55 Free Things to Do in Chicago and Surrounding Areas

55 Free Things to Do in Chicago & Suburbs #Free #Chicago

FREE, FREE, FREE! There’s no better price. Use this list to plan a single afternoon, a day full of activities, or an entire vacation. I’ve tried to include a lot of variety – indoor and outdoor, city and suburbs, and activities that are appropriate for toddlers, older kids, and adults. Any suggestions for additions to […]

Cirque du Soliel’s KURIOS – Cabinet of Curiosities Arrives in Chicago August 6

KURIOS - Cabinet of Curiosities - Cirque du Soliel

Drive past the United Center in a couple weeks and you’ll see something pretty curious – a giant blue and yellow Big Top; but what’s inside is even more curious… or KURIOS. (Information below has been provided by Cirque du Soliel.) Cirque du Soliel will be performing KURIOS – Cabinet of Curiosities August 6 through […]

Millennium Hotels Expands Ask Alfred Children’s Concierge Program

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In celebration of the 1st year of the Ask Alfred Children’s Concierge Program, Millennium Hotels is expanding their family program. The Ask Alfred Children’s Concierge Program was introduced to the Millennium Hotels fourteen hotels one year ago. Families staying at a Millennium Hotel, including the Millennium Knickerbocker in Chicago, pay only $15 to receive an […]

Robot Revolution at the Museum of Science & Industry Giveaway

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Robot Revolution, a national touring exhibit supported by Google.org recently arrived at the Museum of Science and Industry and will be there through January 2016. The Museum of Science and Industry provided the information below about the exhibit and they’re offering a family 4-pack of tickets to the museum and to the Robot Revolution to […]

CANCELED – Be a Hero at The Marvel Experience – Giveaway

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It has come to my attention that The Marvel Experience has been canceled. At this time The Marvel Experience will not be coming to Chicago and therefore there are no tickets to give away. I apologize because I know this is disappointing, but out of my control. Why just watch superheroes when you can join […]

Free Chicago Museum Days – Summer 2015 {and Free Printable Calendar}

Free Chicago Museum Days - Summer 2015 #Chicago #Free

Chicago has some amazing museums so why not spend summer break exploring all that they have to offer? Admission can get expensive, so here’s a list of days that local museums, zoos, and gardens offer free admission. Please keep in mind that most free days only apply to Illinois residents with valid identification and only apply […]

Summer Family Movie Guide – 2015

Summer Family Movie Guide 2015

Too hot? Or rainy? When you need an indoor break on a weekday, why not catch up on a family movies you missed the first time around, or loved so much you want to see it again? Local theatres offer weekday specials during the summer with family-friendly movies at discounted prices. Cinemark – Summer Movie […]

Minor League Baseball Promotions for Families 2015

Minor League Baseball Promotions for Families 2015

  Baseball is America’s favorite pastime and it’s a great family outing, but visiting a minor league team has certain advantages too, especially when you have young children – they’re often not as crowded as major league games, they’re cheaper, the players are often more accessible, and the teams often cater to families. Whether you prefer […]

Chicago Cubs Promotions for Families 2015

Chicago Cubs Promotions for Families

Baseball is America’s favorite pasttime, so what better way to spend a spring day than catching a game with the family? The Chicago Cubs offer some family fun at Wrigley Field so get your tickets now. Be sure to check out the Cubs fan club for kids so you children can receive special Cubs memorabilia. Here are Chicago […]

Chicago White Sox Promotions for Families 2015

Chicago White Sox Promotions for Families 2015

Baseball season is upon us and the Chicago White Sox could use a little support this season. If you haven’t visited “The Cell” (U.S. Cellular Field) yet this season, it’s the perfect time to purchase your tickets and plan a special family outing. If you’ve got kids, but sure you find out more about the Chicago White […]

Join the “Science Detective Week” Movement with Moochie Kalala {Giveaway}

Celebrate Science Detective Week with Moochie Kalala

Governor Rauner has declared May 4-10, 2015, “Science Detectives Week” to kick off a STEM-education movement taking place in Chicagoland in June. Moochie Kalala Detectives Club, a Chicago-made show about two young investigators visiting local museums and talking to Chicago scientists, to celebrate! With their presenting partner Subway, Moochie Kalala’s Detectives Club will be “fueling the ‘science […]

Best Chicago Bowling Alleys

Best Chicago Bowling Alleys

Let’s go bowling! Challenge your family to a game (or two, or three) the next time you’re looking for something to do. Bowling gets everyone involved and active, and allows for a little bit of fun competition. Whether you love the perks of a bowling alley, like arcade games, billiards, and snack food, or you […]

Baseball Fan Clubs for Kids 2015

Baseball Fan Clubs for Kids 2015

Opening day was this week for the Chicago Cubs and Sox and what better way to celebrate than joining a fan club? The Chicago area major league and minor league teams offer fan clubs for kids to collect promotional items, and even get free tickets to see some games. Best of all, some of the […]

15 Things to Do During Spring Break

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After a long, LONG winter, Chicago is finally thawing and Spring Break is nearly here! If your family is anything like mine, you’ve been cooped up too long and you’re ready to get out and explore the amazing things Chicago has to offer every spring. Here are just some of the ways kids (and adults!) […]

Free Chicago Museum Days – Spring 2015

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  Click here to check out the updated Summer 2015 Free Chicago Museum Days Chicago has some amazing museums, but it can be expensive to visit with the whole family. Fortunately, a lot of the Chicago area institutions offer free or discounted admission on certain days. Whether you’re looking to ponder internationally famous art work, […]

