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Best Donuts in the Suburbs

Our readers nominated their favorite donuts shops in the suburbs and most of the spots that made the list were mentioned multiple times! It’s tempting to do a donut tour… so why not? We put together map so you can determine a route and mark them off as you go. While you are on the donut trail, check back with…


2018 Kid-Friendly Halloween Events in the Western Suburbs

We have rounded up family-friendly Halloween events in the western suburbs for you and your family to enjoy this boo-tiful Halloween season. October is full of fun activities including hayrides, pumpkins, movies, stories, treats, games, and more. The Halloween events below are a great opportunity to use those costumes more than once and celebrate the season all month long! This…


2018 Fall Festivals and Oktoberfests in the Western Suburbs

As summer heat turns to crisp autumn air, fall festivals and Oktoberfests spring up across Chicago’s western suburbs! These family-friendly events usually feature seasonal fun (think hayrides, pumpkin patches, and cups of steaming cider) as well as fest favorites such as rides, live music, and food trucks. Oktoberfests add a German twist with traditional food, music, and the chance to…


Local Escape Rooms: Are You Up to the Challenge?

The first time I went to an escape room, I was pretty skeptical — I don’t love puzzles and I’m the kind of person who Googles a riddle to find out the answer. But when we emerged an hour later (victorious, might I add), I was buzzing with adrenaline and completely converted. Good escape rooms have a variety of puzzles and…


Kid-Friendly Nail Salons in the Western Suburbs

With summer in full swing, you’re probably finding yourself spending most days in sandals. If your daughters are anything like mine, they’re obsessed with my nails whenever I come back with a fresh coat of polish. Pamper yourself and your daughter with an afternoon at one of these kid-friendly nail salons. Some salons even have cute, children’s chairs for guests…


2018 4th of July Fireworks and Parades in the Western Suburbs

The 4th of July is such a fun part of summer with lots of local, family-friendly events! Here’s a great line up of all the colorful 4th of July fireworks displays and spectacular parades listed alphabetically by town for the western suburbs of Chicago. Grab a blanket, some lawn chairs and your best patriotic gear, and check out one of these…


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…


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…


Arcades, Game Rooms, and Laser Tag in the Western Suburbs

Press PLAY to start, and get your game on! We’ve rounded up the best local arcades, laser tag and game rooms for kids (or kids at heart) in the western suburbs of Chicago. For those of you new to the options, “game room” refers to places with arcade-type games where the player can redeem tickets for prizes after playing. This article…


Free Photos with Santa in the Western Suburbs

Taking the kids to meet Santa (and capturing the moment on camera) is a time-honored holiday tradition. But nothing gets you out of the Christmas spirit faster than waiting in long lines or shelling out big bucks to do it. That’s why we’ve compiled a list of local holiday events where the kids can meet and greet the big guy…


Indoor Soccer for Kids in the Western Suburbs

This list of indoor soccer options is sponsored by Glen Ellyn Park District and some of the soccer clubs have upgraded their listings in order to give you more information as well! Ackerman Sports & Fitness Center in Glen Ellyn is offering Bubble Soccer for ages 6-11 on Friday, December 1 from 6pm-7pm. Kids will have a blast as they…