Meet the moms that bring you Kidlist, a resource for families in the west and southwest suburbs! Our team consists of local parents that have a passion for finding great resources for our families and yours. Learn about what we get excited about and feel free to connect with us about ideas, events, classes and other family fun. We always love to hear from you!
Annie Tandy, Creator and Editor
Annie loves making great memories with her kids (daughter, age 6 and son, age 9) and started Kidlist so she can help others do the same! Besides finding fun and exciting things to do with her kids, Annie, her husband, and their kids enjoy caring for their chickens and hanging out with them in the backyard. Click here to read about Annie’s chickens and see pictures! She also finds joy in gardening, home improvement projects, knitting, soap making, and painting along with being active in her community, church, and board member of the Western Springs Business Association. You can follow Annie on Instagram here.
Rachel Matuch, Managing Editor
Rachel is a writer and new mom who lives in Woodridge. She recently moved from Downers Grove and grew up in Naperville, but she and her husband have been discovering new things to do now that they’ve got a baby boy in tow.
In addition to scoping out baby-friendly spots around the ‘burbs, Rachel loves playing board games, hosting bonfire nights, and pillaging the Woodridge library. She also volunteers with teens at Four Corners Community Church, which makes her feel like an old geezer.
Andria Curtis, Event Contributor
Andria grew up in Westchester and currently resides in Downers Grove with her husband and three children, two sons ages 9 and 4 and a 6 year old daughter. Andria loves our area and enjoys taking advantage of our four different seasons! She certainly stays busy with many free and close-by family friendly events. On top of fun activities with her kids, she loves being the Social Chairperson for her neighborhood homeowners association, volunteering for the kids’ school and PTA, and continuing her skills and love of photography. She has helped launch and is an administrator for two Facebook pages as well. Andria is excited about keeping the Kidlist calendar full of family fun!
Emily Pillat, Event Planner
Emily partners with local businesses to bring you wonderful events where you can connect with one another! A Western Springs native, Emily and her husband enjoy gardening, heading to local restaurants, and try to take many bike rides around the neighborhood in the warm months. In her free time, Emily enjoys cooking and baking, walking her Aussiedoodle puppy Elsie, and keeping things organized. Emily is excited to meet you at an event soon! If you have ideas for an event or would like to partner with us, email her at [email protected].
Kidlist West Team
Meghan Neill, Content Contributor
Meghan and her husband live in Downers Grove with their two sons ages five and six and their two year old daughter. She is a transplant to the Chicago area and absolutely loves all that the western suburbs have to offer for her young family. One of their favorite places to visit year round is the Morton Arboretum. During the summer months, they love to garden, bike, swim, and play golf together. In the winter, Meghan and her children are happy to be home trying out new kid friendly recipes and being creative. As a former teacher, Meghan believes in a healthy balance of unstructured play and scheduled activities. She is excited to be part of the Kidlist team and wants to help families add fun and laughter to their days!
Jill Borkowicz, Content Contributor
Jill is thrilled to be sharing her insight and knowledge of local fun on Kidlist! As an Oak Park native, Jill and her husband settled in La Grange Park in 2007 and couldn’t be happier with the community they call home. Raising two lovely daughters, ages 7 and 9, Jill is always on the lookout for cool things to do as a family. She is passionate about yummy food, an organized abode, creative entertaining, frugal finds, travel adventures, a healthy spirit, and overall family fun. Jill’s favorite wintertime activity with the fam? Ice skating followed by hot chocolate! Summertime family favorite? Long pool days with friends that end with a BBQ!
Liz Haskins, Content Contributor
Liz is a mom of three equally active and adorable sons, aged four, almost six, and ten. As a child, her family moved to Western Springs from Central Illinois, and she and her husband are thrilled to raise their own family here. She works two days a week as a medical assistant, so she tries to fill her time with the boys outside of school with activities that they can all enjoy. This winter, they’ve enjoyed swimming at a few indoor pools, and the boys love going to zoos and children’s museums. In the summer they love to do anything outdoors; they try to hit a different park every week! Their go-to for indoor days are open play spaces that have a range of activities to accommodate her children’s age differences. Outside of being a mom and working, Liz’s passions are photography, reading, and, as an extrovert, she loves meeting new people and connecting over mutual interests.
Sara Heiserman, Content Contributor
Sara is a small town girl who spent several years as a writer in the big city before heading out to the ‘burbs with her hubby to raise their growing family. Charmed by Lemont’s picturesque landscape and genuine hometown pride, Sara loves that there’s always something fun to do or see nearby with her 5- and 3-year old sons and 1-year old daughter. In warmer months, Sara and her crew enjoy playing on the family farm, splash pad hopping and catching Movies in the Park. In cooler months, she plans lots of play dates to keep everybody sane and indulges her creative spirit, crafting, baking and home decorating. A stay-at-home mom and new PTO volunteer, Sara is eager to connect with local parents and help them plan their own Southwest Suburban adventures!
Claudia Coyne, Content Contributor
Having grown up in Palos Park, Claudia has a great love for the southwest suburbs and the hidden gems of the area. Claudia currently lives in Tinley Park with her husband and four children (two girls, ages 6 and 4 and two boys, ages 3 and 1). Cabin fever with four children can get rough, so they’re always looking for new and exciting adventures outside of the house! During the warmer months, you’ll find her and the family at the pool, out on nature walks, grilling in the yard, or at the zoo. And pick a park, any park… Claudia’s kids possess a magical super power of being able to detect the nearest park within a 5 mile radius, so there’s always a stop off on the way home to discover new playgrounds! When the cold comes, they like to craft, hibernate at the library or indoor play places, and play in the snow. In her tiny sliver of free time, Claudia enjoys sewing, photography, and baking. She is very excited to be a part of the Kidlist team and share her knowledge of the area!
Jill Kowalski, Content Contributor
Jill is the mom of two energetic little girls, ages two and four, who keep her seriously busy. She and her husband grew up in Orland Park and are now raising their family there as well. When Jill and her family have free time, they love to check out local parks or drop-in at fests where their girls can take over a dance floor. She is always looking for cheap, yet entertaining and worthwhile things to do. When she is not wrangling her kids, Jill has a passion for starting, and sometimes finishing, do-it-yourself home improvement projects, trying out random recipes she finds on Pinterest, and organizing every nook and cranny of her life. She is excited to be a part of the Kidlist team!
Kristen Sheehan, Content Contributor
Kristen is thrilled to be joining the Kidlist team! She has been a long time follower, even prior to having children! Kristen is a Burbank native who settled with her family in New Lenox in 2016. She loves her new neighborhood and could not be happier with her new home. Kristen and her husband have two amazing children – a 4 year-old daughter and two year-old son. They are active and energetic kiddos, but Kristen enjoys providing a mix of structured play/activities and downtime at home. She is passionate about keeping her family healthy and happy. During the winter, Kristen likes to go sledding and skating – as well as experiencing indoor play spaces. During the summer, she loves getting outside with her family – playgrounds, festivals, fairs, picnicking, bike riding, and trips to the zoo. Her kids love helping in the kitchen, and Kristen enjoys cooking and baking with them! She hopes her contribution to the Kidlist team will allow other families to add to their “toolbox” of activities for great memories.
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