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Top Seven Kid-Friendy Stores On Michigan Avenue

Chicago’s North Michigan Avenue is the place to shop ‘til you drop. From high-end boutiques to funky fashion hotspots, there’s a shop to satisfy everyone. Even kids will find a shop or two that meets their wildest shopping dreams. Here are my top seven picks for fun and kid-friendly shops on the Magnificent Mile.

03/30/2012

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Best Family Friendly Easter Brunches in Chicago

Easter calls for a festive brunch complete with colorful eggs and all the sweet treats of the season. Brunch options abound in Chicago, but here are my suggestions for unique brunch offerings this upcoming Easter.

03/23/2012

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Guide To Choosing A Pediatrician

Oftentimes, it’s one of the last things to cross a newly pregnant mother’s mind, but finding the right pediatrician before baby meets the world can help ease the new mom and dad into parenthood by having a trusted practitioner on their side the moment baby arrives. Here’s a guide to finding the right practitioner for your family.

03/21/2012

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Making a Scene: The Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum

Nestled in the expanse of green that is our beloved Lincoln Park, the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum strives to create a connection between people and nature. Geared towards families, this hands-on museum offers a wide range of fun, interactive exhibits and educational programming for children and adults of all ages. This is one of our family’s favorite museums – there is always something to delight both my kids, ages 2 and 10.

03/10/2012

CHICAGO - DECEMBER 26th, 2011: Hundreds of people congregate in Millennium Park for the winter to enjoy a family night of ice skating.  The ice rink is open everyday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. through March with weather permitting.  (credit: Steve Hardy/CBS Local)

Free & Cheap Winter Break Activities In Chicago

You could spend a small fortune going to a movie or sending the kids to day camp, but we’ve compiled a list of free, inexpensive and exciting activities to take you through the weekend. Be sure to double check the website for what’s included. You may still need to pay for special activities or parking. So pack up the kids and pack a lunch and have a great winter break.

02/17/2012

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Concussions A Risk For Kids In All Types Of Sports

The latest research shows repeated head trauma can cause irreparable brain disease. As CBS 2’s Rob Johnson reports, for parents whose kids are active, this can be extremely troubling, especially when you consider that almost any sport can leave your child with a concussion.

CBS 2–02/14/2012

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Summer Camp Scramble

Though summer seems like a distant dream during February in Chicago, summer camp registration is in full swing! Here’s a list of only a few notable summer camps in the Chicagoland area among the many, many (did I say many? Because I mean many!) camps offered. Be sure to click over to the websites to get all the details of registration, ages and dates!

02/13/2012

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Chicago’s Best Kids’ Concert Venues: Reggie’s Rock Club

Chicago’s south loop, or low side, is home to Reggie’s, a sweet space with excellent sound and a triple threat. Reggie’s Rock Club is a performance space on one side. Attached is Reggie’s Music Joint, a restaurant/ bar with a smaller stage. Finally, Record Breakers is a music themed store where you can buy anything from band tees and memorabilia to CDs, DVDs, and hard to find vinyl.

02/03/2012

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Winter Crafts For Kids

Though we’ve had a relatively mild winter in Chicagoland area this season, the latest arctic blast and snowstorm have reignited a need for fun, easy indoor crafts. Here are a few we love as well as a few we’ll soon be trying.

01/25/2012

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Best After Christmas Sales For Kids

If gift cards are burning a whole in your kid’s pockets, there’s no shortage of after Christmas sales to choose from. Spend that hard earned Christmas cash, gift cards or store credit wisely. Stores are boasting big savings for the new year. According to Google, ecommerce sales from December 26-January 15th in 2011 were higher than they were on Black Friday.

01/06/2012

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Chicago’s Best Kids’ Concert Venues: Beat Kitchen

Chicago’s northwest side is home to a small bar with one of the biggest line-ups for the way underager’s and their parents. Every weekend, the booster seats go on the bar stools and families come by to rock together. Beat Kitchen has excellent food on funky menus, sandwiched between vintage record album covers…

01/06/2012

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Best Gifts For Toddlers

While it may seem like boxes and gift bags with nothing inside would make the perfect Christmas or Hanukkah present for the toddlers in your life (and that thought might have quite a bit of wisdom to it), there are some wonderfully imaginative toys available at small shops throughout the Chicagoland area. Read on to garner gift ideas for your favorite toddler this holiday season.

12/09/2011

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Thanksgiving: How To Make It Meaningful For Kids

We know there’s deep-seeded meaning to Thanksgiving. Read on to find out how to share glimpses of that meaning with our preschoolers when food, football and fancy floats seem to take the center stage.

11/22/2011

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Family Guide To Thanksgiving Volunteering

Consider volunteering your time at one of many places that help those in need during the holidays. There are a variety of tasks you could do from cooking, serving food, preparing care packages, driving, and even just visiting…

11/18/2011

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Making A Scene: Family Guide To The Lill Street Art Center

The Lill Street Art Center offers amazing kids classes, fun-themed kid’s camps, family drop-in workshops and adult classes in seven different departments: ceramics, metalsmithing & jewelry, painting & drawing, printmaking, textiles, glass, and digital arts & photography. So why not visit?

11/11/2011

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Fall Into Color At Morton Arboretum

The Morton Arboretum is a true treasure of nature, located right here in the western suburbs. While staying true to its mission of planting and conserving trees, the internationally acclaimed arboretum offers learning opportunities for all ages…

10/29/2011

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Halloween Pro-Tips

I can’t believe it’s Halloween weekend and you haven’t prepared. Not one bit. What, my friend, is wrong with you? Okay, don’t worry. We’ve got you covered. We’ve got all the Halloween info you need right here…

10/28/2011

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Family Fun Guide To Halloween Events

What kid doesn’t love Halloween? In Chicago, Halloween is not one day, but more like a whole month. There is no shortage of events and activities to do with your family…

10/28/2011

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Guide To Trick-or-Treating With Kids

Halloween with preschoolers and toddlers requires more than just planning cute costumes and cute picture opportunities beyond posing next to the bare Chicago trees. Here’s a guide to celebrating Halloween with the super-cute littlest monsters in your life:

10/20/2011

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Picking The Perfect Pumpkin Patch

Whether you’re in the mood for taking horse-drawn hayride, running through a twisty-turny corn maze, or maybe just holding some baby chicks, you’re sure to find a pumpkin patch that is the perfect match for you and your family.

10/07/2011

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