Illumination at the Morton Arboretum

Illumination is an amazing light display at the Morton Arboretum in Lisle for the holidays. Illumination will be open until January 1, 2019. This is an outdoor attraction so dress for the weather. Our experience below is based on our 2017 visit, but other information has been updated for 2018.  Location Morton Arboretum, 4100 Illinois […]

The Polar Express Schedules Stop at Chicago Union Station

The Polar Express has arrived in Chicago! Rides are scheduled from now through January 1, 2019. 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 Christmas Tree Farms

Family traditions make holidays special, and Christmas is one of those holidays that is overflowing with traditions for most families. If cutting your own tree isn’t one of your traditions yet, it should be! Choose from one of the many Chicago Christmas tree farms. All of the farms listed below offer pick-your-own trees. As always, […]

Chicago Area Special Needs Santa Guide

Visiting Santa at a crowded mall can be overwhelming for any child (or even adults), and especially challenging for children with special needs. These events are designed with children with special needs and their families in mind. Events vary, but they attempt to accommodate sensitivities to crowds, noise, and lights as well as physical needs. […]

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 […]

Best Spots for Leaf Peeping Near Chicago

Autumn announces itself with yellows, oranges, reds, and purples and it’s officially here. Take the kids out to explore all the changes autumn brings and enjoy the beautiful foliage at these four spots near Chicago: Chicago Botanic Garden With 26 different gardens on over 300 acres, you’re sure to see plenty of autumn foliage at […]

Indoor Trick-or-Treating in the Chicago Area

You can never tell what to expect from the weather in the Midwest on Halloween, so it’s always nice to have a backup plan. And whatever the weather, sometimes it’s nice to be warm and cozy inside. This list includes many of the places you can trick-or-treat inside in Chicago and the suburbs. As always, […]

Chicago Area Trick-or-Treat Hours

Halloween is the craziest holiday and I love it. Dress up like someone (or some thing) else and go door-to-door asking for treats. Does it get any better than that? Get those costumes ready and find out trick-or-treat hours for your area. Sunday, October 28, 2018 North suburbs Zion – 2-5 pm Northwest Suburbs Round […]

Teal Pumpkin Project with Free Printable Pumpkin Sign

Food allergies are on the rise and Halloween can be a particularly difficult time for families of children with food allergies. To help families who are dealing with allergies, FARE (Food Allergy Research & Education) is encouraging people to participate in the Teal Pumpkin Project. Paint a pumpkin teal, or hang a sign with a […]

Chicago Area Halloween Events

  Halloween only lasts one day, but doesn’t it seem like it should be more? I know I prefer to celebrate much longer than that. Looking for Halloween events in the Chicago area? Gotcha covered.  Get those costumes ready and enjoy these events all through the month of October. Know of any other fun events […]

Chicago Pumpkin Patch Guide

It’s pumpkin time! The weather hasn’t been very autumn-y lately, but the leaves are changing and Halloween is approaching. Grab those sweaters (or maybe sunscreen) and spend the day at a Chicago pumpkin patch choosing the perfect pumpkin for your family and enjoying some autumn farm activities. Admission prices do NOT include the cost of […]

Fright Fest at Six Flags Great America

Fright Fest at Six Flags Great America offers more scary attractions than ever! Too scared? Visit during the daytime hours for family-friendly thrills.

Chicago Area Apple Orchard Guide 2018

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 […]

Fourth of July Parade & Firework Guide – 2018

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 […]

Chicago Area Berry Picking Guide 2018

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 […]

Chicago Cheap Summer Movie Guide

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 […]

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