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 […]

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 […]