Editor's Picks

Track Stars! 4 Train Shows That Dazzle

A holiday season without model train shows is like the North Pole without elves. Don’t let this jolly time of year pass you by without seeing one!

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CTA Holiday Train

Holiday Train & Sleigh Rides to Jump Aboard Now

It’s lovely weather for a sleigh or train ride together. Here’s where to catch a lift on the rails or over the snow.

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A Wintery Show With Musical Thrills

“Hansel & Gretel” brings a gingerbread house to the big stage — along with deliciously addictive new music by Justin Roberts.

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Westfield Gardens - Des Plaines

Holiday Roads! Our Favorite Local Candy Cane Lanes

Which streets and neighborhoods go all-out to decorate for the holidays? We tell you where to soak up the brilliant, kitschy fun.

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15 Places to Meet & Eat With Santa

Your kids can’t wait to rattle off their wish list. You can’t wait for the priceless photos. Here’s where you can track down the man that’ll make it all happen.

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Pioneer Tree Farm

Timber Time: Christmas Tree Farms to Put on Your List

Lumberjack your way into the season by visiting a local cut-your-own tree farm. Here’s where to chop-chop or pick a pre-cut tree.

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Sprinkles Gingerbread Cupcakes

Sweetness! 8 Holiday Desserts to Take Home

We have the scoop on where to pick up stollen, gingerbread cupcakes, Christmas cookies and more. Going to pass them off as homemade? We won’t tell.

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BMO Bank 2014 Magnificent Mile Lights Festival

Glow Time! Can’t-Miss Holiday Lights Extravaganzas

Chicago is ready to flip the switch — and you can be there when it happens. Here are the most brilliant light displays around town.

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Where to Play With Train Tables (Some are Well-Kept Secrets!)

Push, toot and choo-choo-choo at these spots. (Psst … they’re not just toy stores and play spaces!)

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Drop-Off Delights: Top 6 Parents Night Out Programs

Need a date night? These programs let you skedaddle (where’s the nearest brewery?!) while the kids enjoy a few hours of themed play, dinner and movies.

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ChiTAG Fair 1

Don’t Miss: The Chicago Toy & Game Fair

Between the “Frozen” parade, “Star Wars” breakfast and hundreds of toys to try, you will play the day away. Get the inside scoop here.

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For Gym-tastic Adventures: George's Gym

5 Kiddie Classes That Come to You

Stay at home and let the teachers come to you. The fun includes everything from gym romps to music lessons to art experiences.

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A New Burger Joint That’s Kid Paradise

Get to know the latest addition to the “Meat”-west. This cult fave will have you flipping for its burgers, dogs, crinkle-cut fries and concretes.

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12 Apps & Alerts Every Chicago Parent Should Have

Smartphones ready! There’s an app to help you park, pay your dinner bill and even find a potty.

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12 Holiday Shows for the Whole Family

Joyful carols. A grumpy Grinch. Stunning acrobats. Klezmer bands. They’re all part of the awesome holiday shows sweeping through town.

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