Amy Bizzarri

Amy Bizzarri



World in a City: Chicago's Culturally Diverse Neighborhoods

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.

Two Relaxing Alternatives to Traditional Vegas Resorts

Vegas always promises gambling and a good time, but the best trip to Vegas combines both of those with a little R&R. Below we feature two relaxing alternatives to traditional Vegas resorts, perfect for couples—or even families—looking for a little fun (and rest!) under the desert sun. Red Rock Casino, Resort and Spa brings travelers away from the bright lights of the Las Vegas strip to the tranquil and breathtaking Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area.
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Form Meets Function as Chicago Showcases the Decorative Arts

Love the decorative arts? Then these places definitely should be on your sightseeing hit list this spring. Find out why a chair is more than a chair at the Richard H. Driehaus Museum, tour a world-class collection of American and European furniture and objet d'arts at the venerated Art Institute of Chicago, and head to Chicago's gallery districts to see what's new on the contemporary decorative arts scene.

CPS butter cookies: You can still find the classics years after they disappeared

Rich, buttery and just 5 cents each, Chicago Public Schools' iconic butter cookies made lunchtime all the merrier from the 1960s and through the ’80s. These classic shortbread cookies, pressed with three fingers for good measure and baked to toasty perfection, once graced cafeteria trays across the city.
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STEINBERG: Where to go next? Book bird-dogs intriguing Chicago spots


Holiday Gift and Stocking Stuffer Ideas for Teens

Looking for the perfect holiday gift for your favorite teen? From trendy tech gadgets to gifts that will make high school life a little easier, we picked out fifteen amazing gifts and stocking stuffers that are bound to please even the pickiest teen. key2Bme makes for the perfect teen stocking stuffer.
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What’s New in Colorado Ski Country for the 2017-18 Season

Colorado Ski Country USA offers world-class skiing and snowboarding, while also embracing families with little ones who are just getting the hang of the bunny slopes. The 2017-18 ski season promises new events, updated infrastructure including new terrain and chairlifts, as well as plenty of new lodging and dining options.
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10 lesser-known Italian cheeses you'll want to try

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Halloween at Disney World

Celebrate Halloween at the happiest place on earth! Disney World is a boo-tiful place to experience Halloween chills and thrills. Haunted happenings, harvest goodies, and plenty of tricks and treats are all on the menu. Here’s everything you need to know about the not-so-scary family fun at Disney World this Halloween.
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Steve Cochran Full Show 10.09.17: Cubs + Blackhawks + Bears = a fun Monday

It’s Monday people! We met some of the most incredible people today. Nixon Skenderi and his mom and dad stopped by the studio. Amy Bizzarri also stopped by to talk about her book, ‘111 Places in Chicago That You Must Not Miss.’. Coach Ditka checked in for his weekly Monday visit and Dan Hampton talks Bears as well.
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Singing praises of hazelnut flour in Italian cooking

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Amy Bizzarri's book visits 111 unusual Chicago places

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Amy Bizzarri

Amy is a freelance travel writer focused on family, food and fun, with a special interest in family adventure travel, vintage/retro travel and green/eco-friendly destinations, both in the US and abroad.

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. She has a keen interest in Chicago history and lives in a turn-of-the-century home in the North Side neighborhood of Logan Square.

Amy speaks several languages, and with two traveling​ kids, ages 8 and 16, 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 with an M.A. in Italian, Amy has a special place in her heart for il bel paese and considers herself an expert on Italian travel, food and wine.

An experienced teacher with an M.Ed. in Teaching and Learning, Amy offers a unique perspective on educational travel.

Amy has hosted television and radio segments covering everything from solar eclipses to Al Capone's favorite nightclub. She 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), Chicago's Iconic Dishes, Drinks and Desserts (American Palate Series / The History Press, 2016) and 111 Places (emons Verlag, 2017).

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