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Cantigny Park

Cantigny Park – website Location: 1S151 Winfield Road, Wheaton Phone: 630-668-5161 Hours: Gardens & Grounds: Mon-Sun, 9am-Sunset, Nov 1 – Apr 30 (Closed 11/25, 11/26, 12/24-12/27, 12/31, & entire month of January)Mon-Sun, 7am-Sunset, May 1 – Oct 31Cantigny Park and Museums are closed Mon-Thu in February. Museums: Closed MondaysTues-Sun, 10am-4pm (Closed 11/25, 11/26, 12/24-12/27, 12/31, […]

Weekend Activities – September 2-5

Chicago 6/29-9/5 – Cirque Shanghai Extreme at Navy Pier – $15/child, $17.50 & up/adult (my post about it) FINAL WEEK! Fri, 9/2 – Singalong Story Hour with Mr. Singer at Lincoln Park Zoo – FREE   Fri-Mon, 9/2-9/5 – Taste of Polonia at Copernicus Center – $7/adult donation; children 12 & under free North suburbs […]

Garden Patch Farms

Garden Patch Farms – website Today I’m welcoming our very first guest poster, Mary Whalen! Mary is a mom with two daughters (2 1/2 and 5) and a husband of 8 years. Before her job as mommy, Mary was a technical writer and instructional designer. She now has a website for moms who live in […]

Millennium Park

 Millennium Park – website   Location: 201 E. Randolph Street, between Michigan Avenue and Columbus, Chicago Admission: Free Parking: The Millennium Garage has entrances on South Columbus between Monroe & Randolph.  $14 – Early Bird: Monday – Friday (In between 5 – 10 a.m. Out by 7 p.m.)$19 – 0 – 3 hours$21 – 3 […]

Weekend Activities – August 26-28

Chicago 6/29-9/5 – Cirque Shanghai Extreme at Navy Pier – $15/child, $17.50 & up/adult (my post about it) Sun, 8/28 – WTTW Kids Readers Are Leaders Summer Tour with Miss Lori at Aldi on Pulaski & Argyle – FREE Sun, 8/28 – Summer Storytime with Blackbird Puppets at The Open Books Store – FREE North […]

Moore Park Playground & Sprayground

Moore Park Playground & Sprayground – website Location: 801 Geneva Dr, Geneva Phone: Geneva Park District – 630-232-4542 Hours: Mon – Thur   10:00 am – 7:00 pm           Fri – Sun       10:00 am – 6:00 pm Admission: FREE Parking: There is a large parking lot with free parking. Bathrooms: There is one outhouse […]

Comic Con Family Day

Comic Con Family Day – website   I posted some information about Comic Con before we attended; this is my follow up with more information and our experience. Comic Con is gone from Chicago for this year, but will be in mid-Ohio, Austin, New Orleans, Toronto, the Big Apple, Philadelphia, and Los Angeles. Dates can […]

Family Fun Festival at Millennium Park

Family Fun Festival at Millennium Park – website This post is a bit late – this is the final week of the Family Fun Festival. The Family Fun Festival goes on all summer and it’s been on my list of “Things to do right now!” since it started in June, but somehow it’s suddenly August. […]

Weekend Acitivites – August 19-21

Chicago 6/13-8/21 – Family Fun Festival in Millennium Park – FREE – FINAL WEEK! (my post about it) 6/29-8/21 – Cirque du Soleil’s OVO at the United Center -$50.50 & up/child, $68.50 & up/adult; family 4-pack starts at $150 – FINAL WEEK! (my post about OVO) 6/29-9/5 – Cirque Shanghai Extreme at Navy Pier – […]

Giddy Dip ’ems Review and Giveaway

This giveaway is now closed. Congratulations to Jackie! Thanks to everyone who entered and especially to giddy! Giddy Dip ’ems Review & Giveaway – website I was recently asked to try a new snack: giddy dip ’ems. Giddy dip ’ems come in four flavors: Strawberry, Tropical, Sour Apple, and Grape. The crackers are whole grain […]

