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A Day at the Farm: Local Farms to Visit with Kids

If your children are anything like mine, some of their first words were “moo” and “neigh.” One of our favorite summertime activities is to visit local farms, and we’re hoping the circumstances of this summer won’t stop us! There are a lot of great options in the Chicagoland area for barnyard animal lovers. Along with animal visits, many of these…


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…


Drive-In Movie Theaters and Events in Chicagoland

Drive-in movie events are making a comeback! They’re the perfect socially distanced night out for the family, and a chance to safely enjoy the fresh air and a community event. Of course, that popularity means that these events are selling out like crazy — so we’ve rounded up local options to keep your eye on. Attendance will be limited for…


Chicago Steel Live Strong As Steel Assembly

The Chicago Steel Hockey Team’s signature “Live Strong As Steel” program is presented to thousands of students annually. In partnership with Two by Two Character Development, each fun and educational assembly promotes character traits such as kindness, respect, responsibility, cooperation, empathy, citizenship, perseverance, and fairness all while helping students learn about the game of hockey. The “Live Strong As Steel”…



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…


Hop On Over to These 2020 Easter Egg Hunts

PLEASE NOTE THAT ALL EGG HUNTS HAVE BEEN CANCELED. This egg-ceptional list of Easter egg hunts in the west suburbs will have your little bunnies hopping with egg-citement. There are plenty of indoor and outdoor options for whatever weather comes our way this spring. You’ll even find late-night flashlight egg hunts and a few egg hunts in the shallow end…



The Votes Are In: 10 BEST Indoor Playgrounds and Play Spaces

Thank you to all our readers who voted to help create our second annual list of best indoor playgrounds! You would not believe how much has changed in a year. New places have been added and others have left, but the top 3 remain the same. If you would like even more indoor play places to choose from, check out…


Daddy Daughter Dances (and Valentine’s Events) in the West Suburbs

Nothing beats quality one-on-one time with your child, and these Daddy-Daughter dances provide girls with the perfect opportunity for a fun-filled night with the men in their lives. Dads, stepdads, grandpas, uncles, older cousins, or even close family friends can come bust a move on the dance floor. These events include dancing (of course), refreshments, crafts, keepsake photos, flowers, and…