Amy Bizzarri

Amy Bizzarri



Six Unique Hawaiian Festivals

Hawaii plays host to so many festivals—from the traditional to the quirky. There’s a fit for every interest and a festival for every family under the tropical sunshine. If you’re looking to go beyond the standard tourist sights, planning a trip around a festival gives you a chance to meet the locals, sample local cuisine, and learn more about the culture and history of the Hawaiian Islands.
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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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Sweet! Cool Candy Shops You Might Not Know

The annual midnight raid of our kiddo’s trick-or-treat bag is just around the corner. Why not mix it up a bit this Halloween season and stock up on unique sweets to give to the neighborhood kids . . . and yourself! Skip the Snickers this year and check out these one-of-a-kind local candy shops that offer something new — in both flavor and ambiance.
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6 Spooky Tours Plus a Mystery Dinner You Won't Want to Miss This Halloween in Chicago

Looking for some spine-tingling Halloween fun? While little ones have trick-or-treating and costume parties to look forward to, adults will want to discover some truly scary spots around town. Enjoy an evening searching high and low for the friendly ghosts of Chicago on a spooky tour guided by an expert historian or help to solve a murder mystery at the World Fair of 1893.

Amy Bizzarri's book visits 111 unusual Chicago places

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5 Fun Things to Do in Indianapolis with Kids

Do you fancy hanging out with some orangutans, digging for dinosaur bones or racing around in a pedal-powered chopper? You can do it all and more in Circle City. Indianapolis makes for a quick, easy, educational, and fun family getaway. Here are our family’s picks for the top five kid-friendly things to see and do in Indianapolis, Indiana.

3 Afternoon Teas in Chicago that Pair Well with a Morning Museum or Zoo Adventure

A morning of traipsing around the city of Chicago calls for a relaxing, tea-filled afternoon. A hot pot of your favorite blend and savory and sweet treats are the perfect follow-up to a hectic museum or zoo visit. Here are three outstanding non-hotel afternoon teas in Chicago that pair well with a morning museum of zoo adventure.

Author Amy Bizzarri: Chicago flaunts factory fresh hot dogs, antique buttons and unique bathrooms

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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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