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Gymnastics Open Gym Summer Schedule for the West Suburbs

Gymnastics open gym time is a great way for kids to have fun, test their gymnastics skills, and challenge themselves physically (with the comfort of foam mats and pads). These local gymnastics facilities all offer a summertime open gym schedule. On some of the websites, you’ll find a waiver to print and sign so you’re ready to play right when…


Enjoy These Dog-Friendly Restaurant Patios (and Secret Menus!)

Summertime patios are here! But have you ever been curious if you could bring your dog along? There are many dog-friendly restaurant patio options across the western suburbs, so plan a doggy date today. Remember the rules of dog etiquette also apply to restaurant patios: keep dogs leashed and make sure they are well exercised and calm prior to your…


2019 5k Races and Fun Runs in the Western Suburbs

Spring and summertime in Chicago bring the perfect weather to get outside and enjoy these races and fun runs with your family. Set an active example by signing yourself up, too! Kids can sprint in a 100-yard dash, test their endurance in a 1-miler or push themselves to complete a full 5k. Along with the running, kids will love the…


Pets Love Indie, Too! Local Pet Supply Stores and Shops

While there are a variety of national chain pet stores available to us in our communities, it can be a fun field trip for you and your dog to seek out local independent shops! These stores can range from standalone pet stores, to portions of locations that also offer grooming and other classes, to pet bakeries. Shopping local supports our…


Double J Riding Club Open House!

Farm and horse-loving families can check out what’s new at Double J Riding Club for spring and summer 2019 at this open house event. Young riders can walk around the property, meet animals, and talk with staff to learn about the programs offered at the club all year round. Pony rides will be available if weather permits! Double J staff…


Local Dog Grooming Services and At-Home Tips

Our extremely fluffy pup, Elsie the Aussiedoodle, requires frequent grooming. In fact, she is the most frequent recipient of professional hair care services in our house! We quickly learned that there are many facets of grooming and several ways you can approach grooming your furry friend; the key is finding the method that works for you. Local Dog Grooming Services…


Storytime with Santa

Bring your children for a fun and memorable evening with Santa.  Enjoy cookies and cocoa as Santa reads classic and contemporary Christmas stories. There will be opportunities for photos with Santa, and each child will receive a souvenir cocoa mug.


Storytime with Santa

Bring your children for a fun and memorable morning with Santa.  Enjoy donuts and cocoa as Santa reads classic and contemporary Christmas stories.  There will be opportunities for photos with Santa, and each child will receive a souvenir cocoa mug.


Shimmering Winter Votive Candle Holders

Join us at the Kensington Arts Center to create a shimmering set of winter votive candle holders. Enjoy decoupaging with a lovely variety of decorative papers to fashion colorful glowing glass containers. Add a dash of glitter, pretty pine cones and ribbons to finish off your creation. Children ages 6 and up. Please call ahead or text to reserve a…


Storytime with Santa

Bring your children for a fun and memorable visit with Santa.  Enjoy cookies and cocoa as Santa reads classic and contemporary Christmas stories.  There will be opportunities for photos with Santa, and each child will receive a souvenir cocoa mug.


Dog Boarding Options in the West and Southwest Suburbs

The holidays are just around the corner. For some of us, our furry friends are piling into our cars and making trips together with our families. For others, we must find a nice place for our pups to stay. Luckily, there are plenty of options! Plus, most dog boarding locations also offer spa or grooming services in case your furry…