Archive for June 2014

Four great ways to celebrate the Fourth of July with your family in Chicago

For many people, this week will be a short one as businesses and camps close for the Fourth of July holiday on Friday, July 4.  With the holiday falling on a Friday this year, we are treated to a three-day weekend, and a perfect opportunity to toast our country, celebrate our freedom, and reflect on... Read more »

Top 5 multicultural events for families in Chicago this weekend - June 27, 28 and 29

Who’s ready for the weekend? This one is shaping up to be a good one, packed full of great events for the whole family to enjoy. And, hopefully a lot less rain and fog! Here is the Raising World Citizens list of the top five multicultural events for families in Chicago this weekend – Friday,... Read more »

The best soccer videos that celebrate the 2014 World Cup

<iframe width="500" height="281" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/msJvU8BI3Rw" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> Samurai in Brazil (Cup Noodles/Nissin Foods):  My sons love soccer and Japanese samurais - so they absolutely love this video. It's a little boy's dream come true to see a mighty samurai with fierce ball skills - who can defeat anyone with a masterful flick of the soccer ball.
We’re big into the 2014 World Cup in my house. On game days, my sons reach into their closet in search of a jersey of one of the teams playing that day to throw on before breakfast. (They’re equal-opportunity soccer fans…) When they’re not in camp, we gather around the TV or head to one... Read more »
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Top 5 multicultural events for families in Chicago this weekend - June 20, 21 and 22

Who’s ready for the weekend? With summer officially arriving on Saturday, June 21, it’s time to embrace all that summertime weekends have to offer us in the Windy City. Here is the Raising World Citizens list of the top five multicultural events for families in Chicago this weekend – Friday, June 20, Saturday, June 21,... Read more »

A surprising lesson in innovation at CUPNOODLES Museum in Japan

I have a new appreciation for Cup Noodles. Yes, that’s right. The instant ramen noodles you most likely ate by the cup-full during your college days. What brought about this new appreciation? I recently learned that there’s more to the product than it being a quick, convenient and inexpensive meal. There’s a compelling story, too. It’s a story is steeped in creative... Read more »

Top 5 multicultural events for families in Chicago this weekend - June 13, 14 and 15

Summer fun is in full swing in Chicago. As usual, there is no shortage of indoor and outdoor events happening across the city this weekend. Of course, this weekend is extra special, with fathers being toasted on Sunday. Here is the Raising World Citizens list of the top five multicultural events for families in Chicago... Read more »
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8 great things to do in Chicago with your family this summer

It goes without saying that Chicagoans deserve a long, hot summer. After spending way too much time stuck indoors this winter, we’re anxious to make the most of the warmer temperatures and celebrate the start of our well-deserved summer. All it takes is one look at Chicago’s lakefront or city streets to see that Chicagoans... Read more »

Top 5 multicultural events for families in Chicago this weekend - June 6, 7 and 8

The summer festival season is underway in Chicago – as evidenced by all of the many events happening across the city this weekend. It’s shaping up to be one of those weekends when it’s almost impossible to fit everything in. But, it’s always fun to try! Here is the Raising World Citizens list of the... Read more »

Where to watch the 2014 World Cup with your family in Chicago

The excitement is building in my house full of soccer fans. Why? Because the 2014 World Cup begins in just a few days. With the World Cup being played just a few time zones away in Brazil, it’s easier than ever to try to catch all of the world-class soccer action live – without having to wake up... Read more »
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Tokyo souvenirs: Fun and fabulous finds

I wasn't surprised to see that you could buy a wide variety of chopsticks in Tokyo. But, I was surprised - and delighted - to see that you could find ones with anime and manga characters on them. I picked up chopsticks with Pikachu, Gundam, and Ultraman. Next time, I plan to buy the Star Wars lightsaber and Harry Potter wand chopsticks, too. Can you blame me?
Anyone who has spent time in Tokyo can tell you that there are no shortage of fun and fabulous souvenirs to be found there. In fact, there may be too many to possibly choose from. Between kawaii (the “quality of cuteness” in the Japanese culture), anime, manga, and more, there’s a real feeling that consumerism (and... Read more »