Cheap Family Movies for Winter 2015

Cheap Family Movies for Winter 2015

It’s cold and dreary and it’s hard to keep kids busy in the winter. Luckily, a few area theatres offer special family movie deals to help beat the winter blues. Marcus Theatres – Kids Dream Winter Film Series Admission is only $2 for this series and movies play at 10:00 am on Friday, Saturday, and […]

5 Spots for Outdoor Ice Skating

5 spots for outdoor ice skating

This article was previously published on MommyNearest.com. As the temps begin to dip you might feel like it’s time to hibernate, but sometimes you need to bundle up and head out to to embrace the winter wonderland. Brighten up your winter with rosy cheeks and smiles at these outdoor ice skating rinks in Chicago and […]

Chicago Area Christmas Tree Farms 2014

Chicago Area Christmas Tree Farms 2014

Real or artificial? It’s an ongoing debate this time of the year. Part of the fun of having a real tree is the journey to get it, so here are places in there area where you can choose and cut your own tree! All of the farms listed below offer pick-your-own trees. As always, it’s best […]

The Chicago Architecture Foundation Opens the Doors of Chicago

CAF Open House 2014

Chicago is famous for its architecture and houses many world-famous structures, and you can often find Chicagoans and tourists alike staring in awe as they walk the city streets. The outside and public areas of these buildings are often amazing, but a lot of the beauty and magic is hidden behind closed doors. This weekend, thanks […]

Weekday Fun for Little Ones

Weekday Fun for Little Ones

This post was written by me and originally appeared on MommyNearest.com. Days at home with the kids can get a little monotonous and it’s fun to break it up with some outings to entertain the kids and yourself. In my experience, early fall is a kind of “sweet spot” for outings with young kids. Older […]

Countdown to Halloween with the Chicago White Sox this Weekend

White Sox Countdown to Halloween - Toddling Around Chicagoland

Fall is officially here so it’s time to start counting down to Halloween! The Chicago White Sox are doing a Countdown to Halloween this Saturday, September 27, 2014. The game starts at 6:10 pm against the Kansas City Royals. Tickets for this event are specially priced – $34 for lower level ($10 savings), $21 for […]

Family Sundays with the Chicago White Sox

Chicago White Sox Family Sunday - Toddling Around Chicagoland

It’s not hot and muggy anymore, and you can gorge on apple and pumpkin flavored everything, but summer’s not totally over yet. There’s still time to catch an afternoon of America’s favorite pastime with (one of) Chicago’s favorite team(s), the Chicago White Sox! There are still games through the month of September, and just ONE more […]

Millennium Knickerbocker Hotel Introduces Ask Alfred Concierge

Ask Alfred - Millennium Knickerbocker - Toddling Around Chicagoland

Traveling can be fun for kids, but sometimes it can be difficult, too, especially dealing with the change in a normal schedule and unfamiliar surroundings. All little special treatment makes traveling more fun and the Millennium Knickerbocker Hotel here in Chicago, and in all their locations around the country, are now offering Ask Alfred Concierge, […]

Sweet Home Chicago #CHIWomenBuild

Windy City Habitat for Humanity

Since it was created in 1976, Habitat for Humanity has built or repaired 800,000 homes and served more than 4 million people. Amazing! Habitat for Humanity works with churches, community groups, businesses and individuals to help create safe, affordable housing for families who need it. A common misconception about Habitat for Humanity is that they […]

Safe Motherhood Quilt Showing in Chicago

Safe Motherhood Quilt

Mother Me Inc and the Illinois Council of Certified Professional Midwives are presenting Ina May Gaskin’s Motherhood Quilt Project this Mother’s Day weekend in Chicago. The Safe Motherhood Quilt was created to bring awareness to the rising maternal death rate in the United States and the underreporting of these deaths, and to remember the mothers […]

Blue Man Group – Spring Break Specials

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Blue Man Group website Location: Briar Street Theater, 3133 North Halsted, Chicago Phone: 773-348-4000 Dates: See a full list of dates and times at Ticketmaster. Additional shows have been added through the month of April for spring break. April Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday 18 p.m. 22, 5, 8 p.m. 32, 5,  8 […]

The Teddy Bears’ Picnic Presented by the Emerald City Theatre

The Teddy Bears' Picnic presented by the Emerald City Theatre - Toddling Around Chicagoland

Website: The Teddy Bears’ Picnic presented by the Emerald City Theatre Location: Emerald City’s Little Theatre, 2933 N. Southport Avenue, Chicago Phone: 773-529-2690 Dates and Times: The Teddy Bears’ Picnic has been running since September 2013 and after a sold out run has been extended for a second time. It will run through August 15, […]

Free Museum Days – 2014

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With snow and cold temperatures lots of Chicago families are getting tired of being stuck inside, but it can be difficult to find affordable things to do. Museums, zoos, and indoor gardens in and around Chicago offer free and discounted admission days during the winter. Also see my post on Mommy Nearest – Five Free […]

Open Call for MasterChef Junior in Chicago

Open Call for MasterChef Junior - Toddling Around Chicagoland

My family loves MasterChef. We watch it together and the kids know what day of the week it’s on and everything. We were all really excited to see MasterChef Junior. It got the kids really excited about the idea of cooking and Cooper really wants to try out for the show when he’s old enough […]

Premiere Screening of Ruby’s Studio: The Safety Show – Free This Weekend!

The Safety Show - Toddling Around Chicagoland

Looking for something fun and free to do this weekend? The Mother Company presents Ruby’s Studio’s The Safety Show with a premiere screening Saturday. The Mother Company’s mission is to help parents raise good people by nurturing essential social and emotional skills in young children. To celebrate the release of Ruby’s Studio’s The Safety Show […]

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