Blogger, Parent Panelist
Ryan currently lives in Uptown with his wife, Pascale and 5 year old son, Leo and works in Chicago as an actor and on-air host. His parenting philosophy is something along the lines of: "Play dumb, so when the fit hits the shan, you have no accountability." He also lives by the "Gladiator code" of either thumbs up or thumbs down. When not working or parenting he spends his time reading books that have lots of pictures and lifting very heavy objects at the gym. He enjoys a good cup of coffee and cheesy 80s and 90s music. He grew up a Bears fan in a Packer household and stays out of the Cubs/Sox rivalries unless it there's a free beer in it for him. More fun stuff on Ryan can be found anytime a ryansalzwedel.com.Ryan is a member of the ChiTown Parent blog team. Read more from this blog.Read more from this blog
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Ratcheting up the Christmas spirit
December 13, 2011
Ryan Salzwedel hasn't been able to get into the Christmas spirit. But he's trying. He's REALLY trying.
The non-material things
November 20, 2011
Ryan Salzwedel has taken a different approach to being thankful since the economy tumbled.
Public images, and what our children get from them
October 25, 2011
Ryan Salzwedel is suddenly seeing images he saw before in a whole new light.
Questions About Homework
September 19, 2011
Ryan Salzwedel muses over setting up homework routines - and learning how much "help" parents should give.
Gymnastics - Ninja for boys
August 29, 2011
Ryan Salzwedel lets go of preconceived notions about boys and gymnastics.
Holy Cow! Chicago's "Purple Cow" dishes out great ice cream
July 18, 2011
My son is addicted to ice cream. And so with much fanfare and jubilation we welcomed "The Purple Cow" to our neighborhood.
A quick, healthy family dinner at Mista in Chicago
May 31, 2011
At first, the combination of recommendation from one of our "single friends," its Andersonville location, and the word “Mista” conjured up images of white tablecloths, wine glasses, and evil stares from non-breeders. But Mista is a cozy, unpretentious and affordable spot for a family dinner.
Golden Arches? Nope - Golden House, Chicago's finest pancake pit
May 23, 2011
A $20 family breakfast, free parking and all the "24-hour diner" ambience you can handle.
Raising a "Starbucks" generation in Chicago
May 9, 2011
It's a beautiful Saturday morning and Leo has just pounded down his "Horizons Organic Low-Fat Vanilla Milk" and is polishing off his three mini doughnuts when a thought occurs to me: he has never known a world without a "Starbucks" on every other corner.
Real Kitchen in Chicago's Uptown neighborhood is the real deal
May 5, 2011
The finer side of dining, packed up to-go. At least the only tablecloths your kids ruins are your own.