• Chicago Baby Show Ticket Giveaway
  • Pheasant Run Family Fun Package Giveaway
  • Modern Map Art Review
  • Overnight Getaway – Summer Splash Getaway at Pheasant Run Resort
  • Origami in the Garden at the Morton Arboretum through October 22, 2017

Chicago Baby Show Ticket Giveaway

The 2017 Chicago Baby Show on August 26 & 27 at Navy Pier will be part of the largest show series for new and expectant parents in the country. Built off the 7 years of success with the New York Baby Show and the inaugural LA Baby Show last year, this event will provide an amazing experience […]

Pheasant Run Family Fun Package Giveaway

The amazing thing about Toddling Around Chicagoland and my book The Ultimate Kids’ Adventure Guide is that I get to share some amazing places and our experiences there. I love when I get to share helpful information, and it’s even better when I get to give things away! The Ultimate Kids’ Adventure Guide to Chicago […]

Modern Map Art Review

I was born in Chicago. I lived near Midway Airport (and by “near” I mean one block over) until I moved away for college, and then law school, when I was 21. After law school, I returned to Chicago, to the same house I grew up in. John and I bought the house from my […]

Overnight Getaway – Summer Splash Getaway at Pheasant Run Resort

The Pheasant Run Resort is a 250-acre resort in St. Charles. We recently had the opportunity to visit and enjoy their Summer Splash Getaway package. Location: 4051 East Main Street, St Charles, IL 60174 Phone: 630-584-6300 Parking: Free parking is available in the resort’s lot.  Check-in/check-out: Check-in begins at 4:00 pm. Check-out is at 11:00 am.  […]

Origami in the Garden at the Morton Arboretum through October 22, 2017

The Morton Arboretum prides itself on being a living museum and that’s a beautiful thing about visiting. It’s never exactly the same, with trees growing and changing throughout the season. Each visit is a different experience, not only because of the living things, but because they are often displaying new exhibits. P.S. Looking for more […]

Fourth of July Parade & Firework Guide – 2017

I don’t know about you, but we’re just about falling into our summer routine when the Fourth of July comes along to shake things up. I love it! Not only do I love celebrating independence and freedom, but it’s a kick in the butt. It’s a reminder that summer is filled with amazing opportunities for […]

The Ultimate Kids’ Adventure Guide to Chicago

You may have heard – especially if you have “liked” the Toddling Around Chicagoland Facebook Page – but my book was published! The Ultimate Kids’ Adventure Guide to Chicago was published by Reedy Press and released in May 2017. I announced it here before, and I’ve had a couple posts about it, but I realized […]

Chicago Summer Movie Guide – 2017

I love settling into a darkened movie theater with my family and a ginormous bucket of popcorn. It doesn’t matter if we see a brand new release, or an old favorite movie, it’s just nice to escape for an hour or so into a different world. Bonus: it’s especially nice to escape from the heat […]

Super Savings with Groupon Coupons

My kids started summer break less than a week ago. We’ve watched a parade, barbecued with friends, attended a Boy Scout event, spent time with Grandma and Grandpa, and lots more. What I’m realizing is that it’s gonna take a LOT to keep these kids busy this summer. We’re already planning outings to the Morton Arboretum, […]

Chicago Free Museum Days – Summer 2017

The end of the school year is RIGHT around the corner. Filling the summer with family time, fun, and educational experiences is easy in an amazing city like Chicago, but it’s NOT always easy on the wallet. Thankfully, there are plenty of attractions that are free every day, and many that offer free or discounted […]

Chicago Area Berry Picking Guide 2017

Who doesn’t love a nice, juicy berry? You can buy them at the grocery store, but it’s a chore to go shopping and you often find the strawberries (or raspberries, or blueberries) are just not that fresh. Treat yourself and your kids to super fresh, ripe berries right off the vine at one of the […]

Big Changes at the Shedd Aquarium

The Shedd Aquarium, one of the most popular and most visited attractions in Chicago, recently announced a new mission. Their new mission is: “Sparking compassion, curiosity and conservation for the aquatic animal world.” In an effort to increase access to the exhibits, experts, and animals, and to streamline and simplify ticketing, the Shedd is changing […]

Last Minute Mother’s Day Guide

Time is running out. Mother’s Day is not just around the corner, it’s careening toward us. Need some ideas for planning a special day for the mom in your life or are you a mom planning your own special day? Or suggests for gifts moms will love AND use? Check out my suggestions below. Experiences […]

Wild Garden Food Truck Tour

I have a quick good deed you can do right now: go click “like” on the Wild Garden Foods Facebook page and someone will get a free meal! Wild Garden® Foods will  be touring Chicago for four days, May 15 through May 18, making stops to share their love of Mediterranean food with free meals for […]

Buckingham Fountain to be Switched on Today

Looking for a free family activity for today? Visit the Buckingham Fountain for the #SwitchOnSummer2017 event. When: May 6th, 2017 from 4:00-7:00pm The fountain will be switched on at 6:00 p.m. Where: Buckingham Fountain, 301 S Columbus Dr., Chicago, Il. 60605 The Chicago Park District and ComEd are celebrating Summer’s arrival and the 90th birthday of the Buckingham Fountain […]

Brown Bear, Brown Bear Comes to the Chicago Children’s Theatre (with a book signing!)

