30

Jul

Best of LL World Tour: Travel Videos

by Emma Holliday

I’ve been writing, directing, and producing television shows and segments for basically two decades. Yikes! It’s funny because nowadays, anyone with nearly any i-device or camera can shoot their own videos. They may not know what they are doing, but You Tube doesn’t care! They say that ‘video’ is the newest, greatest “thing” on the internet and yet of course that […]

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22

Jul

Chicago Eats: Outdoor Neighborhood Gems

by Lisa

It’s summer in Chicago and one of my favorite places to be in summertime. Everyone’s out biking, walking, soaking up the sunny days and of course eating and drinking at all the great sidewalk cafes, back patios, and wonderful rooftop bars. I covered my favorite Chicago outdoor dining spaces a couple years ago, but there are so many and new […]

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18

Jul

My Name is Lisa: I Am a Professional Writer and Photographer

by Lisa

…and blogger, and speaker, and consultant, and travel expert, and event host/organizer, and award-winning TV producer. And that doesn’t even begin to define me as beyond my ‘work’ I am also a foodie, a friend, a connector, a bike rider, an animal-lover, a pet sitter, a landlord, an airbnb host, a volunteer cat foster, a city girl, a traveler, and […]

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15

Jul

I Am an American

by Lisa

Born in the USA There are a lot of websites out there and within that, there are a lot of travel blogs. It’s become a bit insular and a circle I know way too much about; so much that I rarely even read other travel blogs anymore (right now, when I have time, I like reading food stories or looking […]

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9

Jul

Video: Indy Car Ride on the Streets of Chicago

by Lisa

Vroom Vroom I opened one of about 81 emails from that day. “Are you in town this Friday?” wrote my friend Morgan from Visit Indy. “I am coming up to Chicago in a street-legal Indy car. Want us to pick you up and take you for a spin around the city streets? Have anywhere you need to be and would like to […]

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2

Jul

My Midwest: Indy’s Alexander Hotel in Photos

by Lisa

  I’ve stayed in so many forgettable hotels during my travels. The ugly bedspreads, familiar bed-bed-nightstand-desk-TV layout, the folding luggage rack, and breakfast menu on the bed – they all seem the same. But then there are a few standouts, a few contemporary gems that I just fall in love with – Indianapolis’s Alexander is one of these. From the […]

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24

Jun

My Midwest: Summertime in Indy

by Lisa

A version of this piece appeared in the Sunday Travel Section of the Chicago Tribune. “This is not the city I grew up in,” says Alyssa Starr Newerth, the Director of Advancement at Indy Reads, a locally owned bookshop. “So much has changed. People love this city so much now, you can feel it.” Visit Indianapolis There is a movement […]

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18

Jun

Sharing My City: Bloghouse Chicago

by Lisa

Sharing My City at #Bloghouse Chicago For those that know me or are regular readers, you know how much I love my adopted city of Chicago. So much so that I consider myself an unofficial ambassador to the Windy City, singing its praises during my travels to all those I meet. Honestly. I told so many about this city…I think […]

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4

Jun

Video Interview: Jessica Watson

by Lisa

Scroll down for video interview. I’ve often mentioned the joys of using sites like Couchsurfing and Airbnb.com on this blog. I started using Airbnb as a host about three years ago. And since then I’ve hosted numerous, interesting people who stayed with me while I was home and also sublet my entire apartment while I traveled. I also used it a […]

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28

May

Guest Post: My Midwest: New Buffalo, Michigan — A Homecoming

by Lisa

This is a guest post by my friend and former colleague at ABC7, Karla Oselka Walsworth of expatmama.wordpress.com. Homecoming: New Buffalo Everyone is from somewhere.  But like myself, who’s lived in nine different cities on two continents since becoming an adult, I’m not sure many folks even identify with the idea of a hometown anymore.   When you’ve spent more years away than you […]

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