Category: Things to do

The Christkindlmarket in Daley Plaza

The Christkindlmarket, or German Holiday Market, has been in Chicago for the past 13 Christmas seasons. The market officially opens following the Annual Tree Lighting in Daley Plaza. The name “Christkindlmarket” originates from the mythical tale of the “Christkind“.   She is a fairy-like being, dressed in a gold and white robe with a crown.  The tradition... Read more »

Christmas House Tour in Geneva, IL

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If it’s good enough for Ellen, it’s good enough for you!  The Geneva House Tour and Christmas Walk  is the weekend of December 7th and 8th in lovely Geneva, IL. I went with a friend on the house tour last year and IT IS PHENOMENAL.  The houses are professionally decorated by stores in town and... Read more »

Christmas Tea at Suzette's Creperie in Wheaton

In downtown Wheaton, just a short walk from the train station, is a lovely spot for tea at Suzette’s Creperie.  Pinkies up or down, optional. Suzette’s Creperie is as French as you can get for a little bistro without leaving the Metra line or the country, for that matter.  As is sometimes a tradition for... Read more »
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When I Am Old, I Will Eat at The Purple Pig

The book, When I am Old, I Shall Wear Purple, came to mind when planning a birthday lunch with a friend.  The poem that inspired this anthology encourages you to say “Who cares? Just do it”.  It’s always good to have a friend who will go to lunch at the drop of a hat. You... Read more »

Chicago's Magnificent Churches Tour

The Chicago Cultural Center is the home of many tours.  The latest one I have been waiting to take is the Magnificent Churches Tour.  Four times a year, they load up a bus and visit four of the areas most interesting religious structures.  Our guide said they could tour for over 2 years and never... Read more »

Hiding Out with Hemingway

Oak Park is all Frank Lloyd Wright all the time, but he is not the only golden boy.  Ernest Hemingway was born and raised through his teenage years in Oak Park as well.  Both his birthplace and museum are a great way to appreciate a local American author. Even though this quote sounds like an introduction at... Read more »
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On Track at the Ryder Cup

On Track at the Ryder Cup
Although this blog is typically written to help you find things to do along the UP-West Metra line from Chicago through the western suburbs, when something as rare as the Ryder Cup comes to town, I have to leave the tracks. The Ryder Cup is an event that is bi-annual and rotated between a European... Read more »

Have You Been to The Bank?

Did you get to the post office? Did you pay the water bill? Did you buy the dog food? To-do lists and running errands are just a part of our daily lives.  Sometimes getting through the week is just a blur.  But on the weekend nothing is nicer than to slow down, relax, and have... Read more »

Oak Park: Part 2

Last week I sang the praises for the interior tour of the Frank Lloyd Wright home and studio.  If you are cheap frugal like me, you will also take advantage of the walking tour that goes with it.   There is a combo pricing option. After Frank built his own home, he was hired multiple times... Read more »
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Christina Perri - A Thousand Years

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If you are a Twilight fan, you have until November to wait for the movie Breaking Dawn: Part 2, but if you are a Christina Perri fan no waiting needed.  She has a really smooth voice and is opening for Jason Mraz this weekend at the First Midwest Bank Amphitheater in Tinley. If you like acoustic music... Read more »