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8 Most Unique Holiday Experiences in Chicago and the Suburbs

Holiday events abound in and around Chicago, but what are the most unique holiday experiences? We rounded up experiences for a memorable December. Get the details on these one-of-a-kind family, friendly events and activities! Illumination November 17, 2018 – January 1, 2019 The Morton Arboretum’s Illumination is the most unique lights display we have ever seen. Where else can you…


2018-19 Winter Break Camps for Kids in the Western Suburbs

Winter break is the perfect time to unwind with family and friends, recharge your batteries and soak up the holiday season. It can also be hard to lose the structure of school days and extra-curricular activities. The western suburbs are full of winter break camps with a lot of flexibility. Sign up for a half-day, full-day, or extended-day. Pick a…




2018 Best Christmas Lights in the Western Suburbs

There are some truly amazing Christmas lights and displays in the western suburbs! Hop in the car to check out these magnificent light displays, or fill up some thermoses with hot cocoa and walk through together. We’ve updated all of the larger walk-throughs for 2018. We’ve also included the 2017 residential display information for all of you early birds, but…


Illumination Giveaway and New Features You’ll Love

In its sixth year, Illumination ushers visitors through a magical wintertime walk in the woods, surrounded by a kaleidoscope of vivid, colored lights and surprising and delightful interactive effects. We love going to Illumination! Our kids have the joy of hugging trees to make them change colors, pressing buttons to change the lights, warming up by the fire pits, and…


Santa Sighting Alert! Where to See Santa in the Western Suburbs 2018

Santa Claus is coming to town! Kidlist is here to help you get ready to celebrate the season and spend time with Santa, Mrs. Claus and their elves at many family-friendly events. You’ll find tree-lighting ceremonies, parades, story times, holiday train rides, photo opportunities, and more. So grab your wish list, come meet Santa, and make it a holiday tradition!…


Preschool and Daycare Guide for Families in Chicago’s Western Suburbs

Looking for a preschool or daycare near you for your little one? You came to the right place! This guide is split into three sections: Preschool, Daycare, and Preschool with Extended Care (child care outside the hours of 9am – 3pm), then organized by town. We recommend looking into a few that interest you and if time allows, schedule a visit to see the…



Where to Eat with Santa in the Western Suburbs 2018

Our recent cold weather has our family getting excited about the upcoming holiday season. What better way to get in the holiday spirit than to spend quality time and eat with Santa, Mrs. Claus or even the Grinch? Santa’s schedule fills up quickly in anticipation of the big day, so plan ahead if you hope to join him for breakfast,…


2018 Halloween Trunk-or-Treat Events in the Western Suburbs

Have a toddler who won’t make it around the neighborhood on Halloween? Trunk-or-Treat is a great way to get into the Halloween spirit before the big day! Families can choose to decorate their car and pass out goodies as excited children practice trick-or-treating around the safety of an enclosed parking lot. Some of these events include fall festivals, indoor games,…


The Biggest, Best Guide to Indoor Play Areas in the Western Suburbs of Chicago

Every year, this is one of our most popular lists — and for good reason! The western suburbs are full of indoor playgrounds if you’re looking for some relief from the heat, rain, or cold. We’ve got them all here! This ultimate list of indoor play areas includes indoor playgrounds, inflatable, and restaurant play areas. Whether you want information on an old favorite…