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Amy Bizzarri
Amy Bizzarri is a freelance writer specializing in family fun and travel, a Chicago public schools world language teacher, and an avid reader. She lives with her two kids – a tween boy and a toddler girl – in the Logan Square neighborhood of Chicago. Follow Amy and her adventures in Chicago and beyond on her personal blog, AmyWrites312.com.

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Public Art All Around! Find 'Agora' in Chicago's Grant Park

Public Art: Agora in Grant Park, Chicago

At the south end of Grant Park, 106 headless and armless torsos walk aimlessly in circles. Each figure stands ten feet tall and weighs about 1,800 pounds. Some face each other, others ignore their peers.

Thankfully, these are not real human torsos, but iron sculptures, designed by famed Polish artist Magdalena Abakanowicz.


3 One-of-a-Kind Magic Shows You Won't Want to Miss: Brett Schneider's Communion, The Naked Magicians & The Magic Parlour

The Magic Parlour

Chicago has always been a magical city: During the Golden Age of Magic—from 1890 to 1930—the city brimmed with magicians. They performed their acts in vaudeville theaters, shops and taverns and even on street corners. In 1893, magicians from near and far, including Harry Houdini, traveled to Chicago to make their mark at the World's Columbian Exposition. If you're looking to add a little magic to your life these days, check out three one-of-a-kind magic shows in Chicago.


4 Flower Shows in Chicago Bloom with the Sights & Scents of Spring

Garfield Park Conservatory Chicago

Springtime in Chicago ushers in flowers galore! From daffodils along State Street's parkways to the prairie blossoms at the Lurie Garden at Millennium Park, Chicago lives up to its "City in a Garden" moniker. This season check out a Chicago Cubs inspired flower show, the annual events at Navy Pier and Macy's on State Street, and the bright allure of azaleas at Lincoln Park Conservatory.


'Exhibitionism — The Rolling Stones' Will Rock Chicago's Navy Pier this Summer

Exhibitionism — The Rolling Stones

The Rolling Stones are back on the Windy City scene thanks to the critically-acclaimed, 18,000-square-foot exhibit, Exhibitionism — The Rolling Stones, which is set to invade Navy Pier on April 15, 2017 with fan-worthy fun and surprises for music lovers of all ages. It's a strictly limited four-month engagement and online tickets go on sale Friday, February 24! 


Amazing Cubs World Series Memorabilia—See It All Firsthand at the Chicago Sports Museum!

Chicago Cubs World Series 2016 Exhibit at Chicago Sports Museum

If the historic Chicago Cubs World Series win was the highlight of your 2016, you'll want to run—not walk— to the Chicago Sports Museum, where a recently unveiled Chicago Cubs World Series exhibit celebrates the grandest moments of the 2016 season with sports mementos that contributed to the amazing victory. Here are five things Cubs fans need to check out STAT at the Chicago Sports Museum.


8 Ways to Do Valentine's Day in Chicago

Raised: An Urban Rooftop Bar
Whether you're treating your Valentine to a long weekend escape, planning a date to remember or a getting a group together to spend the night on the town—there's something to see or do for lovers and friends of all kinds this Valentine's Day in Chicago. Here are eight unique ways to celebrate Valentine's Day in Chicago.


3 Children's Plays on Our Radar for Chicago Theatre Week 2017

Fable-ous! by Lifeline Theatre

Chicago Theatre Week is the star of February. For a couple bucks more than a ticket to the movies, you can introduce your kids to the magic of live theater. From February 9 to 19, over 100 productions will offer discounted tickets for $15–30, with many offering further discounts. Here are three children's plays on our radar for Chicago Theatre Week 2017.


Tattoos + Belle Époque Posters + Ancient Chinese Hand-Scrolls: Colorful Displays of Art through the Ages at 3 Chicago Museums

Driehaus Museum

February is the perfect time of year to head indoors to check out the latest exhibits at Chicago's many museums. Explore the often-misunderstood, 5,000+-year-old art of tattooing, visit with the masters of French poster art and travel to China via beautiful 17th- and 18th-century Chinese hand-scrolls... all without leaving the Windy City. Here are three unique museum exhibits you'll want to check out this winter in Chicago.


Take Your Love to New Heights on Navy Pier's Centennial Wheel + Ideas for Fun & Romance at the Pier This Valentine's Day

Navy Pier Centennial Wheel

Chicago's Navy Pier will be rolling out the red carpet for sweethearts on Valentine's Day. Whether you're looking to celebrate the special day with your kids or your beloved, or if you still need to find that special someone, there's fun and romance on the menu at Navy Pier this Valentine's Day — from speed dating to dinner cruises. Here are six ways to celebrate at the Navy Pier:


Chicago Children's Theatre Settles into The Station, Its Cool New Home in the West Loop

Chicago Children's Theatre The Station

The children's theater scene in Chicago is always bringing fresh new voices and stories to the city's many stages, opening kids' eyes to fresh new perspectives and encouraging them to think outside the box. This winter, the amazing Chicago Children's Theatre promises to make the children's theater world shine even brighter in Chicago as it opens its doors at to its new home in the heart of the West Loop.


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