oakbrook terrace

Updated! Where to See 4th of July Fireworks This Year 2020

This article originally published on June 16, 2020 and we have received updated information included below. While most fireworks displays have been cancelled for this year, there are still a few happening in Chicago’s suburbs! The displays that are still moving forward seem to be planning to have the fireworks launched higher this year so they can be seen from…


Exciting New Playgrounds in the Western Suburbs

We’ve heard from almost all of the park districts now that playgrounds are open! Please note that they are not being sanitized regularly, so they are “use at your own risk”. (We have included overall guidelines below.) Our wonderful local park districts have been busy planning and executing playground replacements! Check out the new playgrounds that were just completed as…



500+ Restaurants with Outdoor Dining in the Western Suburbs

Restaurants are now open for outdoor dining, but not all restaurants can accommodate outside seating. We found it a little daunting to try to figure out our options, but wanted to take a break from cooking, get out of the house, and enjoy a meal together. That’s where this handy list comes in! Scroll to the town you are interested…


Where (and How!) to Take Your Kids Fishing + Current Restrictions

My favorite memories of my dad and I were fishing off the dock or by the pond at the Mallard Lake Forest Preserve. There’s something about fishing that lures families together to create memories outdoors! It isn’t just teaching your child to fish that creates a bond. It’s the calm, quiet moments in nature. This peaceful tranquility is something my…


Local Fish Fry Events for 2020: Kidlist Readers’ Top Picks

If you observe the Catholic tradition of avoiding meat on Fridays — or, like me, just love a good ol’ fashioned fish fry — you’ve got plenty of options in the west suburbs! We just put out a call on our Kidlist Facebook page for fish frys and you guys definitely delivered. Here are your suggestions for where to find…


Kids Eat Free Deals: The Ultimate List for Chicago’s West Suburbs

Have something in your family you’d like to celebrate? Home-cooked dinner not in the cards tonight? Look no further! Local restaurants have kids eat free promotions every day of the week. This is a great way to dine out together without breaking the bank. Most restaurants require the purchase of an adult entree to score the deal. Even though we’ve…


Chicagoland Kids Theater Guide: Spring – Summer 2020

Sharing the arts with your kids is such a wonderful and memorable experience. And lucky for us, there are tons of amazing, family-friendly theater productions in the Chicagoland area! Kidlist has you covered with a fantastic listing of shows that include an adult ensemble, as well as ones with an all-kids cast. Line up your theater tickets for the coming…


Kids Theater Guide: Fall ’19 – Winter ’20

This article originally published on August 15, 2019 but has been updated with February performance dates. We are so excited about all the fantastic family-friendly theater productions heading our way in the fall and winter months! From big shows in the city to smaller ones right in your neighborhood, there are plenty of excellent options to captivate the whole family….


New Year’s Eve Family Party at Enchanted Castle

Ring in 2020 at Chicago’s Greatest Family New Year’s Eve Bash on Tuesday, December 31st with 2 seatings to choose from – our 3 PM “Early Bird” seating and the “Grand Gala” seating from 8 pm to Midnight! Guests will enjoy our famous New Year’s Buffet including soft drinks and dessert plus each paid guest receives $10 in Game Play,…


2019 Guide to Holiday Theater and Nutcracker Performances for Kids!

Make magical memories this holiday season with a kid-friendly holiday theater performance! There are so many options to take advantage of during Christmastime in the Chicagoland area. Why not start a special new tradition with your family? We live in such a wonderful area that offers holiday classics, old favorites, and new productions. Check out all these great options, including…


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…