Amy Bizzarri

Amy Bizzarri



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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Top Family Travel Tips from the Experts

I'm just back from a trip to Italy and like every long adventure with toddlers, it was a schizophrenic mix of life-could-never-be-better moments and how-am-I-going-to-get-through-this hell. In anticipation of my next family excursion, I reached out to the pros for some tips on how to make the journey smoother.
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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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Pick a Flick! Outdoor Movies for Summer Nights

While an air-conditioned theater might be just what summer ordered, the best way to watch a movie in Chicago is outdoors. There are parks, nature centers and historic attractions reeling family favs all season long. And their lawns are yours for the taking (BYO chairs and blankets!). Watch a flick while fireflies dance with our guide to summer outdoor movies.
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5 Reasons to Gallop to a Dude Ranch This Summer

Looking for a one-of-a-kind, all-inclusive family vacation destination this summer? If you family likes adventure, nature, and animals, consider going to a dude ranch for your next vacation. Dude ranches are the original, all-inclusive destination, making for a headache-free week of unforgettable family fun.
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360 Sky Series: Enjoy a series of fun activities—from yoga to painting workshops—94 stories above Chicago!

94 stories above the city of Chicago, at the tippy top of the iconic John Hancock building, the 360 CHICAGO Observation Deck offers a soaring bird's-eye view of the city. On a sunny day, vast Lake Michigan sparkles far below; at night, the city grid glows amber for miles upon miles. While a visit to this 360-degree is a must-do for every visitor to Chicago, a new series of fun activities—from yoga to painting workshops—makes a visit even more worthwhile.

Top 20 Free Things to Do This Spring

It’s a word that makes any parent’s heart skip a beat. If you’re on a budget or love a bargain, you’re in luck: Chicago and the ‘burbs have a wealth of attractions that don’t cost a dime — you just have to know where to look. We get you started with these 20 picks for fun and totally free things to do around town this spring.
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Celebrate a Chicago-Inspired Teacher Appreciation Week

Have you thanked a teacher today? They teach our kids so much more than the ABCs and 123s. Teacher Appreciation Week is happening May 1-5, giving parents the perfect opportunity to say “Thanks for everything!”. From jewels to jam and teas to truffles, we found artisan-quality, locally-made gifts that will show teachers just how much they’re appreciated.
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Spring into Scuba Diving: Three Dive Spots Close-to-Home

You may think that you have to travel to the Caribbean or Hawaii to find places to scuba dive, but there are a some state-side dive spots that offer family-friendly dive experiences. If your family is trying scuba diving for the first time, or you have a tween or a teen looking to get certified, these PADI dive spots offer safe diving with maximum depths of just thirty feet.
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Mother's Day in Chicago: 7 Ways to Celebrate Mom

For the Mom that would appreciate traveling back in time to Chicago's Gilded Age . . . The Richard H. Driehaus Museum offers visitors a glimpse into Gilded Age Chicago. Located just steps away from the Mag Mile, the interior of this beautiful mansion features a fascinating collection of period furniture, decorative arts and stained glass.

Fun Festivities Are Bubbling Up at Dovetail Brewery This Spring

On a quiet corner of Belle Plaine Avenue in Chicago's North Center neighborhood, beside the Metra tracks, wild, Chicago-born yeast blows in through the third floor window of the acclaimed Dovetail Brewery, magically turning water into some of the best Lambic-style beers in Chicago and beyond. CRAFT MARKET: This coming Saturday, Dovetail will play host to a craft market featuring local artisans selling everything from handcrafted soaps to jewelry: enjoy Dovetail's deliciously refreshing beers while shopping with Mom.

Family Adventures in Denver

If you’re a family looking for a weekend filled with adventure, Denver makes for a fun and educational escape. Frequent, fast, affordable and nonstop flights from cities across the U.S. make it easier than ever to embark on a long weekend in the Mile High City. Here are six family adventures that you’ll want to enjoy during your visit to Denver, Colorado.


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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