Lincoln Park Zoo Lights Festival – 2001 N Clark St., Chicago, IL , (312) 742-2000, http://www/lpzoo.org
Q-tips say: Go and see it. Great time with the Grandson, Daughter, Son-in-law. Opens at 4:00 till closing. Also make sure you visit the enclosed, heated arboretum/conservatory. They have a train display that the little/and big kids will love. Parking is free on the street but if you can’t find a spot then go to the zoo parking lot, but it is not free.
12/21/22 – 5951 N Broadway St Chicago – (773) 561-5577 – indiecafe.us
Indie has indoor/outdoor seating. BYOB with corkage fee for Beer & Wine only. No BYOB outside. The rest of the family had water.
This visit was a take out & we ate at home on our enclosed balcony. Mrs. Q enjoyed eating at home.
We shared & always enjoy one of the best Crab Rangoon around.
Mrs. Q ordered the BIBI SUSHI – 7 pcs. of Nigiri and one California Maki rol – no sesames please. Miso Soup & a Bulleit Whiskey Old Fashion – I made at home.
The other half had: OMAKASE – 9 pcs of Sashimi, a few pieces of Unagi & Miso Soup. Our own Saki.
The kids each had their own selections – everyone enjoyed their meals.
A Women Owned Restaurant – Executive Chef Iggy Waranon and Co-Owner Gui Prasartkul came to Chicago in 1998 to study the arts of photography(Governor State University) and film making(the School of the Art Institute of Chicago).
MUSEUM OF SCIENCE AND INDUSTRY – 5700 S Lake Shore Dr., Chicago, IL 60637, (773) 684-1414, msichicago.org
Q-TIPS SAY: LOVED IT AS A KID, NOW AS AN ADULT & so does our grown daughter, grandson & son in law. So much to see, so little time. The holiday decorations were out and trees decorated each with ornaments from their own countries – Poland, Tialand, Germany, Australia, etc. Also, it snows inside on the half hour & hour in a designated area. To save some money they offer Chicago residents free days – need to show an ID. No Free Days in summer, that I know of, and take public transportation to save some $$. There is free parking on some of the side streets – could be hard to find but we found one, had to walk 2 blocks to the Museum. This Museum is very good for kids, and adults. Planes, Trains, Submarine, Coal Mine, Body Parts section, Science Storms exhibit, Baby Chicks, Space Exhibit, & Special Exhibits – the tickets sell out fast for the Special Exhibits, which cost extra, so get your tickets early. Mrs. Q suggests: Go on the internet and see the map of the Museum before you go and decide what you really want to see before you go.
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11/13/22 – A cynical journalist must get from Washington, D.C., to Los Angeles in time for Christmas, and his only option is to take the train.
Q-tips say: We did enjoy this movie. The Christmas Train is filled with memorable characters who have packed their bags with as much wisdom as mischief … and shows how we do get second chances to fulfill our deepest hopes and dreams, especially during this season of miracles.
11/09/22 – Four sisters reunite for Christmas in a Yorkshire Mansion. Misunderstandings lead to the unearthing of the long-buried secret that tore their family apart many years ago.
Q-tips say: We did like it even though the critics did not.
As the saying goes: you can pick your friends but not your family. Yes, there are some silly parts but anyone who has siblings can relate to some of the characters in this movie.
Caroline Christmas works hard to prepare the perfect Christmas for her extended family. But, as her mother, Elizabeth, and three sisters arrive at her country home, it’s clear that their different personalities are causing more of an explosive spark than a festive sparkle. When her estranged father, James , arrives unexpectedly with his younger girlfriend, family Christmas starts to look very different to the one she had planned.
Mrs. Q says: I enjoyed when they all went to the pub & had a good time.
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11/8/22 – Jules Claus has embraced Christmas again and is getting ready for the busiest time of the year together with grandpa Noël. Everything seems to go according to plan, until Jules receives a very special letter with an intriguing question.
Q-tips say: YES, see it. A simple Christmas story, The Claus Family 2 does the job. A tad slow and but the messages are overall sweet and festive.
Mrs. Q says: A spoiler alert – Jules learns the importance of always trying, even when the odds are against you. I do appreciate that the writers didn’t go down the easy road and have the divorced parents get back together, but instead learn to be a family in two homes.
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An ordinary young boy called Nikolas sets out on an extraordinary adventure into the snowy north in search of his father who is on a quest to discover the fabled village of the elves, Elfhelm. Taking with him a headstrong reindeer called Blitzen and a loyal pet mouse, Nikolas soon meets his destiny in this magical, comic and endearing story that proves nothing is impossible.
Q-tips say: With this year’s holiday season just beginning, A Boy Called Christmas is a wonderful way to get begin the festivities.
It is warm, entertaining and unpretentious. If you are looking for some Christmas magic this season, this might do the trick.
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