States, Japan, France and England.
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The infamous architecture of Chicago

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The devastation of the Great Chicago Fire gave the city a chance for a new life, and some of the most innovative structures the world had ever known emerged from the ashes.
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Jack Kerouac’s US road trip

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Kerouac’s masterpiece On The Road is based on wild, improvised trips he took across the US. Follow in his footsteps to the five cities that kept calling him back.
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America’s craft beer explosion

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The factory-produced brews that used to make up the US beer market have been surpassed in recent years by thousands of microbreweries across the country.
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The geography of American barbecue

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Across the US, local styles of barbecue have been honed to perfection. Let this roadmap be your guide to the regions that have elevated the act of slow-cooking meat to an art form.
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Chicago’s recession-proof stage culture

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The city’s eclectic performance scene is the Silicon Valley of theatre, flourishing amid tough economic times.
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