Category: Shari’s Corner

A Christmas Carol rings in the holiday season

A Christmas Carol rings in the holiday season

December 3, 2015 | Comments (0)

We have friends who take their nephews to the Goodman Theatre every year to see A Christmas Carol. Each year when they see the show, they see how much their nephews have changed from the previous year. They said they could see the boys mature as their interpretations of the show matured. It makes sense to me, […]

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Key Lime Cove water park worthy of its awards

Key Lime Cove water park worthy of its awards

December 2, 2015 | Comments (0)

When we walked into Key Lime Cove’s water park, we saw lots of families hanging out, playing in the water and waiting for a water slide. What we didn’t smell was that overwhelming chemical smell so common with indoor pools. I didn’t think about this until we took a behind the scenes tour with Chief […]

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Elements for Girls deserves a spot on your holiday shopping list

Elements for Girls deserves a spot on your holiday shopping list

November 9, 2015 | Comments (0)

Our girls just started middle school, which means there is a lot of angst in our house. They fret about fitting in as two elementary schools merge into our middle school. They wonder which clubs/teams they should join. They worry about whether the other girls will make fun of their favorite outfits. It’s a struggle […]

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Mosey down to see Oklahoma before October 18

Mosey down to see Oklahoma before October 18

October 6, 2015 | Comments (0)

When the Equity Jeff Awards announcement was finished, the Paramount Theatre in Aurora made history. In its first year of eligibility, the Paramount Theatre garnered 16 nominations — more than any other theater. This impressive feat set a high standard for the 2015-2016 Broadway Series. The first production, Oklahoma, maintains the high standards that earned […]

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Chicago Museum Week offers new ways to experience Chicago's treasures

Chicago Museum Week offers new ways to experience Chicago’s treasures

October 3, 2015 | Comments (0)

The museums participating are the Adler Planetarium, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Chicago History Museum, the DuSable Museum of African-American History, the Field Museum, Lincoln Park Zoo, The Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, the Museum of Science & Industry, the National Museum of Mexican Art, the National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts & Culture, […]

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Peter and the Starcatcher worth a trip to Drury Lane Oakbrook

Peter and the Starcatcher worth a trip to Drury Lane Oakbrook

September 21, 2015 | Comments (0)

As soon as I read that Dave Barry co-authored Peter and the Starcatcher, my expectations grew. I’ve adored Barry’s sense of humor for years now and the chance to see it come to life set a high bar. Peter and the Starcatcher sounds like a story for kids, and there are elements that tie the […]

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It’s time to rethink Girl Scouts for your tween and teen daughters

It’s time to rethink Girl Scouts for your tween and teen daughters

August 18, 2015 | Comments (0)

When I tell people are girls are Cadette Girl Scouts, they seem surprised. For most families, Girl Scouts is something their elementary school girls do until they find other activities to keep them busy. Most people don’t realize that Girl Scouts was “originally for girls aged 10 to 18, but it was subsequently divided into […]

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All Shook Up a fun and funny musical for the whole family

All Shook Up a fun and funny musical for the whole family

August 5, 2015 | Comments (0)

There’s a nervous energy in the audience before All Shook Up starts. Everyone has a favorite Elvis song, even the teenagers attending the show. A lot pre-show conversation centers on the music, which is clearly the draw. Immediately after the tremendous opening number, the audience settled in for an enjoyable ride. The multi-layered performances let […]

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Beaches a perfect GNO

Beaches a perfect GNO

July 31, 2015 | Comments (0)

Our daughters found themselves ending fifth grade in a fight with one of their best friends over something a classmate said. Her mom said the same thing I said, “Lots of things in life come and go, but your best girlfriends are so precious.” Even though our girls are young, it’s a sentiment we both […]

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Key Lime Cove an easy drive to a tropical destination

Key Lime Cove an easy drive to a tropical destination

July 7, 2015 | Comments (0)

After a long, rainy softball season, our girls were ready to have some summer fun. Fortunately, we were invited to visit Key Lime Cove for two days of water park fun. What’s great about Key Lime Cove it that it’s close enough to make it easy to get there quickly. We jumped on I-294 and […]

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Memphis stays true to its roots

Memphis stays true to its roots

April 21, 2015 | Comments (0)

When we started planning our Spring Break trip to Memphis, we realized we could go in so many directions — music, civil rights, nature, sports. Everything was available to us, but with just a few days to explore we had to plan carefully to get everything on the schedule. The beauty of Memphis is that […]

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Spring shows for tweens and teens take center stage

Spring shows for tweens and teens take center stage

April 15, 2015 | Comments (0)

Our girls are tweens now, which means we sit in a strange place when it comes to live theater. They enjoy going to shows, but don’t want to go to the shows for younger kids. Some of the shows that interest them are still a little to “old” for them. Recently a number of shows […]

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