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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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See you in Times Square


I'm in a darkened Broadway theater watching the new Tony-nominated musical "Memphis" (nominated for eight awards!), which tells the story of what happens in the segregated South when a young white DJ named Huey Calhoun, played by Chad Kimball, falls for "Negro" music and a terrifically talented black singer named Felicia Farrell, played by Montego Glover more
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Putting on the Ritz in Orlando


As Orlando gears up for the much-anticipated opening in June of Universal's "The Wizarding World of Harry Potter" -- 20 acres within Universal Orlando's Islands of Adventures -- keep in mind there are plenty of options to stay -- some 115,000 hotel rooms, including more than two-dozen new hotels, including the brand-new Holiday Inn Club Vacations Orlando. more
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Giving Mom the Best Mother’s Day Present She’s Ever Had


We moms all know the dirty little secret of family vacations. No, I'm not talking about the piles of laundry when we get home, though that's certainly no fun. I'm talking about how moms whisper on the beach, around the pool and on line at theme parks that family vacations are really no vacations at all for them, especially when young kids are part of the equation.. more
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What Parents Say About Family Vacations


You need a vacation now more than ever, and you shouldn't feel the least bit guilty. In fact, you've got lots of company, according to a new family-travel poll for which I partnered with Travelocity.com. more
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A Stop at the Jewish Museum to see Curious George


Who says you have to spend hours in a museum? Sometimes, even an hour is enough—especially with kids. While in Manhattan, I stopped in late in the afternoon at The Jewish Museum especially to see one exhibit—Curious George Saves the Day: The Art of Margret and H.A. Rey. more
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Lower Manhattan and the new Trump Soho


I feel oh-so-hip. That’s because I’m stepping out of my hotel—the brand new Trump Soho that is located on Spring Street, in the heart of trendy Soho in downtown New York with its narrow cobblestoned streets and old-fashioned light more
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Touring Rome When All Doesn’t Go as Planned


The alarm doesn't go off.Forget about our plan to leisurely stroll through Rome's famous Borghese Gardens to get to the Borghese Gallery in time for our reservation to see the fabulous collections of paintings, sculptures, mosaics and bas-reliefs from the 15th to 18th centuries. Reservations typically are needed at this small gem of a museum. more
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Traveling Greener as We Celebrate the 40th Anniversary of Earth Day


Little things really make a difference.That's why on vacation, just like at home, we should all do our part to protect the environment. It's as simple as turning off the lights and AC when you leave. more
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Taking the Kids — on a New-Style Trip with the Grandparents


My nearly 3-year-old son Matt was methodically smashing coconuts on the stone terrace next to the pool of our rented villa in St. Martin early in the morning just under the window where my sister and brother-in-law -- still kid-less -- were trying to sleep. We thought it was hilarious; they weren't amused. My parents just wanted to enjoy the sunshine and the grandkids -- Matt and his baby sister, Reggie. more
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Being a Princess for a Day at Disney World


I forgot my tiara and kept misplacing my wand. After all, it's not easy being a modern-day Disney princess. You need to keep that tiara firmly on your head; you need to be kind to everyone -- even annoying younger siblings. more
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