Every kid I know (as well as most of the parents I know) loves Eric Carle stories. In our house, The Very Hungry Caterpillar was a particularly well-read book. This weekend marks the opening of Brown Bear, Brown Bear & Other Treasured Stories with the Chicago Children’s Theatre. The show, which is produced by the […]

Pinocchio and Book Signing at the Chicago Children’s Theatre

It’s no secret that the Chicago Children’s Theatre is one of my favorite places in Chicago. We’ve seen a variety of shows there and they never, ever disappoint. The shows are amazing! The Chicago Children’s Theatre is the perfect example of why I started this blog, and why I wrote The Ultimate Kids’ Adventure Guide […]

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Chicago Area Easter Egg Hunts 2017

Why did the Easter egg hide? Because he was a little chicken! Yuk, yuk, yuk. It’s time for some springtime hide and seek and here are just some of the places you can take the kids to hunt for eggs for Easter. Many of the hunts and events listed below require pre-registration so be sure […]

Chicago Area Easter Bunny Guide 2017

It’s almost Easter so it’s time for the annual photos with the fluffy symbol of Spring. The Easter Bunny will be making stops at these locations in and around Chicago for photos before he hops away on April 16. If you’re a family with a child with special needs, scroll to the bottom for information […]

Free Chicago Museum Days – Spring 2017

It’s hard to keep kids busy and find things to do during spring break and summer vacation, and it’s even harder on a budget. Broaden your horizons and learn about everything from astronomy, to Chicago history, to various cultures, and do it all for free. Most free days only apply to Illinois residents with valid […]

Meet Joey McIntyre in Chicago!

Confession: I was a HUGE New Kids on the Block fan in my pre-teen & teen years. Like, a HUGE fan. I went to concerts, had posters all over my room, plus all the t-shirts and other merchandise. Fast forward to college. Joey McIntyre had moved onto his solo music career and announced several performances. […]

Staycation Recommendation: Windy City Bulls {Giveaway}

Spring break is approaching so it’s time to fill up your calendar with fun things to do. Take a trip to Hoffman Estates’ Sears Centre Arena for a Windy City Bulls. The Windy City Bulls are the NBA Development League affiliate of the Chicago Bulls. Playing in their inaugural season at the Sears Centre Arena […]

Update on my book

It’s been a while since I’ve posted about my upcoming book and there’s been a lot happening so I thought I’d share an update. The bad news is that the release date is going to be a little later than expected. It was originally scheduled for release on April 1st, but we’ve had a few […]

Staycation Recommendation: Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament {Giveaway}

Spring Break is approaching quickly (despite today’s snowstorm), and if you haven’t planned for a tropical vacation or some other trip outside the area, may I suggest you enjoy an afternoon or evening of your staycation at a tournament in the medieval age? We had an opportunity to visit Medieval Times last week and even though […]

Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events: Are Your Kids Ready to Watch?

Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events is dark. In fact, the theme song “Look Away” advises that you look away because the story is awful and unpleasant. (Hint: If you do watch the show, but sure you don’t skip the theme song; it’s good and there are actually four different versions of it that […]

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Book Cover Reveal

Wow. Writing a book is absolutely amazing, but the work definitely doesn’t end when the book is written. I finished writing the Ultimate Kids’ Adventure Guide to Chicago in December and since then it’s gone through copy editing and there are still several steps before it’s completely finished, but it’s happening! The release date is […]

Winter Events at LEGOLAND Discovery Center

LEGOLAND Discovery Center in Schaumburg has been one of our favorite spots to visit for a long time; we’ve been annual pass holders for years and we love checking out the new exhibits and events. Below are some current and upcoming events. General admission is $19 per person. Buy tickets online and save up to 25%: LEGOLANDDiscoveryCenter.com/Chicago. Last […]

Discover the Dinosaurs Unleashed dinos

Discover the Dinosaurs Unleashed Giveaway

Dinosaurs ruled the Earth during the Triassic, Jurassic, and Cretaceous periods, and they’ll rule the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont from Friday, January 13, 2017 through Monday, January 16, 2017. Discover the Dinosaurs UNLEASHED has a walk-thru exhibit that allows visitors to have close-up encounters with a lifelike kind T-Rex, Stegosaurus, and Velociraptor. […]

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Dozin’ with Dinos and Other Night at a Museum Experiences

A new year is a great time for new experiences and several local museums offer you a chance for new experiences and perspectives by staying open overnight for sleepovers. Grab a sleeping bag, toothbrush, and jammies and reserve your tickets now. Many of these overnights will sell out quickly, so it’s best to reserve your spots […]

Crazy January Holidays and How to Celebrate Them

Okay, I’ll be honest: January is my least favorite month of the year. The holidays are over and there’s just not much going on. It’s cold and dreary out, plus it’s also cold and flu season, so we’re not getting out much. Sometimes you have to make your own fun and one great way to […]

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