Thursday, January 15, 2015

FLASH GIVEAWAY: WIN Tickets to Chicago Travel & Adventure Show 1/17 & 18th

JANUARY 17-18 

*Tickets On Sale Now; Kids 16 and Under Free 
with Adult Admission*

ChiIL out with ChiIL Mama THIS weekend at the Travel & Adventure Show in Chi, IL. We're giving away 5 adult tickets and kids 16 and under are FREE with an adult admission! 

ENTER HERE and find out where your next great adventure will be! Quick giveaway ends at midnight TONIGHT 1/15. Winners will be contacted by e-mail and announced on our blog and via social media Friday. 

Disclosure: It's our pleasure to partner up with the Travel & Adventure Show. They have given us review tickets and tickets for our readers. As always, all opinions are our own.

I've always loved to travel, and my husband has also been all over the world for business and pleasure as a location sound guy for film and TV shows. In our past 14 years as parents, we've taken a 3 generation vacation to Sweden, zip lined over a train & a chasm in Vail, bungee jumped on Mt. Hood in Portland, rocked Disney World, Sea World and Universal, and had more great food, fun, and family memories than you can believe. We've seen sled dogs in Alaska over summer solstice, and gotten old school with Old World Wisconsin. Check back with ChiIL Mama and ChiIL Travel Kids in 2015 for more top travel tips, vacation destinations, and get aways that range from international to our own home town, sweet home Chicago.

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Chicago Travel & Adventure Show announces the 2015 show programming with a roster of top chefs, dynamic dance performances and family-friendly activities including camel rides, a Segway track, vintage replica trike rides, Alaskan sled dogs and wild friends from SeaWorld Parks and Entertainment. 

Now in its 11th year, this year’s show will bring top travel experts, travel seminars, thousands of vacation options and more to the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center January 17-18. The show is the perfect place to meet with hundreds of travel experts to learn more about planning a dream vacation or a weekend road trip. 

“Traveling is about experiencing a culture with all of the senses. The array of tastes, sights and sounds at this year’s show allows visitors to journey across the globe in one weekend,” said CEO of Unicomm John Golicz“Our exhibitors, guest speakers, chefs and performers create a stimulating, inspiring atmosphere for the whole family.” 

Nothing connects a traveler more to a destination than food.  At the Taste of Travel Stage, visitors will be transported and discover the unique cultural flavors of global cuisine, and also see how Chicago area chefs transform international cuisine for the contemporary palate. Samples will be served after each demonstration. 

Featured chefs include:
Saturday, January 17 

11:45am – 12:30pm    
Krista Cheesemanof Wilderness North,  will showcase a Wilderness North Walleye Nuggets recipe

1:15pm – 2:00pm
Judson Todd Allen, of Healthy Infused Cuisine, LLC, will showcase a “Healthy Infused” Flatbread Pizza

3:00pm – 3:45pm
Dwight Evans (2013 ACF Chicago Chefs of Cuisine Chef of The Year), of Covenant Village, will showcase a Pan Seared Sea Scallop with Black Truffle and Saffron Risotto recipe

Sunday, January 18 

11:45am – 12:15pm
Karyn Calabrese, of Karyn’s Raw Bistro, Karyn’s Cooked and Karyn’s of Green will showcase a Party Quinoa Salad and Berry Delight Parfaits recipe

1:00pm – 1:30pm 
Rhonda Russell, of Taste by Chef Rhonda will showcase Louisiana Chicken Étouffée recipe

2:00pm – 2:30pm
Rebecca LaMalfa, of Trenchermen and former Bravo’s “Top Chef” contestant will showcase Sweet& Savory Crepes

3:00pm – 3:30pm
Klaus Lotter, of Hofbräuhaus Chicago will showcase Jägerschnitzel


At the Travel & Adventure Show, attendees will see culturally diverse dance and music performances representing destinations from around the world on the Global Beats Stage. Visitors will also learn a little about the artistic and cultural significance of each performance – and have the opportunity to join the dancers on stage and learn new dance steps. Performances on January 17-18 include Belly dancing, Nordic Folk Dancing, Mexican Folkloric Dancing, Bollywood and Classical Indian Dancing, Native American Dancing, Indonesian Cultural Dancing, Hawaiian Dancing, Jazz, Tap and Hip Hop Dancing, Irish Dancing and Thai Cultural Dancing

Parents can learn about the best destinations and kid-savvy travel tactics at the Chicago Travel & Adventure show through informative booths and experts on family-friendly vacations. Find unique adventures including Key West’s Sunset Key resort’s Tweencation packages, geared towards tweens and their parents, and West Virginia’s New River Gorge whitewater rafting trips, to name a few.

