Articles by Rachel Matuch



Let the Library Come to You with eBooks, Streaming Movies, and More

My jaw literally dropped the first time I downloaded our library’s app. Popular new audiobooks, endless e-books, a treasure trove of kids’ titles — amazing. And not just books! Music, movies, comics. As everyone scrambles for online resources, you will DEFINITELY want to check your library first. Many libraries hold subscriptions to sites like Lynda.com (for career training), Kanopy Kids…


How to Help: Spreading Kindness in the Western Suburbs and Beyond

We might be “social distancing,” but if there was ever a time to come together, it’s now. We all have a part to play in helping our neighbors and communities. And besides the practical help we can offer others, I can’t think of anything that will help alleviate the sense of isolation more than supporting one other. I’ve arranged these…


Family-Friendly Weekend Events: March 13-15

Don’t be spooked by Friday the 13th — have some family fun instead! On Friday night, drop your 5th graders off for the Totally Naperville Tweens 5th Grade TNT with music, activities, games, and snacks for sale; register in advance for a discount. There are also a few events meant specifically for family time in the evening, such as Family…


Local Fish Fry Events for 2020: Kidlist Readers’ Top Picks

If you observe the Catholic tradition of avoiding meat on Fridays — or, like me, just love a good ol’ fashioned fish fry — you’ve got plenty of options in the west suburbs! We just put out a call on our Kidlist Facebook page for fish frys and you guys definitely delivered. Here are your suggestions for where to find…



Chicagoland’s Top Kid-Friendly Restaurants You Won’t Want to Miss

These kid-friendly restaurants go way beyond coloring pages. Think ride-on trains, hula dancers, custom balloon twisting, a spy-themed spot where you need to know the passcode, and even a stroller valet. We’ve rounded up our favorites, from local gems to over-the-top theme restaurants, to help make your family dining experiences extra-special. We hope this list helps your family form memories…





6 Easy Ways to Support Kidlist

Annie Tandy, our fearless leader, started Kidlist out of Western Springs way back in 2011, when she had two little ones. She’s a natural list-maker (have you seen her camping checklist?!) and wanted to share her own research on local fun with other families. Though our team has grown, that’s still the heart of what we do! If you’re not…