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Amy Bizzarri wears many hats: teacher, writer, and most importantly, a mother to two beautiful children, ages 3 and 11. She and her family live on the Near North Side of Chicago and enjoy exploring our city together. Amy also blogs at tiramisumom.com.Amy is a member of the ChiTown Parent blog team. Read more from this blog.Read more from this blog
Biking the city with kids in tow
August 17, 2011
With a chorus of "You're crazy" and "Too dangerous" when I talk about biking in Chicago with kids, I put it biking on hold. What a mistake that was. Biking lets you and the kids see Chicago in a whole new way.
A teacher's perspective on back-to-school season
July 21, 2011
At the end of every summer, steeped in everything us moms do to manage our families, I wonder, with much anxiety: How am I going to do all this and work 40 plus hours per week?
Chicago mom takes on potty training...in Italy
July 14, 2011
Italian in-laws to the rescue.
My Chicago Family Bucket List
June 27, 2011
We're making a Chicago family bucket list, i.e. a list of all the things we want to do with our kids before they fly the coop.
Disney World on the cheap for Chicago families
June 15, 2011
The happiest place on earth comes with a price, but plan ahead and you’ll save a few dollars.
Holstein Park: Our "country club" in Chicago
June 3, 2011
Every June, you'll find our family excitedly counting down the days until our "country club" opens.
How safe are Chicago's streets really?
May 24, 2011
My son just got a new shiny bike. Am I crazy for letting him ride it around the block alone?
The end of an era: Themed birthday parties
April 25, 2011
I guess the days of Thomas the Tank Engine and LEGO parties have to end someday. I just thought I had a little more time.
The proposed pawn shop on the corner - and why I'm saying no
April 13, 2011
I see a lot of potential in my little stretch of Chicago, and no, thank you very much, I do not want a pawn shop on the corner.
Kids haircuts at Joe's Barbershop in Chicago
April 11, 2011
They don't give away doo-dads, they don't do vibrating massages, they don't wear cute uniforms, but they do give a boy a darn good haircut.