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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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For chocolate lovers in your family, Chicago in October is the place to visit


French Pastry School chef demonstrates the careful process of sculpting chocolate
Did you ever think it was possible to eat too much chocolate? If you are a chocolate lover, The Chicago Fine Chocolate Festival might just be the challenge for you. more
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Reflecting on Newtown and Winnetka 25 years ago when my kids were young


All of us who covered that story were deeply impacted by it, just as those have been covering Sandy Hook. My kids were the same age as the children who were shot and went to a suburban school two towns away. That tragedy made us as young parents mindful not only of our mortality but that of our children. It made us resolve to make the most of the happy times together while we could. more
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Memories abound of family vacations past on our Christmas tree


Until the kids finally insisted I stop buying ornaments wherever we went, I’d buy one for each of them wherever we went. The sillier the better. And even now years later, they make me smile and bring back memories—the real memories of traveling with kids. more
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Food, Glorious Food — at the museums!


Did you know that most of the plants and animals we raise for food today barely resemble their wild ancestors? Did you know that more than a billion people work in agriculture today? Did you know that 40 million children are overweight? Did you know that 30 per cent of all food produced is never eaten? Did you know the average American family of four wastes 1,656 pounds of food a year? more
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Embracing imperfection as the kids come home for the holidays


But then we all gather around the table and, as is our tradition, we tell each other what we’re thankful for this year. “Thank you for being such wonderful kids and such terrific, responsible adults. We can’t imagine our lives without you!” Eileen says. more
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Travel dreams can come true on CyberMonday


It’s not just about getting a great price on a tablet, TV or the kids’ must-have toy or video game. These days, Black Friday or Cyber Monday can also be about snaring a bargain on a vacation. more
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The Power of Family Travelers


TakingTheKids in 1992 at DisneyWorld
I couldn’t help but smile as I looked out at the room filled with family travel writers and bloggers, some with their kids beside them, busily learning how to become better travel communicators. more
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Follow the Yellow Brick Road to Lincoln Park in Chicago


The Hotel Lincoln
The view of Lake Michigan from my windows changed my perspective of the great lake and forced me to concede in the everlasting debate I had held with my native Chicagoan friends – that the shores of Lake Michigan are worthy of the title “beach.” more
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Disney promising a lot of magic for 2013


Entrance to Radiator Springs
The Disney resorts have just announced Limited Time Magic for all of 2013 --52 weeks of what they promise will be magical experiences that appear, then disappear as the next special surprise debuts. more
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The best laid plans, waylaid by Frankenstorm


American Airlines Terminal at JFK Airport after 2010's Christmas blizzard
UPDATE (Wednesday, Oct 31) -- It's Halloween, but the really scary thing is now bad the damage from SuperStorm Sandy is all over the Northeast. We still have power at our house so we are one of the few lucky ones. But we lost cable, which means almost all forms of communication for us these days. I'm updating this blog from our Town Hall where they have electricity and free public wi-fi. It's impressive the way people are pulling together and helping each other out. Just this morning my husband helped a neighbor jump-start his car. His battery had run down after he and his son tried to recharge too many electronic devices. Meanwhile... if you trying to travel, or get home, during the storm's aftermath, check out www.johnnyjet.com for some great tips! more
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