Activities

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Best Places To Go On A Picnic In Chicago

Chicago’s warmer months can be a great time to have a picnic. Whether you’re taking in the skyline or just enjoying the outdoors after surviving another Chicago winter, there are some picnic areas in the city that stand out above the rest.

04/17/2015

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Best Family-Friendly Bike Trails In Chicago

Grab your helmets and bottled water for a fun afternoon on a bike ride with your family. From paths in the city to serene rides in forest preserves, the Chicago area offers many bike riding trails for all abilities.

04/10/2015

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Best Dog Runs In Chicago

Let Fido run off the leash at these dog runs in the Chicago area.

03/27/2015

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Best Family Hikes Near Chicago

From a stroll in a city park to a hike in the woods, there are plenty of places to explore on foot with your family in the Chicago area. Here’s a list of five family hikes worth a look this spring.

03/20/2015

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Ask An Expert: Spring Break Staycation Activities For Kids In Chicago

With spring break on the horizon, you might be wondering what to do with your kid. Our experts give their tips for a fun and memorable spring break in Chicago.

03/13/2015

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Ask An Expert: How To Give Your Picky Eater More Healthy Foods

A constant struggle for many parents involves how to infuse healthy foods onto the plates of their picky eaters. Former preschool teacher and mother of four, Laura Roby, offers some advice on how to get a picky eater to eat more healthy foods.

03/06/2015

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Best Dog Parks In Chicago

Not all parks in Chicago cater to dog owners, so finding the perfect dog-friendly park can make a huge difference in the outdoor time for you and your pooch. Find out which dog park suits your needs, and you might just find your new go-to space for your dog socialization time.

02/27/2015

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Ask A Chicago Expert: Keeping Your Kids Entertained On A Snow Day

Consider some of these activities the next time school is closed on account of snow, and see how your child will not only be entertained but will also continue to learn while school is closed for the day.

02/20/2015

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Best Ski Slopes For Kids Near Chicago

What good is it to live in a city like Chicago if you can’t take advantage of the snowy winter months? For parents looking to take the kids skiing, there are some great ski slopes within a few hours drive from the heart of the city.

02/13/2015

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Best Valentine’s Day Dates For Parents In Chicago

Make this Valentine’s Day a family-friendly holiday, and get everyone involved in this romance-filled day.

02/06/2015

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Ask A Chicago Expert: After-School Activity Ideas

After-school activities can be a great way to help your child continue to learn outside of the classroom. Liz Kuhn at Mercy Home for Boys and Girls offers some insight into how to keep your child active after school.

01/30/2015

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Best Kids’ Martial Arts Classes In Chicago

From kickboxing to karate, these martial arts classes in Chicago offer plenty of ways for your child to learn discipline, respect and have fun.

01/23/2015

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Five Ways To Be Disaster Ready In Chicago

While snow storms may get all the attention in Chicago’s weather news, tornadoes are not uncommon in and around the city. Be prepared for tornado season by planning and strategizing to ensure your family is ready in case of an emergency.

01/16/2015

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Best Fitness Classes In Chicago

From dance classes to yoga, there are plenty of places to get fit in the Chicago area this year.

01/09/2015

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Cold Day Activities in Chicago with Kids

CHICAGO (CBS) — With many Chicago area schools closed today due to frigid temperatures, parents and caregivers may find themselves searching for safe and fun activities for their kids. Here are a few local options that offer children and grownups a […]

01/07/2015

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Best Places To Take Family Photos In Chicago

Taking family photos can be a great way to capture a moment with each passing year. Take advantage of some of the great locations throughout the city to make your family photo stand out with a picturesque backdrop.

01/02/2015

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Best Places For Ice Skating In Chicago

Ice skating in Chicago can be a great way to embrace the winter season. Take advantage of some of the best rinks in the city, and have some winter fun besides the standard snowball fight.

12/26/2014

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Neighborhoods With The Best Holiday Lights In Chicago

Viewing the holiday lights and decor this holiday season is a must for the family, couples and individuals looking for a low-cost way to take in the pleasures of the holiday season.

12/19/2014

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Best Places To Cut Your Own Christmas Tree In The Chicago Area

This year, select and cut your own tree for the holidays at these Christmas tree farms located within about an hour of Chicago.

12/12/2014

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What To Do During A Holiday Staycation In Chicago

If you’re choosing to relax at home in Chicago this holiday season, here are a few fun things you can check out in your very own city. You may not have had time to do them otherwise!

12/06/2014

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