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lionel-lpzoo

Just Opened: Lincoln Park Zoo’s New Kiddie Train

All aboard! The Lionel Train Adventure has just opened. Here’s what you need to know about taking a jaunt on this colorful, track-less locomotive.

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firezone

A Secret Play Space That’s Red-Hot

Sound the alarm! If you have a firefighter fan in the family, this is the hidden-gem play space you have to try.

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halloween-kid

13 Spooky-Silly Pranks to Play on Your Kids

Put the “trick” into trick-or-treat. Halloween is time to joke — all in the name of spooky, silly fun. These good-natured pranks and games will generate little scares and big laughs.

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For Fancy Footwork: Knoch Park

Monkey Around! Best Playgrounds for Climbers

We went up ladders, got lost in jungle gyms and scaled walls in search of the best playgrounds for climbers. Get ready to go bananas — because here they are.

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candyality

Cool Candy Shops You Might Not Know

Skip the mini Snickers and explore local candy shops that offer something new — in both flavor and ambience.

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catbird-5

New in Town: A Genius Store for Baby Gear

Give this boutique a big smile and friendly “coo.” It may change you and your baby’s world for the better.

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cat-mouse-2

Just Opened: A Fun-tastic Game Store for All Ages

Get your dice-rolling hands ready and put your thinking caps on — you’re not going to want to miss this new shop.

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bump-club-halloween

Boo Bashes! Halloween Events You Shouldn’t Miss

Jump on your broomstick and head everywhere from a dance party to a date with Dracula. We tell you where you’ll have a howling good time.

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sushi-mom

The Most Adventurous Kids’ Menus in Town

It’s okay to just say “no” to chicken nuggets. In fact, some restaurants encourage it! Find 9 great spots here.

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corn-maze-general

Field Day! Local Corn Mazes to Get Lost In

Lace up those walking shoes and check out this year’s crop of labyrinths located just a kernel’s throw from Chicago.

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For the Whole Family: Fantasy Costumes

8 Halloween Costume Shops That Rock

Check out our list of shops from Logan Square to Bolingbrook and get your doorbell-ringing fingers ready!

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For Communal Toys: Vera McGowen Park

The 10 Best Playgrounds for Preschoolers

From a pirate-themed paradise to an oasis where fake bears stand guard, we found great options for young kids that need to build up or burn off energy.

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vistro-pizza

The Newest (Most Kid-Friendliest!) Restaurant in the ‘Burbs

Here’s a crazy thought: A restaurant doesn’t need a kids-eat-free night, paper tablecloths or even a kids’ menu to make it a great place for families. The proof is this new spot.

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chicago-park-district-general-patches

Our Ultimate Guide to Pumpkin Patches

Give Charlie Brown a run for his money and find your great pumpkin. We dug deep to bring you a list of the best destination pumpkin patches as well as pop-up patches in the city.

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hofbrauhaus-horn

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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