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Paying homage: Black History Month in Chicago

Tuesday, January 17th, 2012

Chicago's Bronzeville neighborhood is loaded with cultural gems and vibrant murals -- not to mention engaging events during Black History Month throughout February. Credit: Zol87.

By Jennifer Olvera

Black History Month is celebrated throughout the month of February nationwide. In Chicago, the park district is one of many entities to usher in honorary events. What’s more, it’s a great time to celebrate the every day contributions of Chicago’s African-American visionaries, from blues, gospel and soul music performances to stops at culturally rich gems in the city’s Bronzeville neighborhood. Conveniently, you find a plethora of cheap Chicago hotels this time of year. (more…)

For the frugal foodie: Restaurant Week in NYC

Thursday, January 12th, 2012

Bar Boulud is just one of the 300-plus restaurants participating in NYC's Restaurant Week. Credit: ZagatBuzz.

By Erin Behan

January is a great time of year to visit New York–if you don’t mind the cold, that is. Hotel rooms are generally discounted, Broadway plays often have open seats and—of course—the post holiday sales are in full force. There’s one more reason to visit New York in January, and it has to do with a famous New York City pastime: eating out. The city’s twice-annual Restaurant Week runs Monday through Friday from Jan. 16 through Feb. 10, and 2012 is the 20-year celebration of the event that gives discounted prix fixe meals for lunch ($24.07) and dinner ($35) at more than 300 of the city’s top restaurants. (more…)

Free local flair and cheap eats at Wailuku’s First Fridays

Thursday, December 29th, 2011

Local restaurants cook up specials for Wailuku's monthly street party.

By Erin Behan

There’s nothing wrong with feeling like a tourist in Hawaii, but every once in a while it’s nice experience something like a kama’aina or local, and Wailuku First Friday fits the bill with plenty of local flair. (more…)

Three Kings Day: Parades and party time in Puerto Rico

Tuesday, December 13th, 2011

Three Kings Day (Día de Reyes) is among Puerto Rico's most festive holidays, when parades and gift-giving honor the storied Wise Men, who came to see baby Jesus. Credit: Jaime Olmo.

By Jennifer Olvera

Santa? Santa, who? In Puerto Rico – and much of the Latin world – it’s the Three Kings who foster (or, at least, further) the holiday spirit. Understandably, that makes early January a choice time to plan a cheap Caribbean vacation. (more…)

Santa takes a seat (on you!) at Ripley’s in New York

Thursday, December 1st, 2011

At this Santa sitting, Santa sits on you. Credit: Ripley's Believe It or Not! Times Square.

By Erin Behan

The tradition of sitting on Santa’s lap is so engrained in American culture that we hardly even question it: What adults don’t cherish that embarrassing childhood photo of themselves making an awkward face in a Christmas sweater on an ample Kris Kringle? (more…)

Joy Jackpot: Where to get your holiday fix in Vegas

Tuesday, November 15th, 2011

Bella Bellagio: Enjoy free shows at the Bellagio Conservatory and Botanical Gardens. Credit: Ken_Lund.

By Kristin Dillon

Forget making the naughty list. Why not surprise Santa this year with your grown-up Christmas list? From chocolate factory tours to Winter in Venice, show him you’ve checked it twice with cheap Las Vegas hotels under $150 and these budget-friendly attractions: (more…)

Pumpkins, lederhosen, drag queens: Autumn in L.A.

Friday, October 14th, 2011

Geishas and monsters: Drama at the West Hollywood Halloween Party and Street Carnaval.

By Abby Samler

Originally from the East Coast, I didn’t think that fall existed in Los Angeles, but I quickly learned that even West Coasters can enjoy the changing of the season. Take it from me — a 16-year resident — there are plenty of ways to celebrate the harvest season in L.A. (more…)

Aloha, autumn: 5 Hawaii events to catch this fall

Friday, October 14th, 2011

Watch in awe as titans shred giant waves during Van's Triple Crown of Surfing. (Credit: Karen Chan 16.)

By Jeff Helminak

Hawaii, known for its aloha spirit, beautiful beaches and Hawaii 5-0, will play host this November to dignitaries and guests from around the world at the 2011 Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation in Honolulu. Don’t worry if you’re not attending –  there’s still plenty of to do during the next few months. Here’s a list of a few favorite events coming up: (more…)

3 days of baseball, brats and beers

Tuesday, July 19th, 2011

U.S. Cellular Field in Chicago. Credit: FaceMePls.

By Derek Brown

Play ball!  The boys of summer might be all there’s to watch in August if the football lockout continues.   Grab your glove and head out on this tour of 3 Midwest baseball stadiums in 3 days and watch 6 teams play in these cities known for brats and beers. (more…)

Red, white & blue Independence Day in Washington D.C.

Thursday, June 16th, 2011

Fourth of July fireworks over Washington, D.C. Credit: JoshuaDavisPhotography.

By Derek Brown

Celebrate America the Beautiful this Fourth of July in our nation’s capital.  Wrapped in bunting, flags whipping in the wind and fireworks in the summer sky make it one of the most patriotic, colorful and popular times of the year to visit Washington, D.C. (more…)