Archive for August 2009

Back-to-school blues

Photo used via Creative Commons license. I’m not the only Chicago mama who has the back-to-school blues, am I? I know that there are others of you out there who recently sent little ones back to school only to return to your home or office and feel the onset of a sort of sad, empty... Read more »

Guest Post: See art-in-progress in Evanston

Photo courtesy of Susan Bearman Another guest post from freelance writer/mother of four Susan Bearman? That’s right. The lady has some great ideas — she really knows about some cool, out-of-the-ordinary things going on around town. Oh, and I am totally overwhelmed with the task of getting my kids ready to go back-to-school — leaving... Read more »

Guest Post: Amboy Depot Days

I am pleased to have Evanston mom and writer Susan Bearman back with another guest post. If you are looking for a last minute, end-of-summer get-away, she has a great idea for you. I love the sophistic Old-fashioned candy at the Amboy Pharmacy (photo courtesy of Susan Bearman) ation and urbanity of Chicago and its... Read more »

Eat-in for better school lunches

If you know anything about school lunches, you know that they are generally lacking (and that is putting it kindly). The trays of food served to school children are not the best that we can offer them — not by a long shot. Much of it can barely pass for real food. But it could... Read more »

Buzz Over to the Garfield Park Conservatory to see Bee Movie

The Chicago Park District has provided many cool outdoor movie watching opportunities throughout the summer months — but the upcoming showing of Bee Movie at the Garfield Park Conservatory promises to be a great one. A movie about bees — at the conservatory! What a brilliant pairing. Bee Movie is showing on the back lawn... Read more »

The Wee Weekender for August 21-23

Photograph used via Creative Commons license Looking for something out-of-the ordinary to do with the kiddos this weekend? Here are a few good bets — and each activity is totally free. See Little Miss Ann in concert at the Land of Nod. Stop by the Land of Nod store at North and Clybourn for a... Read more »

Time is running out for a trip to Kiddieland

Photo used via Creative Commons license. After 81 years in the kiddie amusement park business, Kiddieland in Melrose Park is closing its doors for good on October 4. That means you have less than two months to make your last (or maybe your first) visit. I grew up in Oak Park and was no stranger... Read more »

The Wee Weekender for August 14-16

Photo used with permission of Still looking for something to do with the kiddos this weekend? I’ve got a few ideas for you.The Chicago Air and Water Show. I don’t mean to be a grump, but I would skip this one because of the crowd issues — unless you take my advice and go... Read more »

Take your kids to a "preview" of the Air and Water Show

Photograph used via Creative Commons license. The Chicago Air and Water Show takes place this weekend. Kids love this stuff — F-15’s,  Apache helicopters, Coast Guard boats, and of course the Thunderbirds. Unfortunately, logistical limitations make this event less than kid-friendly. The reality is that most families won’t even get anywhere near the action at... Read more »

Millennium Park in Pictures

We have out-of-town friends visiting with their two children. Of course, I took my own advice and brought them to Millennium Park. And boy, did it deliver (as always). Although I have gushed about my fondness for Millennium Park before, each visit reminds me of just how fabulous this place is for families. If you... Read more »