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National Park Unit in Chicago Progressing

Jul 27, 2016
In February 2015 , President Barack Obama proclaimed Pullman National Monument in Chicago the 406th unit of the National Park Service.

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Touring the Vatican with kids – hidden gems to explore


Sistine Chapel after hours
Welcome to The Vatican, the world’s smallest sovereign state, established in 1929. It’s the modern version of the papal fiefdom that ruled Rome and much of central Italy before Italy was unified in the mid-19th century more
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Saving on a family summer beach vacation


Swashbuckler Academy, Fairmont Princess
A trip to the beach is a perfect summer getaway — and a bargain too. As long as you opt for a destination that’s off-season in summer — like the Caribbean or Arizona — you can have your pick of deals. more
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10 water-safety tips that can save a child’s life this summer


Assign a “water watcher,” an adult who will keep her eyes on the water — no texting, drinking or reading
Who’s watching the kids in the pool? Someone should have eyes on them at all times — even if they know how to swim. According to new research more than 40 percent of children (5 to 17) who drowned in pools knew how to swim. more
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Celebrating July 4 with the kids


Head to Mount Vernon, Va., George Washington’s home for the annual American Celebration
There are plenty of ways to celebrate, starting with your local parade. When my kids were small and we lived in Evanston, Illinois, that parade was a highlight of the summer more
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Aboard Carnival’s newest ship, the Vista


Carnival Vista
What’s first the new, super-fast waterslide, IMAX movie or SkyRide attraction? If you pick SkyRide, you get bragging rights for being among the first to ride a bike on an 800-foot track suspended 150 feet above the oceanWelcome aboard Carnival’s newest, biggest ship VISTA, with nearly 5,000 guests and 1,450 crew members. more
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Ten Father’s Day gifts for the traveling dad


Hilton Waikoloa Village
No matter how memorable, travel can be stressful for Dads. This Father’s Day make sure to give the significant men in your life a big hug and a sincere “thank you” for all the wonderful adventures and memories. more
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Traveling abroad in an age of terrorism


London's Tower Bridge
I didn’t meet anyone onboard during our trip who was nervous about traveling with their kids in Europe this summer, even though we were in Crete, less than 200 miles from where the Egyptair plane went down more
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Taking the Kids — to the new, enhanced Disney Springs in Orlando


World of Disney, Disney Springs
Book a $125 vintage Amphicar ride for the gang at the new Boathouse Restaurant at the newly imagined Disney Springs, which used to be Downtown Disney before its multi-year transformation. more
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Learning about our presidents from visiting their homes


Teddy Roosevelt's Sagamore Hill home on Long Island
All around us on a recent sunny Sunday, families were picnicking outdoors, gaping at all of the wild game heads inside and walking on the nature trail at Teddy Roosevelt's Sagamore Hill home. more
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Taking the Kids on a once in a lifetime adventure


Guests pose for a family portrait in front of King Penguins, South Georgia Island
Millennial families, according to the new 2016 MMGY Portrait of American Travelers, are more likely than millennial couples or singles, to travel internationally more
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