What We’re Reading This Week: Chicago, Paris, Alaska

David Bowie Is

These five reasons to brave the crowds for the new “David Bowie Is” exhibit that opened Tuesday at Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Art will have you packing your bags for a rockin’ fall getaway. Book a room at our newly minted Fodor’s 100 winner, The Langham Chicago, for the perfect Windy City weekend. —Arabella Bowen, Editor-in-Chief

Travel stories about unusual journeys are irresistible to me, so I savored Andrea Sachs' “Ferry-camping in Alaska's Inside Passage” in the Washington Post. Her descriptions of setting up a tent on the deck of an Alaska State Ferry (hint: duct tape) for her weeklong trip are as lively as her response to her fellow travelers and the magnificent landscape. It's not all smooth sailing (hint: rain), but then again, the best trips rarely are. —Linda Cabasin, Editorial Director

I recently read Yishai Schwartz’s critique in The New Republic of Wired’s much-discussed Edward Snowden profile by James Bamford. Schwartz points out that while Bamford should be congratulated on scoring the interview, he fails to engage in real journalism by asking Snowden any tough questions, resulting in what is essentially a puff piece on the ever-elusive whistleblower. A missed opportunity if ever there was one. —Kristan Schiller, Editor, Cities & Cultural Destinations

I'm planning my next trip to Paris and browsing our library of travel magazines for insider tips. I found a great piece in an issue of Afar from 2013 in which Alexander Lobrano interviewed a local designer about her favorite spots in Paris's Belleville neighborhood. Read this and you’ll know where to find me. —Caroline Trefler, Senior Editor, Cities and Cultural Destinations

DesignSponge's list of “10 Travel Instagram Feeds to Follow and Swoon Over” has added a whole lot of wanderlust-inducing photos to my Instagram experience.  —Michael Alan Connelly, Editor, Fodors.com