Amy Bizzarri

Amy Bizzarri



Open House Chicago 2016: Free Behind-the-Scenes Tours at 200+ Iconic Chicago Buildings (Oct 15–16)

The Chicago Architecture Foundation’s Open House Chicago, now in its 6th year, is a free public festival that gives you the chance to go behind-the-scenes at more than 200 iconic buildings across Chicago. This 48-hour program, taking place October 15–16, uncovers Chicago gems that are usually closed to the public.

The Oriental Institute Museum: Introduce Your Kids to the Joys of Archeology

Located on the picture-perfect University of Chicago campus in the Hyde Park neighborhood, the Oriental Institute is a wonderful, intimate museum, and makes for the perfect spot to introduce your kids to the joys of archeology. The intriguing collection includes a a colossal 40-ton human-headed winged bull, a monumental statue of King Tutankhamun and a few fascinating mummies.

Bridging the Gap: 5 Tips for Planning a Multigenerational Trip

Multigenerational travel continues to be a popular travel trend, and for any parent that has traveled with both the kids and the grandparents, it’s easy to understand why. Today, Grandma and Grandpa might live in another state, and with limited vacation time, many families are looking to both relax and reconnect.

7 Ultimate Walt Disney World Dining Experiences

It’s the happiest place on Earth … and when it comes to dining, Walt Disney World goes over the top to ensure that guests receive world-class service, delicious dishes, drinks, and desserts, plus plenty of amazing surprises. If you’re looking to splurge on a dining experience like no other, at a restaurant that promises to dazzle, here our our top seven picks for the ultimate Walt Disney World Dining experiences.
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5 Fall Events in Chicago for the Family + Apples, Autumn Colors and Farmers Market Treats

Nothing beats summer in Chicago, but there is so much to look forward to this fall. From a kid-focused international film fest to black-footed penguins, here are five family-friendly things you'll want to check out as the days and the city cools off. Mark your calendars for these not-to-be-missed events around Chicago.

5 Family Vacation Resorts You’ll Want to Book Now for Winter Break

Smart travelers plan ahead, and now’s the time to book a resort for your family’s annual winter escape. Whether you’re looking to build castles in the sand, ski the slopes, or just sip pina coladas poolside, there’s a resort to match your mood. Here are five family vacation resorts you’ll want to book now so you can easily make your escape this upcoming winter.
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Key Largo with kids

With its azure blue waters, swaying palm trees, year-round warm temps and bright blue skies, Key Largo makes for the perfect tropical escape. Two state parks, a national park and a national marine sanctuary offer plenty of opportunities to explore and learn. Plus it's easy to reach, at just a little over an hour's drive from Miami International Airport.
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Boat, Kayak, and Hike the Scenic Louisiana Coast

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Family Travel Tip: Book an Airport Hotel Pre-Departure

Traveling parents know that sometimes the hardest part of a family vacation is often just getting to your destination. Schlepping to catch an early-bird flight is not for the faint of heart, and tired kids on the go usually result in a hefty state of crabbiness. Missed flights and delays can only add to the stress.

4 Days in San Francisco

San Francisco is one of the most popular U.S. tourist destinations. It’s the perfect city to visit if your family craves action, diversity, good food, and fun. Here’s the best way to experience San Francisco in four days with kids. Take a cable car from downtown to Fisherman’s Wharf for lunch. If you’re staying in the heart of San Francisco, near Union Square, the best way to get around is via the iconic cable cars.
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Back to School…On Vacation

Across the country, kids and parents are gearing up for back to school. From supply shopping to first day jitters, school is on everyone’s mind. But school isn’t the only place where learning happens. Today, many hotels and resorts offer exciting learning programs for kids—and adults, too. Next time you’re planning a trip, consider making it a learning vacation.
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Spend a Summer Evening on The 606

Chicago's latest and greatest park and trail system is The 606, a 2.7 mile trail that connects four ground level parks and four amazing Chicago neighborhoods. Running along Bloomingdale Avenue from Ashland Avenue on the east to Ridgeway Avenue on the west, the 606 provides a glorious stretch of green space and trails for runners, walkers, bikers and nature lovers.


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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