Tag: "Chicago"

Batter up

Batter up

March 7, 2011 | Comments (5)

It’s March and we’re over the hump now.  I feel like I have successfully survived this Midwestern winter.  Yes, I know we’ll still freeze for another month or two but I think we can deal with it.  We’re Chicagoans, aren’t we?!   Besides, we have things to look forward to, like, the Saint Patrick’s Day Parade […]

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Great Backyard Bird Count

The Great Backyard Bird Count

February 20, 2011 | Comments (2)

Every year, for four days in February, the National Audubon Society and The Cornell Lab of Ornithology sponsor the Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC). The project engages citizen scientists in taking a “snapshot” of birds across the continent. This year’s GBBC will be held February 18-21 and everyone is welcome to participate. The program has […]

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The Valley Girls Have Landed

February 7, 2011 | Comments (2)

When I step outside, I’m in Chicago in February.  It’s cold and snowy and, well, cold and snowy.  It’s February in Chicago after all.  Somehow when I come into my house, I’m suddenly in the Valley where California girls reign supreme and “like” is used every other word. I’m not sure when, how or why, […]

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Family-Friendly Party = Awesome New Year’s Eve

January 24, 2011 | Comments (2)

We attended our first “Family New Year’s Eve Party” this year. I was hesitant in the beginning. Our friend, a home brewer, was really excited about the family-friendly party Revolution Brewing Company planned and asked us to join them. Sure, it sounded fun, but I’ve become wary of parties at restaurants and bars. All too […]

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A Musical Halloween

October 27, 2010 | Comments (1)

Doesn’t it feel like Halloween has gone from being a one-day holiday to a month-long death march of costumes, parties and candy? First, you have to take your kids to the pumpkin patch — and by the way, when did “pumpkin patch” become code for “dusty carnival with the occasional gourd thrown in for good measure?”  Then, […]

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Taking Minors to the Minor Leagues

September 17, 2010 | Comments (4)

Labor Day 2010. It was unseasonably cool and breezy that morning, making our plan to enjoy one last day at the local pool seem less appealing. What should we do with our last day of summer, we wondered. My husband grinned: “Three magic words come to mind,” he said. “Let’s go shopping,” I ventured. Uh, no. “Kane. […]

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Snail moving along pavement

We’re Reading the Signs — It’s Time to Slow Down

September 13, 2010 | Comments (1)

One of the wonderful things about living in the Chicago area is that there are always a dozen fun things we could be doing on any given day.  We’re always on the go doing something we think will be fun.  If it’s also subtly educational, like listening to a concert or going to an outdoor […]

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NYC Taxi

The Second City? Depends On Who You Ask.

August 11, 2010 | Comments (5)

Ask anyone who knows me what my favorite city is, and they will say “Chicago, of course!” without hesitation. Though I sometimes act like the so-called Second City is the only great one, of course it isn’t. I just returned from a whirlwind weekend in another metropolis, New York City, where I had the pleasure […]

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Chicago’s Alley Scavengers: Boon or Bane?

August 4, 2010 | Comments (7)

Last year the Chicago Tribune published an interesting article on alley scavengers, mainly the scrap metal collectors who comb the alleys in Chicago and the surrounding area for old bicycles, appliances and anything else with a bit of scrap metal that might be turned into cash. I don’t know how it works in other regions, […]

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Navy Pier Ferris Wheel Sky View

Do Real Chicagoans Ride the Ferris Wheel?

July 30, 2010 | Comments (5)

Mom is floored by fear of heights at Navy Pier Ferris Wheel.

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Set of Transformers 3 in Chicago

The Work Behind “Transformers 3″: Worth It?

July 28, 2010 | Comments (0)

I spent last weekend in the city with my best friend and her daughter. We stayed in a hotel on Wacker Drive, adjacent to the “Transformers 3″ hullabaloo. Massive amounts of work (not to mention the money) are behind this major production. We watched the action (which, in the movie business, really, is less movement […]

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Handle on red door

Suburban Crime Wave

July 27, 2010 | Comments (7)

12:30 p.m., Wednesday afternoon: I have just finished explaining to my babysitter, Amanda, who will be staying home with my three year old son while I go out to a meeting, that I can’t seem to find our extra key. So, I suggest that she simply leave the back door unlocked if she decides to take J.R. to the park. Speaking of […]

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