"The Marne at Chennevière" by Camille Pissarro

A parade, art, wine and beer—there's no excuse not to be out and about this weekend.   “Botticelli to Braque: Masterpieces from the National Galleries of Scotland” This special presentation at the de Young Museum showcases some of the most iconic images in the history of Western art, with names...

Welcome to Andersonville Chicago

Every year in October, usually the weekend before Halloween, I’d get my girls in their Halloween costumes and head over to Andersonville for the annual Trick or Treat on Clark Street. Kids and parents pop in and out of the businesses along this main commercial strip, between a few blocks south of...

THE ARMORY SHOW, March 5-8 Thousands head to this extravaganza of modern and contemporary art, now in its 17th year. Named for a former location, the vast hall of the Lexington Avenue Armory, the fair moved in 1999 to the Hudson River piers, now high-visibility stages for serious collectors,...

South Beach Wine and Food Festival

The South Beach Wine and Food Festival is the perfect time to explore everything that South Beach has to offer. Here’s my idea on how you can enjoy it. Morning Stroll down Collins Ave. and enjoy brunch at The Shore Club, where a poolside restaurant offers mimosas alongside a view like no other....

Sweet Chick restaurant in Brooklyn, New York

"Brooklyn, Brooklyn, take me in. Are you aware the shape I'm in?" It's the crooning of folk-rock group The Avett Brothers, and those lyrics are in my head as I wander the streets of Brooklyn after a day spent in Manhattan. I'm here in bad shape, fighting a cold, and I haven't slept well for days....

Dallas, the most affordable destination 2015

From Klyde Warren Park to the Dallas Arboretum, NorthPark Center to Southfork Ranch, The Washington Post found plenty to enjoy while roaming around Dallas (read the article here). And here's the real kicker: The reporter didn't spend much money. Looking to expore the great outdoors? Try biking...

Star Wars exhibit at the EMP Museum

It was years in the making, and now showing at the EMP Museum is “Rebel, Jedi, Princess Queen: Star Wars and the Power of Costume.” Presented by the Smithsonian Museum, the Lucas Museum and LucasFilm LTD, the exhibition recently began its national tour in Seattle.  Walking in, I was greeted by...

Luxury family-friendly hotels in Rome

When it comes to traveling with the kids, especially in another country, their comfort is always priority. And these five luxurious hotels in the Italian capital know that, offering top notch kid-friendly amenities and goodies that make the kids feel—after a busy day of exploring—like they're...

Lincoln Square, Chicago

I didn’t live in Lincoln Square, but I pretended to. For about 7-1/2 years, I lived a mile west in Albany Park, a wonderfully fascinating mixing bowl of international flavor. But Chicago's Lincoln Square just has a certain coziness about it that our slightly rougher community lacked. Hit the brick...

Universal's Cinematic Spectacular

This December, my husband and I were frazzled from all the holiday planning and wanted to enjoy a quick getaway without heading too far away from home while on a budget. Living in South Florida, Orlando is only about three hours away and promises a variety of entertainment options, from theme...

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