Posts in category "Christmas"

Wee Windy City Winter Survival Guide: 5 fun things to do if you are home for the holidays

Little Beans Cafe Holiday Party: When: Friday, December 20th, 2013, 5-7pm Where: 1809 W. Webster St, Chicago, IL Details: Enjoy photos with Santa, play, live holiday music, crafts and food/drinks for $30 for one child, $40 for two children and $50 for three children.Grab your tickets before this event sells out tomorrow.  For more information/RSVP: http://littlebeanscafe.com/events-parties/events/
Not heading off to a tropical island locale for the holidays this year? No Colorado ski trip in your future? Just planning on hanging here in Chicago admist the snow drifts and sub zero temps? Well then you are definitely going to need some ideas on fun things while the kiddos are out of school.... 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 »

Wee Windy City Winter Break Survival Guide

Assuming we get a little bit more snow in the next few days, we are planning to head over to Cricket Hill at Montrose Harbor for some good 'ol sledding. This small hill is perfect for younger kids who are just getting the hang of steering their sleds.
When the holiday hoopla and the new toy excitement die down, your kids will still be on holiday break from school. I’ve learned the hard way that it behooves you to make a plan ahead of time and figure out ways to keep the troops entertained during what can frankly be a long week. Here... Read more »
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Five family holiday must-dos in Chicago

Five family holiday must-dos in Chicago
I always come into December full of energy and optimism that the holiday season is going to be a quiet, peaceful time of family togetherness. By the first weekend in December, it always becomes clear to me that this holiday season is going to be a jam-packed, crazy one just like the year before it. This month gets absolutely nuts. Between family commitments and special holiday school activities, I feel like the December days fly by me. That being said, I do make an effort to make sure that we make the time to hit up some of our favorite Chicago holiday spots. These unique experiences are only here for a couple of weeks so you gotta get on it! Here is my list of absolute must-do local holiday highlights for families (you've still got time to catch all of these fun things before Christmas arrives)...

Get crafty with your cranberries

Get crafty with your cranberries
A few weeks ago, I invested in a gigantic bag of cranberries from Costco. At the time, it seemed like a sensible idea. However, after making cranberry sauce, cranberry-orange scones, and cranberry bread, we are kind of done with the cranberries. However, I still have about four cups of them frozen in my freezer.What to... Read more »

William and the Christmas Moon: A Review

William and the Christmas Moon: A Review
I never repost here on Wee Windy City — mostly out of laziness and the desire to not look back. But I dug out our collection of Christmas books over the weekend and I was reminded how totally spectacular one of them is. I really wanted to mention this book to you because I know... Read more »
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Free Holiday Family Fun Kicks Off with the Dance-Along Nutcracker this Weekend

Free Holiday Family Fun Kicks Off with the Dance-Along Nutcracker this Weekend
As money seems to literally be flying out of my bank account as I tackle my very long holiday gift list, I find myself looking for ways to take advantage of free or low-cost holiday activities. You too? The great news is that there is certainly no shortage of free or inexpensive things to fill our holiday calendar. Riding the CTA with Santa? Check. A magical evening at Zoo Lights at the Lincoln Park Zoo? Wouldn't miss it. Christmas caroling at "The Bean" in Millennium Park? Can't wait...

Ready or not, here come the holidays!

Ready or not, here come the holidays!
93.9 FM (aka "The Lite") has already started with the holiday music. Local retailers have begun their excessive decorating. I've starting dreaming about peppermint bark. Ready or not . . . here come the holidays. I am sure that your calendar is filling up with holiday events and activities, but I wanted to mention a few upcoming opportunities that I think you'll be interested in...

Happy Holidays from my three little superheros (and one big green monster)

Eleanor, Brendan and Colin photographed at “The Big Monster Door” in the West Loop by Chi-Town Kid Photographic Art on November 7, 2010. Pretty cool holiday card, huh? I am guessing that we are the only family featuring a large green monster this year. After the holidays, I’ve got more fun pictures (sans monster) to... Read more »
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Give Mamaloot a Try -- and Give to the Greater Chicago Food Depository at the Same Time

My buddies over at Mamaloot (the awesome daily deal website geared towards Chicago parents) are running a great charitable campaign over the next 9 days or so. For every new email sign up, Mamaloot is donating a canned good to the Greater Chicago Food Depository. Plus, they are donating 3% of their proceeds from December... Read more »