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For Open Gym: Florence G. Heller JCC Chicago

8 Great Indoor Playgrounds for Toddlers

Check out the playful scene at museums and community recreation centers. These spots might not be on your list yet, but definitely should be!

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A Gummi Factory Tour That’s Worth the Trip

Hit the road to northwest Indiana’s Albanese Confectionery, the only spot in the U.S. that offers gummi manufacturing tours. Learning, fun and samples abound!

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20 Things You MUST Do With a Baby in Chicago

Yes, there is such a thing as a bucket list before you turn one! From lullaby classes to smash cakes to stroller tours, this is what you’ll want to check off.

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Phoney Baloney! Vegan & Vegetarian Restaurants Your Kids Will Love

Meat-free eateries are hidden in plain sight in Lincoln Park, Oak Park and beyond. Introduce your kids to these spots that serve everything from cupcakes to cookies, soups to sandwiches, and all the greens in between.

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little-beans-gym

The Newest Play Space in Town: Little Beans Evanston

The second location of the loved romper room has opened on the North Shore — and this time, the opportunities for play are super-sized. (We’re talking a full-on indoor obstacle course!) Get the scoop here.

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For Foodies & Chef Fans: Green City Market

Winter Fresh! Indoor Farmers Markets To Visit Now

Come cold or snow, you can get your farmstand fix. Here’s our guide to indoor markets, including favorites like Green City Market and Logan Square Market.

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delightful-pastries

Paczki Day! Where to Buy Your New Favorite Treat

The Fat Tuesday desserts are back! They can be hard to find, so we’ve got you covered with a guide to great bakeries from Oak Park to Bridgeport so you can stock up and go wild.

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10 Chicago-Area Places Where Winter Doesn’t Exist

If Chicago is starting to feel like one big igloo, then it’s time to plan your escape. From a huge indoor treehouse to tropical conservatories, these 10 destinations will save your family’s sanity.

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The Coolest Improv Shows for Kids

Stand up, sit down and participate in the fun at these three unscripted (and totally hilarious) family shows.

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Rock Candy

Classic Science Experiments You Can do at Home

Armed with these classic at-home science experiments, your kiddo will be well on her way to becoming a real mad scientist.

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The Water Works - Schaumburg

Indoor Waterparks That Will Save Your Winter

Whether you want a weekend getaway or just a day pass, we’ve got the scoop on where you can swim, slide and play like you’re on vacation.

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4 New Sweets Shops You’ll Get Hooked On

From gourmet lollipops to gelato to ginormous candy bars, the treats at these sugar-licious spots will keep you coming back for more.

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Chop Shop

6 New Kid-Friendly Brunches to Dig Into

Saturday morning cartoons are one of the greatest things about weekends. But let’s face it: Spongebob Squarepants has got nothing on these great brunches where kids are welcome.

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7 Super-Secret Museums That are Worth the Trip

Make a new discovery on a mini road trip! We have the scoop on a lush new nature center, auto museum with superhero appeal, and more.

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10 Signs You’re a Lincoln Park Mom

Kids live large in Lincoln Park. Here are 10 signs that you’re raising a family there.

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