This is a city of multi-talented mamas. They work, cook, craft, keep the carpool ticking and the kids entertained—all with an upbeat attitude and their sanity intact. Mostly. Oh, and they blog, too. Whether you’re looking for practical parenting tips, honest product reviews, the neighborhood scoop or just a hilarious story or two, you’ll find a local blog worth bookmarking. Read on for a few of our favorite Chicago Mom bloggers.
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So Chic Life Live the fabulous life via this online portal of all things stylish and chic. Blogger Alison is big in Chicago’s social circuit and transmits her keen eye for fashion and beauty to her continually updated website. Along with info on sales, product reviews and healthy eating tips, we love the inspiration boards that put together outfit ideas by color and trend.
730 Sage Street The mama behind this blog is Kim, a self-proclaimed health geek who doesn’t promote products that contain preservatives or GMOs. She loves to cook and share recipes (a large number being low carb and Keto), as well as workout routines.
Making Time for Mommy Blogging mama Alicia covers a lot of ground with ease. She writes about frugal shopping, local events, homemaking, giveaways, recipes and her experiences with her two special-needs kids. Bonus: Her blog design is clean, modern and inspiring.
Mom and More A stay-at-home mom to three kids, Cher offers product reviews and giveaways on her blog because she wants to help others make educated purchases and save money. Also on her radar: tasty recipes, hot deals at local businesses and book reviews.
Toddling Around Chicagoland While looking for things to do with her boys, full-time mom Sarah was surprised at the lack of information. She started her awesome blog as a resource for other Chicago-area parents to find fun local adventures.
Momma Cuisine Johanna M. Cook hosts a food-related video series. Her site shows families that great everyday meals can be done with simple ingredients and basic cooking techniques. Check out her recipes (including special kid-friendly and gluten-free options), as well as parenting, healthy living, and home and garden posts.
West of the Loop Follow blogger Emily on a journey through the ups and downs of parenting and feeding her family. She dishes techniques and recipes, and makes a special effort to explore new ingredients, especially from her local farmers’ markets. Also on her radar: books and fashion.
Chefdruk The talented mom behind this blog is a French foodie recently transplanted from the New York area to Chicago with her husband and four kids. She grew up in France, but has lived all over and her joie de vivre extends to her love of cooking and family fun. Look for easy and delicious recipes, travel adventures and musings on parenting.
The Little Style File Betsy and Kristin have a business doing styling services for the entire family. Their blog features pretty photos of children and moms, personal shopping tips, product reviews, giveaways and insider advice on the latest trends for families.
Help! Mama Remote… Living in the south suburbs, 30-something miles from downtown, Nicole wishes she could program her husband, mute the children and power forward her business. She writes about everything from fashion and family to gardening and social media.
The Night Owl Mama This blog is the place to go for no-holds-barred reviews and consumer tips. Blogger Tricia shares her opinions on products she and her family use, and also doles out advice on topics like recovering lost gift cards. Family photos and videos help you make a more informed decision about the way you shop.
Hormone-Colored Days Kim has been a dolphin trainer, corporate creativity trainer and potty trainer. Now the mom of two gifted teen boys, she writes, speaks and consults on social media. Also, she’s renovating a house. Oh, and she likes to blogs about book reviews, crafts and local events. You guessed it: She’s a busy girl.
ChiIL Mama Bonnie is a bona fide culture vulture. She blogs about Chicago theater, multicultural events and live concerts. She also hosts giveaways and seeks out products and places of interest to tweens. Consider her the authority on the offbeat, alternative and ecofriendly.
Nap Warden When she’s not chasing toddlers or designing fabulous websites, busy mom Cynthia blogs about motherhood and what it’s like to live in the middle of Chicago.
My Crafty Life Jen is a crafty, 30-something mom of three and wife of a truck driver. Her blog includes product reviews, giveaways, book reviews, recipes and crafts.
What’s Cookin’ Chicago? Joelen is a food enthusiast with a deep passion for cooking, baking and learning anything related to the culinary arts. This blog captures her adventures in and out of the kitchen, most of which involves entertaining her family and friends.
Only Laila Laila started her blog in 2010 as a place to share her journey as a single mom who works outside of the home. She writes about solo parenting, religion and more.
My Thoughts, Ideas, and Ramblings This blog is run by work-at-home mom Lisa, who lives in the Chicago area with her husband and two children, ages 8 and 5. She started blogging to keep in touch with long-distance family and friends and learned she could help others with her experiences.
