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What’s Going On with Water Parks and Beaches This Summer?

The Chicagoland has already seen some hot, hot days this summer! Some waterparks and beaches made the difficult decision to close for the entire 2020 season, while others are hoping to open there doors as soon as it’s deemed safe for their staff and guests. Be sure to check the website before going for all the details on hours, pricing,…


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…



500+ Restaurants with Outdoor Dining in the Western Suburbs

Restaurants are now open for outdoor dining, but not all restaurants can accommodate outside seating. We found it a little daunting to try to figure out our options, but wanted to take a break from cooking, get out of the house, and enjoy a meal together. That’s where this handy list comes in! Scroll to the town you are interested…


Free Summer Reading Programs for Kids + Free Books

A lot of activities may be canceled this summer, but one thing is definitely not: reading! These retailers and local libraries are encouraging children’s love of learning by offering free summer reading programs. Enjoy a beautiful summer day reading outside, or curl up with a good book and a blanket on a rainy day inside. Start a virtual family book…


2020 Farmers Markets and French Markets and the New Rules You Should Know

Yes, farmers markets are opening in 2020! Farmers, small business owners, and artisans need our help now more than ever. But do expect changes. According to the Illinois Farmers Market Association: “farmers markets are transitioning from community gathering spaces to transaction based markets, or IN-and-OUT markets. A few key tips from their new safety procedures: Maintain at least six feet…



Where (and How!) to Take Your Kids Fishing + Current Restrictions

My favorite memories of my dad and I were fishing off the dock or by the pond at the Mallard Lake Forest Preserve. There’s something about fishing that lures families together to create memories outdoors! It isn’t just teaching your child to fish that creates a bond. It’s the calm, quiet moments in nature. This peaceful tranquility is something my…


2020 Pool Memberships: Early Bird Extensions and Opening Days

IMPORTANT NOTE: This article is no longer up-to-date. Many of the pools below have chosen to close for the 2020 season; please see our article on what’s open, closed, and rescheduled for more information. Many local spots have extended their early bird pricing due to the uncertainty around COVID-19. Check below for discount details and tentative opening days. Please note…


Places to Bounce: Trampoline Parks and Inflatables

There’s no reason to feel couped up this winter. Get out of the house and jump around! Burn off all that extra energy at these indoor facilities that feature trampoline parks and inflatables. Our list below provides details about days and pricing, but don’t forget to call ahead to confirm. Indoor Trampoline Parks Sky Zone Elmhurst, Sky Zone Aurora and Sky…


Hop On Over to These 2020 Easter Egg Hunts

PLEASE NOTE THAT ALL EGG HUNTS HAVE BEEN CANCELED. This egg-ceptional list of Easter egg hunts in the west suburbs will have your little bunnies hopping with egg-citement. There are plenty of indoor and outdoor options for whatever weather comes our way this spring. You’ll even find late-night flashlight egg hunts and a few egg hunts in the shallow end…


Kids Eat Free Deals: The Ultimate List for Chicago’s West Suburbs

Have something in your family you’d like to celebrate? Home-cooked dinner not in the cards tonight? Look no further! Local restaurants have kids eat free promotions every day of the week. This is a great way to dine out together without breaking the bank. Most restaurants require the purchase of an adult entree to score the deal. Even though we’ve…