REVIEW: ‘Clue: The Musical’ – Are You Game?

Have you ever loved a story so much you wished you could be inside of it, interacting with the characters? What about a board game? Avon Players gives you the chance to have that experience firsthand by letting you be part of the action with their latest production, Clue: The Musical. All your favorite characters have assembled for a murderous good time in this live adaptation of the beloved Parker Brothers board game. You may have noticed from the title that the play is a musical. I must … [Read more...]

Hostelling for the Not-So-Young

Maybe your friend is in Australia right now? Perhaps your daughter is backpacking Europe this summer before she starts college? Or, maybe your parents are driving the western states coastline? Chances are, hostels may be one their accommodation choices and it doesn't matter what their age is ... Hostelling for the Not-So-Young (part one) Running around the world with a backpack, jumping on trains and buses, and sleeping in hostels may seem like an adventure for college students on summer … [Read more...]

Frank Lloyd Wright and His Little Gem

My Little Gem Frank Lloyd Wright signed the contract in July of 1949 to build his only structure designed for a person with a disability. Completed three years later, Kenneth and Phyllis Laurent moved into the single-story, Rockford home, decades before the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 was on the books. Kenneth, paralyzed from the waist down, and his wife Phyllis, reached out to Wright after his tour of duty in the U.S. Navy put him in a wheelchair for life. “To give you an idea … [Read more...]

The Budget Way to Travel to Warm and Friendly Chicago

Good customer service and friendly people are around every corner of the Windy City. Chicago is a busy town with lots of people – whether it is a cab driver, a front desk person, or a restaurant server – everyone is packed full of smiles and helpful attitudes.  Stay at the International Hostel One of the warmest and welcoming places in Chicago is the HI hostel. It is located in “The Loop” on Congress Parkway at Wabash Avenue and is within easy walking distance to many attractions. Per … [Read more...]