Emily Paster

Best Resources For Expecting MothersExpectant mothers are magnets for unsolicited advice. Once your baby bump begins to show, friends, relatives and even strangers will bombard you with their thoughts on the best baby gear, the best way to get a baby to sleep, even the best diapers. How can parents-to-be find advice that’s actually helpful? Here are some of the best resources for expectant parents in Chicago.
Best Purim Activities In Chicagoland For KidsPurim is a festive early spring holiday commemorating the failure of a plot to exterminate the Jews in ancient Persia. Jewish families celebrate the holiday with a raucous reading of the story of Purim. Here are some lively Purim activities for families in the Chicago area.
Best Spots for Teaching Kids About Chicago HistoryThere’s a lot more to Chicago history than Mrs. O’Leary’s cow and the last time the Cubbies won the World Series. Here are some of the best spots to teach your kids about the history of the City of Chicago.
Hidden Gems For Kids In Chicago Try one of these less well-known spots and expand your horizons a little. It’s a big town – especially if you include the suburbs -- and most of us have just barely scratched the surface.
Best Book Stores For Kids In ChicagoThe independent book store is practically an endangered species these days. It’s a shame too. Many independent book stores devote a large section to children. So the next time your child needs something to read, consider visiting one of these outstanding book stores for children.
Best Kids’ Birthday Cakes In ChicagoWhether you are throwing a superhero or a princess birthday party, a cake that matches your theme is a must. Sure, you can always pick up a sheet cake at any one of the big grocery stores, but why settle for a mass-produced cake? Here are some of the best places to order a kids’ birthday cake in the Chicago area.
Best Family-Friendly Hotels In ChicagoWhether you are coming in from Ireland, Iowa or Itasca, a stay in a downtown Chicago hotel is a treat. At the end of a busy day of culture, tourism or rampant consumerism – American Girl Place, I'm looking at you – here are some of the best places for families to put their feet up.
Best Family-Friendly New Year’s Eve Activities In ChicagoRemember when New Year’s Eve meant a glamorous party, champagne toasts and dancing the night away? So do I – barely. Here are the best bets for a family-friendly New Year’s Eve celebration.
Best Hanukkah Activities in ChicagoAn early Hanukkah is nice for families who want to make sure that this celebration is not overshadowed by Christmas, but it also means less time to prepare. So, it is not too soon to start planning some fun family Hanukkah activities. Luckily, there is a lot more to Hanukkah in Chicago than lighting the menorah and eating latkes!
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