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The Beauty of the Chicago Botanic Garden

Each time I go home to visit Chicago, I discover something I have never seen before. In the North Shore suburb, Glencoe, not far from half million dollar homes and up is the Chicago Botanic Garden. This heaven-on-earth, botanists’ dream is sandwiched between the surrounding woods and multiple golf/country clubs. And it free to get in. […]

Saving Money in Chicago With Military Discounts

I always love coming home to Chicago, to get my fill of the things I don’t have as much of in Colorado. Things like endless great restaurants, museums, access to large bodies of water, and tons of festivals. In addition to taking in all of these things, I step foot into one of the most […]

Chicago Highlights 2011

Why do vacation always go by fast? Another successful trip to Chicago done.  Each year I go home to Chicago to visit family, friends, and the city of Chicago itself. Each year, it goes by fast. There never seems to be enough time to see and do everything – even in a 10 day trip. […]

Breakfast at Yolk in Streeterville is Yummo!

Lesson: Always ask two different doormen where to eat for a good breakfast. Freebies in a hotel are inversely related to the price of the room.  The more expensive the hotel, the less free stuff you get.  In other words, when you are staying in a four star hotel on Michigan Avenue, you ain’t getting […]

Happy Friday! Chicago Bike Ride

Happy Friday! Chicago Bike Ride

“Happy Friday!” Several bike riders shout these words as they cruise down West Randolph on a Friday afternoon.  At first glance, an outsider may think that this is just a bunch of riders glad that it’s Friday.  However, as you attempt to cross the street, you notice this is only the beginning of a long […]

Never Get Tired of Sweet Home Chicago

Gorgeous skyline.  Spectacular lake.  Fabulous food.  Friendly people.  Educational museums. Nightlife that won’t quit.  Endless events. Pure entertainment. Pure fun. As I head back to Chicago, I still look forward to the adventures and fun that wait for me in my home city.  I will hit the ground running by heading off to a USO […]


Australia Through the Eyes of an Ordinary Man

I grew up as an eighties child, so one of my first memories of the land “down under” is a place where women glow and men plunder. Of course, at that time, I had no idea what Men at Work meant by that phrase. I’m not sure I even do now. Around that same time, […]