That's the way to spell Chicago.
A knife and a fork! A bottle and a cork!
That's the way to spell New York!"
This is the whimsical verse that brought about a brand new Chicago area travel guide filled with adventures you can enjoy with your teens and tweens, written by my very talented bloggy friend Melisa Wells.
Tuesday, we very appropriately celebrated the 'launch' of this book with a cruise on the Chicago River. Although it was slightly chilly, the skies were clear and the rain held off as Melisa's friends and family were treated to an evening filled with the warmth of conversation and delicious food and beverages.
The book was six years in the making as Melisa and her husband explored Chicago, making wonderful memories with their two sons. Inside the covers you'll find many hidden gems that will delight locals and visitors alike.
TOF and TC are nowhere near the tween or teen stage and yet I've already folded over several pages that I know we'll enjoy together.
I'd like to thank Melisa for extending the invitation and for being a lovely hostess. You're book has given me the inspiration to show my grandsons more of the beautiful city that I grew up in. I'm going to be very busy making forever memories with them.
Thank you also to her very generous sponsors, including GM, Bristol Renaissance Faire, Eli's Cheesecake, Garrett Popcorn Shops, Pizzeria Uno, Key Lime Water Resort, threadles, Blue Man Group, John Hancock Observatory and Chicago Elevated for their support in making Chicken in the Car and the Car Won't Go a reality as well as creating a memorable evening for all of us.
Disclaimer: I was invited to the book launch and given a copy of Melisa's book as well as other goodies from her sponsors. There was no exchange of money and the opinions are strictly my own.