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2019 Best Christmas Lights in the West and Southwest Suburbs

All of the incredible Christmas light displays around Chicago’s suburbs bring joy to my family every year. We all pile in the car, bring hot chocolate and Christmas cookies, and head out to see the beautiful displays our local families have created. From big attractions to incredible residential displays, we’ve got tons of options for your family. From our family…



Top (Santa-Free!) Things to Do With Kids in December 2019

Although December gets swallowed up by the holiday season, there are plenty of things to do in Chicagoland that don’t involve Christmas or Santa. December is a great time to get out with the family and close up 2019 strong! There are plenty of things on this list to keep your kiddies happy (and busy) all month long, even if…


Illumination: Tree Lights

See trees in a different light at Illumination: Tree Lights at The Morton Arboretum. Be surrounded by color as you walk a one-mile paved path amid interactive lighting effects that highlight the beauty of trees in winter. Enjoy seasonal music, marvel at ever-changing, captivating lighting designs, and warm up by a crackling fire with a cozy drink or roast marshmallows for s’mores….




Santa Sighting Alert! Local Spots to See Santa in 2019

Here comes Santa Claus — right down our neighborhood lanes! What better way to ring in the Christmas season than a visit with Santa himself? At these family-friendly events, you’ll get to see the big guy (and maybe even catch a sighting of Mrs. Claus and the elves). Below, you’ll find tree-lighting ceremonies, parades, story times, photo opportunities, and more…


Winter Fun! Places to Go Skiing and Snowboarding Near Chicago

My husband and I loved skiing together before we had children, and now that our two eldest children are showing interest, we can’t wait to get out there with them. (Fun fact: My husband and I got engaged at a ski lodge in Breckenridge, Colorado!) Traveling west is not always easy or affordable with little ones, but have no fear….


Go Green This Halloween: Smash Your Pumpkins on Saturday!

The pumpkin smash is Saturday, November 2, 2019! What is a pumpkin smash, you ask? Communities all over are holding events to collect jack-o-lanterns and prevent them from heading to landfills. Instead, they’ll be composted, which helps decrease greenhouse gas emissions and provides soil with much-needed nutrients. It’s an annual event, held the first Saturday after Halloween. So go green…


2019 Trick-or-Treat Hours for the Chicago Suburbs

Halloween is just around the corner! Easily find your town’s recommended trick-or-treat hours in this helpful list. Check out the easy to print graphics if you are traveling to neighboring towns and share them with your friends! You’ll find trick-or-treat hours for the western suburbs, far west, and southwest suburbs in this handy article. Trick-or-Treating Hours in Chicago’s Western Suburbs…