Tag: Chicago

How Not To Do the Chicago Holiday Scene With Kids

It’s the Monday after Thanksgiving weekend. Feeling festive, I decided to take my two kids into the city for some Christmas cheer: the Christkindl Market in Daley Plaza, followed by lunch and the big tree at Macy’s. I’m a planner. I chose today because it was early enough in the season that most people would... Read more »

Staying In? Private Catering For Less Than A Night Out

Saturday night, I had a chance to gather together with some girlfriends that I never see. There are three things that we require: Good food, [a lot of] wine and someplace where we can hold a conversation. So, we decided to try something different. We invited A Table for Two Private Chef Service over to... Read more »

The Time She Peed In The Chair

Two weeks ago, my oldest turned three. As it worked out, I had a meet-up scheduled to meet the other Kidgrade ambassadors at Kookaburra Play Cafe on Clybourn. I’d never been there before, and with the wealth of grey cold gloom looming in our Midwestern future, I was looking forward to finding another place to... Read more »
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Five Chicago Marathon Spectator Tips

Planning to watch someone run the marathon? Here are a few tips that can make finding each other amongst the masses a little bit easier. 1. Have your runner where something to distinguish him/herself. Those neon shoes may seem like enough, but try to make the runner’s outfit stand out as much as possible –... Read more »

Autism is More than Just a Walk

Autism is More than Just a Walk
Autism numbers are on the rise – one in 110 kids and one in 70 boys is autistic.  One of those kids is 9-year-old Micah. I first wrote about Micah on a parenting blog while discussing the importance of getting kids involved in their communities early.  Because autism receives so little funding in relation to its... Read more »

Five Reasons Why Suburban Life Rocks My World

We’ve gotten a brief taste of spring in the past week. As I wept into my coffee mug, thinking about the insane amount of yard work in the months ahead, I tried to remember what it is that I like about about life west of the city: 1. Vomit-Free Zone: No one has ever vomited... Read more »
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Five Ways Suburbia Has Let Me Down

Five Ways Suburbia Has Let Me Down
When I moved out of the city, I had certain hopes about our lifestyle. I was so, so wrong in a number of key areas: 1. The Olive Garden: I have always loved the OG. When I’d visit my friends outside of the city, I’d always drag them out for soup, salad and breadsticks. Free... Read more »

Looking for Fiery Nights? Head to the Boudoir

Looking for Fiery Nights? Head to the Boudoir
Every woman should have at least one great photograph of herself where she looks and feels beautiful. I’d argue that a woman should have one for each chapter of her life – the smokin’ hot 20s, the ripeness of pregnancy, the confidence that comes with one’s 30s, and onward. At least one of those should... Read more »

Tied to a Stroller? Day Trips to the City Can Still Be a Snap

With the weather warming up, I know our household definitely has a serious case of spring fever. That combined with the past month of cabin fever has us dying for some good adventures. I have two kids, two and under, which means that although it’s not hard to plan activities in the city, it takes... Read more »
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Great Hot Dogs Aren't Limited to the City - Just Ask Rachel Ray

They'll even let you have ketchup
Earlier this month, Rachel Ray and the folks from Serious Eats declared Gene and Jude’s in River Grove to have the best hot dog in the country. A standing room only joint, this is a true Chicago dog. Don’t even think about uttering the word “ketchup” while there, but do expect to enjoy some great... Read more »