Family & Pets
Make your own one-ingredient dog treat using this recipe from a Chicago expert.
Taking care of your pets during the summer months in Chicago is extremely important. Marcia Coburn, President of Red Door Animal Shelter, offers her expertise in how to keep your pets cool in the warmer months.
Oftentimes the excuse for not working out is lack of childcare. Check out some of the local gyms in Chicago that provide childcare, and become swimsuit ready while the kids play.
This year, do a little more to celebrate Earth Day than turn off the lights when you leave a room. From trail clean-ups to discussions and hikes, the Chicago area has plenty of events where you can learn how to make a difference.
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.
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.
Using a playground for a playdate can be a great way to keep the kids entertained and socialized. Chicago offers a number of different options to keep kids of all ages interested, while the parents can do some chitchatting of their own.
Let Fido run off the leash at these dog runs in the Chicago area.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Make this Valentine’s Day a family-friendly holiday, and get everyone involved in this romance-filled day.
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.
From kickboxing to karate, these martial arts classes in Chicago offer plenty of ways for your child to learn discipline, respect and have fun.
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.
From dance classes to yoga, there are plenty of places to get fit in the Chicago area this year.
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.