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 […]

Big News from Six Flags Great America

Christmas isn’t exactly around the corner, but opening weekend for Great America is. If you’re excited about the April 21 opening weekend, Six Flags Great America has some amazing news for you. In addition to the brand new, record-breaking loop coaster, Mardi Gras Hangover, and an accompanying Mardi Gras Festival in late summer, they’re also […]

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 […]

Chicago Area Easter Egg Hunts 2018

There might be a little snow here and there, but the green buds are popping out of the ground, Daylight Savings time has arrived, and Spring is just around the corner. That means the Easter Bunny is on his way too, and he’s stopping at several spots in Chicago and the suburbs to hide eggs […]

Chicago Area Easter Bunny Guide – 2018

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 1. If you’re a family with a child with special needs, scroll to the bottom for information […]

Skiing, Snowboarding, and Tubing Near Chicago

Embrace winter with a day of skiing, snowboarding, or tubing. Here are some great places not too far from Chicago to where – depending on your skill and comfort level — you can glide gently or zoom down some hills. All of these locations can help out Mother Nature by making their own snow! Weather […]

7 Ways to Celebrate MLK Day in Chicago

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is so much more than a holiday from school. It’s a day to celebrate the life and work of a Nobel Peace Prize recipient who struggled to make America a place of equality. Learn about Dr. King, the Civil Rights Movement, and others working for equality and progress at these […]

Countdowns on Demand with Netflix Streaming

Spending the New Year at home with the kids? I am! Every year we make a bunch of appetizers and get some fun beverages like egg nog and sparkling cider. We all snack until we can barely move and stream some movies. This year’s selections: Armageddon and Talladega Nights. Who says you have to countdown […]

Last Chance: Illumination at the Morton Arboretum

Illumination is an amazing light display at the Morton Arboretum in Lisle for the holidays. Christmas may be over, but you still have a little bit of time to enjoy it because Illumination will be open until January 1, 2018. This is an outdoor attraction so dress for the weather. Location Morton Arboretum, 4100 Illinois […]

Chicago Area New Year’s Eve Events for Families 2017

Every year has its ups and downs and now is the time for reflection and preparing for a fresh start. Celebrate with the kids at these family-friendly events in the Chicago area. Pre-New Year’s Eve Celebrations Pre-New Year’s Eve Party, Little Beans Play Cafe, 1809 W. Webster, Chicago Saturday, December 30 from 5:30 pm-7:30 pm […]

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 […]

39 Christmas Shows in the Chicago Area

One of the things Chicago definitely does right is theatre, and during the holiday season you’re sure to find a tremendous number of Christmas shows. There are classics like the Nutcracker and A Christmas Carol, and edgier shows like Pine – which takes place outdoors in a Christmas tree lot – and improv show Bowl […]

Holiday Lights in the Chicago Area

Christmas will be here sooner than you think, so now is the time to enjoy all the seasonal events Chicago and the surrounding suburbs have to offer. There are displays of holiday lights of all sorts – private homes, public areas, and ticketed events. Know of a great holiday light display I didn’t include? Comment […]

Elf at the Paramount Theatre

Information provided by the Paramount Theatre:  Bring the kids to meet Buddy the Elf at free events at three public libraries in Aurora and Oswego on Saturday, December 2. Direct from Paramount Theatre’s holiday production, Elf The Musical, everybody’s favorite oversized elf will meet his fans, make holiday mischief and spread Christmas cheer at: 10 a.m. […]

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 […]

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