Posts in category "Navy Pier"

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:
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 »

Scenes from our Chicago Staycation

Hanging out in our room in the Swissotel.
We live in the city and are lucky to frequent many "downtown" destinations like Navy Pier and the Museum Campus fairly regularly (in fact, this is a large part of why we chose to raise our kids in the city). So why would we need to spend a night in a hotel downtown just a couple of miles from our actual home? This was my cab driver's question to me as we traveled back to our real home in Wicker Park from the Swissotel after a one-night Giles Family Staycation last weekend...

The Windy City Circus Opens on February 17th

The Windy City Circus Opens on February 17th
Update 2/14/12: I received an email this morning saying that the entire 10-day run of the Windy City Circus has been canceled. My kids love a circus. So do I. But I really love a circus "with a purpose" that benefits worthy charitable causes. The Windy City Circus, a-new locally produced, professional circus featuring jaw-dropping circus acts and hilarious characters from around the world, will make its debut inside Navy Pier’s Festival Hall  on Feb. 17. This event promises a strong hometown feel, featuring cameo appearances by an assortment of famous and infamous Chicago-area historic figures. Here is the best part: 80% of net ticket sale proceeds will go to benefit the Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Chicagoland & Northwest Indiana and the Special Olympics Chicago and co-sponsor Special Children’s Charities...

Don't miss the Chicago Toy and Game Fair (plus a cool opportunity for young inventors out there)

On November 20-21, the Chicago Toy and Game Fair (ChiTAG) is taking over Navy Pier. Toy and game enthusiasts (so that means your kids) can preview and play with the hottest new toys and games on the market and meet popular toy and game inventors. I think that the real highlight of this event is... Read more »

The Emperor's New Clothes: Another reason to visit Navy Pier this summer

A trip to Navy Pier during the busy summer season can be kind of an ordeal. Unless you are entertaining out-of-town guests and feel compelled to show them all of the typical tourist spots, my guess is that most of you could skip the crowds, ridiculous parking prices and souvenir booths at Navy Pier. (At... Read more »

Cirque Shanghai: Cloud 9

If you are looking for a summer family outing that will absolutely thrill your kiddos while also keeping mom and dad entertained, you should check out “Cirque Shanghai: Cloud 9” at Chicago’s Navy Pier. Trust me when I say that you will all be amazed by every single theatrical and acrobatic feat performed during the... Read more »

Scenes from Winter Wonderfest at Navy Pier

With the cold weather this holiday weekend, I imagine that you are looking for some indoor family fun. We went over to check out Winter Wonderfest at Navy Pier this morning.  Overall, I thought that it was a fun event (kind of like an indoor version of Kiddieland). My three and five year-olds ran around... Read more »