Category: Sports

Sports jerseys: A great way to start conversations around the world

I’m convinced there is one easy, almost guaranteed way to strike up conversations with people around the world – wear a sports jersey. No matter where we go, if myself, my husband or our sons are wearing sports jerseys, people will talk to us. It happens all the time in Chicago – and it’s happened to us in Paris, London... Read more »

Gaga: Parents, get to know the dodgeball-like game your kids are most likely playing at summer camp

Do you know what gaga is? Chances are that if your kids go to summer camp, they do. My kids are enrolled in day camp this summer, and they say “gaga” all the time. But, they’re not speaking baby talk. Or, talking about the singer. No. They’re talking about a game with global origins that’s... Read more »

7 things my sons learned from the 2014 World Cup

After being a main source of conversation and entertainment for more than four weeks, the 2014 World Cup is now over. And, I think my whole family is a bit in shock. For one whole month, we cheered on our favorite teams, we kept track of our favorite players, and we talked about which teams... Read more »

The best soccer videos that celebrate the 2014 World Cup

<iframe width="500" height="281" src="//" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> Samurai in Brazil (Cup Noodles/Nissin Foods):  My sons love soccer and Japanese samurais - so they absolutely love this video. It's a little boy's dream come true to see a mighty samurai with fierce ball skills - who can defeat anyone with a masterful flick of the soccer ball.
We’re big into the 2014 World Cup in my house. On game days, my sons reach into their closet in search of a jersey of one of the teams playing that day to throw on before breakfast. (They’re equal-opportunity soccer fans…) When they’re not in camp, we gather around the TV or head to one... Read more »

Where to watch the 2014 World Cup with your family in Chicago

The excitement is building in my house full of soccer fans. Why? Because the 2014 World Cup begins in just a few days. With the World Cup being played just a few time zones away in Brazil, it’s easier than ever to try to catch all of the world-class soccer action live – without having to wake up... Read more »

Pint-sized English Premier League fans: Cheering on Manchester United in Chicago

In a city where basketball, football, baseball and hockey reign supreme, it can be challenging to be a diehard soccer fan. But, thanks to the Chicago Fire that tide is turning, and more and more fans routinely crowd into Toyota Park in south suburban Bridgeview on game days during the team’s six-month season that runs March through... Read more »

One mom's conflicting emotions about the 2014 Winter Olympics

I’ve always loved the Olympics. As a child, I remember vying for the best spot in front of our TV to cheer on the American athletes – no matter the sport. And, secretly, I couldn’t wait for the produced videos on a proud country or scrappy athlete, usually narrated by Bob Costas, that always brought... Read more »

Proud our neighborhoods play starring role in the Chicago Marathon

I’m a runner. But, I’m not a marathon runner. While I like to log the miles, I have never run 26.2 miles. I have complete and utter respect for each and every runner who takes on the physical and mental challenge. And, even though I have never run the Chicago Marathon (or any marathon), I... Read more »

Global Games: Play Bocce and Petanque in Chicago

Last summer, my family was fortunate to vacation in Paris. It was an incredible experience that allowed us to enjoy new places, traditions, holidays, foods – and sports too. On our very first day in the City of Lights we stumbled upon Paris Plages, an annual summertime festival that turns the banks of the Seine... Read more »

An Afternoon Exploring Chicago's Little Italy with Your Family

When you think of Chicago’s Little Italy, it’s hard not to think about food. Italian food to be exact. And, that’s for good reason as Italian restaurants abound – up and down Taylor Street from Morgan St. to the east and Ashland Ave. to the west. But, while it’s always best to arrive in Little... Read more »