Welcome to Raising World Citizens!

Last fall, after living in the city for two years (back after a stint in the burbs), my husband and I pledged to start to expose our sons to the world. We put together our list of “must visit” Chicago neighborhoods, booked a family trip abroad (the first time we’ve done international travel since our kids were born!), and enrolled our boys at a French language school. And, most importantly, we really began to put shape to the idea of the type of children we ultimately want to raise in this world – people who have an appreciation for the people and cultures of the world and strive to make a difference on a global scale.

This blog will chronicle our efforts to uncover the treasures within the city’s neighborhoods, sample delicacies from around the world, meet people from across the globe who call Chicago home, and expose our children to the world.

Raising World Citizens posts will invite you and your family to:

  • Tour Chicago neighborhoods and cultural events and institutions with us and learn about our children’s reactions and realizations (the good, the bad and definitely the humorous!), and get insider tips on doing similar explorations with their own families.
  • Come along with us on our travels within the US and abroad (wishful thinking for more fun adventures!) and learn how to duplicate similar experiences right here in Chicago.
  • Share your comments and questions with us as you hopefully join us (or are at least entertained by) our efforts to raise “world citizens.”

    I am excited for you and your family to join us in this effort to raise “world citizens.” As parents, we can serve as our children’s “tour guides” and hope we give them amazing, diverse experiences that will help them grow and thrive – no matter how the world evolves.

    So, fasten your seatbelts and get ready for a trip around the world – without really every having to leave Chicago.

    Here’s to world citizens – big and small!






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