Archive for October 2013

Kicking off the Holiday Season in Style: The 16th Annual Nutcracker Family Dinner

Kicking off the Holiday Season in Style: The 16th Annual Nutcracker Family Dinner
The Nutcracker is a family holiday tradition at our house. And while the performance itself is beautiful, the Family Dinner Event makes the experience truly memorable (especially for families with younger kids). The Women’s Board of The Joffrey Ballet presents the 16th Annual Nutcracker Family Dinner which will be held on Sunday, December 8th, 2013 at the Standard Club (320 S. Plymouth Court). This experience will feature entertainment for children and adults alike, a delicious family-friendly dinner, and a matinee performance of Robert Joffrey’s holiday favorite, The Nutcracker. Audience members will revel in the unforgettable holiday tradition complete with brilliant costumes, larger than life scenery, entrancing storytelling and Tchaikovsky’s iconic score. The event begins at 2:00 pm with The Joffrey’s performance ofThe Nutcracker at the Auditorium Theatre.  Following the ballet, guests will be whisked away on festive trolleys to The Standard Club of Chicago for cocktails, lively entertainment and “Activity Stations” the entire family can enjoy...

Snow Much Fun at the Chicago Children's Museum opens November 8, 2013

Snow Much Fun at the Chicago Children's Museum opens November 8, 2013
So the trick-or-treating is officially over. Is it too early to talk about winter? Not really, right? Sure the leaves are still on the trees but gusting winds and sub zero temps are just around the corner. Happy Winter Chicagoans! Chicago winters aren't all bad. There is local fun to be had. Add the Chicago Children’s Museum to your list of winter must-do's. An all-new Snow Much Fun, the museum’s much-loved winter experience, opens November 8th. This family favorite has been re-imagined as an immersive snowy cityscape that’s the perfect setting for winter fun—no mittens required! The all-new Snow Much Fun exhibit features a variety of indoor, frosty fun activities, including...

Here's to moms helping moms

Here's to moms helping moms
Sometimes women can be truly shitty to one another. This was true in the fifth grade when playground spats broke out over who is REALLY your best friend. This same dynamic really gets going in high school when the mean girls truly come into form and prey upon the vulnerable and the awkward (I was squarely in the latter category). I've also experienced variations on this girl-on-girl meanness in the workplace as women compete for promotions, recognition, etc. and generally try to keep each other down instead of lift each other up. But all of this catty bull shit doesn't compare to how mean moms can be to one another. It is brutal. This isn't a overt kind of a mean. It is more of a snide, judgey, "I'm nodding my head and saying one thing but inside I'm thinking about all of the ways that I am a better mom than you" kind of a thing. Even though one might expect that mothers with young kids would have a "we're all in this together" vibe going, that just isn't the case. Moms are constantly judging other moms. It is disheartening really. But sometimes there are notable exceptions to this unfortunate rule...
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My Perfect Family Day in Chicago as featured on Peek.com

My Perfect Family Day in Chicago as featured on Peek.com
I was recently contacted by a website called Peek.com. This website is all about finding the best activities and destinations in cities all around the world AND scoring the best deals on those recommended activities. peekdownload The folks at Peek.com wanted to know what some of my family favorites are in Chicago. I happily shared some of our favorite spots and out-of-the way hidden gems.  I was surprised to see that MY perfect Chicago day feature was published alongside a similar feature about how Nate Berkus likes to spend his days when he is in town. Let's just say that it looks like Nate and I are into different things. ...

The Chicago Children's Theatre presents A Year with Frog and Toad

The Chicago Children's Theatre presents A Year with Frog and Toad
We love the Frog and Toad series by Arnold Lobel. And we love the Chicago Children's Theatre. So we really, really loved A Year with Frog and Toad presented by the Chicago Children's Theatre. This show manages to capture the personalities of these beloved animal characters on their adventures through all four seasons. Readers of the Frog and Toad series will recognize familiar story lines woven throughout the hour-long performance. Those who are new to the tales of frog and toad will be charmed by the antics of grumpy Toad and his loyal and steadfast friend Frog. ...

Conde Nast Traveler "Global Tasting Tour" kicking off in Chicago on Sunday, October 27th

Conde Nast Traveler "Global Tasting Tour" kicking off in Chicago on Sunday, October 27th
It isn't every day that my seven year-old son Brendan and I hang out at BellyQ with Chef Bill Kim. But that is how we are spending our Sunday night!
Our evening at BellyQ is part of the Global Tasting Tour, a week of once-in-a-lifetime dinners celebrating cuisines of the world. At each private dinner, leading chefs including Sarah Grueneberg, Bill Kim, and Ann Shovers will personally introduce the one-time-only menus along with inventive wine and spirits pairings, special ingredients, and a take-home gift. Each dinner is a private, ticketed event available solely to MasterCard holders.
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Here are the events taking place in Chicago this week. Space is still available.
  • Sunday, October 27 – BellyQ – Chef Bill Kim's American BBQ – A Family Dinner Event
For one night only, chef Bill Kim will take a detour from Asian classics to offer a family menu of American barbecue favorites with a twist. The fun-filled evening menu will include beef ribs, corn bread with kimchi and bacon, and cole slaw with nuoc cham and mint—plus cocktails for the adults and refreshing drinks for the kids. Chef Kim will lead a hands-on spring roll demonstration and the winning creation will be featured on the bellyQ menu!
5:00 PM - $100 for 1 adult & 1 child under 12
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My son showed my underwear to his preschool class

My son showed my underwear to his preschool class
My four year-old son Colin attends full-day preschool. After lunch, there is a "nap time." Now, this child hasn't taken an actual nap in over two years. However, he still insists on bringing a blanket and teddy bear with him to school each week in the event that he decides to take a little siesta. So this blanket and teddy bear come home each Friday to be washed and returned to school on Monday. And that brings me to my story. ...