Archive for January 2010

Guest Post: Family living in Albany Park

Chicago can seem like a very big place – but it is really just a big city composed of many small neighborhoods. In my opinion, the individual character of each neighborhood is one of the very best parts of living in Chicago. We are raising our kids in the Wicker Park neighborhood. While I know... Read more »

Growing Healthy Kids holds inaugural meeting

In response to growing health concerns about Chicago’s kids — including obesity, type 2 diabetes, and decreased physical activity — several local organizations and individuals within the Chicago food community have joined together to develop new ways of sourcing, providing and thinking about food. This newly formed group recently gathered at the Logan Square Kitchen... Read more »

Be My Valentine family event to benefit the Lynn Sage Cancer Research Foundation

Looking to celebrate Valentine’s Day with your kids in a way that is fun for you and good for others? On Februrary 7, 2010, the Lynn Sage Cancer Research Foundation is hosting the Be My Valentine Family Event from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Four Seasons, Chicago (120 East Delaware Place).  This fun-filled... Read more »

Winter in Chicago can be fun. Really, it can.

When it comes to winter, most adults (myself included) have a pretty bad attitude. For example, when I think about winter, I think dry skin, ridiculous traffic and driving conditions, my daily attempts to locate five hats and pairs of mittens each time we leave the house, and dark, cold mornings when I wish I... Read more »

More Parenting Resources on Chicago Now!

Chicago Now has recently launched two new parenting blogs that I thought Wee Windy City readers might want to know about. The Green Mama is a one-stop resource for all things related to green parenting in Chicago and beyond. Manda Aufochs Gillespie, the founder of The Green Mama, has been a valuable resource for me... Read more »

Free mini French lessons for kids at the Chicago French Market tomorrow!

On Saturday, January 16th, Multilingual Chicago is offering free mini French lessons for kids in the dining area of the Chicago French Market (which I here is pretty amazing even without the free language experience). The schedule is as follows: Ages 1-3 (parent/tot): 10:00, 10:15, 10:30, 10:45Ages 3-5: 2:00, 2:15, 2:30, 2:45Ages 6-8: 3:00, 3:15,... Read more »

Guest Post: Is you child ready for preschool?

Today, I am pleased to have Carolyn Stolper Friedman, a Chicago mom and the Executive Director of Smart Love Preschool as a guest author on Wee Windy City. This is the time of year when many Chicago-area parents are making important decisions about how and where to kick off their child’s education. As many of... Read more »

The Wee Weekender for January 15-18

Are you ready for the three-day weekend? Lots to do here in Chicago over the next few days. To review, you have your pick of tons of Martin Luther King Day activities plus the chance to see The Laurie Berkner Band perform to help a good cause. But there are a few more excellent family-friendly... Read more »

Family-friendly offerings at

Have you heard of This site is basically all about fun. The beauty of is that these folks have done all of the hard work for you. If you are looking for a really unique adventure or the perfect gift for someone who has everything, then you should check this site out. These... Read more »

Martin Luther King Day activities for kids

Martin Luther King Jr. Day is just around the corner – Monday, January 18th to be exact. Just in case you haven’t had a good look at your calendar lately, let me remind you that your kids are likely off of school for the day. What to do? What to do? Luckily for you, there... Read more »