Shari

Shari is a mom, wife, marketing communications professional, gardener, Chicago Blackhawks fan, college sports fan, traveler, quilter, community volunteer, sister, daughter, aunt, friend, Siberian Husky owner, Girl Scout troop leader and book lover. You can find Shari blogging about life with twins at Two Times the Fun and tweeting @slcs48n1.

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Now is the time to start planning your solar eclipse activities

Now is the time to start planning your solar eclipse activities

July 9, 2017 | Comments (0)

The August 21 solar eclipse will be the first total solar eclipse visible across the entire contiguous United States since 1918. Often called the “Great American Eclipse,” the event will be visible in totality only within a band across the entire U.S. mainland, according to Wikipedia. The Adler Planetarium notes that “While Chicago is not in […]

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Tempel Lipizzan White Stallions Open Summer Season Performances

Tempel Lipizzan White Stallions Open Summer Season Performances

July 8, 2017 | Comments (0)

There is something magical about driving to see the Tempel Lipizzan performance in Old Mill Creek. You take 294 to a road that takes you past Gurnee Mills Mall. It’s as crowded and suburban as possible. When you turn the corner to head towards Tempel Farms, you are immediately transported to a place that looks like the […]

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Scottish Festival and Highland Games are a great summer outing

Scottish Festival and Highland Games are a great summer outing

June 16, 2017 | Comments (0)

When you make a list of interesting and fun summer activities, you really need to put the Scottish Festival and Highland Games near the top. As children we went often with my grandparents. My grandmother immigrated from to Chicago when she was 15 years old.  She hailed from Lanarkshire in Scotland and retained her brogue […]

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Free Family-Friendly Concerts and Play-alongs during Make Music #Chicago

Free Family-Friendly Concerts and Play-alongs during Make Music #Chicago

June 15, 2017 | Comments (0)

Every summer Make Music Chicago, a city-wide musical event, celebrates the summer solstice with free music in all corners of the city and suburbs. This year professional and amateur musicians will gather in Chicago’s public spaces to play and sing live music. The International Music Foundation sponsors this every year, with more than 750 cities […]

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The perfect Chicago summer day is waiting at Millennium Park

The perfect Chicago summer day is waiting at Millennium Park

June 10, 2017 | Comments (0)

Today is the kind of day we wait for during those dreary winter days. It’s warm, sunny and picture-perfect. So, what are you going to do with this perfect Chicago summer day? Why not spend it at Millennium Park for a full day of summer fun? First, BluesFest is on stage in Millennium Park. It […]

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Art in unexpected places adds depth to every day experiences

Art in unexpected places adds depth to every day experiences

June 3, 2017 | Comments (0)

Whenever we drive north Lake Shore Drive, we talk about the sculptures lining the lakefront. We always say, “What does that one look like today?” It’s amazing how many ways we can see the same sculptures depending upon our mood or the weather on any given day. I like to call this art, with a […]

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Rosemont has it all for Mother's Day

Rosemont has it all for Mother’s Day

May 10, 2017 | Comments (0)

We drive up I-294 north regularly. Whenever we pass the Fashion Outlets of Chicago and MB Financial Park at Rosemont, we say we should stop by sometime to see what is there. Recently The Chicago Moms was invited to visit Rosemont to discover what is going on — and let’s just say there is a lot worth […]

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El Tapeo is a fun start to a Mother's Day celebration

El Tapeo is a fun start to a Mother’s Day celebration

May 8, 2017 | Comments (0)

We were in the elevator heading up to the El Tapeo spring menu tasting when I saw the Spa Suites sign. After a long, crazy work day, it looked incredibly relaxing. I saw a different spa services sign on the way down from the restaurant and thought that a spa day combined with an El Tapeo […]

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Mother's Day entertainment offers something for every interest

Mother’s Day entertainment offers something for every interest

May 6, 2017 | Comments (0)

Are you ready for Mother’s Day on May 14? The Chicago Moms is ready with ideas to inspire creative Mother’s Day celebrations. Today we’re starting with a round-up of Chicago-area productions with an eye towards special deals to honor Mom. After all, there’s no reason you can’t have fun and save money while you take Mom out for […]

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Odysseo by #Cavalia extends Chicago performances through May 7

Odysseo by #Cavalia extends Chicago performances through May 7

April 20, 2017 | Comments (0)

Odysseo by Cavalia has created quite a buzz since pitching the White Big Top in the Soldier Field parking lot several months ago. The $30 million extravaganza  the world’s largest touring production, with a cast including 48 riders, dancers, aerialists, acrobats, stilt walkers and musicians, and 65 majestic horses taking the center stage, creates a magical world with something […]

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#SheddAquarium offers easy ways to celebrate Earth Day

#SheddAquarium offers easy ways to celebrate Earth Day

April 17, 2017 | Comments (0)

Saturday, April 22, is the annual Earth Day celebration. Chicago’s world-renowned Shedd Aquarium is leading an Earth Day event that you can start now and continue all year-long. Shedd The Straw is a simple concept. Americans use up to 500 million plastic straws every day, roughly the same weight as 1,000 cars, according to the […]

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#MoneySmartWeek offers free advice on all financial topics

#MoneySmartWeek offers free advice on all financial topics

April 13, 2017 | Comments (0)

The Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago sponsors a free program called Monday Smart Week. Since 2002, more than 40 different organizations have come together to provide financial education in conjunction with local groups. Running from April 22 – 29, 2017, Money Smart Week helps everyone understand “how to spend it, save it and borrow it […]

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