Editor's Picks

8 Great Oktoberfest Celebrations for Kids

Celebrate with oompah bands, traditional games, crafts, German eats and more at these bashes. You’re never too young to polka.

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Ryan Thorne Room

A Miniature World to Explore With Your Mini Me

Psst … we’ve got the scoop on a hidden exhibit of 68 mini interiors. Not your average dollhouses, they’ll captivate your kids for a full afternoon.

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22 Free Things to Do in Chicago This Fall

Hot diggity-dog! From restaurant deals to free museum days, here are the best no-cost fall flings!

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Harvest Festivals You Don’t Want to Miss

From apple mania in Lincoln Square to an 1800s throwback in Schaumburg, we have you covered for the best places to get an awesome taste of autumn.

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Fresh From the Rotisserie: Chicken Shop

Dessert Fix! Where to Eat the Best Apple Pie

It’s the season for the tart and sweet treat, and if you don’t have time to whip up your own, these local restaurants and pie shops have you covered.

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Kuipers Family Farm

U-Pick Apple Orchards Worth Trekking To

Apples have the power to keep doctors away, butter up teachers and inspire just about anyone to go on a pie binge. Pick your own at one of these great family-friendly spots nearby.

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Goodbye, Witching Hour: 30 Days of After School Activities

Check out Red Tricycle’s calendar that is full of activities perfect for after school afternoons.

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For Stroller-Friendly Workouts: Fit4Mom

6 Fitness Classes You Can Bring Your Kid To

Grab your stroller or carrier — these awesome workouts welcome a pint-sized plus-one!

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Kindie Rock Concerts to Get Pumped Up For

You’re going to hear the good times rolling, loud and clear, all autumn long. Kindie rock concerts are kicking into high gear — and many of them are free!

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A New Juice & Smoothie Bar Your Kids Will Love

If you love kid-friendly cafes that are all about being healthy, get ready because you’re about to have a new main squeeze. Say “hello” to this new spot!

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The TreeHouse Play Space

5 Indoor Tree Houses to Climb

Does your kid want to be Tarzan or Jane? Head to one of these spots with big, faux trees that kids can scurry around in.

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A New Splash Pad & Playscape That’s Worth the Trip

There’s no better combo than a splash pad and playground. Add a covered wagon, wildflower garden and maze of fake animal tracks, and you’ll have one happy camper. Here’s where to find it.

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Save the Date! Fall Happenings to Plan For Now

You snooze, you lose! Mark your calendar now for a fairy tale play, children’s film festival, symphony for the whole family and lots more. The scoop is here.

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A Dictionary for Chicago Parents (& Anyone That Wants to Understand Them!)

Chicago’s unique vocabulary and insider references could fill up an entire dictionary. Here’s a lesson in local lingo for Moms and Dads.

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The Space Walk at Adler Planetarium

Secret Attractions at Your Favorite Museums

Skip the crowded exhibit halls and dig deeper into our fair city. These hidden gem finds (at places you already love!) will excite the entire family.

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