A Savings WOW! Started by a happily married couple with four kids, busy lives and ever-growing expenses, this blog is a great resource for how to save money on everyday purchases.
She’s Write Blogger Melanie is a mom of two, a wife and a career woman with a love of food, red wine, fashion … and writing about all of the above. With her blog, she hopes to validate moms in thinking that they’re not crazy and reassure career women that this crazy ride is, indeed, tough.
Frosted Fingers Blogger Paula is a mom of three who loves to cook and bake. Her blog is a creative outlet of kid-friendly recipes and cooking fun. She makes a recipe a week (check out Taste-Test Tuesday) and is a great resource, no matter what kind of meal plan you’re on.
Tiaras & Tantrums In addition to being a blogger, Theresa is a photographer, homeschooler, social media expert and self-proclaimed city girl. Her blog showcases her beautiful photography and her musings about the highs, lows and adventures of motherhood.
The Working Mom’s Travels Blogging mom Francesca created her blog to share her travel experiences and prove it’s possible for a working mom to hit the road with her family in a meaningful way. When she became pregnant in 2008, she heard variations of the same sentiment: “Your traveling days are over.” Her blog proves this wrong and is a great resource for moms who love to jetset.
Mom Fuse Jessica started Mom Fuse while she was pregnant and on bedrest with her twins in 2008. The blog quickly grew and today is a resource for recipes, honest reviews and fabulous finds. Jessica also strives to promote moms who own their own businesses.
Nutrition Unplugged Janet is a writer, registered dietitian and mom of twins. Her passion is translating nutrition science into easy-to-digest words — and healthy food choices. With her blog, she connects people to the resources they need to debunk nutrition myths, enjoy good food and improve their health.
Everything Erica Erica is your insider-y helpful hand in the world of food, children and family, health and fitness and travel. It’s here you’ll find gems like “5 Foods Your Toddler Will Eat (and you’ll feel good about)” and “Why I Choose the Table Almost Every Night”.
The Jared Kuper Diabetes Foundation This site is your trusted source for giving back and helping others that are affected by diabetes. Founder and president, Jared Kuper, started this organization to not only educate and inspire those with diabetes—something that he has first-hand experience dealing with—but also to advocate for their wellbeing through financial and supportive services. Jared’s mother, Laura Verne Kuper, co-writes on the site. Get involved and read along to learn about events and activities.
All Dressed Up with Nothing to Drink Creator Cheryl Leahy is a millennial mom living on Chicago’s North Shore doling out date night advice, party ideas, parenting tips and mom-fashion that’s too cool to really be considered mom-fashion.
@Kaylaybanez is an Instagrammer on the scene—she posts about beauty, health, parenting and life in Chicago to her nearly 3,600 followers.
Chicago Mom Goes Suburban This is a go-to site for moms trying to navigate the suburban parenting world. Michelle Magee Elfvin, mother of boys and contributor to Chicago Parent, posts beautiful photographs coupled with blogs about the simple (and good!) life.
The Chicago Moms Tune into this blogging community full of powerhouse, thoughtful and smart moms that offer insight, understanding and bonding through the experience of parenting. The best part: the moms that contribute to the site are in all stages of parenthood, baby to teens.
Kids are a Trip This family travel blog covers adventures all over the globe, including in the Windy City. Read on for travel tips, gear ideas, packing suggestions and road trip advice.
Mommycon Founded by Xza Higgins, Mommycon celebrates natural parenting and holistic health through natural birthing, breastfeeding and baby wearing. You’ll find lots of great articles on this site that help you weed through all of the chaos of parenting.
No Happy Accidents Kim Kusiciel writes about her life as a mom, and as someone that has had health scares with breast cancer, in a very honest and authentic voice. Her writing goes beyond kids birthday parties and homemade baby food and touches on something deeper and more personal.
Clark and Stone The site that covers it all: fashion, food, lifestyle, travel and, of course, kids. This site is full of colorful and fashionable photographs, taken around the city, and insight on how this mom, Ceta Walters, has carved out a life for herself beyond parenthood.
A Life From Scratch Courtney Glantz fills your days full of recipes and family fun around a table—perfect fodder for those nights you’re wondering what to cook for dinner.
Second City Mom Is all about life in Chicago, from the perspective of a working mom. You’ll find urban highlights for what to do with littles around the city as well as off-the-beaten path adventures.
—Wendy Altschuler and Abigail Matsumoto