Enjoy a Luxurious Family Staycation at Hotel Palomar

What do you think of when you hear the term “boutique hotel?” For me, I imagine stunning interior design, trendy food and drink, and impeccable, personalized service. Basically a more intimate hotel with a BIG personality. What don’t I think of? Family friendly. I mean, we typically reserve our luxury hotel stays for when we […]

Last Minute Trips for Chicagoans

Want to put off the harsh reality of work and school for a little bit longer? Then pack up the car and hit the road. No, you aren’t going to come across palm trees on any Midwestern adventure, but you will find blue skies, sandy beaches, delicious treats, and sites so beautiful you will actually […]

Five Reasons Why All Chicago Families Should Take a Road Trip to Milwaukee

As wonderful as Chicago and its suburbs are, sometimes it’s great to just get away for a bit. But when you have small kids who don’t do well in the car, your options are pretty limited. That’s why I am reminding you that there is a gem of a city located right over the border…Milwaukee! […]

Family Travel Checklist

It is officially that time of year when Chicagoans are fleeing for fun in the sun (I’m looking at you, Kari and Whip!). And while a vacation away from the long and brutal Chicago winter sounds like paradise, traveling back and forth with the kids is anything but. For a while, I was so petrified […]

Why Chicagoland Families Should Visit the Quad Cities

This past weekend it was Homecoming at my alma mater, Augustana College. It was the first time I had been back in over twelve years and the first time I introduced my boys to campus. We had so much fun catching up with friends, running through the quad, and exploring both Iowa and Illinois that […]

Starved Rock State Park Secrets

Looking for a great way to enjoy the beauty of nature and fit in some exercise all at the same time? Then pack up the kids into the car and head to Illinois’ top attraction: Starved Rock State Park.  This free state park has something to please absolutely EVERYONE in the family and is a […]