Comic Con Family Day (pre-post)

Comic Con Family Day (pre-post) – website Comic Con has arrived in Chicago and their Family Day is Sunday, August 14. We’ll be there; will you? Here’s some information you might want: Location: Donald E Stephens Convention Center, 5555 N River Rd, Rosemont Hours: Comic Con opened on Thursday, August 11 and runs until Sunday, […]

Weekend Activities – August 12-14

Chicago 6/13-8/21 – Family Fun Festival in Millennium Park – FREE 6/29-8/21 – Cirque du Soleil’s OVO at the United Center -$50.50 & up/child, $68.50 & up/adult; family 4-pack starts at $150 6/29-9/5 – Cirque Shanghai Extreme at Navy Pier – $15/child, $17.50 & up/adult Thur-Sun, 8/11-8/14 – Taylor Street Festa Italiana – Free, but […]

Overnight Getaway – Hilton Indian Lakes Resort

Overnight Getaway – Hilton Indian Lakes Resort – website Location: 250 West Schick Road, Bloomingdale, IL 60108 Phone: 630-529-0200 Parking: There is free parking in the large attached lot. Check-in & check-out: Check-in is at 3:00 pm. Check-out is at noon. Price: I depends on the date and room type (obviously), but rooms can start […]

Weekend Activities – August 5 – 7

Chicago 6/13-8/21 – Family Fun Festival in Millennium Park – FREE 6/29-8/21 – Cirque du Soleil’s OVO at the United Center -$50.50 & up/child, $68.50 & up/adult; family 4-pack starts at $150 6/29-9/5 – Cirque Shanghai Extreme at Navy Pier – $15/child, $17.50 & up/adult  Sat-Sun, 8/6-8/7 – Retro on Roscoe – $6 donation requested […]

DIY I-Spy Travel Game

DIY I-Spy Travel Game A couple weeks ago I did a post about Chiquita’s new crushed fruit snack product. We finished them and I rinsed the bottles to put them in our recycling bin, but they were kinda cute, so I left them sitting on the kitchen counter. I was trying to decide what to […]

Survey & Legoland Giveaway

 Congratulations to Heather, winner of the 4 Legoland Discovery Center passes! This giveaway is now closed, but I’m always open to hearing your feedback or suggestions: toddlingchicago@yahoo.com. Thanks to everyone who participated! Giveaway – 4 Passes to Legoland Discovery Center I’m always looking for ways to improve Toddling Around Chicagoland so I’d like to learn […]

Cirque du Soleil OVO giveaway

Congratulations to the winner, Laila! Thanks to all who entered & especially to the great people at Cirque du Soleil! This giveaway is now closed. OVO Giveaway I’m so excited to be giving away two tickets to OVO! This pair of tickets is for the Wednesday, August 10 show at 8:00 pm, at the big top tent […]

OVO by Cirque du Soleil

OVO by Cirque du Soleil – website Location: The Grand Chapiteau (Big Top) in the parking lot of the United Center, 1901 West Madison Street, Chicago Phone: 800-450-1480 Booking Assistance (booking fees are higher via phone) Hours: The show runs through August 21, 2011Sundays:                      1:00 pm, 5:00 pmMonday:                      No shows Tuesday […]

Weekend activities – July 29-31

Chicago 6/13-8/21 – Family Fun Festival in Millennium Park – FREE 6/29-8/21 – Cirque du Soleil’s OVO at the United Center -$50.50 & up/child, $68.50 & up/adult; family 4-pack starts at $150 6/29-9/5 – Cirque Shanghai Extreme at Navy Pier – $15/child, $17.50 & up/adult Thur-Sun, 7/28-7/31 – Fiesta del Sol – FREE Sat-Sun, 7/30-7/31 […]

Overnight Getaway – KeyLime Cove Resort

I’m adding a new feature to Toddling Around Chicagoland – Overnight Getaways. With the current economy I know a lot of families are forced to downsize their vacations, or eliminate them altogether. I’ll be posting about family friendly destinations that are close to home, making them more convenient and easier for tight budgets. Watch for […]

