Out and About with Compass: St. Patrick's Day Lunch Cruise

Posted by Emma Johnson on 3/2/17 9:30 AM

A Chicago river cruise is a great way to see the city for visitors and natives alike! But if you’re looking for an extra special experience, plan a trip on the green-dyed river during the St. Patrick’s Day festivities on the Shoreline Sightseeing St. Patrick’s Day Lunch Cruise! You'll get up close and personal to the famous green water, and have a great time learning more about our city in a fun and festive environment.

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Housing Market Trends: Why Millions of Americans Are Opting for Multigenerational Households

Posted by Laine Smith on 3/1/17 10:00 AM

The jolt of the recession affected the housing market in many ways, but a 2016 study says that one of those effects may become a longer-term housing market trend. In the economic downturn, adults lost their homes and adult children “boomeranged” home after college, and for some, living with multiple generations under one roof became commonplace. But as the economy has rebounded, multigenerational homes have become even more popular, stimulating a brand new market that is much more than a guest bedroom for in-laws over the holidays.


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Out and About with Compass: Chicagoland Escape Rooms

Posted by Emma Johnson on 2/28/17 9:30 AM

There’s a new trend making everything from kids’ birthday parties and date nights, to corporate team events more exciting and suspenseful…an escape room! An escape room is a physical adventure game where you and other participants are locked in a room and use clues and props within the space to solve a puzzle within a set time limit. In order to be successful you need strong time management, teamwork, and persistence! Even if you don’t make it in time, you’ll still have a blast, and you’ll have stories to share during dinner afterwards! Check out any of the escape rooms below, located all over Chicagoland, for an energizing activity that’s out of the ordinary and unique! Gather up a group, and good luck!

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Out and About with Compass: Iowa Edition: Field of Dreams

Posted by Emma Johnson on 2/23/17 10:00 AM

Springtime brings a lot of wonderful things we’ve missed over the long winter. Flowers, fresh air, sunshine, and of course, baseball! That’s why a trip to The Field of Dreams baseball field, from the film favorite 1989 best picture winner is the perfect way to spend the day this spring or summer!

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Out and About with Compass: TILT!

Posted by Emma Johnson on 2/23/17 9:30 AM

There are lots of ways to see the city of Chicago! From a river cruise through the heart of downtown, to walking food tours through the neighborhoods, Chicago is amazing no matter how you view it. But if you’re a thrill seeker, looking for a one-of-a-kind vantage point, check out The TILT Experience, at the top of the Hancock building, for a spectacular and heart-pounding view!

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Out and About with Compass: Iowa Edition: Pappajohn Sculpture Park

Posted by Emma Johnson on 2/21/17 10:00 AM

We've been experiencing an unseasonably warm month, which offers the perfect opportunity to enjoy some outdoor fun!  The next time you're looking for a way to enjoy being outside, check out the Pappajohn Sculpture Park in Des Moines!

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Out and About with Compass: Pottawatomie Park

Posted by Emma Johnson on 2/21/17 9:30 AM

We've been lucky enought to get a break from those harsh winter temperatures that are typically around this time of year.  As you plan for ways to enjoy the unseasonably warm weather begin to brainstorm springtime activities, remember Pottawatomie Park, located in downtown St. Charles!   The park has so much to offer--it’s fun for the entire family!

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Out and About with Compass: Iowa Edition: American Gothic House Center

Posted by Emma Johnson on 2/16/17 10:00 AM

You don’t need a degree in art to know and instantly recognize the famous painting, American Gothic, currently displayed at the Art Institute of Chicago, which portrays a farming couple in front of a white farmhouse. The artist, Grant Wood, painted it in 1930, and his inspiration came from what is now known as thein Eldon, Iowa. Wood drew his inspiration for the characters in the portrait from his sister and his dentist, and he said he sought to paint the house along with "the kind of people I fancied should live in it.

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Out and About with Compass: Wildwood Nature Center

Posted by Emma Johnson on 2/16/17 9:30 AM

Even though the calendar tells us we're still in the heart of winter, mother nature tells us something different! We've been spoiled with some fantastic weather lately!  If you'd like to take advantage of the mild temperatures before things return to normal, head on over to Wildwood Nature Center, in Park Ridge, for some outdoor fun that you've been craving after being cooped up indoors for so long. 

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Out and About with Compass: Iowa Edition: DIY Art Studios

Posted by Emma Johnson on 2/14/17 10:00 AM

Valentine's Day often brings with it a pressure to plan a stellar date.  If you’re still looking for inspiration for tonight, look no further! We’ve got you covered! There is something special about being creative alongside your date, and when you can combine an imaginative activity with music and wine, it becomes super fun and romantic!

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