Dream DOU­BLE ACT On a hot mu­si­cal tour of Chicago and Detroit

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it – and the city came back stronger than ever.

Oh, and Chicago did not get its nick­name from the gales blow­ing off Lake Michi­gan. It ac­tu­ally earned its Windy City ti­tle from its long-winded politi­cians.

I was stay­ing at the Black­stone Ho­tel, which hosted Capone and his mates back in the day and was used in films such as The Un­touch­ables and The Color of Money.

The food is also a win­ner. Benny’s Chop House served up the best steak I have ever had while Dusek’s Board and Bar, a Miche­lin starred restau­rant, was un­for­get­table.

But I was only warm­ing up. Be­cause next stop was 200 miles away in Detroit – which has given us the likes of The White Stripes, Ste­vie Won­der and banging techno mu­sic. And not for­get­ting rap­per Eminem – Eight Mile, the film based on his ca­reer, is cen­tred here.

It is also home to Mo­town, the de­fin­i­tive soul la­bel for the past half cen­tury. Tak­ing a tour of the Mo­town Mu­seum at Hitsville USA is a must.

While there, our ex­citable tour guide – a singing, clap­ping, danc­ing vir­tu­oso – re­galed us with tales of Smokey Robin­son, The Temp­ta­tions, Ste­vie Won­der and many more global stars.


cess­ful mu­si­cian hail­ing from here is Kid Rock. I vis­ited his mu­sic lab, which is worth a trip, even for just the DJ decks, where I was lay­ing down some, ahem, phat beats.

But this city in Michi­gan owes its for­tunes to one man – Henry Ford. His vi­sion turned a shed into a multi-bil­lion dol­lar in­dus­try and saw the city’s pop­u­la­tion boom.

And the Henry Ford Mu­seum shows off the in­no­va­tion and spirit of the Amer­i­can peo­ple, con­cen­trat­ing on avi­a­tion and, of course, cars.

But it does not shy away from the un­com­fort­able parts of its history. I sat in the bus and on the seat where, in 1955, Rosa Parks re­fused to move for a white pas­sen­ger. And I also saw a creepy KKK out­fit, which sent shiv­ers down my spine.

If you can, pop to Canada through the Detroit-wind­sor tun­nel, which will cost you about £3. Sadly I didn’t have time – I had to head home. Hap­pily, it was via Nor­we­gian’s spa­cious Pre­mium lounge.

Af­ter a whirl­wind week, I was ex­hausted in the best way. Be­cause both these cities hit the right note. FACTFILE: You can fly to Chicago and back with Nor­we­gian for £280. Or if you are flush with cash, fly Pre­mium for £909 re­turn. Rooms at The Black­stone cost from £142pn, see the­black­stone.com. Rooms at MGM Grand in Detroit start from £120pn, see mg­m­grand­de­troit.com.

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