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Kristin McCann

Working mom lead

Becoming A Working Mom — One Woman’s Experience

What’s it like to be a working mom? Read about one woman’s experience going back to work after staying home with the kids.

05/04/2012

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Spring Flower Shows

After a long cold winter, nothing can brighten your day like the bright colors of spring flowers. Even if it’s still a little chilly outside, these indoor gardens and show promise you a blooming good time. In addition to being able to view unique and beautiful plants, at some shows you’ll have the chance to talk to the growers, purchase the latest gardening supplies and pick up a few plants or flowers for your home.

03/17/2012

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A Girlie Good Time in Chicago

Every little girl (whether she’s 6 or 46) likes to be treated like a princess. A little bit of sparkle, a little bit of pampering and a whole lot of pink can sure take a girl far. Chicago has many options to make each girls feel special on her birthday or any day. From dress up-parties to interactive experiences, each shop has a different way to create an unforgettable celebration.

02/24/2012

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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Indoor Golf Ranges Around Chicago

In Chicago, golf enthusiasts have many options to play a game or get in some practice, even when all of the outside courses are covered in snow. From driving ranges to high-tech simulated full range courses, these indoor golf options will help you improve your game and get a little exercise without getting frostbite.

01/27/2012

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Best Spots For Dinner Theatre In Chicago

Dinner and a show are a perfect combination for a night out. That exciting evening can be made even better when the dinner and show are in the same place – no additional parking or cabs, no facing inclement weather and no wasting time getting from one place to another…

01/25/2012

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Family Friendly New Year’s Eve Guide To Chicago

Not everyone can stay awake all the way until midnight, but everyone likes to have fun on New Year’s Eve! These family-friendly New Year’s Eve events let you ring in the New Year a little early, with a little less noise and adult festivities, while maximizing the excitement.

12/23/2011

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Best Holiday Lights In Chicago

What would the holidays be without traditional, extravagant light displays and winter festivals? In addition to exploring the lights in your neighborhood, create wonderful family memories by venturing out to these long-time favorites.

12/16/2011

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Guide To International Holiday Cuisine

Chicago is one of the most ethnically diverse cities in the country. Large populations of first and second generation nationalities call the Windy City home and continue to celebrate many of their home country’s traditions. And while the common denominator of each celebration is the gathering of family and friends, the similarities end there. Traditional ethnic food and special ceremonies vary greatly.

12/14/2011

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Chicago’s Santas: Best Of The Best

Here’s a guide of the Best Santa’s to visit in the Chicago area – and where and when you can bring your kids of all ages to sit on his lap.

12/02/2011

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Throwing A Holiday Cooking Party

Am I alone in thinking that cooking can be a really fun thing? I don’t think so. Who can resist gathering with like-minded people, chopping up some veggies, sautéing, plating and then eating a fabulous new recipe?

11/23/2011

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What To Do Indoors With Kids Of All Ages

There are plenty of exciting indoor activities to keep the family entertained while keeping warm. Here is a list of some fun ways to burn energy for everyone from toddler to teens to the entire family.

11/04/2011

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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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Best Irish Pubs In The Western Suburbs

Everyone’s Irish on St. Patrick’s Day, but what does everyone do on the other 364 days of the year when they’re looking for a little “craic” (good fun in Gaelic)? The Chicago area has almost too many amazing Irish pubs to name. If you ask just about anyone, they will have a favorite hangout, usually located in their own neighborhood…

10/12/2011

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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