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Super Sidewalk Science! 15 Ideas to Try at Home

This science isn’t weird but it’s sure to make for a wild summer afternoon. Pick your favorite and start dabbling.

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Crater Lake National Park, Oregon

13 Thrilling National Parks Every Family MUST Visit

Your outdoor-loving crew will have a blast exploring America the Beautiful this summer. Here are our picks for spots to get the adventures started.

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We’re Hiring a Chicago Editor!

Come work for us as our Chicago Editor!

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10 Crazy-Cool Reasons to Go to Bristol Renaissance Faire

The full-on homage to Elizabethan England — complete with costumed characters, period music, jousting tournaments, acrobatic and comedy acts, rides and food — is back. Huzzah!

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Take a Dip! Awesome Watering Holes Near Chicago

Splash! Dive into this list of our favorite swimming holes, from the manmade to the naturally wonderful, including some that might have you pitching a tent and setting up camp.

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10 Signs You’re a Lakeview Parent

Between the Wrigley Field shenanigans and the awesome parks and the lakefront magic and the bustling streets you will never be bored here. And neither will your kids.

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A 1,000-Foot-Long Slip ‘n’ Slide is Coming to Town

If a splash pad mades you say, “Whee!” then get ready for something that will make you say, “WHOA!” Here’s the scoop on Slide the City.

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Catalyst Ranch

7 Fab Places to Host a Baby Shower

Get ready to wow everyone. From an art center to a bakery to a rustic-chic office space (really!), we found venues that Mom-to-be and her guests will remember forever.

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Kickapoo Stump Dodger Campgrounds – Gays Mills, WI

Best Glamping Spots Close to Chicago

Glamourous camping, here you come! Enjoy Mother Nature while you camp out in style with special touches like cozy queen size beds, stocked kitchens and even air-conditioning.

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Everything You Need to Know About “Day Out With Thomas”

Chugga, chugga, everyone. This is your chance to ride the real Thomas the Train — and Percy, too! Get the scoop here.

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7 Old-School Ice Cream Parlors That are Sweet City Secrets

National Ice Cream Month is here. We’re screaming. Are you? Cool off and celebrate a these charming, old-fashioned parlors (including one where Al Capone used to hang out!).

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Ready to Shred! Local Sk8 Parks for Kids

If your little adventurer is chomping at the bit to grind on some rails, visit one of these kid-friendly skateboarding parks — all with something a little different to offer.

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Winnemac Park

10 Playgrounds With Awesome Picnic Areas

Swinging from monkey bars sure can make a kid work up an appetite! No need to rush home for lunch. Just stick to these covered pavilions and prime picnic spots.

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Snap Kitchen interior

Just Opened: Snap Kitchen

With a ton of creative —and kid-friendly! — options for breakfast, lunch and dinner you can make “cooking” as easy as dropping in the store on your way back from the playground, work or the gym.

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Just Opened: Margaret Donahue Park

Let the excitement begin! Full of Chicago accents and homegrown spirit, this is a play spot with heart. Oh, and did we mention the splash pad?

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