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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 […]

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 […]

Free Chicago Museum Days – Spring 2017

It’s hard to keep kids busy and find things to do during spring break and summer vacation, and it’s even harder on a budget. Broaden your horizons and learn about everything from astronomy, to Chicago history, to various cultures, and do it all for free. Most free days only apply to Illinois residents with valid […]

Meet Joey McIntyre in Chicago!

Confession: I was a HUGE New Kids on the Block fan in my pre-teen & teen years. Like, a HUGE fan. I went to concerts, had posters all over my room, plus all the t-shirts and other merchandise. Fast forward to college. Joey McIntyre had moved onto his solo music career and announced several performances. […]

Staycation Recommendation: Windy City Bulls {Giveaway}

Spring break is approaching so it’s time to fill up your calendar with fun things to do. Take a trip to Hoffman Estates’ Sears Centre Arena for a Windy City Bulls. The Windy City Bulls are the NBA Development League affiliate of the Chicago Bulls. Playing in their inaugural season at the Sears Centre Arena […]

Update on my book

It’s been a while since I’ve posted about my upcoming book and there’s been a lot happening so I thought I’d share an update. The bad news is that the release date is going to be a little later than expected. It was originally scheduled for release on April 1st, but we’ve had a few […]

Staycation Recommendation: Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament {Giveaway}

Spring Break is approaching quickly (despite today’s snowstorm), and if you haven’t planned for a tropical vacation or some other trip outside the area, may I suggest you enjoy an afternoon or evening of your staycation at a tournament in the medieval age? We had an opportunity to visit Medieval Times last week and even though […]

Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events: Are Your Kids Ready to Watch?

Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events is dark. In fact, the theme song “Look Away” advises that you look away because the story is awful and unpleasant. (Hint: If you do watch the show, be sure you don’t skip the theme song. It’s good and there are actually four different versions of it that […]

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Book Cover Reveal

Wow. Writing a book is absolutely amazing, but the work definitely doesn’t end when the book is written. I finished writing the Ultimate Kids’ Adventure Guide to Chicago in December and since then it’s gone through copy editing and there are still several steps before it’s completely finished, but it’s happening! The release date is […]

Winter Events at LEGOLAND Discovery Center

LEGOLAND Discovery Center in Schaumburg has been one of our favorite spots to visit for a long time; we’ve been annual pass holders for years and we love checking out the new exhibits and events. Below are some current and upcoming events. General admission is $19 per person. Buy tickets online and save up to 25%: LEGOLANDDiscoveryCenter.com/Chicago. Last […]

Discover the Dinosaurs Unleashed dinos

Discover the Dinosaurs Unleashed Giveaway

Dinosaurs ruled the Earth during the Triassic, Jurassic, and Cretaceous periods, and they’ll rule the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont from Friday, January 13, 2017 through Monday, January 16, 2017. Discover the Dinosaurs UNLEASHED has a walk-thru exhibit that allows visitors to have close-up encounters with a lifelike kind T-Rex, Stegosaurus, and Velociraptor. […]

Crazy January Holidays and How to Celebrate Them

Okay, I’ll be honest: January is my least favorite month of the year. The holidays are over and there’s just not much going on. It’s cold and dreary out, plus it’s also cold and flu season, so we’re not getting out much. Sometimes you have to make your own fun and one great way to […]

Free Chicago Museum Days – Winter 2017

Winter in Chicago generally means yucky weather and it’s easy to get a little stir-crazy, so why not bundle up the kids and check out a museum for free? Most free days only apply to Illinois residents with valid identification and only apply to general admission, not special exhibits or events. Adler Planetarium – January 6–13, 16 […]

New Year’s Eve to New Year’s Zzzs with Netflix

Staying home for New Year’s Eve? We are! Even before we were parents, John and I spent most of our New Year’s Eves at home. With kids we usually send the kids to bed at a regular bed time and then wake them just before midnight for some treats and a countdown. It works for […]

