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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…


Local Activity Kits and Subscriptions for Easy At-Home Fun

What are we going to do today? If you are like me, I am trying to keep my kids active this summer, both mind and body. Activity kits are available throughout the suburbs to pick up and take home. Crafts, summer school at home, cooking, art projects, and more . . . and the best of all, someone else prepares…


Brookfield Zoo is Reopening! Reservations Required

Brookfield Zoo will be open for members starting July 1 and to the general public July 8, 2020! A number of enhanced operational protocols and procedures have been set in place, and it is highly recommended that you read through them at CZS.org/KnowBeforeYouGo prior to visiting Brookfield Zoo. New Brookfield Zoo Timed Ticket Registration To ensure safe social distancing, a reserved timed-ticketing system…




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…


5 Ways to Honor Your Special Class of 2020 Graduate!

Graduation is normally such a memorable and exciting milestone, but it’s looking a bit different this year as many of these events move to a virtual platform. We’ve come up with some inventive ways to make these moments extra special for such deserving kiddos! You can tailor these to just about any age, from preschool to high school. The Kidlist…



How Do We Make Our Kids’ Birthdays Special Right Now?

For many of us parents who have kids with spring birthdays, we are scrambling to find new ways to make these occasions special during the coronavirus stay-at-home order. My daughter recently celebrated her 12th birthday, and in the end, it was nothing short of spectacular! In fact, she has asked for some of the new traditions we created at home…


Bunny Breakfasts and Other Easter Meal Options in the West Suburbs

PLEASE NOTE THAT ALL BUNNY BREAKFASTS HAVE BEEN CANCELED. Bunny breakfasts (or lunches) are a delicious way to get in the holiday spirit and spend time with the Easter Bunny. Whether you’re enjoying casual donuts or an elegant Sunday brunch, don’t forget your camera for a big photo opportunity! Nearly all of these bunny breakfasts require advance registration or reservations,…