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2018 Summer Bucket List for Kids in the Chicagoland Suburbs

Every summer, parents all over start with the notion of giving their kids the best summer of their lives… but soon enough, life takes over and plans fall by the wayside. A summer bucket list for kids helps give you the momentum you need to keep the summer excitement flowing all the way until August! Use our list to find local…


Camping with Kids (and Printable Camping Checklist for Packing!)

We went camping for the first time last summer and much to our surprise, we loved it! Even though I thought we were more of a “hotel vacation” type of family, camping has some incredible perks! I think it’s best to go with a group…the kids have a blast together, and as a result, the parents do, too! Camping is…


Gathering on the Green Summer Festival in Western Springs

The Western Springs Business Association (WSBA) will be holding its annual Gathering on the Green family event on Friday, June 8, 2018 at the Tower Green in downtown Western Springs from 5-10pm! Gathering on the Green is a signature event in Western Springs and is a fun-filled evening of food, beverages, live music, entertainment, and activities for kids… all located on the…


Dog Parks and Off-Leash Areas

We are very excited to bring you the official Kidlist Furry Friends Guide! Each month, we will be sharing posts that give you the inside track on dog-friendly places, dog parks, resources for pet owners, and more! This article is sponsored by Robert Hutchison, your Realtor for the western suburbs of Chicago. If you are looking to buy a home…


Strawberry Picking: Farms With U-Pick Strawberries (Plus Map!)

There’s nothing like fresh, ripe berries picked in the field! Strawberry picking is such a fun and educational experience for families to enjoy. It is especially easy on little kids because the plants are low to the ground and very accessible for little hands. Use our guide to find U-Pick strawberry fields within driving distance of Chicago. We’ve also have…


Family Photographer Guide 2018-19

It’s so special to be able to capture memorable moments with you and your kids. I don’t know about you, but our pictures are often missing either me or my husband! That’s definitely one of the many reasons to hire a family photographer. Not to mention they are incredibly talented with a camera, lighting, and editing, which makes a big difference. All of the photographers…


New Local Business! Spring Orthodontics

Spring Orthodontics opened this month in downtown Western Springs! This inviting and modern office was created so you would look forward to visiting. The high ceilings and sun filled, lofted space coupled with fun finishes results in an orthodontic office that both kids and adults will enjoy. Kidlist welcomes Spring Orthodontics as one of our amazing site sponsors! The mission…


2018 Free Summer Fun in the Western Suburbs

The best kind of summer fun is free summer fun! Save those dollar bills for the ice cream truck (or a family vacation): there are plenty of options for free summer fun in the Western suburbs. This huge list of free summer fun is sponsored by the Glen Ellyn Park District! Winding slopes, streams, bridges, and tunnels add to the challenge at…



Outdoor Movies in Chicago’s West and Southwest Suburbs

Now presenting all the outdoor movies being shown in the west and southwest suburbs for Summer 2018! Click on the listing to see more information such as the specific location and suggestions on what you should bring. Some even have pre-movie activities or entertainment and concessions available. So grab a blanket or some chairs and enjoy a movie under the…


Classic Car Shows for Summer 2018

Classic car shows are a staple of suburban summers. Whether you love vintage rides, have a kid who adores anything on wheels, or just want an excuse to take a stroll with the family, car shows are a fun destination. Check out all the events going on in our area this summer! Summer 2018 Classic Car Shows in Chicago’s West…


Memorial Day Weekend Events

It’s a special edition of the weekend events, featuring family-friendly fun happening every day this Friday through Monday! The Memorial Day Weekend Events, brought to you by Kidlist. The weather looks like it’s going to be beautiful. There are barbecues, fun and fitness runs, markets, art festivals, story times, family movies, parades and ceremonies to honor those who served, and…