Articles by Rachel Matuch

Our 2019 Summer Bucket Lists are HERE! Soak in the Sun All Summer Long

The whole Kidlist team gets really excited about our annual summer bucket list. We start talking about it when there’s still snow on the ground (and that’s not even counting April snowstorms this year). The summer bucket list represents everything we’re about: giving local families ideas and tips for making amazing memories with their kids. This year, we decided to…


Where (and How!) to Take Your Kids Fishing + Local Fishing Shops

Going fishing together is a time-honored family tradition that brings generations together. I remember my grandpa taking us down to fish from the little pond outside his condo — and while my grandparents’ condo association probably wasn’t too pleased, I’m happy to have those memories. The key to fishing is coming prepared. Here’s what you need to bring, a few…



The Winners are Here! 9 Best Free Nature Centers in Chicagoland

According to Kidlist readers (thanks, everyone!) these are the nine BEST free nature centers in Chicagoland! Nature centers are amazing destinations for kids to learn more about animals, native plants, geography, and more. Check them out, then let us know how many you’ve visited! 9 Best Nature Centers with Free Admission in Chicagoland 1. Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center 9800 Willow Springs…


The Votes Are In: 10 BEST Indoor Playgrounds and Play Spaces

Thank you to all our readers who voted to help create this list of your favorites! Enjoy and explore a new play area with your kids this winter. If you would like even more indoor play places to choose from, check out our guides for Indoor Play Areas in the Western Suburbs and Indoor Play Areas in the Southwest Suburbs, which…


Parent Groups, Mom Groups, and Playgroups in the Southwest Suburbs

“I got her number!” I mouthed to my friend in triumph, holding up my phone. We high-fived. As we watched our potential new mom-friend jog away from the playground behind her 3-year-old’s tricycle, a thought struck me: finding friends as a parent is a lot like dating. You’ve got to put yourself out there, ask for a few numbers, and know when to…


Top 15 (Santa-Free!) Things to Do With Kids in December 2018

Even aside from all the holiday bustle, there lots to do throughout December! Close out 2018 strong with some fun family time, or find activities to keep everyone happy all winter break long. If you just need a break from all the Santa sightings, this is your list! December 2018 Events for Kids in the West Suburbs This list focuses…


2018 Trick-or-Treat Hours for the Western Suburbs

Easily find your town’s recommended trick-or-treat hours in this helpful list! Trick-or-Treating Hours in Chicago’s Near West Suburbs Bellwood: 3-7pm Bensenville: 3-8pm Berwyn: 4-6:30pm Bolingbrook: 4-7pm Brookfield: 3-7pm Burr Ridge: 3-8pm Carol Stream: 3-7pm Clarendon Hills: 3-7:00pm Countryside: 3-7pm Darien: not regulated, recommended daylight hours Downers Grove: no mandated hours, recommended daylight hours Elmhurst: 3:30-7:30pm Forest Park: 3-7:30pm Glen Ellyn: 3-7pm…


‘Frederick’ at the Chicago Children’s Theatre Review + Tips for Your Trip

Chicago Children’s Theatre’s Frederick turns Leo Lionni’s classic picture book into an exuberant family musical. It’s the tale of Frederick, a field mouse too amazed by the world around him to worry about mundane things like collecting food for the winter . . . much to the chagrin of the other mice, especially nervous Nellie. And as winter closes in, the…


2018 Fall Festivals and Oktoberfests in the Western Suburbs

As summer heat turns to crisp autumn air, fall festivals and Oktoberfests spring up across Chicago’s western suburbs! These family-friendly events usually feature seasonal fun (think hayrides, pumpkin patches, and cups of steaming cider) as well as fest favorites such as rides, live music, and food trucks. Oktoberfests add a German twist with traditional food, music, and the chance to…


Local Escape Rooms: Are You Up to the Challenge?

The first time I went to an escape room, I was pretty skeptical — I don’t love puzzles and I’m the kind of person who Googles a riddle to find out the answer. But when we emerged an hour later (victorious, might I add), I was buzzing with adrenaline and completely converted. Good escape rooms have a variety of puzzles and…


What You Need for Your Second Baby (and What You Really Don’t)

When we were getting ready for Baby #2 (about five months later than we’d started getting ready for Baby #1), I started wondering: What do we really need for this second baby? Don’t we already have everything packed away in the attic? But I quickly realized it wasn’t going to be quite that easy. We definitely needed less the second time around,…