Meet the moms that bring you Kidlist, a resource for families in the western suburbs, from Chicago to Naperville! 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 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 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 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!
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.
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 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!
The (short) Story of How Kidlist Began
Many people ask why Annie started Kidlist. It all began a little over six years ago when she had an infant and two years old. She was so tired at the end of the day that she would crash without planning anything for the following day. Because there weren’t any resources focused on the near western suburbs, Annie found herself writing a list of things to do when they came to her so she would have some ideas when she didn’t have any energy to even think! Then it occurred to her that other moms might be interested in using the list or even contributing. So if you’re a parent, grandparent, or caregiver trying to do your best for your kids but sometimes feeling tapped out, we hope you find this site helpful!
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