Posts tagged "Wee Windy City"

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...

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. ...

BlogHer in Chicago: The Mommy Bloggers are Coming! The Mommy Bloggers are Coming!

BlogHer in Chicago: The Mommy Bloggers are Coming! The Mommy Bloggers are Coming!
Four years ago, I wrote this post (decide to stick with the same title cause I really liked it the first time around) about my first BlogHer Conference experience in Chicago. Once again, the city is about to be invaded by the internet-loving, swag-seeking, Pinterest Pros otherwise known as mommy bloggers. I've been thinking about how my blogging is different now from what I was doing four years ago when the last BlogHer conference was in Chicago. Four years ago, I mostly wrote a personal blog about my family and I had just started Wee Windy City. For me (and I know many others in similar situations), blogging now is really less about the actual blog and more about the social media platforms used to amplify posts and generate page views and interaction -- and then the other opportunities that those interactions lead to. Similarly, the BlogHer Conference is really less about the actual conference and more about all of the surrounding stuff that goes with it...
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Join me at the babyGap for a reading of "The Further Tale of Peter Rabbit" this Saturday

Join me at the babyGap for a reading of "The Further Tale of Peter Rabbit" this Saturday
I wanted to tell you about a fun event that I am a part of this Saturday, January 26. Join me at the babyGap on Sheffield at 11:00 for a special story time and shopping event! This fun event for families is in honor of the new limited-edition collection for babyGap inspired by world famous... Read more »

Wee Windy City Winter Break Survival Guide

Assuming we get a little bit more snow in the next few days, we are planning to head over to Cricket Hill at Montrose Harbor for some good 'ol sledding. This small hill is perfect for younger kids who are just getting the hang of steering their sleds.
When the holiday hoopla and the new toy excitement die down, your kids will still be on holiday break from school. I’ve learned the hard way that it behooves you to make a plan ahead of time and figure out ways to keep the troops entertained during what can frankly be a long week. Here... Read more »

Pumpkins, pumpkins and more pumpkins: The Highwood Great Pumpkin Fest takes place October 18-20

You've probably noticed that there are Halloween events taking place every day and night from now through the end of the month. Halloween is a month. Not a day. Many of these Halloween themed events are similar (think pumpkin patches, costumes contests and too much candy). But only one local Halloween event is trying to win another a Guinness World Record. The Highwood Great Pumpkin Fest 2012 (October 18-20), is going to be the biggest and best Halloween Fest the world has ever seen (so they say). Organizers anticipate over 60,000 people heading to Highwood for this 3-day festival. Highwood will be attempting to break a new “lit-pumpkin” record by lighting more than 32,000 jack-o-lanterns in one location; they will surpass the highest number of people simultaneously carving pumpkins (the current record is 965 participants); and they will win the title of “longest line of pumpkin pies” by lining up more than 800 pumpkins. This jam=packed event also features pumpkin bowling, costume contests and a “land regatta” where townspeople race 200-300 pound pumpkins on a 150-yard course (now that is something I'd like to see)...
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