Saturday, September 22, 2018

Colectivo Coffee and Black Cat Alley in Milwaukee


After our adventure down memory lane at the Mitchell Park Domes in Milwaukee, we went in search of locally roasted coffee and popped into Colectivo. In addition to our hot beverages of choice, Colectivo has a decent menu of breakfast items, sandwiches and wraps. Plus, they have tempting fresh baked goodies from Troubadour Bakery. As a family of famished explorers, we ordered a selection of sandwiches. I, of course, ordered my traditional mocha latte which I can say was delicious!

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Open House Chicago October 13-14

Open House Chicago 2018

Open House Chicago put together by the Chicago Architectural Center is coming up October 13-14, 2018. During Open House Chicago, the public is invited to explore notable structures throughout the Chicago area for free. Many of the locations give behind-the-scenes peeks and all the public unique access to buildings and areas not always accessible. The event includes 250 structures and admission to all of them is free!

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Learning about Swedish Immigration to America at the Swedish American Museum in Chicago

Exploring the Swedish American Museum in Andersonville in Chicago

Exploring Swedish Heritage in Chicago at the Swedish American Museum

A few weeks ago we took a little adventure to Andersonville here in Chicago to visit the Swedish American Museum. Swedish immigrants played an important role in the development of Chicago, so we were pretty interested in learning about this Swedish community. In fact by 1870, the Swedes living in Chicago represented the largest cluster in the United States and at one point there were more Swedes in Chicago than any other place in the world outside of Stockholm. After the Great Chicago Fire of 1871, Swedes began to move into the Andersonville neighborhood. Elements of that Swedish heritage still remain in Andersonville, so it is the perfect home for the Swedish American Museum.

Sunday, September 16, 2018

September Degustabox: Lunchbox + Giveaway


September Degustabox goodies perfect for the lunchbox!

This month's Degustabox was packed FULL of goodies! Many of the items are great for packing in your school lunchbox, so perfect for the back-to-school theme of the month. Other components are useful in making meals quicker. Things do tend to get busy between school, work, sports, etc.

Friday, September 14, 2018

Mitchell Park Domes in Milwaukee: Inviting Nature Exploration Year Round

A Morning Exploring the Mitchell Park Domes in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Mitchell Park Domes in Milwaukee, Wisconsin feature summer all year round.

Mitchell Park Domes in Milwaukee truly offer a splendid warm weather oasis throughout the year. This especially becomes enjoyable during rainy, snowy or cold days. When my daughter was younger, we took quite a few adventures to Milwaukee on cold days to enjoy the warmth and greenery of the Domes. We would couple the visit with a jaunt to the Public Market because who could resist? This week, we realized that it had been so long since our last visit. So, we seized on a free day to take a trip to Milwaukee.

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Chicago Culinary Kitchen: Texas Style BBQ in Illinois

Texas-style Barbecue at Chicago Culinary Kitchen in Palatine, Illinois

My husband loves BBQ, so naturally we had to check out a BBQ joint for his birthday. At some point over the summer, I noticed one that I actually had never heard of before in Palatine -- Chicago Culinary Kitchen. Chicago Culinary Kitchen is a unique local experience, so definitely the type of restaurant we seek out. Chicago Culinary Kitchen is only open on Saturdays and Sundays 11AM - sold out and features locally sourced meats and craft beer. Ok, this place was made for us and is so close to home! We planned our weekend visit and couldn't wait to check it out.