Articles written by: Alan Shannon

Alan Shannon has written for a variety of publications, including Chicago Tribune and Sun-Times publications, Chicago’s Windy City Times, Viva, AAA Living, and several others. He prefers to write about food and travel, but for the the right price will write about anything. His favorite meal – other than his last one – was dinner with his husband and family at the tiny and traditional Corte Sconta in Venice.

Villas on Italy's Amalfi Coast are renowned for their views. Photo by Alan J. Shannon.
Culture / Travel

It Takes A Villa

For many of us, summertime brings thoughts of vacation: a week at a lake house, a quick trip to a big city, or for the truly fortunate, a visit to Europe. And for those entertaining thoughts of a summer trip to Europe, ditch the thought of hotels and rent a […]

This Father’s Day
Family / Family-building

This Father’s Day

In many ways, my dad was – and still is – a Renaissance man. But in some very glaring ways, he’s not.

When Wanderlust Wanes
Culture / Travel

When Wanderlust Wanes

I came by my love of wanderlust innocently enough. One of my earliest memories involved Sunday drives into farm country, my parents explaining that we were driving toward the place where the sun set. I imagined a giant metal trivet upon which the sun rested. But I digress. What began […]

PHOTO CREDIT: ALAN SHANNON
Culture / Food

The stuff we put in our mouths (or why I’m a foodie)

Alan Shannon has written for a variety of publications, including Chicago Tribune and Sun-Times publications, Chicago’s Windy City Times, Viva, AAA Living, and several others. He prefers to write about food and travel, but for the the right price will write about anything. His favorite meal – other than his […]

Valentine’s Day: From Awkward to Fabulous
Life / Sex & relationships

Valentine’s Day: From Awkward to Fabulous

Alan Shannon has written for a variety of publications, including Chicago Tribune and Sun-Times publications, Chicago’s Windy City Times, Viva, AAA Living, and several others. He prefers to write about food and travel, but for the the right price will write about anything. His favorite meal – other than his […]

Family / Family-building

Bi-weekly question: Advice to my old self

Thank you to everyone who responded to the last questions.  Since, again, this is a great place to learn from one another, this post’s question is: If you could go back in time, what would you tell yourself (and/or your partner) upon starting your journey to have a child?  Please […]

Culture / Life / Portraits

Why It Makes Me Happy to be Out

Yesterday, I had an appointment at the Reproductive Endocrinologist’s office, to see how my progesterone level is here in my “two week wait.” (Answer: Fair, here are some pills.) The receptionist/billing specialist is a charming 50-something, and we generally get chatty while I’m checking in or out. This morning, our […]

(Late) Picture of the Week, 10/27
Portraits

(Late) Picture of the Week, 10/27

How can you not love these expressions?

Picture of the Week, 10/18/2007
Community / News from the community

Picture of the Week, 10/18/2007

Doesn’t this picture make you miss summer? And want to take a beach vacation right now? We’re in drought hell, but it’s gray and foggy here, and I seriously wish I were whereever the Round family was:    

Picture of the Week, October 11
Portraits

Picture of the Week, October 11

Happy National Coming Out Day! I love the energy and exuberance of this image.