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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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Lady Lucy's Quest offers young girls a role model for life

Lady Lucy’s Quest offers young girls a role model for life

November 1, 2016 | Comments (0)

Lady Lucy’s Quest arrived on our doorstep just as I was talking to a local mom about starting a Girl Scout troop. She wanted to show her troop that girls can do anything they set their minds to — in a way that would be fun and engaging. We both talked about how hard it […]

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COLLABORACTION's The Mars Assignment explores depression and its many stigmas

COLLABORACTION’s The Mars Assignment explores depression and its many stigmas

October 31, 2016 | Comments (0)

Good theater often opens channels for hard conversations. This month, Collaboraction Theater Company, Chicago’s social issue-driven contemporary theatre, tackles mental illness with The Mars Assignment, a world premiere production about depression and its many stigmas.  The Mars Assignment looks at how different people prepare for every day activities. A young girl presents a school project about […]

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Dr. Seward's Dracula is waiting for you to join the Halloween adventure

Dr. Seward’s Dracula is waiting for you to join the Halloween adventure

October 19, 2016 | Comments (0)

We’re just a few weeks away from Halloween and if you haven’t finalized your plans yet, First Folio Theatre has a show that has just the right mix of creepy innuendo, psychological thrill and ghostly characters. Dr. Seward’s Dracula continues First Folio Theatre’s wonderful tradition of performing a show that uses the unique Mayslake Peabody […]

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Celebrate Chicago Museum Week through October 23

Celebrate Chicago Museum Week through October 23

October 14, 2016 | Comments (0)

Chicago’s museums are hosting the second annual Museum Week celebration. It is so big this week that it runs for more than seven days so you have plenty of time to take advantage of these great opportunities. The press release below came from Museums in the Park. Be certain to check the website for the […]

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Refrigerator Oatmeal Makes Mornings More Fun

Refrigerator Oatmeal Makes Mornings More Fun

September 28, 2016 | Comments (0)

We’re not quite two months into the new school year and already our daughters are complaining about breakfast. They haven’t quite transitioned from the summer “eat whatever you want as long as you clean-up after yourself” routine to the “eat something quick so you don’t miss the bus” reality. Their lazy summer mornings are now […]

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