Archives for 2017

Creating a Baby Gift Basket at Marshall’s

September often brings to mind school, changing leaves, and football, but what about birthdays? Did you know that September is the most common birthday month in the United States? I didn’t until I saw this heat map, but I do see a lot of birthday notifications lately! Of course, birthdays mean babies. It’s not statistically […]

“A Year with Frog and Toad” Comes to Chicago Children’s Theatre

A Year with Frog & Toad brings great memories for me. It was one of my favorite books as a child and I’m so excited because the Chicago Children’s Theatre is bringing it to the stage this fall. A Year with Frog & Toad brings lots of happy memories not only to parents and children, […]

Top Baby Products from the Chicago Baby Show 2017

A couple weeks ago, Navy Pier was the site of the first Chicago Baby Show and I was lucky enough to attend. Other Baby Shows have taken place in Los Angeles, Anaheim, and New York. What is the Chicago Baby Show? It’s the “Largest Show for New and Expectant Parents in the Country”, featuring over […]

Legoland Discovery Center Hosts Back-to-School Party

It’s back to school time and whether your kids started a couple weeks ago or won’t start until this Tuesday you can celebrate at Legoland Discovery Center this weekend. Legoland is at Streets of Woodfield in Schaumburg, located at 601 N. Martingale Road. From Saturday, September 2 through Monday, September 4, Legoland is hosting a […]

Netflix PersuAsion, Pretty Little LiArs Style

There are lots of reasons you might want to convince someone to watch a show you love; maybe you want to sit next to them and watch it together, or you just need someone to talk to about it, or you just know they’ll love it. Now that John and I have been married more […]

World’s Largest Loop Coaster Coming to Six Flags Great America

If you’re a coaster fan, hold on to your hat! Six Flags Great America just made a huge announcement. In 2018 the “Thrill Capital of the Midwest” will introduce a record-breaking attraction – the world’s largest loop coaster. Thrill riders will “face-off” in a unique seating configuration. Guests will be seated back-to-back and face-to-face. They’ll […]

Force Friday II Midnight Madness Release Party

It’s almost Force Friday II weekend! New products inspired by Star Wars: The Last Jedi will be released tomorrow, Friday, September 1 and to celebrate Disney Store locations in Chicago, New York, and San Francisco will have a midnight madness party. Chicago’s Michigan Avenue Disney Store, located at 717 N. Michigan Avenue, will open at […]

Shopkins Live! Giveaway

Back to school often means less time to play. If you’re kids are missing their favorite toys this might cheer them up a whole lot! The #1 kids toy in North America are those tiny Shopkins dolls and accessories and now they’re big and on the move. In Shopkins Live! Shop It Up! Your beloved Shoppies make their […]

Go Ape Treetop Junior at Bemis Woods

Website: Go Ape Chicago Social media: Go Ape USA on Facebook, @GoApeUSA on Twitter, and @GoApeUSA on Instagram Location: Bemis Woods, 1100 Ogden Avenue, Western Springs Phone: 800-971-8271 Hours: Open April through November. Hours can vary; it’s best to book your adventure online.  Admission: $28 per person.  Specials: Sign up for the Go Ape email newsletter to receive news and discounts. Parking: Free […]

Free Chicago Museum Days – Fall 2017

I’ve probably mentioned this before, but I think fall – especially early fall – is the sweet spot when it comes to visiting museums and other attractions in the Chicago area. Summer tourists are gone, kids are back in school, and school field trips are rare in the beginning of the school year. All this […]

Goldstar Comp Train: Get Free Tickets to Theater, Dance, Comedy, & More

Interested in cheap local entertainment? Goldstar’s Comp Train promotion starts today (Wednesday, Aug 23) in which you can get complimentary tickets to live theater, concerts, dance, comedy and more! Note that service fees do apply to each ticket you order, but even with the fees it’s still a deep discount from the regular price. Goldstar […]

Chicago Area Apple Orchard Guide 2017

I’ll confess that I’m not a huge fan of fall. It’s fine and all, but I prefer spring and summer and I’m not enthusiastic about the approach of cold weather. However, I LOVE apple picking. It almost makes up for the fact that summer is ending. It’s a tradition in our family to go apple […]

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. Details Location: 4051 East Main Street, St Charles, IL 60174 Phone: 630-584-6300 Parking: Free parking is available in the resort’s lot. Valet is also available.  Check-in/check-out: Check-in begins at 4:00 pm […]

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

There’s so much to do in Chicago – where do you start? You may have heard – especially if you have “liked” the Toddling Around Chicagoland Facebook Page – but my book was published! It’s a family travel guide for the Chicago area, to help you plan all your adventures. The Ultimate Kids’ Adventure Guide […]

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 […]

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 […]

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