Archive for 2012

Seeing World Musical Sita Ram Through the Eyes of a Seven Year Old

Last weekend I was lucky to have a wonderful date accompany me to see the original world musical “Sita Ram” at the Harris Theatre in Chicago – my seven-year-old son. As I noted in a previous post, “Sita Ram” was billed as a modern interpretation of the ancient epic “Ramayana,” which teaches morality and ideal... Read more »

A Passport to Holiday Fun at Chicago's Christkindmarket

It’s hard to believe that Hannukah has come and gone and Christmas is just about a week away. But, it’s true. For some people, it means acting fast to buy all of those last-minute gifts. For others, it means savoring all of the holiday festivities and events before the trees, lights or other decorations come... Read more »

Original World Musical "Sita Ram" Returns to Chicago this Weekend

I am always on the look out for new programs, exhibits or events that help bring the message of global diversity alive for our sons – right here in Chicago. And, if it’s entertaining, enlightening and educational all at once then that’s all the better. So you can imagine how thrilled I was to learn... Read more »

Sampling Dim Sum at Phoenix Restaurant in Chicago's Chinatown

There’s nothing like Chicago’s Chinatown. Every time I go there I’m reminded of why it’s such a vibrant, lively neighborhood. No matter where you go, you’re overtaken by amazing sights, sounds, and smells. And, these days, it seems like there’s always a newly opened store, market or restaurant (mostly by restauranteur Tony Hu) beckoning me... Read more »

From Chicagoans: Holiday Foods From Around the World (Part 1)

Chicago is a true melting pot of people, neighborhoods and cultures. Throughout the year, Chicagoans come together to celebrate their different holidays and traditions. And, at the center of so many of those celebrations is food. So, with the holiday season upon us, I reached out to my fellow Chicagoans to uncover some of the... Read more »

Holiday Foods from Around the World: Select Recipes from Chicagoans (Part 2)

For the 2012 holiday season, I asked for Chicagoans to send me their favorite traditional holiday recipes. And, wow, did I get some amazing stuff. From recipes to stories to traditions, I learned a lot about how people from different cultures celebrate the holidays here in Chicago. While a lot of the celebrations differ from... Read more »

Giving Thanks for #GivingTuesday

Today I am getting onboard and completely behind #GivingTuesday. After the barrage of sales emails that have clogged my inbox since the start of Thanksgiving, it’s refreshing to shift my focus from buying to giving. So, that’s what I’m doing now. #GivingTuesday, started by New York’s 92nd Street Y, is a campaign to create a... Read more »

Chicago Thanksgiving Day Parade Images

On Thursday my family and I braved the crowds to watch the McDonald’s Thanksgiving Parade in the Chicago. It was our second year in a row. But, it was a completely different experience – and we’ve got the photos to prove it. Last year we got down to the parade route pretty late and grabbed... Read more »

Words of Gratitude from a Chicago Mom on Thanksgiving

With Thanksgiving only a day away, it’s easy to get caught up in the craziness of it all. All the eating, drinking, shopping and parade watching is wonderful, but it can be a bit much. It’s hard to avoid the vortex of the approaching holiday storm and to not start spinning out of control. That’s... Read more »

Holiday Gift Guide: Children's Presents that Celebrate Chicago and the World

Friday marks the official start of the holiday shopping season and the beginning of the inevitable rush to find the perfect gift for everyone on your list. I always dread this time of year due to the insane amount of pressure I put on myself to come up with the ideal presents that will be... Read more »