Editor's Picks

A Bunch of Cool Things to Do for $25 or Less

Some are free (museum days!) and others are very budget friendly ($10 water taxi rides!). Read on for the scoop on your big summer discount.

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Up the Coast: Michigan Vacation Secrets … Revealed!

Ice cream shops. U-Picks. Children’s museums. These beach-town secrets are too good to keep. Find out where your family needs to go on the Michigan coast this summer.

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A Ginormous LEGO Convention is Coming to Town! Here’s the Scoop.

Ever imagine you’d see 30 million LEGOs in one room? It’s true. Find out all about Brickworld here.

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Secrets of The 606: What’s Hot on the Bloomingdale Trail

Hurray! It’s open. The biking-walking-running-scooting path is part of an elevated trail and park system that has tons to offer families. Here’s our inside take.

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Food Trucks to Stalk All Summer

Introducing your next breakfast, lunch and dinner go-to. Hit the streets for these 6 stalk-worthy trucks the whole family will love.

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Pick a Flick! Outdoor Movies for Summer Nights

There are parks, nature centers and historic attractions reeling family favorites all season long. And their lawns are yours for the taking (BYO chairs and blankets!).

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Red Tricycle Writers’ Secrets for Summer Fun

The stories you read on Red Tricycle are written by fun lovers and explorers — much like yourself! Here they share their secrets.

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To the Rainbow! Pride Month Fun for Families

June is national Pride Month and a great time to show your kids that families come in every, shape, size and color of the rainbow. Start here!

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The New Robot Exhibit That Blasts You Into the Future

Ever thought you’d play tic-tac-toe with a robot? Or watch mini bots play soccer? How about have a droid mimic your every move? You’ll do it all at the Museum of Science and Industry’s summer blockbuster.

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Take Them Out to the Ballgame! A Guide to the Local Minor Leagues

While the Cubs and Sox are a ton of fun, a trip to a minor league ballpark offers a whole new kind of experience. Get the lowdown on how to have a winning family outing.

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The Best Playgrounds on the North Shore

Whether you live “up north” or are looking for a day trip, here are 9 options for sliding, swinging, climbing and running like the dickens!

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10 Signs You’re a Lincoln Square Parent

The homey indie businesses! The summer concerts in the plaza! The adorable German vibe! If you live there — or are considering it — you’ll relate to our list.

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Family Campsites for Fun Summer Overnights

Grab your s’mores ingredients and flashlights! Here’s the scoop on everything from playground-packed campsites to lush open landscapes.

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Patio A-Go-Go! 8 Great Places for Alfresco Dining With Kids

Top spots for outdoor dining include obvious choices (in front of the Bean) and secret ones (a Cuban gem in Logan Square). Dig in here!

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Water, Water, Everywhere! 15 Spraygrounds to Drive You Wild

Get ready for a raging day at the splash pad. Most are free or $5 tops! Get our picks here.

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