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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…


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…


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…


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…


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…


Toy Drives and Donations to Spread the Cheer

Raising kind, considerate children is at the tops of every parent’s Christmas wish list. These toy drives and donation events can help your family spread goodwill onto others this holiday season! Throughout the west and southwest suburbs there are organizations collecting new toys, monetary donations, and even gently used toys to give children and families in need. By participating in…


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…


Pumpkin Palooza at DuPage Children’s Museum

Families are encouraged to come in costume and celebrate the colorful fall season during Pumpkin Palooza at DuPage Children’s Museum. This family-favorite event includes musical performances, unique creation stations, a touch-a-tractor, and more! • Scoop and squish in gooey pumpkin guts • Build a FrankenBuddy • Bring your own pumpkin to the DIY pumpkin makerspace • Pump up your hairdo…


Lend a Hand Together at These Local Volunteer Opportunities

As a parent, I love fostering the importance of giving back and teaching our children to be thankful. Volunteering as a family is a wonderful opportunity to connect with each other and the world around you! Children learn how their role makes an impact locally or globally in the lives of others. Here are some incredible opportunities to get your…


Splash Pads Still Open: September 2019

The end of summer 2019 is upon us, and one sure sign is the closing of pools and splash pads. But most years, September weather is still warm enough to enjoy days of summer sun and water activities! Luckily, these splash pads still have splash time into September for your little ones to enjoy. Happy splashing! Splash Pads Open in…


Indoor Swim Lessons in the West and Southwest Suburbs

When summer ends, your swim lessons don’t have to! Water safety skills are important to work on all year long. Keep that momentum going throughout the school year with indoor swim lessons. These facilities all offer indoor swim lessons starting at about 6 months old, with some companies starting as early as 3 months old. This article is sponsored by…


Splash Pads and Spray Parks in the Western Suburbs

The reason this Kidlist Mom loves splash pads is that my little kids are able to be more independent than at a pool. (It’s also a bonus that I don’t have to put on my bathing suit or bring life jackets!) Most splash pads and spray parks are opening Memorial Day weekend, with exceptions noted in the comments under each….