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Biggest Cult Following: Babies, Tots n' More Consignment Sale

Consignment Shops & Sales for Back-to-School Steals

Unleash your inner thrifter. Great deals on cute clothes and gear are waiting for you at these stores and sales around town.

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Your New Secret Place for Picnics, Walks & Birdwatching

Montrose Point Bird Sanctuary is an awesome slice of nature that’s tucked out of sight. With wildflowers, rugged trails and surprises around every turn, it’s a stroll your family needs to take.

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A New Pop-Up Shop & More in Chicago’s Hottest ‘Hood

Maybe you’ve noticed: Hyde Park is on the rise. Get the scoop on a brand-new shop and find out why the home of University of Chicago and President Obama is so fun for families.

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Icy Excavations

Play It Cool: 9 Awesome Ice Projects

Soaring temps and long sunny days are a total match for playing with ice. Here are 9 great activities and projects to do now.

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Beer Gardens Where Kids Are Welcome

It’s not taboo. In fact, it’s so much fun. Take the kids to these outdoor havens, where suds and sippy cups coexist.

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Pub Pops at Publican Quality Meats

Chills & Thrills! 6 Local Popsicles to Eat Now

Before you open your freezer, head to local restaurants and specialty shops for yummy pops. Find out where to get creative push pops, Korean favorites and more.

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Great Stroller Tours at Museums & Gardens

Whether winding through art exhibitions, historic parks or pretty gardens, these tours will stimulate your “parent brain.”

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For Climbing Fiends: Harvester Park Playground

The Most Over-the-Top Playgrounds Near You

Urban myth: All playgrounds were created equal. Not true! Chicago and the ‘burbs have playgrounds that really go over the top to show you and your tots a good time.

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Just Opened: An Eye-Popping Art Center With Free Coloring Books

The Ed Paschke Art Center offers a quick burst of pop-art eye candy for kids — and there’s plenty to do nearby.

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Swim-tastic Watering Holes Near Chicago

Make a splash in wilder, more rugged terrain. We have the scoop on everything from manmade swimming ponds to naturally wonderful lakes where you can dip your toes.

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5 Breakfast Food Trucks to Kick-Start Your Day

Make your first meal an adventure. A few awesome food trucks have eggs, pancakes and donuts covered when the sun comes up.

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100 Things to Do in Chicago Before You’re 10

This could be the funnest checklist you’ve ever had! From essential city experiences to hidden finds, these to-do’s will find a special place in your heart.

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Yu Kids Island

Play Spaces on Speed

Want a play space with more oomph? Transition to these bigger, more active arenas, where physical activity is king.

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The Inside Scoop on “Day Out With Thomas”

He’s chugging our way. The smiley blue train rolls up to Illinois Railway Museum from August 16-24, and this is what you need to know before you go.

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Sip & Play: Kid-Friendly Tea Shops Near Playgrounds

Tea for tots? Why not! We dish on tea shops stores with sips or little ones — plus great parks nearby.

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