Tag: winter

Is there a 'Chicago snow no-show' clause because I'd like a refund?

I’d like a refund please, as I feel there’s been a serious misrepresentation of the season known as ‘winter’ this year in Chicago. When I first considered living in this fair city, I was promised snow. Loads of it. Mounds of it. Mountains of it. Every year without fail. In compliance, our first two winters... Read more »

My Chicago in 2016 as seen through my camera

January in Chicago - cold, clear and beautiful. Near Diversey Harbour.
My Chicago involves water. The lake that is more like a sea, the river that can turn green (and even blue), Lincoln Park’s North and South Ponds where I’ve spotted coyotes, muskrats and beavers have all been a revelation to me since we moved to Chicago 4 years ago. To me, they make Chicago feel... Read more »

You know Christmas is over when....

It’s 9:30 am on what we call Boxing Day, but what apparently this side of the Atlantic is just called ‘the day after Christmas’. That said, I’m not quite sure if I’m in some kind of a time warp, and it’s actually the night before Christmas because all through our house, not a creature is... Read more »

20 reasons why Christmas is so great when your kids are much, much older

Christmas is magical with little kids. You relive the wonder of Santa, the miracle of all those presents suddenly appearing under the tree, the delight in the discovery of ‘snowy’ footprints by the fire. So it’s understandable those of you currently enjoying these and similar joys must wonder what it’s like when the little darlings are... Read more »

Time to say goodbye to our old friend, the snow-free sidewalk

He’s likely to be leaving Chicago this weekend, and I’ve no idea when he’ll be back – maybe weeks, most possibly months. I’ll miss seeing him, his predictability, his solidity, the way he’s always there as soon as you step out of your home in the morning. But you could tell he was getting ready to... Read more »

10 ways to be a good Chicago neighbour this winter

Yeah, I know I spelled it with a ‘u’. But I’m a blow-in, an out-of-towner, an out-of-country-er in fact, who’s facing her fourth Chicago winter. Where I hail from, neighbours have a ‘u’, and it’s a gentle reminder that to be a good one, ‘u’ need to play a part. So here’s my Chirish list... Read more »

How would you describe #ChicagoInFourWords

Sky full of towers
#Chicagoinfourwords came up as trending on my twitter feed over the 4th July weekend, so I was intrigued. Up near the top of the list were examples such as ‘Those are not fireworks’, and ‘Leave while you can’, which given recent headlines are hardly surprising. We can’t and shouldn’t ignore the shocking violence in Chicago,... Read more »

Bye bye jaded January, hello fabulous February

I don’t think I’m alone in being glad January is done and dusted. Actually there hasn’t been much dusting done in January in my household, as I’ve found it so hard to actually do anything. All this fresh start to a New Year malarkey – I see January the opposite way; it’s really the month... Read more »

Wilmot Mtn is the new Vail - at least for Chicago skiers

Despite hailing from rainy rather than snowy climes, we are a family of skiers. It’s our thing. We cut our snowplow teeth when we lived in France, but we truly found our ski feet here in the USA, and in particular in Vail. So I was pretty excited to read this week the mountain has... Read more »

What kind of message is that to send our girls out unprotected?

As a mother, I’m appalled. What message is that to send a girl out there unprotected? After so many years of chanting as they leave – ‘you might need it later’, ‘you’ll catch something otherwise’, or ‘better safe than sorry.’ I am, of course, talking about the Great Hatless Scandal of 2016 (be it, only... Read more »