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On the season finale of Trip Flip, Bret surprises Californians David and Mike with the ultimate, all-expenses-paid dream vacation to the Windy City of Chicago.

In this amazing, tailor-made guys’ getaway, David and Mike see a side of Chicago that most people will never have the opportunity to experience. Bert kicks the trip off with an introduction to the latest craze in water sports: Flyboarding on Lake Michigan. After propelling themselves 20 feet into the air using high-powered water jet streams, it’s on to the edgier side of Chicago to see the gangster hotspots of the ‘20s and ‘30s on a mobster tour. And that’s just the first part of day 1!

To find out what other exciting adventures David and Mike were lucky enough to experience, tune in for an all-new episode, tonight at 8|7c.

Plus, don’t miss these exclusive, behind-the-scenes photos from our Chicago Trip Flip.

Tonight, on an all-new episode of Toy Hunter, Jordan visits the Windy City to hunt for toys with a diverse group of collectors. Where did Jordan come across this eclectic mix of people? Chicago’s one and only “nerd-seum,” of course.

But before making his trip to the “nerd-seum,” Jordan and his buddy Mark head over to ex-football player Rick’s house to see what kind of Batman memorabilia they can dig up. As it turns out, some of Rick’s collection was found to be impostors, but Jordan did find one thing that tickled his toy fancy — a $450 Batman Space Probe that has never been opened.

Will Jordan be able to pry the Batman probe from Rick’s tough, football-trained hands? What toy gold will Jordan come across at the “nerd-seum”? Find out on an all-new episode, tonight @ 9|8c.

Plus, check out Jordan’s thoughts on our behind-the-scenes photos from tonight’s episode.

Tonight on an all-new Bizarre Foods America, Andrew Zimmern travels to the gastronomic city of Chicago. Andrew stops at EL Ideas, an experimental restaurant that offers imaginative foods, plus makes pit stops at Next restaurant, Joong Boo Market, Rare Tea Cellar and Supreme Lobster & Seafood Company.

Get a complete list of Andrew’s pit stops, including his Chicago accommodations, in our Chicago Travel Guide. Plus, go behind the scenes of tonight’s show with our Chicago’s Cutting Edge slideshow.

Watch a sneak peek from tonight’s episode: Chicago’s Supreme Lobster

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Chinese New Year falls on Sunday, Feb. 10, but you don’t need to cross the ocean for the party. The most widely celebrated Chinese festival is a time to welcome longevity, wealth and prosperity into your life. Spot a dragon, the bearer of good luck, or set off some firecrackers to chase off evil spirits in one of these cities – our picks for the best cities to ring in the year of the snake! READ MORE

Anthony Bourdain in Chicago

Tonight at 9|8c Anthony Bourdain is back for another season of adrenaline-filled layovers all over the world. This week, Tony lands at Chicago’s O’Hare airport with exactly 43 hours to kill. He heads straight to the airport’s exit, vowing to not spend a single minute of his trip at O’Hare. Instead, he cruises Chicago in a vintage Caddy, searches for the perfect Chicago-style hot dog (don’t ask for ketchup!), day drinks with painter and blogger Bruce Cameron Elliott and dines with Top Chef champion Stephanie Izard. READ MORE

It’s that time of year again! Summer music festival season is in full swing, and festivalgoers are flooding the streets of Chicago for one of the most highly-anticipated concerts of the year: Lollapalooza. Some of this year’s headliners include the Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Black Keys, Florence + the Machine and Passion Pit … but that’s just the start. If you attend the show, make sure you don’t accidentally miss one of the bands you wanted to see — create a custom schedule online. READ MORE

Marcus Sakey and Rafael Tovar in Chicago

Cities are more than brick and concrete. They’re made of stories. And the best stories are usually about the worst people. In the new Travel Channel series Hidden City, crime novelist Marcus Sakey travels from city to city to explore 3 crimes or criminals who reveal the dark undercurrent of that city. We kick the season off by taking a unique look at Chicago.

Marcus starts by getting into the head of America’s first serial killer, H.H. Holmes. Holmes built a “castle” that became a death chamber for hundreds of victims. Marcus talks with architect Carlos Martinez about how Holmes used his twisted mind to create a hotel of horrors that included torture chambers, hidden passages and asphyxiation chambers. Then he talks with a police officer and demonstrator who were on opposite sides of the baton during the 1968 Democratic National Convention riots. Marcus also gets pepper sprayed to put himself in the shoes of the protestors. His time in Chicago ends with firing a Tommy gun and learning about John Dillinger’s death from gangster expert Jon Eig.  Discover more about each of these stories in the Hidden City Crime Files: Chicago.

Catch the premiere of Hidden City on Tuesday, Dec. 6, at 10|9c.

Snowstorm Cripples the Midwest

A major storm of ice, snow and freezing rain has forced airlines to cancel more than 4,500 flights. The 2,100-mile stretch of wintery weather – from Texas to Maine – has halted airport traffic and closed airports, including Oklahoma City’s Will Rogers World Airport and Tulsa International Airport.

Airports in Newark, NJ, and Chicago are the hardest hit with more than 600 flight cancellations each, according to Flightware.com. Chicago is expected to get 2 feet of snow, breaking its snowfall record set in 1967. The Windy City is a hub for several major airlines, including United and American.

Windy weather with zero visibility had sparked Delta Airlines to cancel 625 flights today. JetBlue is canceling flights in and out of New York’s JFK airport for the rest of today with some flights expected to resume Wednesday afternoon. The airline plans to shut down its flights servicing Boston starting tonight. Officials at JetBlue say service may not may not be up and running until Thursday morning.

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