Get out of the city and under the ginkgo, Frommer's says

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Under the Ginkgo Tree Bed and Breakfast, 300 N. Kenilworth Ave., was the only suburban bed and breakfast recommended by a recent Frommer's Budget Travel magazine. In an article entitled "Secret Hotels," the magazine advises visitors to Chicago to "get the heck out of the business district" and try the Oak Park hotel. "The Frommer's recommendation is really an honor since we're celebrating our 15th year as a bed and breakfast in Oak Park," said proprieter Gloria Onischuk. Under the Ginkgo Tree, also known as the William J. MacDonald House, is a Queen Anne Victorian built in 1890.

Fyfe carries on Carrie's Crusade

Oak Park resident Jodi Fyfe, president of Blue Plate, a catering and events company, is the corporate chairman of this year's Y-ME RACE Against Breast Cancer, which will take place on Mother's Day, May 8. Fyfe is kicking off fundraising with "Tickled Pink," a night of food, drink and dance at Kaleidoscope, 800 W. Superior St. in Chicago on Friday, Feb. 18 from 7 p.m. to midnight. Entertainment will include The Hat Guys and D.J. Jason Adams. Tickets are $60 in advance and $75 at the door, with proceeds benefiting the 2005 Y-ME RACE and Carrie's Crusade, named in memory of Carrie Kennedy, Fyfe's cousin who lost her battle with breast cancer last year. For more information call (312)421-6666, e-mail carriescrusade@blueplatechicago.com or see www.blueplatechicago.com.

Guilt-free mothering

Debra Gilbert Rosenberg has published her second book, Motherhood Without Guilt. She's a licensed clinical social worker with Community Care Options in Western Springs, and also conducts new mom groups in River Forest and teaches sociology classes at Dominican University. Rosenberg wrote the book, a follow-up to The New Mom's Companion, because "I realized the great need for a resource for conflicted moms to ease the guilt we all feel about so many aspects of parenting, stay-at-home or working. What I want mothers (and fathers) to know is that good parents sometimes have kids who get off track, and if they do, their behavior can be changed," she writes. Rosenberg lives in Oak Park with her husband and three children.

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