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2019 Haunted Houses, Hayrides and Forest Walks

There’s a chill in the air . . . and little ghosts and goblins everywhere are on the hunt for a good scare! We’ve found all the haunted houses, hayrides and forest walks in our area with just-the-right-size frights for your skeleton crew. (Parental discretion is always recommended. If you’re unsure whether a particular event or venue listed below is…



Best Donuts in the Suburbs

Our readers nominated their favorite donuts shops in the suburbs and most of the spots that made the list were mentioned multiple times! It’s tempting to do a donut tour… so why not? We put together map so you can determine a route and mark them off as you go. While you are on the donut trail, check back with…


Springbrook Nature Center in Itasca

Springbrook Nature Center is a small, quiet spot in the heart of Itasca. We went on a nice summer day and enjoyed exploring all that this beautiful place had to offer, including the trails, aquariums, bird sanctuaries, and more. Springbrook Nature Center in Itasca Springbrook Nature Center 130 Forest Ave. Itasca, IL 60143 (630) 773-5572 Springbrook Nature Center has three…


Santa’s Mistletoe Market

SANTA’S MISTLETOE MARKET Santa’s Mistletoe Market! Join the Hampshire Area Chamber of Commerce for this newly revamped event! A fun festive event you don’t want to miss! Craft show, kids activities and games, visits with Santa, live entertainment, food vendors, caroling and more! Sunday December 3rd 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. Hampshire Middle School 560 S. State St., Hampshire, IL 60140…


Kids Night Out: NINJAGO

It’s an opportunity for your kids to hang out with other kids, eat cheese pizza, paint and Ninjago mug, watch a Ninjago movie, and play BINGO. We will even have a visit from Kai from Ninjango!! KNO is for kids who are age 5 and up. KNO is for KIDS ONLY. Parents should drop off their kids between 5:45 pick-up…


Nature Centers in Chicagoland: Bring the Outdoors Inside

Nature centers offer a dose of the great outdoors, even when the weather isn’t cooperating. I had no idea these existed until recently, when we were driving past the new Knoch Knolls center and stopped in to explore. Now I know the secret: nature centers are a great source of (usually free) fun in any weather! These Chicagoland nature centers that have walk-in visitor…