Amy Bizzarri

Amy Bizzarri



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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Our 2017 Travel Bucket Lists

The year 2016 carried the travel-loving members of the Hilton Mom Voyage team far and wide. From Amy G.’s family trek to the Big Easy to Jon’s whirlwind tour of Asia, from Kristine’s many California adventures to Vera’s fab solo trip to Cuba, our team worked hard to make sure our dreams came true when it came to family travel last year.

Get Outta Town: Leaf Peeping in Galena

If you’re looking to hightail it out of Chicago to catch the fall colors, nothing beats a trip to charming Galena, where gorgeous rolling hills and scenic roads surround a quaint, history-filled small town. Though Galena is a wonderful city to visit year-round, it dresses up in its autumnal best and bustles with festive fall fun.
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11 Ways to Celebrate Christmas in San Francisco

San Francisco shines even brighter during the holiday season, thanks to festive decorations and activities that add to the city’s natural scenic beauty and magical atmosphere. Consider a long weekend visit in November or December, when you can enjoy all the delights of winter, from ice skating in Union Square to a Victorian-style Christmas market.
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Travel the Regions of Italy via Chicago's Top Italian Restaurants

Though its area is only slightly larger than the state of Arizona, Italy is a magnificently diverse nation when it comes to food. While it's easy to connect Italian food with red-sauce ragù or spaghetti and meatballs, each of the country's 20 different regions offer unique culinary treasures of their own.

Ten Tips for Buying Toys This Holiday Season

With so many retail options to choose from—both online and in-person—it can be challenging to decide how, when, and where to purchase toys this holiday season. Thanks to promo codes, apps, and purchase incentives, even if a toy isn’t on sale, you can still find a way to save. If you’re helping Santa out this season, here are ten tips — from the experts at — for finding just the right toys—and saving big.
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Create Special Holiday Memories at American Girl Place Chicago

Stroll down The Mag Mile shopping district at this time of year and you're bound to see gaggles of girls carrying their look-a-like dolls toward American Girl Place Chicago (835 N. Michigan Avenue). This over-the-top doll shop features not just dolls but adorable interactive displays, a bookstore, a café, a bakery and even a dolly beauty salon.

Get into the Holiday Spirit with Seasonal Exhibits, Shows and Workshops: 6 Chicago Museums to Visit Right Now

A trip to a Chicago museum is always a fun learning experience, but during the holidays, special events, fantastical decor and seasonal workshops offer a brilliant bonus. Only in Chicago can you travel the world of holiday traditions, celebrate with the belugas and eat breakfast with both Santa and a T. rex.

Plan a Visit with Santa: Our Top Spots to See the Big Guy in Red around Chicago

Every year, Santa Claus swings through Chicago on his sleigh so he can do some last-minute Mag Mile shopping and check the lists of all the good little boys and girls. If you're looking for that treasured Santa photo opp, or if you just want to let him know that you've been nicer than naughtier, here are eight spots to catch Santa in Chicago before he heads back to the North Pole to prepare for his grand Christmas Eve voyage around the world.

11 Awesome Outdoor Ice Skating Rinks (7 are Free for Kids!)

Sock skating on a wooden floor might be fun, but there’s nothing like feeling the cool breeze on your face as you glide across a real ice rink. It’s time to lace up your skates for an essential winter activity. Flip through our album to find great places to skate outside. and many are free! What is your favorite place to ice skate?
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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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