Articles by Rachel Matuch


Updated! Where to See 4th of July Fireworks This Year 2020

This article originally published on June 16, 2020 and we have received updated information included below. While most fireworks displays have been cancelled for this year, there are still a few happening in Chicago’s suburbs! The displays that are still moving forward seem to be planning to have the fireworks launched higher this year so they can be seen from…


Kid-Friendly Openings as Illinois Moves to Phase 4

Select zoos, bowling, indoor dining, and other kid-friendly spots are coming as Illinois plans to transition into Phase 4 of the reopening plan on Friday. We’re covering the reopening plans below — but be sure to call ahead or make online reservations to be sure the business has space for you! Things are changing quickly and most businesses can only…


Your Guide to Summer 2020 Fun in the Suburbs

Last night, I was scrolling through photos from June last year: a waterpark vacation, visits to the library, playgrounds, restaurants, splash pads . . . wow, things are certainly different this year! But working on this round-up of 2020 summer fun energized me. There are still fun things to do around town if you know where to look! And our…


Drive-In Movie Theaters and Events in Chicagoland

Drive-in movie events are making a comeback! They’re the perfect socially distanced night out for the family, and a chance to safely enjoy the fresh air and a community event. Of course, that popularity means that these events are selling out like crazy — so we’ve rounded up local options to keep your eye on. Attendance will be limited for…




Need Help? You’re Not Alone. Here’s How to Get It.

In the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, we’re all adjusting to life as it’s never been before — and for many of us, that means needing help we’ve never needed before. Help is out there, but it can feel overwhelming reaching out for the first time. To help us all take those first baby steps, we’ve put together a list…




13 Great Educational Apps for Kids

We recently put out the call to our readers for all your favorite kids’ apps, and you definitely delivered! Thanks to everyone who chimed in on Facebook and Instagram — I found a couple new favorites for my own family from your suggestions. My 4-year-old is currently sitting on my legs playing Build A Truck while I work. (He highly…


Updated! Help Spread Kindness in the Western Suburbs and Beyond

As the COVID-19 pandemic intensifies, families are stepping up in ways we haven’t seen since the World War II home front efforts. We all have a part to play in helping our neighbors and communities. And besides the practical help we can offer others, the feeling of doing something, no matter how small, is a balm for our spirits. If…