Pretty City

January 26th, 2015 | Posted by Dawn Bertuca in Chicago | Photos - (Comments Off on Pretty City)

What a difference a year makes; it’s been a relatively mild winter in Chicago. Recently I happened to be downtown early on a Saturday and snapped this image by the Chicago River. The combination of hushed streets and morning light was pretty wonderful.

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Heads Up: It’s Millennium Park’s 10th Birthday!

June 18th, 2014 | Posted by Dawn Bertuca in Chicago | Conscious Parenting | Fun | Travel - (Comments Off on Heads Up: It’s Millennium Park’s 10th Birthday!)

Visiting Chicago this summer? Or do you live here, like me, and need a good “staycation” idea? A day (or half day) exploring Millennium Park is a great choice for a laid-back, free-to-cheap, kid-friendly excursion. If you haven’t taken your kids to explore this downtown oasis, now is the time. Millennium Park is celebrating its tenth anniversary, and the city is planning plenty of extra activities. The giant “head” sculpture below (one of four) is part of a new art installation by Jaume Plensa commemorating the anniversary. It’s so serene; I loved it. The free public art—from the stunning Pritzker Pavillion to the iconic Cloud Gate—as well as free cultural activities, are what make Millennium Park such a community jewel.

There’s plenty to do, from strolling the Lurie Gardens to cooling off in Crown Fountain. You can snag a free guided tour or simply wander.  Catch a concert at the pavillion; take your picture reflected in “the Bean.” Pack a picnic lunch or just grab a Lemon Chill on the Chase Promenade. It’s all good. Get the specifics on all these suggestions in my “Do Millennium Park” list on Raved Mobile!  I’d love to hear your suggestions as well.

What’s your favorite thing to do in Millennium Park? Tell me in the comments!