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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…


Summer 2020 Outdoor Movies in the West Suburbs

Nothing beats a beautiful summer night in Chicago. Pack your blanket and enjoy an outdoor movie in the western suburbs. You’ll laugh, cry, or even sing along to these family-friendly movies being shown under the stars. New this summer, most events are requiring advanced registration in order to monitor crowd sizes and social distancing. Click the links to find out…


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…


Where to See Waterfalls Near Chicago

Finding waterfalls in Chicagoland is not common, so when you spot one it makes hikes that much more special! We’ve been spending more time in nature lately and find these waterfalls so beautiful and peaceful. It’s also fun to race floating sticks down the rapids and an extra bonus if our kids can splash in a nearby creek! Fullersburg Woods…


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…


Virtual VBS, Kits, and In-Person Options for Vacation Bible School 2020

Vacation Bible School (VBS) is a fun and interactive way for kids to explore religion and learn about Bible stories through games, lessons, crafts, and snacks. Unfortunately many churches have had to cancel VBS, but some have adapted their program so families can still participate virtually, with take-home kits, and outdoors! In general, VBS is for ages 4 through 12, although…


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…


Local Restaurants with Easter Dinner Takeout and Delivery Options

Your Easter plans may have changed from your usual holiday celebrations, but these Easter dining options with curbside pickup and delivery will help you prepare a delicious holiday feast. Spiral ham, broccoli quiche, decadent desserts and so much more. Try a new place or support one of your local favorites with these special Easter menus. Ordering deadlines are rapidly approaching,…


Parenting Program – CANCELED

St. John Lutheran Early Learning Center (ELC) will present a free Parenting Program open to the community on Monday, March 16, 2020 from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. The topic will be “Six Secrets to Parenting Preschoolers.” Effective parenting methods relating to family scheduling, positive discipline approaches, modeling behaviors, instilling independence, engaging in stimulating playtime, and supporting a healthy lifestyle…


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,…