Meet the moms that bring you Kidlist, the online resource for families in the western 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, Owner and Creator
Annie loves making great memories with her two kids and started Kidlist so she can help others do the same! Besides finding fun and exciting things to do with her kids, Annie and her 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 a member of the Western Springs Business Association Board of Directors. Annie was honored to be in the Regional Top 30 under 40 from the West Suburban Chamber of Commerce in 2018 and has enjoyed seeing Kidlist grow since 2011. You can email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rachel Matuch, Managing Editor
Rachel found Kidlist in 2015, as a new mom looking for things to down around town (and places to scope out parent friends). She was thrilled to make the jump from reading Kidlist to working with Annie and the other writers!
She recently moved from Woodridge back to her hometown of Naperville, where she lives with her husband and two boys, ages 3 and 1. Her kids are always game for new adventure. They also frequently inspire passerby to comment that she’s “got her hands full.”
Jennifer Newell, Client Success Manager
Ever since reconnecting after college, Annie has wanted Jennifer to join the Kidlist Team! She is passionate about connecting families to resources in the community and supporting local businesses. Jennifer is responsible for working with advertisers on developing marketing campaigns and has a lot of experience in the field. She also loves using Kidlist to find everything she needs to make the perfect family day and spending time with her husband and kids.
Katie Mayle, Calendar Editor and Content Contributor
Katie is a mother of two girls and a new baby boy (ages 5, 3 1/2, and 2 months), and has lived in the Chicagoland for her entire life. A Joliet native, she and her husband moved back to his hometown of Naperville after the birth of their second daughter. The girls keep her family very active, whether spending a hot summer day at Centennial Beach, or a visit to the reptile house at Phillips Park Zoo. While she looks forward to being outside in the summer, their winter months are filled with local storytimes, as well as recipe-testing and art projects at home. They are grateful for the countless indoor and outdoor opportunities available to families in the western suburbs, and she looks forward to sharing family-friendly fun with the parents of young children.
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 10 and 12, 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!
Nicole Majewski, Content Contributor
Nicole is former teacher excited to contribute her local familiarity to readers, like her. She is a Bloomingdale native and resides there with her husband, their two children, and a new baby on the way. Her daughter, age 5, loves princesses and gardening. Her son, 2 1/2 years old, enjoys storytime at the library and getting messy and Nicole also has a 7 month old daughter. In the summer months you can find her outside enjoying local parks, splash pads, and farmer’s markets. On a bleak day she breaks the monotony by visiting libraries, museums, and play places. Nicole is excited to share her knowledge with other families looking for engaging activities!
Rita Barry, Content Contributor
Rita cannot imagine a life without being on the go with her three year old twin boys. Living like tomorrow is your last day is what makes her passionate about creating fun memories with her family. She is always on the go and loves seeking out new places and adventures that are family friendly. She currently lives in Darien however grew up in Singapore and went to school in Australia. When it is cold, you will find Rita and her boys in various indoor playgrounds and when summer hits, they spend as much time outdoors at local playgrounds, events, parks and more. When she isn’t with her kids, Rita is busy juggling a full time job in the tech space and doing community work in pushing advocacy for women in tech.
Jamie Dougherty, Content Contributor
Jamie is raising her family (an 8-year-old girl and two boys aged 6 and 3) in Downers Grove, after having grown up in a few towns along the BNSF corridor. A former blogger, she is especially excited to have the opportunity to mix her love for writing and family-friendly fun here at Kidlist. Her family enjoys laidback, outdoor activities – current favorites are nature walks, trying new playgrounds, and long bike rides but they are also looking forward to community and indoor events returning soon! On rainy days, you can find the kids crafting/tinkering with found objects (cardboard creations, anyone?) and building forts. When she’s not managing the family schedule and home, Jamie loves to visit her local library, drink too much Diet Coke and plan the next adventure she can take with her kids!
Kaitlyn Agnew, Content Contributor
As a mom of two energetic, spirited young boys, ages 4 and 1, Kaitlyn is always looking for fun, new ways to keep them busy while making lasting memories together. As a Downers Grove native, she is proud to be raising her own family here, in her hometown that is so special to her. She lives 9 months for 3, always counting down until Summertime and the days of spending family weekends at the lake house near Lake Geneva, dining al fresco, pool days with the boys in the backyard and spending as much time outdoors as possible. After Summer, Christmas is her favorite time of year – as long as the snow ends January 1st! In her rare free time, she is happiest when doing yoga, visiting her favorite coffee shop or finding a new hiking destination.
Charlotte Belsan, Review Team Member
Charlotte is a Central Illinois transplant who prides herself on being creative and thrifty; qualities she finds useful as the mom of a seven-year old daughter and a three-year old son. She lives with her husband, kids, and their terribly behaved cats in La Grange Park. After a decade of suburban Chicago life, she loves her warm neighbors and access to the forest preserve. Her family is passionate about Mexican food, parks with good swings, and any event that includes a craft. They are always happy to make a mess together. When she isn’t with her kids, Charlotte instructs painting parties, listens to tons of podcasts, and brings home interesting treasures she finds on the side of the road.
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Behind the Scenes: The Making of Kidlist
We did a series on Instagram about the early years of Kidlist. How the name came about, who those little kids are in the logo, and Annie’s family members who help and support her effort to create a family-friendly resource for Chicago’s west and southwest suburbs!
Annie did an interview with Band & Wire Orthodontics and Pediatric Dentistry in May, 2021 about how Kidlist started and the Kidlist Park Playdate Series:
Click on the image below to read Annie’s interview with Thomas Ford Memorial Library where she talks about the making of Kidlist, special memories, and growing up in Western Springs.