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Unique perspectives on the city from the people who live here.

Author: 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.

Where to See Santa in Chicago

Thursday, November 29, 2018 10:00 AM by Amy Bizzarri

You can catch Santa all over Chicago during the holidays. He might be feeding hay to his reindeer at the Lincoln Park Zoo, sipping hot cocoa with Mrs. Claus at a cozy café, or hanging out in some of Chicago’s beloved museums. So if you’re looking for the perfect family photo for your Christmas card, grab your wish list and head to the city for a visit with Old St. Nick before he heads back up north. 

6 Ultra-Sensory Chicago Picnic Spots

Monday, May 21, 2018 8:00 AM by Amy Bizzarri

Summer in Chicago calls for as much outdoor time as possible, and picnics under the shade of a tree or beneath the starry sky are THE way to dine come summertime. 

In a nation of immigrants, few cities reflect our nation's rich melting pot better than Chicago. From Chinatown to Pilsen, and Greektown to Little Italy, immigrants from countries around the world settled into these culturally familiar enclaves back in the 19th and 20th centuries. They remain just as vibrant today, with bustling cafes, restaurants, museums, public art and more. 

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