By OnMilwaukee Staff Writers   Published Sep 06, 2005 at 5:16 AM

Alan Solomon of the Chicago Tribune spent his summer visiting 13 of the Midwest's top travel destinations. On Sunday, after his first weekend at home since before Memorial Day, he published his final report and he had some great things to say about Milwaukee.

Here's a sample from Solomon's "Best of our Classic Midwest Weekends:"

Best for dining:

Milwaukee. A veritable culinary explosion for every taste.

Happiest surprise:

Milwaukee. It's not dead breweries and a dead downtown. It's alive and getting livelier.

Best building:

The Milwaukee Art Museum. Inside and out. The art collection is just a bonus.

Favorite restaurant, upscale:

Sanford, Milwaukee. Serious dining in comfortable elegance.

Read Solomon's story here.