Milwaukee in winter
Why would a traveler ditch one freezing city for another? asked Lauren Viera in the Chicago Tribune. Well, sometimes a quick jaunt to the Caribbean isn’t an option, and sometimes the best antidote to winter is a vibrant urban setting. Milwaukee’s dining scene extends far beyond bratwurst. You can find a satisfying Friday-night fish fry almost anywhere. Bacchus, the city’s newest restaurant, serves up “flawless” cuisine. The “fabulous” Milwaukee Art Museum, which holds a permanent collection that rivals those in most major cities, has a new wing designed by Santiago Calatrava. Don’t tell the Chicago Institute of Art, “but I kind of like Milwaukee’s art museum better.” The same goes for the coffee—“better” than in Chicago. Did I mention beer? “Milwaukee is a brew town,” and a pub tour can even include the Pabst Mansion, which borders the campus of Marquette University. Beer baron Capt. Frederick Pabst lived in this massive greystone residence in the 1890s. “Winter, schminter.”

South Dakota’s Crazy Horse memorial
The face of Gen. George Custer’s nemesis is now visible from three-quarters of a mile away, said Christopher Reynolds in the Baltimore Sun. A winding road leads west through the pine woods of South Dakota’s “gorgeous Black Hills” to the town of Custer, where a massive stone visage of Chief Crazy Horse rises to the left. Sculptor Korczak Ziolkowski moved to the state in 1948, bought land on Thunderhead Mountain, “and started blasting.” Initially, he hoped to sculpt a 100-foot likeness of Crazy Horse. Then he decided to take on the whole mountain. Over the next 34 years, he dynamited millions of tons of granite, and after he died in 1982, his widow, Ruth, continued his work. Crazy Horse’s face was completed in 1998. The tribute to Crazy Horse will ultimately portray his full figure astride a stallion, and the Ziolkowski family is employing 135 workers in peak summer months to finish it. Currently they’re at work on “a 227-foot-long plateau that will be the warrior’s outstretched arm.”