Amy Bizzarri

Amy Bizzarri



Celebrate Valentine’s Day in Chicago with Kids

Sometimes the littlest sweethearts have the biggest hearts of all, and Valentine’s Day calls for a special day or night out on the town to celebrate love. Chicago has you covered with fun, kid-friendly events and activities that celebrate that thing called love this February. Here are four ways to enjoy the sweetness of Valentine’s Day with your kid-sized valentines in Chicago.

Top 5 Apps to Make Family Travel Easier in 2017

Family travel promises plenty of adventures—for better or for worse. If you’ve ever been stuck in an airport with a fussy baby, or cramped into a seat with a lap sitter, you know that the challenges are real. Thankfully, new apps promise to make family travel much easier by preventing tiny issues from becoming big problems.
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Party Hearty! Valentine’s Day Craft Workshops in Chicago & Beyond

The sweetest holiday of the year deserves a handmade touch. Get yours at fun, family-friendly Valentine’s Day craft workshops bursting with creativity across town. You’ll leave with creations that are all your own, from cards to mugs to mosaics. Read on to find the events we’re totally crushing on.
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Tattoos + Belle Époque Posters + Ancient Chinese Hand-Scrolls: Colorful Displays of Art through the Ages at 3 Chicago Museums

February is the perfect time of year to head indoors to check out the latest exhibits at Chicago's many museums. Explore the often-misunderstood, 5,000+-year-old art of tattooing, visit with the masters of French poster art and travel to China via beautiful 17th- and 18th-century Chinese hand-scrolls... all without leaving the Windy City.

Think Summer: Camps to Book NOW!

With all the talk of blizzards and subfreezing temps it seems unnatural to even think about summer camp signup. But, not unlike holiday decorations popping up months in advance, the chatter about camp options starts earlier and earlier each year. Some camps began registrations way back in November and while you’re likely not too late to the game, it’s definitely time to start doing your research.
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Take Your Love to New Heights on Navy Pier's Centennial Wheel + Ideas for Fun & Romance at the Pier This Valentine's Day

Chicago's Navy Pier will be rolling out the red carpet for sweethearts on Valentine's Day. Whether you're looking to celebrate the special day with your kids or your beloved, or if you still need to find that special someone, there's fun and romance on the menu at Navy Pier this Valentine's Day — from speed dating to dinner cruises.

7 Amazing Insider Secrets of Disney World

It’s the happiest place on Earth — Where else can your family eat breakfast with Mickey Mouse, fly away with Dumbo, and set sail with the Pirates of the Caribbean all in one day? And there’s more to Disney World than what meets the eye. Here are seven insider secrets that promise to amp up the wonder factor and maximize your fun on your next trip to Disney World.
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Learn to Ski and Snowboard in Ski Country USA: Colorado

January is Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month and there’s no better place to learn than in Colorado. All month long, ski areas and resorts are offering special promotions and programs to make it easier than ever for people to learn to glide down the powdery mountains with ease. From package deals on rentals to free professional instruction, there’s an offer that will fit every family’s budget.
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Party Hearty! Valentine’s Day Craft Workshops in Chicago & Beyond

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5 Fun Kid-Friendly Dates This Winter in Chicago

There is nothing quite like waking up to a lovely, snow-blanketed Chicago. City kids know that there is just as much to see and do in Chicago in the winter as there is in the summer. Learn from our locals! From skating a figure eight on a ribbon of ice to checking in on our very own trouble of polar bears, there is something for children every single winter day.

3 Fun Canadian Festivals that Celebrate the Best of Winter

Celebrate winter in Canada’s Capital during Winterlude, three activity-packed weekends in February that celebrate Ottawa’s snowiest season. Play a game of pick-up ice hockey, indulge in the culinary events created by some of the capital’s best local restaurants, see the amazing ice carvings by artists from around the world that fill Confederation Park in downtown Ottawa.

12 Reasons to Plan a Visit to Orlando in 2017

Planning a trip to Orlando for 2017? This new year will usher in a volcano-inspired water park, a bio-luminescent rainforest, a virtual deep-sea roller coaster, and much more! Here are twelve reasons to visit Orlando, the Theme Park Capital of the World, in 2017. This theme park will be unveiling its latest waterpark—Volcano Bay—in June 2017.
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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. 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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