Amy Bizzarri

Amy Bizzarri



11 Awesome Outdoor Ice Skating Rinks (7 are Free for Kids!)

Sock skating on a wooden floor might be fun, but there’s nothing like feeling the cool breeze on your face as you glide across a real ice rink. It’s time to lace up your skates for an essential winter activity. Flip through our album to find great places to skate outside. and many are free! What is your favorite place to ice skate?
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Holiday Gifts for the Traveler in Your Life

Looking for that perfect holiday gift for the loved one in your life that’s always on the go? Or perhaps you’re a traveler looking to treat yourself. Here’s a holiday wish list featuring useful yet thoughtful gifts for the traveler in your life. Pack all the essentials for a weekend away in a luxury Carla Ferreri bag!

Swedish Christmas in Andersonville: Late Night Shopping, St. Lucia Festival + Traditional Holiday Celebrations

It's hard to believe that at one time there were more Swedes in Chicago than in any city outside of Stockholm. Most settled in the charming North Side neighborhood of Andersonville. During the holidays, Andersonville celebrates with Swedish traditions, lovely holiday decor, late-night shopping and dining and fun, family-friendly events.

Holiday gifts for little fashionistas

If you've got a budding fashionista on your hands this holiday season, why not give a gift that can be worn? Even better, give a gift that teaches a fashion design skill or two. Here are 13 gift ideas for the most fashionable kid in the family. The classic mix and max fashion drawing set is back, now updated with all new fashions and high-quality rubbing plates.
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Give the Gift of Experience: Ten Chicago-Based, Experiential Holiday Gift Ideas

What do you get the person in your life who has everything for the holidays? Or the kid in your life who already has a toy box packed with toys? Consider gifting a unique Chicago experience! Here are ten meaningful gift ideas that will bring the best of Chicago directly to your loved one. The gift of live theater keeps on giving throughout the year, and one that the whole family can enjoy.

Five U.S. Christmas Markets You’ll Want to Visit This Holiday Season

Europe is known for its picturesque holiday markets, where outdoor vendors sell everything from ornaments to handcrafted toys, and steaming mulled wine, roasted chestnuts, and traditional candies and chocolates are savored by all. Thankfully, many U.S. cities have started their own Christmas market traditions, making holiday shopping a more outside-of-the-big-box experience.
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10 Hacks for Families On-the-Go

If you’re a busy parent (and what parent isn’t busy most of the time?) you’re probably always on the look out for ways to make life a little easier; I know that I am. I’ve discovered some parenting hacks that will help ease the daily chaos just a little—which can make a big difference! Problem: Where to seat baby when visiting friends or relatives, or dining out?
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Holiday gifts for the Star Wars fan in the family

Give the Star Wars fan in your family something that they'll treasure forever: a unique gift that expresses their love for the all the crazy characters that come from a galaxy far, far away. Here are our picks for unique Star Wars-themed gifts for both the big and little fans. Survive even the coldest night on Hoth with this cuddly beast of a sleeping bag.
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7 Ways to Celebrate the Holidays in Chicago

During the holidays, the city of Chicago dresses in her very best. When the streets are alight with colorful lights, charming decorations, and a sprinkling of snow, exploring the city is even more fun. Here are our favorite ways to celebrate the holidays in Chicago. This year when the stately lion at the Art Institute don their festive wreaths and bows, you can party with the Chicago cast of Hamilton and then head to the Ryan Learning Center for some art-making fun!

11 Ways to Celebrate Christmas in San Francisco

San Francisco shines even brighter during the holiday season, thanks to festive decorations and activities that add to the city’s natural scenic beauty and magical atmosphere. Consider a long weekend visit in November or December, when you can enjoy all the delights of winter, from ice skating in Union Square to a Victorian-style Christmas market.
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3 days in Denver with kids

Located in the center of downtown Denver, the Curtis is a fun and affordable hotel with funky themed rooms that range from Ghostbusters to Star Trek. Families with train-loving tots will want to book a room at the upscale Crawford Hotel, housed within Union Station. Denver makes for a fun and educational escape for families with kids of all ages.
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Celebrate The Magnificent Mile Lights Festival 25th Anniversary + Our Top 10 Tips for Making the Most of Your Experience!

The Magnificent Mile Lights Festival kicks off the holiday season in Chicago on Friday, November 18, and Saturday, November 19. This year's 2-day event marks the 25th anniversary of this spectacular festival, which promises to encourage good cheer in even the coldest hearts. The festivities end with a bang on Saturday night with a grand fireworks display over the Chicago River.


Amy Bizzarri

Amy is a freelance travel writer focused on family adventure travel, vintage/retro travel and green/eco-friendly destinations, both in the US and abroad. She is also a Contributing Writer/Blogger for Long Weekends magazine, CBS Local, Wyndham Worldwide, Hilton Worldwide and Chicago

As the "Family Friendly Chicago"​ expert for the Chicago Chicago Convention and Visitors Bureau, Amy explores the city in search of educational and fun activities for families. Amy edited the DK Eyewitness Guide to Chicago, and living in the Logan Square/Bucktown neighborhood for the past 10 years, she knows Chicago inside out.

Amy speaks several languages, and with two travelin'​ kids, ages 5 and 14, she's an expert on family travel. Based in Chicago, Amy has voyaged as far away as Mali, West Africa and the Galapagos Islands. She lived in London for two years, Italy for five. A fluent Italian speaker, Amy has a special place in her heart for il bel paese and considers herself an expert on Italian travel. An experienced teacher with an M.Ed. in Teaching and Learning, Amy offers a unique perspective on educational travel.

Amy is also active on twitter and has hosted travel-themed twitter chats. She recently was a panelist on a Travel and Leisure magazine twitter chat with a reach of over 26,974,637 impressions.

Amy is the author of Discovering Vintage Chicago (Rowman, 2015). Her latest book, Chicago's Iconic Dishes, Drinks and Desserts (American Palate Series / The History Press, Dec. 5., 2016) is now available for pre-order.

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