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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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Taking the Kids Weekly Column for planning a family vacation. Search tips for a family vacations and find family friendly vacation ideas.

Giving Back While You Travel


Avocados bigger than grapefruit, star fruit, breadfruit, wild watercress and vegetables I've never heard of... We're not perusing a menu on the Caribbean island of St Lucia. We're touring a local hillside farm owned for more than 40 years by the Richards family. Isaac Alphonse, the purchasing manager for The Landings more
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Scoring a Holiday Deal That Won’t Bust the Budget


I'm perched in a wooden treehouse lazing on a cushy double mattress atop a white sand beach along Mexico's Riviera Maya. Overlooking the turquoise Caribbean Sea, I'm about as far away from holiday hoopla and craziness as I can get when the beach butler comes by to see if I need anything. more
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Traveling Smart and Healthy This Holiday Season


As if traveling with the kids over the holidays weren't tough enough, this year we must contend with airline surcharges and swine flu, as well as all the usual annoyances and delays that go along with traveling -- especially with children -- during the busiest travel weeks of the year. more
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On a Cruise When Life Interferes With a Planned Celebration


Life has a way of changing planned celebrations. Jean Anne McKiernan and Richard Sandano were planning a big Brooklyn, N.Y., wedding when they discovered—very happily—they were going to have a baby. more
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To San Francisco’s California Academy of Sciences, the Greenest Museum in the Country


In the year since it has re opened, the Cal Academy has emerged as the city’s top cultural tourist attraction, drawing more visitors than Alcatraz Kids get up close and personal with specimens at the Academy of Sciences more
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To Yosemite National Park


I smile remembering two other kids about the same age who were equally proud of themselves for making it to the top of Vernal Fall, also their first "big hike" in Yosemite. more
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Learning About African-American History at Colonial Williamsburg


Colonial Williamsburg explores the lives and complexities of free and enslaved blacks during the Revolutionary Era, highlighting personal and unified contributions, sacrifices and decisions made by 19th-century blacks in securing their freedom more
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Meeting Some Ghosts


Seen any ghosts lately? Now's your chance. Time travel back to the 18th century where you can get up close and personal with pirates and ghosts at Colonial Williamsburg in Virginia. more
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Skiing in Austria


I've never seen such wide open slopes -- no trees, no houses, just field after field of newly fallen snow. And I've never seen my 18-year-old daughter Mel, an avid and expert skier, as happy to ski with mom. more
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Taking the Kids — To an Exotic Place That Loves Kids!


Who says kids and romance don't go together? Even in a place as famous for honeymoons as Bora Bora, families' rule, especially as Air Tahiti Nui continues to offer kids free deals on flights. There are also great hotel deals more
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