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Timber Ridge Outpost & Cabins – Elizabethtown, IL

Best Glamping Spots Close to Chicago

Want to try glamorous camping? We have the scoop on comfy sites, from a tree house with a full bathroom to an old-fashioned covered wagon with air conditioning.

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For a Cool Patio: Little Beans Cafe

Outdoor Birthday Party Spots for Maximum Fun

Throw a bash and bask in the sun. Here’s where to party, from the back deck of a play space to a playground with water sprinklers.

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For Educational Family Programs: Angelic Organics

5 Local Farms You Can Tour

Want to show your kids what it takes to get eggs to the carton and milk in the jug? B-I-N-G-O! — you’re in luck.

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Push It! Great Jogging Paths for Strollers

Grab your sidekick and make a run for it! These jogging paths are great for strollers … and happen to be close to playgrounds.

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Blueberry Rainy Day

This Mom’s Food Art is Beyond Incredible

Cauliflower clouds and oatmeal owls? You’ll eat them up after you see photos of one mom’s stunning mealtime creations.

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The Secrets of Michigan Vacation Towns

Break on through to the other side of Lake Michigan. Beach towns, state parks and a huge Dutch theme park await.

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Magic Fountains Worth Your Pennies

We rounded up local water fountains worthy of your wishes. Some you can actually play in!

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New Mom Brunches: Bump Club & Beyond

Baby Guide! The Resources You Need to Know

Sleep trainers? Yoga classes? Playgroups? Stroller shops? We have the scoop on the area’s best — and lots more.

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Nature Centers With Wild Perks for Kids

Pet a woolly mammoth. Follow turtle tracks. Hear stories in a prairie. You’ll find out where to do it all right here.

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4 New Dessert Shops to Try Now

Your littles will be lured like Hansel and Gretel to the homemade treats served at these sweet spots. Get the dish here.

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For a Wild Ride: Lincoln Park Zoo

‘Round You Go! The Best Local Carousels

Carousels are pure, nostalgic fun. We point you to the must-rides, from small vintage roundabouts to towering double deckers.

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The Newest Shop & Story Time Spot

The stork has dropped an especially pretty bundle in town. Get ready to shower your affection on Monica + Andy, the new infant and toddler shop that has clothes, kids’ classes, a milk and cookie bar, and more.

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The Best Drive-In: Superdawg

Hot Diggity! A Kid’s Guide to Hot Dog Stands

Grab a dog at a legendary local spot and turn eating into an adventure. From a classic drive-in to a counter-service classic, we dish our favorites.

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Dragons & Dim Sum: A Guide to Chinatown

Have you visited with your kids? Along with great eats, shops and photo opps, the Dragon Boat Races are nearly here. Get the scoop.

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For Big Bugs & Biking:  Julia de Burgos Playground

7 Hidden Gem Playgrounds You Don’t Know Yet

Did you know there are more than 500 playgrounds in Chicago? We show you where to go for new-to-you, non-stop fun.

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