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Posts from September 2014

Mac and Cheese Fest

What's ooey and gooey and cheesy all over? Chicago's newest food-themed festival! Mac & Cheese Fest makes its debut at UIC Forum this weekend and Chicagoans are as happy as the smiling elbow noodle in the festival's logo. More than fifty local chefs and restaurants will come together on Saturday to pump out their best cheese and noodle dishes. Tickets ($50 in advance) allow you to same as many and as much of the macaroni as you can, but, before you fill up, we recommend making sure you get your tastebuds on these samplings. 


The Auditorium Building in is one of the best-known designs of the architectural design duo Dankmar Adler and Louis Sullivan. At the time of its completion in 1889, it was the tallest building in the city and largest building in the United States. The building's theater was the first home of the Chicago Civic Opera and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and through the years has also hosted political conventions and even Grateful Dead tours.

This year, the Auditorium Theatre will be celebrating its 125th Anniversary Season with a series of exciting programming, special tours, and more.

Lincoln Park Zoo

Our family loves the Lincoln Park Zoo, Chicago's very own zoo located in charming Lincoln Park. It's educational, it's fun and ... it's free! As a Chicago mom with two kids ages 5 and 13, I can't tell you how many times I've visited our beloved zoo. The Lincoln Park Zoo is one of the best spots to celebrate fall in the city, thanks to the lovely Autumnal colors. Here are seven fun and interesting things to do this fall at the zoo.

Chicago Children's International Film Festival

The 31st Annual Chicago International Children's Film Festival kicks off on October 24 with more than 270 films from over 50 countries - and our family can't wait! Selected from more than 3,000 entries at venues across the Chicago including the Facets Cinematheque (1517 W. Fullerton) and the Music Box Theatre (3733 N. Southport), these movies always rise above the usual Hollywood kid fare and offer everything from funny to spooooooky films, all with a unique, global perspective. This is your chance to see some of the best movies for kids and families from around the world. My kids, ages 4 and 13, both love watching these quirky, thought-provoking feature length films and shorts.

River North Awaits, So Stay Overnight

Tuesday, September 23, 2014 12:00 AM by Max Grinnell

Hotel Felix

To wander over to the corner of Huron and Clark in the River North nabe is to have a spark of inspiration. As you look up, you'll see the large sign for the Hotel Felix and you might think: "Why not stay here?" After all, you'd be close to everything as the saying goes, and you certainly wouldn't lack for dining options, nightlife, architectural wonders, and more.

So it's settled. You're going to spend a night or two at the Hotel Felix and I have a few suggestions to make this trip as wonderful as possible.

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