Articles by Katie Mayle


Kid-Friendly Stops on the BNSF Metra Line

All aboard! I know my kids aren’t the only ones who squeal at the sight of a train. The BNSF Metra line, which runs through the western suburbs, has many kid-friendly stops along the route. You’ll find toy stores, beautiful parks, ice cream shops and more! Many towns operate their farmers markets near their train stations. Be sure to check…


Nature Centers in Chicagoland: Bring the Outdoors Inside

Nature centers are the perfect stop for any wildlife lover. These family-friendly stops are a win no matter what the weather. Bundle up to go outside in the winter, cool off inside during the summer or do both. They’re a hit year-round. No matter what mother nature has in store for us, you can stop in to one of these…


Fall 2021 Children’s Resale and Consignment Sales

With three kids at home, we are constantly rotating what’s in our closets and toy bins. Thanks to these great resales, it’s out with the old and in with the new (to you!) You’ll find great deals on new or gently used children’s clothing, gear, toys, books and more. You may even decide to consign things you no longer need….



Storybook Walk Displays and Events in Chicago’s Suburbs

Get outside and explore a new park while hitting the story trail! Sometimes called Storybook Walks, these trails let park visitors read a storybook by moving from page to page along a walking path. At these local parks, families will find Pete the Cat and other family-favorite books to enjoy together as they stretch their legs and practice their reading…



2021 Fourth of July Celebrations and Fireworks to Light Up the Sky

Keep your eyes on the sky this Fourth of July! The western suburbs have quite a few 4th of July fireworks displays returning in 2021, and even a few parades, too! Watch marching bands stroll the streets of downtown neighborhoods, then pull up your lawn chair to oooohhh and aaaahhhh over the colorful firework displays. We’re grateful to be able…



2021 Pool Memberships are Expanding with Phase 5 Guidelines

Pool memberships are a cost-effective way to maximize your summertime fun! In light of the new Phase 5 guidelines for Illinois, we recently revisited all the pools offering memberships and found lots more summer fun to be had. Check out all the offerings! Please note: This article was revised on June 11, 2021, to reflect new Phase 5 guidelines that…


Your Guide to Summer 2021 Fun in the Suburbs

After a quieter summer in 2020, it’s no surprise that we cannot contain our excitement for what’s in store in 2021. Strawberry picking, water parks, children’s museum, fishing, outdoor concerts, the list goes on and on. We’ve created one HUGE summer guide for all your family-friendly fun, so don’t forget to bookmark this page. We’ve linked to all of our…


Local Miniature Golf Courses with Waterfalls, Windmills, and More

Tee up to a family-friendly game of miniature golf this summer. Even your littlest golfers can navigate past the water features, over train tracks and score a hole-in-one. Make it a competition, or simply practice putting while enjoying a beautiful summer day at these miniature golf courses in the western suburbs. Mini Golf Courses in the Western Suburbs Hours and…