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Author: Tas Anjarwalla

Tags : Chicago, City Break, Flee Market, Illinois, Kids, Teens

Four Seasons Chicago Suite Getaway During Winter Fest

Why not be blown away at how much you’ve saved on a busy family city break in Chicago -- the Windy City -- this winter season?

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Author: Fran Falkin

Tags : Alabama, California, Fall Getaway, Illinois, Massachusetts, Michigan, Multigen, Museums & Culture, New York, North America, Pennsylvania, Texas, USA, Vermont, Virginia, Washington

All American Thanksgiving Celebrations

A Thanksgiving recipe for fun: FTF's A-Z guide to local events marking the settlers' gratitude, from traditional eats to marathons.

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Author: Angela Caldwell

Tags : Editorial Review Complete, Exploring, Finalist, Illinois, North America, USA

Nature's Performance

   The sun was beckoning for me to join him on his daily journey of rising and setting. Usually he goes on his task of bringing forth the day and making way for the night without igniting my curiosity, but today I could not ignore the bright golden hues splashing my face with rays of gentle warmth. I crossed the busy street, maneuvering around its constant buzzing of cars and irritated drivers trying desperately to reach their destination.

Author: Brianna Velasco

Tags : Arizona, Arkansas, California, Editorial Review Complete, Idaho, Illinois, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, New Mexico, North America, Oklahoma, Oregon, Semi Finalist, South Dakota, Texas, USA, Vacations, Washington, Wisconsin, Wyoming

The Beauty in Our Own Backyard

Majestic mountains, luscious forests, towering rock formations, a brilliant yellow sun, a magnificent thunder storm; the diversity astounded me. With every passing mile, a new scene erupted into view, each entirely unique yet just as stunning as the last. And all of this in our own backyard.

Author: Meganrut09

Tags : Chicago, Editorial Review Complete, Exploring, Illinois, North America, Semi Finalist, USA

Journey To Find Love In Chicago

Over a year ago, I met someone who changed my life. As a teenager, I spend a lot of spare time browsing the Internet. One point during those lonely summer days, a boy from Chicago, named Tim, messaged me. We began chatting quite frequently after that, but myself being from California, and having 2,070 miles in-between us, I never expected this to last more than a week.

Author: Michaela McNeece

Tags : Chicago, Editorial Review Complete, Exploring, Illinois, North America, Semi Finalist, USA

The City of Lost Souls

 
Although my story is not considerably phenomenal, it is unique. Because unlike most, I will not tell you a memory of greatness, but rather one of realization. When asked about your greatest journey most would relate to their trip to Europe, South America, Asia or anywhere that brings fond memories to the mind. But my greatest journey was not far, nor was it stunning. In fact, it was quite heartbreaking.

Author: H. Nies

Tags : Chicago, Editorial Review Complete, Illinois, North America, Semi Finalist, USA, Vacations

Alive and Coarse and Strong and Cunning (Or, How I Learned to Be Independent by Getting Lost in Downtown Chicago)

(Title taken from Chicago by Carl Sandberg)

The thing about going to Chicago is that you have to realize the city will inevitably steal your heart. With skyscrapers stretching to the crowds, the hustle and bustle, and the occasional rumbling of the El-train, Chicago is somehow simultaneously modern and brimming with old charm.

Author: Family Travel Forum Staff

Tags : Fall Getaway, Flee Market, Georgia, Illinois, Kids, Multigen, North Carolina, Teens

Aw Shucks! Autumn Adventures In A Major Corn Maze

We think visiting a farm -- one with a huge corn maze the kids can puzzle on -- is a great autumn family getaway, and there are approximately 500 to choose from this season. If you can also pick apples, sit on a hay bale, buy some local produce, and bring home a big pumpkin at half the price it sells for in your home town, it's a value getaway too.

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Author: Kyle McCarthy

Tags : Chicago, Couples, FTF Scholarships, Illinois, Multigen, North America, USA, Weekend & Short Break

Making Lemonade on an Emergency Airport Layover

I got a pound of lemons: an air traffic delay in Fort Lauderdale, a flight cancellation, being rerouted to Chicago O’Hare, an accident at LaGuardia, emergency airport closures, and a snow alert that forced me to spend 26 hours at an airport hotel.

If not for that, I might never have “made lemonade” in Rosemont, Illinois. Seemingly a suburb of the world’s busiest airport (measured by flight operations), Rosemont is home to the DES Convention Center and an aggregate of family activities, despite there being “no there there.”

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Author: Ron Bozman

Tags : Baby, City Break, Illinois, Kids, Multigen, Museums & Culture, North America, Teens, USA

Chicago, Illinois Attractions

With museums, theatre and outdoors fun galore, Chicago is a happening destination for family travelers of all ages. You can plan a visit at any time of year -- it's never too windy in our book. So even if the First Family has shown you all of their favorite Chicago haunts, read on and you may learn about a few more from us. For more general information, contact Choose Chicago Tourism (312/744-2400).

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