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100 Things to Do in Chicago Before You’re 10

This could be the funnest checklist you’ve ever had! From essential city experiences to hidden finds, these to-do’s will find a special place in your heart.

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The Inside Scoop on “Day Out With Thomas”

He’s chugging our way. The smiley blue train rolls up to Illinois Railway Museum from August 16-24, and this is what you need to know before you go.

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Sip & Play: Kid-Friendly Tea Shops Near Playgrounds

Tea for tots? Why not! We dish on tea shops stores with sips or little ones — plus great parks nearby.

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Best Glamping Spots Close to Chicago

Want to try glamorous camping? We have the scoop on comfy sites, from a tree house with a full bathroom to an old-fashioned covered wagon with air conditioning.

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For a Cool Patio: Little Beans Cafe

Outdoor Birthday Party Spots for Maximum Fun

Throw a bash and bask in the sun. Here’s where to party, from the back deck of a play space to a playground with water sprinklers.

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Afternoon Escape: Dads Slot Cars

Race miniature cars and dig into an ice cream parlor — just like in the 1960s. This is nostalgic entertainment at its best.

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For Educational Family Programs: Angelic Organics

5 Local Farms You Can Tour

Want to show your kids what it takes to get eggs to the carton and milk in the jug? B-I-N-G-O! — you’re in luck.

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Push It! Great Jogging Paths for Strollers

Grab your sidekick and make a run for it! These jogging paths are great for strollers … and happen to be close to playgrounds.

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This Mom’s Food Art is Beyond Incredible

Cauliflower clouds and oatmeal owls? You’ll eat them up after you see photos of one mom’s stunning mealtime creations.

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The Secrets of Michigan Vacation Towns

Break on through to the other side of Lake Michigan. Beach towns, state parks and a huge Dutch theme park await.

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Magic Fountains Worth Your Pennies

We rounded up local water fountains worthy of your wishes. Some you can actually play in!

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New Mom Brunches: Bump Club & Beyond

Baby Guide! The Resources You Need to Know

Sleep trainers? Yoga classes? Playgroups? Stroller shops? We have the scoop on the area’s best — and lots more.

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Nature Centers With Wild Perks for Kids

Pet a woolly mammoth. Follow turtle tracks. Hear stories in a prairie. You’ll find out where to do it all right here.

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4 New Dessert Shops to Try Now

Your littles will be lured like Hansel and Gretel to the homemade treats served at these sweet spots. Get the dish here.

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For a Wild Ride: Lincoln Park Zoo

‘Round You Go! The Best Local Carousels

Carousels are pure, nostalgic fun. We point you to the must-rides, from small vintage roundabouts to towering double deckers.

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