Green Chicago River at night

The Chicago Green River Celebrates St. Patrick’s Day – Everyone’s Irish for a Day

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This past weekend, Chicago continued its tradition of dyeing the river green to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day.  It’s part of a larger celebration with multiple parades and informal pub crawls. I was lucky to experience this tradition a few years ago while attending a travel writers conference. While I was excited to meet so many […]

The Palmer House Hilton in Chicago

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When I attend conferences, I generally stay at the host hotel which is not always my first (or tenth) option.  It’s about convenience to the sessions, the shuttles (if applicable) and the attendees.  Making the compromise from my favorite chain or boutiques is usually about the discounted cost for attendees and I usually regret the […]

Calder "Flamingo" in Chicago

In search of a cookie and finding outdoor Art in Chicago

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It’s no secret that I’m a cookie addict.  While I have tempered the craving a bit by only eating highly worthy cookies such as Metropolitan Bakery‘s Sour Cherry Sea Salted Chocolate Chip or my local Hope’s Cookies, I was on a cookie quest in Chicago.  I was in search of Seattle’s Specialty’s Cafe which has […]

The Pool at Peninsula Chicago

The Peninsula Chicago on the “living like Oprah vacation”

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Nothing about my “living like Oprah without her money” vacation was cheap.  Despite the pay for 2 nights, get the 3rd free promo, the Peninsula Chicago was still an expensive stay but worth every penny! I wasn’t concerned that I was forgoing points by staying here, I wanted to treat myself to this 5 star […]

Chicago Art Institute – my continued “What is Art” quest

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The age old question of “what is art” continues to challenge me as I travel and am exposed to so many varied types of art.  Everyone has an opinion and I have learned to just like what i like whether or not someone deems it “good” or “bad” art.  Ah, the many discussions (arguments) about […]

Two days in Chicago on my “living like Oprah” vacation

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For all of the international travels I have done, there are a few U.S. cities that i am a bit embarrassed not to have visited yet – Chicago was one of them.  The flight from Philadelphia is short enough, there are two major league baseball teams and a plethora of foods, shopping and attractions to […]

Planning my “living like Oprah” vacation to Miraval Spa and Chicago

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I was pretty much drained and in need of a vacation – you know when you get to that point – sleep, work, gym, wash, repeat. The winter days slowly go by, you want the sun on your face, you want to put the winter coat and gloves and other layers away.  You are tired […]