Posts in category "Chicago Park District"

Opportunities to explore Chicago parks this summer

Opportunities to explore Chicago parks this summer
 You may not necessarily associate Chicago with the great outdoors. But there are plenty of beautiful outdoor spaces for Chicago families to explore. June is National Camping Month and The North Face Explore Your Parks program is encouraging families to get outdoors and enjoy the nation’s treasured and endangered State Parks this summer. Through Explore Your Parks,... 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 »

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 »
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Celebrate 100 Years of Family Fun at Holstein Park

Celebrate 100 Years of Family Fun at Holstein Park
Have you been to the pool at Holstein Park (2200 N. Oakley Avenue in Chicago)? Participated in Chicago Park District events or activities at Holstein Park? Maybe just even played at the newly revamped Holstein Park? We can answer yes to all three. This place is a great resourse for families. Any friend of Holstein Park can join in the celebration of it's 100 Year Anniversary on June 30, 2012 from 11am to 7pm...

Polar Adventure Days: Cold, but worth it

Polar Adventure Days: Cold, but worth it
The Chicago Park District hosts awesome, free family events -- even in the absolute dead of winter. Luckily, we Chicagoans are tough. We know how to bundle up and get out there for some cold weather fun. This year, the Chicago Park District presents the seventh annual Polar Adventure Days from 12 - 4 p.m. on three Saturdays: Dec. 10, Jan. 21 and Feb. 18. Each event takes place at Northerly Island (1400 S. Lynn White Dr., on the Museum Campus).  Admission is free for everyone. You should totally plan to attend at least one of the scheduled Polar Adventure Days...

Circus in the Parks -- A Must-Do for Chicago Families

Circus in the Parks -- A Must-Do for Chicago Families
Last summer, I brought my gang out to Welles Park for a truly spectacular experience — Circus in the Parks, courtesy of the Midnight Circus. This two-hour show was one of the most entertaining family outings we’ve ever had. It included clowns, acrobatics, and contortionists. My kids were totally mesmerized. So was I. It was... Read more »
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Wee Windy City Winter Survival Guide: Polar Adventure Days

I’ve always wanted to try snow shoeing — and on January 22nd, I am going to get my chance (hopefully), thanks to the Chicago Park District. This winter, the Chicago Park District presents their sixth annual Polar Adventure Days. This is a fabulous winter program for Chicago families. The remaining dates for this year are... Read more »

Guest Post: Family Living in Lincoln Park (Part One)

One of Lincoln Park’s most famous residents. Hey, remember the Neighborhood Spotlight Series from last spring? It’s baaack! Just to review, so far we’ve covered: Albany Park, Avondale, Bucktown/Wicker Park, Logan Square and Oak Park/River Forest, Andersonville, and River North/River West. Today, I am thrilled to welcome Toni Hargis, an expat Brit, writer, wife and... Read more »

5 free things to do before your kids go back to school

5 free things to do before your kids go back to school
This is a bittersweet time of year. On the one hand, I want to hang on to these lazy, unscheduled summer days. But another part of me longs for structure, afterschool activities and a few hours a day when my house isn’t overrun with children. No matter how you feel about it, one thing is... Read more »
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Summer Links

Are you having a good summer so far? Me too. We’ve been doing all sorts of fun activities around town — and then I’ve been busy blogging about it all. I am writing another blog for the months of June and July called School’s Out!. I’ve been posting about family-friendly activities in and around Chicago... Read more »