Jodie Jacobs

About Jodie Jacobs

Jodie is a veteran writer who moved from education editor, beat reporter and feature writer at a suburban weekly to news and features at a county-wide daily paper. For the past 20 years she has written for the Chicago Tribune, contributing more than 2,000 news and feature articles. Currently, Jodie is doing travel writing, an art column and theater news in print and online publications. Jodie's Bio
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Spring at Cubs Park: What’s good and what were they thinking

Cub fan relaxes before game at Mesa Sheraton Hotel

Sloan Park, a large stadium that seats 15,000 people (including grass) feels more like Wrigley Field than the Cubs’ former Hohokam Stadium.


As with Houdini, there is more to Appleton than you may know

Appleton's History Museum has a large Harry Houdini exhibit because the famed escape artist called Appleton his hometown

Appleton is a also a perfect stop on the way to the Packers’ Lambeau Field in Green Bay or when driving around Wisconsin to do fall color.


Put Madrid, Spain on the bucket list

Start your Madrid planning at the Tourist Information Center at Plaza Mayor

Madrid is a perfect snap-a-sight and twitter or Facebook-it city. It’s a fun series of tapas snacks washed down-by-beer sort of city. And you don’t gain weight because Madrid is a walking city.


Don’t overlook presidential museums when traveling the US

Gerald R. Ford Museum is in Grand Rapids, MI but the library is in Ann Arbor

Did you know that a museum has a real Air Force One and that visitors can clamor up its stairs and see its galley, offices and bunks? And did you know that a small presidential library with a walk-in vault exists in a charming, period house?


Five top things to do in Chicago for the holidays

North Michigan Avenue is an even more "Magnificent Mile" during the holiday season

As a life-long Chicagoan who has also covered holiday happenings for 30 years, I have sifted through Santa’s bag to pull out five fun treats.


Think Wisconsin Dells for fall fun

Cranes from all over the world are bred and protected at the International Crane Foundation near the Wisconsin Dells

Spread along the scenic Wisconsin River northwest of Madison, the Dells make a terrific fall trip.