Spanning all 50 states and 150 countries, Road Scholar allows parents and kids to choose from 5,500 educational tours including “A Family Adventure in Magical Oxford: From the Narnia Chronicles to Harry Potter” and “Mount Rushmore, Crazy Horse and the Badlands: Expanding Horizons.” For families who want to hit the beach, Sandals & Beaches Resorts offers many exciting adventures like dolphin encounters, catamaran sailing and dune buggy off-roading. Tauck Cruises offers families exotic excursions that include South African safaris, pizza making in Italy, river rafting in Alaska, and South American snorkeling adventures.

Several popular Midwest destinations for families will be included on the show floor this year, including the French Lick Resort, a pair of historic grand hotels nestled in the Hoosier National Forest of Southern Indiana. Named America’s Best Historic Resort by Historic Hotels of America, French Lick Resort has a roster of seasonal kid’s activities including hayrides, crafts, cooking and sports. 

Another one of the Midwest’s hottest vacation spots, Ohio’s Lake Erie Shores & Islands provides a mix of historically significant sites, family-fun amusements, gorgeous scenery and outdoor recreation. Double JJ Resort in Wisconsin offers family activities galore, including horseback riding and an indoor water park. Also in Wisconsin, Wildman Adventure Resort creates trips for families ranging from rugged tent sites to decked-out lodges full of kid-friendly adventures and exciting sports such as whitewater rafting, paintball and rock climbing. 

One of our regional favorites here at ChiIL Mama is Old World Wisconsin. Visitors time travel to the late 19th century through sights and sounds of the era with hands-on educational experiences including tending to a chicken coop and riding replica tricycles, also available for a spin at the Travel & Adventure Show. 

ChiIL Mama's Adventures at 
Old World Wisconsin

While at the show, kids can get acquainted with animal friends at the SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment booth, imagine trekking through the Sahara desert while riding a camel and pet real Alaskan Husky sled dogs brought to the show by the Minnesota-based tour company White Wilderness Sled Dog Adventures

The Chicago Travel & Adventure Show takes place at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center (5555 N. River Rd, Rosemont, IL) January 17 and 18, 2015. On Saturday, January 17, the show opens at 9:30 a.m. for travel professionals, with general public hours set from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. On Sunday, January 18, the show floor opens at 11 a.m. and closes at 4 p.m. Single and two-day tickets are currently available online for a discounted rate of $11 (single-day) and $17 (two-day) with promo code: CHPR, and are also available on-site for $16/$25. Children 16 and under are admitted for free. For tickets and more information, visit

In addition to the experiential qualities of the show, attendees can discover more than 300 exhibitors from both international and domestic destinations.  Sponsors for the 2015 Chicago Travel & Adventure Show include Official Travel Agency Partner AAA Travel, Supporting Sponsors Mexico Tourism Board and SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment Group; and Contributing Sponsors HotelTonight and India Tourism.  The event’s National TV Media Sponsor is Travel Channel.

About Unicomm and the Travel & Adventure Show
Unicomm, LLC is an independent business to business communications company specializing in originating and managing world-class trade shows and conferences. Unicomm’s properties include the Nation’s largest and longest running series of travel events, the Travel & Adventure Show®, in Los Angeles, Chicago, Dallas, San Francisco/Bay Area, Washington, D.C., San Diego and new for 2015, Philadelphia. 

Disclosure: It's our pleasure to partner up with the Travel & Adventure Show. They have given us review tickets and tickets for our readers. As always, all opinions are our own.

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