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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…


$1 Summer Movies for Kids in the Chicagoland Area

Going to the movies is always a fun time, but it is especially fun when the price is only $1! Many of the local theaters offer special summer movie series where shows are just $1. (We had to sneak in a $2 movie series as well to round out locations in the southwest suburbs, but we didn’t think you’d mind.) These…



Free Comic Book Day 2018

Saturday, May 5, 2018 is Free Comic Book Day! Simply walk into a participating comic book store to  get your free comic book. This event welcomes old and new fans alike. Readers are encouraged to dress as their favorite characters to celebrate their most-loved series. Some stores even bring in their own special activities and special guests. According to their…


Bounce House Rentals in the Chicagoland Area

Bounce house rentals pump up the fun at kids’ birthday parties, graduations, or any event that a bunch of kids are expected to attend. Our guide lists some of the popular bounce house rental companies in the greater Chicagoland area. Many of these companies also rent tables, chairs, and other necessary items for party planning. Scroll through to find a…


Afternoon Tea with Kids

Afternoon tea is such a lovely experience to share with your children! It’s a special outing in a charming setting that naturally creates time to bond over flavorful treats. We are lucky to live in an area that has many elegant options to choose from, many of which hold teatimes geared specifically for children. Whether it’s a birthday, Mother’s Day or any simple day, teatime is…


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…


Swimming Pool Memberships

Get ready to splash into summer with swimming pool memberships! Many of them have early bird rates and the deadlines are approaching, so we thought it would be helpful to give everyone a heads up. In addition to early bird rate dates (if applicable), all of the listings below include opening days for 2018. Summer Pool Memberships in Chicago’s West…