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Kid-Friendly Openings as Illinois Moves to Phase 4

Select zoos, bowling, indoor dining, and other kid-friendly spots are coming as Illinois plans to transition into Phase 4 of the reopening plan on Friday. We’re covering the reopening plans below — but be sure to call ahead or make online reservations to be sure the business has space for you! Things are changing quickly and most businesses can only…




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…


Free Summer Reading Programs for Kids + Free Books

A lot of activities may be canceled this summer, but one thing is definitely not: reading! These retailers and local libraries are encouraging children’s love of learning by offering free summer reading programs. Enjoy a beautiful summer day reading outside, or curl up with a good book and a blanket on a rainy day inside. Start a virtual family book…


Virtual VBS, Kits, and In-Person Options for Vacation Bible School 2020

Vacation Bible School (VBS) is a fun and interactive way for kids to explore religion and learn about Bible stories through games, lessons, crafts, and snacks. Unfortunately many churches have had to cancel VBS, but some have adapted their program so families can still participate virtually, with take-home kits, and outdoors! In general, VBS is for ages 4 through 12, although…


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…


Updated! In-Person and Virtual Summer Camps 2020

We are excited to announce that many summer camps are still happening this year! Our local businesses and park districts have been very busy reimagining summer with all the new guidelines and safety measures and we are overjoyed with what they came up with. I am so grateful for our community and everything it offers. Check out these great options…



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…


Let’s Go Fly a Kite! Making, Buying, and Celebrating Kites

There’s something so sweet and special about the image of a family flying kites together on a spring day. Maybe you’ve flown a kite before with your kiddos, or maybe it’s something that you’ve been wanting to try together. Right now is a great time to try to fly a kite — it’s an outdoor activity where you can’t get…


Local Restaurants with Easter Dinner Takeout and Delivery Options

Your Easter plans may have changed from your usual holiday celebrations, but these Easter dining options with curbside pickup and delivery will help you prepare a delicious holiday feast. Spiral ham, broccoli quiche, decadent desserts and so much more. Try a new place or support one of your local favorites with these special Easter menus. Ordering deadlines are rapidly approaching,…