Baby Classes – Swimming

J and I often talk about how Simon is socialized and introduced to new opportunities. We don’t want to over schedule him for a lot of reasons, not the least of which is that baby classes are expensive. That means that we have to be selective with what we decide to do with him. He’s still reallllllllly young, so although we want to expose him to new experiences, we also want to do so in an age appropriate way. For us, for now, this means deciding between music classes and swimming classes. Read More

Chicago City Guide: A Summary

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This is the final post in my 7 part Chicago City Guide Series. I often get asked for my favorites things to eat, see, and do in Chicago and am going to be very glad to have this summary handy for the next time I get a request. This was a really fun series to put together. Thank you to those of you that added ideas via the comments – you’ll notice that I added a few things to my lists based on your feedback.

Do you have 48 hours to spend in the city? Not sure what to do? Check out my 48 Hours in Chicago post. Read More

Chicago City Guide: 48 Hours in Chicago

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This post is a continuation of my Chicago City Guide series. So far we’ve covered:

Unless you visit often, I know that it’s hard to figure out what to do on a short visit to the city because there is SO MUCH to do. Chicago is an amazing city – having a lot to do is a good problem to have – it just means that future visits are necessary.

I have a list of suggested things to do if you have a weekend to spend in Chicago. You’ll note that a couple of the activities may be seasonal, but Chicago is a great city year round, so don’t shy away from the cold temps! Read More

chicago city guide: part 6 – drinks & night life

This post is a continuation of my Chicago City Guide series — parts 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. I’ll do a summary post of them all at the end.

I think we’re nearing the end of the Chicago City Guide posts. To be honest, this one stretched me a little. I am not a huge drinker (especially since baby), so although I’ve been to these places, the drink appeal is a little lost on me. Luckily, it is not lost on my husband and he generally agrees with my list. Phew.

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DRINKS:

NIGHT LIFE: Read More

Chicago City Guide: Part 5 – Lunch & Dinner

This post is a continuation of my Chicago City Guide series. Parts 1, 2, 3, 4. I’ll do a summary post of them all at the end.

This post was probably the hardest to write and thus, the one I procrastinated the longest (of course). There is just SO MUCH good food in Chicago. Narrowing down a list of lunch/dinner places that I want to recommend was tough!

Be sure to check to see if the restaurant that you want to try takes reservations. If they do, I highly recommend them. If they don’t, be prepared to wait for a table. Read More