Editor's Picks

10 Signs You’re a South Loop Parent

With more families and kid-friendly hotspots than ever before, this is where parents want to be. Here are the telltale signs that you’re living, loving and raising kids in the South Loop.

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Where to Score Birthday Freebies for Your Kiddies

Some of our favorite shops, play spaces, restaurants and entertainers celebrate their little fans by giving them a free gift on their birthday. VIP treatment, here you come!

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For Your Morning Fix: Firecakes

9 Donut Shops You Need in Your Life

Skeptics who said small-batch donuts would be a passing fad are eating their words. Business is booming at shops from West Town to Arlington Heights. See which are kid approved!

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Best Hidden Gem: Coliseum Park Playground

Chicago Playground Preview: 10 You Need to See in 2015

Swinging, climbing and sliding season is just getting started — and there are so many places to jump into the action. Check out our “best” list, from hidden gems to beachfront paradises.

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Lincoln Park Zoo

An Inside Peek at Lincoln Park Zoo’s Newest Exhibit

The brand new Regenstein Macaque Forest exhibit is now open, and its playful inhabitants — eight Japanese snow monkeys — are ready to show you their little happy red faces.

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6 Cool New Restaurants That Are Family Friendly

From PAC-MAN-themed dining to pizza scones, the eclectic offerings at new restaurants in and around Chicago are the stuff of kids’ dreams. And there’s plenty for you, too, parents!

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For Acrobatic Stunts: Actors Gymnasium

Play & Celebrate! 10 Places for Sporty Birthday Parties

Invite your birthday star and his or her biggest cheerleaders to do everything from rock climbing to circus acrobatics to indoor skydiving. Here are ideas that will make you say “u-rah-rah!”

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Cooked Chicago

Meal Delivery Services Every Family Should Try

Whether you want a pre-made feast to pop in the oven or someone to do your grocery shopping for you, we’ve found a helpful service. Get the scoop here.

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Numbers In Nature Exhibit @ the Museum of Science and Industry Chicago

20 Things to Do if You’re Sticking Around for Spring Break

Discover new play spaces, go for hikes, check out the latest museum exhibits, see a show … the list goes on. Here’s how to fill your days in amazing ways.

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10 Hidden Gems of the North Shore

From a trendy toddler boutique in Highland Park, to a to-die-for bakery in Highwood, to a rockin’ coffeehouse-slash-music school in Wilmette and Glenview, there’s something special waiting to be discovered.

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A Muse Private Art Camp

12 Local Summer Camps You Won’t Believe

So many camps, so little time! Get the most out of summer break with these 12 options that offer programs and themes you can’t find just anywhere.

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The Newest Gathering Place for Parents & Kids

Time to enjoy a picnic! And we mean a trip to Picnic, Ravenswood’s new gathering place for parents and kids. Like its warm, breezy name implies, Picnic is a welcoming hub for anybody that wants friends, support and camaraderie.

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17 Ways to Welcome Spring … & Not Look Back

You deserve this. Finally, say “hello” to soft breezes, ripe blooms and warmer temps (fingers crossed) with these family activities that this long awaited season brings.

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For a Long, Bumpy Ride: Ball Factory

Room to Zoom! 8 Great Indoor Slides

Whee! We found play areas that have tons of bells and whistles — including zoom-tastic slides. Here’s where to find the quickest, tamest and most interesting.

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Just Opened: The Laboratory

Tinkerers, thinkers, budding scientists and curious kids have a new place to go. With kids’ classes and camps in everything from robotics to Harry Potter wizardry, this will be your favorite place for extra-curricular excitement.

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