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Gimme Some! Dim Sum Restaurants for Kids

From shrimp dumplings to sticky rice, a diet of dim sum might be the latest thing your mini foodie craves. Here’s where to go.

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Maria Barnes

Our Writers’ Picks for Last-Blast Summer Fun

They know the Chicago area inside-out and upside-down. And they’re willing to share their secrets.

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Your Guide to Haircut Places for Kids

Snip, snip — it’s time for a new ‘do! Whether it’s your tot’s first cut or a fresh back-to-school style, he or she will get five-star treatment at these kid-centric salons.

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Drop-In Activities for End-of-Summer Sanity

The cure for the summer stir crazies? Drop-in activities that you can do on a moment’s notice, from sing-alongs at Mariano’s to craft workshops at Michaels.

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Simple Squares

6 Local Lunchbox Snacks to Pack

Your kiddos might beg for Flamin’ Cheetos, but you’re hot on the trail of something healthier. Here are local snacks that are yummy and good for you.

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Biggest Cult Following: Babies, Tots n' More Consignment Sale

Consignment Shops & Sales for Back-to-School Steals

Unleash your inner thrifter. Great deals on cute clothes and gear are waiting for you at these stores and sales around town.

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Your New Secret Place for Picnics, Walks & Birdwatching

Montrose Point Bird Sanctuary is an awesome slice of nature that’s tucked out of sight. With wildflowers, rugged trails and surprises around every turn, it’s a stroll your family needs to take.

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5 New Restaurants You Can Take The Kids To

Dig into an adorable new café from a yogurt chain, a tamale food truck’s permanent home, a BBQ palace and more. Gather the kids, loosen the belts and get eating.

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A New Pop-Up Shop & More in Chicago’s Hottest ‘Hood

Maybe you’ve noticed: Hyde Park is on the rise. Get the scoop on a brand-new shop and find out why the home of University of Chicago and President Obama is so fun for families.

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Icy Excavations

Play It Cool: 9 Awesome Ice Projects

Soaring temps and long sunny days are a total match for playing with ice. Here are 9 great activities and projects to do now.

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Beer Gardens Where Kids Are Welcome

It’s not taboo. In fact, it’s so much fun. Take the kids to these outdoor havens, where suds and sippy cups coexist.

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Pub Pops at Publican Quality Meats

Chills & Thrills! 6 Local Popsicles to Eat Now

Before you open your freezer, head to local restaurants and specialty shops for yummy pops. Find out where to get creative push pops, Korean favorites and more.

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Great Stroller Tours at Museums & Gardens

Whether winding through art exhibitions, historic parks or pretty gardens, these tours will stimulate your “parent brain.”

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For Climbing Fiends: Harvester Park Playground

The Most Over-the-Top Playgrounds Near You

Urban myth: All playgrounds were created equal. Not true! Chicago and the ‘burbs have playgrounds that really go over the top to show you and your tots a good time.

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Just Opened: An Eye-Popping Art Center With Free Coloring Books

The Ed Paschke Art Center offers a quick burst of pop-art eye candy for kids — and there’s plenty to do nearby.

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