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Come work for us as our Chicago Editor!

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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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thomas-at-station

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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tastee

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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bolingbrook-skate

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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donohue-splash

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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fizz

Beer Gardens That Welcome Your Kids

Sippy cups and steins happily coexist at a slew of places across the city and ‘burbs. We tracked down your best bets, from a motorcycle-themed hangout to a pizza joint you can’t miss. Cheers!

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101 Things I Love

11 Chicago Moms to Follow on Instagram

Get ready to be enchanted. With images full of style, food, fun and local personality, these 11 ‘grammers will have you hooked.

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Garfield Park Conservatory’s Play & Grow Garden

8 Natural Playgrounds to Run Wild At

Made from wood, stones and good old-fashioned dirt, these playgrounds are Earth’s way of saying “Have a blast!”

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5 New Places to Shop, Eat & Play

Find out why we’re obsessed with For the Win, downtown’s newest mega arcade. And lots more.

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My husband, Patrick, a graduate student in economics and myself, Petra, a Hungarian designer/educator bought a 1920’s condo in the Lakeview area of Chicago in 2012 that needed a complete interior update. It is a top floor condo and we both fell in love with the amount of light and open views it gets from three unobstructed exposures. When our daughter, Vera May, was born, I thought for a long time about how to decorate her city bedroom. I ended up relying  on the opportunities our environment held for us! I created  a mural wrapping on all four walls of her room by "bringing neighboring buildings in" (in a way you would see it through the walls). I tailored the design to her current eye level, of course! I enjoyed adding details like our neighbors sailing boat to the lake that reminds us on good times. The whole design was "drawn" on the wall using three widths of painters tape. I also painted some of the furniture pieces such as the IKEA drawers she has for her toys. Other furniture  pieces were hand me downs and some items were found at flea markets. We bought the carpet from Land of Nod. It looks like it would have been created the same way as the wall graphics!

Oh, The Mod-est Room You’ll See

No, this is not an IKEA showroom. It belongs to one lucky girl with loving and talented parents.

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pirates-cove

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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