Chicago New Year’s Eve Events for Families 2016

2016 sure has been a roller coaster. Every year has it’s high and low points, but it seems like 2016 has had some unusually deep valleys for many people. It’s time to say goodbye to 2016 and hello to 2017 and hope for a better year for everyone. Celebrate with the kids at these family-friendly […]

10 Reasons Woodstock is the Midwestern Stars Hollow

Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life arrived on Netflix Streaming last week and people are losing their minds over it. I have been purposely avoiding ANY mention of it on social media because it’s been a while since I saw the show so I’m busy re-watching the first seven seasons before I move on […]

I’m writing a book

I’ve been meaning to write this post for months, but I’ve been anxious about actually putting this out there for the world to see. It’s still seems like it’s not real, but it is so I’m excited to announce it. I know I haven’t been around much lately, here on the blog or on social […]

Boo! at the Zoo with Ferrara Candy Company

I hope everyone had an amazing Halloween because I know we did! This weekend we went to Brookfield Zoo for Boo! at the Zoo as guests of the Ferrara Candy Company. Captain America, the Crypt Keeper, and A.J. from Blaze and the Monster Machines arrived ready for action: They didn’t seem to mind starting out […]

Streamin’ and Screamin’

It’s Halloween Eve which means parents everywhere are putting finishing touches on costumes or maybe even trying to throw them together from scratch. It’s seems like the odds are about 50/50 that my kids are willing to wear the costume they begged for for weeks; often they change their mind at the last minute and […]

Indoor Trick-or-Treating 2016

FINALLY! The forecast for Halloween looks great. Is it just me or does it seem like it rains every Halloween?? The nice weather is great, but it’s nice to have indoor options too in case it’s too cool or too dark, or your kid’s costume just doesn’t work as well outdoors. Here are places you […]

Netflix + Disney

I must confess – I’m not a Disney fanatic. I’m familiar with the classic Disney stories like Cinderella, Beauty and the Beast, and Snow White, but princess and princes just aren’t my thing. I’ve never been a big Mickey fan either. However, I have been pretty excited about some of the more recent movies, especially the […]

Attention Gilmore Girls Fans: Luke’s Diner is Coming (with Free Coffee!)

Big news for fans of the Gilmore Girls! If you love the Gilmore Girls you’re probably counting down the days until the arrival of Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life on Netflix on November 25. It’s an exciting that it’s coming, but it seems SO far off. Luckily, Netflix is celebrating the 16th anniversary […]

Free Chicago Museum Days – Fall 2016

  Summer is sliding away and it’ll be fall (officially) very soon. Spend your fall exploring Chicago attractions for free! Most free days only apply to Illinois residents with valid identification and only apply to general admission, not special exhibits or events. Adler Planetarium – September 12-16, October 10, November 11, December 3-9. Alfred Caldwell Lily Pool– […]

Come Together with the Beat Bugs on Netflix

August is always a rough time for my family. School starts in mid-August so in early August we rush to make the most of the last free days of summer and then the kids start school and our schedule changes radically. It’s a big adjustment for all of us, and we all have new activities […]

Learning from Netflix

We’ve been Netflix subscribers for a long time, and I mean a LONG time; for years we got our Netflix fix from DVDs mailed in those red envelopes. We’ve been subscribers for so long because Netflix has never failed to entertain us. It continues to entertain us (now that “us” is me, John, and three […]

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Illinois Bucket List

Illinois Bucket List Illinois is more than just Chicago and the Bears. Though we love them both, it’s nice to branch out and visit the rest of our great state sometimes. Join us on our adventure as we work our way through this Illinois Bucket List. Typical Spots I wouldn’t usually include the typical spots […]

Fourth of July Parades & Fireworks – 2016

The Fourth of July is a celebration of independence and freedom, but also of family and summer. Plan to attend some of these parades and fireworks shows to make your Fourth truly explosive! Before attending, PLEASE check the link. Some events may be cancelled or postponed depending on the weather, and even though I do […]

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