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Visit 24 Indiana State Parks

I am setting a new goal for myself in 2021 to visit all Indiana 24 parks and eight reservoir properties. Most have an entrance fee of $7, but you can buy a $50 (for Indiana Residents $70 for out-of-state) annual Indiana state park pass. I’m going to make a list for Illinois (309 state parks) but aim for just state parks in the Chicagoland area.  I have...

Upcoming Immersive Van Gogh Exhibit in Chicago

Just like many of us, I have been in quarantine for almost a year. I will be taking my first outing to see the U.S. premiere of the art installation Immersive Van Gogh Exhibit Chicago that opens on February 11, 2021. I was invited to attend the exhibit by Carol Fox and Associates Public Relations. The exhibit is being held at the newly renovated Germania Club...

11+ Black-Owned Restaurants in the Chicago Area

Chicago is known as the “Windy City,” “Second City,” and former residence of the former President and First Lady, Barack and Michelle Obama. It is also known for its signature dishes such as deep-dish pizza, Chicago style hot dogs, and Italian Beef. It also has a large population of African Americans, and there over 150 black-owned restaurants...

Couples Therapy with My first true love . . . . Travel

This blog post is inspired by the podcast “All The Shit I’ve Learned Abroad: Travel Therapy episode 50. In this episode, the hosts, Steph and Andrea, had couples therapy with their first true love . . . . travel. I revealed yesterday that travel is my therapy, and I’ve been finding other ways to cope while my true love and I go through a rough patch...

Curry Ramen Noodles Recipe

Quarantine has forced many of us to cook more meals at home. It should be no surprise that when I asked you on Instagram what I should write about, the majority said food. Since we can’t travel, I wanted to make a dish that reminds of remind me of Asia. I decided to make a Japanese inspired dish of Curry Ramen Noodles.  I enjoy cooking and trying different...

World Premiere of ”The Adult in the Room” in Chicago

The tickets were given to me. The opinions expressed are my own. Sunday was the world premiere of “The Adult in the Room” in Chicago. It is a play written by Bill McMahon and directed by Heather Arnson, and Conor Bagley. I attended the world premiere of the show over the weekend in Chicago. Orlagh Cassidy gives an outstanding performance as the first...

2019 Travel Summary

2019 Travel As I was putting together the list of all of the places I visited in 2019, I realized that I traveled a lot more than I thought. Not all travel requires a passport stamp and an airplane. It was fun going through all of my pictures and reliving the experience. I was able to check off a few things off of my survivor’s list. The list is by order of...

A&A Ballet Presents The Art Deco Nutcracker

A&A Ballet Presents The Art Deco Nutcracker When we think of Christmas, you can’t help but think about the Nutcracker. Another Christmas tradition I have never seen before. Last night that all changed. I was given tickets to see the American Ballet Theatre’s production of “The Art Deco Nutcracker,” choreographed by Alexie Kremnev. It took a friend of mine...

Celebrating My Cancerversary

This year’s trip celebrating my cancerversary was to Iceland. Every year since I completed treatment from breast cancer, I make it a goal to travel to a new destination on or around November 4. Here is a recap of where I’ve been in the years that have passed. In 2016 I was in Australia. I was able to spend a month exploring the country. I also took a...

ART ON theMART 2019 Fall Program

Fall 2019 I attended the The Art on theMart exhibit in Chicago that featured commissions by Charles Atlas and Petra Cortright. Also showcased works and soliloquies by the artist John Boesche, Cheryl Lynn Bruce, and Kerry James Marshall. The content changes every season. The permanent projection system illuminates theMART with 34 state-of-the-art projectors. To keep...