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The Chicago Flower and Garden Show offers activities for all ages

The Chicago Flower and Garden Show offers activities for all ages

March 21, 2017 | Comments (0)

When our girls were younger, we took the to the Chicago Flower and Garden Show every year. They loved to see the different gardens and smell the blooms. This year we took teenagers to the Chicago Flower and Garden Show, which was a different, yet familiar, outing. The first thing they did was smell the […]

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Hubbard Street Dance opens Spring Series at the Harris Theatre with Pre-Performance Balcony Talks

Hubbard Street Dance opens Spring Series at the Harris Theatre with Pre-Performance Balcony Talks

March 16, 2017 | Comments (0)

Hubbard Street Dance opens its Season 39 Spring Series this week at the Harris Theatre.  The performances include three works by three different choreographers: Two Works by Nacho Duato, Solo Echo by Crystal Pite and Imprint by Lucas Crandall. Perhaps the best part of the certain-to-be-wonderful performances will be the Balcony Talks. Originally started as […]

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Ready, Set...Baby! helps children get ready for the new addition

Ready, Set…Baby! helps children get ready for the new addition

March 13, 2017 | Comments (0)

Elizabeth Rusch wrote a darling book called “Ready, Set…Baby!” which is the perfect gift to give young children to read while they wait for their new baby brother or sister. As you turn the pages, you’ll wonder if Elizabeth could, somehow, read children’s minds. Anna and Oliver find out that their mom is expecting a […]

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Family fun is free in March

Family fun is free in March

March 8, 2017 | Comments (0)

Nothing is better than free family activities. This month there are plenty of free activities to keep everyone busy in a budget-friendly way. All the information came from various press releases, so be sure to check websites for the latest details. Joffrey Ballet As part of its Winning Works Choreographic Competition, The Joffrey Academy of […]

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The Joffrey Ballet premieres gorgeous Game Changers

The Joffrey Ballet premieres gorgeous Game Changers

February 20, 2017 | Comments (0)

After an incredibly successful world premiere of their new Chicago-focused version of The Nutcracker, the Joffrey Ballet continues its Chicago premieres with Game Changers. In his program note, Artistic Director Ashley Wheater described Game Changers by writing, “For me, good work, whether abstract or narrative, speaks of the human condition and touches the heart.” Each […]

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The Hundred Dresses comes back to stage at just the right time

The Hundred Dresses comes back to stage at just the right time

January 27, 2017 | Comments (0)

I took our girls to see The Hundred Dresses when it first premiered in Chicago in 2009. They were young, but the show made a strong impression. When I told them today that the Chicago Children’s Theatre brought the show back to the stage, they immediately said they wanted to see it again. The Hundred […]

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Chicago Puppet Festival not just for children

Chicago Puppet Festival not just for children

January 19, 2017 | Comments (0)

The inaugural Chicago Puppet Festival was such a overwhelming success that organizers have created a larger, longer 2017 festival. Running from January 19 -29, the event features an international line-up for puppet artists with events for children, families and adults. Chicago’s connection with puppets goes back to the beginning of the 20th Century. “Many consider […]

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Christmas is the right time to mix family fun and fitness

Christmas is the right time to mix family fun and fitness

December 22, 2016 | Comments (0)

According to a recent story in The Sun, “The average person consumes an enormous 7,000 calories from feasting and boozing on Christmas Day.” To put the number into perspective, Web MD recommends the average woman consume 1,800 – 2,200 calories per day. It’s easy to say that you shouldn’t consume the calories, but let’s face […]

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The Magic Flute is a delightful family show

The Magic Flute is a delightful family show

December 15, 2016 | Comments (0)

There is a bit of a mystique to opera that you can only overcome by taking the plunge and going to a show. This is what we did for The Magic Flute. I had never attended an opera performance. One of our daughters adores playing her flute and wanted to see the show just because […]

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Fifth Third Bank Winter Wonderfest is a Treat for Teens

Fifth Third Bank Winter Wonderfest is a Treat for Teens

December 14, 2016 | Comments (0)

Our girls were really excited when they heard we were headed for the Fifth Third Bank Winter Wonderfest. I was a bit wary. I knew friends who took their younger kids down to Navy Pier, but I wasn’t sure our teens would have as much fun. They are in that “too cool” to be with […]

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Star Wars events bring new meaning to a #holiday light show

Star Wars events bring new meaning to a #holiday light show

November 22, 2016 | Comments (0)

Get your light sabres and Jedi outfits ready for two December events with Star Wars themes. The first is on December 3. The Chicago Wolves is hosting a Star Wars Night in anticipation of the upcoming release of “Rogue One:  A Star Wars Story.” The special Star Wars package includes a game ticket and a […]

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#ActWithShedd makes it easy to add gratitude to your Thanksgiving table

#ActWithShedd makes it easy to add gratitude to your Thanksgiving table

November 16, 2016 | Comments (0)

We’re gearing up for Thanksgiving with our 13-year-old twin daughters. We’ve read a lot of interesting articles about things we can do to bring more meaning to the holiday. It seems really important right now with our country’s divisions following the recent U.S. Presidential election to step back and think about what we are thankful […]

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