Amy Bocchetta


Best Family Friendly Easter Brunches in Chicago

Easter calls for a festive brunch complete with colorful eggs and all the sweet treats of the season. Brunch options abound in Chicago, but here are my suggestions for unique brunch offerings this upcoming Easter.


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Making a Scene: The Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum

Nestled in the expanse of green that is our beloved Lincoln Park, the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum strives to create a connection between people and nature. Geared towards families, this hands-on museum offers a wide range of fun, interactive exhibits and educational programming for children and adults of all ages. This is one of our family’s favorite museums – there is always something to delight both my kids, ages 2 and 10.


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Guide To The Adler Planetarium

The Adler Planetarium, the first ever planetarium built in the U.S., has been wowing visitors with its unique take on space science education since 1930. Located on Chicago’s Northerly Island, it’s part of the Museum Campus together with the Shedd Aquarium and the Field Museum of Natural History. From the Big Bang to the stars over Chicago, the Adler will take you on a trip beyond our galaxy without having to don a cumbersome space suit…


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Snowshoeing In Chicagoland

Is all this snowy weather giving you cabin fever – but don’t feel like packing the car to hit the slopes? Well, snowshoeing is the perfect excuse to don your cold-weather gear and get outside this winter. You’ll burn calories and maybe even spot some snow-loving animals along the way. There really is nothing quite like exploring a pristine forest, covered with a white blanket of snow. Here are some tips.


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Guide To Skiing And Snowboarding Spots

Got cabin fever? Don your cold-weather gear, grab your skis or snowboard and get outside this winter. You’ll burn calories, have some fun with friends – and there’s nothing better than cozying up to a fire and a hot cocoa after a day of winter sporting. And you don’t have to travel way out west. Here are three easy to reach slopes.


National Zoo Celebrates The Holiday Season

Top Five Don’t Miss Holiday Experiences

Every year, there’s a host of holiday events vying for your attention. Which ones can you NOT miss?



Christmas Around The World In Chicago

You don’t have to stray far from home to travel around the world this Christmas. Take a trip around the globe right here via the vibrant and diverse museums and neighborhoods of Chicago.


Lincoln Park Conservatory

Lincoln Park Conservatory: Winter Flower And Train Show

The Lincoln Park Conservatory is the perfect place to escape from the winter weather. Take off your coat, hat, mittens and scarf and soak up the sunshine as it passes through the glass-paned rooftop of this botanical garden and conservatory. Give your dry nasal passages a break and breathe in the tropical moisture that emanates from the lush foliage. It’s a tropical vacation in the city.


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Best Of Thanksgiving Weekend In Chicago

Thanksgiving weekend in Chicago has more to offer than turkey and fixings. Just say no to the craziness that is Black Friday shopping and try something new this long weekend. Usher in the holiday season by taking part in these fun and festive Thanksgiving happenings.


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Guide To An Affordable Navy Pier Visit

Moms and Dads know Navy Pier’s a fabulous way to spend the day, but they also know that Navy Pier tends to empty your wallet. Here are some tips for a fun, affordable day at Navy Pier.


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Top 7 Places To Take Your Friends In Town

Having visitors in town gives us Chicagoans a chance to see our beloved city with new eyes. When was the last time you marveled at the Sears – ahem – Willis Tower? When did you last catch some live Chicago Blues? Show off the best of Chicago and have a blast seeing things from a visitor’s perspective.


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Guide To Apple Picking Around Chicago

It’s that time of year… apple picking! Taste the season by stopping at one of the plentiful area orchards for a pick-your-own adventure. Just imagine all the pies and dumplings you can make with your sweet haul!


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Oktoberfest In Chicago: Exploring Lincoln Square

Nothing says October better than a brat and a beer on an Indian summer day. Spend an autumn afternoon exploring the historically German-American neighborhood of Lincoln Square and celebrate Oktoberfest with music, kids’ activities (Kinderfest), and, of course, homemade brats and kegs of beer.


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Best Chicago Picnic Spots

Nothing says summer more than a picnic under the shade of a tree, or better yet, under the stars. Grab a blanket and a basket brimming with goodies and you’re set to go! Chicago is full of hidden corners ripe for picnicking – here are my top five favorite picnic spots…



Family Fun Guide To Chicago’s Chinatown

Luckily, you don’t have to catch an airplane to explore the rich cultural heritage of China. Chicago’s unique Chinatown is the 3rd largest in the United States, and offers a wide array of fun sights, activities, shops and tasty treats that both kids and adults will appreciate. Grab your (pretend) passports and fly on over to Chinatown!


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A Beach For Every Bum: Best Chicago Beaches We’re so spoiled living on big, beautiful Lake Michigan. Sure, the water is usually freezing, but nothing beats a day at the beach. All 28 miles of Chicago lakefront are managed by the Chicago […]


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History Comes To Life At The Graue Mill

Since 1853, the Graue Mill in Oakbrook, Illinois, has been grinding out cornmeal, its traditional grist wheel spinning to the ebb and flow of the picturesque Salt Creek. Visit it with your family for a historical flash from the past.


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Guide To: Kane County Flea Market

Less than an hour outside of Chicago, the far west suburb of St. Charles, Illinois is home to the Kane County Fairgrounds, site of the Kane County Flea Market – a paradise for bargain and collectible hunters and a great outdoor activity.



Guide To: Exploring The Chicago River

The Chicago River flows 156 miles, backwards, right through the Loop; it turns vibrant green on St. Patrick’s Day and has its own troupe of water taxis – what’s not to love? Here are three ways to get better acquainted with our beloved river.



Guide To: Family Fun In Bucktown

Bucktown is a hip, urban neighborhood located on the north side of the city. With its trendy boutiques, galleries, cafes and restaurants, it’s a great corner of the city to live in or visit for a day or evening of fun.