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Midwest Living

Midwest Living January/February 2019

Midwest Living celebrates the unique and surprising Midwest region through its food, travel destinations, lifestyle, homes and gardens. Like visiting with a best friend, it unveils the authentic flavor of this region through inspiring photos, inside tips on best places to visit, and family-favorite recipes that simply taste great.

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chicago by the book

Nestled between the Chicago River and Millennium Park, the American Writers Museum has a room filled with old typewriters. On some, blank pages await musings from visitors curious to punch the stiff keys. One already holds a message: “City of the Big Shoulders,” a reference to Carl Sandburg’s poem “Chicago.” Meanwhile, 5 blocks away, Sandburg fans can stroll across the bustling Clark Street Bridge that inspired him, still a place of “Dust of the feet/And dust of the wheels.” Many legendary writers have dredged Chicago’s streets for ideas and placed the city at the center of their tales. But a book-lover’s visit here isn’t just about retracing their steps. You also can geek out over quirky libraries, brainy drinking holes and glamorous stacks of books in unexpected places. To grasp the breadth…

1 min.
buying & browsing

CHICAGO PUBLIC LIBRARY Chicago’s 81 branch libraries host all sorts of literary events. The Chinatown location, completed in 2015, is especially worth a visit, with a stunning glass-curtained exterior. POWELL’S BOOKS CHICAGO Chicago’s largest dealer of out-of-print, used and antiquarian books sits on 57th Street in Hyde Park. Founded in 1970, it’s an ancestor to Portland’s famous Powell’s bookstore. 57TH STREET BOOKS A few blocks from Powell’s, get lost in this shop’s labyrinth of homey, unpainted shelves that wind under low ceilings. STONY ISLAND ARTS BANK Part art gallery. Part rare media archive. And 100 percent Instagrammable, thanks to towering bookshelves. Exhibits include a library of magazines and books donated by Johnson Publishing Company, and tributes to the South Side. POETRY FOUNDATION In River North, peruse the Midwest’s only library dedicated to poetry. Gallery visits and all the foundation’s…

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essential reads

THE TIME TRAVELER’S WIFE by Audrey Niffenegger The Newberry, where protagonist Henry DeTamble works as a librarian, is a real place. THE DEVIL IN THE WHITE CITY by Erik Larson Several tours visit key spots from this gripping true-crime tale of the 1893 World’s Fair. THE HOUSE ON MANGO STREET by Sandra Cisneros The real house was on North Campbell Street, in a now much-changed part of Humboldt Park. NATIVE SON by Richard Wright The once controversial book highlights race and class issues that are still pressing today in Chicago’s South Side.…

5 min.
mushroom magic

Sure, we love vegetables. But not enough to give up our burgers entirely. That’s why we’re newly obsessed with the technique of blending ground meat with mushrooms. The finely chopped ’shrooms are barely detectable; their benefits, on the other hand, are clear. Mushrooms are low-cal, cholesterol-free and nutrient-rich. Stretching meat with them often saves money. And they’re ecological rock stars, growing in natural, recyclable compost and requiring almost no light or water. (Compare that to the carbon footprint of, well, almost anything else!) Inspired by chefs who have embraced the concept, we created five family-friendly recipes. But once you master the basics, the blending possibilities are endless. THE BASICS OF BLENDING Four things to know before swapping meat for mushrooms in your fave recipes. 1 Beef, pork, lamb, turkey, chicken, even sausage—any ground…

2 min.
6 things we’re crushing on now

DISCOVER ART ON THE LAKE A new hub for international art and culture opened last summer in northern Michigan. The sleek Great Lakes Center for the Arts in Bay Harbor (near Petoskey) has hosted musical prodigy Frankie Moreno, country artist Sara Evans, and The Second City comedy tour. Visitors can attend a cinema series in the 500-seat auditorium or buy curated art pieces throughout the building. CHILL MIDWEST STREAMING ’Tis the season to binge-watch a TV series. Start with a regionally inspired hit on Netflix. STRANGER THINGS Things get eerie when a boy disappears in Hawkins, Indiana. Starring Winona Ryder, the sci-fi series drips with 1980s nostalgia. Catch up on the hype before Netflix drops season three this year. OZARK Jason Bateman takes the lead in this Missouri crime drama. The second season debuted on Netflix in August. PARKS AND…

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crunch time

✱ MORE TO LOVE Find more sweet-and-salty treats at Sweet-and-Salty Scotcheroos HANDS ON 25 MINUTES TOTAL 2 HOURS 25 MINUTES ½ cup sugar½ cup light-color corn syrup½ cup creamy peanut butter (not all-natural) 1 9.25-ounce bag corn chips, such as Fritos½ cup semisweet chocolate chips½ cup butterscotch-flavored chips 1. In a 3-quart saucepan, combine sugar and corn syrup. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until sugar dissolves and mixture comes to a boil. Remove from heat. Stir in peanut butter until mixture is smooth and thoroughly combined. 2. Before opening bag of corn chips, lightly crush chips in the bag with your hands. Add corn chips to peanut butter mixture and stir until well-coated, continuing to break up corn chips as you stir. Transfer mixture to a well-greased 8x8x2-inch baking pan. Spread evenly. Top with…