Weekend Activities – July 22-24

Chicago 6/13-8/21 – Family Fun Festival in Millennium Park – FREE 6/29-8/21 – Cirque du Soleil’s OVO at the United Center -$50.50 & up/child, $68.50 & up/adult; family 4-pack starts at $150 6/29-9/5 – Cirque Shanghai Extreme at Navy Pier – $15/child, $17.50 & up/adult Sat, 7/23 – Chicago Dragon Boat Race for Literacy in […]

Cirque Shanghai Extreme

Cirque Shanghai Extreme – website Location: Pepsi Skyline Stage at Navy Pier, 600 E. Grand Ave, Chicago Phone: 800-745-3000 (to purchase tickets) Hours: The show runs June 29 – September 5.  Sunday               12:00pm, 2:00pm  5:00pm Wednesday                        2:00pm […]

Weekend Activities – July 14-16

Chicago 6/13-8/21 – Family Fun Festival in Millennium Park – FREE 6/29-8/21 – Cirque du Soleil’s OVO at the United Center -$50.50 & up/child, $68.50 & up/adult; family 4-pack starts at $150 6/29-9/5 – Cirque Shanghai Extreme at Navy Pier – $15/child, $17.50 & up/adult Fri-Sat, 7/15-7/16 – BenFest – $5-$10 Fri-Sun, 7/15-7/17 – Windy […]

Chiquita Swap Your Snacks Mission – #CrushedIt

I’m always on the lookout for new and healthy snacks for me and my family. We’re on the go a lot so convenience is important, too. Chiquita has a great new crushed fruit snack product so I was anxious to try it out. I picked up several bottles at Dominick’s – they had banana & […]

Bébé Paluzza Giveaway

*** Congratulations to Amanda & Patricia, who each won 2 tickets to Bebe Paluzza!This giveaway is now closed! Bébé Paluzza Maternity and Baby Show Ticket Giveaway I haven’t attended a Bébé Paluzza yet, but here is the information I received about it:  Bébé Paluzza, the largest Maternity, Baby and Toddler Show in the USA is […]

Protect your kids from bugs – Avon giveaway

*** This giveaway is now closed. Congratulations to shala_darkstone for winning this incredible Avon prize. Thanks so much to all who entered and a special thanks to Joslyn’s Avon Office!Avon giveaway & discount My friend Joslyn is a Avon representative and she is offering a fabulous giveaway – everything you need to protect your kids […]

I & M Canal Bike Trail

 I & M Canal Bike Trail – website The I & M Canal Bike Trail is 2 looping trails (11 miles total) with a parking lot in the center.  Location: Willow St. & Old Willow Spring Road, Willow Springs (approximately) Driving directions: At the intersection of Archer Road and Willow Street in Willow Springs, head […]

Weekend Activities – July 8-10

Chicago 6/13-8/21 – Family Fun Festival in Millennium Park – FREE 6/29-8/21 – Cirque du Soleil’s OVO at the United Center -$50.50 & up/child, $68.50 & up/adult; family 4-pack starts at $150 6/29-9/5 – Cirque Shanghai Extreme at Navy Pier – $15/child, $17.50 & up/adult Fri, 7/8 – Story Time at Lincoln Park Zoo – […]

Ranger Up Healing Benefit – Sgt. Brad Hojek Jr.

Ranger Up Healing Benefit – Sgt. Brad Hojek Jr. – website A few month’s ago, my brother’s brother-in-law (my sister-in-law’s brother) Army Ranger Brad Hojek was serving overseas when he was shot multiple times. Brad was seriously wounded and is still at a rehabilitation center recovering from his injuries. In order to assist with Brad’s […]

Serious Damage at Garfield Park Conservatory

On June 30 there was a hail storm in Chicago that caused catastrophic damage to the Garfield Park Conservatory, one of our favorite places to adventure in Chicago. If you’ve never been to the Garfield Park Conservatory, you can view my previous post about it. In addition to the clean up and damaged windows needing […]

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