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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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Author: Fran Falkin

Tags : Alabama, Arkansas, 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: Family Travel Forum Staff

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

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: Family Travel Forum Staff

Tags : Baby, Fall Getaway, Illinois, Kids, North America, Teens, USA

Illinois Apple Farms - U-Pick 'Em And Enjoy

Stick with us while we drive to countryside U-Pick apple farms in Rockford, Caledonia, Winnebago and other regions near Chicago, Illinois then head southwest across the state to Alton to check out the orchards near the Mississippi River and St. Louis, Missouri.

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Author: Jacqueline Hart

Tags : Assigned to SATW Senior, Exploring, Illinois, North America, Semi Finalist, USA

Finding News in Dead Places

Attending the summer journalism camp at Eastern Illinois University and on assignment to explore “Small Town America,” Krystina and I, two aspiring journalists ventured into Teutopolis, Ill. T-town , as called by the locals, is a village of 1,500 known for its German-Catholic people and the wooden shoes they produced.

Author: Talah Bakdash

Tags : Assigned to SATW Senior, Chicago, Heritage, Illinois, Middle East, North America, USA

A Convergence of East and West

     I knew what city my mom was born in: Chicago. I knew what city my dad was born in: Damascus. However, I never truly got to drive through my culture and watch the images of what make me up zoom past the window. This was up until the summer of 2008. I had my new camera (a little pink point and shoot) and I was ready to take it wherever my Syrian American ties would take me.

Author: Erin Mayer

Tags : Assigned to SATW Senior, Chicago, Illinois, North America, Quarter Finalist, USA, Volunteering

Wrong Turn Made Right

        During the summer of 2012 I had the opportunity to travel from my suburban town in Minnesota to Chicago with my youth group from church. We went with the goal to show the love of God to every person we came in contact with. We had a thirst to serve. Not to show that we were better, or perfect, simply to show the unconditional love that we experience every day from God. It was my first mission trip and I was nervous. I had just finished my eighth grade year; my life was changing rapidly. High School loomed ahead of me. I was trying to figure out who I was.

Author: Olivia

Tags : Assigned to SATW Senior, Chicago, Exploring, Illinois, North America, Semi Finalist, USA

I Think It Really Is My Kind of Town

This past spring break, my family and I embarked on a vacation to Chicago. Our main intention was to visit the University of Chicago and Northwestern University, so that I could get a feeling for the location and atmosphere of some of the colleges that I am applying to in the fall. These institutions were both a part of the city and in their own campus bubble.

Author: Family Travel Forum Staff

Tags : City Break, Illinois, Museums & Culture, North America, USA, Weekend & Short Break

Short Breaks And Midwest Weekend Getaways From Chicago

Living in the center of the US, Chicago area families have some driving to do for weekends away at fun museums, waterparks, and great cities.

The Midwest is both the Land of Lincoln and the land of Obama, two fathers who have been celebrated for enjoying their families and family vacations. (At least we can speak for the latter.) So it stands to reason that other families in the Chicago metropolitan area would welcome a chance to escape the stress of the city and enjoy family time on a short break holiday.

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