Cheap Chicago Things You Should Enjoy This Summer

The “dog days” of summer are upon us here in the U.S.  Whether or not you have a lot of money to spend on fun, I’ve got a list of some cheap Chicago things you should enjoy before summer ends.  Guess what?  You can participate in some of these events and attractions for FREE!

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Labeled: Culture & Community · Travel
Exciting Reasons that Will Make You Visit Barcelona Solo

My 50th birthday was slowly creeping up on me.  I was not depressed or afraid but I needed to celebrate this milestone in a big way.  Not one to wait around for other people, I starting looking into some cities I’ve long wanted to visit: Vancouver, Portland, Athens. Suddenly, I remembered that it had been 25 years since I’d been to Spain.  It had been my very first trip to Europe but I never made it to Barcelona.  That was it!  I decided I would ring in my 50th birthday travelling through Barcelona solo.


Here’s how my trip went down.


Travelling alone is nothing new for me.  I’ve enjoyed several fabulous vacations on my own over the last 20+ years.  I began traveling solo, around the time when Continue reading

Labeled: Tips, Etc. · Travel
Solo Water Vacations | What Gets You Wet?

Recently, I’ve been thinking about all of the solo water vacations I have enjoyed over the years. Water, more than any other thing in life, calms me down.  Staring at hit.  Walking beside it. Swimming in it.  Cruising on it.  Bathing in it.  Hell,  even washing dishes by hand slows my pulse and allows me to breathe easier.  Do you feel the same way?  What type of water activities do you prefer?  


What gets YOU wet?



Solo water vacations surfing




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Labeled: Tips, Etc. · Travel
Pre-Travel Packing/Safety Tips

If there is one thing I have learned after 20+ years of solo travel, it’s how to pack more efficiently and take precautions when it comes to my travel documents, valuables and personal identity.  My “Pre-Travel Packing/Safety Tips” are listed below.  Of course, solo travelers are not the only ones who can benefit from these practices. Therefore, I recommend you share them with any family or friends with whom you may be travelling.  


  1.  Share your flight, hotel and travel itinerary with one or 2 family members or close friends.  Include hotel(s) phone numbers and e-mail addresses.

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7 Reasons to Visit Chicago Athletic Association

Chicago Athletic Association was restored last year into a wonderful hotel, dining destination and playground for the city’s visitors and residents alike.  This turn-of-the-century building from the 1890’s is an architectural treasure with a vast and wild history.  

The facade and interior are finished in a Venetian Gothic style.  The halls and walls echo the rich history of the many movers, shakers, musicians and other colorful characters who put Chicago on the map.  The bold, the bawdy and the bad-asses.


Chicago Athletic Association Stagg Court

The woodwork in this historic Stagg Court is stunning!

Chicago Athletic Association elevators

The elevator walls are made from the re-purposed wood of the tennis courts here.

Chicago Athletic Association swimming pool

The historic swimming pool lies underneath this party room.


Located directly across the street from Continue reading