Cindy Richards

Contributor

Cindy Richards is the mom of two who gets her muse from traveling the world, usually with one or both of her kids in tow. In addition to writing the Suitcase Packin' Mama blog and travel stories for Chicago Parent, she writes the TravelingMomwithTeens blog at TravelingMom.com, where she also serves as editor. She is a long-time journalist who has worked as a reporter, editor and/or columnist at the Chicago Sun-Times and the Chicago Tribune, as well as serving as an editor at Chicago Parent. She teaches in the graduate school at Northwestern University's elite Medill School of Journalism, has won many awards for her writing and been nominated for a Pulitzer Prize.

Past articles

Chicago families can see Chinese warriors and endangered apes in Indianapolis

Just a short trip from Chicago is the amazing new International Orangutan Center and ancient terra cotta warriors from China. Read...

 

Guide to an affordable family vacation in Appleton

This Wisconsin city is perfect for a weekend away from Chicago. Read...

 

Three short road trip ideas for Chicago families

Whether your family wants to commune with nature, take a thrill ride or discover a new city, there are plenty of options within a half-day's drive of Chicago. Read...

 

Family ski deals make a winter trip affordable

Taking a family to the slopes can be a pricey endeavor. Check out these deals at ski resorts across the country. Read...

 

Tweens ski for free in Idaho

Kids ski for free at most of the state's ski areas, making a winter trip more affordable for families. Read...

 

Northern Michigan is full of winter fun for families

Families will find plenty to do during a winter trip to Michigan. Read...

 

Wisconsin: short drive, good skiing for families

Our neighbor to the north boasts 30 downhill ski and snowboard areas. There's sure to be at least one that fits your family's skills and needs. Read...

 

Happy Travel Tuesday

If you're planning to travel any time soon, today is the day to book your flight.  Read...

 

Win a 4-Night Stay at a Family-Friendly Residence Inn

Enter to win a 4-night stay at a Residence Inn by helping Chicago visitors feel more like a local. Read...

 
 







 
 
 
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