Archive for November 2012

The Christkindlmarket in Daley Plaza

The Christkindlmarket, or German Holiday Market, has been in Chicago for the past 13 Christmas seasons. The market officially opens following the Annual Tree Lighting in Daley Plaza. The name “Christkindlmarket” originates from the mythical tale of the “Christkind“.   She is a fairy-like being, dressed in a gold and white robe with a crown.  The tradition... Read more »

Christmas House Tour in Geneva, IL

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If it’s good enough for Ellen, it’s good enough for you!  The Geneva House Tour and Christmas Walk  is the weekend of December 7th and 8th in lovely Geneva, IL. I went with a friend on the house tour last year and IT IS PHENOMENAL.  The houses are professionally decorated by stores in town and... Read more »

Brandi Carlile - That Wasn't Me

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Are you home baking or prepping for Thanksgiving?  This is the perfect voice to have playing in the background.  I’m obsessed.  Her rich tones and gorgeous lyrics are THE perfect combination.    And then while you’re at it, listen to The Story. That and some pumpkin bread might just send you over the edge.

Christmas Tea at Suzette's Creperie in Wheaton

In downtown Wheaton, just a short walk from the train station, is a lovely spot for tea at Suzette’s Creperie.  Pinkies up or down, optional. Suzette’s Creperie is as French as you can get for a little bistro without leaving the Metra line or the country, for that matter.  As is sometimes a tradition for... Read more »

The Historic Chicago Tribune

As a blogger for ChicagoNow, which is hosted by the Chicago Tribune, it is always a real treat for me when we get to go to the historic Tribune Tower for a meeting or a seminar.   A beautiful Sunday morning with a bright blue sky was the perfect day to take a few pictures... Read more »

We've All Got "Bruises" ~Train

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This isn’t the first time I have sung the praises for the lyrics by Train, and it won’t be the last.  I think it could be the unofficial band of this website. Not only do I love the sound and tempo of Train’s music, but the storytelling is enrapturing.  It sucks you in, makes you... Read more »

Take a Chance at Free Train Rides!

From today until Wednesday, November 12-14, at many of the train stations in the city,  Allstate is having a little fun while educating the masses.  Stop by and take a chance to win a monthly pass, a 10-ride or the Grand Prize…drum roll please….A Whole Year of Rides!  And even if you are not a... Read more »

Next Stop, Syracuse!

Today I have a guest contributor, Diane Sprole, who recently took an overnight train to Syracuse, NY.  I asked her if she would share it with you.  As you may know by now, I love when people try new stuff, so “Congrats Diane”, you did it!   With a little uneasiness and the feeling of... Read more »