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2018 Free Summer Fun in the Western Suburbs

The best kind of summer fun is free summer fun! Save those dollar bills for the ice cream truck (or a family vacation): there are plenty of options for free summer fun in the Western suburbs. This huge list of free summer fun is sponsored by the Glen Ellyn Park District! Winding slopes, streams, bridges, and tunnels add to the challenge at…


Outdoor Movies in Chicago’s West and Southwest Suburbs

Now presenting all the outdoor movies being shown in the west and southwest suburbs for Summer 2018! Click on the listing to see more information such as the specific location and suggestions on what you should bring. Some even have pre-movie activities or entertainment and concessions available. So grab a blanket or some chairs and enjoy a movie under the…


2018 Summer Music Series in the Western Suburbs

Here in the western suburbs, we know that there’s no better way to spend a lazy summer night than by gathering with friends and neighbors in a local park to enjoy some live music. It’s a great way to get the kids outside for some good, wholesome fun while you get to sit back, relax and take in some great…


2018 Summer Festivals in the Western Suburbs

Picture a beautiful summer day, some tasty food, great live music, parades and carnival rides…  ahhh, summertime family fun awaits! There are loads of kid-friendly summer festivals lined up throughout the western suburbs. Check out our guide for the best summer fests in and around your area! This guide is sponsored by the North Riverside Block Party. North Riverside Biggest…


Free Tulip Bulbs in Oak Brook 2018

Have you seen all of the gorgeous tulips at the Oakbrook Center? Year after year they dig all of them up (usually after Mother’s Day) and offer them to the community so we can all enjoy them in our own yards! Get all the details below about when it’s happening and what to expect. When to Get Free Tulips This…


Best Forest Preserve Trails for Kids in the West and Southwest Suburbs

Here in the Chicago suburbs, we’ve got the best of both worlds: city life and wide open spaces. We don’t have to go far to enjoy the great outdoors! Not only is exploring our natural environment an incredible learning opportunity for kids, but it’s also one of the most entertaining and rewarding ways to enjoy a beautiful spring or summer…


Where Kids Eat Free in Chicago’s Western Suburbs – 2018

Stuck in a dinner rut? Venture out to try a new restaurant without the worry of a hefty bill. Here is an updated list of Kids Eat Free deals in the western suburbs. To receive the free kids menu items, nearly all restaurants require the purchase of an adult entree. Even though I’ve recently verified restaurants’ offerings and restrictions, it’s…


New Playgrounds

It’s so exciting when there are new playgrounds on the horizon! We have amazing parks systems and park districts in the west and southwest suburbs, many of whom are planning some great new spaces for our children. Here are the locations you can look forward to checkin out in the near future! We also included information from the past year…


Vacation Bible School (VBS) Summer 2018

Vacation Bible School is a fun week for kids to learn about Bible stories through games, lessons, crafts, and snacks. There are VBS events happening all over the west suburbs! You do not have to attend church to send your kids to VBS. In general, VBS is for ages 3 through 12. Registration starts soon and often fills up, so…


2018 Races and Fun Runs in the Western Suburbs

The spring and summer months bring an incredible round-up of races and fun runs locally that are lots of fun for the whole family! While some kids are ready for a full-blown 5k, others might like to start with a short and sweet fun run: the perfect way to introduce younger kids to longer races. Either way, they’re sure to…


Bunny Breakfasts and Other Easter Meal Options in the Western Suburbs

Hop on over and enjoy some tasty treats with the Easter Bunny! Find options for breakfast with the bunny and other opportunities for tasty Easter meals without the stress of cooking yourself. Many of these events require advance registration or reservations, so please plan early and call ahead. Lunch Bunch with the Bunny (Burr Ridge) March 14, 2018 | 12:00pm…