Category: Chicago

Bob Dylan and Phish: A good weekend in Chicago for music

Bob Dylan and Phish: A good weekend in Chicago for music
It was definitely a good weekend in Chicago for music.  I felt lucky to be treated to both Bob Dylan and Phish back to back on a warm, summery weekend. Friday we started in suburban Highland Park at the beautiful Ravinia to listen to legendary Bob Dylan.  The picnic and friendly atmosphere was close to... Read more »

The best salads in Chicago

The best salads in Chicago
I love to eat out, but try to make healthy choices especially this time of year.  Luckily, I have eaten salads all the way from Roger’s Park to Pilson and compiled my list of the best salads in Chicago for you. Robust Rosa at Left Coast Food. Everything is delicious at this new north side... Read more »

Bike the Drive is a reminder why we live in Chicago

Bike the Drive is a reminder why we live in Chicago
Every year, Bike the Drive closes Lake Shore Drive and opens the 60-mile lakefront highway to bikers of all ages and skill levels. This was the 15th year and we decided since the kids now are both comfortable riding their bikes, it was time.  It was somewhat of a hassle to get up and out... Read more »
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Chicago's Listen to Your Mother 2016

Chicago's Listen to Your Mother 2016
On Sunday I walked onto the stage in front of a packed crowd at the 104-year-old Athenaeum Theatre as part of Chicago’s Listen to Your Mother and read my words.  I started off a little shaky, yet as I spoke I became comfortable under the hot lights and absorbed the energy of the audience and... Read more »

Friday Favorites: The Avett Brothers, The Tilt and Zip Lining

Friday Favorites: The Avett Brothers, The Tilt and Zip Lining
Happy Friday and Earth Day!  Things have been very busy around here lately.  It is Spring Break, and I’ve been making a conscious effort to experience and appreciate our city. My husband and I loved the Avett Brothers last night at the Chicago Theatre.  The brothers and their band from North Carolina have a unique... Read more »

Thank you to our teachers

Thank you to our teachers
I received this flyer at school drop off today. Although it is an inconvenience to have another day off of school; I support and thank our teachers. My kids have had some less-than-stellar teachers in the past, but luckily this year they both have smart, thoughtful, creative, understanding, encouraging, fun and interesting teachers. I’ve seen... Read more »
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About our Listen to Your Mother rehearsal

About our Listen to Your Mother rehearsal
Last Saturday the cast of Listen to Your Mother Chicago gathered for our first rehearsal at the light and airy DL Loft.  Mildly apprehensive, but mostly excited I embraced the unique experience. We sat in a semi circle and listened to each cast member speak truthfully about either being a mom and having a mom. It... Read more »

Who I Am project gives confidence to tweens

Who I Am project gives confidence to tweens
As my children are growing up and my son is now a (gasp) tween, I often reflect back to myself during those awkward years of insecurity, doubt and little confidence. Shalimar Beekman, a Chicago mom and photographer, created the Who I Am project to fill in the forgotten photo years while enriching the lives of pre-teens.... Read more »

Excited to be a part of Listen to Your Mother 2016

Excited to be a part of Listen to Your Mother 2016
Before my Listen to Your Mother audition last weekend, I sat in my car, felt the sun beat on my face, closed my eyes and meditated. Despite the breath work and visualization, I was still terrified at my audition and didn’t stop shaking until more than half way through my piece. I left relieved it... Read more »
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What I am reading: "Gracefully Grayson"

What I am reading: "Gracefully Grayson"
At our neighborhood bookstore recently browsing with my son, I came across Gracefully Grayson and realized I went to high school and overnight camp with the author, Ami Polonsky.  After diving into the book, inspired and impressed; I contacted Ami and am happy to share our interview with you. When and how did you first... Read more »