Monday, May 16, 2011

What Is #gmchiCARgo, Anyway???

The #gmchiCARgo hashtag is being used for the book launch of Melisa Wells' new Chicago travel guide, Chicken in the Car and the Car Won't Go: Nearly 200 Ways to Enjoy Chicagoland with Tweens and Teens.

THE BOOK: Newly released this month by Little Creek Books, Chicken In The Car And The Car Won't Go: Nearly 200 Ways To Enjoy Chicagoland With Tweens And Teens is the most comprehensive guide to Fun (with a capital F) in Chicago and its suburbs on the market today. Written as much for locals who want to explore the hidden jewels of their home area as for tourists who are making their first visit, this book is an invaluable tool for families with older children. (Most of the attractions in the book are totally great for younger kids...and adults, too!)

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 worthwhile. Small enough to carry along on any family adventure, the best part is that the research is done, leaving the reader more time for family Fun!

Signed copies of the book can be ordered at

THE CHARITY: The launch will benefit the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Chicagoland and Northwestern Indiana, which gives families a "home away from home" when their children are receiving treatment in a hospital. These folks do great work. Please check out their website here, and if you don't live in the Chicago area, click here to find out if there is a Ronald McDonald House near you.

THE SPONSORS: General Motors (most notably Chevrolet and the Cruze) is the major sponsor of the launch. Other sponsors include:

The Bristol Renaissance Faire
The John Hancock Observatory
Eli's Cheesecake
Chicago Elevated
KeyLime Cove
Garrett Popcorn Shops
Blue Man Group
Windy City Rollers
ComedySportz Chicago
Skydeck Chicago
Kayak Chicago