Archive for May 2014

Top 5 multicultural events for families in Chicago this weekend - May 30 - June 1

Now that Memorial Day has come and gone, and warmer temperatures have finally arrived, it’s time to enjoy summer in the city. Lucky for us, there’s another action-packed, festival-filled weekend on tap for Chicago. Here is the Raising World Citizens list of the top five multicultural events for families in Chicago this weekend – Friday,... Read more »

The best multicultural summer festivals in Chicago for 2014

Chicago is a city of neighborhoods. Each one showcases the ethnic groups that make Chicago so dynamic, so vibrant and so irresistible. One trip to any of Chicago’s ethnic neighborhoods will show you the very essence of what makes Chicago a first-class, multicultural city. For a taste of the various ethnic groups that make up so many... Read more »

Top 5 multicultural events for families in Chicago for Memorial Day weekend

Memorial Day weekend is here! It’s the official start of summer in Chicago, and with it comes all of the great family-friendly events, activities, and festivals Chicagoans live for throughout the rest of the year. Here is the Raising World Citizens list of the top five multicultural events for families in Chicago over Memorial Day Weekend... Read more »
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Kit Kat chocolates in Japan: Unique varieties popular in regions across the country

One day, before our family’s recent trip to Japan, my husband excitedly told me about something we just had to do in Tokyo. To my surprise, he said we had to eat Kit Kat chocolates. As an American, born and raised in Chicago, I’ve enjoyed many of the chocolate-covered wafer “fingers” over the years. For me, they’ve always... Read more »

Top 5 multicultural events for families in Chicago this weekend - May 16, 17 and 18

We’ve got another action-packed weekend in the forecast for Chicago. Yes, spring has brought with it a ton of great, family-friendly activities for all of us to enjoy. And, with some rain in the forecast (surprise, surprise…), it’s good to know there are a lot of good indoor options, too. Here is the Raising World Citizens... Read more »

The Zazoo: Building bilingual reading skills in young children

My five-year-old son is at magical age when letters become sounds and together they become words – words he can read on his own. All of a sudden, words are everywhere – hidden in plain sight. He delights in each word he’s able to string together as he reads it - at home, on the “L” train, along busy streets, at restaurants, or at school.... Read more »
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Eurovision Song Contest Grand Final airs on Saturday: Performers from 26 countries compete for 2014 title

I love listening to music from across the world. When my husband and I visit a country, we always try to stop into a music store to get a sense for the local “hot” performers. In doing so, we’ve cultivated a growing, eclectic music collection that includes artists from Italy, Spain, England, France, Japan, Israel... Read more »

Top 5 multicultural events for families in Chicago this weekend - May 9, 10 and 11

This weekend is destined for greatness. The weather forecast includes spring-like temperatures. And, Sunday is Mother’s Day. That, to me, is the perfect recipe for a fabulous, family-focused weekend in Chicago. Here is the Raising World Citizens list of the top five multicultural events for families in Chicago this weekend – Friday, May 9, Saturday,... Read more »

Reliving our travels through food: Rome, Tokyo and beyond

So much of travel to other places revolves around one main thing: food. No matter if I travel across state lines or an ocean, I often spend hours and hours researching where to go, what to do and, most importantly, what to eat. When I dream of my recent travels, it’s hard not to picture my husband, my sons and I savoring a local culinary delight – walking along a river with... Read more »
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Photos: IsraFest celebration at Chicago's Daley Plaza

According to the Consulate General of Israel to the Midwest, nearly 1,000 people came out to celebrate Yom Ha'atzmaut at Chicago's Daley Plaza today from 11:30 am - 2 pm. The much-celebrated sunshine provided the perfect backdrop for the festive celebration.
Today is Yom Ha’atzmaut, which commemorates the establishment of the State of Israel in 1948. The holiday is celebrated on the fifth day of Iyar, according to the Hebrew calendar. However, when the fifth of Iyar falls on a Monday, the holiday is celebrated on Tuesday – as was the case this year. Yom Ha’atzmaut is... Read more »