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Where to go in the Midwest in 2019

Motor City merited a spot on travel guidebook publisher Fodor’s Go List for 2019, rubbing elbows with the likes of Berlin and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.  (Getty )
The first ever hotel from Detroit watchmaker Shinola — one of several new boutique properties — recently opened in the Motor City.  (Nicole Franzen/Shinola Hotel)
Candy Bar in Detroit’s new Siren Hotel is a Pepto-Bismol-colored dream. Everything, from the walls to the velvety seats, is pink.  (Kate Silver/for the Chicago Tribune)
Veritas, which moved from its suburban Delaware, Ohio, location, now offers a tasting menu at its eatery in Columbus.  (Veritas)
The wife-and-husband team of Lauren Culley and Jeff Excell dishes up amazing pastries, sandwiches and artful cups of joe at Fox in the Snow Cafe’s original location in Columbus’ Italian Village.  (Lori Rackl/Chicago Tribune 2016)
The National Veterans Memorial and Museum debuted last fall in Columbus, Ohio.  (John Minchillo/AP )
Head bartender Logan Demmy mixes cocktails at The Citizens Trust, a cocktail lounge that shares space with the restaurant Veritas in a former bank in Columbus, Ohio.  (James Smith)
The Eaux Claires music festival is taking a break in 2019, but the Wisconsin city still has plenty of festivals and other attractions worth checking out.  (John J. Kim/Chicago Tribune 2017)
Patrons kick back on the patio of The Lakely, a restaurant and performance space at Eau Claire’s Oxbow Hotel, co-owned by hometown hero Justin Vernon of indie folk band Bon Iver fame.  (
The new Pablo Center is Eau Claire’s first major arts center. It debuted last fall with an inaugural season lineup that includes dance productions, family-friendly performances, music and film events. The facility also features multiple art galleries that are free and open to the public. -  (
Fair St. Louis, a Fourth of July event billed as America’s Biggest Birthday Party, returned to the recently renovated Gateway Arch grounds in 2018.  (Fair St. Louis)
The overhauled underground museum at Gateway Arch National Park explores Lewis and Clark, life as a pioneer and the nation’s westward expansion.  (Explore St. Louis)
The new Angad Arts Hotel in St. Louis aims to match a guest’s moods with the color of the room. Blue rooms are meant to evoke a tranquil feeling.  (Alise O’Brien/Angad Arts Hotel )
The Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Dana-Thomas House in Springfield boasts a staggering assortment of Wright furniture — more than 100 original pieces — and an even bigger inventory of his art glass windows, doors and light fixtures.  (Lori Rackl/Chicago Tribune )
The Frank L. Smith Bank, or First National Bank of Dwight, was designed by famed architect Frank Lloyd Wright. It’s one of 13 sites on the state’s Frank Lloyd Wright Trail.  (Heritage Corridor CVB)
Workers install a fountain at the recently restored Governor’s Mansion last summer. Visitors can tour the home in Springfield, one of the stops on Illinois’ Frank Lloyd Wright Trail,  (Zbigniew Bzdak/Chicago Tribune )
If you’re traveling along the Frank Lloyd Wright Trail in Illinois, fuel up with a coffee at Rockford Roasting in downtown Rockford.  (Lori Rackl/Chicago Tribune )
A glass overlook makes a lofty perch as part of the nation’s largest canopy walk, which opened in 2018 in Midland, Mich.  (Great Lakes Bay Regional CVB)
An arm of Midland’s new canopy walk overlooks a pond in Whiting Forest.  (Great Lakes Bay Regional CVB)
The Tall Ship Celebration returns to Bay City, Mich., this summer.  (Hadley Media Group)
Keg and Case West 7th Market is a culinary/retail bonanza that opened last fall on the historic grounds of Schmidt Brewery in St. Paul, Minn.  (Visit Saint Paul)
Glowing ice sculptures add an Insta-worthy air to Saint Paul Winter Carnival, now in its 133rd year.  (Visit Saint Paul)
Minnesota’s Capitol got a major makeover in the not-so-distant past. The building was designed by Cass Gilbert and completed in 1905. Free guided tours are available year-round.  (Visit Saint Paul)
The Milwaukee Bucks are settling into their new address at Fiserv Forum, a venue that also hosts concerts and other performances.  (Stacy Revere/Getty Images )
Trueman McGee, owner of Funky Fresh Spring Rolls, is one of the vendors at Milwaukee’s new Sherman Phoenix, a hub for small businesses run by people of color.  (Claire Koenig/Visit Milwaukee)
A sandwich and bowl of soup from Frida, one of the vendors at Milwaukee’s new food hall, Crossroads Collective, in the trendy East Side neighborhood.  (Claire Koenig/Visit Milwaukee)
An artist rendering shows plans for the lobby of Milwaukee’s upcoming Saint Kate Hotel, an arts-focused hotel named for St. Catherine, patron saint of artists.  (Stonehill Taylor)
More than a million people flock to Des Moines each summer for the ever-popular Iowa State Fair.  (Iowa State Fair)
Built in an old train car barn in West Des Moines, The Foundry complex includes The Hall, where patrons can order from food trucks and fill a glass from more than 50 beers on tap.  (The Hall)
More than 50 beers on tap as well as other libations are available at The Hall in The Foundry, a complex that includes a new distillery, in West Des Moines.  (The Hall)