55 Free Things to Do in Chicago and Surrounding Areas

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 […]

Free Chicago Museum Days – Spring 2018

Warmer weather is on its way and there are so many more opportunities to enjoy the sights of the Chicago area. Some attractions can be pricey, especially when you’re paying for a whole family, so free days can be a huge relief to your wallet. Below is a list of free Chicago admission days so […]

Buckingham Fountain prepares to #SwitchonSummer2018

The start of Spring in Chicago brings not just warm weather and colorful blooms, but also an increase in the number of free things to do. Buckingham Fountain, an iconic Chicago attraction, wakes from its winter slumber soon to entertain Chicagoans and visitors with hourly displays, including music and lights after dusk. Be there to […]

An Epic Tale of Scale at the Chicago Children’s Theatre

Theatre is transforming its new West Loop home, The Station, into an all-immersive, two-story theatrical environment, totally unique to Chicagoland, for the world premiere live theater event: An Epic Tale of Scale. And it’s going to be EPIC! Co-created and co-directed by Henry Wishcamper and Jo Cattell, collaboratively designed by Chicago Children’s Theatre Community Programs […]

PAW Patrol Live! “The Great Pirate Adventure” in Chicago

PAW Patrol Live! “The Great Pirate Adventure” will stop at The Chicago Theatre on Saturday, February 17, 2018 and Sunday, February 18, 2018. Show times are 10:30 am, 2:00 pm, and 5:30 pm each day. PAW Patrol Live! “The Great Pirate Adventure” is packed with action, music, and innovative costumes that bring the pups and […]

Asleep with the Fishes and Other Museum Overnights in Chicago

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 […]

Places to Go & See this Winter Break – Good Day Chicago

Yesterday I had the amazing opportunity to appear in a segment on Fox 32 Chicago’s Good Day Chicago. I was very nervous, but everyone was so nice and I got to chat with Anita Padilla. Check out my winter break recommendations in the segment below. Need a copy of The Ultimate Kids’ Adventure Guide to […]

Santa Suite at Swissotel Chicago

Santa’s a busy guy, especially during the holiday season. He seems to be all over the place and one of his favorite spots in Chicago is his special Santa Suite at the Swissotel. The Swissotel is an all glass 4-diamond hotel with views from Navy Pier to Millennium Park. They have over 600 rooms and […]

Top 3 Toys from The Chicago Toy & Game Fair

What will be the next must have toy for Christmas? What new toys are out there that will land on your kid’s Christmas list? It’s always a mystery, but less so if you spent the weekend at the Chicago Toy & Game Fair this November. ChiTAG (the Chicago Toy & Game Fair) is North America’s […]

The Polar Express Schedules Stop at Chicago Union Station

The Polar Express has arrived in Chicago! Rides are scheduled from now through January 1, 2018. The Polar Express is a VERY popular holiday event. It often sells out pretty quickly after tickets go on sale, which in most locations starts in June. The Polar Express at the Fox River Trolley Museum in South Elgin […]

Chicago Toy and Game Fair Giveaway

Want to find the coolest toys and games for the holidays this year? At the best prices? Don’t wait for Black Friday, because the Chicago Toy & Game Fair has it all this weekend. Also known as ChiTAG, the Chicago Toy & Game Fair is North America’s biggest toy & game fair and it’s open […]

Chicago Area Santa Guide

Get those wishlists ready because Santa is in Chicago! As kids tell Santa what they want for Christmas, it’s a great time to get some great photos for your holiday cards, photo albums, and to post on social media. Many locations even offer special events for things like holiday pj’s, ugly sweaters, and pets for […]

Last Chance: A Year with Frog and Toad – Chicago Children’s Theatre

Family activities can always create special days and special memories, but even more so when includes a part of your childhood you can share with your children. A Year with Frog & Toad was one of my favorite books when I was growing up and I remember it fondly. I kept a very old and […]

Halloween Candy Buy Back

Halloween means lots of fun – costumes, parties, trick-or-treating – and lots and lots of candy. If you’re looking to save your kids (and yourself) from the sugar and tooth decay, why not “sell” it? Through “Operation Gratitude” dentists volunteer to “buy” Halloween candy from kids for money (generally $1 a pound), prizes, dental hygiene […]

“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 […]

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