Bike lanes are not for pedestrians

Dear cyclists, I apologize on behalf of some of my fellow pedestrians. You probably thought it would be great having a protected bike lane to keep bicycle traffic better separated from automobile traffic. Unfortunately, now cyclists have to worry about another hazard: Oblivious fussgängers wandering into their bike lanes. As a pedestrian myself I see … Continue reading Bike lanes are not for pedestrians

Adjusting to life in a Halloween destination neighborhood

When we were looking at houses I never thought to ask, "How many trick-or-treaters do you get?" Neither did my husband. We had no idea that we were moving into a Halloween destination neighborhood. I didn't even know that Halloween destination neighborhoods existed. Prior to moving into our house, Halloween wasn't a very big deal … Continue reading Adjusting to life in a Halloween destination neighborhood

The magic of a good neighborhood

Saturday was the opening of Maddiebird Bakery in Edgewater. The opening was a must do since we know the owners. What made the day even more thrilling was happening to be there at the same time as Old Single Mom, Mary Tyler Mom, and some parents from my son's school. That's the magic of a … Continue reading The magic of a good neighborhood

10 reasons why museum memberships are the best gifts for families

Are you a grandparent or someone else looking to buy gifts for a family with small children? Do you have small children and want to get a gift that won't add to your clutter? Local museum memberships (or zoo memberships or aquarium memberships) are awesome. Even for little kids museums (and not just "children's museums") … Continue reading 10 reasons why museum memberships are the best gifts for families

Why I love Chicago but hate “Chicagoland”

I love Chicago. I hate Chicagoland. That's not just because I'm a city snob who hates the suburbs (although I am). It's because I'm sick of seeing lists of "best things to do in Chicago" that include a bunch of destinations more than a hour away. From my home it takes the same amount of … Continue reading Why I love Chicago but hate “Chicagoland”