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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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Quad Cities offer fun family vacation ideas for young children

Quad Cities offer fun family vacation ideas for young children

April 8, 2017 | Comments (0)

When our girls were little, we often struggled to find easy vacation ideas. There were so many times when we wished someone would just pull it all together for us so we didn’t have to read a bunch of reviews and try to figure out if an attraction would be good for preschoolers. Luckily for […]

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Cavalia immerses audience in magical world of Odysseo

Cavalia immerses audience in magical world of Odysseo

April 1, 2017 | Comments (0)

The White Big Top tent in the Soldier Field Parking lot went up about the same time that we started seeing the Cavalia billboards along local expressways. Our daughters were attracted to the gorgeous white horse on the billboard. We were intrigued by the tagline, “The Best Show Ever.” The tent for Cavalia’s newest show, Odysseo, […]

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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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