Archive for February 2014

Top 5 events for families in Chicago this weekend: 2/28, 3/1 and 3/2

It’s hard to believe that March is here – and that spring will be on the way soon. Even with temperatures back down in the teens and low 20s, there are still plenty of good reasons to head out for some family-friendly fun in Chicago. Here is the Raising World Citizens list of the top... Read more »

Traveling without fear – but always with an open mind and heart

Traveling to new and different places helps open your eyes and your mind to the world. To me, the only way to know people, their culture and even their traditions is to walk down their streets, eat in their cafes, stroll through their parks, and frequent their cultural institutions. It’s only when you’ve achieved their... Read more »

Pint-sized English Premier League fans: Cheering on Manchester United in Chicago

In a city where basketball, football, baseball and hockey reign supreme, it can be challenging to be a diehard soccer fan. But, thanks to the Chicago Fire that tide is turning, and more and more fans routinely crowd into Toyota Park in south suburban Bridgeview on game days during the team’s six-month season that runs March through... Read more »
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Ethnic food in Chicago: Top 5 global food courts and marketplaces

I think it’s safe to say Chicagoans are hooked on global food courts and marketplaces. In the last year alone, we saw the record-breaking opening of Eataly, the new Italian gourmet food marketplace; the opening and expansion of The Nosh, a series of pop-up markets that bring some of the best Chicago food-preneurs together in... Read more »

Top 5 events for families in Chicago this weekend: 2/21, 2/22 and 2/23

With the snow starting to melt, it’s time to get out and enjoy all of the great, family-friendly events happening across Chicago this weekend. It’s the perfect time to celebrate Black History Month, get a jump start on Mardi Gras, dream of sailing away to somewhere warm, and more! Here is the Raising World Citizens... Read more »

Photos: Chinese New Year Lantern Celebration at Navy Pier

Visitors were greeted with a marketplace filled with Chinese arts, jewelry, clothing and other goods.
Sunday was the last day of Chinese New Year. The 15-day holiday began on January 31, 2014, and Chicago organizations pulled out all the stops, hosting a variety of community-wide celebrations over the last two weeks. One of the last events was the Chinese New Year Lantern Celebration held on Sunday, February 16 at Navy... Read more »
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Paczki Day is March 4: Find out where to buy paczki in Chicago

2013 was definitely the year of the donut. In Chicago, we saw the continued popularity of gourmet doughnut shops like Glazed and Infused, Do-Rite Donuts, Firecakes and Doughnut Valut, offering the fried treats in a whole host of innovative, decadent flavors like Candied Maple Bacon, Butterscotch Praline, Red Velvet and Mocha Glazed with Nibs. And,... Read more »

My son passed his eye exam with fake glasses

A few weeks ago, my five-year-old son came home from school complaining of blurry vision and insisted we go buy him glasses. He refused to get his vision checked. No. He wanted to skip that important step and get right to the buying glasses part. After pressing him a bit, he admitted that his vision... Read more »

Top 5 events for families in Chicago this weekend: 2/14, 2/15 and 2/16

With temperatures holding steadying the 20s this weekend, I’m anxious to get outside and be active – without freezing in 5 minutes! The timing couldn’t be better with Valentine’s Day coming and lots of great family activities set for this weekend. Here is the Raising World Citizens list of the top five events for families... Read more »
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Graphic tees: Fashion trend puts spotlight on foreign language

In French, "ça va" can be used to ask how someone is doing, and also used in your response to say that everything is good. The <a href="https://www.jcrew.com/womens_feature/NewArrivals/knitsandtees/PRDOVR~A3117/A3117.jsp">Linen Baseball Tee in Ça Va</a> puts the from J. Crew puts the question (and answer) front and center in a fashionably yet sporty t-shirt. Photo: J.Crew.com
I must confess – I love fashion and trends, and boy do I love a good fashion trend. But, all too often fashion-trend watching ends up being a spectator sport for me. I often observe and appreciate the latest trends, but am hesitant to incorporate them into my wardrobe. But, there’s one I am excited... Read more »