Archive for November 2013

Tips for Riding the CTA Holiday Train with your kids

Tips for Riding the CTA Holiday Train with your kids
I really love the CTA Holiday Train — and my kids do too. But you must have a good plan in place if you want this excursion to go smoothly. The Holiday Train moves fast. And it is crowded. If you learn one thing from this post, don’t bring your stroller. It won’t work. The... Read more »

Wee Windy City Winter Survival Guide: The Chicago Park District presents Polar Adventure Days

Wee Windy City Winter Survival Guide: The Chicago Park District presents Polar Adventure Days
Part of my Chicago winter survival strategy is embracing the chilly outdoor temps. The key to this approach is stocking up on the appropriate bundling equipment (that means long underwear, water-proof gloves, all the really warm stuff). And then get out there on doing something fun in the freezing cold. Winter is here. You can’t... Read more »

Wee Windy City Winter Survival Guide: Go Ice Skating at the Farm-in-the-Zoo

Wee Windy City Winter Survival Guide: Go Ice Skating at the Farm-in-the-Zoo
Chicago winters can be really long and miserable (particularly after the holiday hoopla dies down). But there are lots of fun things for families to do during the chilly months ahead. You just need to know what they are. That’s why I’ve created the Wee Windy City Winter Survival Guide. Over the next couple of... Read more »
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101 Things to do with your Chicago Kid

  I am reposting this entry from March 1, 2010 because I came across it in my archives and it really is a pretty darn good list if I do say so myself. I’ve got to really focus if I want to get to all of these things before my kids head off to college.... Read more »

The Morton Arboretum debuts new Illumination Tree Lights Experience

The Morton Arboretum debuts new Illumination Tree Lights Experience
Beginning tomorrow, The Morton Arboretum’s (already lovely) trees will be transformed into an interactive kaleidoscope of color and light during its first-ever winter lights event, Illumination: Tree Lights at The Morton Arboretum. From November 22, 2013 to January 4, 2014, Illumination will offer a holiday experience far beyond traditional twinkling lights, featuring trees that respond to touch and sound, and vivid, electric colors throughout. Combining cutting-edge light technology with the wooded landscape of the Arboretum, Illumination takes visitors on a mile-long, paved walking trail winding around the Arboretum’s Meadow Lake and down its Conifer Walk with plenty of surprises along the way. ...

Mancow Muller says the city of Chicago is "unlivable for families"

In a Chicago Tribune article published today, “shock jock” Erich Mancow Muller says that he recently moved from the city to Wilmette because, “I think they’ve done a good job of making the city unlivable for families.” And he also called kids who go to public school stupid. You know…. because he is a shock... Read more »
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Dose does adorable: Dose Market puts the spotlight on kids and families on November 10

Dose does adorable: Dose Market puts the spotlight on kids and families on November 10
I love Dose Market. And I love it even more now that it takes place just a couple of blocks from my house every Sunday.  Dose Market is always a family-friendly event, but this week the entire market is dedicated to little ones and their moms and dads. Offering a full day of activities and a market filled with bites and delights for everyone inside, this Sunday's Dose Market emphasizes community and bridging connections between families and those who provide the products and services that make life with little ones easier, better and more fun. Here is a short list of the market highlights planned for tomorrow: FREE ACTIVITIES: A Muse makes it a 'Very Merry Unbirthday' art-making activity with movement, drawing from the imagination and collaborative sculpture: smocks will be available for all in addition to mimosas for moms, dads and guardians; photographer Melissa Salvatore of Heritage Littles sets up a sweep and snaps photos of the little ones and lays down a track on which kids can test drive the beautiful Heritage balance bikes; The Land of Nod offers a craft-making station featuring a number of interactive projects kids can participate in alongside a playscape in which kids are invited to let their imagination reign. MARKET FINDS: In addition to a curated selection of adult-focused Dose Market offerings ranging from clothing to accessories to housewares to gifts, Fat Blossom Farm offers Fairy House Kits: sweet, easy-to-assemble building sets made from all-natural, farm-sourced elements; Monica + Andy, a just-launched line for kids newborn to 3T, Doses sweet blankets and impeccably-designed clothes for adventurous boys and girls; Ashley Lillis sells hand-knit kids hats, headbands, scarves and sweaters to keep kids cozy all season long; 7M Woodworking brings beautifully hand-carved building block sets and chopping blocks for busy family kitchens; kids are invited to sit for a Fine Line Studio photo used by the artist to create a hand-cut silhouette. FAMILY EATS: Petit Organics Doses wholesome, fresh, organic baby food, sampling their all-natural offerings alongside store-bought, jarred baby food so parents can taste the difference and enter to win free product. Free drinks for adults will be provided by Chop Shop and Dose Market food offerings will include easy lunch options for all, breakfast baked goods, Dark Matter coffee, old-fashioned confections and more. In all, over 25 Dosers will be participating in this carefully curated Dose Adorable, a Sunday experience designed to bring families together from all over Chicagoland...