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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…


2020 Farmers Markets and French Markets and the New Rules You Should Know

Yes, farmers markets are opening in 2020! Farmers, small business owners, and artisans need our help now more than ever. But do expect changes. According to the Illinois Farmers Market Association: “farmers markets are transitioning from community gathering spaces to transaction based markets, or IN-and-OUT markets. A few key tips from their new safety procedures: Maintain at least six feet…


2020 Pool Memberships: Early Bird Extensions and Opening Days

IMPORTANT NOTE: This article is no longer up-to-date. Many of the pools below have chosen to close for the 2020 season; please see our article on what’s open, closed, and rescheduled for more information. Many local spots have extended their early bird pricing due to the uncertainty around COVID-19. Check below for discount details and tentative opening days. Please note…


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…


2019 Best Decorated Halloween Houses to Drive By and Walk Through

Each Halloween, my kids get such a kick out of the “spooky” decorations they see in the stores. They’re too young for haunted houses, but truly enjoy seeing people’s houses decorated for Halloween. A great family outing could include a few cups of apple cider, some popcorn, and a tour in your car together to check out some of these…


Oaktoberfest

Fall festival celebrates seasonal food, craft beer and premier entertainment in Oak Park, IL. Oaktoberfest takes your traditional Oktoberfest to the next level! This free two-day event on Friday, September 20th and Saturday, September 21st offers a premier music lineup featuring local and national artists, a Kids’ Root Beer Garden, and microbrew, wine and ethnic food offerings.  Oaktoberfest kicks off…


Your One-Stop Spot to Find Local Kids Classes and Teams

Between everyone on the Kidlist Team and the wide range of children all of us have, we have looked into every type of kids classes, teams, clinics, and lessons there are. So we decided to put all of our heads together to create a helpful resource for all of our fellow parents, grandparents, and caregivers! Below you will find four…


Kids’ Basketball Teams, Leagues, and Skill Building

If your child dreams of nothin’ but net — or they’ve outgrown dunking on the Little Tikes hoop — you’ve got lots of choices. From competitive traveling teams to all-kids-play local leagues, we’re rounding up local basketball programs in the western suburbs. Don’t forget to check with your own local school and park district, too! This article is sponsored by…


Kids Art Classes and Studios: Drawing, Painting, and More

Drawing and painting are wonderful ways for kids to express themselves! Creative kiddos of all ages can draw or paint during open studio time, classes, workshops, and summer camps. Take your little Picasso to a studio near you today and watch their inner artist shine through! This article is sponsored by the featured listings. Kids Drawing and Painting Studios in…


Music Classes For Kids

Music makes the world go round! Kids benefit from all sorts of interactions with music, but if you are looking to dive a little deeper, we’ve got you covered. We have a comprehensive guide just for you, broken down by category to help your kids further their vocal skills, learn to plan an instrument, or groove to the beat. This…


Kids Pottery Classes, Workshops, and Studio Time

There are loads of choices in our area for places that teach kids (from tots to teenagers) the fundamentals of pottery. Whether it’s hand-building, wheel throwing, or simply painting, there’s certainly a place nearby to discover the art of pottery with your kids! This article is sponsored by the featured listings. Thrown Elements Pottery260 N. Evergreen AvenueArlington Heights, IL 60004(847) 818-1313Tween classes…


Indoor Soccer Classes and Teams for Kids

No muddy fields on this list! These local indoor soccer facilities offer budding soccer enthusiasts options for year-round skill building, recreational teams, classes, camps and clinics. To find the soccer club that best suits your family, check out our round-up of teams near you. This article is sponsored by the featured listings. Indoor Soccer Clubs, Classes and Camps Norm Reissman…