Articles by Annie Tandy

Preschool and Daycare Guide for Families in Chicago’s Western Suburbs

Looking for a preschool or daycare near you for your little one? You came to the right place! This guide is split into three sections: Preschool, Daycare, and Preschool with Extended Care (child care outside the hours of 9am – 3pm), then organized by town. We recommend looking into a few that interest you and if time allows, schedule a visit to see the…


Family-Friendly Weekend Events in the Western Suburbs: November 17-19

We have the scoop on what is going on in your area! Peruse this amazing list of family-friendly weekend events in the western suburbs of Chicago, get the details on those that interest you, and plan some fun days with your kids this weekend. We love local businesses, libraries, park districts, villages, and organizations- they plan great events for all…


Family-Friendly Weekend Events in the Southwest Suburbs: November 17-19

Looking for some fun activities and events in your area? We compile all of the family-friendly events in the southwest suburbs to make it easier and more enjoyable to plan a great weekend with your kids! Check out our list below with dates and times to see what works for you. There are even town names included so you have…



Kidlist Event! Play Extravaganza featuring Santa and Mrs. Claus

We had so much fun with all of you at our last Kidlist event that we couldn’t wait to plan another! This time we have an epic deal for you that’s sure to provide tons of fun and great memories…it’s A Play Extravaganza at Gizmos Fun Factory with special guests Santa and Mrs. Claus! On December 9, 2017 from 10:00 am…


Santa and Ice Skating at Oakbrook Center

Oakbrook Center invited us to spend the afternoon visiting with Santa and ice skating at their new outdoor ice rink so we could share our experience with you! I know there has been a lot of talk about Adventure to Santa, but if you haven’t heard, Oakbrook Center will not be doing that this year. Actually, as far as I…


Chicago Toy and Game Fair 2017

The Chicago Toy and Game Fair (ChiTAG) is next weekend, November 18-19, 2017! It’s the biggest toy and game fair in North America that’s open to kids of all ages and we have it right here at Navy Pier. Keep reading to get the details and a 50% admission discount code! You can preview, play with, and test the hottest…


Santa HQ at Fashion Outlets of Chicago in Rosemont

Santa HQ at the Fashion Outlets of Chicago in Rosemont is back for it’s second year! Located on the first floor of the indoor mall near the food court, this multi-media experience uses augmented reality to make your journey to Santa enjoyable. There are plenty of things for kids to interact with, including a naughty or nice meter, opportunity to…


Grand Avenue Preschools Open House

Grand Avenue Preschools is hosting open houses at their Western Springs and La Grange Highlands locations on Saturday, November 11 from 10am-Noon. You will have the opportunity to meet teachers, tour the large, sunny classrooms and learn more about the curriculum. Grand Avenue’s program focuses on the development of the whole child, fully preparing them academically, socially and emotionally for…


Reader Recommended: Best Birthday Cakes

We asked both the Kidlist Facebook page and email subscribers to share their favorite places to get a birthday cake (or cupcakes) and all of the responses were awesome! So here’s the compiled list of the reader recommended best birthday cakes. Please note that we were not able to include home-based bakers in this list.* Reader Recommended: Best Birthday Cakes and…


Children’s Museum in Oak Lawn + Giveaway

I had the pleasure of spending the afternoon at the Children’s Museum in Oak Lawn yesterday. What a pleasant space with tons of fun for kids! Even though it was chilly and gray outside, the colorful exhibits and natural light coming through the huge windows brightened my day. I wanted to give all of you a preview of what you…


What is the Suzuki Method and How Can It Benefit My Child?

Kidlist welcomes the Western Springs School of Talent Education and the Naperville Suzuki School as site sponsors! They offer violin, viola, cello, and bass instruction for children and are here to answer the question, “What is the Suzuki Method?” Learn how it can benefit your kids, not only to learn an instrument, but child development as a whole! Today, Edward Kreitman,…