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Beach break? Mountain trek? Wildlife adventure? African odyssey? Summer is that sublime time of year when families can travel unencumbered by school schedules. Choices abound. Some destinations are all about kids, all of the time. Other properties may tolerate children but certainly do not lay...

Back Pain. It’s my albatross. Every day, without fail, I start the day with ice, then move on to heat to reduce the annoying inflammation. My spine management doc has prescribed meds. But, there is always a trade off. I would rather deal with the...

Beyonce’s youthifying skin serum. Clooney’s shades. J-Law’s fave cold pressed juice. Star sanctioned products offer big time buzz to a brand. But, in the UK, there is an imperial nod of approval that puts an entertainers’ endorsement to shame. It’s called the Royal Warrant. And, it’s...

How One Frozen Chicagoan Ditched Sun for Snow A ski trip had never given me the come hither. Aside from being remarkably uncoordinated and plagued by back problems, I reside in the bone chilling tundra of Chicago. Trekking to snow felt idiotic when I could revel...

Washington DC is like the Magic Kingdom of culture. But, instead of rides and make believe characters, the city serves up activities that make living history the star attraction. The city’s bounty of world class museums, iconic monuments and landmarks define it as one of...

Pierre Hermé is the emperor of eclairs, the prince of pound cakes, the macaron maestro and now the chief of a new chocolate bar pop-up in Paris that will only be open until Easter (April 5). Pierre Hermé is the emperor of eclairs, the prince of pound cakes,...

The end of March is a magical time for kids. The snow is melting and that wonderful week known as Spring Break arrives. While some families get out of dodge, many opt to stay local and have a Staycation. I stopped by Good Day Chicago...

I really miss spending time alone with my girlfriends. But, between work and family commitments, there is scant time for that leisurely hang out of yore. I had fantasized about an actual girls getaway with my best friend from college. It was challenging to organize....

What to See, Do & Eat in Chicago Over the Holidays The food. The sports. The art. The theater. There is a lot to love about the city of Chicago. And I have the good fortune to report on all things fabulous in the third coast...

Then Recover with Delicious Tarts and Pommes Frites My story from FoodAndWine.com It’s the thrill of the hunt. For decades, treasure seekers have scoured the allées of Paris’s famed flea market Marché aux Puces for vintage trinkets and eclectic furniture. To inveterate hunters and gatherers, the aha! moment of plucking bric-a-brac vintage...