Spring at Cubs Park: What’s good and what were they thinking

Cub fan relaxes before game at Mesa Sheraton Hotel

Sloan Park, a large stadium that seats 15,000 people (including grass) feels more like Wrigley Field than the Cubs’ former Hohokam Stadium.


Five top things to do in Chicago for the holidays

North Michigan Avenue is an even more "Magnificent Mile" during the holiday season

As a life-long Chicagoan who has also covered holiday happenings for 30 years, I have sifted through Santa’s bag to pull out five fun treats.


A charming getaway awaits about 35 miles west of Chicago

Leave stress at the dock and kick back on a Fox River paddle-wheel boat ride.

A problem with vacationing in St. Charles, Ill. on the Fox River is trying to choose what to fit into a single getaway.


Pedaling around Chicago

Bike ride along Lake Michigan, Chicago

During a conference in Chicago, when I was ready for some fresh air and exercise, my husband had already planned our afternoon. We were spending it on bicycles.


Bishop Hill is history and antiques with a Swedish flavor

In Western Illinois, buildings from a mid-19th century Swedish colony are worth a visit in the 21st century.


The windy city of Chicago

Kitty O'Shea

“The Windy City” is not just its title, it certainly is a fact. The wind is fierce like being charged by a bull. My first trip to Chicago proved to be an interesting mix of winter and spring. Either way, the wind still blew off Lake Michigan and roared up the street blowing hats and scarves into a frenzy.