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Amy Bizzarri

Amy Bizzarri

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8 Last-Minute Spring Break Deals For the Family

Spring break doesn’t have to break the bank. With more families traveling than ever before, hotels are trying to win new customers with kids in tow by offering lower rates and special perks. These spring break deals offer rates for family fun at under $250 a night. From a dude ranch to the beach, there’s a destination deal for every travelin’ family.
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Top 6 Things to do with Kids in Key West

With its swaying palm trees, year-round warm temps, azure blue water, and cloudless skies, Key West is the perfect tropical escape within the U.S. While you can opt to fly directly to the southernmost tip of the picturesque Keys, the drive from Miami International Airport is a little over three hours long and will take you on one of the most beautiful stretches of highway in the U.S.
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4 Flower Shows in Chicago Bloom with the Sights & Scents of Spring

Springtime in Chicago ushers in flowers galore! From daffodils along State Street's parkways to the prairie blossoms at the Lurie Garden at Millennium Park, Chicago lives up to its "City in a Garden" moniker. This season check out a Chicago Cubs inspired flower show, the annual events at Navy Pier and Macy's on State Street, and the bright allure of azaleas at Lincoln Park Conservatory.
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'Exhibitionism — The Rolling Stones' Will Rock Chicago's Navy Pier this Summer

The Rolling Stones are back on the Windy City scene thanks to the critically-acclaimed, 18,000-square-foot exhibit, Exhibitionism — The Rolling Stones, which is set to invade Navy Pier on April 15, 2017 with fan-worthy fun and surprises for music lovers of all ages. It's a strictly limited four-month engagement and online tickets go on sale Friday, February 24!
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Say ‘I Love You’ with Windy City Style

Don’t forget! Valentine’s Day is right around the corner and offers the perfect excuse to show your loves, big and small, how you feel. Just say no to generic gifting with boring boxes of chocolates or last-minute, lackluster bouquets. Read on to hear our picks for showing your sweethearts some love with one-of-a-kind Chicago-made gifts.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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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About

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.

To view Amy's online portfolio, visit http://amybizzarri.pressfolios.com/