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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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Family Guide To Chicago Brunches

Have you ever woken up on a Saturday morning craving a delicious brunch where you could comfortably show up with two kids in tow? Then check out these Chicago, family-friendly brunch hotspots!

09/23/2011

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Family Fun Guide To Chicago’s Chinatown

Luckily, you don’t have to catch an airplane to explore the rich cultural heritage of China. Chicago’s unique Chinatown is the 3rd largest in the United States, and offers a wide array of fun sights, activities, shops and tasty treats that both kids and adults will appreciate. Grab your (pretend) passports and fly on over to Chinatown!

08/26/2011

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Guide To: Air & Water Show

Summer might be winding down, but there’s still one last hurrah for the family before school reclaims the kids for the year – the annual Air and Water Show. Visible from almost anywhere along the lake, we’ve got a few plans of attack for your journey with the kids into one of the summer’s most popular public events.

08/19/2011

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Guide To Family Fun In Uptown

If you’re feeling like a taste of Asian culture, head to Uptown’s New Chinatown, Little Saigon, or simply the Argyle Street District, now listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

08/12/2011

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Family Fun Guide: Edgewater

Summer is the best time to visit Edgewater and experience what living by the lake really means. Check out this go-to family fun guide.

08/05/2011

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Guide To: Family Fun In Andersonville

If you are looking for something to do with the kids, head north to Andersonville: “A quaint village in the heart of a world class city.” Andersonville was founded by Swedish immigrants and remains a thriving Swedish community with plenty to offer families that visit or choose to make it their home.

07/29/2011

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Guide To: Family Fun In Bucktown

Bucktown is a hip, urban neighborhood located on the north side of the city. With its trendy boutiques, galleries, cafes and restaurants, it’s a great corner of the city to live in or visit for a day or evening of fun.

07/22/2011

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Parents Decide To Slow Down On Activities

Parents know the feeling all too well, too many activities and not enough hours in the day.

CBS Chicago–07/18/2011

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Guide To: Family Fun On Devon Avenue

Share the flavors, sights and sounds of India with your children on Chicago’s Devon Avenue (Devon Avenue, west of Western Avenue ). This seven block track of the city is brimming with Indian-American boutiques, restaurants, cafes, bakeries and bookstores.

07/15/2011

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Guide To: Surviving The Pool With The Kids

During the hot, humid, sticky days of Chicago summer, a day of sitting inside the house with the kids doesn’t seem appealing – even if there is air conditioning to keep everyone cool. Venturing off to the local pool is a great way to beat the heat!

07/12/2011

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Guide To: Kohl Children’s Museum

The Kohl Children’s Museum is the perfect spot for kids under 8. The museum offers a fantastic array of exhibits all catering perfectly to the munchkin set and is laid out smartly so that you don’t waste all day going up and down elevators or searching for hidden treasures.

06/11/2011

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