Andrea Guthman, Midwest TravelingMom

Andrea Guthman, Midwest TravelingMom

Andrea Guthmann is a Midwest Emmy award-winning freelance journalist. She spent many years as a writer and producer for WTTW-TV, the PBS station in Chicago. Her travel stories have been published in the Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times, Chicago Parent, Daily Herald, Cruise Critic, Family Vacation Critic, Midwest Living and more. A native Floridian, Andrea's now a big (windy) city mom of 3. She loves sailing Lake Michigan and visiting the world class museums and restaurants in her sweet home Chicago. Being a scenery starved city girl, she loves escaping to the outdoors during vacations and is working hard to raise 3 happy campers!


Plan the Perfect Chicago Weekend Shopping Trip

The stretch of Chicago’s Michigan Avenue north of the Chicago River is nicknamed the Magnificent Mile, or the Mag Mile to locals. Known as a shopping mecca, it’s the Rodeo Drive of the Midwest. Attention shoppers— although there are plenty of pricey options… your Burberry and Bulgari, Coach and Cartier… there are also affordable alternatives in store. Places where you can find the perfect dress or souvenir without busting the bank. Here’s what you need to know to plan a perfect shopping weekend in Chicago. For many Midwesterners, a girls shopping weekend in Chicago is an annual tradition. But it’s...

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Cruising to Cuba Aboard Norwegian Sky

Since President Obama lifted the ban on travel to Cuba, the forbidden fruit of the Caribbean is now within reach for American tourists. If Havana’s high on your bucket list, a cruise may be an easy and economical way to get there. Ships of all sizes are setting course for Cuba, including Norwegian Cruise Line, which started sailing to Havana in May of 2017. Whether you’re wondering about a family cruise to Cuba or are already on board with the idea, here are tips to ensure smooth sailing for your whole crew. Despite new travel restrictions imposed by President Trump...

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See the Best of Kid-Friendly Chicago in Just 3 Days

Known as the birthplace of the skyscraper, Chicago is home to award-winning restaurants, top sports teams, and prized cultural treasures. Called “the Windy City” both for its blustery weather and long-winded politicians, the third largest city in the U.S. has plenty to offer kids and families. See the best of the city in this 3-day itinerary for Chicago created by our Midwest TravelingMom, who calls Chicago home. Disclosure: This post may contain affiliate links. If you click through and buy, TravelingMom will get a commission. Thanks for helping support TravelingMom. What You’ll See on a 3 Day Itinerary for Chicago...

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5 Days in Finland- Best Things to Do with Kids

  Often overlooked by American tourists, Finland offers a myriad of unforgettable experiences. There are plenty of things to do in Finland with kids, as well. Hike Koli National Park and you’ll see Russia off in the distance. Visit a reindeer park, overnight in a lakefront cabin on one of the thousands of islands or partake in a traditional afternoon at a  sauna. Summer is the best time to visit Finland, as it never gets dark. NEVER. A sunset-like glow fills the sky around midnight. Dusk hangs around for a couple hours, then around 3 a.m. the bright sun arrives...

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Five Reasons to Stay in an Airport Hotel

Airport hotels have traditionally been a lodging of last resort, your only choice after a flight cancellation. But times have changed. These days, plenty of the USA’s biggest airports have modern, clean, welcoming hotels. Their convenience not only makes flying easier, but they can be a lot of fun for the kiddos. (Imagine planes landing and taking off overhead while you’re swimming in the pool!) Here are our Midwest TravelingMom’s flying tips on why you might want to stay at an airport hotel. My family recently spent a night in the Hyatt Regency Orlando International Airport. It was our first...

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6 Reasons Why Cirque du Soleil is Family Friendly

  Mesmerizing mime, astonishing acrobats, over-the-top costumes and state-of-the-art technology combine in thrilling performances by Montreal’s reknowned Cirque du Soleil. Don’t expect elephants and dancing bears. The closing of Ringling Brothers Circus has brought an end to that traveling band of big name circus performers. No, this isn’t your classic circus. Rather, it’s what our TravelingMom likes to call cirque nouveau. Here are 6 reasons why Cirque du Soleil is magnifique and family-friendly! Cirque du Soleil’s productions are vibrant, surreal, family-friendly spectacles. We recently saw the French Canadian troupe perform “Luzia- A Waking Dream of Mexico,” where they head south of...

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Nature Meets Luxury at Kid-Friendly Tenaya Lodge Near Yosemite

Travelers go to Yosemite to experience nature, the towering waterfalls and granite cliffs immortlized by Ansel Adams’ black and white photographs. Longing to experience Yosemite’s wild places, but still want those creature comforts like high thread count sheets and clean bathrooms? Tenaya Lodge is one of the best Yosemite family hotel options. Near Yosemite’s south gate entrance, it’s that perfect combination of luxury and serenity, with a whole list of fun activities for the kids!   Being a scenery starved Chicagoan, I love answering the call of the wild on my vacations. However, roughing it isn’t my idea of...

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Avoid the Crowds at Yosemite Lodging at Rush Creek Lodge

Is a visit to Yosemite National Park at the top of your travel bucket list? If so, you wouldn’t be alone. More than five million people visited Yosemite in 2016! Even campsites and lodges, which have to be booked months in advance, can have serious crowds. Yosemite lodging outside the park is one way to manage the masses. The park’s newest lodging in more than 25 years, Rush Creek Lodge, is a wonderful new option for families who want to escape the crowds. Here are a few more ways to avoid the crowds in Yosemite. Avoid the Crowds at...

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Roller Coaster Rides and More at Six Flags Great America

Six Flags Great America, in the town of Gurnee, straddling the Illinois-Wisconsin border, has long been a favorite summer stop for Midwesterners. It has rides for all ages and types of thrillseekers— from tame to terrifying roller coaster rides.  Come along for the ride, as Traveling Mom highlights some of the best thrills and rides Six Flags Great America, an hour north of Chicago and south of Milwaukee. Kiddie rides, check! Entry level roller coaster rides, check! 15 roller coasters, including those with the latest technology, check! And of course, there’s the beloved record-breaking, heart-stopping American Eagle, once the...

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A Tennis Vacation at The Breakers Palm Beach. Well Played!

Imagine the offspring of a tennis court and a yacht. That’s the vibe you get at The Breakers, the grande dame of Palm Beach resorts. Built by Standard Oil tycoon Henry Flagler in 1926, it’s stilled owned by his family. Listed on the National Registry of Historic Places, this sprawling Palm Beach, Florida, resort feels like a tribute to the jazz age. And don’t forget you’re only three miles from the winter White House, Mar-A-Lago. Yes, this is one of the wealthiest communities in the country, and everywhere you turn you’re reminded of it. There are the Rolls Royces...

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