Amy Bizzarri

Amy Bizzarri



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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7 Camping Food Hacks

Heading off on an end-of-summer camping trip? Here are seven camp food hacks to make easy meals in a campfire kitchen. From mason jar oatmeal to cinnamon buns on a stick, these tasty hacks make campfire cooking a cinch. Clean and save empty condiment squeeze bottles for your next camping trip. Before you go, fill a few bottles with your favorite pre-made pancake mix.
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111 Places That You Must Not Miss – Chicago

Author Amy Bizzarri and Photographer Susie Inverso have trekked across this amazing city to come up with 111 beautiful, funky, delicious, unusual, off-kilter, unique, and truly wonderful places for this new guidebook. Little known Mob stories, hidden gardens, and Chicago's lost history are some of the feature attractions in the buildings, parks, bars, restaurants, shops and city streets featured in 111 Places in Chicago. Link to Story

The story of the Melrose pepper, a sweet vegetable found only in Chicago

Farmers in Italy, the Napolitanos had escaped a crushing rural economy, where civil and economic unrest as well as soil depletion left many southern Italian families with no other choice but to emigrate. They ended up in suburban Chicago, where a handful of the seeds they brought, gathered from pepper plants that once grew wild in the volcanic earth of Nocera Inferiore (a small town about 12 miles southeast of Naples), found success in the rich soil of Melrose Park.
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Seven Kid-Friendly Adventures in Philadelphia

Philadelphia is best known for the important role the city has played in American history. From the Liberty Bell to Independence Hall (where the Declaration of Independence and Constitution were signed), this vibrant city—Pennsylvania’s largest—is packed with history. Here are seven don’t-miss sites when visiting Philadelphia with kids.
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Six Easy Tips for Hotel Safety

A vacation should be a vacation from the stress and worries of everyday life. The last thing any traveler wants is to worry about fires, burglaries, or terrorist attacks. Although you are more likely to be struck by lightning than die in a terrorist attack while on vacation, hotel fire and burglaries are not altogether uncommon.
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2 Chicago Brunch Venues—and a Downtown Hotel!—That Welcome Both Humans and Their Dog Buddies

When it comes to our family dog, Gizmo, sometimes we wonder who rescued whom. Saved from an unhealthy living situation by a local dog rescue organization, he arrived at our doorstep five years ago. Timid and sad at first, he fast became a beloved member of our family. He's our No. 1 squirrel protector and our best walking buddy, and he's always there to offer a warm cuddle and unconditional love.

5 Unique Ways to Experience Lake Michigan: Paddle board, Surfboard, Snorkel, Scuba or Kayak

Lovely Lake Michigan is the lone Great Lake located entirely within the United States and is the fifth-largest lake in the world. 307 miles long by 118 miles wide, with a shoreline 1,640 miles long, the lake is our city's deep blue gem. While you can always stroll along the beautiful lakefront or swim at one of the many city beaches, why not hop into a kayak, step atop a paddleboard, snorkel, scuba or even surf Lake Michigan?

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.


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 has hosted television 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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