Amy Bizzarri

Amy Bizzarri



Flying with a Toddler: 10 Rules for Success

I officially earned my Traveling with Toddler degree after having completed two transatlantic and two transnational flights with my adorable but spirited daughter when she was 2 years-old. Here are my 10 tips for successful flying with a toddler in tow. Let your airline know that you are traveling with a small toddler and that you need some extra space.

"Chicago Gourmet" Tickets On Sale Now! Here Are 7 Events That You Won't Want to Miss

It's no secret that Chicagoans love to eat... and eat well. Named the best restaurant city in America by Condé Nast Traveler, our windy city is a mecca for gourmets, gourmands and everyone who just loves to take a bite into the extraordinary. One of the city's premier foodie events, Chicago Gourmet (September 19–24), is celebrating its 10th birthday in 2017, and several new anniversary events promise to bring star chefs and foodies together in Millennium Park and beyond for a bash like no other.

Top 7 Free Things to Do with Kids This Summer in Chicago

Visiting the Windy City this summer? Chicago is a must-visit destination every season of the year, but in the summertime, it truly shines. From our beautiful, Lake Michigan beaches to our playful, imaginative parks, there is something for every adventure-loving family under the sun. Budget-wise moms and dads will be happy to learn that the best things to see and do this summer in Chicago are totally free!

4 Ideas for Celebrating Father's Day in Chicago

Whether you call him dad, papa, or daddy, your father deserves some love this upcoming Father's Day, Sunday, June 18. Chicago rolls out the red carpet for both local and out-of-town dads thanks to fun fatherly events and dad-centric deals. Here are four quick ideas for celebrating Father's Day in Chicago with the fab dad in your life.

Move + Stretch + Run... at the Zoo, on a Rooftop or in a Butterfly Haven: Fresh New Summer Workouts

If you're looking to break out of your workout rut, Chicago has you covered this summer. Trade your boring, old workout for one that features inspiring Chicago views, including at a zoo, on a rooftop, or even in a butterfly-filled sanctuary! Here are six unexpected venues offering extra-ordinary opportunities to burn those calories and flex those muscles this summer in Chicago.

6 Reasons to Spend a Night (Or a Long Weekend!) at Wicker Park's The Robey

The 1929 landmark Art Deco Northwest Tower at the corner of Milwaukee, Damen and North Avenues has always intrigued passersby. Today this former office building is The Robey, a beautiful boutique hotel that deftly melds a storied past with modern hospitality, inviting visitors and locals alike to experience Chicago in a new way.

6 Must-Visit Water Parks in the U.S.

Looking for some wet and wild family adventures? How about plunging down a 120-foot tall free fall, hanging ten on a surfboard or racing through a playful pod of dolphins? America’s top water parks offer surf-worthy waves, incredible plunges, amazing surprises and nonstop fun under the sun. With more than 1,200 to choose from, it can be difficult to decide which to add to your travel agenda.

Plan the Perfect Family Staycation

If your summer travel budget calls for … staying at home, don’t despair! Plan a staycation, and see your hometown from an entirely new perspective. Here’s how to plan the perfect summer family staycation. Choose Your Fabulous Staycation Destination and Plan Your Itinerary. Use this staycation as an excuse to try out all the spots you’ve been wanting to check out in your own hometown: the new park you haven’t yet visited, the hot new restaurant everyone’s raving about, or even the small museum you’ve been meaning to show the kids.
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Deep-Dish Pizza Alternatives in Chicago

Chicago-style deep-dish pizza is more a decadent pie than a plain old pizza. It's the grand pooh-ba of pizza and a beloved, decadent Chicago icon. Yet some local pizzerias forgo the deep dish for still delicious yet more unique takes on the round Italian classic. Here are five mouthwatering alternatives to the ubiquitous deep dish, and the Chicago pizzerias that serve them up.

A Fab Weekend Getaway for Every Mom

What would you do without Mom? She changed your diapers, comforted you through your first breakup, and she’ll forever be your No. 1 fan. Mother’s Day is over, but that doesn’t mean you have to stop celebrating. Sign her up for one of these quick weekend getaways with her favorite kid … you! Surprise Mom with a long weekend stay in the Windy City at the historic InterContinental Chicago, located just off the Magnificent Mile, Chicago’s stretch of shopping paradise.
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Family Resorts That Offer Fabulous Kid Camps

Family vacations can sometimes be a tad too hectic, leaving parents feeling like they need a vacation from their vacation. Luckily, many resorts offer fabulous kid camps, so parents can enjoy some R&R while the children are off on adventures of their own. In the evening, families reconnect for a movie poolside, or a dinner under the stars.
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Water, Water, Everywhere! Spraygrounds to Drive You Wild

Lazy days at the pool are a summer must. Even better? Raging days at splash pads. Some we’ve uncovered are neighborhood gems while others are all-out amusement park-style destinations. Either way, you and your tot will be happy to cool off without taking a dunk or forking over much — most are free or $5 tops.
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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.

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) and Chicago's Iconic Dishes, Drinks and Desserts (American Palate Series / The History Press, , 2016). Her upcoming book 111 Places (emons Verlag) is now available for pre-order.

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