Archive for September 2013

Top 5 Weekend Events for Families in Chicago: Sept. 27 - Sept. 29

Of course, now that’s officially fall in Chicago, we get a resurgence of summer temperatures this weekend. But, most Chicagoans will never complain about the weather – at least when it’s warm and sunny. We all know what’s lurking just around the corner from November, right? So, with the forecast bringing us all sun and... Read more »

My advice, my mantra: Always be ready for adventure

Tonight, ChicagoNow bloggers were challenged with writing separate, unique posts on one unified theme – giving advice to a person, place or thing. And, tonight, I am joining with my fellow bloggers to do just that. Not being one to ever get up on my soapbox and offer unsolicited advice to the masses, I am... Read more »

Eight Great Places for Families to Visit in London

This past summer my family spent part of our “holiday” in London. From the time we stepped foot back in Chicago, we were asked the same question time and time again – What did you like best about London? While we loved so many things about the city, the question made us all pause and... Read more »

What to do in Chicago in this Weekend: Top 5 Family Activities

As the weekend nears, I am constantly on the look out for fun, engaging and enriching events to add to our family’s schedule. When Friday morning dawns, my husband and I tend to go through the possibilities, coming up with a final list of events to try to fit in that weekend. Usually our selected... Read more »

Kaiten Sushi: Chicago's Sushi Station serves up conveyor-belt sushi in the suburbs

Have you ever been to Yo! Sushi? It’s a hip, fun sushi restaurant chain that is so eager to please – and does so in spades. While the bright lights and vibrant colors draw you into the restaurant, the real lure is the little plates of sushi that go round and round its countertop on a... Read more »

Fun and Functional London Souvenirs

My family and I spent 10 days in London this summer and it was an amazing experience. We have loads and loads of photos to help remember – and share – our favorite memories with friends and families. And, of course, we had to pick up a souvenir or two to add to our growing... Read more »

A Visit to the Jelly Belly Candy Company Factory in Pleasant Prairie, Wis.

Across the Illinois border lies the Jelly Belly Candy Company Tour and Visitor Center. Just 50 miles outside of Chicago, you can learn how the famous Jelly Belly candies are made and taste some for yourself. It’s a a bit of confectionary heaven for all to enjoy – and the perfect place to take your... Read more »

A Wish for a Wagamama to Open in Chicago

I know it may sound a bit odd, but one of our all-time favorite restaurants to frequent in London is Wagamama. The fast-casual, Japanese-inspired noodle house offers a range of ramen, teppanyaki and more. And, it always pleases us – mind, body and soul. On the very first day my family arrived in London this... Read more »

Photos: Chicago-Inspired Art at Renegade Craft Fair

I've always been enamored with these Cartografika prints. They make any map look like a work of art!
My husband and I love going to Chicago’s Renegade Craft Fair at the end of each summer. Coming at the start of September (this year on September 7 and 8), the annual DIY artisan festival helps us mentally bridge the gap between summer and fall. And, it entices us with blocks and blocks of unique, whimsical and... Read more »