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Get the f*ck out of here: The Road Trips Issue 2016 

Doom and gloom in Bruce Rauner’s Springfield, the rebirth of an iconic Wisconsin supper club, and more stories of midwest exploration

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ILLUSTRATION BY THE NBDY DESIGN CO.
  • Illustration by the NBDY Design Co.
RYAN SMITH
  • Ryan Smith

There’s no joy in Bruce Rauner’s Springfield

A journey into the heart of Illinois’s bureaucratic darkness: the state capital

By Ryan Smith


COURTESY DAVE HOEKSTRA
  • Courtesy Dave Hoekstra

Iconic Wisconsin supper club the Gobbler has been revived, sans the supper

After an extensive renovation, the midcentury-modern architectural curiosity now operates as a theater for live music.

By Dave Hoekstra


TODD HALTERMAN
  • Todd Halterman

Jesus takes the wheel at the Blessing of the Bikes

Motorcyclists kick-start riding season with a group prayer in Baldwin, Michigan.

By Laura Pearson


COURTESY JONATHAN BALDIZON
  • Courtesy Jonathan Baldizon

What’s so funny about Indiana?

The Hoosier State makes a case for seeking comedy beyond Chicago.

By Jason A. Heidemann


BOBBY SIMS
  • Bobby Sims

Pedaling to Indiana’s Amish paradise

The Pennsylvania Dutch eschew most modern technology, but bicycles remain an essential part of the culture.

By John Greenfield


MICHELE LONGWORTH/METROPOLIS PLANET
  • Michele Longworth/Metropolis Planet

Adventures await in Metropolis, Illinois, the official “Home of Superman”

The small town is home to the annual Superman Celebration and a 15-foot-tall statue of the Man of Steel.

By Brianna Wellen


BOBBY SIMS
  • Bobby Sims

Midwest minor league baseball is major fun

Beyond Wrigley Field and the Cell, there's a world of young talent, themed nights, and cheap tickets, hot dogs, and beer.

By Aimee Levitt

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