Thanks to blogging, I had the pleasure of traveling to Chicago many times and it was during BlogHer '09 when I got the chance to meet one of my dearest friends, IRL.
Travel Guide author and Suburban Scrawl blogger, Melisa Wells.
I accompanied Melisa on a walking tour of Chicago and, while taking in the awesomeness of "the bean" and Millenium Park, she played a large part in helping me raise $5,000 for our local Ronald McDonald House here, in Jersey!
Because, it's how Melisa rolls.
It was also during this time when Melisa told me about a little book she's writing specifically for families traveling with teens and tweens:
ABOUT CHICKEN IN THE CAR AND THE CAR WON'T GO: Within the pages is information on how to get around Chicagoland, the history of Chicago and, of course, the places themselves. Detailed summaries of attractions -- museums, tours, shops, restaurants, parks and more -- include hours, admission, contact information, and special tips that will make outings even more worth while.
I received my copy, yesterday (thank you, Melisa) and, well, my youngest daughter showed my oldest daughter, who showed it to my middle girl and, well, I haven't seen it since.
That's okay, I personally know that Melisa's newest book (she also penned Remembering Ruby: For Families Living Beyond the Loss of a Pet) is totally worth the wait!
Besides my son has dibs on it next.
MY TAKE: The name alone makes Chicken in the Car and the Car Won't Go: Nearly 200 Ways to Enjoy Chicagoland with Tweens and Teens worth a second look (you can visit ChickenInTheCar.com to learn more about the book) but, it's Melisa's writing, in her typical friendly and totally conversational tone, that makes this particular Chicago Travel Guide so awesome...just like her.
BONUS: Melisa created a series of really cute videos for the book launch on May 24th (whoot!) feel free to visit Cruzing Chicagoland to check them out!
FINAL VERDICT: 6 years in the making, Chicken in the Car and the Car Won't Go is truly a work of heart and I am so, so very proud of my friend, Melisa!
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Disclosure: I received a signed copy of this book as a gift from my dear friend and author, Melisa Wells. However, I chose to write this review, so I could share the awesomeness of Chicken in the Car and the Car Won't Go, with online friends, too. Contains affiliated links, however, no payment was received for this blog post.