Day of the Dead: 9 ways to celebrate Día de los Muertos with your family in Chicago

Walking through the Pilsen neighborhood of Chicago, it’s easy to see the excitement building among its residents and visitors to celebrate Day of the Dead (or Día de los Muertos). Store walls are decorated with dancing skeletons. Bakery shelves are lined with sugar skulls. Brightly colored paper flags flap in the breeze over narrow alleyways. And, miniature skeletons sit,... Read more »

Class elections: Taking a small step toward social action at just six years old

When did you hold your first elected position? I can’t remember when I did, but I think it wasn’t until high school. And, I know for a fact that it wasn’t when I was six years old. Unfortunately, I can now say the same thing for my younger son. But, that’s not a bad thing.... Read more »

Top 5 multicultural events for families in Chicago this weekend - October 18 and 19

Here is the Raising World Citizens list of the top 5 multicultural events for families in Chicago this weekend – October 18 and 19. 1. Skelebration Redmoon Theater 2120 S. Jefferson St. (Pilsen) Saturday, October 18, 1, 4 and 7 pm Sunday, October 19, 1 and 4 pm $20 for adults, $12 kids (ages 4-  17),... Read more »
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I travel around the world every day - thanks to families across the globe

Do you want to know how I usually start my day? I travel around the world. Yes, I do. And, a large part of my virtual travels are thanks to the Multicultural Kid Blogs bloggers who routinely post photos on Instagram. Thanks to this fantastic group of bloggers from around the world, I can catch real-time images of daily life as it unfolds... Read more »

What's up? Coucou, ça va? Qué tal? Informal greetings used around the world

It’s been more than two years since my sons started at their current school. I still remember being nervous about them learning the new routines, meeting new friends, and interacting with their new teachers. A “new” school is always chock full of everything and anything “new.” But, for me, my nervousness was at a higher than usual... Read more »

Top 5 multicultural events for families in Chicago this weekend - October 10, 11 and 12

Here is the Raising World Citizens list of the top 5 multicultural events for families in Chicago this weekend – October 10, 11 and 12. 1. UniversalSoul Circus Washington Park (Washington Park/Woodlawn) 5531 S. Martin Luther King Dr. Now through October 19 Ticket prices vary; available online The UniverSoul Circus blends together circus arts, theater and music –... Read more »
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Bagels: The origin, popularity and varieties of the circular bread with the whole in the middle

My family’s roots can be traced to Germany, Romania, Russia and Poland. But, culturally, we’re Jewish, too. For most of our large, casual family gatherings, you can rest assure that one item always plays a starring role on the dining table – bagels. There may be sesame, poppy seed, onion, raisin or everything bagels. But,... Read more »

Multicultural emoji: More diverse options are on the way for your smartphone

Do you punctuate your texts, emails or comments with emoji? You know, those little symbols that range from a winking smiley face to a biker riding past mountains. I sure do. For me, the images help further illustrate a sentiment, a thought, an experience, a moment in time, or an emotion. I enjoy scrolling through... Read more »

Top 5 multicultural events for families in Chicago this weekend - October 3, 4 and 5

Here is the Raising World Citizens list of the top five multicultural events for families in Chicago this weekend – Friday, October 3, Saturday, October 4, and Sunday, October 5: 1. Naper Settlement Oktoberfest Naper Settlement 523 S. Webster St. (Naperville, Ill.) Friday, October 3, 5 – 10 pm Saturday, October 4, 12 – 10... Read more »
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Global desserts: Enjoying trdelník in Prague

Food is a huge part of experiencing a culture. It’s the star of any holiday gathering. It’s front and center at street festivals. It’s enjoyed by people of all ages. It grabs your attention and makes you hungry to find out more. And, food and travel go hand in hand. It’s nearly impossible to truly experience a... Read more »