60 Awesome Playgrounds in the Chicago Area (2024)
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60 Awesome Playgrounds in the Chicago Area (2024)

Chicago is known for its world-class museums, award-winning restaurants, and vibrant nightlife. But, when you’re kid, one of the best ways you can spend your time is playing on an awesome playgound. Luckily, the Windy City and the Chicago suburbs have some truly special playgrounds that will entertain your kids for hours, and the best…

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Upcoming Kid-Friendly Theater in Chicago (2024)

Chicago’s vibrant theater scene is a treasure trove of enchanting performances tailored specifically for young audiences. live theater in the city offers an array of experiences that cater to the entire family. Whether you’re exploring the Chicago River, marveling at the tallest buildings, or pondering life’s great questions, there’s a show for every taste and…

65 Best Places to Eat in Chicago with Kids (2024)
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65 Best Places to Eat in Chicago with Kids (2024)

Chicago is one of the best culinary destinations in the United States. While some notable Chicago restaurants may not be suitable for kids, plenty of places to eat have great food and are a good time for the whole family. Whether this is your first time in the Windy City or you’re a lifelong local, everyone needs to eat! Here are some of the best family-friendly restaurants in the city of Chicago:

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18 Best Easter Events for Kids in the Chicago Area (2024)

Easter season is approaching, and there are dozens of family-friendly activities in the Chicago area for your Easter celebration. Whether you’re looking for brunch options, photo opportunities with the Easter bunny, or Easter egg hunts, we’ve found fun ideas for the whole family. Many activities require advance registration; some sell out quickly, so we recommend…

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17 Best St. Patrick’s Day Events for Kids in Chicago (2024)

The city of Chicago is famous for its St. Patrick’s Day celebrations, and while many people drink green beer and partake in a pub crawl, there are plenty of family-friendly activities as well. Whether you are of Irish heritage or you simply want to take part in the beloved tradition and appreciate Irish culture for…

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15 Best Ice Skating Rinks in the Chicago Area (2024)

One of the best parts of the winter season in Chicago is enjoying the available cold weather activities. Ice skating is a great family winter tradition; the beauty is that you can find an indoor ice rink that is open year-round if it’s something you enjoy! Here are some of the best places to go ice skating around the Chicago area, so you can find the perfect spot for your family!

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The Family Adventure Passport: Everything You Need to Know (2024)

The image above is LEGOLAND Discovery Center. I realized soon after having kids that the key to keeping everyone in my house sane was to actually get out of the house. Every Sunday is “family day” and we pick a new activity, restaurant, or park to try. It’s become our most cherished family time and…

Best Chicago Experience Gifts for Kids (2023)
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Best Chicago Experience Gifts for Kids (2023)

If you’re looking for an unforgettable gift and less clutter in your home, an experience gift is a great option. I’ve always been a big fan of experience gifts because toys can lose their appeal quickly, but the memories from a unique experience gift can last a lifetime. Added Bonus? Experience gifts can mean quality time for the whole family, so everyone can enjoy it! Here are some great ideas for Chicago experience gifts for your kids.

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25 Best Holiday Light Displays in the Chicago Area (2023)

The holiday season is upon us, and there’s no better way to get in the holiday spirit than to look at the many light displays and Christmas trees around the Chicago area. It’s the most wonderful time of the year, and we’ve rounded up the places with the best Christmas lights in Northern Illinois. Grab…

cat in the hat balloon float at a thanksgiving parade
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Best Things to do on Thanksgiving Weekend in the Chicago Area (2023)

Turkey Day is almost here, which means the official launch of the holiday season! There are tons of fun things to do in downtown Chicago and around the Windy City this time of year. Even if you prefer staying home, we have some ideas for great things to do to spend quality time with your…

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25 Best Pumpkin Patches in the Chicago Area (2023)

Chicagoans love fall for many reasons, but one of the most popular activities during this season is visiting pumpkin patches. Whether you’re looking for the perfect pumpkin to carve, a fun family outing, or just a scenic drive in the countryside, there are plenty of pumpkin patches around Chicago to choose from. Here are some…

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26 Best Haunted Attractions Around Chicago (2023)

It wouldn’t be Halloween without a few spooky activities. We’ve done some research and found a wide range of haunted options, so whether you want to introduce your little one to the spirit of Halloween or scare the living daylights out of your teenager, there’s something for you. Here are the best haunted attractions in…

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Best Ways to Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month (2023)

National Latinx Heritage Month/Hispanic Heritage Month begins on September 15th, and it’s the perfect time to celebrate the many contributions of the Latinx community to Chicago! There are many great options for celebrating the diverse cultures of these communities with kids in the Chicago area. The Best Ways to Celebrate Hispanic/Latinx Heritage Month with Kids…

colorful flowers and date of mini fest, July 30th from 11-3pm
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Mini Fest 2023

What is Mini Fest? Mini Fest is the brainchild of art teacher, Sydney Walters. Sydney realized that a lot of kids did not have the access or resources to practice their creativity, She decided to take action and created Mini Fest, an art-making festival that is accessible, memorable, and engaging for all ages. Artists and…

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Chicago Magic Lounge: The Family Show Returns! (2023)

The Family Show at the Chicago Magic Lounge. Photographer: Sarah Elizabeth Larson (@selfoto on Instagram), courtesy of Chicago Magic Lounge. Chicago Magic Lounge | 5050 N. Clark St, Chicago, IL 60640 Magic Lovers and Harry Houdini enthusiasts: get excited! The Chicago Magic Lounge, a beloved magic bar on north Clark Street in Andersonville, has officially…

27 Great Black-Owned Businesses to Support in Chicago (2023)
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27 Great Black-Owned Businesses to Support in Chicago (2023)

Feature photo: Semicolon Bookstore. Photo courtesy of Semicolon Bookstore. The city of Chicago wouldn’t be the same without the many small businesses that make the city interesting. These independent shops, restaurants, and businesses are integral to the social fabric of Chicago, and so many of them are owned by Black entrepreneurs. In celebration of Black…

10 Best Family-Friendly Ways to Celebrate Lunar New Year in Chicago (2023)
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10 Best Family-Friendly Ways to Celebrate Lunar New Year in Chicago (2023)

This weekend marks the beginning of an important holiday and annual tradition in Chinese culture known as Lunar New Year. On Sunday, January 22nd, the Chinese zodiac signs transition from the Year of the Tiger (2022) to the Year of the Rabbit (2022). New Year celebrations typically begin on New Year’s Eve (January 21st) and…

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21 Best Places to Eat at Chicago O’Hare International Airport (2023)

Chicago’s central location makes it a huge travel hub in the United States, which means even if Chicago isn’t your final destination, there’s a good chance you could find yourself here on a layover. There are two airports in Chicago: Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD) and Chicago Midway International Airport (MDW). This post focuses on…