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Max Out the Fun Outdoors This Labor Day Weekend

Capture fun in the sun this Labor Day weekend with thrilling water slides, hiking fit for tots, adventure parks that’ll bring humongous smiles and more!

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Discover the Not-So-Obvious Spots to Hike, Camp & Fish Near Chicago

Tranquil cabins in the woods, an abundance of fish waiting for a nibble, hiking until your legs wobble. . . find the roads less traveled near Chicago.

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Catch Lupita Nyong’o in Her New Role: Superhero!

You can already catch plenty of episodes on YouTube!

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Party Hearty! Best Ways to Spend Valentine’s Day Weekend as a Family

Make Valentine’s Day memories at home or out-and-about in Chicago’s great outdoors. What’s not to love?

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Hit the Trails! Best Hikes with Kids No Matter the Season

Add this to your agenda: fresh air, unforgettable scenery and spying on animals in their natural habitat. Fun, right?

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Hiking Trails That Even Toddlers Will Love

Add this to your summer agenda: fresh air, unforgettable scenery and spying on animals in their natural habitat. Fun, right?

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30 Things Only Siblings Will Understand

Brothers and sisters—can’t live with ’em, can’t live without ’em.

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Summer Is So Last Season: Activities to Welcome Fall

Summer may be gone but fall is still a great time to be a Chicagoan! Make the most of the fun — indoors and out.

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Hey, Chicago, We’re Walking on (Borrowed) Sunshine!

Lucky us . . . it seems the sun has forgotten to migrate south after we bid farewell to summer. Squeeze every drop of sunshine with these outdoor adventures before it’s too late!

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Party On! Invite Apps That Take the Stress Out of RSVP

Now you can manage the party invite list right from your phone. Which saves you time to do other things… like stuff that pesky piñata.

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Two Dogs and a Baby: An Imperfect Relationship

Photo: Jen Setteducato
Dogs are supposed to be a kid’s best friend, right?
When I think about “man’s best friend” the image I have is always of a little boy frolicking in the yard with his fluffy golden retriever puppy…

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The 6 Stages of a Sleep-Starved Mom(bie)

You know that feeling when you wake up bright-eyed and bushy-tailed after a nice night of sleep?
Me neither.

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As a mom, I’m pretty sure I may never again experience the simple privileges of getting…

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Relax Mom: 5 Reasons to Take a Break Already

Moms worry about being the best at everything. We want to be the best mom that makes the best Bento Box lunches and snaps the best Instagram photos of the best Pinterest parties for our best dressed, best behaved kids…

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5 Simple Things You Must Do Before Summer Ends

One is a circus show that’s ever-so curious. Another will have you looking for your knight in shining armor. As for the other three … read on.

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The Cool New (Affordable!) Way to Custom Design Your Nursery Furniture

Find out why we’re loving P’kolino’s new customizable nursery furniture.

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Meet the Red Tricycle Chicago Writers (& Get Their Picks for Fall Fun!)

Looking for fall fun? Our Red Tricycle Chicago writers know where to find it. From hidden-gem pumpkin patches to bountiful farmers’ markets, the options are endless. Click through to meet our writers and discover their must-do’s.

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Off-Season Day Trip: Explore Crystal Mountain (Minus the Snow)

You already know Crystal Mountain is the place to go in the winter, but did you know the mountain is bursting with fun activities when the snow’s all gone? Read on to find out how to get this day trip on.

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Eat Up! Simple Ways To Shake Up Snack Time

Here are eight simple solutions that take snacks from drab to fab—and might even introduce some new flavors to the mix.

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Where to Spot a Bald Eagle Close to Home (& Have a Blast Doing It!)

They don’t come around often, but when they do, it’s a big deal. American bald eagles have been on the endangered species list since 1997 but you can see them a quick drive from Chicago.

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Party at Your Place: 6 Entertaining Birthdays That Come to You

Birthdays are fabulous. Friends, food, presents and cake make for an awesome gathering no matter what you do.  But prepping and planning a bash? Not so fabulous, unless you’re blessed with Martha Stewart DNA. For the rest of us normal…

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Crockpot Chicken & Dumplings: Kid-Friendly Comfort Food

There are dozens of chicken and dumpling recipes in the blogosphere, 99% of which include condensed chicken soup as an ingredient (bleh!). Here’s a healthful, easy recipe that includes only fresh, whole food ingredients. Note: The recipe does call for…

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Naval Adventures at Fort Casey on Whidbey Island

Looking for a great day-trip from Seattle? Head north to Fort Casey on Whidbey Island! What used to be one of the West Coast’s first defenses against a naval attack, Fort Casey is now a fun place to explore with…

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