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Chicago’s Biggest Book Fair Is Back July 23-26

Jul 9, 2015
The Newberry Book Fair on July 23-26, Chicago’s biggest annual used book binge, has something for every reader.

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Finding an affordable last minute holiday getaway


Finally, some good news for traveling families. If you thought the ever-worsening economy meant you should forgo a holiday or post-holiday getaway with the kids, think again. The reality is that this may be the year to travel. more
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Debunking Thanksgiving myths at Plimouth Plantation


There's no better place than Plimouth Plantation in Plymouth Massachusetts on a sunny fall day to debunk the myths of that first Thanksgiving and learn more about the adults and kids who lived here then. Just in November, some 70,000 people from around the world visit, some staying to dine with the Pilgrims. (Book early. The dinners, especially the traditional Thanksgiving Day feast, often sell out far in advance.) more
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TO ORLANDO ON THE CHEAP


It's bad enough to say no to the kids all the time at home, much less on vacation. (No, you can't have that $40 sweatshirt. No you can't order that $20 steak...) Vacation, after all, is when we all want to indulge the kids and ourselves. But with the economy the way it is, I think we're all going to be saying no more often, until we figure out better ways to stretch those vacation bucks. more
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Hitting the slopes this winter without busting the budget


Eleven-year-old Nate Gourd, an avid snowboarder from Manchester, Vt., couldn't agree more. "You feel like you're flying when you come down the mountain," he says, adding that kids "definitely should wear helmets." Meet Vermont's vice presidents of fun. Bridget -- who says she's always waiting at the bottom of the mountain for her "slowpoke" family more
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Belize offers a host of family friendly destinations


By Eileen Ogintz Tribune Media Services The big green moray eel stares at me, coming out of his hideaway in the reef, as if to say, “Go away! I don’t want to play!” But I’m content to just watch him, more »
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TO SAN FRANCISCO’S UNIQUE MUSEUMS


Adults and kids are hunched over mounds of multicolored clay, fashioning little clay people and assorted creatures that will star in kid-produced animated shorts. "This isn't your typical museum," says Mike Shomo, from Denver, who's visiting with his wife and three kids, as he creates a sea lion. more
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On a fall getaway when they’re too little for school


Sure you have to drag a diaper bag (not to mention stroller, car seat and a generous supply of Goldfish) everywhere you go, you haven't had a full night's sleep in you can't remember when and the dire economic news makes you wonder how you'll ever pay for preschool, much less college, but then there's the bright side -- travel-wise, anyway. While everyone else is up to their ears in carpools, homework and soccer games, you're free to get out of town. more
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Understanding where the food comes from


Ever seen a cranberry bean? I’ve never seen so much luscious produce in one place -- heirloom tomatoes, white peaches, plums, big and tiny grapes, almonds and walnuts, various varieties of chili peppers…eggplants, potatoes…welcome to The Ferry Plaza Farmer’s Market . more
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A gay wedding at City Hall and a visit to Alcatraz


These friends who live elsewhere and came to San Francisco for another family wedding are long time partners and figured they should take advantage of the law in California that makes same-sex marriages legal. Massachusetts is the only other state. Gay weddings are good business for California, bringing in hundreds of millions of dollars. more
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A visit to SF’s Zeum


Here’s one place where no one is afraid to get their hands dirty. They’re bent over tables diligently making multi colored clay figures from wire frames and assorted other creatures -- dogs, sea lions, cats. more
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