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Now that the weather has changed, it’s all about enjoying the great outdoors. Here are five excellent activities to take advantage of this June! AL FRESCO DINNER Expat 118 N Green St. Element Collective’s groovy al fresco pop-up restaurant on a sidewalk on Green Street features fresh, local flavors, boozy sno-cones and an extensive rosé list. Parson’s Chicken and Fish 2952 W Armitage Ave. If you want to avoid overpriced cocktails, head west to this hipster patio in Logan Square for...

  As an expert for Travel + Leisure, I get to do a lot of very cool test drives: chocolate tastings in London, cooking classes in Paris, spontaneous hotel reviews and more. But, writing this story about Chicago’s best rooftops was one of my favorite projects. Not only did I get to taste delightful cocktails, I also got to sit down and drink in the city’s incredible views. Walking around Chicago is one thing. But, sitting...

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 this morning to chat with Jon Kelley about hotels with family fabulous Spring Break programs right here Sweet Home Chicago. Here are my best bets: VIDEO FOX 32 News Chicago THE JAMES Lil’ James Family...

                    Amy Tara Koch with Darlene Hill Perfectly layered bangles The Holidays are all about drama, yes. But does that mean women need to run out and invest in a new wardrobe? Good Day Chicago’s style expert Amy Tara Koch says NO WAY! You can create a big style statement by mixing and matching what you already own (or filling in your accessory blanks with some new holiday...

I am the new Chicago expert for Travel + Leisure Magazine!  This morning, I had so much fun on Good Day Chicago talking about my hit list for best family activities in Chicago. Chicago is a modern day mecca for families.  Lakefront. Zoo. Parks. Art. Sports. Aerial views. Beaches. Whatever the season, activities abound. And getting to them is half of the fun. First tip? Make public transportation part of your afternoon. For kids, a ride on the above ground EL train...